The Next Web: How an AI graphic designer convinced clients it was human

The Next Web: How an AI graphic designer convinced clients it was human. “Nikolay Ironov had been working as a graphic designer for more than a year before he revealed his secret. As an employee of Art. Lebedev Studio — Russia’s largest design company — Ironov had already worked on more than 20 commercial projects, creating everything from beer bottle labels to startup logos. But Ironov was not the person he claimed to be. In fact, the designer was not a person at all.”

Hongkiat: 100 Free Fonts for Commercial and Personal Use

Hongkiat: 100 Free Fonts for Commercial and Personal Use. “Each time a designer starts work on a new design, there is always a big problem: a lack of high-quality materials, such as fonts, icons, images etc. Of course, you can create a font that will properly fit the design you created, but it’s not a good idea since font creation takes a lot of time, which is never enough when you have to work within a deadline. The solution is simple: you can use ready-made free fonts. There are tons of them all over the web, and we have but collected a small group of 100 free fronts you can download here.”

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games. “Video game box illustration is a bit of a lost art. Years ago, the physical retail package that a game came in was arguably just as important as the title itself. Quality box art could help a game stand out among the sea of otherwise mundane choices and even influence purchasing or rental decisions on the spot….With that in mind, we have to give a huge nod to the curator over at Big Box Collection. A lifelong gamer, Benjamin Wimmer has set about collecting all of the big box PC games he has enjoyed since the late 80s, scanning them into a 3D database and sharing them with the Internet at large. The result is a digital collection of more than 600 titles for your perusing.”

Washingtonian: These Excellent Covid-19 Posters Are Both Beautiful and Beneficial

Washingtonian: These Excellent Covid-19 Posters Are Both Beautiful and Beneficial. “The Viral Art Project is a virtual art gallery that invites graphic designers and artists to submit original poster designs that respond visually to the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea is to raise awareness of the challenges facing the world while also promoting messages of hope and security. The results so far have been striking—an ever-growing collection of posters that demonstrate how powerful typography and graphic design can be.”

Limerick Post: LSAD project to reveal the impact of design on life, culture, business and society in Ireland

Limerick Post: LSAD project to reveal the impact of design on life, culture, business and society in Ireland. “Map Irish Design, new research that examines more that 2300 design projects to reveal the impact of design on life, culture, business and society in Ireland over the past decade was recently launched.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Letterform Archive makes striking typefaces available to public with online archive

San Francisco Chronicle: Letterform Archive makes striking typefaces available to public with online archive. “So far, 1,500 of the collection’s more than 60,000 pieces have been digitized. Browse the site, and you can find all manner of tags, posters, mailing labels, advertisements, business cards, book covers and letterhead. There is a booklet from Sri Lanka from 1959, a bound book from Russia from 1912 and a loose leaf from a Spanish Quran from 1150.”

DigitalArts: Find beautiful, free illustrations of black people on this new website

DigitalArts: Find beautiful, free illustrations of black people on this new website. “Coming to fill a longtime gap in the market is Black Illustrations, a series of free digital designs of black people as released this week by Miami-based agency 5Four. As their mission statement reminds, people of colour are often underrepresented in illustrations, lacking in the design process and often go unseen in visuals across the internet. 5Four saw the lack of diversity as an opportunity to create a free resource for everyone, a way to add diversity to online content by showcasing black people and people of colour in a myriad of tasks, including medical work.”

Popular Photography: Adobe offering free Creative Cloud tools for students impacted by Coronavirus through May 31

Popular Photography: Adobe offering free Creative Cloud tools for students impacted by Coronavirus through May 31. “Through May 31, higher-education and K-12 customers who currently use the Creative Cloud apps through computers in on-campus labs will be able to request temporary at-home access for no additional fee. The request will need to be made by an IT admin though. Details to make the changes can be found here. As educators and students transition to a long-distance learning experience Adobe is also offering a number of curated resources to help educators tailor their curriculum to an out-of-classroom experience.”

Social Adhesion: New Museum Dedicated to the History of Stickers (Core77)

Core77: Social Adhesion: New Museum Dedicated to the History of Stickers. “To several generations’ worth of youth, stickers were the fastest way to prettify something, vandalize something or establish some attempt at identity by slapping favorite brands or subversive messages onto notebooks and laptops….To celebrate their stock-and-trade, StickerYou is launching the History of Stickers Museum at their home base in Toronto (which is the largest sticker store in the world), kicking it off with a permanent art exhibition called Stickers: RePEELed.”

Digital Trends: We used an A.I. design tool to come up with a new logo. Here’s what happened

Digital Trends: We used an A.I. design tool to come up with a new logo. Here’s what happened. “No matter what industry you work in, you’ve probably heard that artificial intelligence is coming for your job. Factory workers, news reporters, even stock brokers have all seen A.I. move into their fields, automating some of their roles. Proponents of automation point out that it tackles the menial, repetitive tasks, freeing workers to focus on more creative aspects. Now, gig economy marketplace Fiverr recently announced a new A.I.-powered tool that helps businesses create a logo.”

The Moscow Times: Eleven Centuries of Russian Patterns, Now Online

The Moscow Times: Eleven Centuries of Russian Patterns, Now Online. “The archive… was launched by Maria Loleyt, a former project manager and marketing expert. It contains more than 7,000 authentic decorative patterns created by the national groups that have lived in Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Empire. The ornamental patterns have been preserved in a wide variety of textiles and mediums and span eleven centuries of Russian history.”

Dexigner: Synoptic Office Launches Open Source Archive of Chinese Typefaces

Dexigner: Synoptic Office Launches Open Source Archive of Chinese Typefaces. “Synoptic Office has launched Chinese Type Archive, a volunteer-run, open data resource that will bring awareness and discussion around Chinese typefaces for designers. The archive aims to support designers who use Chinese typography by developing descriptors for concepts and typefaces, as well as archiving related and relevant visual examples.”

TechCrunch: Canva introduces video editing, has big plans for 2020

TechCrunch: Canva introduces video editing, has big plans for 2020. “Canva, the design company with nearly $250 million in funding, has today announced a variety of new features, including a video editing tool. The company has also announced Canva Apps, which allows developers and customers alike to build on top of Canva. Thus far, Dropbox, Google Drive, PhotoMosh and Instagram are already in the Canva Apps suite, with a total of 30 apps available at launch.”