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Twitter For Creatives: A Helpful Resource Or A Distraction?

Twitter is most definitely one of the best forms of online marketing, and we all know it. It offers a way to mingle with your fans in short and sweet messages, as well as promote your sites content, your companies promotional deals or something completely different! For this reason, it is generally a good idea to have an account. But is Twitter for designers really a helpful resource that we need, or is it just another way to get distracted and find excuses to not do work?

Twitter For Creatives: A Helpful Resource Or A Distraction?

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Inspiration

Gorgeous Packaging Designs and Concepts

Packaging design is all around us. On a day-to-day basis we probably see hundreds of different packaging designs, a high percentage of them being food or drink products; especially when making breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking through the grocery store we’ll see thousands of different packaging designs, some good, some bad and some just generally average. If you want your product to stand out from the norm, you need to create something special.

This post features a handful of beautiful packaging designs, from music EP’s to snack food products and alcohol bottles to disposable “take out” coffee cups. Let us know what your favorites are, and why!

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Brittany Bosco – Spectrum EP

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Resources

Inspiration: Interesting & Unique Typographic Book Covers

Books offer graphic designers, illustrators and typographers a great way to expand their portfolios. There are endless possibilities that can be explored when designing for book covers, and often are explored, as can be seen in this post.

I’ve had an increased interest in book covers recently after putting together another showcase at The Inspiration Blog on minimalistic book covers, since then I have been browsing for book cover inspiration daily so thought I would share some of my findings here at DesignM.ag. This showcase presents a collection of 64 typographic book covers, all of which are interesting and are genuinely unique. The books themselves are crossed between a number of

Coney Island of the Mind

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Inspiration, Resources

Collection of Superb, Inspirational Design Books

Sure, there are hundreds of great resources to seek inspiration on the web, but it is never quite the same of holding a book in your hands and getting to flick through the pages. This collection of inspirational design books features a handful of categories, from illustration to t-shirts, infographics to letterpress products and much more in between! It’s time to splash some cash and start growing your graphic design library!

Images 33 2009

Author(s): AOI Editors

Images 33 is a superb book, featuring the very best British contemporary illustration from 2009. In total, the book features around 600 illustrations over 360 pages, as well as 8 editorial essays about various illustration categories.

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30 Influential House and Techno Album Art Covers

Everyone loves experimenting with new techniques and styles, but it’s not everyday we land commissioned projects that allow us to put our creative minds to their best use – in fact, we rarely ever find clients that let you do whatever you want, we’re always restricted by some kind of brief, detailed or not.

However, not all jobs are the same. Designing and illustrating artwork for an album cover for example can be incredibly pleasing, exciting and allows yourself to really push yourself to the limit. Below we have an incredible collection of thirty album covers, all of which are albums from house and electronic music producers from the 2000’s and onwards. So, if you’re missing the days when you use to have time to experiment, why not get in touch with some upcoming music producers, bands and solo artists? The benefits are unbelievable if you manage to land a project – you only need to look at the examples below to see for yourself!

The Chemical Brothers – We Are At The Night

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