The art of winning awards

Leading art directors and illustrators discuss their award-winning collaborations, and share the secrets of their success

From writing a watertight brief to nailing the perfect colour palette, creating an project with award-winning potential requires great performance from all sides of the table – a process that begins, of course, with hiring the right creative for the job in the first place. “When I look for illustrators, I want them to be passionate about their work,” explains freelance art directorVince Lim, who worked on the 7up Winter Wonderland campaign – which picked up a silver medal at the Association of Illustrators’ Images show – while at Irish International BBDO/Proximity. He adds: “I’m hiring them because of their style, and their viewpoint.”

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Visual Arts, Visual Arts | Resources

Free Christmas Vectors

Christmas is one of the most joyful times of the year, however it can be one of the most stressful and busy time for many people. If you are designer, this probably means creating lots of Christmas related print designs, greeting cards and sale posters. In order to meet the deadlines, you may boost your work by downloading some ready Christmas images and vector graphics.

Vector graphics downloads.

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Visual Arts, Visual Arts | Inspiration

Cinemagraphs by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format in this style in 2009 but it wasn’t until he partnered with photographer Jamie Beck to cover NYFW that Cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the isolated animation of multiple frames.


Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg


Photoshop Apple Keyboard Skin – $34

Now for the first time, Adobe Photoshop users have the ability to use a custom editing keyboard without having to attach an external keyboard! Photoshop users can simply put on our custom keyboard cover and start editing photos faster…right away! With our exclusive covers, your Photoshop projects will get edited faster because you can spend more time working on your project and less time memorizing the program shortcut keys. The KB Covers Photoshop Keyboard Cover includes custom editing buttons for the default keyboard layout for Photoshop. It is compatible with versions 6, 7, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4, and CS5. Utilizing a 9-color printing process, the editing keys are color-coded and heat fused to ensure long lasting durability.