Much of The Royal Studio’s commissioned work is rooted in bold street art and infused with the vibrancy of musical genres such as hip-hop and electronica, making the design agency, which is based in Porto, Portugal, popular with an international roster of clients that includes innovative bands and tech behemoths. And The Royal’s templates, which are offered free on Adobe Stock, remain true to what agency founder and front man João Castro describes as an “explosive” style. He says the agency’s creations must always “generate enthusiasm for the client or user.”
If you don’t care about quality or karma, free images are everywhere. But you do care, don’t you? At the very least, you don’t want to grab an image from the Internet, use it for a job, and risk your client being slapped with a lawsuit for copyright infringement. High-quality, free images that you can legally modify for commercial projects do exist. Here’s where to find digital files you can use in any Creative Cloud application.
Influential graphic designer Bonnie Siegler—founder of the multidisciplinary design studio Eight and a Half—is known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, and many other clients. She has also worked on many projects in the area of politics: she did extensive design and fundraising work for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and Hillary Clinton’s most recent presidential campaign. And after Clinton lost to Donald Trump, Siegler started on a path toward her newest book: Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America.
Type designers are fussy—to make a successful typeface, you have to pay attention to the tiniest detail, stuff most of us never even notice. And yet, the OH no Type Company foundry’s mantra is “Life’s a thrill. Fonts are chill.” That attitude comes from the company’s founder, James Edmondson. He likes to keep his type simple and to the point—but with room for experimentation and tons of hard work. We got a chance to sit down with Edmondson and talk through his journey to type design and his analog-to-digital process today.
Any serious guitar store offers hundreds of brightly hued stomp boxes (aka effects pedals), lined up in rows as tempting as a candy display. Unlike guitars, which are visible to everyone at a performance, only the musicians see the stomp boxes—they're little private galleries of color, typography, and illustration. But there's nothing precious about them. Stomp boxes get used hard: Over time, they're beat up and worn down, their history of rehearsals and shows permanently embedded in their finishes.
A variable font is a single file that acts like multiple fonts. Variable fonts can improve page-load times, but their appeal goes way beyond that: Site visitors get an improved reading experience, and designers get greater creative freedom. While it's still early days, some software applications—including the latest Illustrator and Photoshop—and many web browsers do support the technology, and more will follow. It's a good time to understand how variable fonts work and how to use them in your web designs.
Pentagram partner Natasha Jen thinks of the design business as a kind of performing art. “Wherever you are in an organization, that defines the stage on which you are playing,” she says. “But it is up to you what you choose to play, how you prepare, how you engage the audience. I think of Pentagram as a really large stage on which I am lucky enough to perform.”
For more than four years, Adobe has been inviting the creative community to participate in the Adobe Remix program—by “remixing” and putting their own spin on our iconic logo. This recent Remix was the work of Mumbai-based industrial designer Siddhant Jaokar, who says his creation was inspired in part by classic Indian architecture and architectural motifs. He explains, “Indian architecture has evolved through many centuries, and India has many different architectural styles, from the rock-cut architecture to Art Deco…. Similarly, my style as an artist is always evolving.”