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A Colorful Illustrated Map of London's Great Little Places

A Colorful Illustrated Map of London's Great Little Places


"I know this great little place..." is something you've probably said or heard dozens of times. Well the folks behind Great Little Place decided to gather up people's recommendations for the amazing city of London and do something creative.

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This wonderful illustrated map of London's great little places was painstakingly hand drawn by Charlie Davis, an illustrator and designer based London. There's no doubt that a lot of hours and a lot of love went into every beautiful detail, just take a look for yourself.

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12 Quirky & Wonderful Christmas Illustrations

12 Quirky & Wonderful Christmas Illustrations


If you're like me, then you have a perpetual smile on your face this time of year. This is due on no small part to the delightful holiday artwork you encounter just about everywhere you look. From Christmas cats to hipster reindeer, we collected twelve quirky and wonderful illustrations that help make that smile a big one.

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MARCHÉ de NOËL by madalina andronic/p>

Vintage Hipster Christmas Animals by Marish

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Pattern Trend 2013: Watercolor

Pattern Trend 2013: Watercolor


One of the most common designs I've been seeing as of late is watercolor splashes featured on paper goods and the runway. Watercolors make me excited that summer is just around the corner, and they are kind of romantic as well, making me feel calm, relaxed and happy.

Check out these inspirational prints and paper goods featuring elegant watercolor designs:

Create Your Own Watercolor Masterpieces with Creative Market by downloading these products:

 

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Color Trend: Yellow

Color Trend: Yellow


Summer is just around the corner, and the sun is starting to shine behind the clouds. As the weather warms up, we are starting to see brighter colors trending. As you walk around you'll probably see warmer and brighter tones on display in fashion, home decor, and print as the weather continues to heat up.

Bright yellow and canary yellow are starting to emerge as popular colors again this year. We've seen yellow trend in the the past, but it seems to be emerging as of late. Check out these awesome uses of yellow in home, design, and fashion for your inspiration:

Check out these palettes featuring yellow:

IHS1  Dance_To_Forget
Origami  Electricity

Cc Fire_In_the_Sky

Looking to add some yellow to your creative projects? Check out these designs from Creative Market:

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Pattern Trend 2013: Animal Print


Everywhere I go, I seem to see large or small animal accents in clothing stores and home decor and furnishing retailers. I absolutely love animal print, and am so happy to see more and more of it popping up and being popular. How would you incorporate small or large animal accents into your home or outfit. How animalistic do you want to be?

Check out some of these awesome uses of animal print for your inspiration:

Check out these awesome patterns for inspiration:

Zebrina the_spotted_leopard

look_a_zebra! lengthy_necked_pet

radioactive_leopard Narayanas_fur

If you're looking for more creative inspiration, check out Creative Market's awesome selection of animal print vectors, patterns, and graphics for your creative projects:

 

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Pattern Trends 2013: Floral

Pattern Trends 2013: Floral


There is nothing that screams Summer and Spring like flowers. I love walking outside and seeing all of the gorgeous and fragrant flowers blooming. There is something simply sweet and romantic about flowers. Not only do we give them as gifts to people we care about as a sign of affection, flowers are also presented to people as a symbol of regret and apology. I love the hidden meanings of flowers, and I think that floral prints and patterns are definitely making a come back in 2013. We are seeing more and more floral patterns with a funky and vintage flare on the runway, in stores, and featured in interior design.

 

If you love these floral prints you'll love these inspiring patterns from COLOURlovers:

bewitched_garden Breaking_Through

* crushed_velvet

flowers_88 pattern_of_flowers

cheerry_blossoms For_You

Poppy_Season antoinette

Flower_kaleidoscope Marie-Thérèse

If you're looking to start creating something with a floral pattern why not check out these resources from Creative Market? All it takes is two clicks (purchase and download) and you're ready to get creative!

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Colorful Websites Featuring Hand Drawn Illustrations

Colorful Websites Featuring Hand Drawn Illustrations


Hand-drawn illustrations add personality and depth to websites by bringing the digital world in conjunction with the physical. I love seeing hand-drawn illustrations on internet because it adds a sense of character to the page itself. These sites are some of my favorites that feature hand-drawn illustrations.

Just Dot: I love how this website combines the trendy chalkboard element with hand drawn graphics and a sketched font.

Bowtie: features a completely hand drawn background with hand written fonts and other styles of typeface. I love the colors and interactive layout of this site as well.

Bootb: this site utilizes a hand written type face as well as hand drawn doodle frames to create a friendly landing page. I like the different colored frames on the black background along with hand drawn buildings.

Denise Chandler: this designer's site features an awesome hand drawn image that has been animated, as well as, a variety of quirky and cool hand drawn fonts.

Carsonifide: uses fun text bubbles and hand drawn graphics to highlight the important parts of their site.

Tennessee Education: I love all of the cool hand drawn doodles that are found throughout the site. This site really brings education to life by adding hand drawn elements on top of writing paper.

Products from Creative Market to help you enhance your site with hand drawn elements and illustrations.

The key to making a website or blog with hand drawn illustrations is to combine hand written or drawn fonts along with intricate hand drawn images, lines, and vectors. Creative Market, offers a variety of hand drawn elements to help you create an amazing website like the ones featured above.

 

Sketched Font                                    Handwritten Font

 

Hand Drawn Frames                               Hand Drawn Arrows

 

Hand Drawn Photo Corners                              Hand Drawn Arrows

   

Hand Drawn Photoshop Brushes                                Hand Drawn Hearts

Doodled Frames                                  Hand Drawn Social Media Icons

Hand Drawn Flowers

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Colorful Turn of the Century Japanese Designs

Colorful Turn of the Century Japanese Designs


I know what you're probably wondering...turn of what century? Well these particular designs come from a magazine published in 1901 and 1902 called Shin-bijutsukai.

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This magazine was a monthly publication featuring "various designs by the famous artists of to-day," and as you can see, the pages are filled with wonderful colors and trippy patterns. I don't know about you, but after looking at all of the nature elements in these designs, I feel like going for a jaunt in the park.

  

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The Best Books of 2012 & Their Colors

The Best Books of 2012 & Their Colors


Allegedly we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest, when you're browsing a bookstore (online or off) it's the good designs that catch your eye and draw you in for further investigation. And when it comes to catching people's attention, what better way than with a little bit of color.

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While there may not be one definitive "best of" list of books, there's still a lot of smart people out there that put out their own lists, so we decided to take a few of these and compile them into one colorful literary collection. Let's take a look at some of the best books from 2012 and the colors of their cover designs.

  

Alif_the_Unseen Aflame

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Festive & Fun Holiday Patterns

Festive & Fun Holiday Patterns


As we ease into the holiday weekend, it's starting to feel more festive than ever. Around this time, some people like to drive around and look at Christmas decorations. Internet nerds like myself like to browse around and see what awesome things people are creating online.

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When it comes to holiday patterns, there's lots of goodies to be found. Patterns are especially fun because you can use them as wallpapers or backgrounds or, heck, even as your own gift wrap. Some of these are just great inspiration, others are great foundations for your own designs, and all are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Agente Xmas Pattern by Vladimir Gorz & Xmas Pattern by Greg Christman

 

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