6 Typography Books Every Designer Needs
What typography books does a budding designer need? Here are 6 essentials to any library.
Designers are well known for having a vast library of resources, but if you’re new to the field, where should you start? Here are 6 typography books that every designer needs to add to their collection.(more…) Read More
Do I need to rebrand? How to tell when you’re out of date
Like most things, branding is an evolution. But when is it time to rebrand? Are you ready to evolve?
It’s been nearly 4 years since I first started shelleybassett.com and a lot has changed . But does that mean it’s time for a full rebrand? Probably not, and let’s look at why.(more…) Read More
How Title Sequences got me into Design
Title sequences have played a major role in my design journey. These are some of my faviourites, and how they've shaped my designs.
I fell in love with design years before I began studying it. And I didn’t arrive at this career from a love of art or a longing to make better interfaces. No, of all things, it was the title sequences from movies and TV shows that first inspired me. My love affair with them even inspired my university minor.(more…) Read More
Working in social media without the negative side effects
Using social media without the negative side effects is almost impossible, but these hacks could help reduce the stress and FOMO
I’m on social media every day. I use it for marketing my art and products, I manage it at the company I work for and I set up accounts with branding as a freelancer. But it’s become increasingly hard to use social media without the negative side effects. So what to do when you can’t simply delete everything?(more…) Read More
3 Questions to ask before starting a project
When starting a new project, there are lots of things to consider. These important questions should be the first things you ask.
It can be really daunting when starting a project. Maybe you’ve just finished something major, or already have several things on the go. No matter what stage you’re at, these are important things to consider before you begin any undertaking.(more…) Read More
Decision Fatigue: How to stop mental drain impacting on creativity
Fighting decision fatigue can be hard when you have a creative job.
You might have heard of decision fatigue before. And if you didn’t know the name, you’ve certainly experienced the side effects. The generally accepted definition is as follows:
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Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making.
How to make time for creative projects
How do you make time for creative projects while also balancing work, family and personal commitments? I've got a few ideas to help.
It can be really hard to make time for creative projects. Be it a side hustle, new skill, or simply just an emotional outlet, being a little creative is good for the soul. But finding the time to pursue these interests can sometimes feel like a task in itself.
Recently, I’ve found myself struggling to balance this blog and my artistic inclinations with a full time job. But a few small changes have already made a big impact.(more…) Read More
Nothing is ever finished when you’re a perfectionist
I love creative projects, but sometimes it feels like nothing is ever finished. I've found some ways to make it a little bit easier.
The ever-changing cycle of creation is one of the reasons I love web development. There’s always something new to investigate, something different to try or something broken to fix. But being caught in a cycle where nothing is ever finished can be frustrating and leave you feeling like you’re chasing your tail, hopping from one unfinished mess to another. (more…)Read More
Maintaining a social media presence in the middle of a project
Struggling to post to social media regularly? Here are 5 tips to help with maintaining a social media presence
It’s no secret, maintaining a social media presence is hard. And it only gets harder when you’re in the middle of a project and have nothing finished or polished to post. So what do you share then?(more…) Read More
How To Find Your Aesthetic
What is your artistic aesthetic or style? How do you find one? Here are 6 helpful tips on finding your style.
Having a cohesive aesthetic or style is a great way to stand out from the crowd. It’s the thing you’re known for, and an easy way for people to recognise that a piece of work is yours.(more…) Read More