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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.

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The original black and gold branding of shelleybassett.com

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 How to tell when you’re out of date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.

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How title sequences shaped my designs

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.

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Experimenting to find your artistic aesthetic

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.

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My Own Digital Playground

Using old, unused or add on domains as a digital playground is a great way to experiment, learn, practice and challenge yourself.

I’ve built a lot of websites over the years. Like, a lot. But one thing I’ve found with projects is there’s a lot of learning on the fly, and not a lot of space to cement the knowledge you’ve acquired. To counteract this, I’ve started using my own digital playground. Well, more accurately, I’ve made myself a couple that each support a different skill. (more…)

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Why I’m drawn to web development

Web development has been a big part of my life for years. But what keeps me coming back? These are the top 4 reasons I love web dev.

It’s no secret I’m passionate about all things internet. Just the other week I launched yet another website, and I’m already thinking about the next one. But my passion for web development goes back years. I’d probably pin sometime during high school as it being cemented as a part of me, but there’s enough evidence to suggest that web dev was always going to be a part of me. (more…)

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Setting guides for Fontself in Adobe Illustrator

How to use Fontself

Want to know how to use Fontself to create custom fonts? This easy step by step guide will get you started.

I’ve fallen in love with Fontself. It’s a great plugin for Adobe’s Illustrator and Photoshop, providing an easy way to create custom fonts, both in standard black and colour SVG. Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to use Fontself. It’s not hard to get started, all you need is your editing program, the Fontself plugin, and an idea.  (more…)

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The finished Coloretur website

Designing Coloretur – A Colour Palette Website

How Coloretur.com was designed and built, the full design process from inspiration to completion

One miserable Sunday afternoon, I had an idea to bring more colour to my day. And from a silly little conversation, Coloretur.com was born. The premise was simple, create a library of colour palettes that were beautiful and usable. (more…)

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BirdFont Interface

3 Quick Ways to Make a Font

It's really easy to make a font. Here are 3 different ways to make a customised font, without breaking the budget.

It can’t be said enough, I love fonts and typography. I love using them, I love making them… I just really like letters. If you want to make a font, but aren’t sure where to start, this is a quick guide for choosing the right program for you. It covers the quick, the free and even creation for those with a bit more experience looking to branch out. (more…)

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A few zines from my ever-growing collection

What is a Zine?

What is a zine? They can relay a variety of ideas; political, personal or pop culture. Here's why I love zines.

I love zines. I have an ever-growing collection, and regularly pick up more when I see one I like. But what is a zine? And why have they had such an impact on me?

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