When economic times are tough, creativity flourishes. It may seem backwards when projects with tiny budgets keep coming your way. But there is something to be said for general thriftiness. I was recently at a lecture by Wayne Hemmingway who proudly explained his humble beginnings in Camden Market. Collecting and upcycling (when that sort of thing wasn’t cool) second hand clothes laid the foundations for his approach to creativity today. Away from the streets of London and into the towering sites of the world wide web, there is a different kind of thriftiness to be found in the form of learning. Making the most of learning resources online is a great way to keep abreast of new skills, software and ideas; in turn helping to flourish in the not-so-sweetness of another possible recession.
A site we have previously mentioned for inspiration, Abduzeedo feature some fantastic photoshop tutorials. This wax effect caught my eye; coming in handy for a recent project. As is often the case with software skills like this, what seems at first concrete and static soon releases a wealth of ideas for application. Such is the effect that learning HTML and CSS had on me and this introduction by TeamTreehouse does a great job at welcoming you into the cold-hard world of code.
The other heavy weight in designer tutorials is the great website for Computer Arts magazine. What is offered here is simply too useful to miss. The topics covered always feel timely and approachable. From streamlining in-design layouts to creating monotone artwork to save money (thanks to David Gibson for the thrifty tutorial), it’s well worth bookmarking some of these to use in your hour of need.
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