Sep 14

Tutorial: How to Make Seamless Pattern Repeats in Adobe Illustrator

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 14/09/2016

Ever wondered how to create seamless patterns in Illustrator? This short video gives you short instructions on how to accomplish this. Video is by TheVectorLab

Sep 08

Drawing a map in Illustrator

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 08/09/2016

I'm currently in the drawing process of a map in Illustrator. In fact, it's a series of maps. The maps need to be in good print quality and also available online in a pdf. I searched for a good solution to cover both needs. Obviously, you go to Google Maps and take a screenshot of your map and location but this results in poor quality as the screenshot has a low resolution. I found some work arounds - i tried "my maps on Google" but the quality for print is not what i was looking for, it was poor quality and poor adjustment options.
So i decided to draw them myself in Adobe Illustrator with the Google Map as a template layer as a starting point.
I found some good, short video tutorials on how to create roads, rivers and labels in your maps:

Aug 30

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 30/08/2016

With a brand new school year starting within a few days, i watched again this brilliant talk by Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Aug 15

How to use graphic design

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 15/08/2016

Talks at Google: Michael Bierut about graphic design.

May 25

Understanding vector graphics

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 25/05/2016

Short and comprehensive tutorial on vector graphics versus bitmap

May 18

The new Instagram logo

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 18/05/2016

Designer Tobias van Schneider gives his thoughts after many people ventilated their opinion on Twitter on the new icon and Instagram design refinements.
This is a quick video about this. Sums up my idea about it.

Apr 28

Bister Brushes

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 28/04/2016

I was experimenting with scanned drawings in Illustrator, and this resulted in a new collection brushes I created.
These can be used to add some bister borders to illustrations.

The brushes are made for vector border work, they have a bister, brown ink look. The brushes are great to use for strokes in elements in illustrations. This is a set Bister Brushes and all illustrations come with the brushes applied.

Dec 17

Color made easy

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 17/12/2015

How to create a perfect palette? In this brief tutorial Google Design experts lead us through an smart approach to design effectively with color.

Jul 01

Creating Illustrations with Illustrator Draw

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 01/07/2015

With the new version of Adobe Creative Cloud, it is now possible to create vector designs on the iPad or the iPhone with Adobe Illustrator Draw.
You can connect with your content and upload your vectors to the community.
Let’s watch this video on how to start using Illustrator Draw

Jun 26

Start something that inspires people.

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 26/06/2015

Yasmine Mustafa talks about her incredible way of becoming an entrepreneur in Philadelphia.

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