Inspiration: 30 Beautiful Textured Illustrations

"Bicycles" by Amy Martino"Bicycles" by Amy Martino

"Chictopia.10: The Media Tech Summit" by Amy Martino"Chictopia.10: The Media Tech Summit" by Amy Martino

"climbing the walls... what will they do next?" by Ciara Panacchia"climbing the walls… what will they do next?" by Ciara Panacchia

"octopus disguise" by Ciara Panacchia"octopus disguise" by Ciara Panacchia

"my sleeping beauty" by Ciara Panacchia"my sleeping beauty" by Ciara Panacchia

"Latitude 2010: Central Saint Martins" by Amy Martino"Latitude 2010: Central Saint Martins" by Amy Martino

"Bubble Gum Chaotic Landscape" by Zena Santos"Bubble Gum Chaotic Landscape" by Zena Santos

Recovering" by Zena Santos"Recovering" by Zena Santos

"Hello" by Zena Santos

"The Teapot" by Jerico Santander

"USB Milk" by Jerico Santander

"Space Junk" by Jerico Santander

"I am" by Heinritzh Sales

"Scared Ana" by Miguel Cardona

"Church Emcee" by Miguel Cardona

"Final Fathers’ Day Piece" by Miguel Cardona

"Colorcubic Experimental Prints" by Colorcubic

"Toyeater" by Mateusz Kolek

"PAC!" by Mateusz Kolek

"Yakuza" by Mateusz Kolek

"13th month" by Jana Jelovac

"Summer Poster Fox Hollies Forum" by Tahgasa Bertram

"Vintage-style DC Character Posters" by Michael Myers

"There’s no more room for 2 in this boat" by Juan F. Leguizamon

"Steps" by Harold Ross

"Bolt" by Harold Ross

Untitled (part of Illustrations 2009 collection) by Florian Nicolle

Untitled (part of Illustrations 2009 collection) by Florian Nicolle

Untitled by Fernando Forero

Untitled (part of SCRATCHBOARD collection) by Mark Summers

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Font Collection: 10 Free Bold Sans Serif Fonts

1. Bebas Neue

Created by Japan-based type/font foundry Flat it type foundry (a part of the Dharma Type group), Bebas Neue is a clear and modern font.

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2. League Gothic

Made by the open source type movement group The League of Moveable Type, this font is a remake of Alternate Gothic No.1 by Morris Fuller Benton.

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3. Mentone Semi Bold

Mentone, inspired by celebrated fonts like Myriad and Frutiger, is a multi-purpose font released under Jan Schmoeger’s foundry, Paragraph.

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4. Designation

Craftily produced by the "mad scientists" at Haiku Monkey, Designation is an open source font that’s sleek and has an air of modernity.

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5. Resonance Bold

Resonance Bold has remarkable curves inspired by the 70’s era. Designed by Jim Ford and based on type designs by Phil Martin, the font is fun and light-spirited.

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6. Patagonia

Designed by Canadian type designer Jaley Fiege, Patagonia is a 19th-century-inspired display face that works well when used in smaller-sized headline copy.

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7. Oblik Bold

Oblik is a large, modern and sophisticated font by Tour de Force Font Foundry. Striking curves denote the unique characteristic of this sans serif font.

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8. Aerohop

Aerohop is a sans serif font also produced by Alec Julien’s font foundry, Haiku Monkey. This font is contemporary, powerful, and works well in headline copy.

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9. Capricorn OSF Black Ltd

Update: This font is no longer free.

Capricorn is a compact and strong font designed by California-based German designer Jens Gehlhaar. The font works well in magazine headlines.

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10. Orbitron

Crafted by graphic designer Matt McInerney for The League of Moveable Type, this sci-fi inspired font is an excellent alternative to Eurostile or Bank Gothic.

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No Designer Gets It Right the First Time

Working for Other Creatives

UK-based designer and blogger Chris Spooner was commissioned to design the logo of MediaLoot, a website that provides premium graphic design resources. "In my first concept I aimed to keep the logo simple with basic shapes and sketchy lines, the idea being that designers are adding creativity to the treasure chest," Spooner says of his initial concept.

Working for Other CreativesInitial concept for MediaLoot

Though his concept was well-liked, he had to tweak the look and feel to match the vibe his clients were going for. "The clients Jon [Phillips] and Mason [Hipp] loved the idea of the chest with elements flying out of it, but wanted the illustration to have more of a ‘cartoony’ look," he says. "Plus, as awesome as lightning bolts are, elements relating more specifically to MediaLoot were also desired."

Final design for MediaLootFinal design for MediaLoot

Working with people who are familiar with design — or who are designers themselves — is great, and Spooner’s experience with client feedback was a situation to be desired. "With Jon and Mason being freelancers themselves, they were able to provide great critique on the design without giving blatant negative comments or telling me how it should be done," praises Spooner. "We’ve all been there with clients that tear a design apart!"

Small Tweaks Make a "Phenomenal" Impact

Grace Smith — owner of a design agency headquartered in Northern Ireland called Postscript5 — points out the importance of color usage and cohesive blending in web designs. A tweak in the way color is used can convert concerned clients to blissful clients. "On a custom WordPress theme I designed recently, the client had serious reservations about the red banner which overlaid the header image. In their own words they felt ‘there was too much red," Smith shares. "Along with this they didn’t like ‘the melting between the main image and the red box.’"

The first version had too much redThe first version had too much red

Smith, unperturbed by the initial anxiety towards her design, sought to perfect it. "It was crucial to get it right. Looking subjectively at the design as a whole, I completely agreed with the client’s concerns."

"I redesigned this area so as to put the image in the spotlight, removed the block of red and created a design that blended both the image and text together so as to give a more cohesive feel," she says.

Reduction of color and linear color gradients was preferred by the clientsReduction of color and removing the red linear color gradient was preferred by the clients

In the end, Smith was able to satisfy her clients by listening to their concerns and responding to them accordingly. "The issue was quickly resolved and the client called the overall final design ‘phenomenal’," she concludes.

Working with Multiple Decision Makers Can Be Tough

Brooklyn-based graphic designer Eric Vasquez recited his experience in producing a logo for a local band.

To get a concept of where to take the design, he exchanged ideas with his clients. "I went and met up with all of the guys and we had a really good brainstorming session, talking about some ideas that they had, and what they wanted to communicate through their logo. I found this to be very helpful and I began sketching away immediately," says the inspired artist. "Some of the things that were discussed early on included giving the logo an organic feel, and that they wanted to play up the pi symbol that would be represented by the double ‘T’ in the name ‘Vinyette’."

Initial sketchesInitial sketches

Vasquez underscored some downsides to working in a project with multiple decision-makers. "I showed my initial sketches to the guys and they seemed very pleased with what I had done so far," he says. "At the same time, there are about five or six members in the band, so while some of them thought it was good, some of the other guys wanted to see some more options. We had gone back and forth several times, and I think I ended up doing about eight pages of sketches with a whole variety of options before coming to the sketches."

"From here, I began working in Illustrator to further develop the concept, keeping in mind I wanted the mark to feel organic, be unique, and to show the connection of the double Ts as we had discussed," recounts Vasquez. "At the time I was thinking that I was very close to a final solution for the band logo."

Initial sketchesDigital concepts of the logo created in Adobe Illustrator

He worked on several variations of the initial concept, and sent it to his clients. "They had gotten back to me and said that they liked it, but it wasn’t really what they were looking for," Vasquez shares in dismay.

Dedicated to creating the perfect logo for his clients, he scheduled another meeting with them to talk about other ideas that the group might like. From there, he worked on revising his concept some more.

"Finally, after about two months, I was able to create a custom font for the guys that looked edgy, organic, and unique, and all of the guys were very excited about it," Vasquez says of the long but rewarding experience. "Since then, I have gotten more work from them and gone to a few of their shows to watch them perform."

Final version of the logoFinal version of the logo

Starting Anew

There are those rare occasions when we have to start over completely from scratch. It happens to the best of us — even Jan Cavan, a graphic and web designer who’s been awarded recognition for her work through industry-leading magazines such as Web Designer and .NET, as well as becoming an invited speaker at one of the most prestigious web design conferences, Future of Web Design.

"Here is a design for a site for models which was never approved. Our Creative Director liked it, but the company owner, our client, didn’t," grumbles Cavan.

A rejected web design conceptA rejected web design concept

What did she have to do to resolve her client’s concerns? "We had to redo the entire design to fit the owner’s specs," she says.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Sometimes our creativity and out-of-the-box thinking may be too much for our more cautious clients.

Simona Pfreundner, a multi-talented illustrator, graphic designer, and web designer reminisced over an occasion when her clever idea was jettisoned by a client. "I once had to design a full page ad for promoting a high-end audio receiver," Pfreundner describes. "I had this idea to pair the receiver with a tomato and ask the question ‘What has a tomato to do with it?’"

Initial concept for the adInitial concept of the full page ad

"The concept and idea was very well received by one of the clients, but the other guy rejected it purely out of fear that it could stand out too much", she says, disheartened. "I tried to convince him as best as I could, but in the end he pushed for his idea."

So who had the final say? "He had the last say," concedes Pfreundner. "We went with his idea and image."

Initial concept for the adThe final full page ad that the client preferred

"I believe that most clients lack the inclination for risk taking, unless you are very convincing," she adds. "I guess in this case I wasn’t."