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Surface Go review | Creative Bloq
December 13, 2018

We came to the review of Microsoft’s all-new Surface Go with a simple question in mind: is this a product for people working in the creative industries? But before we can answer it, we need to take an in-depth look at what’s on offer in Microsoft’s smallest and cheapest 2-in-1 laptop to date.Surface Go key specsBattery life: up to 9 hoursMemory: 4GB/8GBStorage: 128GB SSDGraphics: Intel HD Graphics 615Weight: 0.52kg (0.77kg with attached...

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Create clear spreadsheets with this Excel course
December 13, 2018

If you don't know how to use Microsoft Excel, you're lacking a pretty essential skill for employment. In the United States and in plenty of other countries around the globe, it's one of the most widely used office software across all different industries – an estimated 750 million people use it globally.In this course, you'll learn everything from how to create clear spreadsheets, how to manage large quantities of data, and how to use Excel's...

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The 8 biggest typography mistakes designers make
December 12, 2018

The art of typography, at first, looks pretty straightforward: choose a typeface, fiddle with the size and perhaps alter the colour, right? Wrong. The truth is, there's so much more to effective typesetting than that.Typography is an almost invisible art form; if successful, the care and attention put into setting type on a page will melt away effortlessly, leaving the content front and foremost in the eye of the reader. As a discipline it's...

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The world's best smartphone in 2018: be more creative on the move
December 12, 2018

Can a mobile phone really make a significant impact on your creativity? Watch any major handset launch video, and the claims made in this regard are lofty. But actually, when you take look at the world's best smartphones, they're packed with features that could genuinely make your projects easier, more sharable and even better. (Pair them with the best iPhone apps and Android apps for creatives and you're laughing.)So what's the best smartphone...

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6 amazing free Adobe CC alternatives
December 12, 2018

For a long time Adobe has been number one when it comes to creative software. And for designers who can afford its Creative Cloud packages, Adobe's offering of industry-leading tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC and more can be too tempting to resist.This year has seen challengers to the throne though, with Affinity broadening its range of tools and capabilities to try and convince Adobe-doubters to jump ship. But what if...

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14 awesome design books that aren't about design
December 12, 2018

This is an updated article originally published in winter 2017.There are plenty of amazing design books around, but some of the best lessons can be learned from books that are about a different topic altogether. Last year, GV partner Daniel Burka put out a Tweet asking the hivemind which non-design books had taught them the most about their profession, and the thread proved hugely popular.Best design book that's not about design? Go. For me, it's...

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Gravity Sketch on Oculus Rift review
December 12, 2018

What designer hasn’t thought about bringing their 3D art to life in the air in front of them? In the last few years we have been able to do just that, at least inside a VR head-mounted display and with controllers in our hands. Gravity Sketch started life on an iPad and was followed by the VR version which can now be experienced in an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the Microsoft Mixed Reality headset. There’s a basic version with some limitations...

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Get these essential design ebooks for a dollar
December 12, 2018

If you're working in design, it's vital that you never stop learning; it's tempting to think that you might know it all, or at least enough, but if you want your work to stay fresh then you owe it to yourself to keep on expanding your design knowledge. Learning doesn't generally come free, though; you can stock up on free ebooks, but if you're really keen to boost your design wisdom then you're going to have to spend some money on graphic design...

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Learn how to build apps with this bundle
December 12, 2018

Want to build something that makes people's lives easier, in the form of an app? First, you'll need to gain the necessary technical know-how. With Hello Web Books: Learn to Build & Design Web Apps, you're getting a video bundle that will teach you how to build an app from start to finish.The bundle has two parts: Hello Web App, and Hello Web Design. The former guide you through the process of building an app with Python and Django, while the...

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The best camera for photography in 2018
December 12, 2018

Plucking out the best camera from a sea of seemingly similar models can be taxing. With so many capable cameras across many categories, even deciding on the right format may prove challenging – but we can help. In this guide, you’ll find the best DSLR, mirrorless and compact cameras for photography you can buy, whatever your budget or skill level. So what's the best camera out there right now? We think it's the Nikon 7500. It’s a camera...

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