Portfolio Review Night 4 Gallery

On the evening of March 9th, an outstanding number of young designers, illustrators, and web creators came out for portfolio review night to have their portfolios reviewed. Volta Labs in downtown Halifax was filled to the brim with students, recent grads and young creative professionals looking for a variety of feedback on their work. It was a busy and satisfying event for everyone.

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Creative Pub Night Gallery

Creative Pub Night is the revamped successor to the more traditional Drink and Draw. People hang out in a casual and social atmosphere to work, develop personal projects, or stretch their creative muscle. Here you will find shots of works in progress, studies, doodles, client projects and anything else attendees have worked on.

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The Beauty of Hand-drawn Typography

The first hand-lettering artists were sign painters. They were hired to paint shop signs, posters, and paint information on shop windows to encourage customers to shop within the store. This art form required skill, craftsmanship and the only way to learn was to practice. Not much about it has changed over the years except that the finishing touches of hand-lettering are now done within an Adobe software product. Read More

Creative Design Inspiration

We all get creative inspiration from different people and places. Some of us love to go to galleries and museums while others are lovers of magazines or stick strictly to online sources. I often get inspired by things I see on the street, an in store display, billboards, bus shelters, and lots from magazines and books. It’s important to keep inspirational fodder close at hand so you can tap into those resources when you’re not feeling so creative. In this article, I’ll share where I like to find some of my creative inspiration and hopefully be able to inspire you. Read More

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Why Failure is Your Friend

We’re all afraid to fail. Whether our motivation is disappointing ourselves, our coworkers, or our friends and families, no one wants to intentionally complete a task that misses the mark you’ve been aiming at. However, failing at something gives us an opportunity to learn. And that learning experience allows you to succeed on future projects.

As creatives, our internal critic is the loudest voice that we hear. If a scientific study was done on creatively inclined personalities I am sure that they would find a correlation between being creative and being a perfectionist. We pay attention to details, second guess our decisions, and lack confidence with our final products until we get input and feedback from others. Some of us never finish certain personal projects because they just aren’t right. I know I have several. Read More

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Getting and Staying Creative

Regardless of what creative field you are in, there are always days when you just can’t seem to think of anything to write, draw, doodle, animate, design, or paint. And sometimes you look at something and know something is off but you just can’t put your finger on it.

Having a solid creative process helps you develop ideas when you feel like you have none. Each person has a different process and is inspired and motivated by different things. Some people love Pinterest and for others magazines and books offer more plentiful fodder. Although you’ve probably heard most, if not all, of these before here are some reminders on ways to get the creative juices flowing again when you get stuck. Read More