Two of my favorite podcasts are InDesign Secrets and Photoshop User TV. I'm back to listening and viewing them. The knowledge shared by these creatives is invaluable for any designer who wants to grow his or her business. The contests they have are fun too. Helpful links on their websites takes you to other resources that, properly digested, help you take your design game to a new level.
Blogs such as the ones listed on the right side of this page are great for inspiration and information. It's pretty amazing that a designer in the Chicago area can be inspired by someone in another city, state, or continent. Pages that I have bookmarked include Graphic Design Blender, HOW Design, and Planet Quark.
A few years back I attended a Photoshop User seminar hosted by Scott Kelby's team. We received a goodies CD that I recently found and invested a few evening in revisiting the contents. What a neat treasure trove of inspiration and photos, brushes, and textures! I appreciate it more now that I'm a tad older.
|One of several movie files on the CD|
|Royalty-free texture graphic. © sapphire-innovations|
An example of a project I worked on was for a series of illustrations that show the process of creating an article for The World Book Encyclopedia. Here is a portion of the full page.
|From 'Encyclopedia' article, The World Book Encyclopedia. Illustrations by Jay Bensen.|
© World Book Inc. Used with permission.