Issue 1: Post digital designer on the dark side of metamorphism

In this issue, among other things: Quotes from "Atomic habits" book, how to read HEX codes, design tools survey, a collection of safety instructions from aircraft, 20,000 NFT by Takashi Murakami and many more.

Issue 1: Post digital designer on the dark side of metamorphism

Hello, dear readers! 👋

In this issue, among other things:

  • Quotes from "Atomic habits" book
  • How to read HEX codes
  • Design tools survey
  • A collection of safety instructions from aircraft
  • 20,000 NFT by Takashi Murakami

Enjoy reading!

📌 This is worth noting

Nine recent cool journal posters

Some projects of a modern Swiss designer - Ludovic Balland

📚 Book quotes

For this issue we've collected some citations from James Clear's book "Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones". Read them and decide whether you'd like to read the whole book.

All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.

The purpose of setting goals is to win the game. The purpose of building systems is to continue playing the game. True long-term thinking is goal-less thinking. It’s not about any single accomplishment. It is about the cycle of endless refinement and continuous improvement. Ultimately, it is your commitment to the process that will determine your progress.

When you can’t win by being better, you can win by being different.

Good habits can make rational sense, but if they conflict with your identity, you will fail to put them into action.

Over the long run, however, the real reason you fail to stick with habits is that your self-image gets in the way. This is why you can't get too attached to one version of your identity. Progress requires unlearning. Becoming the best version of yourself requires you to continuously edit your beliefs, and to upgrade and expand your identity.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Packed with evidence-based strategies, Atomic Habits will teach you how to make small changes that will transform your habits and deliver amazing results.

🗞 News and articles

2021 Design Tools Survey

UX Tools research report in the field of digital design tools. You will find out for what types of tasks what tools designers use.

2021 Design Tools Survey
Find your next tool from the responses of thousands of designers around the world.

New Wave Graphics Are the Most Influential Designs You’ve Probably Ignored

Eye on Design recommends paying attention to new wave aesthetics from the second half of the last century, which influenced design and art, although it is not particularly remembered now.

⚡️ Briefly

10 Habits of Successful Freelance Designers. This Dribbble blog is about the basic rules of a good work ethic as a freelance designer.

How to Read Color HEX Codes. Explanation of the device of HEX codes of colors. Now you will be able to see the color in #FF0000 and even #FF00FF.

Accessibility Myths Debunked. Debunking common myths about accessibility: is that a small proportion of people actually need it, is that they are not among your audience, is expensive, and so on.

10 Figma best practices every new designer needs to know asap. Basic life hacks to speed up work in Figma.

UI design trends of today and how to apply them in your apps. A selection of current trends in the visual design of interfaces.

UI design trends of today and how to apply them in your apps
From outline icons to switch designs, the UIs of major OSes are all starting to look similar.

🧘 Inspiration

Branding and logos

Block. Jack Dorsey renamed his company Square to Block to emphasize the turn of the strategy towards blockchain technologies. Follow the link to the promo video and the new company logo is modern, bright, lively and in 3D.

The global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure. Public relations and investor relations professionals rely on Business Wire for broad-based and targeted market reach.

100 logos of Sylvan Hillebrand, a graphic designer from Amsterdam.

100 Logos
A selection of 100 logos made while freelancing, working at Brand Specials (Hengelo), HarrimanSteel (Amsterdam)l, or working on personal projects during 2014 - 2021.

✍️ Typography, calligraphy and lettering

Daniel Maarleveld's kinetic letters, designer from Amsterdam.

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"36 days of type" of Jackson Alves, stunning! This guy drew every letter of the English alphabet in three different styles of calligraphy on three different visual layers.

Artist & Educator Jackson Alves’ “36 Days of Practicing”
We were truly chuffed to see Jackson Alves’ name in our inbox with some fresh new work. We’ve been inspired by this Brazilian calligraphy artist and educator for years so when Jackson reached out with his latest submission we couldn’t help but share with our dear readers here.

Super accentive lettering of lithuanian designer - Mykolas Saulytis. Here is 12 more letters of his.

A collection of type and letters
A collection of type and letters

🖨 Printing

CMYK Playing Cards. I have seen many different "designer" playing cards, but not shameful ones are quite rare. I liked these ones, because the number of suits coincide with the number of colors in the CMYK, plus the designer (Ondrej Musil from the Czech Republic) managed not to lose the usability of the cards.

CMYK Playing Cards Deal a Creative Hand
Ondrej Musil is the designer behind these gorgeous CMYK playing cards that pay homage to graphic designers’ color printing practices.

📊 Infographics and data visualisation

Most Common Daily Routines. Visual interactive visualisation of what people's time is spent on weekdays and weekends, depending on gender, employment and the number of children (data for the USA).

Most Common Daily Routines
We all have our routines, but from person-to-person, the daily schedule changes a lot depending on your responsibilities.

📦 Packaging

Liberte. Recursive design of the kombucha line from "Boucher". The bottle receives the original "flag" and becomes a logo that is applied to the "flag" on the bottle.

Packaging of the new brand of naturally fermented drinks Liberté for a chain of restaurants Bushe.

Hello, Kiki. Illustrative, but absolutely not vulgar packaging for the brand of sex toys, condoms and lubricants.

Hello, Kiki
Branding and packaging for a sex toy brand

Sustainable Packaging Index. Catalog of terms, materials and technologies for the production of eco-friendly packaging. It was created and maintained by the team of the Norwegian studio Goods.

Goods Index
Goods index open-source framework for planet-friendly packaging design. Browse by keywords or categories. Website footprint counts 0.13g co2

💻 Websites

Gumroad, a service for selling digital goods, has updated its identity and main landing page. Fresh, illustrative. And explains the product pretty well.

Gumroad – Sell what you know and see what sticks
Gumroad is a powerful, but simple, e-commerce platform. We make it easy to earn your first dollar online by selling digital products, memberships and more.

Landing for nuka hi-tech notepad. Notebooks are made without the use of trees, but of synthetic materials. Paper is not actual paper, but they promise that it is very similar, and you can write on it with a special stylus, and then erase what you have written.

nuka: eternal stationery
your first nuka - your last stationery

Lama Lama. Amsterdam digital agency, with a stylish dynamic identity, skillfully integrated into the site.

Lama Lama | Amsterdam based creative digital agency
At Lama Lama we love to play. Seriously. Our playful approach puts us in a mindset reminiscent of our childhood: pure and full of wonder.

Hyperframe. This is a case when boring prefabricated metal structures are served no worse than the Apple products.

We’ve reimagined steel framing from the ground up. Hyperframe is up to 15x faster than traditional steel framing. No tools or training needed.

📐 3D

SCULPTOBER2021. The results of a month-long sculpting challenge by Barcelona 3D designer David Gonzalez. Every day during October, he recreated a new character of popular culture.


A selection of fresh commercial projects by Omar Akil from Pakistan

Commercial Projects 2020-2021
Commercial Projects 2020-2021

Known Unknown-Leomojis. A series of three-dimensional portraits by Leo Natsume.

Known Unknown- Leomojis
Known Unknown- Leomojis


CLONEX. A series of 20,000 generative three-dimensional avatars created in collaboration with Takashi Murakami and RTFKT Studios.

The beginning of a whole ecosystem for our community, Quality-focused, high-end avatars, ready for the Metaverse.

Beautiful three-dimensional abstractions by Daria Antipenko.

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🖌 Illustrations

Jaedoo Lee's portfolio, a designer and animator from New York with a recognizable three-dimensional drawing style.

Jaedoo Lee

📼 Retro

Seatback Safety. A large collection of safety instructions from aircraft dating back to the 1960s. There are instructions from many major airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

Seatback Safety

💡 Guides

Figma Advanced Auto-Layout Tutorial. Advanced techniques for using autolayout.

Figma / Advanced Auto-Layout Tutorial
Download the Figma file to follow along –

⚙️ Tools

Figma plugins

New plugins for Figma:

Airtable introduced Interface Designer - the ability to design dashboards and interactive applications based on the data that you have entered into the service. I think this is a significant step in the progress of the No-code industry.

Introducing Airtable’s New Interface Designer | Airtable Blog
Create interactive applications, unlock power for the enterprise, and more.

Relume Library. A large and high-quality collection of blocks and elements for building websites and landing pages on Webflow. Excellent implementation — you just copy the block to the clipboard and paste it to the right place in Webflow. It costs from $ 19 per month, but there is a 14-day trial.

World’s Largest Webflow Component Library | Relume Library
Build beautiful websites and save thousands of hours using the world’s largest Webflow component library. Copy and paste Webflow components with ease.

Webflow at its conference announced the functionality of paid subscriptions, the design of complex logic of site behavior and a number of other pleasant improvements. If you still ignore this tool, it is very wrong. It is worth having in your arsenal.

Announcing Memberships, Logic, and more at No-Code Conf 2021 | Webflow Blog
Learn how our new announcements bring together the core capabilities of the web — all in one platform.

Moko App. Cloud service for editing Lottie and SVG animations and their subsequent integration into prototypes and products directly from the cloud.

Lottie animations easy to edit and share

Eraser. A new virtual whiteboard with collaboration support. Does not require registration. There is a library of blanks.

Eraser – A whiteboard that lets you focus on ideas
Create diagrams, wireframes, technical specs with your team. Your all-in-one technical ideation tool.

Design tool performance signatures. How much Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, Illustrator, Photoshop and Affinity Designer load the processor, memory and video card of the computer.

Design tool performance signatures
When pushed, how do various design tools utilise the hardware they’re running on? In other words, if you were to choose specs for a new Mac to be used for design, what should you focus on?

🗂 Free files

Figma cryptopanks-avatar generator.

CryptoPunk Avatar Generator - Generate your own CryptoPunk avatar in Figma for free | Product Hunt
CryptoPunk Avatar Generator version 2.0 is finally here! Now with a simpler DIY user interface, annotated quick start guide, mixed-gender face contours and a plethora of facial attributes and accessories. Customize your punk to your heart’s content!

Figma-mockup iPad Mini.

Free iPad Mini Mockup | Figma Community
Figma Community file - Free Apple iPad Mini Mockup.Replace mockup content with Mockup plugin. You can use it for your personal and commercial projects -- More free mockups

3D Airnauts.

20 FREE Shapes 3D Airnauts | Figma Community
Figma Community file - Show your creativity and use free 3D models for your projects

🅰️ Fonts

Rainer 1.0. A narrow accidental grotesque with a high waist. Rudiger, its author, started working on the font back in 2014, and now he has reached the release on Futura Fonts. There are 6 saturation variants in the family, the outlines are straight and with a reverse slope. That is, 12 fonts in total. The license costs from $360, according to the outlines is not for sale.

Rainer by Rüdiger - Future Fonts
A tightly compressed sans with ever so closed apertures, a fairly large x-height, short ascenders and even shorter descenders. The overall design is mostly subtle with infrequent outbursts of lavish peculiarities; like a rather high waist, that is featured throughout some letters as a somewhat flavo…

Marcovaldo. An antique family designed as an extension and addition to the Calvino antique family from Zetafonts. Heavy, dense font with wedge-shaped strokes and pronounced accidental character. One font, licenses from €39, there is a free trial.

Marcovaldo - A Serif Typeface
Marcovaldo is a heavy condensed wedge serif, optimized for display design. The high contrast and rich texture of the old style letterforms marry digital aesthetics in a typeface that is at the same time impactful and refined. With its nod to the Elzevir a…

🍪 A desert for you

21 Reflections of Dostoevsky in Pop Culture. A project of Embassy agency dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Dostoevsky's birth. The site tells about mentions and references to the great writer in modern popular culture.

21 Reflections of Dostoevsky in Pop Culture
A project by Embacy in honor of Dostoevsky’s 200th birthday, showing his impact on pop culture

The coolest signboard (and navigation system) for Kunsthalle Prague, an exhibition space in the Czech capital.

Kunsthalle Prague — Branding
Studio Najbrt created the branding, visual identity and typeface of Kunsthalle Praha, this new art institution at Klárov, and the Kunst font became the basis and an integral part of the future visual style of the orientation system and exhibitions. This font, designed by Mark Pistora, is based on a…

Carly Glowinski makes "canned sunsets" — beautiful landscapes from gradients of colored sand in cans.

Canning the Sunset: Hundreds of Jars of Dyed Sand Preserve the Swirling Colors of a Skyline Before Dusk
There’s a human impulse to preserve life’s blissful moments—a quick scroll through your camera roll will probably give you plenty of evidence—one Carly Glovinski gives into by bottling up the rich, swirling gradients the cloak the sky at day’s end. Her ongoing Canning the Sunset project, which the N

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