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As graphic and web designers, we should constantly look for ways to make our work go both quicker and better. In one word, we should work “smarter”.

One way to do this is to learn to work with templates when appropriate. Obviously, most designers would rather design everything themselves when possible, but sometimes time and budget do not allow for it.

Kitchen & Pantry labels

If you like to do things yourself in the kitchen, you should also like to design labels for the food you stock at home. You can download these labels on World Templates in the kitchen labels section, as well as many others printable label templates.

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Modern Tri-Fold Brochure Design Template

A 2 sided tri-fold brochure template. The files are fully layered PSDs with editable fonts and vector shapes. Download on

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Vintage postcards images

14 high resolution old postcard images (at around 5200x3300px). Some have stamps and postmarks form 1900s. Perfect for your vintage designs.

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Victorian Fashions Kit

Scans of vintage Victorian fashion designs free to download on Far Far Hill.

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FREE Watercolor & Oil Paint

A set of gorgeous digital papers with watercolor and oil paint textures, perfect to create beautiful backgrounds. Free download on TheHungryJPEG.

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Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018

The 2018 Red Dot[1] Award: Communication Design will open for entries on March 5. Agencies, designers and companies from around the world are invited to submit their design and creative projects to this international design competition.

From advertising campaigns to trade fair stands and apps - there are 17 categories in which upcoming and established designers and brands alike can put their designs to the test.

To recognise the international nature and diversity of the projects entered, the jury for the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2018 is equally diverse, with 24 experts from different specialist areas and with different cultural backgrounds appraising all of the competition entries individually, live and on site. The intensive scrutiny and critical exchange between the jury members allow for a well-founded final decision.

The deadline for submissions is May 29, with a late deadline of June 15, 2018.[2]


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GOOD DESIGN Awards 2018

The annual GOOD DESIGN Awards[1] Program for the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world is now accepting submissions. Every year, designers and manufactures in about 50 nations are honored for their singular achievements in producing hallmarks of contemporary design.

The emphasis of the GOOD DESIGN program is on quality design of the highest form, function, and aesthetics a standard beyond ordinary consumer products and graphics. The Chicago Athenaeum's GOOD DESIGN program forwards the ideals of a design process that embodies product excellence and endurance and strong public identity.

Submissions to the program are judged by a jury of distinguished design professionals and leading industry specialists and design press on criteria established in the original 1950 program for the highest aesthetic in terms of innovative design, new technologies, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility, and energy efficiency, and sensitivity to the environment.

The deadline for this year's submission is June 1st, 2018.[2]


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Penguin Random House Design Award 2018

The 2018 Penguin Random House Design Award is now open for submissions. The Award offers students interested in pursuing a career in design to experience real cover design briefs first-hand.

This competition is open to anyone studying on a Further Education or Higher Education course (part time or full time) in any subject and at any level. Entrants must be aged 18 or over by July 1, 2018. The competition is not open to graphic design professionals. Entrants must be available to take up the 4-week work placement if they win the first prize.

The deadline for submissions is March 6, 2018.[1]


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MICA Hosts U.S. Debut of Shenzhen International Poster Exhibition

The Shenzhen International Poster Exhibition, currently on view at MICA, showcases work by an international roster of artists and designers. This is the first time the exhibition has traveled to the US, after a previous tour stop at the University of the Arts in Poznan, Poland.

The exhibition[1] features 82 of the 500 posters originally on display in Shenzhen, and MICA Graphic Design Chair Brockett Horne was part of the panel of the jury who judged entries for the exhibition. The selection on view at MICA represents a diverse and international group of designers, including Kumjun Park, Sven Tillack, Brousse & Ruddegkeit, Allain Le Quernec, Sha Feng, Yin Zhongjun, Sui Haoran and Nikodem Pregowski, among others.

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