Web Designer Charli Marie Prangley shares why wireframing is the first step in her design process, and why it’s more important to be quick than neat.
Design is such a wonderful mix of art and science, and to me, web design is the perfect embodiment of both of those aspects. You’ve got to be doing deep UX design thinking and problem solving while at the same time creating something that’s beautifully branded.
Charli Marie Prangley: I’m the Marketing Design Lead at ConvertKit — we make email marketing software for creators — and on the side I’ve been making YouTube videos about design on my channel CharliMarieTV for nearly 7 years. I also have a podcast called Design Life — about design and side projects — and lately have been working on designing a font. …
Freelance artist Cory Siewert shares how he draws Iron Man with digital Copic markers in Concepts.
I tend to draw my creative efforts from things that really inspire me. Anything can do it really — a fun sign, architecture, colors, characters, etc.
Cory Siewert- I grew up in a house full of musical and artistic talent. I can relate to Alain Passard in his quote during his “Chef’s Table France” episode where he says something along the lines of “I had a family where gestures of ‘the hand’ were everywhere.” …
Architect Amin Zakaria shares how sketching with Concepts’ grids and live snap helps his design workflow.
I think experiments in design sketches are supposed to reflect vibrancy, that is why the lines are meant to be rough and show possibilities of ideas.
Amin Zakaria — I finished my postgraduate in architectural study from the University of Technology Malaysia, UTM and am currently working in an architectural firm, DP Architects, in Johor Bahru city. …
Learn how to set up lined paper for note taking and handwriting on your infinite canvas.
A great addition to the infinite canvas for freehand note taking and sketching, Concepts offers an elegant, customizable Lined Paper grid you can use to keep your notes tidy. From narrow rule for maximizing text to wide, elementary-style lines perfect for your child’s handwriting practice, you can keep your note taking in line with your thoughts.
Here is how to set up a personalized style of Lined Paper on your infinite canvas, as well as how to set up an actual paper-sized artboard, export and print your notes. …
Learn how to set up and customize your grids in Concepts.
To help with your visual design work, Concepts 5.8 gives you the ability to customize grids to your own dimensions. You can adjust spacing, divisions, color, opacity and orientation to fit your grid to your project. Concepts also has two new grid underlays — lined paper for note taking (here’s how to set that up), and triangle grid for 3-dimensional design.
In this tutorial, we’ll share how to choose and activate a grid on your canvas, and how to customize the grid to your workspace.
Learn how to connect your Concepts canvas to external devices and present live with AirPlay.
Presenting in Concepts is easy, it simply works when you connect your device to a secondary source via AirPlay or HDMI cable. You can sketch and discuss live with your work team or classroom, share notes or design plans, or draw live for an audience.
Once connected, you can choose whether to present your canvas without menus or to mirror the full canvas with controls, as well as toggle whether you’d like to share your stylus or finger touches with the audience. …
Designer Amin Zakaria shares his workflow and impressions on Urban Sketching.
The trick is to imagine that you are physically there, drawing how you feel it, not how you see it.
Amin Zakaria — I have loved to draw since I was young. My father’s constant quick sketches on the whiteboard inspired me. He drew very well despite being in the engineering field. I attended Architectural Design school and am currently working in an Architectural Consultancy office in Malaysia. I try my best to use my spare time to practice my drawing, be it between meetings, during lunch hour and at midnight before I head to sleep. …
How to back up your most important drawings to iCloud and other apps.
In light of the intense amounts of time, creativity and work you put into your drawings, and since occasional software crashes, device accidents and Life with a capital L happen despite best efforts, it’s invaluable to keep your drawings backed up at all times.
Please note that Concepts does not save drawings to your Concepts account. We are actively working on iCloud sync, which will use iCloud to sync work across devices. Read here for our roadmap. …
How Graphic Designer Terrance Lam created a stunning decor for a wine label for Enrico Winery.
Terrance Lam: I am a marketing and graphic designer with 30+ years experience. I work for Enrico Winery as their marketing strategist, photographer and designer.
I started this project approximately 18 months ago with the goal of elevating the look of our current sparkling wine product to another level. We had been looking at decorated bottles as an option to avoid having paper labels and to have it etched directly on the bottle. …
Transparent objects are instant creative assets in Concepts. Learn how to create one in five easy steps.
One way to create fast graphic layouts is to drag and drop pre-made transparent images or objects onto your canvas. These add quick polish to project plans, storyboards, presentations and client meetings, and can make design work and virtual whiteboarding a breeze.
In Concepts, these transparent objects are immediate creative assets. They act like stickers — scalable, editable, transformable (can be warped and skewed), and instant. …