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Spanish-Filipino Catholic Traditions for the Holy Week in the Philippines

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Of Hashtags and Ice Cream

Are you on Instagram too? If you’re one of our Instagram friends, you’re probably familiar with the special hashtag #icecreamcreatives – used for our biweekly contests for features here on the site. Our Instagram Stream Our Current Theme Contest on Instagram: THINK PASTEL Inside Scoop We have to admit, #icecreamcreatives came about because of our team’s love for photography. It was a way to discover budding creatives as well as seasoned photographers we wanted to feature on our website. Just a way of giving our own little shout out to underrated talents in this dedicated space on the inter web. Biweekly Theme Contests   Every 2 weeks, we hold a unique theme contest. As a nice cherry on top, each winner gets their spot on the homepage slider...
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By Dmitry Samohin

Daily Design Inspiration: Owl Tattoos

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Best Game of Thrones Fan Art

Best Game of Thrones Fan Art

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Satinka Naturals Bistro & Café

Business of Pleasure: Satinka Naturals Bistro & Café

Hype comes and goes but we’re glad the wellness revolution has surfaced and is finally gaining ground in this day and age. Personally, we get too excited with matters involving food and alternative knickknacks. Before capping off our short business trip in Makati, we decided to check out a small unassuming café just around the block for a quick nibble. The “organic coffee” sign outside specifically intrigued me being the caffeine nut that I am. Stepping into Satinka Naturals Bistro & Café was an experience for the senses. Visually, its interiors were charming and the place smelled of a mix of coffee in the morning, sweet oils and lingering scents. An “apothecary” - isn’t there something so magical about that word? - stood right by the...
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Top 20 Illustrators on Behance We Love To Stalk (Part 4)

We’ve been writing about the top 20 illustrators that we love to stalk on Behance lately and we’ve chopped up the entry into 4 separate series to let you percolate in anticipation. In culmination of the Behance Illustrators series, allow us to present to you the final leg with 5 more artists you should be checking out on the online portfolio showcase. 16. Hsiao-Ron Cheng Hsiao-Ron Cheng is an illustrator based in Taiwan with a focus on editorial design and graphic art. Her work is depicted in delicate fine lines – almost wispy – of botanicals and portraits in light pastels. Her personal website: http://hsiaoroncheng.com/ All photos courtesy of https://www.behance.net/HsiaoRonCheng 17. Anne Yvonne Gilbert Anne Yvonne Gilbert is an illustrator...
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Top 20 Ilustrators on Behance

Top 20 Illustrators on Behance We Love To Stalk (Part 3)

Searching around for the most interesting artists online has become one fascinating past time for us here at the studio. Behance is just one of those mediums where we can spend hours just staring at the computer screen. And now for the third part of our series, we present more illustrators on Behance that we love to stalk! 11. Michal Dziekan Michal Dziekan is an illustrator and character designer based in Warsaw, Poland. He worked in sets of animated commercials and films, and post-production studios as a concept artist before choosing to launch a freelance career. His work feature stylized illustrations reminiscent of animation and editorials. They’re so vivid and full of movement despite being still – all that’s left to do is to come alive and...
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Top 20 Illustrators on Behance We Love To Stalk (Part 2)

Behance – a web network of artistic digital portfolios all ripe for a visual feast. We split this post into four parts since everything delicious has to come in moderation. On our previous post, Top 20 Illustrators on Behance We Love To Stalk (Part 1), we picked out the first 5 artists who struck our fancy. Now on to the next 5 illustrators on Behance that we love to stalk! 6. Toma Joksaite Toma Joksaite is an illustrator based in Lincoln, United Kingdom. She coins her style from old gothic and art nouveau influence as experienced in her highly-detailed, romantic and graceful work. Forest life interspersed with mythical creatures are her usual subjects – traditionally hand drawn with fine ink pens and watercolours in minimal palettes. When I first...
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Top 20 Illustrators on Behance We Love To Stalk (Part 1)

“How! How is it possible for a human mind to come up with that?” we find ourselves yelling out almost every time we click on the profiles of these absolute creative geniuses. Behance is a web network showcasing artistic professionals’ online portfolios – a huge medium for self-promotion. We’ve split this blog entry into four separate series so as not to overwhelm your mind with so much in so little time. Let’s get on with the show: here is the first 5 of the top 20 Illustrators on Behance we love to stalk. 1. David Sossella David Sossella is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Italy with various works circulated across several exhibitions and publications. One of his more notable ones include the one he authored for the Never Hide...
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Philippine Art In Focus: Botong Francisco, The Muralist

We have always considered Philippine art – its feeling, flow and energy - as an inspiration for much of our designs. Today, we needed a particular kind of intensity which we searched close to home for. With this, Botong Francisco comes to mind. Carlos “Botong” Francisco revived the long forgotten art of mural painting and has been proclaimed its most distinguished practitioner in the Philippines. Image Source: http://angonorizal.weebly.com/carlos-botong-francisco.html The Nose Flute, 1955 http://www.mutualart.com/Artist/Carlos-V--Francisco/70A146C8E6AA5B1D/Artworks   Botong Francisco devoted himself to his craft. During earlier years down this path, he dedicated study on graphic art and modernism before taking on large-scale murals which he...
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Comic Sans: From Ugly Duckling To Beautiful Swan

Comic Sans - the font that haunted us like a plague since its introduction in the 90's. It’s a sans-serif casual script typeface imitating comic books which got the cool kids thinking – hey, why not? Let’s pretend the world is one big speech bubble. Currently much criticized to the point of a raging online war between lovers and trolls alike, comic sans gets reinvented. Imagine that. Andrew Gunadie aka Gunnarolla A really short history lesson. October 1994, Microsoft designer Vincent Connare begins inventing a playful font which, unbeknownst to him, would eventually explode into a worldwide phenomenon and pop-culture staple. Not necessarily a good thing. 2002, two American graphic designers come up with a movement called “Ban Comic Sans” and...
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Top Creative Design Trends of 2014… So Far

2014 is a year of extremes. The extremely old school or the extremely contemporary. To create a fusion between these two elements at each end of the spectrum is how great designers have bent and shaped the top creative design trends of 2014. A couple have been trending since the beginning of the year and up until the mid we’ve been seeing quite a sustained flow of some of these design trends. Old school. Retro. Vintage. It’s no surprise that we look to the past for inspiration. Recycling of ideas – what’s new? Made by hand. Illustrations, calligraphy, artworks not digitally synthesized have slowly gained a comeback. It only makes sense after decades of sculpting and skewing design through… how shall we say it… digital applications. You can...
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What To Do To Get Design Inspiration

It’s not uncommon for designers to hit the brick wall when it comes to ideas. Or worse, inspiration. We can sit around all day with a head full of nothing or be bursting to the brim that sleep becomes an impossibility. Designing is a tricky process. Sometimes desperation seeps through and this could affect one’s work. Here are some suggestions on what to do to get design inspiration. Disconnect. Staring at a screen all day can lead to the opposite of productivity. Either it can overwhelm or worse… stump the creative process. Maybe it’s time to put away some things, head outside and clear your head. Connect. This isn’t necessarily contradictory to the first tip. People. That’s the word. It’s amazing how engaging in social behaviour can...
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Why The Name ‘Ice Cream Creatives’?

Previously, we highlighted the wonderfully complicated (or not) events which led to the creation of Ice Cream Creatives. Then the questions began. “Do you sell ice cream?” Yeah! The essence of it. Ice cream is fun. There is adventure in creative design. The only limit one can have is the one he sets for himself. What makes Ice Cream Creatives fresh is the constant inspiration we take from our favourite workplace – the big wild world. Ice cream is a go-to happy treat. The lure of this goodness in a cup can be a heartsick cure-all. When you have a business that flounders and is lack-luster, Ice Cream Creatives can help find its cheerful soul and possibly help it get back on its feet. Ice cream is cool. Investing in good design can do wonders for...
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Ice Cream Creatives Is Born

We are a young team set on bringing your designs to life! We’ve had the idea of putting up a graphic and web design studio for years but after the finishing touches towards finally making the dream come to life, we realized the perfect name for it still evaded us. On one supremely sunny day, it just materialized. We had a cold local snack called Halo-halo (mixed fruits topped with milk and ice cream) to keep us sane when the name struck us solid. Hey - why not serve up some ‘ice cream’? Why ‘ice cream’ though? We’re not sorbeteros (ice cream vendors) by any means… but we do aim to serve up the essence of it. Ice Cream Creatives will bring the flavour back in your business.
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The Importance of Design In Business

The audience is always hungry. Consumers are constantly looking out for products that are innovative and unique, somehow gripping through the inner psyche. This is where the importance of design in business comes in. There are many ways to have a product that sells and likewise more devices to get the ball rolling such as through good marketing and advertising strategies. Nevertheless businesses, especially in this dynamic age, should always remember to recognize the value which good design could bring to their trade. How so? Design is the face which dictates the public’s perception of your product. An effective designer knows that it’s all in the details – understanding the consumer ultimately through a concept, a structure or an end-product....
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