2012 was an exciting year for the creative industries. The London 2012 Olympics showcased a wealth of creative talent, new technologies such as Arduino and 3D printing pushed the boundaries of what we consider 'digital design', and the industry as a whole found itself more resilient to the recession than others. But there may be trouble ahead if the UK government downgrades creativity and computing in its planned revision of the GCSE.
Here we bring together the ten most-popular in-depth features from 2012 – plus one heartwarming story that will bring a smile to your face that'll still be there come the New Year.
What's the creative legacy of the London 2012 Olympics?
Leading designers, illustrators, creative directors and VFX supervisors reflect on the creative legacy of the London 2012 Olympics (image above)
Does nationality affect creativity?
Neil Bennett asks if where a creative was born and grew up leaves a legacy on their craft
Inside Britain's 5 best creative studios
Five agencies of all sizes tell Alice Ross what makes up their design DNA
Mat Dolphin's Tom Actman tells potential clients why they should avoid 99designs
Tom Actman from London based design company, Mat Dolphin, voices his opinion on websites that offer rock bottom prices for graphic-design work.
Interview: Founder of #includedesign campaign to save Britain from a creative education crisis
We interview Joe Macleod from ustwo, a driving force behind the campaign supported by the likes of Jonny Ive (above) to get design included in the government's EBacc plans.
3D Printshow report: What are the opportunities for artists and designers from 3D printing?
We sort through the jumble of ideas and tech that is affordable 3D printing to find out what it offers to you.
How to predict future design trends
Bill Gardner reveals what he thinks the next set of trends will be in logo design
Why Don't You? – 50 project briefs from leading creatives to inspire your next project
Laura Snoad asks the world’s best graphic and interactive designers, illustrators and animators to set briefs to inspire your next project. Here are their inspired suggestions.
Create innovative interactive paper apps by mixing graphic design and printed electronics
Conductive inks you can screenprint or litho print offer a whole new world of creative possibilities.
Push the boundaries of digital design using projection-mapping, Arduino, Microsoft Kinect & more
Michael Burns suggests how you can push the boundaries of digital design using projection-mapping, Arduino, Microsoft Kinect & more
3D printing used to create exoskeletons that help disabled children walk and feed themselves
A heartwarming story of how 3D printing can be used to change children's lives.