The brand new issue of Digital Arts is out now and we're exploring how you can help to change the world.
As a creative person, you care more than most. You’re passionate and empathetic -- which comes through whether you’re creating a personal project or a piece for a client. So with many tragedies and injustices happening in the world around us, it’s no surprise that creatives are heavily involved in trying to make the world a better place.
In this issue, we speak to artists and designers who’ve worked on some truly amazing projects, from helping reduce infant mortality in Uganda to providing assistance to disadvantaged people in Asia. The need to make a difference isn’t just driven by events on a global scale -- it can be local and personal too. It’s not just about charitable projects either -- design can affect social and political change too. Getting involved in such projects is a great way to make a difference, and the results will flow back into the rest of your work and help you progress creatively too.
If you’re in need of inspiration, look no further than our extensive graduate showcase -- these are the illustrators and a designers whose work you're not going to want to miss.
This issue includes a wealth of arts and design techniques revealed by some outstanding practitioners – and a new feature type called How-To, where we focus in on a specific topic that affects many Digital Arts readers and provide advice from some of the most experienced professionals around. In our first of these, we look at how to win that commission.
DESIGN FOR CHANGE
Creatives are becoming ever more active on behalf of good causes, raising funds for disaster relief and making their talents available to charities. Lisa Hassell finds out why
Check out the best designers, illustrators and other hot creatives from this year's graduate shows, including the D&AD's New Blood and New Designers
Conjure up images that evoke the wonders of space by sampling astronomy photos, as Adam Ismail demonstrates
3D WITHOUT THE PAIN
You don’t need tedious calculations to create accurate isometric art. Mark Oliver reveals how, and introduces a brilliant retro look to boot
AS GOOD AS ONE'S WORD
Nicolas Monin-Baroille and Alastair Temple create a convincing blend of type and abstract shapes through effective use of a 3D suite
You can make photos crisp and punchy without resorting to indiscriminate sharpening, as Tigz Rice shows
Kervin Brisseaux, a leading light of the Depthcore collective, uses motion blurs, gradient fills and other effects to turn a static hero into one that positively races
THE BEST NEW DESIGNERS
Brinley Clark and Lucinda Ireland discuss their award-winning work
How imbuing type with liquid behaviour led to amazing 3D forms
CREATIVE FREEDOM: DEAD PIRATES
How music for an animation led mc bess to launch his own band
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Autodesk Maya 2012
Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5
Samsung NX11 camera
£300 of stock images
Stylish images from Photostogo. Many of this month’s images are portraits of men and women in dance and motion. All the images are around 3,000 x 2,500 pixels in size.
(These are provided to purchasers of the magazine only through our Download Zone, so are available to both readers of both the print and digital edition).