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602, 2017

Adorable Woodland Emojis on the App Store

I’ve been wanting to create sticker packs for iMessage for a while, so I was pleased to finally get around to putting these together (even though the process with Xcode/ iTunes Connect is kind of a pain in the butt for non-developers). You can

VIEW WOODLAND EMOJIS ON APP STORE
2001, 2017

NatAlt Design is on Creative Market

I am very pleased to announce that I am now on Creative Market, where you can find illustrations, icons, emojis and other digital design assets for purchase.

I was delighted to have my debut upload, the Sketchnote Illustration Toolkit chosen by Creative Market to sit in their Handpicked category, as well as have my store featured as one of the top new stores on their blog.

So if you need some bits and bobs for your apps, websites, presentations, etc – pop over and have a look. If you’re after something bespoke, or some live visual note-taking, then drop me an email.

Visit NatAlt Design on Creative Market
1412, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for Designers/Illustrators 2016

A quick list of stocking fillers and bigger presents for the creative type in your life.
Everything on this list is something that I either own or have bought for others, and all have my seal of approval (arf, arf).

1. Dotgrid notebooks

Designers can never have too many sketchbooks, but these are by far my favourites. A variety of sizes plus device template versions for game and app designers.

Check it out

2. iPad Pro (& Pencil)

One of the few new devices in the past 5 years that has changed my workflow. For vector illustrators the pairing of the Pencil with Adobe Draw is divine, and Procreate for digital painters. Plus with the Astropad app designers can mirror their desktop/laptop screen as use it as you would a Cintiq or similar graphics tablets.

Check it out

3. Coffee subscription

90% of creativity is fuelled by caffeine. With that undisputable science in mind, a regular dose dropping on to your doormat each week is a godsend (especially for more hermit-like freelancers). I use Pact myself, and my personal favourite is Fruit n Nut Espresso (that’s flavour notes, the coffee itself is not flavoured). If you want to give it a go you can use my referral code to get your first bag for £2: NAT-COFFEE

Check it out

4. Olloclip iPhone camera lenses

Designers and illustrators are often pretty rad at casual photography too. Kick it up a notch with an Olloclip attachment for iPhone – there are lots of options but the 4-in-1 lens is a good choice with fisheye, x10 macro, x15 macro and wide-angle lenses.

Check it out

5. Inanimate character stickers

Feel less crazy talking to your stapler – stick a bunch of eyes on it. That’s definitely less crazy.

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6. Information is Beautiful book

Show me a designer who doesn’t like infographics and I’ll show you a smelly impostor. From politics, to hangover cures, to my personal favourite – most farty animals – both a good looking and entertaining book.

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7. Designerly greetings cards

Don’t like that designer enough to get them a gift? At least you can give a thoughtful card.

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8. Good Fucking Design Advice mug

That coffee from earlier needs a mug to go with it, and what better mug for a sweary designer than one covered in a load of really Good Fucking Design Advice.

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9. CMYK 2017 colour-a-day calendar

The best thing about this calendar is that you can tear off your favourite swatches and tie them together to make your own chart. Neat-o!

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10. Herman Miller Embody Chair

If you haven’t got anyone who loves you enough to drop a grand on an office chair for you, then saving up for one yourself is a good investment – especially if you’ve got a bit of a dodgy back or hip like me, or if you are generally an older, crustier designer. Think about how much time we spend at our desks, and how much time a human body is designed to sit for. Yeah. I’ve linked Wellworking in the button below, that’s where I got mine from with great service and set-up. Your booty will thank you.

Check it out