A designer, illustrator, blogger and founder of Vectorise. Have been worked as an interior designer and currently enjoying visual design activities & involved in printing industry. Besides being permanent vectorise logo contributor, he also has passion in blogging about designs related, technology enthusiast, likes to try and review graphic apps, sharing freebies, etc.
We have seen many inspiring vector design ideas from all over the net, be it icon designs, logo, to web design and many other vector style illustration arts and designs. Here we would like to share some inspiring vector based illustration projects made (some by Malaysian) for Malaysia landmark vector.. and be inspired :)
Malaysian Landmark Vector
These are among famous Malaysian landmarks around the country beautifully illustrated by Valen Lim.
“No wonder why it’s the most visited city in the world! 6th”
A project by Jing Zhang a London based designer for to create an infographic for popular spots in K.L. for Turkish Airlines.
See more at her website and be inspired with her style of vector illustrations..
Kuala Lumpur Shape of City
last but not least, nice illustrations style titled Shapes of Cities by another London based designer Yoni Alter.. and one thing that make his artwork unique is, (not just the simplicity style, but) he claimed that his illustrations are accurate to scale – think architecture..
Latest additions in vector related designs that catch our attention these few days and some from previous year are a few quite simple, useful and free design tools from online vector editor, animated SVG icons, font editor for newbie font designer, detect web font tool, print design freebies, box template and low poly mask.
There are many websites offering verity of box template designs, but most of them did not provide the vector ‘die-cut shape template’ as it supposed to, they just give jpeg image instead which are not designer friendly. So here you’ll get box templates with die-cut shapes that might be useful for you projects. Simply choose a template, customize the measurement, create and ready to download.
for print design or DIY hobby
customize & download
download as PDF / SVG, open with Adobe Illustrator (or any vector editor) to edit.
Adobe Illustrator (Ai) Scripts are usually third party scripts designed by experience users to help designers saved a lot of time in creating and completing tasks with the graphic software. When Illustrator users stuck on complex works or handling some trifling tasks that have to be done, these Scripts come in handy. One of the example of available script already built-in Illustrator is Live Trace function that handles tracing image (in variety of mode) in just a click.
Illustrator itself doesn’t have all the features that we might have imagine it suppose to provide whenever we stuck on ‘how to do this and that’ in the app. Here come these Scripts made by users for users purposely to realize the imaginations.
There are some users on the internet that create Ai Scripts and provide them as free to use, just download and copy it in your Adobe Illustrator installed directory; Adobe Illustrator/Presets/Scripts (folder). When you run the software, go to top menu; File > Scripts > Other Script… the new scripts will appear here (sub menu). Anyway let see in these list of Ai Scripts (if you found some usefull) we managed to collect and links to their source. Before that, you’re advisable to look at Adobe Illustrator Scripting Guide & Refference.
Scriptographer is also a website (from Switzerland) that provides exchange scripts and ideas among users. They listed their archives in 3 main categories.. and I can say that they’re among up to date scripts available out there, from legacy and up to Ai CS6.
Scripts for Adobe Illustrator by Hiroyuki Sato consist of Scripts for legacy Ai v.10, Ai CS – Ai CC (latest). You can find and download all of latest Ai CSx Scripts by shspage in zip file from their GitHub page.
We look back on whats trending along this year of 2013 in our scope of vector graphic topics including logo design, vector SVG, color, best mobile apps of the year and some internet trending news.
1. Logo Design
We can say that logo design trending in 2013 is more on Redesign of existing logo, such as Yahoo! logo that being criticized. Meanwhile a lot of big names have successfully transformed their new logo being better, in redesign term. The most influenced trend is flat design and minimalist style of logo design. You might like to see 2013 Logo Design Trends by Logo Lounge. Anyway here is an example of 2014 logo design that will make next year as football fever once again, can’t wait for samba..? (whenever you enter 2014 logo as keyword, Google will come up with this ↓ image more than any other).
Vector graphic demands are rising on the net, either for logos, illustrations, icons, charts, etc. We can also see some vector graphics site grows over the years. Be it providing and sharing vector freebies or offering vector services. One of the most popular sharing of vector freebies in 2013 are Flat Icons. We can see variety of flat icons’ style being shared freely from many top designers community sites, such as behance, deviantart, dribbble, and many personal sites as well.
Scalable Vector Graphic or SVG getting better support and we will see latest upgrade to SVG 2 which will be better integration into HTML & CSS. What was that means..? In simple words, vector graphic will be everywhere sooner or later, on any devices, don’t worry if you don’t have the right app to open vector file (in the future).
The rise of mobile tech and devices had made social activities change the life style of many of us, whether we realize it or not. In fact, in some country, the authority had made some rules to prevent their people being ‘stuck on gadget’ 24/7. People might blames on social media attractions, but to be frank, social media is just a new kind of tool to communicate. We need to be careful on how we deal with it, not to be too dependent on it.. its not a big deal anyway.
In the middle of this year people around the globe being blast by shocking news of the information security related issue. NSA has ‘direct access’ to the servers of Google, Facebook and others. Using a program named #PRISM they spy on us, collecting our personal infos especially on our media social accounts. There came the most popular name in 2013, Edward Snowden (compared to Obama).
7. Vectorise Turn 7
Last but not least, we at vectorise will turn 7 years old this coming 2014, March to be exact.. thanks for all your supports, we will continue our efforts in providing vector logo, vectorise services and helping you in our forum. If you have something good to share, or any idea do contact us and let us know.. happy hohoholiday & happy new year ☻
Polygon Vector art style illustrations, sometimes they call it Low Polygon, created in full vector, no it’s not the Photoshop Filter setting applied, but these polygons we discussed here are fully vector, in 2D (even it may looks like 3D) either using Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Inkscape or created using SVG generator.
There are few types of Polygon Vector to illustrate the images, normally using random polygon with verity of shapes and the other using triangle polygon shapes. The Triangle Polygon can be divided in two types – Triangle Polygon Vector abstract in random and Triangle Mosaic Tiles with seamless pattern. We will see the example of those illustrations.
Polygon Vector Abstract (random)
These illustration might be created manually by drawing parts by parts if you really have passion and patience, as shown in this vectorboom tutorial.. or perhaps there’re using filter or plugin installed inside the vector graphic apps itself.
credit to vectorboom.com
You can see the polygons constructed as the image above consist by variety of poly shapes, triangles, rectangles or trapezoids. As this polygon shapes are manually drawn, points to points should be precisely joined to avoid any gaps appear among them.
Triangle Polygon Vector Abstract (random)
What makes me attracted with these type of illustrations, they’re constructed with random shapes of triangle polygons. There are no other shapes but triangle, and the combination of colors help in creating the image. This kind of illustration usually best in creating object oriented image, minus the background scenery.
Also you can create just cool looking abstract background and perhaps you can sell it, like this..
credit to creativemarket.com
Polygon Typography / Calligraphy
And this style is perfect with title typography for your design or calligraphy art style.. just like I’ve done previously with Eid-ul-Fitri vector khat.
credit to shutterstock.com
These kind of Triangle Vector Polygon illustrations actually created using SVG generator, a browser based HTML5 engine – Triangulator, and edited using Adobe Illustrator to fine tune the artworks. You may download it, unzipped and run the html (index) file.
credit to somestuff.ru
Triangle Mosaic Tiles Pattern
There is also a type of normally generated in pixel (raster) based image, not vector, triangle mosaic patterns. Probably the reason of this kind of artworks usually being used as background or just to make seamless patterns of an image. Normally being generated with filter plugins inside graphic editor itself such as in Photoshop’s Filter.
You can search some (maybe free or paid) pattern effect Plugins (or Actions script) such as triangle, hexagon, etc. for using with Photoshop to create verity type of mosaic patterns if you like the output.
This is the latest released to date for Android OS User Interface Design Kit for Apps designers and developers (if you’re one). Say thanks to Taylor Ling for his passion creating this as free download.
This Infographic explained the differences among top 3 ECommerce Platforms for you to decide. So you might choose the right one for your Ecommerce or Shopping Cart website. Either it PrestaShop, Magento or OpenCart, lets see..
Designers who owned tablets or phablets may have tried several categories of graphic apps in their android gadgets to fully utilize the capability of their big screen devices. But there are not many good vector graphic applications can be found for Android just like iOS vector apps, especially for free versions. Here are some names we can found for Free Vector Graphic Apps for android collections that you can try.
Infinite Design is a professional vector graphics app which lets you create complex and beautiful designs effortlessly on your mobile device. With path editing and a unique pen tool feature, infinite undo & redo, import images from your gallery, camera, or the web. Save as JPEG, PNG (without background), PSD and export path data to SVG for editing in your favorite graphics editor.
Simplector is a simple vector SVG editor for your android tabs and normal size smart phones that supports simple figures (rectangles, ellipses) as well as Bézier curve, path, text and raster images. Provides basic operations such as copy & paste, scaling, rotation, undo/redo. Images created in Simplector can be loaded in other SVG enabled tools such as Inkscape.
ScribMaster is a powerful painting and drawing app specifically designed for large screens phones & tablets. The paint engine works with scalable vectors instead of pixels, so you can zoom in and work on fine details without pixelation (the filling tool is an exception, it works with bitmaps). For vectoring ScribMaster use the SVG format, you can export your images to your pc for professional editing in this format.
Create arts with shapes and curves with this app the way professionals do. Use standard shapes or “bezier” curves. Load SVG graphics to edit and modify. Create graphics, icons or designs and save as SVG or PNG to your gallery or share them on Tumblr, DropBox, email and other places.
Write is a word processor for handwriting. In addition to all the usual features of a vector drawing application, it provides a unique set of tools for editing and navigating handwritten documents. Write is perfect for note-taking, brainstorming, and drawing. Write is also available for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux.
If you have some recommendation for free vector graphic apps for android, please suggest us, we will update the list.
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