Creative Brew

Diverse community of creators that support, collaborate, inspire, and push each other. We regularly host creative events on discord.

Issue 36: Meet the Winners!

May 9, 2022

Written by David Nichols

AROUND THE BREW ☕️

And the votes are all in! We had over 40 entries submitted to our “Midnight Moments” themed content. From short films to art, music, and poetry, we received an amazing variety of content! Well done creators! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. It would be cool to track all the cups of coffee consumed for all these submissions. Let’s meet the winners, shall we? 🎉🎉

If you get a chance, go check out all the other entries in the events channel! You don’t want to miss all the cool submissions.

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  • I think Splice has finally done the impossible – a good mobile app for musical experimentation. Coso is a dead simple to use app for messing around with making new beats. All you have to do is add new sounds from different categories to your “stack.” At the moment – the free version has pretty limited capabilities (the new sounds you add are completely random) – but it’s pretty fun to play with. You could spend a few minutes on your break trying to find some new inspiration. You can even export to Ableton Live! Check it out.
  • Get started on the first draft of that next novel with First Draft Pro. Why use Google Docs, when you can use a software that’s actually catered for writers? You can separate by chapter, add notes, and outline all in the same software. The one feature I find really interesting is how you can drag and drop different chapters/scenes around the book – like a Trello board for writing. Such a handy feature! Check it out.
  • Go straight from your design app to Xcode and Android Studio with Marcode. How’s that for not doing double work? If you’re bootstrapping a new app, this may be the tool for you! You can test several of their apps via testflight on IOS. Check it out.
  • Adobe is at it again with a new tool! The Adobe Substance 3D Modeler is now in beta. Sculpt and shape digital clay on your desktop or – in VR. Start from a shapeless block of digital clay, or sculpt from a primitive shape to make a building or similar structure. I’m curious as to how sensitive the software is as compared to modeling with clay in the real world. Check it out.
  • Buttondown is quite possibly the most minimalist newsletter tool I’ve ever seen. From settings to writing/sending your emails – the platform even makes Substack look complicated. From tags to online archives, Zapier integration, and analytics, Buttondown has a ton of powerful features to help you as your audience grows. If you’re looking for a tool to get started with that email list – Buttondown could be the right choice for you. Check it out.

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A BIT OF CREAM 🥛

There’s something very peaceful about taking a afternoon skate – focusing on the open pavement, the sound of the board , and the scenic views. Cassey’s delightful animation captures this well. I wouldn’t mind skating through some scenery like this beautiful landscape. Whether you skate, bike, jog, or just enjoy a stroll through nature – it’s important to get outside and enjoy the sunlight. It’s important to get inspiration from nature – or design from it, like this typeface based on a living tree. As the tree grows – the typeface will change every year. Maybe you could even cook up a little something to take with you on your journey? Enjoy some soothing lofi and sounds of thunderstorms, campfires, or the forest. If only we could pull out our retro Macintosh pocket computer to write a journal entry. Before we depart back to the digital world – let’s bridge the gap with Hamid’s bold artistic exploration of the lines between the real and the virtual.

THE BEANS 🌱

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INSPIRATION 💡

As creators, we all have strive to have a personal brand of some kind – and develop them in our own aesthetics. From color palettes to logos and slogans, we all try to make our brands to stand out. I always like to have a few companies that I regularly visit for branding inspiration – and I try to find new ones too! They’re helpful for inspiration as we define and refine our own personal styles. For example – think of the Nike Swoosh. You see the swoosh – you see Nike. You see the Adidas logo – you know Adidas. Hey – even T-Mobile copyrighted their particular shade of pink. In the same small way – we all hope that certain elements of our branding will be recognized by others. Eventually – we hope our Creative Brew logo is recognizable too! One of my personal favorites is Recess – with its aesthetic colors and minimalist fonts. Another fun brand is the new Ghost Energy Drink – its colors and logo manage to stand out against all the other bright energy drinks (which is no easy feat). Both of these brands do a fantastic job of standing out in a recognizable way. How does your brand stand out from the competition?

That’s all for this week!

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