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Crab monster design on a yellow background
Crab monster design on a yellow background
Crab Samurai illustration. Omar Hernandez del Canto. 2020.

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Topics: themes

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    Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Show 2014 in the West Handyside Canopy at King's Cross. Photograph: John Sturrock.

    Opinion: Fashion's talking

    A fashion designer always starts with an idea or set of influences to make work. Insights tutor Kalina tells us more.

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    Lisette Titre. Modellled and textured characters.

    Gender: Female Game-Changers no.1

    Insights editor Kirsty introduces us to some seminal and emerging female games artists and developers.

  • One in a series of portraits, #orangetheworld collaboration for UN Women. Makeup: Umber Ghauri. Florals: James Edward Buswell, Photography: Eivind Hansen

    Identity: Using identity as a tool for creativity

    Graphic design tutor Anoushka introduces you to some artists whose identity informs the way they work creatively.

  • an art piece which depicts a screenshot of a desktop background, displaying messages of toxic masculinity
    ‘Man Up’, 2018, Image: Rhys Laird

    Identity: Opening up about mental health and masculinity

    Marcus from Boys Don't Cry UK presents some emerging artists who have featured in their journey as a collective.

Topics: video picks

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    Screenshot from Sonia Cerezquita's video of Tate Modern Timeline by Sarah Fanelli.

    Video picks: Tate timeline- Art across the decades

    Insights editor Kirsty introduces a screen recording of Tate's art movements - a handy reference for all fine art students.

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    JR. Time is Now, Yalla! Israel/Palestine. Photograph: Camlacaze via Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

    Video picks: JR- Inside Out

    Insights editor Kirsty introduces JR's global community photography projects.

  • A portrait photo of a man of African descent looking into the camera, wearing oversized, futuristic glasses made out of metal
    Cyrus Kabiru. Kubwa Macho Nne Tom and Jerry 2015. Pigment Ink on HP Premium Satin Photographic Paper 150 x 150 cm Ed 1of 5.⁠ Photograph: Cyrus Kabiru. Courtesy of SMAC Gallery.

    Video picks: Cyrus Kabiru- C-Stunners

    Cultural and historical studies tutor Teleica explores the world of sustainable artist and sculptor Cyrus Kabiru.

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    Still from Studio Visit | TateShots.

    Video picks: Haroon Mizra's sculptural sound installations

    Fine art tutor Shepherd introduces Chelsea College of Art grad Haroon Mirza who makes art from found audio footage and objects.

Topics: keywords

  • A female student adds a scale figure to her rough architectural sketch model
    A student working on their sketch model during UAL Insights Summer Schools. Photograph: UAL.

    Keywords: the language of architecture and spatial design no.1

    Architecture, interior and spatial design students Chinelo and Sean introduce us to some terms that you’ll come across in the first few weeks at uni.

  • A wall is covered in graffiti in tones of black, blue and pink
    Photograph: Sam Williams, on Unsplash.

    Keywords: defining subcultures

    Fashion tutor Clare introduces some keywords from the topic of culture and their importance to the fashion world.

  • Multiple sheets of paper showing rubbings from different objects to create a texture
    Textural illustration: Omar Hernandez del Canto.

    Keywords: the language of illustration no.1

    Illustration tutor Omar breaks down some of the processes and materials you need as an illustrator.

  • Stylised illustration of a character wearing a samurai helmet adorned with a crab, sea creature and flowers
    Crab Samurai illustration. Omar Hernandez del Canto. 2020.

    Keywords: defining creative confidence

    Illustration tutor Omar introduces some ideas on how to develop your creative confidence, a keyword for all creatives.

Topics: go to

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    Google Arts and Culture's 50 Years of Pride page 2020.

    Go to: Online research tips no.1

    Design grad Ewelina shares some go-to online research tools to bookmark.