Around the Bloq: fix frizzy hair, Monsters University, Bamboo Pen/Touch review and more!

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Around the Bloq

Fix a model's frizzy hair with Photoshop’s Oil Paint filter

This effect lets Photoshop work out how to smooth hair, and then reapplies the fine hair detail to avoid things looking too smooth and artificial.

Whether you're hungry for creative inspiration or just want to know when to zig when everyone else zags, take heed of our 20 design trends to watch in 2012.

Wacom's Bamboo Pen and Touch review

With more apps integrating multi-touch gestures into their user interface, the humble graphics tablet is taking on a new lease of life as a multi-touch input device.

New Pixar teaser for Monsters University

Monsters University tells the story of how Mike Wazowski and Sulley became friends during their college years at scare school. Pixar started designing younger versions of the two main characters in 2008 and development work has been going on ever since then!

20 social networking tips for web designers

As soon as you start networking, you increase your chances of reaching new customers. However, be prepared to work at it. Here you'll find some simple but effective tips for the three big ones, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, to help you reach new customers, promote your business and drive traffic to your website.

New Blood 2012: The Student Yellow Pencil winners in full

The D&AD New Blood Awards is one of the most prestigious events in the design calendar – attracting student and graduates designers from all over the UK and overseas. Their work is judged in 23 categories – ranging from Advertising to Typography – with the very, very best being awarded a Student Yellow Pencil. Discover the winners!

Design experiences for women

If you’re reading this, you’re probably male, since the majority of people in the web design field are men. But did you know that the majority of your user base is probably female? Discover how to understnad and design for a female audience.

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The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of eight full-time members of staff: Editor Georgia Coggan, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Deals Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Digital Arts and Design Editor Ian Dean, Tech Reviews Editor Erlingur Einarsson and Ecommerce Writer Beth Nicholls and Staff Writer Natalie Fear, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.