NOVEMBER Welcome to the month of November and the opening of the Holiday Season! Discover all the creative ideas and inspirations for this season -- and all manner of cool stuff ... grab your best and then share your creations with DTG readers and win a prize!
November is brought to you by "BROWN" the colors of autumn leaves, and roast turkey!
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Holiday art, Berenstain Bears, crafts, snowflakes, seasonal classics and lots of fun for all

We don't often show such juvinile stuff, but really, this is some fun stuff. You may not get any graphic arts benefits from these at all -- but you will have a great time, and some laughs with the kids! design_p The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Coloring and Activity Bookdesign_p Creative Haven Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Bookdesign_p Make Your Own Paper Snowflakesdesign_p Chanukah Coloring Bookdesign_p A Christmas Treasury
... and more! November 20, 2014

Creative Update #181: Graphic Design Creative Inspiration, 3D prints, charity, awards

Fred Showker's Creative Update2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! November 19, 2014

Web Design: Google, Authorship, website color, SEO Strategy and more!

This edition of DTG's Web Design Update helps close out the year with some sage advice, and a look at some new developments in the web designer's world! Follow along :
[] The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets
[] Google Action Against Pregnancy Center Ads Stirs Confusion
[] 9 Simple Tips for Making Your Website Disability-Friendly
[] 7 Tips to Ensure Your SEO Strategy Supports Your Brand
[] In Google Authorship, the 'Who' Overtakes the 'Where'
[] The art and science of great website color selection
[] Five SEO Steps to Take Before Redesigning Your Site
.... and the continuing online world November 18, 2014

Publishing Update 1411 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

Another year, and another realm of possibilities for publishing -- and it's not going away -- no, social networking has not taken over. Times are chaning, but some things stay the same! Stay tuned with DT&G's Publishing Updates:
[] Four Ways to Help Guest Writers Contribute Great Content for Your Company Blog
[] Why so many digital publishers are flocking back to print
[] Is paper and print still important? We asked the experts
[] The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often To Post
[] Digital advertising's bot distraction
[] Are Digital Magazines Dead?
-- and more ... November 14, 2014

Holiday Projects, Crafts and do-it-yourself cool stuff

There's really nothing better than hand-made art, and the holidays is the perfect time to get your hands dirty and make some cool stuff! Right! So, I'd like to get you fired up to make some art! You can get started on these:   Holidays Christmas Holiday Origami   Holidays Christmas Crafts Fun Kit   Holidays Make Your Own Greeting Cards   Holidays Claus Kids Christmas Coloring Book
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 13, 2014

GIGA BUNDLE Photoshop and Illustrator files / images for pennies each

Okay, you knew we'd be back with more help for graphic designers, illustrators, scrapbookers, teachers, painters and anyone else involved in the visual communications field. Here are not only tons of general clip, bruches, styles, patterns and textures ... but also great clip art for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and holidays of all kinds -- PLUS -- 630 Illustrations with Typography -- vector and raster graphics files under several dozen catagories! Just take a look at a few of the files you'll be downloading . . . November 12, 2014

429 Professional Photoshop Styles - never make styles from scratch again!

I guess you saw our previous Photoshop Styles downloads but now we have a new collection. If you have ever attempted to make a new Photoshop or Illustrator style, you probably know what a pain it is. Any of these 300 styles for Photoshop can be easily modified to create thousands more. You may never have to make another style from scratch -- ever! November 11, 2014

Holiday Coloring Books for inspiration and fun for all ages

Probably one of the most fun things we do each year is go hunting for fun and visual inspiration -- the arts and crafts for the holiday. Take a break from your serious design and romp through some kids stuff! So, I'd like to introduce you to these low cost creations :: Holidays Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays The Spirits of Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Book   Holidays 3-D Coloring Book - Here Comes Santa Claus!
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 8, 2014

Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." For years, Adobe and Microsoft have been the chief extortionists in the software industry, but many others practice it as well. I often thank Barebones Software for BBEdit, because it opens most all files, and GraphicsConverter because it opens any image file. No such luck for Adobe InDesign extortion though . . . until now! November 6, 2014

60-Seconds #317 : Goodbye SpamCop

As many of you know I've been an avid spam fighter and anti-spam advocate since the dawn of email. You may remember several articles I've written over the past two decades about SpamCop. Well, with great sadness, in this edition, I bid farewell to Spamcop. November 4, 2014