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DT&G:   Vol. 19, Number 2,   February, 2009   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1988)  


February: Black History

In honor of Black History Month we take a fun and educational field trip to visit the leading archives and prestigious educational institutions to discover more wonderful visual art works by African American Artists & Designers

Then, we'll delve into logo design, and follow some controversy stirred up in the logo design community. They've been blogging to high heaven. Now we see what all the ruckus is about.

February: Black History

Black HistoryIn honor of Black History Month we take this fun and educational field trip to visit the leading archives and prestigious educational institutions to discover more wonderful visual art works by African American Artists & Designers.

Logo Design: Pepsi vs. Obama

Logo Pepsi Obama Driven by the strange allure of blog discussions all over the web about the new Pepsi logo and if it is similar to Obama's campaign logo, we look at what a logo really is, and ask the obvious, but overlooked question: How long have they been putting things in circles for logos?

Logo Design according to Paul Rand

Paul RandOriginally published in 1991 by AIGA, the professional association for design, icon of the design industry Paul Rand shares his wisdom: A well designed logo, in the end, is a reflection of the business it symbolizes. It connotes a thoughtful and purposeful enterprise, and mirrors the quality of its products and services. It is good public relations -- a harbinger of good will. Logo Design according to Paul Rand

Photoshop Madness... free plug-ins to panoramas

Photoshop Madness This issue takes you from Stitching a Panorama in Adobe Photoshop CS4 to a wonderful series of Free Photoshop Plug-ins including * Free Plugins from the Ink Pot * Mehdi duz Fur ... and tutorials like * Improving your Waterfall Photos ... and then we take you straight to Photoshop Tutorial Hell
Enjoy this month's edition of Photoshop Madness
What did you miss in the last edition?

Logos look like logos that look like logos

Logos look like logos that look like logos by Fred Showker with all the talk about logos going around the internet, Fred places his tongue firmly in cheek and takes a loving look at logo look-a-likes, logo spoofs, logos that look like logos, logo rip-offs, and even has the audacity to preview his own new logo concept... logos that look like logos?

Designing Logos: Magic or Reality?

Gary Dickson While we're on the topic of Logos this month, Gary Dickson reflects on designing logos -- and, he dispels some myths and shares anecdotes on what a logo really is; how some clients never learn, and what Paul Rand had to say about them. Gary says "Logos are magic, but seriously folks there's Nothing Up My Sleeve

Graphic Design: LOGOs back to basics

Dan Antonelli Logo design without the whistles and bells -- Dan Antonelli is back with another thoughtful look at logo design, and integration of typography with logo design. In this article, Dan asks if we are over-designing logos, and demonstrates a low-cost, two-color approach that takes Logo Design Back to the Basics

DESIGNING WOMEN: on deck in March

Designing WomenDESIGNING WOMEN Our March theme is Women's History Month... and DESIGNING WOMEN! We'll be discovering famous accomplishments by women, and we'll be visiting studios of women in the visual arts, design, illustration and communications industry. WIN some of our valuable prizes by sharing with DT&G readers Tell us your...
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Picturesque for Mac OS X

Picturesque for Mac OS X If you haven't seen Picturesque, then you should. The new 2.1 is a major update to the Apple Design Award winning image beautifying application. Picturesque makes images look gorgeous for the web, adding Web 2.0 style effects. Picturesque for Mac OS X

InPreflight for InDesign

- InPreflight for InDesign If you do desktop publishing, you've probably discovered the problems getting files to the printer. Zevrix Solutions has rolled out InPreflight 2.6.3, a maintenance update to its quality control and packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign. InPreflight for InDesign

TypeTrax for Adobe InDesign

TypeTrax for Adobe InDesign -TypeTrax is a new product for managing design projects created using Adobe Creative Suite. Developed jointly by Insider Software and Moksa, Inc., TypeTrax manages projects, and tracks, organizes and pre-flights project files, including fonts and digital assets. TypeTrax for Adobe InDesign

Hydra HDR Imaging

- Hydra HDR Imaging Hydra goes beyond the physical limitations of camera sensors. From a series of regular photographs of the same scene, Hydra creates an High Dynamic Range image which is much closer to what one can actually see. Hydra HDR Imaging

Photographic Multishot Techniques

- Photographic Multishot Techniques Photographic Multishot Techniques -- the potential of high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Now, the newest techniques based on a bracketed series of exposures make it possible to go beyond HDRI: photographers can increase resolution for ultra-sharp, detailed images, and they can extend the depth of field Photographic Multishot Techniques

Creating a Web Site

-Creating a Web Site Think you need an army of skilled programmers to build a website? Think again. With this book, in the true tradition of Missing Manual books, you'll learn how to create Web pages using all of today's important tools... Creating a Web Site

Photoshop CS4 Review

Adobe Photoshop CS4 George picks up the latest incarnation of Photoshop and shares some of its highs and lows. If you haven't upgraded yet, perhaps you should read this and see if it helps you make up your mind! George reviews Photoshop CS4

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

NEWS This month's &Else includes: * Wikipedia on Wikipedia * Creating a Web Site * Head First Web Design * BusyCal * GPS Enabled Activity Tracking * Grants for tech savvy Schools * Pick Zits * An Event Apart ... and a dozen others! News, Reviews &Else!

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Newsletter Critique & Makeover Clinic

It's been several years since I came in off the road doing my national "Newsletter Makeover Clinics." I had thought that by now, everyone already knows how. Well, today there's a new need for it, so we've opened the clinic again, and can help you take your newsletter or publication to the next level. I guarantee you'll like what you learn at our Newsletter Critique & Makeover Clinic

What's in your portfolio?

Here is your opportunity to show and tell DTG and Design Center readers about your photography, graphic design, illustration or image editing experience and skills! Send in your three or four best pieces of digital photography, image editing, or photo-illustration, and we'll enjoy a field trip to your digital digs...

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Real Help for Photoshop Users

Photoshop 911tips & tricks, real-world solutions for reader problems -- as well as resources, tutorials, techniques and effects come your way each and every day in the Photoshop 911 Emergency Room!

Photoshop Questions Need Answers

Photoshop 911 has been overwhelmed with questions from readers -- looking for answers! If you are a Photoshop guru, we urge you to stop in and tackle some of the many Photoshop and Photoshop Elements questions from the Photoshop 911 Help Line. Help us Answer Questions from Readers

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