DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for January & February 2015

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #01 & #02 ~ February

  1. Black History Month
  2. Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness
  3. CREATIVE Tidbits : Valentine's Do It Yourself
  4. Final Call for the 2015 Hillman Prizes in Journalism
  5. 60-Seconds #318 : What will happen to your digital estate when you're gone?
  6. Ted Leonhardt: Ten Interviewing and Negotiation Tips for Creatives
  7. Promo, Promo Slow Month Blues
  8. 40 Visions of Royalty, Kings and Queens, Kate and her Prince Charming, Queen Elizabeth
  9. Valentine's art pages and clip for young and old alike!
  10. Start your year off right with Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad
  11. 1,800 high quality commercial fonts now available from MacAppware
  12. Turn your photos into gorgeous, high-quality gallery wraps for professional presentation
  13. Automating Grayscale conversions is now easy with Monochrome
  14. Free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets are Available on the New Website
  15. FTP transfer of non-compressed folders : use Deliver Express
  16. Designing Women are coming
  17. & Else : A new year of news, views and reviews
  18. What does February Mean to You?


PLEASE NOTE: This year we combined the January and February issues and published mid January.

Black History Month Black History Month

In 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.
GO Black History Month

Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative instpiration It's that time of year and just for fun we decided to get some crazy stuff for you to enjoy! The first item is a killer ... please enjoy that one for sure! ... here we go:
* Top 10 list of the outrageously expensive Valentines Gifts
* Lots of free vector starter images for Valentine's
* Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Be My Valentine
* A Font with emotion : My Valentines Love
* Adam McIver 16 Valentines
* Happy Valentine's Day
* ... and more !
GO Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness

CREATIVE Tidbits : Valentine's Do It Yourself

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative instpiration And now for something totally different . . . for this creative surf, I thought it would be fun just to snoop around and see what kind of creative projects others are doing. We found a few :
* Do-It-Yourself: Quick and Easy Valentine's Projects
* Cupid's Arrow Valentine Printable Cupcake Wrappers
* Do It Yourself Valentines Day Wreath - Posted
* Do It Yourself Pixalated Valentines Card
* Valentine's Day Cards You Make Yourself
* Do-it-yourself Valentine garland
* Happy valentines day
* Valentines shirts!
* Be my Valentine
... and more !
GO CREATIVE Tidbits : Valentine's Do It Yourself

Final Call for the 2015 Hillman Prizes in Journalism

Hurry . . . The Sidney Hillman Foundation is accepting entries for the 2015 Hillman Prizes which honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. But you've got to get nominations in . . . DEADLINE JANUARY 30www.graphic-design.com/hillman_awards

60-Seconds #318 : What will happen to your digital estate when you're gone?

Sooner or later you're going to end up in that period of life when your peer group's parents are passing away, and you're dealing with wills, living wills, trusts, closing estates and so forth. When my Mom passed away we had no keys, no passwords and no way to close her online life other than certified letters and Fed-ex overnight packs. Four years later, there are still some unresolved. Have you considered your personal, digital exit plan? If you don't have a digital will, you'd better read this article and get one before it's too late.
GO 60-Seconds #318 : What will happen to your digital estate when you're gone?

Ted Leonhardt: Ten Interviewing and Negotiation Tips for Creatives

Design management consultant Ted Leonhardt, formerly global head of Anthem, has penned a series of columns dealing with business issues facing emerging designers. In this edition, Ted helps up-and-coming creatives approach the interview and negotiation situation with confidence and ... success!
GO Ted Leonhardt: Ten Interviewing and Negotiation Tips for Creatives

Promo, Promo Slow Month Blues

How to kill those Slow Month Blues??? Promo, promo! Yes, we're into the start of another year, when most businesses go to sleep while the bean counters get the taxes out, and start figuring out how to attack the new year.
GO Promo, Promo Slow Month Blues

40 Visions of Royalty, Kings and Queens, Kate and her Prince Charming, Queen Elizabeth

What little girl has not dreamed of becoming a princess ... or the Dutchess -- and what little boy hasn't dreamed of becoming the Prince, or even the King of England. Well, these crafts projects aren't just about kids. They're a good source of creative ideas for fashion and heraldery! See full size samples

Valentine's art pages and clip for young and old alike!

We promised we would be back with Valentine's sentiments ... here is a whole collection to download sending all our readers all our best Valentine's wishes! Coloring is a great way for young ones to learn. But some of those line drawings are quite elegant, and can be a rich experience for sparking ideas. These coloring books from Dover provide some excellent resource materials that are low cost, and provide the ready-to-go art for all ages
GO Gallery/Valentines/coloring_pages
Vintage Valentine's Cuts copyright free clip art on CD-ROM
GO Gallery/Valentines
GO Valentine's art pages and clip for young and old alike!

Start your year off right with Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad

2014 was a great year for Photo Apps, and we're predicting that 2015 will be better yet. By all means, please send us your reviews or favorites so we can share as well and have fun testing these:
* Magic Hour Lite - Camera & Unlimited Filter
* Social Network for Amateur Photographers
* Hyperlapse from Instagram
* Repost for Instagram
* Camera360 Ultimate
* Photo Reflection
* and MORE ...
GO Start your year off right with Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad

1,800 high quality commercial fonts now available from MacAppware

Need a fresh design perspective? Tired of using the same old looking fonts? Need to change up the text style in a presentation, print project or a graphic design project? Download brand new premium font designs that just came off the development floor at 128bit Technologies, MacAppware. Premium Fonts, version 5.0 now includes 147 original font families, with a total of 1,841 fonts in all.

Turn your photos into gorgeous, high-quality gallery wraps for professional presentation

This is an awesome way to prepare your best photographic or art prints for gallery hanging ... the 'wrap' is as if the art was painted on canvas and stretched in traditional canvas stretchers. Well, actually that's exactly what it is! I gave away several of my photos printed this way as gifts -- people really love them! You'll enjoy seeing this ... Turn your photos into gorgeous, high-quality gallery wraps

Automating Grayscale conversions is now easy with Monochrome

We've had a thousand requests to solve this problem ... until now, there just wasn't an easy way beyond contorted Photoshop actions. But Monochrome seems to make grayscale conversions easy and painless Automating Grayscale conversions is now easy with Monochrome

Free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets are Available on the New Website

If you use Adobe Muse you'll want to discover this new website with free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets. Adobe Muse Templates provide the unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software. Muse Widgets help to enhance websites even more by adding interactive elements like slideshows or various compositions into Adobe Muse websites.

FTP transfer of non-compressed folders : use Deliver Express

You need to get your files up there accurately and quickly ? 'Deliver Express' automatically sends and shares files across the Internet and local networks. Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, AFP and other remote and local services. If you're moving files ... you need the Express

Designing Women are coming

Don't forget March is "Women's History Month" and our 17th Annual Designing Women issue rolls out.

If you're a woman in any of the creative design fields, we invite you to get your name in the had for this year's compendium. There are two ways to do this :
1) Send an email and invite us to view your online portfolio
      * http://www.graphic-design.com/contact.html
2) Send info about your work and best pieces:
      * http://www.graphic-design.com/folio_submission.html
3) NOMINATE your favorite Designing Woman!
      * http://www.graphic-design.com/Gallery/designing_women/

& Else : A new year of news, views and reviews

Some good items have surfaced from the news department for this issue. We've combined Jan and Feb news and here are just a few of the headlines :
* The Easiest Way to Add Notes to Photos? PhotoFlip!
* A virtual business card that automatically shares between devices
* Amazing app turns movie stills into slideshows or proof / contact sheets!
* MiBlock Lets Users Create Their Own Universe & Share Them With The World
* Actions will automate your most used operations to streamline your life
GO & Else : A new year of news, views and reviews

What does February Mean to You?

While we celebrated the birth date of Martin Luther King in January, the Reverend King is also widely recognized as the icon for Black History Month. It began back in February of 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson and others set aside on week in observance of the achievements and contributions by Black Americans. In 1976 it was expanded to the entire month. This intentionally also coincides with the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two great champions of racial equality.

Even more interesting is the fact that February 14 is not only Valentine's day (which celebrates two Christian martyrs whom were beaten and beheaded on the 14th, AD 269) but is also National Read To Your Child day and the opening day for both National Condom Week and International Flirting Week! Ain't that a gas!

So even though you've got a very busy month, when you're not flirting or reading to the kids, visit the Design Center and the Design Bookshelf for all the new incoming content this month. If you decide to visit the Publishers' Warehouse,

There are lots of good things awaiting you in the February Design Center, so lean back and enjoy.

Thanks for reading

+FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker

Parting words for December...

  The ultimate measure of a man is not
    where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
      but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
          Martin Luther King, Jr.

What did you miss last month?

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