DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for December 2015

by Fred Showker

DTG NewsletterDTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #12 ~ December
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to the holiday seasons, and the start of a brand new 2016!

  1. Welcome to the 25th Holiday Season in the Design & Publishing Center!
  2. DT&G is an AD-FREE web site!
  3. 'tis the Season for Fresh, Alive, Elegant Typography
  4. 'tis the season for joyous, inviting, festive, and expressive fonts
  5. Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors,
  6. Holiday Musings: projects, crafts, creative activities for all ages
  7. Mandalas - an age old art form finds new life in today's society
  8. 64 Mandala coloring pages get you started in the art of soothing coloring therapy
  9. The Eric Gill Series comes to the Design & Publishing Center's & Type department
  10. Drone Photography Winners announced : Small drones, big changes
  11. Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!
  12. Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist
  13. DT&G Advertising update : Ad Blockers
  14. Advertising Update : Brand Advertising, Ad Blockers, McWhopper, McDonald's
  15. &Else : news, views, tidbits from around the world
  16. Out with 2015, in with 2016 and year 26

Welcome to the 25th Holiday Season in the Design & Publishing Center!

Discover all the creative ideas, designs, templates, and inspiration for this season. Bring us your BEST examples and your samples to be published here! DTG readers love to see your work! As always you can reach me via the contact button at the site

DT&G is an AD-FREE web site!

The Design Center has returned to its roots as an AD-FREE web site : no stalkers, predators or malvertising. High-content/Low-noise online presence since 1988. We do recommend and advocate the USE of AD BLOCKERS for your own safety. We also recommend you get acquainted with the FireFox Reader function that trims out all the crap and gives just the content. DT&G is an AD-FREE web site!

'tis the Season for Fresh, Alive, Elegant Typography

This is the time to design for comfortable, friendly feelings. Nothing better than some fresh, hand lettering or vintage lettering to denote family, fun and casual times. These are three font families that are very friendly, expert level, professionally designed but won't cost but a few dollars. 'tis the Season for Fresh, Alive, Elegant Typography

'tis the season for joyous, inviting, festive, and expressive fonts

Here we are, and when you express your messages with fonts that show joy and spirit and personality, your message will take on those attributes. Designers who love to design understand the importance of that subliminal message the font sends -- that vision -- that visual signal. 'tis the season for joyous, inviting, festive, and expressive fonts

Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors,

The old 'Spec Work' debacle raises its ugly head again -- I cannot understand why people don't learn. We're also looking at the Google logo, and Adobe lost fonts. Enjoy and don't forget to share your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries

  • Is Spec Work Evil? 12 Agency Execs Discuss the Unchecked Problem
  • Create a Laser-Cut Mailer Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • How Magazine Covers Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years
  • Google's new logo: why a meh response is actually good
  • Is this an infographic or worthless misdirection?
  • Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded

GO Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors,

Holiday Musings: projects, crafts, creative activities for all ages

There's nothing like cutting, coloring, pasting, folding and creating fun projects! Turn off your iPhone, shut down your computer, get out the crayons, glue, scissors and colored pencils and have some real-world, real-time fun! There's really nothing like it. Here are just a few suggestions ...

  • My Christmas Tree: An Easy-to-Make Tabletop Model
  • Make Your Own Greeting Cards Paperback
  • Christmas Color by Number
  • A Christmas Treasury

GO Then you can enjoy the free, downloadable samples, and a gift from Fred!

Mandalas - an age old art form finds new life in today's society

ONCE UPON A TIME, I had the pleasant occasion to view a sand mandala being painted by the monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in Tibet, India. I was wrapped in awe as I stood watching the painting unfold -- receiving a real-world lesson that art isn't just for the eye of the beholder -- but for body and soul as well.

64 Mandala coloring pages get you started in the art of soothing coloring therapy

Did you read my article about visiting Drepung Loseling Monks to watch as they created mandalas from colored sand! Now that "adult coloring" has become in vogue, our collection of samples from Mandala coloring books becomes right in style! Here are 64 free sheets you can try, and then buy the coloring book that offers more of your favorites!

The Eric Gill Series comes to the Design & Publishing Center's & Type department

The Eric Gill Series from Monotype is an unprecedented suite of typefaces. It takes classic typefaces from Eric Gill and reimagines them for the 21st century. Digital imaging technologies and the communication needs of today's graphic communicators were at the forefront of the development of these typefaces. The Eric Gill Series comes to the Design & Publishing Center's & Type department

Drone Photography Winners announced : Small drones, big changes

The Climate Change Summit (COP21) has opened in Paris. In this race against the clock, Photographers and Dronists have a role to play, highlighting the effects of pollution on planet earth as well as opportunities to tackle the ever-increasing and concerning problem. Dronestagram, the first social network of photos and videos taken by drone hobbyists has launched a very important contest: "Small drones, big changes".

Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!

LITTLE DID I KNOW over the past several years of evangelizing coloring books for kids, I was scooping in a thoroughly adult market -- with a cause, even! Spiked has posted an article about the trend toward "infantilising" -- and we're also told that the popularisation of the idea of wellbeing is itself culturally significant. Okay . . . so color on! Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!

Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist

Adult coloring is a recent fad, and they're even saying it's good therapy! Well, there's nothing new about that. We've known about the value of creative activities for decades. But it's not just about coloring. This can be a unique and fruitful source of creative massage. Take a look. Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist

DT&G Advertising update : Ad Blockers

The online world and its unsatiable hunger for money has broken all rules and enraged the online population to the point of mutany! The design community as well as old school internet purists said all along that you could tell your web page sucks if you have advertising. But the web industry just wouldn't listen. Now, it appears a huge push-back is coming and it will make the connected world a better place. DT&G Advertising update : Ad Blockers

Advertising Update : Brand Advertising, Ad Blockers, McWhopper, McDonald's

There's a growing push-back for digital advertising ... while all the traditional forms are fully supported. You can do all kinds of futuristic marketing in print without ruffling a single feather. But if you send an advertising email, you're going to the spamcops! Let's see where we are . . . Advertising Update : Brand Advertising, Ad Blockers, McWhopper, McDona ld's

&Else : news, views, tidbits from around the world

  • Converting PDF files to text -- this utility may be your key
  • Help for creatives : Simple Time Tracking for Freelancers who aren't good at billing
  • Red Giant Updates Its Color Correction Tool Magic Bullet Suite
  • Shooting video with low quality audio? You night need restoration!
  • more news, views and reviews

&Else : news, views, tidbits from around the world

Out with 2015, in with 2016 and year 26

Bring us your BEST examples and your samples to be published here! DTG readers love to see your work!
December is brought to you by "the color RED"
and the letter "D"

Did you do something good this year? The world would be a better place if we all adopted the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin:

Each morning he would ask himself
      "What good can I do today?"

... then each evening, before bed, he would ask himself:
      "What good did I do today?"
      Try to live by that thought.

This month, catch up on good deeds you passed by throughout the year. Help out at the children's organization, or your local Salvation Army. Take a food basket to your local church's food drive. Turn in all your old, unused coats and sweat shirts to the local Goodwill. Pull out that checkbook and write some checks to your local free clinic, or the Boys and Girls clubs.
If you want to know what I'm doing, you can catch up with my charitable foundation at www.appleseedsfound.org

And, to you all, we send our warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season -- and best wishes for a healthy and productive new year. We're proud that you've chosen the Design Center community to be part of your life -- and hope to bring you many benefits in the months to come.

Well, once again you've already wasted a perfectly good hour reading the DTG newsletter. Hopefully all is not wasted and you've gained at least one helpful tidbit of info.

Thanks for reading... go forth and be creative!

 


        +FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker

Parting words for the Holidays...
      "The excellence of a gift
      lies in its appropriateness
      rather than in its value."
      - Charles Dudley Warne

What did you miss last month?

Graphic Design & Publishing Center

Don't forget ... we encourage you to share your discoveries about favorite or famous graphic designers and illustrators with other readers. Just contact me.

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