DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for April, 2016

by Fred Showker

Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to this year's Designing Women Celebrtion, and the onset of spring!

  1. Designing Women and Color Everywhere for April
  2. 21st Annual Designing Women: BLITZ, Stacey after a decade, Becca's soft hand, Cuba Illustrated and more
  3. Hamilton Wood Type celebrates "Mardell," a new font designed by Louise Fili
  4. Louise Fili : World Class design
  5. Art Nouveau and Victorian Color Palettes in Graphic Design - and era of decorative arts
  6. Creative Tidbits #203: Infographics, bold characters, Nazis, Web Design and more
  7. Creative Tidbits #204: big changes, small world, then technology and more
  8. Flora Borsi: Discovering one's self in the art of photography and Photoshop
  9. Flora Borsi and her works in self portriats
  10. Interview : Painting Mark Ruffalo with Jason Seiler
  11. Springtime ... Looking forward to Summer

Designing Women and Color Everywhere for April

The first day of spring has come and gone... it may still be snowing, but it's time for graphic designers to awaken and dawn those spring colors. Also this month, Designing Women continues with some real blockbusters... check it out...

What color is spring? Find out as readers of the Design Cafe list and DTG readers to share their reflections about color palettes they like for Spring. Here's a bouquet of color -- including some insightful grphic design

21st Annual Designing Women: BLITZ, Stacey after a decade, Becca's soft hand, Cuba Illustrated and more

As we said before, we love to visit studios we've featured before. Such is the case with Stacey's! But probably the highlight of this journey is the story about BLITZ magazine, and the video we've included. It's a pleasure to keep rolling, and our #3 will follow this week! Have fun!
* Ten years ago : Stacey Dyer and Triple Frog
* Giselle MonzÛn Calero: Cuba illustrated
* Carey Labovitch and her BLITZ
* Becca Stadtlander soft hand
GO 21st Designing Women feature #2

Hamilton Wood Type celebrates "Mardell," a new font designed by Louise Fili

Louise Fili has graced the pages of the Design Center and the Designing Women series in the past. Now we have news she has unveiled a new font -- "Mardell"! Also, don't forget to see the video interviews at the end of the article! Hamilton Wood Type celebrates "Mardell," a new font designed by Louise Fili

Louise Fili : World Class design

As part of our editorial this month we've included two videos about Louise -- the first is an entertaining and informative interview documentary by Julie Boswell -- then we hear from Louise herself as she talks about the importance of packaging design . . . .
GO Louise Fili interview :
GO The Importnce of Packaging Design

Art Nouveau and Victorian Color Palettes in Graphic Design - and era of decorative arts

Let's take a look at the real value of building color palettes from the past. The Art Nouveau and Victorian periods were so rich in color, and decorative qualities that they hold a cherished place in art history. Try your hand at utilizing those color combinations to develop your own... just in time for spring!
GO Art Nouveau and Victorian Color Palettes in Graphic Design - and era of decorative arts

Creative Tidbits #203: Infographics, bold characters, Nazis, Web Design and more

Here's a great shot in the arm for your creative jumpstart into spring. Be sure not to miss the video for Jason Seiler's works, it's very good. We also have several good cartooners and some innovative 3D printing in part two of March / April Creative Tidbits . . . have fun. Don't forget to send in your discoveries too!
* How did Obamas Change the White House with Contemporary Art ?
* You're going to enjoy Jason Seiler's works
* The Anatomy of a Winning Website Design
* In Spain, Falangist Means Fascist
GO Creative Tidbits #203

Creative Tidbits #204: big changes, small world, then technology and more

This one is actually part of #203, but we had to break it out to a second file. We don't usually run essays, but the Media and Publishing piece is particularly good for designers. Also, the 3D printer piece is essential just to realize where that technology is going. enjoy
* The 3D Printing Advances That Changed The World In 2015
* Voltron Reboot, New Gullermo Del Toro Series Coming To Netflix
* Great Design versus Everything Else
* Designing Women : Painted Surf 01
GO Creative Tidbits #204

Flora Borsi: Discovering one's self in the art of photography and Photoshop

Meet Flora Borsi a Photographer, Visual Artist and Freelance Graphic Designer from Hungary -- one of our April Designing Women series features! She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused who the human being -- including you and me! Flora Borsi: Discovering one's self

Flora Borsi and her works in self portriats

Don't miss the Flora Borsi video -- In this day and age of selfies, 21 year old Flora Borsi is capturing the spirit of the times with her work. She makes surrealistic self-portraits or incorporates herself Her work has drawn international attention. Flora Borsi and her works in self portriats

Interview : Painting Mark Ruffalo with Jason Seiler

Editorial illustrator extraordinaire, Jason Seiler shares his techniques and thoughts about he captured Mark Ruffalo's likeness. techniques and thoughts about how he captured Mark Ruffalo's likeness.

Springtime ... Looking forward to Summer

Spring always gives way to summer! I'm really looking forward to warm weather and collecting new and unique visual arts and curiosities to share with DTG readers!

Speaking of next month; each year, our May "Design Graduations" edition features bright new talents on the scene. Please inspire those design graduates to sign in! We'll share them all with the other DTG readers.

We'd like to see YOU participate in any of these themes. Show us your portfolio. Share your problems and solutions. Help others with your knowledge and experience. Here's how you can contact me to get started.

Now, here's the hard part. We're looking for new management to take over the Design & Publishing Center. If you, or someone you know would be interested in taking over and moving forward with graphic-design.com, just let me know. I'm going to be migrating to 60-Seconds.com my ongoing editorial blog, with some big changes

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 May...

"An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere.
        The pessimist sees only the red light.
        But the truly wise person is color blind."
          - Albert Schweitzer once said:

"If everything seems to be coming your way...
      You're in the wrong lane."
          Borstelmann's Rule

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