Creative Tidbits: Design & Art

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's Creative Tidbits The creative tidbits column moves into the holiday season with news from the creative community and some entertaining creative spirits . . .
* Graphic artist takes his designs to the slopes
* Winners of 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards
* Company preserves "dying art" of printing
* Making His Own Mark, Once Again
* Good design, for fun and profit
* Art just for shits and giggles
* Girl Guide cookies
... and more creative inspiration!

Good design, for fun and profit

Creative inspiration Walker Art Center

Feeling overwhelmed by TMI, too much information zooming in on too many platforms? Whistle up a graphic designer to edit, organize, prioritize and make sense of it all. That's what those smart mad men and wise women do in "Graphic Design: Now in Production," Walker Art Center's up-to-the-minute report on the state of the graphic arts.
      BYO smartphone, and wear comfy shoes. Besides tweeting, you can use the phone to insert your own messages into a billboard-sized wall of ever-moving "posters" at the show's entrance. The shoes? Well, this is a huge, endlessly fascinating display that's likely to keep you on your toes a while.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Article by: MARY ABBE, Star Tribune
creativity for visual artists and designers The impact of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council

Girl Guide cookies

Creative inspiration Girl Guide cookies

Primal Communications, a Nanaimo graphic design studio, has been shortlisted by the Girl Guides of Canada organization to redesign their cookie boxes for next year's national fundraising campaign.
      With more than 4.5 million boxes of Girl Guide cookies sold each year across Canada, Dodds said if Primal wins the contract, it would the "highest-profile" contract the company acquired in its 18-year history.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Postmedia News
creativity for visual artists and designers The complete history with samples

Company preserves "dying art" of printing

Creative inspiration Steve Goldstein, owner of Print Alliance Inc.

Steve Goldstein, owner of Print Alliance Inc., a Henderson-based graphic design and print company, says that the type of printing he was trained to do more than 40 years is a dying art.
      "Desktop Publisher has created a tremendous shift in our industry," he said. "Newer printing is much faster and produces higher volumes of material, but the quality has declined dramatically. Everything today is about scanning, and the craftsmen are out."
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Guy Dawson
creativity for visual artists and designers See the Print Alliance gallery

Graphic artist takes his designs to the slopes

Creative inspiration Pete Thomas

Whitefish locals know artist Pete Thomas for his vibrant posters depicting scenes of Big Mountain, downtown, Glacier Park and other regional landmarks. Now the award-winning illustrator is applying his designs to a new canvas.
      Designing art for skis is a good fit for Thomas' diverse skills. He's not only an accomplished designer, but he used to be a competitive freeskier. He's worked for companies as a sponsored athlete and as a gear tester, and he's written reviews of skis for magazines.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Whitefish Pilot
creativity for visual artists and designers Here, visit Pete Thomas's web site

Winners of 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Creative inspiration Adobe unveiled the winners

Adobe unveiled the winners of its 11th annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards. An awards ceremony was held in Taipei, Taiwan, in collaboration with Icograda.
      The awards honor the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from higher education institutions worldwide who have created individual or group projects with Adobe software.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.dexigner.com
creativity for visual artists and designers Adobe glitzy gallery of winners

Making His Own Mark, Once Again

Creative inspiration Gary Hustwit Helvetica

FANS of design have undergone something of a shift in the last few years, from unalloyed fascination with the beauty that design can produce to a more sober appreciation tinged with issues like pollution and exploitation.
      The director Gary Hustwit can certainly relate. His film "Helvetica" (2007) - perhaps the first documentary made about a single typeface - became an unlikely hit that helped establish the design-geek film as a viable genre.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.nytimes.com/
creativity for visual artists and designers Here is Urbanized

Art just for shits and giggles

Creative inspiration David Nguyen illustration

Poop, dinosaurs, rainbows and penises were all part of the lighthearted, graphic and shocking subject matter displayed Saturday at the opening of Shits & Giggles art gallery.
      Patrick Schwarz, 22, a graphic design and illustration major, and David Nguyen, 24, a graphic design major, displayed their work in an emotional display of balloon sculptures and acrylic paintings.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : The Daily Titan
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      Fred Showker

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