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Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors, Adobe lost fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

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
November 4, 2015

Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are rolling into the holiday season, but you'll find that creative inspiration for the holidays can work all year long. We have a great line-up this month, which will be in three parts. Enjoy and don't forget to send in your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries . . .

  • 100 Cameras Were Given to the Homeless in London. Here’s What They Captured.
  • Artist blends figurative and portraiture elements in works
  • 4 Great Design Ideas for Your Association Newsletter
  • Graphic Design Festival Scotland returns to Glasgow
  • How to not be frightened of your camera
October 29, 2015

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum unveils Louise Fili Font


Hamilton hosts 7th annual Wayzgoose Type Conference, Nov. 6-8, and unveils "Mardell" a new typeface designed by Louise Fili. Other featured speakers include: Steven Heller, Marian Bantjes and Daniel Rhatigan! Now in its seventh year, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum hosts its annual Wayzgoose Type Conference on Nov. 6-8. October 3, 2015

Creative Tidbits #197: spectacular drone shots to advice for branding and more

Well into the Fonts Festival, I thought we'd take a little break from fonts to cover some interesting items in other areas of the graphic design and creative fields. Those drone shots are awesomel, and just a little preaching will help your brand design a bit.
      There's always lots to learn in the creative world, so follow along . . . September 15, 2015

Web design - the cycle from good to bad to ugly and back again - creative tidbits 194

The web design world has gone through some crazy ups and downs in its short 20 year lifetime. It started lean and clean because there was no bandwidth, and the software was so slow. We were connecting on 400 baud modems over dialup. You remember that -- but where's it all going? We don't know, but we'll sure have a good time getting there! August 18, 2015

Typography arts : How to know if a font sucks

How to know if a font sucks THREE DECADES AGO, with the advent of electronic publishing and nouveau design practitioners, many either didn't know basic typography, or they didn't care to remember. The roots of type and typography is evidenced in every letter we see. We're taught at a very young age to recognize letter forms. It's a basic common denominator in our society. August 13, 2015

Adobe Releases CC2015, Designers share and ask: Why are you still using CS6?

I've been following this thread for a while on LinkedIN, and wanted to share a few selected comments for those of you who have not taken the plunge. There are many out there who really love the Creative Cloud. There are many out there who refuse to jump into the Creative Cloud. August 12, 2015

Meet Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Typographer

This is a wonderful visit with Doyald Young, Logotype Designer -- this is required viewing for all designers and typographers, or anyone involved in the field of visual communications.
      Please allow time to watch this all the way to the end. You'll be very glad you did. Unfortunately, Doyald Young passed away in 2011, one of the great typographers of our time.
We've also included a special link, and arranged a FREE TRIAL of the entire course for DTG readers!

GO Doyald Young, Logotype Designer August 11, 2015

Creative Tidbits: Understanding Color Psychology for Impactful Web Design

By now, you've probably already seen our "National Coloring Book Day" page, and hopefully you had a great time over the weekend coloring some of our free coloring pages! Now that you're fully rejuvinated for color, let's get down to business and understand some important lessons about color, and how to use it on the web.
Have a great time . . . August 5, 2015