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Creative Tidbits #185: Last episode for 2014

Fred Showker's Creative Tidbits

Here we go . . . the LAST Creative Tidbits column for 2014. Say goodbye to the year, and get yourself ready to ramp up in January. A lot happened in the year, and you can go back and find more than twenty Creative columns in 2014. Have fun earning from these:

  • The New Pantone 'Color of the Year' for 2015 is Pantone 18-1438 Marsala
  • A New Book Examines the History of Graphic Design in California
  • Royal College of Art releases GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years book
  • interview with illustrator and designer jean jullien
  • Artists launch street sculpture exhibit program
  • Brewing up a new identity for Coffee Officina
  • Illustrator is inspired by the Westcountry
  • Buy A Logo - 10 Tips For Better Design
  • Ten Questions for: Fernando Gutiérrez
  • ... and more!
December 16, 2014

Creative Update #184: more logos, California design, best app, design mistakes and more

Fred Showker's Creative Update

We never seem to slow down, but in many situations the creative spirit needs 'rest' -- so sit down and take it easy while you go through this week's creative tidbits. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition :

  • Looking at the artwork of the Criterion Collection
  • The Colorful History of California Graphic Design
  • Design App is Apple's App of the Year runner-up
  • A Photo Exhibit That Examines Climate Change
  • Inside the Cinelli and Columbus factories
  • How big data is revolutionizing design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Graphic Design
  • How To Design A Killer Gig Poster
  • Why Aren’t You Creative?
  • ... and more! December 10, 2014

Creative Update #183: Legos, Optical Illusions, Kellogg Gallery, client feedback and more

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Getting ready to wrap up the year opens the slow season. However creativity for designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, typographers and anyone involved in the creative processes, or visual communications will not slow down. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition :

  • Polk State Was a Beginning, and Without It, I Wouldn’t Be Where I am Today
  • 5 Easy Ways To Create A Brilliant Background For Your LinkedIn Profile
  • This Graphic Translates Web Design Feedback into Plain English
  • LEGO BRICK: pinhole camera snaps tiny thumbnail-sized 'photos'
  • I am the Jackie Robinson of Hip Hop Graphic Design!
  • How optical illusions trick your brain
  • Art Department Faculty Work Featured at the Kellogg Gallery
  • Cincinnati Design Awards honors wide range of local projects
  • ... and more!
December 3, 2014

Jeff, the GIF creating Mac app from Robots and Pencils

Jeff, is a new Yosemite Mac app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox. Now any Mac user can visually share an idea in seconds. Hmmmm. Could be super helpful! November 30, 2014

Designing Logos? Break the creative block with Logo Pop

Really, that's okay. It happens to us all. You have to come up with a new image but that blank sheet of paper and blank Illustrator window are just no help at all. Maybe you should hire another designer. Maybe you should give up. But wait -- all you need is a quick, easy, vector based logo design app to start knocking around ideas. Maybe you need Logopop! November 28, 2014

Creative Update #182: Creative Inspiration, Logo design, digital signage and Paul McCartney

Fred Showker's Creative Update

  • Paul McCartney and Nick Cave contribute hand drawn artwork for Alzheimer's Society
  • $50 Discount to HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, May 2015
  • The 5 most common design mistakes in digital signage
  • What deserves Cincy’s ‘Razzies’ of design?
  • Translating print skills to Web design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Logo Design
  • ... and more!
November 27, 2014

Adorn your designs from the splendid Adorn, borders, banners and catchwords collection!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet graphic designer and font virtuoso, Ms. Laura Worthington. We ran across Laura two years ago during the Fall Fonts Festival, and I earmarked her for a future piece. Well, during prep for December, I peeked in on her and WOW -- discovered "Adorn." Wow! This is not just a font, it's a period design genre! November 26, 2014

Publishing Update 1412 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

As you get ready for 2015, some things you may want focus on is developing your publishing strategy to run with the winners! We've come a long way and publishing today takes some careful construction and on-time delivery. C'mon and follow along as we follow publishing channels
[] The 10% digital-to-print rule: what success with digital magazines looks like
[] Google Loves Print: Guidelines Tell Us So
[] The future of digital publishing: Going back to hieroglyphics
[] Print gets their attention; digital brings it to life
[] From BBC to BuzzFeed: Lessons in mobile publishing
[] The 100-to-1 rule: Creating the best headlines
-- and more ... November 25, 2014

Web Design: Community Trolls, Net Neutrality, Content, Listserv, positioning and more!

This closes out our year of web design tips, resources, leads and references. It's been a huge year and 2015 promises to be even bigger in terms of change. Get ready for a lot of disappointments and changes that may not be to your liking!
[] How to Construct a Content Machine (Even If You're Not a Natural-Born Writer)
[] Is Minimalist Web Design Poised to Rule the Online Future?
[] Community Trolls: Types, Motivations, and Solutions
[] The importance of app verticals for media companies
[] Transition Tips from Listserv to Online Community
[] How Consumers Feel About Sponsored Content
[] How to Write a Great Business Blog Post
[] What kind of blogger are you?
.... and the continuing online world November 25, 2014

Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa : Adobe Illustrator vector files for the Holidays!

When the holidays roll around you find clients and users alike scrambling for art. Now you can fill all those demansds from this very cool vector collection. Here we're talking about a collection of 196 top-quality Christmas vectors that will save you precious hours of work! In this set you will get a lot of vectors with Santas, Snowmen, Winter Ornaments, Winter Seamless Patterns, Kids and a lot more! November 21, 2014