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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

Holiday art, Berenstain Bears, crafts, snowflakes, seasonal classics and lots of fun for all

We don't often show such juvinile stuff, but really, this is some fun stuff. You may not get any graphic arts benefits from these at all -- but you will have a great time, and some laughs with the kids! design_p The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Coloring and Activity Bookdesign_p Creative Haven Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Bookdesign_p Make Your Own Paper Snowflakesdesign_p Chanukah Coloring Bookdesign_p A Christmas Treasury
... and more! November 20, 2014

Creative Update #181: Graphic Design Creative Inspiration, 3D prints, charity, awards

Fred Showker's Creative Update2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! November 19, 2014

Holiday Projects, Crafts and do-it-yourself cool stuff

There's really nothing better than hand-made art, and the holidays is the perfect time to get your hands dirty and make some cool stuff! Right! So, I'd like to get you fired up to make some art! You can get started on these:   Holidays Christmas Holiday Origami   Holidays Christmas Crafts Fun Kit   Holidays Make Your Own Greeting Cards   Holidays Claus Kids Christmas Coloring Book
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 13, 2014

Holiday Coloring Books for inspiration and fun for all ages

Probably one of the most fun things we do each year is go hunting for fun and visual inspiration -- the arts and crafts for the holiday. Take a break from your serious design and romp through some kids stuff! So, I'd like to introduce you to these low cost creations :: Holidays Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays The Spirits of Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Book   Holidays 3-D Coloring Book - Here Comes Santa Claus!
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 8, 2014

Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." For years, Adobe and Microsoft have been the chief extortionists in the software industry, but many others practice it as well. I often thank Barebones Software for BBEdit, because it opens most all files, and GraphicsConverter because it opens any image file. No such luck for Adobe InDesign extortion though . . . until now! November 6, 2014

Creative Update 180 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! October 31, 2014