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

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

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

Publishing Update 1411 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

Another year, and another realm of possibilities for publishing -- and it's not going away -- no, social networking has not taken over. Times are chaning, but some things stay the same! Stay tuned with DT&G's Publishing Updates:
[] Four Ways to Help Guest Writers Contribute Great Content for Your Company Blog
[] Why so many digital publishers are flocking back to print
[] Is paper and print still important? We asked the experts
[] The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often To Post
[] Digital advertising's bot distraction
[] Are Digital Magazines Dead?
-- and more ... November 14, 2014

GIGA BUNDLE Photoshop and Illustrator files / images for pennies each

Okay, you knew we'd be back with more help for graphic designers, illustrators, scrapbookers, teachers, painters and anyone else involved in the visual communications field. Here are not only tons of general clip, bruches, styles, patterns and textures ... but also great clip art for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and holidays of all kinds -- PLUS -- 630 Illustrations with Typography -- vector and raster graphics files under several dozen catagories! Just take a look at a few of the files you'll be downloading . . . November 12, 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

Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages

Here are some layout pages to keep the kids occupied today, and for artists, craftspeople, designers, illustrators and other creative inspiration into the future. This classic collection of Thanksgiving art and drawings is not only very low cost, it's all completely editable. The books they represent are a treasure of fun for all. October 30, 2014

Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

Thanksgiving is upon us, and these images have a lot of creative input. When they're from Dover, you also can be sure they are copyright screened. They are so low cost, you almost cannot afford not to get them -- specially now that they're all on CD! Enjoy! October 29, 2014

DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for October 2014

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #10 ~ October

  1. October: 20th Annual Fonts Festival
  2. Fonts Surf continued : fonts, lettering and typography surf Five
  3. 6: History, Signs and even a sip of booze fonts
  4. 7: making faces from font faces
  5. 8: Master Gerard Huerta, Kings, OpenType and Vintage Scripts
  6. 9: Signage Lettering trends, cursive fonts, and chic fonts for cheap
  7. 10: Ampersands : a 25 year love affair
  8. Day of the Dead graphics, clip art, design inspiration and fun
  9. Vintage Holiday Greeting Cards offer rich design inspiration
  10. If you only had ONE FONT... which one would it be and why
  11. 350 Free Fonts for Download Now - Come-n-get-em'
  12. 60-Seconds #316 : What's the most overused font?
  13. New font designed by Erik Spiekermann for the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry
  14. 301 Professional Photoshop & Illustrator Styles - never make styles from scratch again!
  15. Marketing Update : Pro Bono Work, Marketing Videos, Experts and Top U.S. Buzz
  16. &Else: News, Views, Reviews
  17. NOVEMBER: "Designing the Holidays"
October 1, 2014

DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for September 2014 (PART ONE)

01 Hello September and kick-off of the 20th Annual Festival
02 This Year's Fonts Fest Poster
03 20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf
04 Fonts, lettering and typography surf TWO
05 Fonts, lettering and typography surf THREE
06 Photoshop Fonts, type, lettering effects tutorials Madness
07 Major bundle : 1000s of PSD and Ai files for pennies each
08 P22 respecting traditional typography values with today technology
09 60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls
10 JumboZilla: Thousands of Super Premium Design Resources
11 Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season
12 Creative Update 178 -- Design, Typography and Graphics for September
13 &Else: Photo Editing App Insta Split for Instagram Released
14 &Else: Perfect Auto-Updating Photo Frame Using Unbound And Dropbox
15 PART ONE ... keep watching for PART TWO September 1, 2014