Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

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From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them
  • Photo Posts Spark the Most Engagement on Facebook
  • What Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo?
  • Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color
  • Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
  • ... and more !
July 29, 2014

MyBrushes Unique Painting Tool for natural media painting! iOS, Mac or PC

There are any number of natural media software packages -- most costing many times more as this . . . for 'natural media' painters, MyBrushes for Mac, iOS and Windows has a simple and easy interface -- you don't need knowledge of color system such as RGB, HSV and others. Just look at these samples July 8, 2014

Artboard: Text Styles, Performance Boost and OS X Mavericks

If you haven't seen Artboard, then you should take a look at this. Artboard is a full-featured graphics design app for creating vector drawings and illustrations. Design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fun fashions, web graphics, and more. June 6, 2014

Publishing Update 1405 : Is there a global shift back to print publishing?

With all the news of security breaches, hacking, loss of privacy, and global spying we may be seeing the shift back to printed publications. Here are several good articles and resources for anyone involved in the print industry:
[+] The No. 1 reason for optimism about the future of newspapers? Our audiences
[+] Printing Profits Still Struggling, but Rebound from Q4-2012
[+] Why you should engage with other print providers online
[+] How publishers can prepare for new advertising sales model
[+] 20 Traits of Successful Nonprofit Publishers
[+] How tablets have changed publishing
[+] Can 30-second ads save newspapers?
[+] Could newspapers outlive the Web?
and more ... May 22, 2014

Nodes 2 for Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Motion

Yanobox Nodes 2 is a unique visual effects plugin for FCP, Premiere Pro, AE and Motion that offers unprecedented power to create connected motion graphics and abstract particle universes. Yanobox Nodes takes its inspiration from data visualizations and networks. Diagrams of nodes and complex networks visualizations are becoming very popular in motion graphics because of their underlying beauty. May 13, 2014

Decorate Your Life With Sweet Pix Quick

The world of Phone or tablet photography and printing your photos comes together ... SweetPixQuick makes use of reusable adhesive mounting pads, which lets users place the prints directly onto their walls without causing any damage to paint or wallpaper. May 8, 2014

DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for May 2014

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #5 ~ May
01. MAY 2014 ... Mother's Day, design graduates get a fresh start...
02 Photoshop Madness : Tutorials and more for color, palettes, brushes and more
03 Tutorial: Create a Colorful Ribbon Flag in Adobe Illustrator + Photoshop
04 21 awesome illustration insights for Spring & Play from the Richard Solomon Agency
05 60 Seconds #311: A Font called Pinto makes a great Happy Easter Card
06 Earth Day Art, Crafts, Education for creatives of all ages
07 Creative Tidbits #168: Direct Mail Brilliance, Ellen's Selfies and Jon Sueda
08 Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends
09 Creative TidBits #170: Designers Ed Benguiat, Alexander Isley and Michael Bierut
10 Creative TidBits #171: Design with Type, design icons, and exhibition graphics
11 Marketing: Mobile Trends, Understand Buyers, LinkedIn Success Secrets, Big Data and more
12 Marketing: Changing Trends, Rebranding, Marketing Budgets,
... Effective Video and the perfect email subject line
13 Marketing: March Madness, Spring promos, looking ahead to the future, Twitter tactics
14 Clone yourself ... double billable time
15 How Digital Calligraphy Can Improve Your Ugly Handwriting
16 &Else
17 Brought to you by the Color Purple and the Letter M May 1, 2014

Export And Overlay App Screenshots Easily With DS Screenshot 1.4 for iOS

Getting a good screen capture on your iOS device can be a challenge . . . Screenshot will do this on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. DS Screenshot eliminates the time-consuming task of exporting app screenshots and overlaying them onto device images with separate imaging tools. April 30, 2014

LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Improves Transparency Handling in TIFF

 LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Improves Transparency Handling in TIFF The latest release of LinkOptimizer (4.8.11,) is a compatibility update to the popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. April 24, 2014

Creative TidBits #171: Design with Type, design icons, and exhibition graphics

A good graphic designer can design anything. It's really not about the software or the tools or this or that publication. It's really the art and skill of cutting through all the noise to find the essence of the subject -- and then being able to organize the best representations of that subject into a singular message. So it's true of type, typography and graphics like icons and even huge, monumental spaces. Thus this edition brings you creative 2013 An introduction to the principles of typography through letterpress, and creative 2013 selectively choosing the right icons, then creative 2013 Designing Exhibition graphics!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 21, 2014