National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

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Here we are in the heat of the summer, and August 2nd is National Coloring Day! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! July 31, 2015

Think with your Fingers - Diagram Sketching for iOS - Instaviz

When you need software to do a specific job, little else comes close. You want to quickly visualize a concept; illustrate a point; diagram a plan? Use your finger! Instaviz 2.0, a major rewrite of the first and best iOS diagram sketcher. Users can sketch, refine and share their diagrams, mind maps, flowcharts and concept maps even faster and easier on the new version. July 30, 2015

Pop up some sideline income by popping up Logo Pop for FREE

All graphic designers -- whether you are freelance, have your own studio, or work for another agency -- should get acquainted with Logo Pop. This quick, accurate, easy program can take care of some of the light-weight jobs generating revenue, while freeing you up for the more important projects. Check it out ... the price is certainly right! July 18, 2015

There's a new Media Browser in town, and it's awesome

Most of the media viewers and organizers have gotten fat and sloppy. We've been trying to use Bridge, but it's as bad as Adobe -- like a big fat person sitting on the sofa eating chocolates! Not Corduroy Code and their new Fileloupe 1.0 for Mac OS X. Fileloupe combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, exceptionally fast application. July 15, 2015

Creative Tidbits #193: Logos Good and Bad, Posters, promotions and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This will be great fun -- looking at political logos, and a state logo, plus an opinionated artist, a promo for a nonprofit, and lots more to get your creative juices flowing. If you find some creative inspiration, send it along and share whith all our readers!

  • Reading through the eyes of a dyslexic: New font simulates frustration
  • New TN logo named 'Pork of the Year' by Beacon Center
  • The 2016 U.S. presidential candidates' logos, ranked
  • The Star Wars poster is ultimately a piece of shit
  • Creative Ways to Promote Your Association
  • Bikes become Art - Not a Paper House

Have a great time . . . July 14, 2015

Creative Tidbits #192: Ask Tog, Site Tweaks, Infographics and Creative inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

So here we go into summer's creative jam and designers' vacation! Get creative inspiration from your summer activities -- here are some starters to get your creative juices flowing :

  • First look: two new digital magazines make unusual screenshot and icon choices
  • Positive computing: technology for wellbeing and human potential
  • 15 Practical Design Tweaks For Your Website In 2015
  • 7 Tips for Creating Successful Infographics
  • First Principles of Interaction Design
  • 5 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration
July 11, 2015

The Art of Maxfield Parrish

You will instantly recognize the wonderful works of Maxfield Parrish . . . you may even now understand many of the works you've seen and loved that were replicas, or copies of Parrish art work, from Michael Jackson to Robbin Williams and Fleetwood Mac! This beautiful treasury will lighten up your day with art references to keep you going all month June 30, 2015

GraphicConverter rises to yet greater heights with the latest upgrade from Lemke Software

From the mid 1980s until well into the 1990s, all of my workshops and seminars all around the country were conducted using GraphicConverter. First, there was no other "slide show" software that would run on the first Mac laptop -- which was actually an Outbound. Yes, this was before powerbooks. The sorter helped me sort and organize, the graphics engine let me edit, modify and build titling, and the slidshower helped me click through my presentations. And the slides were so beautiful, nobody ever wanted to see another PowerPoint. Some day, I'd like to meet Thorsten Lemke. He's the hardest working man in software -- he keeps on working and improving GraphicConverter's awesome capabilities. Now, here comes the next version . . . April 27, 2015

Create a Whole New World of Video with Red Giant Universe VFX

Whether you're a pro, student or hobbiest, this package is probably the most awesome visual effects package we've seen -- once again, Red Giant has updated and expanded the Red Giant Universe! If you're a real creative, you won't be able to resist these eight new tools --- unique and powerful visual effects and transitions. March 17, 2015

Graphic Design App Candy Apple Updated with more WOW features!

128bit Technologies introduces version 1.5 of Candy Apple for Mac OS X, a tasty vector based graphic design and illustration app available on the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website. Current Candy Apple users can simply update for free through the Updates section of the App Store application on their Mac, or through the Check for Updates option in the Candy Apple menu March 12, 2015