Creative Tidbits #218: Icons, infographics, Black Friday, Podcasts, paper grades and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Well into the holiday season, here are some select holiday goodies, and some other interesting items including those Black Friday infographics! Creative inspiration is where you find it... finding cool stuff over the holidays? Give us a tip!

  • Follow These Three Tips for Designing the Perfect Podcast Icon
  • Do You Know Your (Paper) ABCs? Grade, Basis Weight, and Finish
  • 100 Free Flat Christmas Icons
  • Black Friday Infographic(s)
November 22, 2016

Now you can batch process a pile of images at the same time with ImageSmith

How many times have you faced a whole folder of images that needed the same tweak? Or you've got dozens of photos that need to be optimized for web use? You've used PS Elements for this, but it's just so darn limited -- and PSD isn't much better. You might want to take a look at Image Smith! October 11, 2016

The Gestalt Principles of Design : the most important lesson for all designers

Bridget Haina, accomplished design educator discusses the Gestalt Principles of Design. For more than a century, and thousands of hours of research and study, these lessons have been established as the most important factors of visual design -- for all designers! Thank you Bridget for helping get visual designers on the right track! September 13, 2016

Creative Tidbits #213: the world's ugliest color, beyond CMYK, free photos, icons and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are in the fall and you know what that means? The Typography department people are going to be working around the clock for this year's Fall Fonts Festival, and so I'm thinking I'll give'em a hand with the Creative Tidbits columns this month. . . Have fun and if YOU have a creative tidbit to report, please send it in!

  • Pantone launches new vibrant app for digital-savvy designers and colour enthusiasts
  • The World's Ugliest Color Examined By Graphic Design Experts
  • Free Stuff : Ioana Baltesiu's Stylish Icons
  • Beyond CMYK – New InfoTrends Study
  • Safe Haven for those who admire
  • Hefalo Script ~ fresh and fun!
  • Time Travel with Jenna
August 30, 2016

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 National Coloring Day is right upon us! We like to celebrate all week! 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! August 1, 2016

Creative Tidbits #212: Taxes, freelance advice, History, football and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits This week we get some serious stuff, including some advice for freelancers (Do you pay taxes?) -- and how to get special Emmy awards for your video graphics! Well maybe. Don't forget, if you've seen something you'd like to share with DTG readers, just let us know.

  • Zaha Hadid, Gensler, and more, vying in Sunset Strip billboard competition
  • Sports Emmy® Award For ESPN Monday Night Football Graphics Package
  • Graphic revolution: How Poland redefined the art of poster design
  • The Freelancer's Essential Guide to Business and Taxes
August 1, 2016

Drawing, sketching, drafting, planning, visualizing, conceptualizing on the iPad Pro

Now that the iPad Pro is on the streets, we're really thrilled to start seeing so many software developers adding support! Archisketch 2.01 for iOS, has added support for the Apple Pencil, Adobe Creative Cloud, smart one- and two-point perspectives, "Share Extension" and other advancements to the scale-aware sketching app for Architects and designers. July 30, 2016

Now we find Desktop-Class Selection Tools in one of our favorite iOS image editing programs : Pixelmator

Now, casual Adobe CC users may just be thinking about stopping the bleeding. We've told you about Pixelmator many times over the years -- now they've announced a new release. This full-featured, powerful, and fast image editor for iPad and iPhone brings some new functionality we've all been waiting for. July 26, 2016

Creative Tidbits #211: A great script, tips for swashes, Story Telling, Cloud content and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This is a fun edition! Ilene is back with some swashes, and a good grunge font. The most fun was CEROS a major spam experience -- yet somehow very good! If it moves, it sucks ... well, maybe not!

  • Ilene Strizver writes : Choosing and Using Swash Characters
  • Visual Storytelling: A Primer for Digital Designers
  • Sant’Elia Script (Demo)
  • Spam site of all times
July 26, 2016

Archisketch Adds Apple Pencil and Adobe Creative Cloud Support

Now that the iPad Pro is on the streets, we're really thrilled to start seeing so many software developers adding support! Archisketch 2.01 for iOS, has added support for the Apple Pencil, Adobe Creative Cloud, smart one- and two-point perspectives, "Share Extension" and other advancements to the scale-aware sketching app for Architects and designers. July 25, 2016