Creative Tidbits #210: Nordic Font, Ads that charge, Lord of the Rings fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Halfway through July and here we are with a font I know you'll like and an even hotter ad for the beach in Rio a magazine charges your iPhone . . . I love July!

  • The Lord of the Fonts: fonts in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
  • Magazine ad that charges your cell phone ??? Sure!
  • Yana Bereziner : Nordic Font
July 19, 2016

Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!

Getting ready for the summer vacation and all of the cook-outs, receptions, parties and picknics going on, we were delighted when Ainseley Bevis sent in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial with lots of blends, gradients and vector cooking! July 1, 2016

This could be the most important drawing software since Adobe Illustrator

Artboard 2 for the Mac is a full-featured drawing software to create crisp vector graphics and layered illustrations. For the versatility and price, we're thinking this could be the next generation's Illustrator -- at a fraction of the cost, without being held hostage! June 27, 2016

Patina Painting App for Mac Relaunched with New Features

Patina, which is useful for making simple drawings and sketches, as well as for doing basic image editing tasks, had the highest user rating among the top 10 most downloaded free apps in the Graphics & Design category in the Mac App Store. June 21, 2016

Adobe Spark: Creating Effective Video for your Cause or Crowdfunding Campaign

Adobe has teamed up with expert voices from and the Future of Storytelling (FOST) on why you need video in your crowdfunding campaign or petition. Studies have shown adding video to your petition, cause, or crowdfunding campaign can increase its effectiveness by over 6x, and it’s never been easier to create! Adobe Spark offers the easiest way to create an animated video for your cause or campaign with it’s free web-based and iOS app Spark Video . . . . May 20, 2016

Spark Spotlight: How a Bike Shop Spurred a Pedal Revolution

As this video depicts, this possibly could be the BEST thing to come out of Adobe in a decade -- and for now they're FREE . . . the SPARK suite is awesome ! ... let me know what you think -- and if you create a SPARK project, be sure and link it to ME for a free professional graphic design critique! #video #videostory #designvideo #designtools #adobe #adobespark #socialmedia #facebook #pinterest #storytelling #60-Seconds #marketing May 19, 2016

Seymour Chwast: Using irony and sympathy in graphic design

You've heard me speak of Seymour Chwast many times in the past. He's an icon of the graphic design world, and when he speaks -- designers should listen. That's why I just had to post this as soon as I discovered it. Thanks to Steven Heller for passing this along. This is good stuff, folks, don't miss it ! April 29, 2016

Graphics : Making animated GIF files just became a lot easier!

You'll remember, some time ago we told you about Cinemagram, a simple program that makes animated GIF files (Pronounced "jif"). Now, they're even easier -- and fun! Gifstory is a new GIF Camera and Editor developed for iOS devices. April 18, 2016

The first immersive photo chat in real time: Photonomie

How many times have you really wanted to do an animated GIF but just didn't want to take the time with shots and frames and clutzy software? Here's onee, though, that makes it easy -- once the graphic design community understands what this app really is, there'll be a revolution of ideas flooding the market. Better check it out! April 13, 2016

Graphics : Comicbook style storytelling always a hit -- with Comic Life

Comic life has always been a favorite, and now it's been updated and spread out for all platforms! Comic Life 3.5 is the latest version of the award winning photo comic creation software we told you about back in 2008! April 11, 2016