Creative Tidbits #230: Classic Fonts Poster, Comic Sans replacement, 404 and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Of course we always like to watch the masters, and see what they are up to -- so I saw this Steven Heller piece and had to pass it along. The guys at Pushpin Studios have been at the top of the game for fifty years and we can all learn a lesson or two from them. We also mix it up a bit in this episode with a good fonts item and an essential web design resource. Have fun!

  • Philip Trautmann creates Fonts out of Passion.
  • How to design 404 pages for your web site
  • Alphabets to Go? Analog to digital?
June 14, 2017

Creative Tidbits #229: 36 Days of Type, Camera Shake, Netflix art of design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go into the summer of 2017, and I know many of you are taking extensive vacations, and will be traveling! Here are three good references that you'll enjoy this June. If you do travel and take a lot of photos, please send a few and share with DTG readers

  • Netflix: The Art of Design misses the point
  • 6 Poses You Can Use to Avoid Camera Shake
  • Shot Block: 36 Days of Type
June 7, 2017

Graphic Inspector Now Lets Users Choose Image Editing App

Zevrix Solutions comes with something newsworthy from time to time, but having run their product reviews for a decade, they STILL don't answer my calls, or support the Design Center! After 20 million pairs of eyes sent to them, this is the respect I get. Oh well, their Graphic Inspector 2.2, a feature update is noteworthy. June 6, 2017

Beautiful HD Wallpapers 20,000+ sheets for iPhone 6/6 Plus/SE (and they're all free!)

a web site and iPhone iPad app with wallpapers

I know you've had it with wallpaper sites, but when you can contain thousands of images to select in an app on the iPad or iPhone, it might be worth taking a look . . . check this out June 5, 2017

Extraordinary visions of image elements that don't exist ... until you create them

creates impressive light effects

We've told you about some of the crazy things Akvis has been doing with images ... now they're empowering you with a light stick that will generate impressive light effects in a fast and uncomplicated way. The new version includes new futuristic light effects reminiscent of UFO landings lights, starburst, laser beams, and neon flashes. Take advantage of ready-to-use presets to make your photos look extraordinary! May 30, 2017

Generate abstract paintings full of imaginative shapes and expressive color

abstract cityscape oil painting

I was at an art fair on Las Olas recently and booth after booth was selling spectacular oil paintings. I noticed how "perfect" they were, so I went in for a very close look. Wow -- nobody else noticed, but these were digital paintings -- and they were flying off the shelf at anywhere from $200 to $20,000. Hello!
      Then I get this note from Akvis and I'm thinking ... maybe I ought to give up this internet publishing and sell oil paintings in Key West. It would probably pay for my retirement! May 18, 2017

Ah, Provence! That charming region of France now can frame your prized photos!

If you like to enhance your imagery, or photos, or you just want a bit of pinash for gift photos, then these romantic and adorable picture frames capture the essence of French countryside living. For flat prints or canvas, add an artful balance between rustic and chic. Get inspired by the authentic Provence motifs! May 3, 2017

DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for April / May, 2017

Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields -- Spring Colors : the 22nd Annual Designing Women issue continues! Send us your samples for DTG readers to share and discover your skills and talents

Vol 27, #4 ~ May, 2017

Table of Contents : What's here:

  1. April, almost May
  2. 22nd Annual Designing Women : Michela Picchi, Amanda Jane Jones and Amy Cox
  3. Creative Tidbits #226: James Niehues, DeviantArt, Logos, Iceland design
  4. Creative Tidbits #227: Free Fonts, logo tips, Fake News, Photoshop Ethics and more!
  5. Photoshop Tutorial: The Essential Guide to Creating Vintage-Style Posters
  6. 60-Seconds #341 : Is this really necessary? What are they thinking?
  7. Designing Women : Sisters Gulassa, Missy Meyer, Gemma O’Brien and Mahima Mahajan
  8. Where do designing women come from? Designing Girls!
  9. DT&G Magazine Designing Women Friends on Facebook
  10. April, May and on and on
  11. Thanks for reading... and Happy April/May

GO DT&G : Design, Typographics & Graphics for Spring , 2017

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Nothing beats fun communications like Comics ... try Comic Draw, the Comic Creation App

Comic Draw, a full-featured comic creation and publishing application for iPad makes it real fun to generate awesome comics and comic style layouts. April 27, 2017

Discover the fine arts of rock and stone painting!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

While working up some pages and Creative Tidbits for our Designing Women special I discovered the art of painting stones. I had no idea it is such a popular and wide-spread practiced art and craft. Although searches bring up literally millions of images, it is not a new art. It's one that's been practiced for thousands of years. Here are just a few of the highlights we found.

  • Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
  • How to paint rock mandalas
  • Meditative Mandala Stones
  • The Art of Stone Painting
  • Cindy Thomas Rocks
  • A gallery of pages and samples
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