Creative Graphic Design: Infographics, Typepedia, and font anatomy

Yes, it's fall fonts fest moving toward November with some special insights into the creative spirit, and a visit to one of the most important studios of our time! Send in your creative ideas for the holidays this month! Here we go . . .
* Infographic: Just How Dangerous Is The Dye In Your Food?
* Smart people do smart things ... Jason Santa Maria
* Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
* Can graphic design make feminism cool?
* Russia's Top 20 Designers Today
* Learn: Anatomy of a Typeface
... and more ! October 24, 2013

What do Hand-Held 3D Scanning, Russia and Napoleon have in common?

3D scanning technology is getting better and better, and we really enjoy seeing new applications -- like this brief look at the place where Napoleon met his match, and how Artec and 3D scanning are revolutionizing the field of archeology October 10, 2013

Graphic design logos, branding and logotype design training for young designers

No fonts fest about type, typography, lettering, calligraphy and fonts would be complete without a collection of books about logotypes, symbols, logos and branding. Type and typography plays a huge part in identity design. This year, there are lots of new entries -- some even spawned by the internet. Beware though -- many of today's self-anointed internet designers really don't know much about real design or logos. Take their writings with a grain of salt, then rely on the masters September 26, 2013

DTG Picks : Vector Drawing Apps for the Mac

Many, many times we get email or forum postings lamenting about the high cost of the Adobe Illustrator and other Adobe products... and now you can't even buy them, you "rent" them from the 'cloud' . . . so we've done a little digging and testing and you can try these for highly functional surrogates for Illustrator :
* iDraw: powerful feature-packed vector drawing and illustration app
* If you're not a design pro, you may need Logo Design Studio
* Animate : Bring your imagination to life!
* TouchDraw : structured 2D vector graphics
* Clipart Collection by UAB Macmanus
* VectorPro Color
. . . and more September 19, 2013

Transform photos into stunning, unforgettable paintings and drawings

Fans of VicMan's acclaimed no-cost iPhone and iPad photo editor Pho.to Lab can now head to the App Store and download the latest version August 27, 2013

LinkOptimizer for InDesign Is Updated for Creative Cloud Compatibility

LinkOptimizer is a workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 starts by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer allows you to reduce InDesign link size and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data; it is now compatible with recently released InDesign and Photoshop CC featured as part of Creative Cloud. August 23, 2013

Now You Can Sketch Portraits Like a Pro

Use your device's camera to snap a picture, then the snapshot becomes your subject. Magically "sketch" the photo's subject using one of handPaint's many tools (magic brush, neon marker, sketch pen, or magic pencil) to create hand drawn effects with photo quality precision. August 21, 2013

Getting ideas and design inspiration by looking at unusual beer bottle label designs

Okay, you saw our previous post taking a surf tour of Tequila labels, right. Well, this time we're looking at beer bottle labels and how they can be a source of graphic design inspiration. Enjoy! July 31, 2013

Product labeling and packaging study for inspiration and design ideas

One of the best ways to learn and practice design, typography and illustration is to emulate (not "copy") the works of others. Like this collection of wonderfully unique and rare bottles and bottle labels for Tequila! Here are designs you probably won't find in your local stores . . . enjoy! July 29, 2013

Best books for learning Design, Typography & Graphics

Graphic Design School

Each year I like to do a round-up of the design books we've reviewed -- but this year is different. There have been so few published I'm including several from previous years. While the digital book, ebook and Kindle books have become hugely popular -- when it comes to learning graphic design, printed books still have the most power for learning. Buy any (all) of these, and you'll automatically know more than most other designers in your market. July 29, 2013