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LightWave 3D Group Ultimate Creativity Bundle with OctaneRender

LightWave 11.6 3D modeling, rendering and animation software paired with OTOY’s OctaneRender 2.0, the world’s fastest GPU-based renderer that is both unbiased and physically-based, gives artists and designers a powerful, intuitive way to quickly create, animate and deliver projects with amazingly photorealistic detail. August 14, 2014

Creative Update 178 -- Design, Typography and Graphics for August / September

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Back to (Design) School needs creative inspiration! From baseball teams to packaging to license plates, designers touch just about everything in our lives. This creative inspiration column hopes to touch on just about everything to, from design, typography and graphics to helping you be better designers! Follow along:
[_] Blitz Media Design Logos Selected for Lewis & Clark Baseball League Uniforms
[_] Tips on Graphic Design for Translation 1: Styles, Layouts, Fonts
[_] DesignStudio creates ‘symbol of belonging’ for Airbnb rebrand
[_] Xara may have the Adobe substitute you've been looking for?
[_] Edmonton designers come up with own Alberta licence plate
[_] The Lost Graphic Designs of a Short-Lived Democracy
[_] Stranger lends street artist a helping hand
... and more ! August 13, 2014

7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design

Thanks to Shweiki Publishing for passing along these tips -- all of which are free online services that can take the place of ones you have to pay for. Even if you're a pro, these services are good to know about. If you try any, please let me know your reactions! August 5, 2014

DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for August, 2014

01 August Back to SCHOOL
02 Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness
03 60-Seconds #313 : Google Link Removal schemes raise a lot of questions
04 Let me send you $391 for back to school
05 Reading for fun, learning and graphic inspiration
06 600 Vector fonts for
07 Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration
08 1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes,
09 Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration
10 7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design
11 Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices
12 Classic Vintage vector design elements, ornaments, cartouches, illustrations and devices
13 Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos
14 MyBrushes Unique Painting Tool for natural media painting!
15 Author Steven Heller on design responsibilities
16 5 Steps to a Stand-Out Website
17 A Designers Education
18 SEPTEMBER: FALL FONTS FESTIVAL
19 Good learning ... August 1, 2014

600 Vector fonts for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting and anywhere you need clean vectors

If you're in the design business, and happen to do arts and graphics for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting, or frisket cutting, then you really do know the real value of clean vector fonts. Most of the amateurs these days achieve unique decorative fonts by layer styles and other "cheats" ... but when you need clean vectors, the amateurs don't cut it. You need real vector fonts. You get vector fonts one of two ways July 29, 2014

Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

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From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them
  • Photo Posts Spark the Most Engagement on Facebook
  • What Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo?
  • Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color
  • Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
  • ... and more !
July 29, 2014

1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes, pictograms and illustrations for infographics, ads, web or print media

Yes, and while we're going back to (design) school, what do designers need more than anything? Good inspiration, that's what. So, here's another huge collection of top-quality vector illustrations we think you'll really like. July 28, 2014

Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

It's been a busy summer, but we still have time to search for creative inspiration! Creativity comes when you least expect it, be ready. Follow along with our July Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • Got a Presentation to Give? Here are the 10 Most Common Concerns
  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together
  • Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding
  • How a Publication Redesign Impacts Advertising
  • How to Take an Infographic from Good to Great
  • A Typographic Makeover Of Email
  • ... and more !
July 22, 2014

Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices

The world of graphic communications has become more complicated than ever in the history of mankind. But one true fact still remains: the understanding of an object, idea or concept is made easier and more complete through the use of simplified visual graphics. Today they're called "infographics" and here are 2,000 vector files you want for generating all kinds of infographics July 20, 2014

Classic Vintage vector design elements, ornaments, cartouches, illustrations and devices

In the "day" we had many, many restaurant clients. We had restaurants sometimes that would occupy the same building as the previous restaurant. I only wish we had a collection like this one in those days. We had to hand-draw, or clip from the Yanblan Archives, or some of the thousands of pages of Dover Books I had purchased to cut apart. Thank goodness these files are here today in vector format! July 18, 2014