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Holiday art, Berenstain Bears, crafts, snowflakes, seasonal classics and lots of fun for all

We don't often show such juvinile stuff, but really, this is some fun stuff. You may not get any graphic arts benefits from these at all -- but you will have a great time, and some laughs with the kids! design_p The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Coloring and Activity Bookdesign_p Creative Haven Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Bookdesign_p Make Your Own Paper Snowflakesdesign_p Chanukah Coloring Bookdesign_p A Christmas Treasury
... and more! November 20, 2014

Creative Update #181: Graphic Design Creative Inspiration, 3D prints, charity, awards

Fred Showker's Creative Update2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! November 19, 2014

Holiday Projects, Crafts and do-it-yourself cool stuff

There's really nothing better than hand-made art, and the holidays is the perfect time to get your hands dirty and make some cool stuff! Right! So, I'd like to get you fired up to make some art! You can get started on these:   Holidays Christmas Holiday Origami   Holidays Christmas Crafts Fun Kit   Holidays Make Your Own Greeting Cards   Holidays Claus Kids Christmas Coloring Book
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 13, 2014

Holiday Coloring Books for inspiration and fun for all ages

Probably one of the most fun things we do each year is go hunting for fun and visual inspiration -- the arts and crafts for the holiday. Take a break from your serious design and romp through some kids stuff! So, I'd like to introduce you to these low cost creations :: Holidays Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays The Spirits of Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Book   Holidays 3-D Coloring Book - Here Comes Santa Claus!
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 8, 2014

Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." For years, Adobe and Microsoft have been the chief extortionists in the software industry, but many others practice it as well. I often thank Barebones Software for BBEdit, because it opens most all files, and GraphicsConverter because it opens any image file. No such luck for Adobe InDesign extortion though . . . until now! November 6, 2014

DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for November 2014

01 November: Design the Holidays
02 25 Awesome illustrations for 'family' ... happy Thanksgiving
03 Photoshop Food Madness : Food Photography, retouching & styling
04 Creative Update 180 ~~ Graphic Design Creative Inspiration
05 The Essential Handbook for all Creatives and Innovators: The 46 Rules of Genius
06 Scott Kelby books for Photographers - one or the whole set!
07 Picture your Mini-Me - your own 3D statue of yourself!
08 Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing
09 New Graphic Novel CARBON says it's 'Time To Cut The Crap...' and the Carbon Emissions
10 Ultimate Halloween Masks as created with Photoshop
11 In the Bookshelf and Gallery for the holidays :
12 20th Annual Fonts Surf Recap:
13 iPhone, iPad, Android and Apps for November and Thanksgiving
14 Thanksgiving
15 Hope you enjoy our November issue . . . November 1, 2014

Creative Update 180 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! October 31, 2014

Picture your Mini-Me - your own 3D statue of yourself!

This is the beginning of the age of 3D Photography, and Photogrammetry uses overlapping pictures to create a 3D model of an object printed by the Sculpteo 3D Cloud Engine. So, figure you can now clone yourself in any size... a great novelty or gift!!! October 23, 2014

The Essential Handbook for all Creatives and Innovators: The 46 Rules of Genius

Marty Neumeier's new book is a thought-provoking quick start guide to creative brilliance -- and I want to recommend it for anyone who wants to brighten their creative thinking prowess. Read it once. Reade it twice. Use lots of Post-it notes to mark passages ... I guarantee you'll want them again and again! October 22, 2014

Halloween inspiration, art, activities and download fun for all

Lots of great art, ideas and inspiration can be found in children's books. This collection brings lots of visual fun for Halloween with a great collection of activities and coloring. Grab some free samples, and take a look at these favorites: halloween Wacky Witches Sticker Activity Book halloween Witches Stained Glass Coloring Book halloween The Little Halloween Activity Book halloween 3-D Coloring Book--Happy Halloween halloween Halloween ABC Coloring Book halloween Halloween Scapes
. . . and more! October 17, 2014