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A New Year and A New Look: McDonald's Global Packaging Launches In Style

Starting this month, McDonald’s restaurants in the United States will unveil new carry-out bags, fountain beverage cups and sandwich boxes. I don't know if this is a hallmark in graphic design, but looking at the history of McDonald's packaging and their urban positioning, it looks like a fun change. January 21, 2016

Creative Tidbits #202: anti-drug drive posters, Bikinis, Photoshop Action and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Rolling into a new year of Creative Tidbits, we're finding these great discoveries and enjoying the creative experience around every corner! Remember, we're always looking for your suggestions and tips for cool stuff. Enjoy this edition of Creative Tidbits January 5, 2016

Creative Tidbits #201: Trump, Iranian type, Adobe Post, classic signs and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Kicking off a brand new year -- 2016 -- with creative update number 201 ! I probably enjoy finding these great discoveries more than you do! There's a lot going on so, enjoy and remember : there's a creative experience around every corner! January 1, 2016

Creative coloring apps for designers and illustrators of all ages

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Recently we've had an "adult coloring" thread going, looking at all aspects of grown-up coloring books. Of course with the adult coloring fad, the app developers would jump in on the act. So, here we'll take a look at several apps for your mobile device that simulate real-world coloring. December 20, 2015

Online Resource of Historic Newspapers Posts 10 Millionth Page ; Chronicling America Facts

Chronicling America, a free, online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page -- more than 10 million pages - 74 terabytes of total data - from more than 1,900 newspapers in 38 states and territories and the District of Columbia. December 16, 2015

Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!

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LITTLE DID I KNOW over the past several years of evangelizing coloring books for kids, I was scooping in a thoroughly adult market -- with a cause, even! Spiked has posted an article about the trend toward "infantilising" -- and we're also told that the popularisation of the idea of wellbeing is itself culturally significant. Okay . . . so color on! November 28, 2015

Converting PDF files to text -- this utility may be your key

When you need to extract text from acquired PDF files, it can be a tedious and frustrating operation. If there are columns, you've got a reall challenge. If they've saved the PDF without editing capabilities, and optimized for web delivery it can be impossible. Now there's help for most situations. November 25, 2015

DT&G Advertising update : Ad Blockers

The online world and its unsatiable hunger for money has broken all rules and enraged the online population to the point of mutany! The design community as well as old school internet purists said all along that you could tell your web page sucks if you have advertising. But the web industry just wouldn't listen. Now, it appears a huge push-back is coming and it will make the connected world a better place. November 23, 2015

Shooting video with low quality audio? You night need restoration!

I see and hear it all the time. Videos that would normally hit the spot -- but don't because of poor sound quality. It's a tough nut to crack, but VideoSoap app offers easy-to-use audio restoration for videos on the Apple iPhone and iPad. VideoSoap is so easy-to-use that even average consumers can use it to fix audio problems, without requiring any audio expertise. November 21, 2015

Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors, Adobe lost fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

The old 'Spec Work' debacle raises its ugly head again -- I cannot understand why people don't learn. We're also looking at the Google logo, and Adobe lost fonts. Enjoy and don't forget to share your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries

  • Is Spec Work Evil? 12 Agency Execs Discuss the Unchecked Problem
  • Create a Laser-Cut Mailer Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • How Magazine Covers Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years
  • Google's new logo: why a meh response is actually good
  • Is this an infographic or worthless misdirection?
  • Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded
November 4, 2015