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Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are rolling into the holiday season, but you'll find that creative inspiration for the holidays can work all year long. We have a great line-up this month, which will be in three parts. Enjoy and don't forget to send in your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries . . .

  • 100 Cameras Were Given to the Homeless in London. Here’s What They Captured.
  • Artist blends figurative and portraiture elements in works
  • 4 Great Design Ideas for Your Association Newsletter
  • Graphic Design Festival Scotland returns to Glasgow
  • How to not be frightened of your camera
October 29, 2015

Artboard Drawing App Update: Photos, Performance, Usability Enhancements

I've told you about Mapdiva before. It's a very cool new program, and now it's been upgraded! Artboard 1.9.8 vector drawing software, features support for Apple's new Photos app, a critical performance update, and several usability enhancements. Artboard is an affordable vector drawing program that is simple to use to get you going fast, yet powerful enough to meet your everyday drawing needs. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website, with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial. October 26, 2015

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! September 30, 2015

Creative Tidbits #197: spectacular drone shots to advice for branding and more

Well into the Fonts Festival, I thought we'd take a little break from fonts to cover some interesting items in other areas of the graphic design and creative fields. Those drone shots are awesomel, and just a little preaching will help your brand design a bit.
      There's always lots to learn in the creative world, so follow along . . . September 15, 2015

Steampunk style, resources and amusements

Steampunk Art Nouveau

If you're a fan of the Steampunk style, then you're in for a real treat. Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery ~ set in an Art Nouveau era as an alternate history. With fall and Halloween just around the corner, here's enough reference material to fill all your steampunk fantasies! Included here is a collection of full page samples along with coloring sheets! Enjoy September 5, 2015

Creative Tidbits #195: Fabian Font, Design Not Adobe, the future of Design

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits There's a lot more to design than Photoshop or Illustrator. The sooner new designers discover it's not the software that makes the designer, they'll all be better off. That's why I really enjoyed seeing this week's topics!

  • TheFutureByDesign: The future is function
  • For Designers of all Kinds, NOT Adobe
  • Beyno by Fabian Korn

Have a great time . . . August 25, 2015

Live Sketchpad Lets Users Talk and Share Sketches in Real-Time

How many times have you wished you could work with a partner, colleague or friend on the same drawing ... Live Sketchpad lets users collaborate with someone across the street - or on the other side of the world. Now, there's no excuse! August 10, 2015

Output Factory for Adobe InDesign Adds New Variable File Name Options

Well, if you follow the social networking sites, you'd think graphic designers do nothing but web pages, logos and Photoshop manipulations. But it just isn't true. Most graphic designers are still involved with desktop publishing, printing, page layout, and solving the design issues that gives the name to graphic design. Now, automating some of the tedium is a blessing! August 6, 2015

Creative Tidbits: Understanding Color Psychology for Impactful Web Design

By now, you've probably already seen our "National Coloring Book Day" page, and hopefully you had a great time over the weekend coloring some of our free coloring pages! Now that you're fully rejuvinated for color, let's get down to business and understand some important lessons about color, and how to use it on the web.
Have a great time . . . August 5, 2015