Art & Creative tidbits

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's Creative Tidbits blog postingsIn this issue of Creative Tidbits, Ilene Strizver shares Eight Tips for Type on the Web ; we take a field trip to the Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione ; we visit Pale Horse' Personal Typography Works ; see a poster campaign about "Rape" ; get a sneak peak at Daniel Pelavin's first tattoo design ; Adobe and the digital magazine ; The Myths of Innovation and others ... enjoy!

Eight Tips for Type on the Web

Ilene Strizver writes ... These days, anyone can have their own Web site, whether for a business, a cause, or a club; a school or class or team; or simply a family or an individual. Whether you design it yourself from scratch, or use templates, or have it designed for you, type will most likely be a large percentage of its content.
      To be effective on a Web site, typography needs to be: clean, clear, appealing, and readable. Good typography can attract, engage, and keep your viewer on your site. Here are some tips to get you off on the right track.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Ilene Strizver -- The Type Studio

A Visit to the Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione

There is a place in northern Italy where typography reigns supreme: Tipoteca Italiana fondazione.
      Michael Carabetta takes a tour of Tipoteca Italiania --- dedicated to the preservation of traditional wood and metal type (fonts) and the machinery with which to print them --- and shares the trip
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Michael Carabetta

Personal Typography Works

Personal Typography Works, created for the "Splinters & Papercuts" art exhibit was created by Pale Horse.
      Anyone with the nerve to call themselves "pale horse" in the market place deserves a look ...
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Pale Horse

Rape is not love

Rare are the cases when the rapist is some stranger. Most often it's someone close to the victim -- a boyfriend/girlfriend, a husband/wife, a long-time friend. This makes it hard for the victims to identify whether they were raped, and they try to forget the whole event. But by not coming forward, they make themselves victims forever.
      Petar Pavlov's recent poster campaign was to raise awareness of the most common three types of rapes: acquaintance, date and marital rape.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Petar Pavlov - Portfolio

Daniel designs a Tattoo

Daniel Pelavin is an illustrator and typographic designer, best know for bold, drafted shapes, unique color palette and in-your-face attitude. Don't be mislead by that benign-looking grin.
      Daniel writes:

Quoting  begins I always feel a little naked when I go to Williamsburg (or almost anywhere else these days) since tattoos have become a symbol of fashion awareness rather than mystical cult status or memories of a drunken evening. So, I felt a warm sense of belonging as I set out to create a fearsome and indelible icon for an article about "La Familia," the dreaded Mexican mafia. Quoting  ends

READ THIS REPORT Full story : Daniel Pelavin's

Adobe and the digital magazine

The Digital Magazine Solution from Adobe, coming in late summer 2010 to Adobe Labs, enables media, corporate, and retail catalog publishers to create and monetize immersive content experiences like the WIRED Reader. These digital magazines can be consumed on the Apple iPad, with other platforms and devices expected in the future.
      Isn't it funny that Adobe is attempting to lead this parade -- yet the very page promotint it is written in incorrect, poorly implemented code. So much for DreamWeaver.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Adobe on Digital Publishing

The Myths of Innovation

You're going to love this! In this new paperback edition of the classic bestseller, "The Myths of Innovation", you'll be taken on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas.
      Author Scott Berkun will show you how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world. Download a free excerpt in PDF format.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Scott Berkun - The Myths of Innovation

Illustrator: Calculate Area of Shape

Guess you already saw the post on how to figure AREA of an object in Adobe Illustrator. Well, in case you didn't ...
      Thanks to Teri_Pettit for this one :
Select the path
Cmd-Shift-Option-F12 to open the secret programmer's debugging palette -- In that palette, scroll down until you see a section called "object tree" Click on the 'path' label that is in bold-face (which indicates the object is selected)
The "objects" section above will then display various data about the path, including its area in square pts. Negative areas indicate counter-clockwise paths, positive areas are clockwise.
If the object you wish to measure is not near the top of its layer in the stacking order, you may wish to duplicate it to the top via Copy, deselect, Paste in Front, since it can be hard to find lower-down objects in the debug palette window.
Warning: This palette is not supported. It intentionally does not process many notifications, and can therefore cause crashes if you leave it open while editing the document, especially edits that delete objects which it is displaying data about.

Don't forget ... we encourage you to share your discoveries in the creative world of art, typography, graphics, illustration, photography, sculpture, signs, signing, logos, business graphics and visual communications. Just discuss it in the Design Cafe, or pop out an email to DTG

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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