Creative Tidbits: February

by Fred Showker

Creative This issue of Creative tidbits has some humor, some awards, some predictions and some cool typography advice -- including : * What's so wrong with Comic Sans? * Comic Sans site proves web hit for Portsmouth studen * The Story Behind Comic Sans * Art show explores women in domestic American life * Wedding Guide: Extended forecast of lace * Graphic design and the role of digital agencies in graphic design * Graphic Design: There's an App for that * TypeTalk: Ten Commandments of Type * The Webfont Revolution Is Over, Let the Evolution Begin * Virgin Atlantic Airways Upper Class Suite * Mad World ... and more

What's so wrong with Comic Sans?

Comic Sans, that unassuming jaunty typeface lurking inside millions of computers, has become the target of an online hate campaign. Simon Garfield explains why normally mild-mannered people are so enraged by its use.

      How did schools ever advertise their Christmas fairs without it? Has a homemade birthday card ever looked so friendly written in anything else? Have type lovers ever found anything they loathe as much?
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.bbc.co.uk

Comic Sans site proves web hit for Portsmouth student

A Portsmouth student has won global acclaim for a website railing against the misuse of the comic sans font.
      Within minutes of going live, Matt Dempsey's comicsanscriminal.com website was being praised by web designers and bloggers around the world.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : news.bbc.co.uk

The Story Behind Comic Sans

There may not be a designer on the planet who hasn't heard of Comic Sans. In fact, there may not be any computer-using non-designers who aren't familiar with - and don't have an opinion about - Comic Sans. Vincent Connare's 1995 design for Microsoft has become one of the most popular and most maligned typefaces of our time.
      Does this friendly, unassuming typeface deserve the myriad bad raps it has provoked, or is Comic Sans just an unlikely victim of its own success? Here is the backstory, directly from Connare, who also designed the popular web-safe font Trebuchet.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.fonts.com

Art show explores women in domestic American life

Being a woman means something different to each woman. Julie Mader-Meersman, an associate professor of graphic design at Northern Kentucky University, explores that concept and many others in her show entitled "Personal Effects: Reflections on Domestic American Life".
      Through the use of artists' books, collage, poetry and hand-molded objects, Mader-Meersman explores themes such as domesticity, feminine identity, motherhood and consumerism.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : By Shawn Buckenmeyer - www.thenortherner.com

Wedding Guide: Extended forecast of lace

Sarah Dornink, head designer of Dornink, a couture boutique that specializes in customized dressmaking, shared the fashion forecast for wedding dresses this year.
      "Neutrals and pastels are going to be big colors for 2011. We'll see those in bridesmaids (she also predicts kelly green, bright coral, regatta blue and raspberry for bridesmaids), accessories, and also popping up in wedding gowns."
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.desmoinesregister.com

Graphic design and the role of digital agencies in graphic design

Graphic design is the most modern means of spreading an illustrated message to people for various purposes. Graphic has now added dimensions as a way of business as digital agencies step into the market with their amazing ideas to offer.
      Graphic design is the most modern means of spreading an illustrated message to people for various purposes. Graphic has now added dimensions as a way of business as digital agencies step into the market with their amazing ideas to offer. Graphic arts are a two-dimensional representation of an idea or message, created through a variety of techniques like typography, visual aesthetics and page layout designing etc. The word 'graphic design' was first made of use by the American book designer William Addison Dwiggins in 1922. The digital media Dublin has also grown by leaps and bounds.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.newsbycompany.com

Graphic Design: There's an App for that

The pitch reads: "Quickly turn yourself into an artist as you create professional looking vector art and graphic designs for your ..."
      But seriously folks... what other fairy tales do you believe in ?
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Graphic Design Studio by Macware, In

TypeTalk: Ten Commandments of Type

There are exceptions to every rule, but for most typographic circumstances, following these 10 rules will result in projects that look more professional and are easier to read.
      What better time than January to make typographic resolutions? Adhering to the ten points below is a great start. And if you already have all of these rules down pat, give the list to someone else. Just change "I shall not" to "You shall not" and you have the Ten Commandments of Type!
(Slow loader, careful, lots of spam)
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Written by Ilene Strizver for creativepro.com

Mad World - You've heard me talk about "Photoshop Madness" and how it's a wild jungle out there... Federico Bebber takes it a step further
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Federico Bebber via behance.net

The Webfont Revolution Is Over, Let the Evolution Begin

It feels like this war has been raging for ages, but we're still in the very early years of type on the web. When we look back on this moment - from the day the first webfont service launched to the imminent standardization of WOFF as a webfont file format - it will be but an em dash in the long history of screen typography.
      Like Simon Daniels said so prophetically over a year ago, the war (over formats and security and delivery) is over. It's time to win the peace. Now we've got to build some fonts.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Stephen Coles for typographica.org

Virgin Atlantic Airways Upper Class Suite

Here's a very cool showing of Jonathan Williams' illustration work, both fun, and insightful
      As part of Virgin Atlantic's '5m multi-media marketing campaign, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe / Y&R commissioned a series of images promoting the Upper Class Suite. Appearing in the UK press, internet and 96 sheet billboards across London, the adverts mixed clichs of English landed gentry with familiar aspects of New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Jonathan Williams via behance.net


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