1010-27 Art & Creative tidbits

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's Creative Tidbits blog postings In this edition of Art & Creative tidbits we pass along more DTG bookmarks * Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas * If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Advice for Young Creatives * The theory, fact, and fantasy of color * A redesign of a woman's reading magazine * Sneak Peek: iPad Digital Magazine Creation with InDesign * iMacs for graphic design in Middle Schools? * Tip: Control New Document Sizes in Photoshop * Blending along a path in Illustrator * A free copy of Brandon Grotesque ... plus more!

Searching for Value in Ludicrous Ideas

This is a relentless age we're living in, a time when innovative solutions - or any solutions, for that matter - to our seemingly infinite problems seem in short supply.
      So how do we come up with new ideas? How do we learn to think outside of normal parameters? Are the processes in place for doing so flawed? Do we rely too much on computer models? On consultants? On big-idea gurus lauding the merits of tribes and crowds or of starfish and spiders? On Twitter?
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Allison Arieff - The Opioionator, NY Times

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Advice for Young Creatives

Never content to accept conventional wisdom, creatives love to learn things the hard way. But is it absolutely necessary?
      We chatted with a handful of 99% Conference attendees about the things they wished someone had told them when they were just starting out. A shortlist of the takeaways: never sacrifice what you love, find great collaborators and share your ideas, learn how to say no and stay focused, and always, always stick to your guns.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : the99percent.com

The theory, fact, and fantasy of color

Thanks to Chuck Green for sending this one in:
      In the introduction to her book The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe, Sarah Lowengard writes, "Throughout the eighteenth century, people from all social and economic backgrounds thought about color, experimented with color, and offered their own notions of how to explain it, how to use it, and how to improve it. In this book, I will discuss those interests, explorations, expectations, and outcomes."
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Sarah Lowengar

A redesign of a woman's reading magazine

The magazine's content focuses on short stories and short articles by Poland's popular writers. A magazine intended strictly for reading should not disconcentrate the reader with unnessasary graphical content. The magazine is ment to be mostly typographically "illustrated", making the wriiten word a key player.
      Joanna Tyborowska, from Poland, shows off her Editorial Design, Graphic Design, and Typography skills in this superb example of 'Gestalt' design and typography
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Joanna Tyborowska

Sneak Peek: iPad Digital Magazine Creation with InDesign

WoodWing has released a sneak peek video showing the first viable solution to create digital magazines. Our solution is based around InDesign, the familiar design tool already used by most publishers.
      Designers can add interactive elements, like video, slideshows, etc. to create a compelling interactive experience. The digital magazine can be managed from within Content Station, and exported for publication.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Wood Wing Software

iMacs for graphic design in Middle Schools?

Some progressive educators see the value of graphic design awareness ... I just didn't expect to see it at Middle School levels! BRAVO ...
      Liberty-Eylau Middle School receives iMacs for graphic design ... Liberty-Eylau Middle School's students got an upgrade.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : texarkanagazette.com

A free copy of Brandon Grotesque

Brandon Grotesque is a sans serif type family of six weights plus matching italics. It was designed by Hannes von Dehren in 2009/10. Influenced by the geometric-style sans serif faces that were popular during the 1920s and 30s, the fonts are based on geometric forms that have been optically corrected for better legibility.
      Brandon Grotesque has a functional look with a warm touch. While the thin and the black weights are great performers in display sizes the light, regular and medium weights are well suited to longer texts. The small x-height and the restrained forms lend it a distinctive elegance.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : new.myfonts.com


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