DTG October 2010

by Fred Showker

16th Annual Fall Fonts Festival - Part 2

  1. Hello October
  2. Typographic Faces
  3. Typography that grows
  4. Photoshop Tutorial: Abstract Planetary Rings
  5. Illustrator tutorial: The wizard's hat
  6. Fonts with Attitude Too
  7. Blog: Art & Creative tidbits
  8. EVENT: Digital Artists Conference
  9. Guest Feature: Using Style Guide To Design A Website
  10. Guest Feature: Different Styles of Graphic Design
  11. Training: Adobe Photoshop training
  12. Education: Typeface Design Degrees
  13. Web Trends 2 : Links, SEO, B2B and more
  14. Blog: Publishing & Media Notes
  15. Rules for Documentary Filmmakers
  16. New in the Designer's Bookshelf
  17. Feature Book: Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
  18. Feature Book: Wildlife Photography
  19. Photography: GMX PhotoPainter
  20. Playtime: Fun Photo Decoration
  21. October is fun for all

October DTG NewsletterHello October

Our 16th ANNUAL FALL FONTS FESTIVAL continues ... focusing on fonts, typography, lettering ... with lots of October and Halloween goodies in the Publishers' Warehouse!

Our frequent blog postings have become very popular over the past two months - there are three flavors, web updates, creative tidbits, and publishing updates. Several are listed below, but there are three editions of each behind those. Watch the site, or grab the RSS to get each week's new blog posting as they arrive.

Lots to cover this month, so let's get going

Typographic Faces

Our typography tour now takes us to the stunning works of designers like Christopher Haines, Cris Wicks, Ben Heine, Nelly Furtado and others who have designed and created Typographic portraits -- contour art -- painting portraits with type, letters, and letterforms

Typography that grows

At some point, we have to draw the line between typography and lettering ... and pure artistic endeavors which mimic letters or letter forms. All of these wonderful pieces were selected because they carry the notion of using typography or lettering in a natural "growing" environment and provide a delightful visual treat.

Photoshop Tutorial: Abstract Planetary Rings

This Photoshop full tutorial illustrates painting, and artistic, effects to create these Abstract Planetary Rings -- you'll be creating abstract planetary rings on Earth to give it a supernatural feel. It is also a good tutorial in using Filter effects

Illustrator tutorial: The wizard's hat

Just in time for the bewitching month, learn how to create a very cool wizards hat icon using Adobe Illustrator! Another great tutorial sent in by IconShock

Fonts with Attitude Too

Now, we continue along looking at just a select few of more than 800 new fonts included in the killer Ingram 829 fonts collection ... now we go from some calm traditional fonts to the absurd ... even a Halloween font for October!

Blog: Art & Creative tidbits

In 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!

EVENT: Digital Artists Conference

The International Association of Mobile Digital Artists (iAMDA) will hold its first annual MobileArtCon at NYU ITP at the Tisch School of the Arts, October 23-24, 2010 Digital Artists Conference

Guest Feature: Using Style Guide To Design A Website

Branding and promotion of your product/website is the essential key to your business's success. This is the reason why various marketing strategies and techniques are being implemented for the. successful promotion of your websites

Guest Feature: Different Styles of Graphic Design

Every graphic designer specializes in one area that they prefer to work with over any other. However, almost every graphic design career will require you to be flexible with your abilities to work in a variety of areas. Guest writer Holly Krommenhoek shares her views on broadening your design horizons

Training: Adobe Photoshop training

Looking to learn Photoshop fast? Taking an Adobe Authorized Photoshop training class will get that job done in a matter of days. Our friends at LEDET offer hands-on, instructor-led, classroom based Photoshop training is fast, easy, fun and effective. We're proud to have Ledet as a Design Center partner!

Education: Typeface Design Degrees

Cooper Union has introduced a Typeface Design Certificate Program -- a first of its kind to be offered in the United States. This is a collaboration between the Continuing Education Department at The Cooper Union and the Type Directors Club

Web Trends 2 : Links, SEO, B2B and more

This time we're surfing to find out some important essentials in today's web design. Do links add value that print can't match? Can you make your news releases boost SEO? Does open-source social publishing open doors for marketers? We'll also look at 3 new features every PPC manager should try now ; and 11 simple ways B2B companies can be more social today. Have fun, and don't forget to send in your discoveries .... second blog posting: Web Trends 2

Blog: Publishing & Media Notes

In this edition, we've gathered some of the more interesting items in the publishing channels. Mark Dolliver writes 'What People Think of the Ad/PR Biz' ; Theodore F. di Stefano asks do e-readers spell the end of print media? Also, Six Reasons Print Belongs in Your Media Mix ; The FTC's Green Guidelines ; and do you think ads be coming to book publishing industry? Read along and remember to send in your discoveries! Blog: Publishing & Media Notes

Rules for Documentary Filmmakers

Digital Production BuZZ live interview with Eddie Schmidt, President of the Board of IDA sharing his perspective on the recent copyright ruling favoring documentary filmmakers by the U.S. Copyright Office

New in the Designer's Bookshelf

A great line-up of books for self-learning and training came into the site during September ...
* Photography: Practical HDRI with pro photographer Jack Howard
* Web Design: HTML5 Up and Running - time to get up to speed
* Flex 4: Cookbook - problem-solving for the Adobe Flash Platform.
* Blogging: Head First Wordpress - getting past the basic blog
* DIY: Wicked WordPress Themes - WordPress wizardry
* JavaScript: Cookbook recipes for common programming tasks .... and more all in the Design Bookshelf

Feature Book: Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One

Master the fundamentals of Photoshop CS5 and make all of your images come alive. Author Deke McClelland's gives you step-by-step tutorials, hours of DVD-video demonstrations, and lots of fun!

Feature Book: Wildlife Photography

This book covers the practical aspects of wildlife photography, from shooting animal portraits to panning the camera in order to capture that speeding leopard -- with Photographer and environmentalist Uwe Skrzypczak Wildlife Photography

Photography: GMX PhotoPainter

This very cool standalone software transforms any image into an original artwork. Artists can start with an existing picture such as from a digital camera or scanner, a 3D rendering or painting Photography: GMX PhotoPainter

Playtime: Fun Photo Decoration

Pimpy is the latest application for photo decoration, giving access to your Facebook photos and to the photos of your friends. Choose from over 270 stamps from different categories. Fun Photo Decoration

October is fun for all

The seasons are moving toward the end of the year, and October gives the northern hemisphere the first tastes of cold weather! During October we have a fresh cauldron of tips and tricks coming from fairies and goblins to unique fantasy art and graphics.

NEWS: For you SEO and Advertising gurus out there, we have instituted text links and newsletter links in DTG. Costs of producing this web magazine are getting higher and higher. Now you can leverage some of our quarter-million visits each month with text links and newsletter links.

October is brought to you by the letter "O" ... with some cool new stuff along with new fonts and more!

This month is brought to you by the color "Pumpkin" ... that russet orange color seen so often this time of year.

Speaking of Pumpkins: Throughout the site, you'll see images of pumpkins for the season ... just click on any of those and you'll be treated to loads and loads of seasonal images. Even if you don't need an image, it's fun just to look at the pictures!

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker

Fred Showker, Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Thought for October:
      is more important than style...
      is more important than technique"
            Fred Showker

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