DTG News for October, 2011

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 21, #10 ~ October, 2011

  1. One more note about Steve...
  2. Michael Doret's Steinweiss Script
  3. Copperplate Calligraphy
  4. Retro Fonts : the real thing
  5. 17th Annual Fonts Surf Three
  6. Ampersand Fever
  7. Just My Type - A Book About Fonts
  8. Photoshop: Retouching Hair: Darkening a Part
  9. Retouching Hair: Changing Hair Color
  10. Creative Tidbits: Typography
  11. Marketing Update 1109-19
  12. Social Media Updates
  13. More Favorite Apps for Productivity
  14. October and beyond ...

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One more note about Steve...

By now you've all heard the sad news about the passing of Steve Jobs. And, I don't need to remind anyone what the work of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak meant to the publishing and design fields. There are more than 11 million posts on the web about Steve. On the day he passed, I posted this to the UGNN site:
* Steve Jobs Has Died * Steve Jobs: Goodbye to an Icon * President Obama on the Passing of Steve Jobs * Look no farther than Cupertino * Steve, thank you * Memories Of Steve Jobs: Interviews & Inspiration * Steve Jobs Quotes
* On and on ... more and more

Michael Doret's Steinweiss Script

It's always a thrill to get a new font, and a major thrill to get one from Michael Doret. You might remember we spotlighted Michael's Metro Script five years ago for the 12th Fonts Fest. We are thrilled again this year with Michael's Steinweiss Script -- and it's been voted the 'official' font for the 17th annual fall fonts festival!

Copperplate Calligraphy

I've preached about the beauty of copperplate calligraphy before -- arguably the most beautiful form of hand lettering. I've encouraged you to at least try your had at producing it by hand, because by doing so you experience the true are and craft of penmanship. Here's some help to get you started

Retro Fonts : the real thing

One of my serious on-going complaints in the graphic arts industry is the use of the term "retro" -- fewer and fewer designers actually know what it means. We're seeing literally hundreds of tutorials titled retro-this or retro-that. So, listen up young designers: here's the quintessential reference on the use of 'retro' fonts. In fact, it's called RETROFONTS!

17th Annual Fonts Surf Three

As we continue our typography surf for this year, we take some twists and turns from the Korean Pavilion At Shanghai, to the branding remake for Chocolate ... along with * Eden Martinez : Typography Illustrations * Lettering on photographs * Panos Vassiliou - PF Champion Script Pro * Typefaces give us signals, and more -- continuing through October ...

Ampersand Fever

Twenty Three years ago I selected an ampersand for the banner of DT&G, and then used it in many different creative ways in the newsletter and eventually, in the site, like our &Else column. Today, it seems like everyone has the ampersand fever ... thus a new series in our Typography department ...
* a project by Stephen Gose
* Sarah France likes ampersands
* Ampersands at VisualizeUs
* Ampersand pretzels
* Amper Sandwich at Pinterest
* Ampersand Project
... and more as we discover more outbreaks of Ampersand Fever ...

Just My Type - A Book About Fonts

Simon Garfield's new book "Just My Type" is a wonderful romp through the world of fonts and typography ... a little bit history, a little big rumor, a lot of background and a pile of really fun insights into type, letters and letterforms -- required reading! -- required reading!

Photoshop: Retouching Hair: Darkening a Part

Next in our series, Scott Kelby helps you deal with a light part line in retouching hair (or any overly light area, for that matter) More crafty tips in this free Photoshop tutorial from the Photoshop guru himself!

Retouching Hair: Changing Hair Color

Next in our series, Scott Kelby walks you through the steps of changing hair color -- afairly common, especially if you're trying to match the clothes, etc. There are some crafty tips in this free Photoshop tutorial for going both light and dark!

Creative Tidbits: Typography

Just in time for this issue of Creative Tidbits, two excellent pieces from icons in the design and typography fields : Allan Haley asks "What is Typography All About?" ... and our friend Steven Heller reminds us all of the place occupied in typography history by Steve Jobs! Also, we have :
[] We Love Typography
[] Print's Color Conference
[] Indies Only: Oswego Resident Having His Cake
[] Liz Ryan: Moving past the tire-kickers
[] Spending Wisely on Technology
[] Entrepreneurial Success: 6 Questions with Lolo Siderman
[] 7 Ways Tim Cook's Apple Can Serve Small Business Better all through October ...

Marketing Update 1109-19

This marketing update rolls into fall with interesting statistics, plus lots of tips and tricks including . . .
* 13 Hot Facebook Marketing Tips From the Top Pros
* Seven Tips for More-Profitable Direct Mail in Today's Economy
* Future of marketing is cross-media or bust
* Best-Practices for Creating a Harmonious Mobile Environment
* Getting Started With Mobile Marketing... and more

Social Media Updates

This Social Media update takes a look at :
* 5 Steps To Get Your Business Ready For Mastering Google+
* 7 tips for dealing with upset Facebook fans
* 7 Twitter Tools To Get More Engagement
* 8 Essential Rules for Social Media and Business
* Developing a Unique Content Strategy for Google+
* Facebook Adds New Mobile Security Features
* Facebook makes massive privacy, tagging changes
* Is Your Business Maximizing Facebook?
* Promote your business with LinkedIn?
* Slide show: 6 deadly sins of social media measurement ... and others in the emerging world of social networking ...

More Favorite Apps for Productivity

Here are more of our favorite apps via the Apps Infomanager -- iPad / iPhone apps from the Productivity Category including :
* Infographics for Resumes
* iThinkerBoard for iPad
* Taptodo for Google Tasks
* Pic2shop barcode scanner
* Auto Created & Synced Calendars
* Comparative Shopping ... and more!

October and beyond ...

In October, we're showing even more favorites! But in November, we're looking at some very cool art and design helpers for the holidays. DTG readers would like to hear about your favorite holiday promotions and designs. Got designs? Get Famous.

* October is brought to you by the letter "O"

* October is brought to you by the color "Pumpkin" #FFD700

Don't forget to stay in touch, 'caus we hope to see you in

For now, have a great time in the October DTG

Thanks for reading...

Fred
      Fred Showker
      Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

A final Thought from Paul Rand

"Design is the method of putting form and content together.
  Design, just as art, has multiple definitions;
    there is no single definition.
      Design can be art.
        Design can be aesthetics.
          Design is so simple,
            that's why it is so complicated."

What did you miss last month: Don't forget to stay in touch... For now, have a great time in the October DTG

thanks for reading

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher

A final Thought from Steve Jobs
      "... I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about
      varying the amount of space between different letter combinations,
      about what makes great typography great.
      It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that
      science can't capture, and I found it fascinating."

Steve remembering his fascination with fonts in the days before the Macintosh.


What did you miss last month

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