January: Design Holidays
- January starts a new year...
- Choice comments on the BEST of 2004
- BEST Awards for 2004
- Good-bye Gutenberg
- Now you can simulate Nature in Photoshop
- Euphoria... plug-ins
- Field Trip: The Racing Artist
- Field Trip: Amy after 10 Years
- Favorite DTG Articles from 2004
- 60-Seconds: TEN Years Later, still lonely
- Readers Critique Web Sites
- Share your 2005 plan and WIN:
- TOP TEN New Year's Resolutions for Designers:
- Mailbag: DTG Confusing
- Mailbag: Font as Signature
- Mailbag: Recommend a book
- Mailbag: Don't Copy (Pass this along)
- Mailbag: Going for IT Certification?
- Mailbag: Cheap Logos
- Tip: Webmaster Color Picker
- Tip: MacMentor helps PCers Switch
- Good-bye 2004, hello 2005
- Bert Monroy: Commercial Photoshop
- Richard Lynch: Photoshop vs. Elements
- All Ward: Type in your Face
- Melissa Mason Designless in Seattle
- Mark Clarkson Photoshop Pixels to Pencil Drawings
- Dale Glaser Photoshop Displacement Maps
- Jon C. Lund Creative Color & Texture
- Cynthia Baron: Designing A Digital Portfolio
- My: Hollywood Movie Retouching and
- Bringing Images Together In Montage
9: Delete any software you haven't used in the past four years
8: Look for better color printing for less money
7: Buy more memory
6: Get to the gym at least once a month (or Bowflex, whatever)
5: Eat less chocolate
4: Drink less wine
3: Learn that new software you bought last summer
2: Back up the hard drive
1: Write an article for DTG! ... and when you do ... send it to us!
This site is wonderful - but confusing. The sales pitches and the actual tutorials merge together smoother than kahlua and creme. Why 25 words? Why not a jolt thought and say... 27 words or what about 32 and a half? Anyway - keep up the mysteriously intriguing educational site!
* We thank you for your compliment! However, "sales pitches"??? I didn't realize there were sales pitches here. Well, maybe a few. But blending with content? We try to avoid that. And 25 words? Well, we found most of the other web sites suggest "25 words" as a good number for your comments. Actually we would like more. We'll change our forms!
Am curious... what font did you use for your signature? It is quite interesting... was looking to download "Harrington" font and can't find a download site but found you through your signature... I liked it, thank you
* Well, S.G., that is actually not my signature (you knew that) which I do have as an accurate scan-to-vector/eps file. However, I don't use it on the web sites. First, the real signature didn't really work very well in gif format and the font reads much better. It's called "Brightsky" and was one of the nice scripts in the Great American Font Works collection from Silver Fonts which the Design Center used to sell. They seem to be out of business now. Too bad. (See it on the 'news' page) Harrington is found in the Publishers' Warehouse. Just look in the fonts index.
I just purchased Adobe Creative Suite 1.0, and I need some design books for teaching how to create complete layouts using InDesign and GoLive. I like your Website, but in reading over some of the books you are selling, I did not know what software the authors were using in their books. As an example, there would be no point in me purchasing a book that uses QuarkExpress to design with, when I have the Adobe Suite, and want to learn how to use it to design. Thank you.
* Hello, J.M., the book I'll recommend is Deke McClelland's Adobe InDesign CS. Now, you must remember that Deke teaches very well but his designs leave a great deal to be desired. Books don't make designers. If you're a designer, then you can design no matter what software you use -- or no software for that matter. So read Deke's book to learn how to use the software but NOT how to design. Learning design and learning software are two very different things. Deke McClelland's Adobe InDesign CS
"... this web page is a non-threatening link to teach plagiarism with. It also contains information on copyright that is succinct and usable.
Bravo. Bookmark that one ... www.lightshinedesigns.com examdirectory.com
Fred- I enjoyed the article by Gary Dickson, regarding the true value of good logo design. So why, I must ask, is there ads along the right side of the page advertising cheap $49 logo design? It seems very much like the email spam and junk that you so strongly oppose! I don't understand!
* LOL... that's the first comment Gary made when he proofed the page. "Well Fred, see what I'm talking about? Right next to the article are 25-buck logos!" Quite ironic -- Google ads promoting what Gary is bashing. Go back and read the article again. Ignore the ads -- or, click one and see what you get. See picture - : Direct Download or get the full story ... www.RebrandSoftware.com Picture) or ... see them all! Click & Clack would say "You've just wasted another perfectly good hour" ... except in our case it would be a year -- but seriously: 2004 will be one of those years not soon forgotten. I learned some hard lessons I didn't want to learn -- what it's like to be a landlord, how to lose a loved one, how to run their estate, how lonely it is when your children are far, far away. But every cloud has a silver lining and last year I also had lots of fun, and learned lots of good things. I particularly enjoyed and appreciated meeting you, and being able to share mutual interests together. I thank you for that. If it weren't for you DTG readers, I'd throw in the towel and head for the beach. But you keep on reading and you keep on appreciating everything we try to accomplish here in the Design & Publishing Center. So I'll stick right here with you!
Don't forget the Publishers' Warehouse is once again updated with lots of goodies -- and keep in mind, our May and April issues feature "Designing Women." If you're a woman in the design field and have an excellent "show & tell" to share with fellow DTG readers, then let us know! In fact, we invite and encourage you all to get active and share your thoughts, successes and failures with your fellow readers. We'll all get just a little closer together.
So, here at 9 am, December 31, I say adieu to 2004 and welcome in 2005.
Thanks for reading... Love and happy new year to you all...
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine
"True friendship is like sound health,
the value of it is seldom known
until it be lost."
Charles Caleb Colton
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