DT&G Newsletter for September
Before getting into this month's content, I wanted to send a special welcome to all those who have subscribed or become active in the Design Center.
- The 13th Annual Fall Fonts Festival
- Font Festival Prize Winners:
- Type Tees & Mugs
- FEATURE: Creating Typography with Character
- 13th Annual Fonts Surf
- Lessons in Typography & Style
- Photoshop Madness: Type & Lettering Tutorial Hell
- Type & Typography in motion: Typographics
- Type & Typography according to George
- Outlining Type: Right or Wrong:
- Ornaments & Quilting Patterns
- Spotlight: Blue Vinyl Fonts
- Editor's Choice: Indie Fonts 3
- Web Usability: fact or fantasy?
- Design Pro or Freelancer?
- Video Marketing Tips
- Business: Branding vs. Direct Response
- Celebrate with Free Stock Photos
- Mailbox: My colors didn't print right!
- Site of the Month: Website Ribbons
- Humor: The world's most revolutionary software
- Mailbag: NO View Finder ???
- Photoshop: NOT a Noun, Not a Verb
- & ELSE...
- Autumn in the Design Center
Aside from all this month's great content, I'd like to send you one of my favorites from the Design Bookshelf "Editors Choice" rack. I'll be selecting names all through September and October from the submissions on "Typography" or "The Design Survey" or "Holiday Promotions." Those links are below. Share your experience or knowledge on type, typography and fonts, and maybe I'll pick your name... Register here
Darlene E, from Baytown, Texas, c'mon down!
Darlene's thoughtful typography comment was:
> It's been said a million plus times or more; less is more.
> Understanding how to use type can be the most advantageous
> and creative ability one can master, because using the
> right Type can help say it all the better with
> or without a picture.
Bravo! We'll be sending D a gift for submitting.
Debbi G, from Bremerton, Washington found:
> With Halloween just around the corner I began my quest for
> Halloween fonts. I was pleasantly surprised to find Fontenstein
> at www.halloweenfonts.com -- with no annoying sign ups
> and pop ups to wade through, this sight has gone on
> my must check list for fonts.
Ours too, Debbie -- and we'll be reviewing it for our October Fonts Fest content. Since you use CS2, I think I'll just send you my personal favorite from Deke McClelland! Howz that?
Chris S. from Washington, DC tipped us on favorites...
> My favorite fonts site design-wise is TypOasis
> (moorstation.org/typoasis/typoasis1.htm), as it's a very
> classy design and the site has lots of classy fonts,
> though you have to dig around for them.
> Then again, abstractfonts.com also gives you a handy
> "latest" list. Can I submit three favorites? :)
You sure can, Chris. Thanks for the heads-up -- since you're into Anime Studio Pro 5, rendering and so forth, we've got a goodie for you!
Collector Coffee Mug or T-shirt Winners:
* Jonathan, from Tucson, AZ
* Jess, from San Francisco, CA (one of my favorite cities!)
Thanks for sending in your comments, folks... there are more winners, but I've used up too much room here already! Winners need to check in to validate IP and address: Order safely at CafePress Creating Typography with Character fonts, type and typography. Type and Lettering Photoshop Madness Type & Typography video movies My Typography Demo Outlining Type: What's Right or Wrong Holy Ornaments, Oriental Symbols and Quilt Patterns Blue Vinyl font foundry Indie Fonts 3 But is usability a fact or fantasy? Design Life Video Marketing Tips In the Business Department TurboPhoto collection
Folks, there is simply no substitution for a sample of the actual color build, printed on similar paper. Relying on your software, the service bureau and the printer leaves a lot of risk. You have these options:
1) you can test the project on the press then adjust
2) you can purchase Pantone Recipe books (hundreds of bucks)
3) take your chances and accept "pleasing" color.
4) you can purchase a Tintbook. ($80)
I use Tintbook CMYK color charts. And, I wouldn't write this if I weren't 100% confidence that my build will print correctly. Most people are content with "pleasing" color. It didn't turn out -- but it's okay, and you let it go, right? Well if you need accurate and predictable color -- do yourself a huge favor... www.tintbooks.com www.WebsiteRibbon.com Get some chuckles
> In August, there was the link for
> "7 Megapixels for the price of 4" Digital Camera.
> This camera does not have a ViewFinder.
> My sister bought a Canon Digital camera and it did
> not have one either.
> Where have they gone?
We lament over the exact same problem. During the Bimini trip last month, my Canon (which I love) got a good splash of saltwater, destroying the audio capture mic. No more MPEG movie clips.
I thought I had found the PERFECT replacement camera -- Canon Stylus 770 - 7.1 megapixels -- it's shockproof and WATER PROOF ! NO VIEW FINDER!!! What are they thinking? The first place you want to take this camera is to the beach -- where you will NOT be able to see the little LCD screen! USELESS. I called Canon to get a comment and they said:
> "All of the sub-compact digital cameras are eliminating
> view finders because most consumers use the LCD screen
> and it allows us to make the cameras smaller. Sorry."
He didn't seem to grasp the concept that you really can't 'see' the shot without a view finder -- even on an LCD screen.
What is "Photoshop"? A proper adjective, of course. And now, you know the rest of the story. Well, actually not. Adobe hath decreed how we shall use the term "Photoshop" -- with extensive examples -- so click the link and study up. Oh, and by the way -- I've got a little sniffle today, do you have an extra Kimberly-Clark(R), Kleenex(R) Brand Facial Tissue(R)? Thank you. (Did I do that right?) See: www.adobe.com &Else!
As we head into autumm, don't forget to pass along your favorite fonts, type and typography tricks or holiday promotion ideas... DTG readers want to hear YOUR stories!
Send us your holiday designs or promotion ideas and WIN
and we're still accepting your input for the Fall Fonts Festival... which continues through October!
And, once again you've already wasted a perfectly good hour reading the DTG newsletter. Hopefully all is not wasted and you've gained at least one helpful tidbit of info
Thanks for reading...
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine
A Thought for September...
"Reading makes a full man,
meditation a profound man,
discourse a clear man."
~ Ben Franklin
PS: if you've made it this far, the Loading Dock address for September will be changed to "festival" on or around the 4th of September -- with lots of new additions for you to dig into. Just add the word "festival" after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/
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