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DT&G:   Vol. 19, Number 2,   February, 2009   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1988)  

We love February

Rockin' and rollin' right into the winter -- February brings some new features and beginnings for graphic designers... ride along and share your best!

This is Black History month, and we're going to be sharing some wonderful graphic design and graphic arts from the black community. Change is coming ... and you want to be on board!

February: Black History

In honor of Black History Month we take a fun and educational field trip to visit the leading archives and prestigious educational institutions to discover more wonderful visual art works by African American Artists & Designers ...

Logo Design: Pepsi vs. Obama

Driven by the strange allure of blog discussions all over the web about the new Pepsi logo and if it is similar to Obama's campaign logo, we look at what a logo really is, and ask the obvious, but overlooked question: How long have they been putting things in circles for logos?Designing Logos and circles of Pepsi and Obama

Logo Design according to Paul Rand

Originally published in 1991 by AIGA, the professional association for design, icon of the design industry Paul Rand shares his wisdom: A well designed logo, in the end, is a reflection of the business it symbolizes. It connotes a thoughtful and purposeful enterprise, and mirrors the quality of its products and services. It is good public relations -- a harbinger of good will. Logo Design according to Paul Rand

Photoshop Madness... free plug-ins to panoramas

This issue takes you from Stitching a Panorama in Adobe Photoshop CS4 to a wonderful series of Free Photoshop Plug-ins including * Free Plugins from the Ink Pot * Mehdi duz Fur ... and tutorials like * Improving your Waterfall Photos ... and then we take you straight to Photoshop Tutorial Hell ... Enjoy this month's edition of Photoshop Madness

Logos look like logos that look like logos

With all the talk about logos going around the internet, Fred places his tongue firmly in cheek and takes a loving look at logo look-a-likes, logo spoofs, logos that look like logos, logo rip-offs, and even has the audacity to preview his own new logo concept... l ogos that look like logos?

Designing Logos: Magic or Reality?

While we're on the topic of Logos this month, Gary Dickson reflects on designing logos -- and, he dispels some myths and shares anecdotes on what a logo really is; how some clients never learn, and what Paul Rand had to say about them. Gary says "Logos are magic, but seriously folks there's Nothing Up My Sleeve

Graphic Design: LOGOs back to basics

Logo design without the whistles and bells -- Dan Antonelli is back with another thoughtful look at logo design, and integration of typography with logo design. In this article, Dan asks if we are over-designing logos, and demonstrates a low-cost, two-color approach that takes Logo Design Back to the Basics

Designing Women on deck in March

Designing WomenDon't forget, in March we begin preparations for our annual "Designing Women" series in honor of Women's History Month, so if you're a designing woman, you should get in touch to perhaps show some of your talents and successes in the Design Center. Use the contact link, found anywhere on the site.
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Visit past designing women in the Gallery

Mailbag: Poster of the year

Congratulations to Tony Santos for being the most frequent and loyal poster in the DTG Forums! Tony is a graphic designer, and native of Dayton, Ohio, who's interests lie primarily in advertising and interactive design. He's a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design. Tony will receive a big box of goodies from the Design Center and Publishers Warehouse. Thank you so much, Tony!

Are you Linked In ?

I frequent five different "LinkedIn" groups and find this to be one of the places on the internet not yet spoiled by the hackers, slackers, jackers, spammers or slammers. You are almost always able to get help just by posting to the group. Unfortunately, the graphic design topic is beginning to get fragmented; with already seven such groups listed in LinkedIn.com.
      The Graphic Designers Professional Group is probably the best, with 5,696 designers listed as members. I joined it because a) it's the biggest, and b) ther group seems to be clearly dedicated to the graphic design field for desktop publishers, graphic designers, presentation specialists, production artists, graphic artists, and equivalent disciplines. Instead of Twitter, you're much better off spending the same time in LinkedIn. You can join me there, and enjoy discussions, asking questions, and just keeping up with the pulse of the 'real' graphic design field.

DTG Reader in Distress

We don't often receive distress signals, but when we do, we like to help out. This DTG reader is in a hard bind, looking for his missing install CD for a DXG 3.0 megapixal digital video camera, and the software doesn't seem to be available. His new computer won't recognize the camera. If you can help, contact me and I'll put you together.

Picturesque for Mac OS X

If you haven't seen Picturesque, then you should. The new 2.1 is a major update to the Apple Design Award winning image beautifying application. Picturesque makes images look gorgeous for the web, adding Web 2.0 style effects. Picturesque for Mac OS X

InPreflight for InDesign

If you do desktop publishing, you've probably discovered the problems getting files to the printer. Zevrix Solutions has rolled out InPreflight 2.6.3, a maintenance update to its quality control and packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign. InPreflight for InDesign

TypeTrax for Adobe InDesign

TypeTrax is a new product for managing design projects created using Adobe Creative Suite. Developed jointly by Insider Software and Moksa, Inc., TypeTrax manages projects, and tracks, organizes and pre-flights project files, including fonts and digital assets. TypeTrax for Adobe InDesign

Hydra HDR Imaging

Hydra goes beyond the physical limitations of camera sensors. From a series of regular photographs of the same scene, Hydra creates an High Dynamic Range image which is much closer to what one can actually see. Hydra HDR Imaging

Photographic Multishot Techniques

The potential of high dynamic range imaging (HDRI). Now, the newest techniques based on a bracketed series of exposures make it possible to go beyond HDRI: photographers can increase resolution for ultra-sharp, detailed images, and they can extend the depth of field Photographic Multishot Techniques

Creating a Web Site

Think you need an army of skilled programmers to build a website? Think again. With this book, in the true tradition of Missing Manual books, you'll learn how to create Web pages using all of today's important tools... Creating a Web Site

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

This month's &Else includes: * Wikipedia on Wikipedia * Creating a Web Site * Head First Web Design * BusyCal * GPS Enabled Activity Tracking * Grants for tech savvy Schools * Pick Zits * An Event Apart ... and a dozen others! News, Reviews &Else!

What's in your portfolio?

Certainly you created some outstanding visual arts in the past year... so share your major accomplishment last year, and let DTG toot your horn a little bit ...
* Your best graphic accomplishment last year
* Your favorite design, layout or publication in '08
* The most exciting project you worked on in '08
... you get the picture! Just send'em in and let DTG help introduce you to millions of readers!
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ALERT TO THIS or just give us the brief info here

February and Onward

Aside from the ice and snow we're having here, it's shaping up to be a pretty good season. Here's hoping you have one too...
      If you'd like to share, just send me an email, or click on any "Contact" button in the Design Center. My to-do list includes moving all my domains to the same registrar ... launching a DTG blog ... and continuing to answer all the questions from DTG readers in the forums, and in the submission forms.

Don't forget Designing Women kicks off in March -- share your major accomplishments and let DTG toot your horn a little bit ... send'em here

thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
Fred Showker

Fred Showker, Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Thoughts for February and Black History Month...

      Jazz is the big brother of the blues.
        If a guy's playing blues like we play, he's in high school.
          When he starts playing jazz it's like going on to college,
                -- B. B. King

      The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.
                -- B. B. King

PS: if you've made it this far, excellent! The Publishers Warehouse have been very busy switching the Loading Dock back to normal from the holidays, and uploading hundreds of new clip art images... but they've assured us the new loading dock location will be at the barn after the first week in Feb.! ?

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