DT&G Newsletter for May, 2009
May brings some new features and beginnings for graphic designers... and we also bring some much needed profitability ideas for graphic designers feeling the slump in the market! But for now, until the email newsletter comes out, here are the top stories from DTG News &Else ...
- May... time for changes!
- Graphic Design: Templates for Profit
- Photoshop Picture Packages with InDesign?
- What is design?
- Photoshop Madness... free plug-ins to collages
- Aesthetics: MyArtSpace Art
- Photoshop Tutorials Revisited : Add Depth of Field
- MAY: Flash on Tap
- The Poor Man's Photoshop for Mac
- Review: MacSnapper Creates Tutorials
- Scanning with a digital camera
- Getting control of Adobe InDesign Prepress
- &ELSE... freebies and cool stuff
- What is Design according to LinkedIn
- Mailbag: Festival of Colors
- Mailbag: Wearable Computer?
- Top Five Paper Myths Exposed
- Freebie Vector files
- Site of the Month: Conficker Eye Chart
- Mailbag: Mission fulfilled
- Mailbag: Ultimate advice for graphic designers
- May Day, May Day
These three folks for sure! They have all stepped up to the plate to support your design center with their generous contributions. All three offer products and services above the call of duty, and all support the graphic arts fields. Particular thanks go out to Design-training.com for renewing their partnership with the Design Center for a THIRD time!
www.design-training.com When you visit these supporters of the Design Center, say "thank you" for their support! Templates for Profit Adobe InDesign rather than Photoshop! the definition of any word ... visually! What's in your Photoshop wallet? MyArtSpace Art News We've also added a bunch of new tutorials, so pig out! Flash on Tap Poor Man's Photoshop MacSnapper Creates Tutorials Scan with the camera InPreflight Pro and Studio News, Reviews &Else!
I asked a group on LinkedIn what they thought the meaning of Design is, and I got 247 responses. Only a few actually addressed the question -- the others sharing their own rants or gotchas about what 'design' means to them. Two answers that really stood out however are worth sharing -- one for its wisdom, and one for it's humor...
R.Lee, a Design Specialist and partner at Arberth Studios wrote:
> "Paul Rand said it best . . .
> and if you don't know who he is, you should . . .
> here are 2 quotes of his:
Without aesthetic, design is either the humdrum repetition of familiar cliches or a wild scramble for novelty. Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance, form without relevant content, or content without meaningful form.
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.
... both by Paul Rand,
probably one of the most well respected graphic designers of all times.
Then another writer Michelle said this is the meaning of design:
> "Turning corporate "wah-wah-wah" into
> "Dude, that rocks... let's buy it!"
C'mon along for the ride and join my LinkedIn network!Here's a sneak peek, or see the whole article: www.boston.com/bigpicture photo) See it at Glacier Computer www.papermyths.com www.fordesigner.com
BRAVO, JOE! (Whew, I don't have the Conficker worm! Oh. I guess I wouldn't, would I? I'm running Macs! See: www.joestewart.org
> Hi again, I just wanted to send along another thank you for including me in your column. I have gotten some great response to the article, and a lot of visits to the "giving back" section of my website.
Again you guys did a nice job. And it is very much appreciated.
Don't thank us... When a designer becomes philanthropist and takes "changing people's lives" beyond the realm of graphic design, it's the ultimate... we thank YOU, Wendy of Wetherbee Creative
if you wouldn't enjoy doing it for free, pick another occupation.
if you would enjoy doing it for free, charge double.
LOL... Good one! Keith is a design professional in Eugene, OR, USA -- and Keith, we're sending a little something out for TILLY just to say "thanks for writing!" See: www.vespagraphics.com
Graphic Design templates READY TO GO, complete with professional photography, integrated graphics and style sheets for Quark XPress, Adobe InDesign or Apple's new iWork / Pages!
Graphic Design templates New titles include :
Post Card Campaigns; marketing for Lawn Care, Massage Therapy, Health Insurance & Financial Services; all new collection of Tri Fold brochures; Women's Health Care Marketing; Brochures for Youth Group Outreach, summer camp, field trips; campaigns for Hair Stylists, hair salon, make over, tanning; templates for education in the arts, Arts Councils or Arts Institutes; Staffing Agencies or human resources campaigns; templates for construction, building and contractors: construction industry, roofing contractors ... and a lot More!
Don't forget, on May 10, 2009, take some flowers to your mom and ask if there's anything she would like to have or do. Mother's Day is celebrated around the globe on the second Sunday of May. Just do it. You'll be glad you did.
Web Critique: DTG -- so since nobody critiqued the Design Center site as requested in March and April, we assume you love it the way it is and don't think it needs improvement! Wow, what a compliment! So we'll keep it very much the same.
Next month is SUMMER, and once again we're opening the ranks of the design center gallery and the Photo-Folio site to welcome your photos -- show your good stuff to the DTG Readership! Sign up and send content and/photos : by clicking here.
Have a really great May and spring!
thanks for reading...
Thoughts for May..
"If you've got time to complain,
then you've got time to do something about it!
Be who your are and say what you feel,
because those who mind, don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
-- Dr. Seuss
PS: if you've made it this far, excellent! The Publishers Warehouse have not been very successful switching all the hundreds of new clip art images to new directory structure. During the month of March they cataloged and re-linked 3,400 files! We'll be lucky if they get this project done by Christmas -- but May is the "flowers" month, right? ?