AUGUST is BACK to (Design) SCHOOL This month's topic is all about learning! And, as usual our readers have all joined in with some rather wonderful insights into the way they learn, favorite training resources, and keeping a sharply honed edge on graphic design and communication arts. ... grab your best and then share your creations with DTG readers and win a prize! AUGUST is brought to you by the colors GREEN for education And, August is brought to you by the letter "A"
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Property Law Primer for Multimedia Developers

J. Dianne Brinson and Mark F. Radcliffe created this masterful, authoritative essay on intellectual property laws in the United States back a decade ago -- but it is still valid in todays content-over-saturated, online world. This is good information for anyone who publishes online or otherwise. August 17, 2017

60-Seconds #339 : The Anatomy of a Clickbait Predator Spam site, and what to avoid

FLAMED : After getting flamed on Facebook, called a racist and told I did not know what a 'click bait' site is, I had to go look and see if the rules had changed, or if there was some other measurement for click-bait that I did not know about. The purpose of click bait is to get people to open the page, and thereby trip all the revenue links on the page to earn money for the author. Let's see how that works! August 16, 2017

Graphic Novel : Border Worlds: A dark and visionary adventure

Border Worlds Graphic Novel

WITH HER LIFE IN CHAOS AND NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE, Jenny Woodlore joins her brother's ramshackle trucking business on Chrysalis, a huge floating platform on the edge of the galaxy — only to find herself in the middle of a cosmic conflict that could change the very fabric of the universe. (Sample Pages Below) August 15, 2017

Is it worth 13-bucks to get your print colors to always match your screen colors?

Digital Color

Investing in your color management is always a good investment -- particularly when you can see your color selections in print. During my DGEF Creative Layout Techniques seminars one of the most frequent questions from attendees was how do your get the print color to look like the screen color? That's always been one of the tough nuts to crack -- and my answer and solution to ALL those screen to print color woes was : See it in print. Period. There is no monitor, and no software that will satisfy your color eye. If this was available then, this would have been what I would recommend. August 14, 2017

Signs of the Times : New NAIL Magazine Celebrates Creatives in the Resistance

nail_magazineFolks, I don't generally run just any piece that appears in my in-box, and certainly I try to steer clear of political issues (particularly in these times) but Ted Leonhardt has been a contributor over the years, and is certainly qualified to grace the pages of DT&G. He's come up with some crazy stuff in the past, but this? Well, this might just top them all! A magazine for creatives in the resistance? I know I'll catch a lot of crap on this one, but go ahead . . . hit me with your best crap! August 10, 2017

National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

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Here we are in the heat of the summer, and National Coloring Day is right upon us! We like to celebrate all week! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! August 1, 2017

Creative Tidbits #237: Searching for Scripts, hand lettering, big grphics, Ramadan and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

WELCOME TO AUGUST with some free fonts and cool resources for outdoor and environmental design, typography and graphics. I think you'll also find our piece on Mohammad Sharaf, really interesting too! Folks, we need your input here! When you find something really creative, just pass it along for DT&G readers! Click the "Contact" button above, right!

  • Why We Should Be Graphically Designing Our City
  • Never ending quest for the ultimate brush face
  • Hampstead woman authors book on hand-lettering
  • The visual art of advertising in Ramadan
August 1, 2017

Alternatives? How To Ditch Adobe Creative Cloud

Level up tutorials brings us an excellent overview of just a few of the new apps which can replace getting hooked on Adobe's subscription based software. This is a video. :-) Two thumbs up for Scott at Level-Up Tutorials July 27, 2017

60-Seconds #337 : I wonder if Jimmy Buffett ever tried to get Margaritaville on Sirius Radio!

Sirius Radio Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffet once sang ... "Now you may be thinking that I was had..." but I was the one who had been had! Who is to blame? I know it wasn't Jimmy Buffett's fault! July 26, 2017

Creative Tidbits #236: Web design, web type, web circles, cigar packaging and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Okay, we've been neglecting web design, so this time we'll look at typography on the web, business web sites and even a little fun with circles. My favorite though is the piece on cigar packaging! I was inspired to look a little deeper and I uncovered a treasure trove of art from modern graphic to vintage antique! Something for everyone in this issue ...

  • How to Increase Your Website’s Conversion Rate with Typography
  • Designing a Small Business Website: Wants vs Needs
  • Did you ever really look at cigar design?
  • Molly McHugh : Circle Gets the Square
July 25, 2017