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25 awesome examples of fantasy illustration from The Golden Age of Illustration

From the Art Nouveau period, famous fables and tales were enjoying a true revival, and of course those books had to have cover illustrations and plates that would tell the story. These artists have delighted a dozen generations -- yet their work seems as fresh and inviting as it did the day the books hit the shelves. These were some of the leaders of the "golden age of illustration" -- Please enjoy these from Arthur Rackham, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Willy Pogány November 30, 2014

Jeff, the GIF creating Mac app from Robots and Pencils

Jeff, is a new Yosemite Mac app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox. Now any Mac user can visually share an idea in seconds. Hmmmm. Could be super helpful! November 30, 2014

Snowflakes : Crafts, art, cut, fold, curl, decorate, design decorations!

There's lots of fun awaiting you in the discovery of snowflakes as an art. Yes, paper folding, cutting and decorating is not just fun but inspirational as well. Here's my holiday list of inexpensive books ... plus a Video to get those creative juices flowing:

  • Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl
  • Snowflakes for all Seasons: 72 Fold & Cut Paper Snowflakes
  • Easy-to-Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes
  • Rocky Mountain Snowflakes, New Edition
  • Snowflakes: Creative Paper Cutouts
  • Snowflake Origami: They Sparkle!
  • Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
  • ... and more!
November 30, 2014

Core Bandi : a type family with many, many styles and combinations make a true vintage collection!

Born on my birthday, August 18, in Seoul, South Korea, Hyung-Seung Lee could quite possibly be one of the "new masters" of this typography generation. In 2013, Hyun-Seung Lee, and two friends Dae-Hoon Hahm and Min-Joo Ham, together, designed the Core Bandi font -- and what? They're already color separated for flat-ink screen printing! WOW November 29, 2014

24hours: Personalized Daily Photo News

Stay up on the news with 24hours: Personalized Daily Photo News Magazine 2.54 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. 24hours features news articles that have been intelligently mixed and are presented in one continuous catered stream. All articles featured in the news feed have been published within the past 24 hours. November 29, 2014

Designing Logos? Break the creative block with Logo Pop

Really, that's okay. It happens to us all. You have to come up with a new image but that blank sheet of paper and blank Illustrator window are just no help at all. Maybe you should hire another designer. Maybe you should give up. But wait -- all you need is a quick, easy, vector based logo design app to start knocking around ideas. Maybe you need Logopop! November 28, 2014

Creative Update #182: Creative Inspiration, Logo design, digital signage and Paul McCartney

Fred Showker's Creative Update

  • Paul McCartney and Nick Cave contribute hand drawn artwork for Alzheimer's Society
  • $50 Discount to HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, May 2015
  • The 5 most common design mistakes in digital signage
  • What deserves Cincy’s ‘Razzies’ of design?
  • Translating print skills to Web design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Logo Design
  • ... and more!
November 27, 2014

Online Social Media Update : 2014 to 2015 Social Media rules changes daily

This Social Media update is the first in several months, so we've got a lot of catching up to do. 2014 continues to have changes for Facebook, Google and LinkedIN. But there are some new developments out there on the horizon, so let's get going

  • What to Do When Social Media Is Not Working For Your Business
  • New Research Shows Which Social Networks Ideal for Marketers
  • 2015 : Social Media Trends Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know
  • The next wave of tech change: Self-publishing and libraries
  • Inside the Science That Delivers Facebook and Twitter Feeds
  • How old school publishers can win in the digital age
  • 3 Essential Podcast Tools for Stellar Webcam Events
  • ... and the continuing world of social media and networking
November 27, 2014

Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes and others

Happy Holidays from Photoshop Madness
Fall Fonts Fest

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Duh! The holiday push started before Columbus Day this year, I feel like I'm already pooped out. But Photoshop Madness relentlessly marches toward the end of the year and all we can do is hang on for life! Of course, this issue finds the dregs along with some really welcome talent. Not everyone is a PSD knock-off site -- we've found a couple that are worthy! Pig out over the next four pages with :

  • 10 Steps To Create A Personalized Snow Globe
  • Motion Blur Effects in Adobe Photoshop CC14
  • Five photos come together to make one
  • Ooooops... tutorials not tutorials
  • Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial
  • The Dimwit Diary - fellow madness
  • 50 Best Happy Holidays Wallpapers
  • Before and After the Apocalypse
  • Black or White ?? Which One
  • James Willan fun times . . .
  • . . . . and more !

November 26, 2014

Adorn your designs from the splendid Adorn, borders, banners and catchwords collection!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet graphic designer and font virtuoso, Ms. Laura Worthington. We ran across Laura two years ago during the Fall Fonts Festival, and I earmarked her for a future piece. Well, during prep for December, I peeked in on her and WOW -- discovered "Adorn." Wow! This is not just a font, it's a period design genre! November 26, 2014