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DTG | Design, Typography & Graphics News for October 2015

Pope Francis Visits America -- fun and educational

We don't normally show books like this, but under the circumstances I thought it would be a fun inclusion for our October content . . . or for gift giving. Everyone loves the Pope, and here's the opportunity to invite him into your home! September 25, 2015

Surfing for lessons, inspiration, neon, terms, and the culture of typography: surf #5

Here we go again with another great font surf

Now we continue with an unusual mix of talents from urban neon artist to a typography lesson from noted typography trainer and expert, Ilene Strizver! We're almost finished on surf #6, so better get into this one right away!

  • Branding requires a balance between strategy and design.
  • Type Terms You Need to Stop Confusing
  • Type integration into illustration
  • The Culture and knowledge of Type . . .
  • Urban Interventions
September 24, 2015

Download 500 free fonts in a single download? Seriously?

The guys from MacAppware are celebrating the 21st Annual Fall Fonts Festival with a pile of new fonts to their Free Fonts collection, bringing the new total to over 500 -- all in a single download! Think about it -- you'd spend literally months downloading all these fonts, individually, from the 'free' fonts sites! September 24, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #4


We have discovered some really incredible resources! That's the really rewarding thing about the festival -- the opportunity to meet and discover so many talents. And, we want to thank everyone for sending in their suggestions!
An important design point In today's surf we visit some unique individuals, and we'll se some really good fonts . . .

  • Hidden talent Save the Children Indonesia campaign
  • Hand-Lettered Logotypes by Dmitriy Tkachev
  • Pardon My French by Vegetal Identity
  • Typerror beauty in hand lettering
  • The Impregnable Script Font
September 23, 2015

Clementine Font: A bit of Victoriana whimsy from Ted Staunton

We've talked about P22 more than we really should over the years, but this new one from Ted Staunton is too nice to ignore. We often talk about decorative fonts leading us to different times, moods and emotions -- well Clementine does just that! September 22, 2015

Photoshop: Create type made from grass

There really isn't better training than this -- and since we are celebrating Lynda this month, we're passing along yet another FREE Photoshop and Illustrator tutorial by the one and only Deke McClelland! This Photoshop CS5/CS6 tutorial describes how to render text that has a grass effect using the Refine Mask tool. -- plus we're going to pass along TEN FREE HOURS OF TRAINING at! Photoshop: Create type made from grass September 21, 2015

Meet Scott Biersack

Follow along as Scott illustrates a whole wall . . . the comments and insights from this design illustrator is well worth your time watching! Scott Biersack is truly a man of all seasons and demonstrates lettering savvy on a large scale format September 15, 2015

Creative Tidbits #197: spectacular drone shots to advice for branding and more

Well into the Fonts Festival, I thought we'd take a little break from fonts to cover some interesting items in other areas of the graphic design and creative fields. Those drone shots are awesomel, and just a little preaching will help your brand design a bit.
      There's always lots to learn in the creative world, so follow along . . . September 15, 2015

Steampunk style, resources and amusements

Steampunk Art Nouveau

If you're a fan of the Steampunk style, then you're in for a real treat. Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery ~ set in an Art Nouveau era as an alternate history. With fall and Halloween just around the corner, here's enough reference material to fill all your steampunk fantasies! Included here is a collection of full page samples along with coloring sheets! Enjoy September 5, 2015