The fonts surf is one of the things we really look forward to -- yet this year it's very different from before. There are now so many typography knock-off and replicator sites it is almost not worth the surf. Yet there is a huge new wave of talent ... typographers coming out of the woodwork! * Can you identify these Old Style typestyles? * Chalk Typography * More negative space Logos * the awesome ABC3D Book, and more -- continuing through October ... August 30, 2011
NOVEMBER Welcome to the month of November and the opening of the Holiday Season! Discover all the creative ideas and inspirations for this season -- and all manner of cool stuff ... grab your best and then share your creations with DTG readers and win a prize!
November is brought to you by "BROWN" the colors of autumn leaves, and roast turkey!
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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are some fonts that have built up a negative reputation among graphic designers, sometimes for aesthetic reasons, but often for reasons of misuse ... lets take a look at these poor five fonts August 29, 2011
Joining in with all the fun for the 17th annual fonts fest, we thought we'd just get right into the swing of things with some "Dimensional Type" effects... * Elegant 3D Silver Type * Dark, 3D metal type * Create a 3D Flowery Text Effect, then * Another 3D "flowery" text effect in Photoshop . . . August 26, 2011
This edition of Typography inspiration includes a look at typography that occupies and defines space -- type with substance and form. These works represent an incredible amount of skill and pure sweat equity. Your tour will take you to the studios of these highly gifted graphic designers and illustrators ... Leonard Clagett, Serial Cut Imagemakers, Yulia Brodskaya, Grant Tucker, Theo Aartsma, Tyler Lafreniere, and Nik Ainley! Enjoy August 26, 2011
There are many uses and benefits you can gain from being able to read BarCodeS. Scorpion BarCode software helps with easy creation and printing of all major barcode symbologies in vector editable EPS or PDF file formats. August 26, 2011
As we've preached for many years, you'll never know how much to charge -- unless you know how much it costs! For that you need effective, competent time tracking. With TDF Tracker time, expense, and mileage tracking you can keep it all straight right on your iPad! August 25, 2011
Of historic and educational note, here's a fascinating design documentary by Richard Kegler that captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist and type designer Jim Rimmer. August 25, 2011
A good designer knows how to INTERVIEW the client for complete understanding of the project. This mobile aide was developed to give anyone the tools they need to conduct, catalog, and review interviews effectively and professionally. And, it works on your iPhone or iPad! August 24, 2011
As I've said before, a good database can be the designer's best friend. The FileMaker Update Manager tool was developed to complement BaseElements. RefreshFM is a set of FileMaker files and includes the free and open source BaseElements plugin. If you use FileMaker, check this out. August 23, 2011
This marketing update revisits some interesting Google developments and deals with a bit of the downside of marketing, with some interesting statistics, plus lots of tips and tricks
* The Analog Process of Selling Digital Ads
* Google Analytics: people are spending less time on websites
* Study: Postal mail most effective in marketing to customers
* Why an email sucks and how to make it rock!
* Dealing with Negative Nancy's comments in social media
* Businesses unaware of the power of online marketing
... and more August 22, 2011