CREATIVE Tidbits : from Vignelli to PANTONE

Creativity can come when you least suspect it. These are extra juicy idea-starters! Follow along with this edition of Creative Tidbits:
* This is New York: Massimo Vignelli on Childhood, Discipline, and Design
* Legend: Harry Potter's Graphic Designers Launch Fine Art Prints
* GDUSA Reader Survey: Stock Imagery is a Designer's Best Friend
* PANTONE SkinTone Guide Launched for Matching Skin Tones
* A Deluge of Design
... and more ! October 30, 2012

Social Media Speeding through 2012

This Social Media updates includes our favorite finds in the past week -- good information for all online users, designers and marketers :
* 30 tweets worth reading, retweeting, and maybe even printing out from
* 6 ways to avoid a personal PR crisis on social media
* Discover more about your audience with social media
* Optimizing Facebook engagement: The timing of posts
* 7 Secrets to Getting More from LinkedIn
* Humanize your social media
.... and the continuing world of social media and networking October 25, 2012

Tutorial: Create a Custom Photoshop Brush Set

Over the years, the Photoshop 911 Emergency Room has gotten numerous inquiries about creating custom brushes. Here's another great tutorial from Ainsley who makes a difficult topic seem simple. October 24, 2012

Kick off the Holidays with Painting Apps for iPad

We're moving toward the gift and photo season, and these apps make great companions to your iPad or other compatible tablet. …
* TurboCollage – Collage Creator for iPad
* PaintMee HD
* Camera Flash PRO for iPad 2
* Auto Adjust
* Photogene is about improving your digital photos
* Bill Atkinson PhotoCard Lite
. . . and more October 24, 2012

CREATIVE Tidbits : something old, something new

Looking back ... then looking forward - for creative spirits, ideas and inspiration can be found anywhere. Follow along with this edition of Creative Tidbits:
* The Batman '66 Project: A Graphic Design Love Letter
* 10 Illustrations From The Dawn Of Graphic Design
* Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts
* Art in Miniature
* Flying colours
... and more ! October 23, 2012

Marketing Update : October Blast

October rock-n-roll, marketing -- Pay attention to what you do after deploying content ... these are all important consideration for all designers... this issue:
* 72 Fascinating Social Media Marketing Facts and Statistics for 2012
* Content marketing metrics: How to drive action instead of reaction
* 4 online reputation management tips you should follow
* Email Deliverability: 5 tactics for 99% delivery
* 12 things to do after writing a new blog post
* Eliminate 'to be' verbs in business writing
... and more October 2, 2012

DTG News for October

01 Fred's 2012 famous fonts surfs
02 18th Annual Top Typography Books in Review
03 40 Free Macintosh (commercial) Fonts
04 Photoshop: 3D Typography in the Sky
05 Building patterns has never been this easy
06 Hermann Zapf: Design at Hallmark Cards
07 New Gallo Fonts for Design & Crafts
08 12 Essential books for creative pros, freelancers
09 CREATIVE Tidbits : Typography
10 Fall Publishing Update
11 Marketing Update : promotions into fall
12 Sub Contracting can be profitable
13 Search for AMERICA'S NEXT AUTHOR
14 Did you see the Publishers' Warehouse?
15 &Else NEWS for the creative professional :
16 Pages of Fonts Fest Past :
17 October rolls on ... then it's November and the Holidays October 1, 2012

12 Essential books for graphic designers, creative professionals, freelancers

The most frequent questions we get on an ongoing basis are questions about management. More and more people are launching their own careers into the creative fields with little or no formal education. But to be a success, you have to know the rules. Arm yourself with these and you cannot go wrong :
* Inside the Business of Graphic Design: 60 Leaders Share Their Secrets of Success
* Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business
* Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer
* The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating, and Budgeting
* Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
* The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business
* How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
* Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers
* The Designer's Guide To Marketing And Pricing
* 2012 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market
* Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators
* Start & Run a Graphic Design Business October 1, 2012

18th Annual Top Typography Books in Review

It's that time again, and the year 2012 was a good year for typography books! Of particular note, there are another dozen good ones that don't hit the shelves until after November 1st ... so watch our November issue! Out of a slate of hundreds, here are our favorites for this year:
* Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks
* Design Elements, Typography Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Typography Affects Design
* Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior
* Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS
* Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
* Typographic Design: Form and Communication
* Typography : Graphic Design in Context
* Vintage Commercial Art and Design
* Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s
* Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
* The Little Black Book of Design
* Typography Sketchbooks September 28, 2012

3D Dreamy Scene On The Sky: Tutorial

This Photoshop Tips & Tricks Tutorial was sent in by Dainis Graveris, and while it's all about the "dreamy" scene in the sky, learning the different type effects will help you along with 3d from Illustrator. It's an earlier version, not CS6, but like we said, you could always do all those effects in earlier versions, just maybe not so easily nor automated. September 27, 2012