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

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

Securely Delete iPhone and iPad with Data Shredder for iOS

Securely Delete iPhone and iPad with Data Shredder for iOS In today's world, most technology users need a data shredding utility that easily erases and wipes data on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Anyone can simply connect their iOS device to their Mac or Windows computer, and efficiently erase and overwrite all data from the iOS device. July 20, 2017

Does the world need a Object-Based Font Server? You be the judge!

Insider Software is promoting their new FontAgent® Server 7, the world's only object-based font server and the most advanced solution for organizing, optimizing, distributing and tracking font collections. It serves any size user community and is available via cloud subscription or on-premise network license. July 19, 2017

Creative Tidbits #235: Getting Rid of Adobe CC? Drones, Maïté Franchi, Legos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

July just keeps trudging on! Among this episode's gems is an excellent piece on quitting the Adobe CC subscription, and how to replace the programs. Several other good ones round it out for fun and inspiration. Don't forget, if you have favorites, please let us know!

  • Designing for Drones: Class Project Helps Students Consider User Experience
  • The Story Behind Lego's Brilliant Print Ads From the Cannes Festival
  • How To Mostly Ditch Adobe Creative Cloud
  • We love Maïté Franchi
July 18, 2017

A new Graphic Design Tool includes a Collection of 6,000+ Free Templates

I don't often recommend sites or programs that take the talent out of the equation for producing good graphic arts. You'll remember that no template, and no tutorial and no YouTube can get you through a successful appendectomy or tooth removal. Yes, Crello lets anyone produce graphics -- but in the hands of a trained graphic designer, some rather extraordinary things can be produced! Take a look July 13, 2017

Creative Tidbits #234: Scan Design, Paper marketing, CSS effects a new font and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration In this issue, I'm taking it easy and poking around to have a little fun. All you guys are having fun on vacation, leaving us here to work, so what's with lightening up a bit? Play along, and have a good time!

  • Counter-Print's new title delves into Scandinavian graphic design
  • Did you ever think about toilet paper as a marketing tool?
  • The street is the new runway
  • 51 CSS Image Effects
July 10, 2017

60-Seconds #336 : You Are Annoying Your Customers? Do you know why?

Gavin Jocious has written an article that really struck a note with me. I remember back in 2004, O'Reilly Media came out with a series of books about things that annoy people about technology. They invited people to send in their annoyances for the next book. They had so many coming in they published a whole series of books. But in Gavin's article "You Are Annoying Your Customers... " he asks "Do you know why?" Gavin writes June 30, 2017