Vintage Advertising: the best black & white and color ads from the 1800s to the 1950s

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great projects I've accumulated an archive of classic and vintage advertising and among my favorites are these gems from Dover. You can learn a lot about graphic deaign, typography, graphics and advertising just by studying successful ads from the past. That's why these are such valuable resources for all illustrators and graphic designers -- not to mention anyone in advertising or marketing! Below, you can share a bunch of samples from the books, but you'll want to get the books for your library! They make excellent conversation and idea starters too! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

Vintage Copyright-Free Clip Art and graphic design cuts from the 30s, 40s, and 50s

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copyright free clip and cuts If you're old enough to remember clip art, you may have invested in some of these too! I've got an entire bookshelf full of copyright-free reference archive books. As I divest myself of my worldly junk, I wonder what to do with such book collections! But they are entertaining and interesting to flip through, and the art is highly usable for anyone still in the design or marketing fields. Some of these pieces are beautiful -- far more beautiful than you could develop at today's rates! They also make excellent idea starters! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

Halloween, Steampunk, Day of the Dead, clip art, activities, coloring and more

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Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration Here are our most requested, most shared and favorite Halloween pages from the immediate past! Halloween feature Ultimate Photoshop Halloween Masks Halloween feature Awesome Steampunk photo manipulations and photo-realistic illustrations! Halloween feature FREE Halloween Fonts . . . Halloween feature Halloween inspiration, art, activities and download fun for all Halloween feature Steampunk style, resources and amusements Halloween feature Day of the Dead graphics, clip art, design inspiration and fun Have fun, and don't forget to write! October 17, 2017

A Pictorial tour of women's fashions in history

There's nothing better than historic reference for graphic design, illustration and art inspiration and idea sourcing. These books are inexpensive, but offer a huge opportunity to explore. Besides, I've included a pile of free sample files to get you started! April 27, 2016

Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages

Here are some layout pages to keep the kids occupied today, and for artists, craftspeople, designers, illustrators and other creative inspiration into the future. This classic collection of Thanksgiving art and drawings is not only very low cost, it's all completely editable. The books they represent are a treasure of fun for all. October 31, 2015

Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

Happy Thanksgiving . . . we're enjoying all the art and style from many past Thanksgivings, and featuring this collection of copyright free art for the holiday season. There's a treasure trove of great inspiration for designers, illustrators, crafts people, scrapbookers, and other creatives available out there. . . please enjoy October 31, 2015

Vintage Holiday Photoshop Brushes & Creative Vector Tools

Whether you need to whip out a quick newspaper ad, set up a banner for the mall, order up holiday tshirts, or decorate holiday cards and decorations, you'll be able to create your own clip art in an unlimited supply that are completely copyright free. October 30, 2015

Halloween inspiration, art, activities and download fun for all

Lots of great art, ideas and inspiration can be found in children's books. This collection brings lots of visual fun for Halloween with a great collection of activities and coloring. Grab some free samples, and take a look at these favorites: halloween Wacky Witches Sticker Activity Book halloween Witches Stained Glass Coloring Book halloween The Little Halloween Activity Book halloween 3-D Coloring Book--Happy Halloween halloween Halloween ABC Coloring Book halloween Halloween Scapes
. . . and more! September 30, 2015

A Pictorial tour through fashions of the 20th Century

As we embark on this year's "Women's History Month" someone mentioned that fashion plays a huge role in societal development -- and that some of the world's most beloved fashion designers are women! So we pulled from the Design-bookshelf's playbook and opened these books that follow a bit of the path of fashion. The samples we've included here are drawings or actual clip art that appeared in publications. They all give a visual waltz through the 19th and 20th centuries of fashion! Enjoy! February 25, 2015

Holiday art, Berenstain Bears, crafts, snowflakes, seasonal classics and lots of fun for all

We don't often show such juvinile stuff, but really, this is some fun stuff. You may not get any graphic arts benefits from these at all -- but you will have a great time, and some laughs with the kids! design_p The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Coloring and Activity Bookdesign_p Creative Haven Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Bookdesign_p Make Your Own Paper Snowflakesdesign_p Chanukah Coloring Bookdesign_p A Christmas Treasury
... and more! November 20, 2014