Holiday Projects, Crafts and do-it-yourself cool stuff

There's really nothing better than hand-made art, and the holidays is the perfect time to get your hands dirty and make some cool stuff! Right! So, I'd like to get you fired up to make some art! You can get started on these:   Holidays Christmas Holiday Origami   Holidays Christmas Crafts Fun Kit   Holidays Make Your Own Greeting Cards   Holidays Claus Kids Christmas Coloring Book
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 13, 2014

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 30, 2014

Earth Day Art, Crafts, Education for creatives of all ages

Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to make a good contact with clients and vendors. Dreaming up promotions can be difficult -- but if you consider kid's stuff, there are tons of ideas out there. So let's take a look at our favorite Earth Day arts, crafts and projects for kids -- and you're bound to come up with lots of great designs for yourself:
[*] Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency
[*] Outside the Box!: Creative Activities for Ecology-Minded Kids
[*] BOOST Earth Day Is Every Day! Activity Book
[*] Creative Haven NatureScapes Coloring Book
[*] National Parks Coloring Book
[*] Eco-Logical Brain Games April 18, 2014

Creative Graphic Design: Harry Potter design, HOW Design, UCLan Graphic Design, and Awards

We're rolling into the school season with Back to Design School, here are some great inspirations and idea starters to get you moving to September . . .
* Meet The Duo Behind The Graphic Design Wizardry Of "Harry Potter”
* The Next Closest Thing to HOW Design Live
* The first issue of Container 'magazine'
* Talent Spotters: UCLan Graphic Design
* New - Xara Page & Layout Designer
* Jamie wins top national award
... and more ! July 25, 2013

Creative Graphic Design: Sagmeister Happy Show, Design for Good, Awards and more

Hope you've had a great summer, as many of us continue back into the school season, here are some great inspirations and idea starters for August . . .
* Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show Is at the Chicago Cultural Center
* 'Revel on the Block' promotes creativity, community and local business
* Students Recognized by 'Design for Good' Project
* Winners of SEGD Global Design Awards 2013
* Trust me, you’re not a graphic designer
* Contemporary Arts Museum gets graphic
... and more ! July 19, 2013

July Creative Two, Too

June and July are brought to you by the letter J, so here, we've found some Jays for you. Along with that we continue the creative quest for cool stuff. Enjoy
* June and July are brought to you by the letter J
* Big JAY Alphabet art . . . personalized prints
* Jays poster for JULY
* Pen Tool Cheat Sheet, techniques : 'Zen of the Pen'
* Extraordinary Pen Tool Work :: Marcus Vinicius
* Talent Spotters: Lincoln School of Art & Design
* Design Studio course explores social issue
. . . and more! July 2, 2013

Creative inspiration Summertime, outdoors, awards, ugly Powerpoints

More great lettering in this Creative update, along with a designer with a cause, children's graphics and even Google now pays homage to Saul Bass!
* Metamorphosis Urban Revitalization Mural Design Transforms A Public Space
* Anthony Nolan Connects the Dots in Identity package
* The National Design Award Winners Announced
* A lesson about designing ugly PowerPoints
* Patricia got us going on and on and on
* Like Minded Studios . . . Wow
* Rebranding olive oil
... and more ! July 2, 2013

Vintage Art : wonderful tags, cards and cigar labels for decorative reference

For years, we've followed all kinds of sources for vintage art, and it's still very much in style to feature selections your the web. For years, the Publishers' Warehouse has shared literally thousands of these images, along with samples from the Dover book colleciton of public domain images. One of the favorite sources for 'vintage' art are labels, cards and posters from the 18th century. Here's we're going to look at my favorites from the world of cigar labels. Enjoy! June 29, 2013

Creative inspiration . . . May Creative Update #3

More great lettering in this Creative update, along with a designer with a cause, children's graphics and even Google now pays homage to Saul Bass!
* The Senior Graphic Design Exhibit hilghlights culmination of student artwork
* Graphic design artist gives beauty to pro-life cause; voice to the unborn
* Geekwire award hopefuls say : We create killer infographics
* Google's doodle tribute to graphic designer Saul Bass -- a video you do NOT want to miss:
* Kid's stuff with Nate Williams
... and more ! May 28, 2013

Fonts & Illustration . . . May Creative Update #2

The creative quest takes us now into some major cool type, typography and lettering arenas from the Letter Cult to some rather special (FREE) revival fonts:
* The Art & Science of Kerning according to Igino Marini
* Julian Hansen "So You Need A Typeface"
* Printing demonstrations in Pictures
* John Hendrix loves to draw
* The Letter Cult
... and more ! May 21, 2013