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

Spring Creative . . . May Creative Update #1

Spring is now in full swing and cool stuff is busting out all over -- much of which is driven by senior design classes and design school graduates. This creative surf takes us to places we've been, and some new digs yet discovered. . . :
* Meet Illustrator David Seguin : Put on a real face
* Zhikharev Eduard bends reality with digital art
* Colin Johnson of great detail, large and small
* The Fascinating World of Don Carson
* Brazilian Branding with Adilson
... and more ! May 14, 2013

CREATIVE: Spring brings fresh design and design students portfolios

It's spring and graphic design is busting out all over . . . this creative surf brought us tons of beautiful work, students, graphics shows and even a book about making alphabets. . . :
* Learn to "Draw Your Own Alphabets" by Hand With a Book by Graphic Designer Tony Seddon
* David Hillman, Google Creative Lab ECD & other leading creatives discuss
* Seniors display culmination of work throughout their college careers
* Students impress local night club owners with graphic design project
* Feast Your Eyes: Senior Graphic design students serve 'design stew'
* Rutgers publishing program trains writers and designers together
* Bop Design Announces Tips for Working with Graphic Designers
* Meet : Lavender & Honey for fresh eye-candy
* Brain Candy gives young designers a boost
* Graphic Design: Now in Production
... and more ! April 27, 2013

Extraordinary gifts you'll make by hand

Books make great gifts, I think we can all agree. But you've heard the saying "teach a man to fish, you feed a village". These books teach you how to make some extraordinary gift items from paper objects to books, to cards. Arm yourself with these and you can make stunning gifts for everyone! :
* The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Making Pop-Ups & Novelty Cards
* 500 Handmade Books: Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form
* Painted Paper: Techniques & Projects for Handmade Books & Cards
* Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book
* Creative Cards: 40 Projects for Invitations, Cards, Gifts
* Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th-Century Artists
* Simple and Stunning : Handmade Art Nouveau Cards
* Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide
... and more ! October 30, 2012

The remarkable world of patterns

Designing patterns is difficult because of the intricate demand to detail, and the level of skill required to visualize how the finished pattern will evolve. Let's look at some accomplished pattern designers and see their secrets ... April 30, 2010