Creative TidBits #171: Design with Type, design icons, and exhibition graphics

A good graphic designer can design anything. It's really not about the software or the tools or this or that publication. It's really the art and skill of cutting through all the noise to find the essence of the subject -- and then being able to organize the best representations of that subject into a singular message. So it's true of type, typography and graphics like icons and even huge, monumental spaces. Thus this edition brings you creative 2013 An introduction to the principles of typography through letterpress, and creative 2013 selectively choosing the right icons, then creative 2013 Designing Exhibition graphics!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 21, 2014

Creative TidBits #170: Designers Ed Benguiat, Alexander Isley and Michael Bierut

Learning from others is always an effective way to jump-start our creative juices. But the web is raft with images that give inspiration with little or no real substance. It's always a thrill to hear from the legends who truly leave a mark on the graphic design profession. So, today's edition is "Famous legends Day" and here are three you'll enjoy: creative 2013 Ed Benguiat shares some of his stories in a wonderful Vimeo, and creative 2013 we get a brief glimpse into the talent of Alexander Isley, AIGA Medal winner ... and speaking of typography, designer, writer and typographer creative 2013 Michael Bierut shows us Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Typeface!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 15, 2014

Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends

If you are a designer or visual communicator in business, then you need to keep up. In this issue we hope to help with creative 2013 a brilliant infographic which illustrates Shutterstock’s 2014 Global Design Trends, creative 2013 our friend David Blatner's quick and easy way to test font choices quickly in InDesign CC, and creative 2013 some musings on the proper punctuation marks from Kathryn Schulz
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 10, 2014

Creative Tidbits #168: Direct Mail Brilliance, Ellen's Selfies and Jon Sueda

We're enjoying jumping into April, and with it comes some fresh creative inspiration. This edition has creative 2013 6 Attention-Grabbing Direct Mail Designs for those who thought that direct mail was dead creative 2013 A wonderful interview with Jon Sueda -- not to be missed, and creative 2013 revisiting the "selfie" and Ellen's now famous Oscar selfie!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 7, 2014

Creative Update #167: design, illustration, and graphics around the world

Fred Showker's Creative Update

March is almost over, our Women's History Month is coming to an end and we're focusing on spring colors .... these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
creative inspiration #167 Gift Card Impressions Wins Two Graphic Design USA Awards for Innovative Packaging
creative inspiration #167 Colborne graphic artist wins ParaSport Games medal design contest
creative inspiration #167 Getting a job in digital marketing (A graduate’s perspective)
creative inspiration #167 Graphic designer Peter Saville still rocks the fashion world
creative inspiration #167 Icons that talk : telling a graphic story with icons
creative inspiration #167 Stumbled into the profession of graphic design
creative inspiration #167 Call for Entries: Graphis Design Annual 2015
creative inspiration #167 TypeTalk: Know Your Figures
... and more ! March 31, 2014

Creative Update #165: Graphics for Games, Logos, Contests and Coffee

Fred Showker's Creative Update

We round out January and launch into February with this Creative update ... here we go: creative 2013 Search for Canada’s 150th logo stirs graphic design challengecreative 2013 Jessica is back ... this time : Starbucks!creative 2013 Teen starts home-based graphics business creative 2013 GRAND THEFT needs GRAND Typography creative 2013 Design Spec sometimes pays off . . . creative 2013 Deborah Sussman interview
... and more ! January 27, 2014

Creative Update #164: Type, lettering, illustration and design for 2014

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Here we go into 2014 our 24th year online and our 26th year publishing DTG Magazine. Creative inspiration is what jogs you off your stagnent creative block. See some of these and join us each week for another creative discovery tour ... here we go: creative 2013 Best of 2013: Top Tips, Insights, and Tricks creative Tricks Here's the typography daily blog creative blog 3D Type Sculptures + Animationcreative Animation Professionals vs. Amateurs creative Amateurs The Design Federationcreative Supersized Painting Supersized
... and more ! January 14, 2014

What is the best approach to designing a website that clients can edit?

It's not a new trend. Clients have been asking to 'edit' their own web pages since the early 1990s. The problem was, for years, it was html or nothing! For years we tried them all from 'piggyback' programs to designing and building CGI page generaters from scratch. Then Content Management System concept was born. November 29, 2013

Creative Graphic Design: video of a yolk, a designer's view, and skinhead culture

The creative inspiration quest continues and edition features two videos along with some extraordinary illustration and a conversation with a designer about the new iPhone interface ... here we go:
* PaperSpecs Reveals the Trials and Triumphs of Designing Print Projects
* Brobesity? 3-D Avatars Of The Average Joe Are A Hefty Dose Of Reality
* Several iOS 7 Design Choices Criticized By Experienced Designer
* Christoph Niemann: Illustrator, Graphic Designer
* Skinhead culture in graphic design
* Back to the drawing board
... and more ! October 28, 2013

Adobe Creative Inspiration from celebrities like Deke McClelland and Paula Scher

Adobe's site is a wealth of information if you can get to it. We ran across just one of these items in a Google search, and looked at the page to find all the rest. You may want to bookmark any of these to get you back there again. We'll update here too.
* Designers use Adobe Muse to build a map of Manhattan
* Long-exposure photography of Toby Harriman
* Fun with Photoshop layer management
* The Cutting Edge award : Cube Slam
* Creative Voices: Paula Scher
... and more ! October 26, 2013