Creative Tidbits #214: overdue freebies and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

I have a pile of freebies, and just haven't gotten around to including them -- but I'll start including some of them now. Also, an important item for web designers in this issue -- the typography thing between web sites and mobile sites is really a nightmare. Otherwise it's all fun and all good this issue so have a good time!

  • Free: Vector Florals, Avatars, Patterns, Shapes and Banners
  • Free: Fun Swirls, Doodles, Shapes, Balloons & Cakes
  • Free Stuff : Minimalist Sports Icons
  • Sally DaBronzo Free Printables
  • Typography is impossible
September 28, 2016

Publishing Update 1609 : Publishing, digital, content, print, and DTP

It's been some time since our last publishing update. Sorry! But seriously, Don't Print The Obituary For The Printing Industry Just Yet! The printing and print publishing industry has never really gone out of style, nor has it slacked off. Yes, it has changed, but the digital age has taken over -- there's a lot of graphic design, typography, photography and illustration still being printed with ink on paper! The graphic design community is still about 80% occupied by print. This is the Publishing Update of the Design & Publishing Center, so we'll consider all realms of publishing! Jump on board . . .

  • To Perfect Bind or Saddle Stitch — That is the Question
  • 3 kinds of content that are killing digital publishing
  • The Importance of Longform Content for Your Website
  • Why ‘Easy’ Publishing Solutions Hardly Ever Are
  • How digital publishers measure their influence
  • Think You'll Outsource Your Content Marketing?
  • A Script to Show Options for Placed Files
-- and more ... September 21, 2016

Creative Tidbits #213: the world's ugliest color, beyond CMYK, free photos, icons and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are in the fall and you know what that means? The Typography department people are going to be working around the clock for this year's Fall Fonts Festival, and so I'm thinking I'll give'em a hand with the Creative Tidbits columns this month. . . Have fun and if YOU have a creative tidbit to report, please send it in!

  • Pantone launches new vibrant app for digital-savvy designers and colour enthusiasts
  • The World's Ugliest Color Examined By Graphic Design Experts
  • Free Stuff : Ioana Baltesiu's Stylish Icons
  • Beyond CMYK – New InfoTrends Study
  • Safe Haven for those who admire
  • Hefalo Script ~ fresh and fun!
  • Time Travel with Jenna
August 30, 2016

Designing Logos : what really endures as good logo design?

Everyone and their brother seems to a logo designer and logo design expert these days, no matter how much (or little) experience they've had -- and without the slightest mention of a formal education. Blogs hum, faceless unknowns pontificate logo design, and there's even a "logo of the day" site. One popular logo blogger has climbed to unimaginable popularity with "lists" of logos regurgitated from other people's sites and no content of his own. Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn buzz with "logo designing" experts from all over the world. I searched for Logo Design and got 40-million hits. It's amazing. August 2, 2016

Creative Tidbits #212: Taxes, freelance advice, History, football and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits This week we get some serious stuff, including some advice for freelancers (Do you pay taxes?) -- and how to get special Emmy awards for your video graphics! Well maybe. Don't forget, if you've seen something you'd like to share with DTG readers, just let us know.

  • Zaha Hadid, Gensler, and more, vying in Sunset Strip billboard competition
  • Sports Emmy® Award For ESPN Monday Night Football Graphics Package
  • Graphic revolution: How Poland redefined the art of poster design
  • The Freelancer's Essential Guide to Business and Taxes
August 1, 2016

Creative Tidbits #211: A great script, tips for swashes, Story Telling, Cloud content and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This is a fun edition! Ilene is back with some swashes, and a good grunge font. The most fun was CEROS a major spam experience -- yet somehow very good! If it moves, it sucks ... well, maybe not!

  • Ilene Strizver writes : Choosing and Using Swash Characters
  • Visual Storytelling: A Primer for Digital Designers
  • Sant’Elia Script (Demo)
  • Spam site of all times
July 26, 2016

Creative Tidbits #210: Nordic Font, Ads that charge, Lord of the Rings fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Halfway through July and here we are with a font I know you'll like and an even hotter ad for the beach in Rio a magazine charges your iPhone . . . I love July!

  • The Lord of the Fonts: fonts in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
  • Magazine ad that charges your cell phone ??? Sure!
  • Yana Bereziner : Nordic Font
July 19, 2016

Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!

Getting ready for the summer vacation and all of the cook-outs, receptions, parties and picknics going on, we were delighted when Ainseley Bevis sent in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial with lots of blends, gradients and vector cooking! July 1, 2016

Creative Tidbits #209: body painting, Photoshop filters, type and typography and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

It's summer time and a great time for some body painting! That's really interesting but also enjoy the first female typographer, Prince's logo disks, and the Photoshop Newspaper filter ... it's a good time to get creative news and inspiration

  • The Legend of Prince's Font Symbol Floppy Disks
  • The Body Painting Art, craft and graphic design
  • Yet another anatomy-of-type discovered
  • Newspaper Photo Photoshop Action
  • The First Female Typographer
  • Body Painting Arts
June 29, 2016

This could be the most important drawing software since Adobe Illustrator

Artboard 2 for the Mac is a full-featured drawing software to create crisp vector graphics and layered illustrations. For the versatility and price, we're thinking this could be the next generation's Illustrator -- at a fraction of the cost, without being held hostage! June 27, 2016