Convert lettering, type, photos, drawings, or art into Artistic Chalkboard designs and signs

creating chalk board inspirations

As we highlighted in the Gallery for the Fall Fonts Fest, chalk art is a growing craze that really takes a lot of talent. Well, now there's a very cool App for Macintosh and Windows that may reduce a lot of the need for talent because it actually simulates chalkboard art! Amazing! August 18, 2017

Is it worth 13-bucks to get your print colors to always match your screen colors?

Digital Color

Investing in your color management is always a good investment -- particularly when you can see your color selections in print. During my DGEF Creative Layout Techniques seminars one of the most frequent questions from attendees was how do your get the print color to look like the screen color? That's always been one of the tough nuts to crack -- and my answer and solution to ALL those screen to print color woes was : See it in print. Period. There is no monitor, and no software that will satisfy your color eye. If this was available then, this would have been what I would recommend. August 14, 2017

Signs of the Times : New NAIL Magazine Celebrates Creatives in the Resistance

nail_magazineFolks, I don't generally run just any piece that appears in my in-box, and certainly I try to steer clear of political issues (particularly in these times) but Ted Leonhardt has been a contributor over the years, and is certainly qualified to grace the pages of DT&G. He's come up with some crazy stuff in the past, but this? Well, this might just top them all! A magazine for creatives in the resistance? I know I'll catch a lot of crap on this one, but go ahead . . . hit me with your best crap! August 10, 2017

Creative Tidbits #237: Searching for Scripts, hand lettering, big grphics, Ramadan and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

WELCOME TO AUGUST with some free fonts and cool resources for outdoor and environmental design, typography and graphics. I think you'll also find our piece on Mohammad Sharaf, really interesting too! Folks, we need your input here! When you find something really creative, just pass it along for DT&G readers! Click the "Contact" button above, right!

  • Why We Should Be Graphically Designing Our City
  • Never ending quest for the ultimate brush face
  • Hampstead woman authors book on hand-lettering
  • The visual art of advertising in Ramadan
August 1, 2017

Creative Tidbits #236: Web design, web type, web circles, cigar packaging and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Okay, we've been neglecting web design, so this time we'll look at typography on the web, business web sites and even a little fun with circles. My favorite though is the piece on cigar packaging! I was inspired to look a little deeper and I uncovered a treasure trove of art from modern graphic to vintage antique! Something for everyone in this issue ...

  • How to Increase Your Website’s Conversion Rate with Typography
  • Designing a Small Business Website: Wants vs Needs
  • Did you ever really look at cigar design?
  • Molly McHugh : Circle Gets the Square
July 25, 2017

Does the world need a Object-Based Font Server? You be the judge!

Insider Software is promoting their new FontAgent® Server 7, the world's only object-based font server and the most advanced solution for organizing, optimizing, distributing and tracking font collections. It serves any size user community and is available via cloud subscription or on-premise network license. July 19, 2017

Creative Tidbits #235: Getting Rid of Adobe CC? Drones, Maïté Franchi, Legos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

July just keeps trudging on! Among this episode's gems is an excellent piece on quitting the Adobe CC subscription, and how to replace the programs. Several other good ones round it out for fun and inspiration. Don't forget, if you have favorites, please let us know!

  • Designing for Drones: Class Project Helps Students Consider User Experience
  • The Story Behind Lego's Brilliant Print Ads From the Cannes Festival
  • How To Mostly Ditch Adobe Creative Cloud
  • We love Maïté Franchi
July 18, 2017

Creative Tidbits #234: Scan Design, Paper marketing, CSS effects a new font and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration In this issue, I'm taking it easy and poking around to have a little fun. All you guys are having fun on vacation, leaving us here to work, so what's with lightening up a bit? Play along, and have a good time!

  • Counter-Print's new title delves into Scandinavian graphic design
  • Did you ever think about toilet paper as a marketing tool?
  • The street is the new runway
  • 51 CSS Image Effects
July 10, 2017

Creative Tidbits #233: Design on a Grid, Crazy ideas, designing condoms, Girls and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

If you look at this week's snippet, you learn an important lesson about creativity. (The snippets are the little 'sayings' or pull-quotes over to the right) So we're having a great time discovering truly creative ideas, and truly crazy ideas as well. I'd really like to learn about your ideas -- and share them with DT&G readers!

  • Coming up With Crazy Ideas (Just Like Albert Einstein)
  • Meet the Boy Behind the Design of HBO’s Girls Titles
  • Designing the Next Generation of Condom Packaging
  • Carbon Crown / project typography
June 29, 2017

Creative Tidbits #232: Extraordinary type, Google type, doors, design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

In this issue we have another video, a rather interesting look at Google's entry into the typography world and we'll return again to visit Jim Parkinson. There's a gallery and a tutorial of sorts. Have fun, and don't forget to send in your discoveries to share with DT&G readers!

  • Google + Monotype: Noto Project’s unified font for all languages
  • A collection of Art Nouveau doors from around the world
  • Design a Typographic, Movie Themed Magazine Cover
  • Meet Type Designer Jim Parkinson
June 27, 2017