60 Seconds #329 : 10 Ways to BREAK the Creative Block for designers, illustrators, writers

If you think you've got the creative block, don't think you're alone. We all get it, and we all have to break it. I've been doing this for nearly half a century. During my seminar days, the creative block was one of the most popular questions from attendees. "Fred, how do you get creative ideas?" ... "How can I break writer's block?" Everyone has his or her favorites. These have proven over the years to work... try'em out next time you're stuck for a story, a drawing, and ad concept or anytime you need a creative jumpstart. February 24, 2016

In search of Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, we like to focus on achievements in the visual communications world in celebration of Black History Month. This year we're taking a little different approach in a quest to find creative expressions of Martin Luther King Jr. We've also updated the whole series of pages about Black designers and artists in the world ... February 1, 2016

A New Year and A New Look: McDonald's Global Packaging Launches In Style

Starting this month, McDonald’s restaurants in the United States will unveil new carry-out bags, fountain beverage cups and sandwich boxes. I don't know if this is a hallmark in graphic design, but looking at the history of McDonald's packaging and their urban positioning, it looks like a fun change. January 21, 2016

60-Seconds #327 : Who establishes the logo design trends for 2016?

Somebody posted their 'logo design trends for 2016' to a LinkedIN design group, so I decided to follow it. Much to my surprise, they talked about design techniques that have always been in use, and never go out of style. Needless to say, I was intriqued. Who really decides what the logo design trends for 2016 really are? I went on the quest. January 13, 2016

Creative Tidbits #202: anti-drug drive posters, Bikinis, Photoshop Action and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Rolling into a new year of Creative Tidbits, we're finding these great discoveries and enjoying the creative experience around every corner! Remember, we're always looking for your suggestions and tips for cool stuff. Enjoy this edition of Creative Tidbits January 5, 2016

Creative Tidbits #201: Trump, Iranian type, Adobe Post, classic signs and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Kicking off a brand new year -- 2016 -- with creative update number 201 ! I probably enjoy finding these great discoveries more than you do! There's a lot going on so, enjoy and remember : there's a creative experience around every corner! January 1, 2016

SCAD Students Rising to the Challenge : 3D Paper Product Design

How many times have I raved about folded paper and 3D paper projects? If you're going to fold anyway, why not make it epic? When Yavne, Israel sent me this coverage from the Savannah College of Art and Design, I knew I had to pass it along to you! December 19, 2015

Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!

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LITTLE DID I KNOW over the past several years of evangelizing coloring books for kids, I was scooping in a thoroughly adult market -- with a cause, even! Spiked has posted an article about the trend toward "infantilising" -- and we're also told that the popularisation of the idea of wellbeing is itself culturally significant. Okay . . . so color on! November 28, 2015

Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors, Adobe lost fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

The old 'Spec Work' debacle raises its ugly head again -- I cannot understand why people don't learn. We're also looking at the Google logo, and Adobe lost fonts. Enjoy and don't forget to share your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries

  • Is Spec Work Evil? 12 Agency Execs Discuss the Unchecked Problem
  • Create a Laser-Cut Mailer Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • How Magazine Covers Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years
  • Google's new logo: why a meh response is actually good
  • Is this an infographic or worthless misdirection?
  • Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded
November 4, 2015

Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are rolling into the holiday season, but you'll find that creative inspiration for the holidays can work all year long. We have a great line-up this month, which will be in three parts. Enjoy and don't forget to send in your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries . . .

  • 100 Cameras Were Given to the Homeless in London. Here’s What They Captured.
  • Artist blends figurative and portraiture elements in works
  • 4 Great Design Ideas for Your Association Newsletter
  • Graphic Design Festival Scotland returns to Glasgow
  • How to not be frightened of your camera
October 29, 2015