Sometimes you'll need a little help coming up with that next logo

Really, that's okay. It happens to us all. You have to come up with a new image but that blank sheet of paper and blank Illustrator window are just no help at all. Maybe you should hire another designer. Maybe you should give up. But wait -- all you need is a quick, easy, vector based logo design app to start knocking around ideas. Maybe you need Logopop! November 28, 2014

Creative Update #182: Creative Inspiration, Logo design, digital signage and Paul McCartney

Fred Showker's Creative Update

  • Paul McCartney and Nick Cave contribute hand drawn artwork for Alzheimer's Society
  • $50 Discount to HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, May 2015
  • The 5 most common design mistakes in digital signage
  • What deserves Cincy’s ‘Razzies’ of design?
  • Translating print skills to Web design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Logo Design
  • ... and more!
November 27, 2014

Creative Update #181: Graphic Design Creative Inspiration, 3D prints, charity, awards

Fred Showker's Creative Update2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! November 19, 2014

Creative Update 180 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! October 31, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Surf : Signage Lettering trends, cursive fonts, and chic fonts for cheap

Five more pages of surfing for type, lettering, fonts, calligraphy and cool stuff about typography are behind us. As we say goodbye to the 20th annual fonts surf, I'm thinking we may just be back to add yet more. Please send in your favorites to share with all other DT&G Magazine and Design Center readers! Enjoy:
[*] Lettering and Signage Trends at the Grocery Stores
[*] A cursive font you thought was done by hand
[*] Stephen Miggas of Aerotype Arbordale
[*] Take this FONT in your lunchbox
[*] Uber chic for cheap
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Surf : Master Gerard Huerta, Kings, OpenType and Vintage Scripts

This edition was truly one of our favorites! It's always such a thrill to discover new talents -- and visit old friends, like Gerard! There are some great resources out there too -- like the features of Open-Type, which seriously deserves study by all graphic designers! So come along, revisit Mr Huerta, and see some outstanding hand lettering. Enjoy:
[*] The Five Best (and most underused) Features of OpenType Fonts
[*] Type Talk: Gerard Huerta, Master of Hand Lettering
[*] Getting the vintage script perfect : Coco
[*] Jill is the real deal in Brandlettering
[*] Born to be Kings
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Surf : making faces from font faces

You've seen them before -- faces and portraits composed purely of typography and lettering. Here's we've discovered a new crop of excellent faces that we had to share! It's one of the more difficult creative projects you can attempt with typography -- but these folks do it with real skill and vision! Enjoy:
[*] Typography faces of depth and vision
[*] An eye for meticulous detail
[*] Kerli Typographic Portrait
[*] V for Vendetta Typography
[*] Hayabussa Typography Face
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Surf : History, Signs and even a sip of booze fonts

On a roll with a jaunt through a little history, meeting some old faces, and sip some Gin! This is number six, and continues with :
[*] Exploring Printing History at The Newberry Books, Graphic Design
[*] Like a brother to the Bourbon family, here comes GIN
[*] Signs from other Signs with Ampergram
[*] Food... Don't Waste It 1883
[*] Cooper Revisited
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf Five

Welcome to October, and the fifth round of surfing for the best ever type, fonts, lettering, calligraphy and typography! We're on a roll here, folks, and headed for lots of great eye-candy, free fonts, and unique experiences in the world of letters and typography. Continue on with :
[*] Toronto pulls anti-littering campaign over trademark infringement concerns
[*] Mastering Typography by Martin Silvertant
[*] Erik Marinovich is a friend of Type. . .
[*] Quire Sans Jim Ford Monotype
[*] Font-A-Holic!
. . . and more! September 30, 2014

Ampersands : a 25 year love affair

From the first designs for the DT&G and Design Center branding, the ampersand played a big part. Even as we rolled out printed newsletters, t-shirts, coffee mugs and all, the bright red Ampersand carried our look. We had no idea in 1988 that some day there would be a web site called "Pinterest" with more ampersands than one person could see in a lifetime! Wow. September 30, 2014