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

This is the last of this surf, but now we get to have some real fun watching seasoned professionals with real talent apply real ink in creating some superb lettering! I'm also very pleased to bring the official trailer for the movie "Sign Painter" -- a fantastic documentary on the art, craft and times of sign painting. Later, we'll dig deeper into the documentary, but for now, enjoy the September Fonts surf . . . September 1, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #3

We always meet some awesome talents during the Fonts Festival ... as we do all year long. The next talents were actually suggested by DTG readers throughout the year. We often ask for your suggestions, tips and favorites -- and while we sadly don't get a lot of response, we have gotten some real winners. These are just a few examples of some of the visits we'll be making along this year's surf.
Page 3 of the 2014, 20th annual fonts surf Courtney Jeanette; Page 3 of the 2014, 20th annual fonts surf Julia Ruetten; Design and creativity Erik Marinovich; and Design and creativity The wonderful world of Karen To!
So follow along ... September 1, 2014

20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #2

As we continue our 2014 fonts and lettering surf, we now visit some studios of extraordinary visual communicators! This is where we enjoy seeing fresh, inspiring uses of fonts, typography and lettering. On this page we'll be visiting the polished clean works of Page 2 of the 2014, 20th annual fonts surf Matthew Tapia, then off to the Design and creativity TYPEFIGHT Letter vs. Letter, and the studios of Design and creativity Ruslan Khasanov!
So follow along ... September 1, 2014

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

My favorite part of the annual fonts fest is just searching for cool entries and resources to share with the DTG readers! If I ever give up the internet publishing thing, this is probably one activity I'll continue in my 60-Second Windows blog. With Pinterest, Tumblr and all the various social image sharing medias, there's no shortage of hunting grounds. You could easily make a full-time job of discovering cool stuff, all day, every day, without seeing the same things twice.

In this first surf for 2014, I'm filtering to the unusual, and off the beaten paths. Much of the surf so far is more about the human interaction with lettering, fonts and typography than the fonts themselves. And of course, that's the most important end result of typography in the first place! September 1, 2014

Jim Parkinson : half-century of typography

I was first introduced to Jim Parkinson and his groundbreaking style by my typography teacher Mike McNeal at VCU. One of our first projects was to hand-letter a name by duplicating a style that we found and liked. Well, of course, I chose "Rolling Stone" magazine. August 28, 2014

New found free Script fonts for the 20th year!

If you've followed the design center and DTG for more than a few years, then you know there's a real soft spot in our hearts for scripts and handwritten fonts. With a million fonts in the world, hand-lettering is the only real way to be unique . . . these are just a few of the new scripts we've discovered for this year's event . . . August 27, 2014

P22 respecting traditional typography values with today technology

We've been friends with Jimy Chambers and the P22 fonts foundry for nearly 20 years! We've discussed article ideas, looked at antique fonts, and exchanged countless emails. I've come to respect Jimy and the P22 gang for their interest in preserving the true principles and values of typography and font design. August 27, 2014

Creative Update 179 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Before we jump into the Fall Fonts Fest, let's finish out the summer with some creative tidbits from life size poster models to packaging to freelancing, we'll see people doing great stuff all over the world ... just follow along:
[_] Why does Birmingham employ more architects than other metro areas, but fewer graphic designers?
[_] Jean Peterson Design's Award-Winning Wine Label Series Featured on International Website
[_] Chapchinstudio constructs poster for 2014 tehran graphic design week
[_] Ultimate design & Lettering inspiration is found in packaging
[_] 5 Ways to Showcase Your Freelance Graphic Design Work
[_] Bubbles, swirls, and blossoms
... and more ! August 20, 2014

Creative Update 178 -- Design, Typography and Graphics for August / September

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Back to (Design) School needs creative inspiration! From baseball teams to packaging to license plates, designers touch just about everything in our lives. This creative inspiration column hopes to touch on just about everything to, from design, typography and graphics to helping you be better designers! Follow along:
[_] Blitz Media Design Logos Selected for Lewis & Clark Baseball League Uniforms
[_] Tips on Graphic Design for Translation 1: Styles, Layouts, Fonts
[_] DesignStudio creates ‘symbol of belonging’ for Airbnb rebrand
[_] Xara may have the Adobe substitute you've been looking for?
[_] Edmonton designers come up with own Alberta licence plate
[_] The Lost Graphic Designs of a Short-Lived Democracy
[_] Stranger lends street artist a helping hand
... and more ! August 13, 2014

Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

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From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them
  • Photo Posts Spark the Most Engagement on Facebook
  • What Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo?
  • Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color
  • Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
  • ... and more !
July 29, 2014