Creative Tidbits #168: Direct Mail Brilliance, Ellen's Selfies and Jon Sueda

We're enjoying jumping into April, and with it comes some fresh creative inspiration. This edition has creative 2013 6 Attention-Grabbing Direct Mail Designs for those who thought that direct mail was dead creative 2013 A wonderful interview with Jon Sueda -- not to be missed, and creative 2013 revisiting the "selfie" and Ellen's now famous Oscar selfie!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 7, 2014

Creative Update #167: design, illustration, and graphics around the world

Fred Showker's Creative Update

March is almost over, our Women's History Month is coming to an end and we're focusing on spring colors .... these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
creative inspiration #167 Gift Card Impressions Wins Two Graphic Design USA Awards for Innovative Packaging
creative inspiration #167 Colborne graphic artist wins ParaSport Games medal design contest
creative inspiration #167 Getting a job in digital marketing (A graduate’s perspective)
creative inspiration #167 Graphic designer Peter Saville still rocks the fashion world
creative inspiration #167 Icons that talk : telling a graphic story with icons
creative inspiration #167 Stumbled into the profession of graphic design
creative inspiration #167 Call for Entries: Graphis Design Annual 2015
creative inspiration #167 TypeTalk: Know Your Figures
... and more ! March 31, 2014

60-Seconds 307 : 10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal

When I saw the reference to this article in a recent email spam, I had to pause. They used the famous quote from Ben Franklin that I have used in my Creative Layout workshops and seminars since the 1980s. I figured anyone who uses that quote must have something intelligent to say. February 12, 2014

60-Seconds 306: What gave you the inspiration to become a graphic designer

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In my previous 60-Seconds column I explained an event from my youth that inspired me into the graphic design field. I then asked readers what inspired them into the design fields. Some responses tumbled in, and I asked the same question in several of the LinkedIN groups which concentrate on graphic design. I got zero response in two of the groups, but one produced some good stories. Here are just a few selected comments from readers. January 29, 2014

Holiday Season Retail Therapy in Illustrations from Richard Solomon

So here we are in the throws of the holidays and while an estimated 28 million people will shop online on Black Friday* and Cyber-Monday*, we all can fondly remember, and celebrate the laughs and tears of holiday shopping! For five decades we've celebrated the "Miracle on 34th Street" style holiday shopping -- and thus enjoy this gallery of wonderful illustrations! November 20, 2013

Adobe Creative Inspiration from celebrities like Deke McClelland and Paula Scher

Adobe's site is a wealth of information if you can get to it. We ran across just one of these items in a Google search, and looked at the page to find all the rest. You may want to bookmark any of these to get you back there again. We'll update here too.
* Designers use Adobe Muse to build a map of Manhattan
* Long-exposure photography of Toby Harriman
* Fun with Photoshop layer management
* The Cutting Edge award : Cube Slam
* Creative Voices: Paula Scher
... and more ! October 26, 2013

DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for October 2013


DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 23, #10 ~ October
* October: Fall Fonts Festival
* Creative Graphic Design: Fonts Fest, Design for the Homeless, Jobs in Print
* Photoshop Madness for High-End Photo Retouching & HDR techniques
* Photoshop Madness : Even MORE Text Effects
* Typography & Lettering inspiration - vintage travel posters and tags TWO
* Graphic design logos, branding and logotype design training for young designers
* Type, Fonts, & Lettering from the Blue Pencil to the London Underground
* The Surf Goes On : Web Fonts, Font Deck, and Sewing Type
* The Next Type, Fonts, Lettering & cool stuff Surf
* Type, Fonts, & Lettering fat and happy, even Comic Sans
* Bringing to life a world-wide zombie invasion 'World War Z'
* DTG Picks : Vector Drawing Apps for the Mac
* Pioneers Festival to Gather World's Brightest Entrepreneurs
* The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag
* Take Great Photos with Your iPad
* One of my treasured resources is Vector Stock
* It's a Rainbow! No, it's FontRainbow
* Get ready for the Holiday Season... October 1, 2013

Type, Fonts, & Lettering from the Blue Pencil to the London Underground

Continuing our surf for cool type & fonts stuff we find totally delicious foods from typography and a delicious lettering body painting! Here, check out these :
* Blue Pencil no. 19—Lettering by Andrew Haslam
* 9 Classic Posters From the London Tube's 150 Year History
* The Art of Hand Lettering
... and more September 25, 2013

The Surf Goes On : Web Fonts, Font Deck, and Sewing Type

Almost at the end of thise year's surf, I find one of my all-time favorites, Margaret Cusack! But that's not all, and we've got even more type, fonts, lettering, calligraphy and cool typography stuff coming your way! Here, check out these :
* Typography in Thread : Margaret Cusack
* Font Deck : one solution for fonts online
* Excellent pieces on Web Fonts
* Five simple steps to better typography
... and more September 25, 2013

The Next Type, Fonts, Lettering & cool stuff Surf

Okay, so we found these and really liked them (out of hundreds we checked out) -- enjoy the continuing surf for cool type & fonts stuff . . .
* Inconspicuous vertical metrics
* Hey, You've Got Some Font on Your Face
* Bunch & Repeat : Fonts & Fashions
* 10 Common Typography Mistakes
... and more September 25, 2013