Hand Lettering, Signage, and typography illumination books for everyone

No, don't think books have gone out of style! And, while there are hundreds of thousands of examples and samples of great typography and hand lettering on the web, you really cannot do without these selected books for this year's 21 Anniversary Fall Fonts Fest! Dig in folks, you don't have much time left! August 24, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : Most recommended, top quality fonts for Designers

There are "freebie" fonts lists, and 'freeby' fonts replicator sites coming out the ying-yang. Very few will talk about commercial fonts -- but folks, I'm here to tell'ya the commercial fonts are almost always far, far ahead in terms of quality. Some of the free fonts sites have good looking stuff, but your download them and end up with a mess on your hands. Well, not true of these -- we can stake our reputation on these fonts -- and can guarantee you'll like the way you look when you use them!

  • Twisting and weaving separate strands makes Twine
  • Learn the art of steel quill, and draw Escritura
  • You're gonna love working with Letter Press!
  • Take your publication into the Garden . . .
  • Galeb Texture

This font is called Letter Press August 21, 2015

DTG Magazine Picks Favorite Typography and Lettering on Pinterest

Trying to find all the good stuff on type, lettering, calligraphy, typography and branding online is a monumental task. Sites like Tumblr and Pinterest now rule the bandwidth with literally millions of great samples of type and typography. So I've just picked out a very few of the ones I think merits the attention of anyone interested in visual communications. August 19, 2015

Web design - the cycle from good to bad to ugly and back again - creative tidbits 194

The web design world has gone through some crazy ups and downs in its short 20 year lifetime. It started lean and clean because there was no bandwidth, and the software was so slow. We were connecting on 400 baud modems over dialup. You remember that -- but where's it all going? We don't know, but we'll sure have a good time getting there! August 18, 2015

Creative Tidbits: Understanding Color Psychology for Impactful Web Design

By now, you've probably already seen our "National Coloring Book Day" page, and hopefully you had a great time over the weekend coloring some of our free coloring pages! Now that you're fully rejuvinated for color, let's get down to business and understand some important lessons about color, and how to use it on the web.
Have a great time . . . August 5, 2015

Creative Tidbits #193: Logos Good and Bad, Posters, promotions and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This will be great fun -- looking at political logos, and a state logo, plus an opinionated artist, a promo for a nonprofit, and lots more to get your creative juices flowing. If you find some creative inspiration, send it along and share whith all our readers!

  • Reading through the eyes of a dyslexic: New font simulates frustration
  • New TN logo named 'Pork of the Year' by Beacon Center
  • The 2016 U.S. presidential candidates' logos, ranked
  • The Star Wars poster is ultimately a piece of shit
  • Creative Ways to Promote Your Association
  • Bikes become Art - Not a Paper House

Have a great time . . . July 14, 2015

Creative Tidbits #192: Ask Tog, Site Tweaks, Infographics and Creative inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

So here we go into summer's creative jam and designers' vacation! Get creative inspiration from your summer activities -- here are some starters to get your creative juices flowing :

  • First look: two new digital magazines make unusual screenshot and icon choices
  • Positive computing: technology for wellbeing and human potential
  • 15 Practical Design Tweaks For Your Website In 2015
  • 7 Tips for Creating Successful Infographics
  • First Principles of Interaction Design
  • 5 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration
July 11, 2015

Creative Tidbits #191: inspiration, typography, gallery, Paul Rand

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration The spring represents some special interests for graphic designers -- end of school, beginning of the summer buy and travel wave. Here are some starters to get your creative juices flowing :

  • Pentagram's New School Rebrand: Best Thing Ever Or Unbearable Monstrosity?
  • Perfect archives for collage artists, designers and collectors
  • "Happy Town" by Katsumi Tamura wins Golden A' Design Award
  • New Photography Acquisitions at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • TypeTalk: How Good Typography Can Help Your Job Search
  • UVU arts grads present final projects showcase
  • Vordik Designer Spotlight: Damian Watracz
  • Exhibit shows art of design legend
  • Putting a typeface to the name
  • ... and more !
April 8, 2015

Creative Tidbits #190: Hip-hoppers, decades, Instagram, textures and more

Fred Showker's Creative Update

When I saw the series of photos shot across 4 decades I knew this was going to be a good edition of Creative Tidbits! Hope you enjoy this edition -- and if you can guess all those circle movie posters, let me know!

  • Getting Closer to the California Print Junkie Who Designed Jay Z's "Holy Grail"
  • Astonishing series of photographs of four sisters shot every year for 40 years
  • Could Graphic Design Help People Better Relate To Each Other?
  • Interview : My Instagram: Lauren O'Neil
  • Dust & Noise Overlay Textures
  • Can you name the movie?
March 18, 2015

Creative Tidbits #189: Oscars, Light Sabers and Football Helmets

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Finding more and more inspiration from people doing creative things! I really enjoyed this edition, particularly the football helmits thing and the iSaber piece . . .

  • Design is everything (not made by nature) for Penn State alumnus Chip Kidd
  • Meet the Graphic Design Mastermind Behind the Best Part of the Oscars
  • Graphic Artists Take Shots At New Steelers Helmet Designs
  • Designed by Apple in Tatooine: the iSaber light saber
  • Berman: Romancing the ink stains in Eastern Market
  • 6 Women Rocking Tech for Good
  • ... and more on the way!
March 11, 2015