Virtual Reality plus Education Clubs and the National Park Service make rich learning opportunities

The Immersive Education Initiative have opened with two new Immersive Education (iED) student clubs in Colorado to advance the newly established Immersive Bent's Old Fort* project. In December the Initiative revealed that Bent's Old Fort, a unit of the United States National Park Service located on the Santa Fe Trail in Colorado's Otero County, will be reconstructed virtually in the video game Minecraft and also as a fully immersive 3D virtual reality (VR) environment. February 3, 2015

DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for January & February 2015

  • Black History Month
  • Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness
  • CREATIVE Tidbits : Valentine's Do It Yourself
  • Final Call for the 2015 Hillman Prizes in Journalism
  • 60-Seconds #318 : What will happen to your digital estate when you're gone?
  • Ted Leonhardt: Ten Interviewing and Negotiation Tips for Creatives
  • Promo, Promo Slow Month Blues
  • 40 Visions of Royalty, Kings and Queens, Kate and her Prince Charming, Queen Elizabeth
  • Valentine's art pages and clip for young and old alike!
  • Start your year off right with Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad
  • 1,800 high quality commercial fonts now available from MacAppware
  • Turn your photos into gorgeous, high-quality gallery wraps for professional presentation
  • Automating Grayscale conversions is now easy with Monochrome
  • Free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets are Available on the New Website
  • FTP transfer of non-compressed folders : use Deliver Express
  • Designing Women are coming
  • & Else : A new year of news, views and reviews
  • What does February Mean to You?
  • January 15, 2015

    DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for December 2014

    DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #12 ~ December

    1. Greetings and welcome to December and the Holidays!
    2. 25 awesome examples of fantasy illustration from The Golden Age of Illustration
    3. Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes and others
    4. 429 Professional Photoshop Styles - never make styles from scratch again!
    5. Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!
    6. Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa : Adobe Illustrator vector files for the Holidays!
    7. 60-Seconds #317 : Goodbye SpamCop
    8. Typography : many styles and combinations make this a true vintage collection!
    9. Typography : Adorn your designs with borders, banners and catchwords collection!
    10. Counting on your support
    11. A Quarter Century online ... and more
    12. December 1, 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

    Scott Kelby books for Photographers - one or the whole set!

    Working our way to the holidays, we're on the look-out for gift ideas for graphic designers, photographers and creatives. A good choice would be any of the Scott Kelby books ... or the entire set:

    • The Photoshop Elements 12 Book for Digital Photographers
    • The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
    • The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes
    • Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users
    • The entire boxed set of FOUR books!
    • . . . and more!
    October 31, 2014

    DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for September 2014 (PART ONE)

    01 Hello September and kick-off of the 20th Annual Festival
    02 This Year's Fonts Fest Poster
    03 20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf
    04 Fonts, lettering and typography surf TWO
    05 Fonts, lettering and typography surf THREE
    06 Photoshop Fonts, type, lettering effects tutorials Madness
    07 Major bundle : 1000s of PSD and Ai files for pennies each
    08 P22 respecting traditional typography values with today technology
    09 60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls
    10 JumboZilla: Thousands of Super Premium Design Resources
    11 Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season
    12 Creative Update 178 -- Design, Typography and Graphics for September
    13 &Else: Photo Editing App Insta Split for Instagram Released
    14 &Else: Perfect Auto-Updating Photo Frame Using Unbound And Dropbox
    15 PART ONE ... keep watching for PART TWO September 1, 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

    60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls

    I first published this article in 1996, and then updated and brushed it up in 2001. I was reading an online article by someone else the other day and it copied this article almost word-for-word. So, I thought I would remind everyone that good business practices really don't go out of style -- this is just as valid as it was more than 20 years ago! August 7, 2014