Getting ideas and design inspiration by looking at unusual beer bottle label designs

Okay, you saw our previous post taking a surf tour of Tequila labels, right. Well, this time we're looking at beer bottle labels and how they can be a source of graphic design inspiration. Enjoy! July 31, 2013

The Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Writers' Conference

In August, eight acquiring agents and editors will arrive at Nashville's five-star Hutton Hotel in search of talented new authors. The occasion? The Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Writers' Conference, which brings together aspiring authors and publishing professionals. July 31, 2013

Best books for learning Design, Typography & Graphics

Graphic Design School

Each year I like to do a round-up of the design books we've reviewed -- but this year is different. There have been so few published I'm including several from previous years. While the digital book, ebook and Kindle books have become hugely popular -- when it comes to learning graphic design, printed books still have the most power for learning. Buy any (all) of these, and you'll automatically know more than most other designers in your market. July 29, 2013

12 rules for designing remarkable covers

From time to time, our friends out at Shweiki Media produce some tutorials and articles to help their printing clients get more bang for their bucks. We're lucky that when they author these files, they send them to me for DTG readers! Consider this, the next time you have a cover to design March 21, 2013

The Print and the Process: Taking Compelling Photographs from Vision to Expression

The Print and the Process is a book of ideas, thoughts, and techniques about our photographs and the process that leads us to the final image. (To be clear, it is not an instructional book about how to print your images.) In this beautiful book, David duChemin takes the reader behind the scenes on four distinct photographic projects December 27, 2012

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

In today's over-saturated media world, it's outstanding that someone still teaches these design principles. Young designers are getting their education from YouTube, tutorial pushers and tens of thousands of unqualified bloggers. Dr. Susan Weinschenk teaches you lessons of how people see and think -- important lessons for visual communicators and graphic designers. Learn them well. December 18, 2012

Favorite Photography books

Everyone has a camera ... probably a digital camera or a cell phone. Most people I know who own iPhones have dropped their cameras in favor of the phone. Then, others have purchased more expensive, SLR or better, cameras and want to expand the range of their capabilities. Here's a new list of selected titles to make you a better photographer . . .
* The Photograph: Composition and Color Design
* Sixty Tips for Creative iPhone Photography
* Create Your Own Photo Book, 1st Edition
* Great Photos - Simple Cameras
* Tone Poems - Book 1
... they also make great gifts for the photographer in your life! November 23, 2012

DTG News for August 2012

Join our annual "Back to (Design) School" issue, for lots of learning opportunities and resources ... this issue includes :
01 August: Back To School
02 Tutorial : Easy magazine cover in Photoshop
03 Photoshop (EDU) madness
04 Photoshop (AUGUST) Madness
05 Photoshop CS6: Filters for Lens Distortions
06 10% OFF Colin Smith's PHOTOSHOP CS6 ROADSHOW
07 Adobe InDesign CS6: Paragraph Composers & Tabs
08 EDU : Use the Field Blur Filter in Photoshop CS6
09 EDU : Collect for Output for Adobe Illustrator CS6
10 EDU : Effects in Adobe InDesign CS6 : Transparency
11 EDU : Adobe InDesign CS6 : Paragraph & Character Styles
12 EDU : Expanding Your Photography Portfolio
13 EDU : Nikon DSLR learning, training
14 60-Seconds : My apology to all our readers
15 Cloud Rendering for 3D Artists and Architects
16 Script Arsenal for Photoshop
17 Marketing Update : Back to (Design) School
18 CREATIVE Tidbits : Awards to Crowdsourcing
19 &ELSE News, Views & Reviews
20 18th Annual Fall Fonts Festival
21 Have a great August August 1, 2012

Nikon DSLR learning, training

If you got the DSLR camera, then you'd better learn it well! D3s DSLR 2.0 for iOS, provides quick, easy access to information by allowing the user to "drill down" through a topic, just like using the camera menus. The app also includes a handy list of D3S Quick Specs, a troubleshooting checklist, error messages, and much more. Learn it! August 1, 2012

Top Spelling App For Literacy Education

All designers, marketers, developers and publicists need accuracy. It may seem childish to recommend spelling help to a professional readership, but believe me -- it's needed. So many of those now writing for the web, targeting an English-speaking market, really need help with spelling and grammar. July 16, 2012