Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends

If you are a designer or visual communicator in business, then you need to keep up. In this issue we hope to help with creative 2013 a brilliant infographic which illustrates Shutterstock’s 2014 Global Design Trends, creative 2013 our friend David Blatner's quick and easy way to test font choices quickly in InDesign CC, and creative 2013 some musings on the proper punctuation marks from Kathryn Schulz
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 10, 2014

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

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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

Frozen nature painting amazing abstract designs into the ice floating on Lake Michigan

The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice. That's what it is like in Lake Michigan where it is the coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing. March 28, 2014

19th Annual Designing Women FOUR

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Number FOUR is our final surf for this year's 19th Annual Designing Women edition. We wrap it up with these extraordinary visual creatives.
* Most Popular Social Media Sites Review: Why Women Are The Real Power
* Sarah Yates a.k.a. Faunagraphic duz Walls and all
* Fresh, fun, brilliant works of Amanda Grazini
* Gina Kiel illustration & spirit down under
* Cris Delara : NOT just pinups!
... and more! March 26, 2014

Flixel Cinemagraph Pro Earns Featured Status on Mac App Store

Less than two weeks since Flixel Photos Inc. launched Cinemagraph Pro for Mac 1.0.1, the living photo creation software has achieved featured status on the Mac App Store where it's reached first in the photography category in over 50 countries - including US, UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and China. The application is also first overall in 20 countries. March 24, 2014

Claire Sells the talent behind Splot Designs & Glean Magazine

Light, fresh and opinionated -- Claire Sells, based in the UK, has been a practicing graphic artist for over a decade. Her specialties range from traditional, handdrawn illustration to digital vector art, design, layout, photography and even publishing. . . . Designing Women continues! March 14, 2014

19th Annual Designing Women THREE

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We continue the 19th Annual Designing Women edition surf with this third round of extraordinary designers.
* Jackie Matelski: Toast Ceramics simple, graphic design and comfort food
* Sweet C : Make a Chalkboard Effect in Photoshop
* The excellent hand lettering of Martina Flor
* Kerry Butters : Designing with words
* Katherine brings your: Soul To Call
* Ariane's Design Dimensionality
... and more to come! March 14, 2014

Creative Graphic Design: March, Women's History, almost spring

It's March, and our Women's History Month looks at creativity in many different ways ... Designing Woman Kerry Butters sets the creative pace with her insightful piece on common logo mistakes - then Amanda Clark points the desingers' finger at fonts .... these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
* Award-Winning Mobile Video Coaching App Dartfish Express for iOS7
* 5 motion graphic design trends for every video editor
* Typography cheat sheet: The big mistakes to avoid
* The simple science to good storytelling
* Typing type: The font war for bloggers
* 6 Common Mistakes in Logo Design
* Global design trends
... and more ! March 4, 2014

Kia ora! That’s hello! from New Zealand

I'll bet that when Erika Pearce was a little girl, she was into everything! I'll be she ran somebody ragged just trying to keep up. That's the immediate feeling I get when cruising Erika's portfolio, website and Tumbler stream! And, she's a lot of fun! You should take a look and let me know! February 28, 2014