18th Annual Fall Typography Surf

All year long, I've been saving up typography references for our annual fonts surf. There are now so many typography knock-off and replicator sites it is almost no longer worth the surf. With Pinterest, and any number of other specialized social networking sites with topics, you're almost sure to get an overload of visual stimulation very quickly. So, sit back and take a little time . . . August 30, 2012

Photoshop (Fonts) Madness

PHOTOSHOP MADNESS is where you practically go mad trying to find the most useful stuff for Photoshop! We transition from "Back to (Design) School" Madness to Fonts & Typography madness getting ready for September's 18th Annual Fonts Festival . . .
* 3D Photoshop Typography and samples
* An Untitled work by No10x
* TM Abstract by Tamilia
* 3D dr3amX by dr3amx
* Library Refreshed
and more August 29, 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

Creative Tidbits: Concepts

Following all the fun of the fonts fest, and before the creative tidbits column moves into the holiday season, here are some really great references we held over . . .
* Realistic paintings * Rare photographic situations * Lettering Max Goldt's L'Eglise des Crocodiles * Innovation Lives on the Edge of Ridiculous Ideas * Designing Photographer's Identity ... and an extra special piece called "Happy Birthday Steve" November 23, 2011

Calligraphy & Penmanship Gift Guide

Whether you use the pen craft professionally, or just for personal expression, it embodies a tradition of beauty and discipline that few other crafts can match. Here are my favorite learning guides for mastering the time-honored art and craft of calligraphy, lettering and penmanship -- for young and old! The first time someone sees you writing in pure copperplate and exclaims "Wow, how did you learn that?" you'll know you've gained a skill few others posess. Any of these books will also make a superb gift for anyone on your list. October 27, 2011

Fred's XYZ Blocks

We've all seen, and probably owned ABC Blocks at one time or another. But for kids today, do you think it's time to get a little different perspective? Fred of course has XYZ Blocks ... October 12, 2011

Copperplate Calligraphy

I've preached about the beauty of copperplate calligraphy before -- arguably the most beautiful form of hand lettering. I've encouraged you to at least try your had at producing it by hand, because by doing so you experience the true are and craft of penmanship. Here's some help to get you started September 30, 2011

Retro Fonts : the real thing

One of my serious on-going complaints in the graphic arts industry is the use of the term "retro" -- fewer and fewer designers actually know what it means. We're seeing literally hundreds of tutorials titled retro-this or retro-that. So, listen up young designers: here's the quintessential reference on the use of 'retro' fonts. In fact, it's called RETROFONTS! September 29, 2011

Ampersand Fever 2

Our journey into the world of ampersands continues with lots more very cool iterations of ampersands ... * a project by Stephen Gose * Sarah France likes ampersands * Ampersands at VisualizeUs * Ampersand pretzels * Amper Sandwich at Pinterest * Ampersand Project ... and more as we discover more outbreaks of Ampersand Fever ... September 29, 2011

17th Annual Fonts Surf Three

As we continue our typography surf for this year, we take some twists and turns from the Korean Pavilion At Shanghai, to the branding remake for Chocolate ... along with * Eden Martinez : Typography Illustrations * Lettering on photographs * Panos Vassiliou - PF Champion Script Pro * Typefaces give us signals, and more -- continuing through October ... September 23, 2011