150 Inspiring Typography & Hand Lettering

Welcome to the 2012 Fonts Festival! Hard to believe we've been doing this for eighteen (18) years, but it's true. In this lead article, I'll acquaint you with some of the goodies on deck this year, and get one initial piece of business out of the way! September 1, 2012

2012 Typography Resources and Links

Every year we like to ad to our most preferred listing of typography resources online. Please send in your favorites ... prizes will be awarded!
So here are just a few of our favorite typography resources August 30, 2012

18th Annual Fonts Festival surf THREE

Continued from our previous page, we complete the kick-off surf ... but wait: there's more coming all through the month of September, so stay tuned. . .
* Nosey Logo Design
* Pale Horse WOW
* What Is Design
* Cigar Search
* Modern Myth
... and more: August 30, 2012

18th Annual Typography Surf TWO

Continued from our previous page, we're moving along to we see some new talent -- but also some rather revolutionary uses of type and typography . . .
* Typographic Logo Design: Twins
* McDonald's McFlurry: Bob
* Chupa Chups: Lollypops
* Seriously good sauce
* Killed Productions
... and more: August 30, 2012

Free Script Fonts

everyone needs a good script or two. You'll need something elegant, something fresh, something wild, something retro, and something grunge. While this is a good collection of scripts to start, we'll be uploading more and more during the festival. These are ready to download for free:
* Take me out to the ball game! Sedona Script
* PIA FRAUSS' Extraordinary Calligraphy Collection
* Learning Curve simplified monostroke script
* Scrips and more from Digital Graphic Labs
* Ballpark Weiner by Mickey Rossi
* CAC Champagne, 'Wedding Script'
* The King and Queen Font
* Quilline Thin
* Moody Boys
... and more: August 30, 2012

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