Jim Parkinson : half-century of typography

I was first introduced to Jim Parkinson and his groundbreaking style by my typography teacher Mike McNeal at VCU. One of our first projects was to hand-letter a name by duplicating a style that we found and liked. Well, of course, I chose "Rolling Stone" magazine. August 28, 2014

New found free Script fonts for the 20th year!

If you've followed the design center and DTG for more than a few years, then you know there's a real soft spot in our hearts for scripts and handwritten fonts. With a million fonts in the world, hand-lettering is the only real way to be unique . . . these are just a few of the new scripts we've discovered for this year's event . . . August 27, 2014

P22 respecting traditional typography values with today technology

We've been friends with Jimy Chambers and the P22 fonts foundry for nearly 20 years! We've discussed article ideas, looked at antique fonts, and exchanged countless emails. I've come to respect Jimy and the P22 gang for their interest in preserving the true principles and values of typography and font design. August 27, 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

600 Vector fonts for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting and anywhere you need clean vectors

If you're in the design business, and happen to do arts and graphics for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting, or frisket cutting, then you really do know the real value of clean vector fonts. Most of the amateurs these days achieve unique decorative fonts by layer styles and other "cheats" ... but when you need clean vectors, the amateurs don't cut it. You need real vector fonts. You get vector fonts one of two ways July 29, 2014

Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

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From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them
  • Photo Posts Spark the Most Engagement on Facebook
  • What Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo?
  • Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color
  • Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
  • ... and more !
July 29, 2014

Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

It's been a busy summer, but we still have time to search for creative inspiration! Creativity comes when you least expect it, be ready. Follow along with our July Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • Got a Presentation to Give? Here are the 10 Most Common Concerns
  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together
  • Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding
  • How a Publication Redesign Impacts Advertising
  • How to Take an Infographic from Good to Great
  • A Typographic Makeover Of Email
  • ... and more !
July 22, 2014

Creative Tidbits #175: summer creative inspiration is everywhere

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Are we having fun yet? I ran across some of these just accidentally on the web, which goes to show: creative inspiration can turn up in some unusual places. Take a drive, have lunch -- I guarantee you'll see something inspiring. Follow along with our June Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
[+] 10 Crucial Lessons From History's Greatest Graphic Designers
[+] Meet an Artist: James Williams, multimedia artist of Greensboro
[+] Zimbabwe: Meaning of Colour in Graphic Design (opinion)
[+] Graphic design student uses Lego to reinvent resume
[+] Why Graphic Design Is A Booming Career
[+] Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology
... and more ! June 4, 2014

Creative Tidbits #174: Going to the Summer like a visual feast of graphic design

Fred Showker's Creative Update

All over America, graphic designers will be taking to the roads, waterways and airways on vacation in a quest for rest, relaxation and creative revival. It's a great time to look around and let your mind go free, taking in all the creative inspiration you can! Follow along with our June Creative Tidbits with these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
[+] Graphic Designers Use Icons To Tell Marathon Bombing Story
[+] The Design Deck: a Playing-Card Guide to Graphic Design
[+] 4 Ways to Create Online Video Ads That Work
[+] Technology growth pushes passion
[+] Knitting away the scenery
[+] Shape: Designs for life
... and more ! May 27, 2014