Creative Tidbits #232: Extraordinary type, Google type, doors, design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

In this issue we have another video, a rather interesting look at Google's entry into the typography world and we'll return again to visit Jim Parkinson. There's a gallery and a tutorial of sorts. Have fun, and don't forget to send in your discoveries to share with DT&G readers!

  • Google + Monotype: Noto Project’s unified font for all languages
  • A collection of Art Nouveau doors from around the world
  • Design a Typographic, Movie Themed Magazine Cover
  • Meet Type Designer Jim Parkinson
June 27, 2017

Creative Tidbits #231: Photos of Obama, Instagram magazines, moving type and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Cruising through the summer, we're finding all kinds of cool stuff that you'll enjoy! We particularly liked the photos from Pete Souza, and the Facebook spoofs! Enjoy

  • An Interview with President Obama's White House Photographer Pete Souza
  • 20 photography magazines that you should follow on Instagram
  • Typography Kit After Effects Templates
  • Here's some fun
June 21, 2017

Universe All-New, Killer, Text Effects from the Red Giant

Red Red Giant has brought so many cool products, we can't even remember! Just search the Design Center for "Red Giant" ... now they've come with an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists.Whether it's giving text a retro look a la the 1980s, adding dynamic animations to bring them on and off screen June 19, 2017

Creative Tidbits #230: Classic Fonts Poster, Comic Sans replacement, 404 and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Of course we always like to watch the masters, and see what they are up to -- so I saw this Steven Heller piece and had to pass it along. The guys at Pushpin Studios have been at the top of the game for fifty years and we can all learn a lesson or two from them. We also mix it up a bit in this episode with a good fonts item and an essential web design resource. Have fun!

  • Philip Trautmann creates Fonts out of Passion.
  • How to design 404 pages for your web site
  • Alphabets to Go? Analog to digital?
June 14, 2017

Design Apps: Typography on your photos, great retouching, reflections, montage and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are, rolling into vacation season -- and you'll have your camera, and maybe even the camera in your iPhone, and you'll want to discover some fun apps that go along with fun on vacation! Some of these we selected because they're great fun and great capabilities right out of the box -- others we chose because of their sophistication and benefit to the designer. The two typography items are home runs, and will make a better rounded experience for adding type to designs and images!

  • Add beautiful text & artwork to your photos!
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
  • Typography Insight
  • Camera360 Ultimate
  • Photo Reflection
  • A Beautiful Mess
June 14, 2017

Creative Tidbits #229: 36 Days of Type, Camera Shake, Netflix art of design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go into the summer of 2017, and I know many of you are taking extensive vacations, and will be traveling! Here are three good references that you'll enjoy this June. If you do travel and take a lot of photos, please send a few and share with DTG readers

  • Netflix: The Art of Design misses the point
  • 6 Poses You Can Use to Avoid Camera Shake
  • Shot Block: 36 Days of Type
June 7, 2017

Penmanship for iOS: Draw fascinating variations with simple pen pressure

I wrote about this new app in 2016, when they launched Calligraphy Penmanship for iOS devices. Its most important feature is based on the pressure control of the Apple Pencil on the screen of the iPad Pro. In fact, for writing Penmanship, angle and azimuth sensitivities are not helpful to produce beautiful shades of stylish letters. May 1, 2017

Creative Tidbits #228: Free Vectors, Tumblr Type, Creativity, Sketch and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This issue focuses on essays that are important to the overall scheme of graphic design. But it's not all work and no play -- we got free vector art along with insights into a really fun drawing app that does other stuff too!

  • 20 Free Vector Pallet Wood Textures in AI, EPS & PNG Format
  • I didn’t know Sketch could do that!
  • Creativity on Demand
  • Stereotype Tumblr
April 25, 2017

Creative Tidbits #227: Free Fonts, logo tips, Fake News, Photoshop Ethics and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go ... running a little late on this one, should have posted it last week! But hey, I'm just having too much fun with Designing Women and the spring of things! Here, follow along:

  • Light & Feather: 4 Free MockUps
  • 25 logo design tips from the experts
  • The strange story of the world's most famous logo
  • Art Nouveau and Ballpark style from
  • Fake News? Rethinking The Ethics Of Photoshop
April 15, 2017

Creative Tidbits #226: James Niehues, DeviantArt, Logos, Iceland design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

I love meeting new and creative studios and designers ... in this issue we get some news about fall of the trusted Deviant Arts web site, and how to hire friends. Well, maybe not. But one caution : web owners have lost their code of keeping links live. All over, there are tens of millions of links going dead because some web person changed a directory. No conscience. So if you encounter a dead link, please let me know. March 14, 2017