DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for October 2013

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 23, #10 ~ October

  1. October: Fall Fonts Festival
  2. Creative Graphic Design: Fonts Fest, Design for the Homeless, Jobs in Print
  3. Photoshop Madness for High-End Photo Retouching & HDR techniques
  4. Photoshop Madness : Even MORE Text Effects
  5. Typography & Lettering Design inspiration found in vintage travel posters and tags TWO
  6. Graphic design logos, branding and logotype design training for young designers
  7. Type, Fonts, & Lettering from the Blue Pencil to the London Underground
  8. The Surf Goes On : Web Fonts, Font Deck, and Sewing Type
  9. The Next Type, Fonts, Lettering & cool stuff Surf
  10. Type, Fonts, & Lettering fat and happy, even Comic Sans
  11. Bringing to life a world-wide zombie invasion 'World War Z' starring Brad Pitt
  12. DTG Picks : Vector Drawing Apps for the Mac
  13. Pioneers Festival to Gather World's Brightest Entrepreneurs, Investors, Media and Startups
  14. The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag
  15. Take Great Photos with Your iPad
  16. One of my treasured resources is Vector Stock
  17. It's a Rainbow! No, it's FontRainbow
  18. Get ready for the Holiday Season...


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October: Fall Fonts Festival

This is the final month in this year's 19th annual Fall Fonts Festival. We have lots more content, and a bunch of new stuff in the Publishers' Warehouse, so you'll want to take a look at the Design Center Front Page! To wrap up this year's Fall Fonts Festival we give six full pages of extreme fonts, typography, lettering and script resources for you to dig into.

Don't forget to drop by my Pinterest pages and download all my free posters this month:
* www.pinterest.com/showker/design
* www.pinterest.com/showker/typography
Enjoy

Creative Graphic Design: Fonts Fest, Design for the Homeless, Jobs in Print

Yes, it's fall fonts fest time again, but before we get into the dozens of items we have for the festival, we're still tracking creative learning in this edition . . .
* New initiative from Quadrant2Design, to cut the cost of graphic design to Zero
* How *Photoshop Brushes* Helps People Develop Their Graphic Design Skills
* 99Designs launches Swiftly: where a design change is $15 an hour
* Graphic design students win north american awards competition
* Design students create posters to tackle loan shark problem
* Minimal Sneaker Study | Jack Stocker’s Nike Exhibit
* Can Good Graphic Design Help The Homeless?
* Five Best Jobs for Those in Print Design
* Varun Nunkoo – Passion, dream and talent
* Summer shirts from Cuckoos Nest
... and more !
GO Creative Graphic Design: Fonts Fest, Design for the Homeless, Jobs in Print

Photoshop Madness for High-End Photo Retouching & HDR techniques

We're back, catching up on unfinished business from our last Retouching post several weeks ago. We promised some good HDR and Retouching techniques -- so here they are, even one from Mr. Photoshop himself, Colin Smith . . .
* Using the HDR Feature in Photoshop CS2/CS3
* How to Create Professional HDR Images
* Infrared Photo Effect in Photoshop
* What is HDR and why do we need it?
* Results Using Layers in Photoshop
* Exposure blending tutorial
... and MORE
GO Photoshop Madness for High-End Photo Retouching & HDR techniques

Photoshop Madness : Even MORE Text Effects

We're back, to wrap up the 19th Annual Fall Fonts Fest with this madness of yet more text effects -- even a retro one that's actually not, and one from the cleaned-up Photoshop Planet guys . . . ENJOY:
* Beautiful Glossy Text Art Using Photoshop
* Easy Way to Work on a Great Text Art
* How to Design a Retro Style Text
* Elegant Text Effect for 2013
* Glowing Rusty Text Effect
* 3D Sliced Text Effects
... and MORE
GO Photoshop Madness : Even MORE Text Effects

Typography & Lettering Design inspiration found in vintage travel posters and tags TWO

Okay ... we're back with the second part of our vintage travel poster and label surf for the fonts festival . . . there is a lot of type, lettering and layout design learning to be found in these excellent collections from the past! You're gonna like these

Graphic design logos, branding and logotype design training for young designers

No fonts fest about type, typography, lettering, calligraphy and fonts would be complete without a collection of books about logotypes, symbols, logos and branding. Type and typography plays a huge part in identity design. This year, there are lots of new entries -- some even spawned by the internet. Beware though -- many of today's self-anointed internet designers really don't know much about real design or logos. Take their writings with a grain of salt, then rely on the masters Graphic design logos, branding and logotype design training for young designers

Type, Fonts, & Lettering from the Blue Pencil to the London Underground

Continuing our surf for cool type & fonts stuff we find totally delicious foods from typography and a delicious lettering body painting! Here, check out these :
* Blue Pencil no. 19—Lettering by Andrew Haslam
* 9 Classic Posters From the London Tube's 150 Year History
* The Art of Hand Lettering
... and more
GO Type, Fonts, & Lettering from the Blue Pencil to the London Underground

The Surf Goes On : Web Fonts, Font Deck, and Sewing Type

Almost at the end of thise year's surf, I find one of my all-time favorites, Margaret Cusack! But that's not all, and we've got even more type, fonts, lettering, calligraphy and cool typography stuff coming your way! Here, check out these :
* Typography in Thread : Margaret Cusack
* Font Deck : one solution for fonts online
* Excellent pieces on Web Fonts
* Five simple steps to better typography
... and more
GO The Surf Goes On : Web Fonts, Font Deck, and Sewing Type

The Next Type, Fonts, Lettering & cool stuff Surf

Okay, so we found these and really liked them (out of hundreds we checked out) -- enjoy the continuing surf for cool type & fonts stuff . . .
* Inconspicuous vertical metrics
* Hey, You've Got Some Font on Your Face
* Bunch & Repeat : Fonts & Fashions
* 10 Common Typography Mistakes
... and more
GO The Next Type, Fonts, Lettering & cool stuff Surf

Type, Fonts, & Lettering fat and happy, even Comic Sans

Continuing our surf for cool type & fonts stuff we find totally delicious foods from typography and a delicious lettering body painting! Here, check out these :
* When was typography fattening ? With Dessert Girl
* Creator Of Most Loathed Font Defends Comic Sans
* Bernard Maisner: master calligrapher and stationer
* The History and Future of the Chalkboard
... and more
GO Type, Fonts, & Lettering fat and happy, even Comic Sans

Bringing to life a world-wide zombie invasion 'World War Z' starring Brad Pitt

Discover the remarkable things they're doing these days with 3D scanners and printers. The movie industry is rapidly adopting the new technologies -- as you'll see in this piece about making Zombies for the box office hit 'World War Z' starring Brad Pitt! (links to trailers included!)
GO Bringing to life a world-wide zombie invasion 'World War Z' starring Brad Pitt

DTG Picks : Vector Drawing Apps for the Mac

Many, many times we get email or forum postings lamenting about the high cost of the Adobe Illustrator and other Adobe products... and now you can't even buy them, you "rent" them from the 'cloud' . . . so we've done a little digging and testing and you can try these for highly functional surrogates for Illustrator :
* iDraw: powerful feature-packed vector drawing and illustration app
* If you're not a design pro, you may need Logo Design Studio
* Animate : Bring your imagination to life!
* TouchDraw : structured 2D vector graphics
* Clipart Collection by UAB Macmanus
* VectorPro Color
. . . and more
GO DTG Picks : Vector Drawing Apps for the Mac

Pioneers Festival to Gather World's Brightest Entrepreneurs, Investors, Media and Startups

In less than eight weeks Pioneers Festival kicks off at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna. This year Tech-Giants as Apple (Adam Cheyer) and Google (Vishal Sharma) will meet NASA (General Pete Worden) and the founding team of MYO (Thalmic Labs) among others Pioneers Festival to Gather World's Brightest Entrepreneurs, Investors, Media and Startups

The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag

Apple's popular iPad and iPad mini tablets are incredibly useful tools for photographers on the go. Instead of hauling a laptop, you can tuck a lightweight iPad in your camera bag and take advantage of its large screen, third-party software apps, and online access to effectively complete and share your work away from the studio.
GO The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag

Take Great Photos with Your iPad

We're seeing more people take photos using their iPads because it's their most handy camera, but can you really get a good shot? Of course! Photo expert Jeff Carlson shares techniques for snapping sharper photos, handling exposure, and capturing HDR images. Enjoy this free chapter from Jeff's book!
GO Take Great Photos with Your iPad

One of my treasured resources is Vector Stock

These guys are probably one of the largest royalty-free vector only stock agency in the world. Every week they add new premium vector graphics, and you can almost always find what you're looking for. Now, let's be clear : they are NOT a photo house. You won't find many photos. Whether you’re a global ad agency or a freelance graphic designer, you may want to take a look today :

It's a Rainbow! No, it's FontRainbow

When the Font Rainbow folks came to us, we thought they were simply crazy. How do you do anything with Windows fonts??? But seriously, it it very simple -- they've made font management as simple as it could possibly be. For example, you can install and uninstall with a single click. What software these days does that? Not even on a Mac! You'll never need to click on a face name to preview a font. With FontRainbow, sample text is visible all the time, for all fonts, with no clicking.
GO Windows folks check this out right away!

Get ready for the Holiday Season...

The wonderful thing about the Design Center and the Design Cafe discussion list is that you make new friends each month. Next month we'll be featureing some web reviews from www.WebDesign-Review.com, and some wisdom from our Cafe discussions.

I'd like to send you a new graphic design book!
      Here's a reminder that as we move into the holiday season, our November issue is all about projects designers like to enhance, celebrate or promote during the November / December holiday season. It'll be fun for us all, and I urge you to participate. Those authors who send letters and articles chosen for publication will receive a Graphic Design Books grab bag from the Design-Bookshelf.com.

Those wild and crazy guys at the Publishers' Warehouse Loading Dock have been busy gathering more great stuff for you to download, use and enjoy! Yes, there are bunches of new fonts and such for the October Fonts Festival -- but watch out -- they've promised the best holiday collection yet. We know they've uploaded a whole new batch of Calendar Girls from the 1950s ... so those of you who really like vintage art -- dig in. They've also uploaded a series of Photoshop PDF tutorials from previous DTG contributors who's web page tutorials have gone dead, or dark.

OCTOBER is brought to you by the letter "O"! Stop in and grab your FREE POSTER of the letter "O" and PIN it to your Pinterest!

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker

      Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Parting words for October...
      "Ten persons who speak make more noise than
          ten thousand who are silent."
                Napoleon Bonaparte . . .


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