Creative Graphic Design: Infographics, Typepedia, and font anatomy

by Fred Showker

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative instpiration Yes, it's fall fonts fest moving toward November with some special insights into the creative spirit, and a visit to one of the most important studios of our time! Send in your creative ideas for the holidays this month! Here we go . . .
* Infographic: Just How Dangerous Is The Dye In Your Food?
* Smart people do smart things ... Jason Santa Maria
* Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
* Can graphic design make feminism cool?
* Russia's Top 20 Designers Today
* Learn: Anatomy of a Typeface
... and more !

Learn: Anatomy of a Typeface

Fred Showker brings you creative inspiration and tidbits

We introduced you to Typedia back in 2005, and we like to revisit each year during our Fonts Fest. This year we saw their "Learn: Anatomy of a Typeface" and went hunting for our first "Anatomy" published in 1986 prior to our AppleWorld desktop publishing presentation. We included the first digital "Type Anatomy" with our Monster Fonts kit which was sold for several years on 400K disks. Unfortunately, we can no longer open the 400K disks -- so, it's good that sites like Typedia are keeping this valuable lesson alive.
      Typedia is a community website to classify typefaces and educate people about them. Think of it like a mix between IMDb and Wikipedia, but just for type. Anyone can join, add, and edit pages for typefaces or for the people behind the type.
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Smart people do smart things ... Jason Santa Maria

Fred Showker brings you creative inspiration and tidbits

We first told you about Jason back in April of 2006, when he started Typedia. He's a hellova smart guy. Jason is the co-founder and creative director of the collaborative writing platform Editorially; a faculty member in the MFA Interaction Design program at SVA; a co-founder of A Book Apart; and the founder of Typedia, a shared encyclopedia of typefaces online.
      A quick look at his portfolio and you'll see why he's been such a success, and such a role model for young, up-and-coming designers.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : jasonsantamaria.com/
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Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design

Fred Showker brings you creative inspiration and tidbits

Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature—whether making posters for school, deciding what to hang in their rooms, or creating personalized notebook covers. Go, by the award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd, is a stunning introduction to the ways in which a designer communicates his or her ideas to the world. It’s written and designed just for those curious kids, not to mention their savvy parents, who want to learn the secret of how to make things dynamic and interesting.
      “An excellent introduction to graphic design through [the author’s] own excellent work. Anyone interested in the subject, including most practitioners, will find it delightful.”—Milton Glaser
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Can graphic design make feminism cool?

Fred Showker brings you creative inspiration and tidbits

Can you think of a time when Target was just another Walmart, and Apple computers were just bulgy colorful things reminiscent of the start of an anticipated space-age millennium? Now think of those products today and how they got to where they are on the “It” meter through social validity. It didn’t happen over night.
      New brands take time, and at the hands of very skilled graphic designers, a rebranding project can change the psychology behind a product, person or concept. A modern, effective and clever design that starts appearing everywhere will get people talking. If it looks aesthetically pleasing, it converts into a trend – that’s what happened to the World War II-era British public safety poster. You may have heard of it – “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

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Russia's Top 20 Designers Today

Fred Showker brings you creative inspiration and tidbits

It is often said that the difference between an artist and a designer is that an artist works for his/herself, while a designer performs a service.
      However, looking at Sergey Serov's list of the top designers working in Russia today, one can definitely recognize individual styles shining through that collectively give Russian design an identity.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : www.themoscowtimes.com
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Infographic: Just How Dangerous Is The Dye In Your Food?

Fred Showker brings you creative inspiration and tidbits

Americans still consume food dyes banned elsewhere--charted here as the cause of some serious health issues. In case you need something new to worry about, the answer could be food dyes, as a new infographic by SpecialEducationDegrees.net illustrates. Titled “Colors to Die for: The Dangerous Impact of Food Coloring,” a liquid black skull introduces a rainbow of toxins found in foods Americans eat every day.
      This is not only an educational infographic, but it's very nicely designed!
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Special-education-degree.net
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Fred Showker

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