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Web design - the cycle from good to bad to ugly and back again - creative tidbits 194

The web design world has gone through some crazy ups and downs in its short 20 year lifetime. It started lean and clean because there was no bandwidth, and the software was so slow. We were connecting on 400 baud modems over dialup. You remember that -- but where's it all going? We don't know, but we'll sure have a good time getting there! August 18, 2015

Typography arts : How to know if a font sucks

How to know if a font sucks THREE DECADES AGO, with the advent of electronic publishing and nouveau design practitioners, many either didn't know basic typography, or they didn't care to remember. The roots of type and typography is evidenced in every letter we see. We're taught at a very young age to recognize letter forms. It's a basic common denominator in our society. August 13, 2015

Adobe Releases CC2015, Designers share and ask: Why are you still using CS6?

I've been following this thread for a while on LinkedIN, and wanted to share a few selected comments for those of you who have not taken the plunge. There are many out there who really love the Creative Cloud. There are many out there who refuse to jump into the Creative Cloud. August 12, 2015

Meet Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Typographer

This is a wonderful visit with Doyald Young, Logotype Designer -- this is required viewing for all designers and typographers, or anyone involved in the field of visual communications.
      Please allow time to watch this all the way to the end. You'll be very glad you did. Unfortunately, Doyald Young passed away in 2011, one of the great typographers of our time.
We've also included a special link, and arranged a FREE TRIAL of the entire course for DTG readers!

GO Doyald Young, Logotype Designer August 11, 2015

Creative Tidbits: Understanding Color Psychology for Impactful Web Design

By now, you've probably already seen our "National Coloring Book Day" page, and hopefully you had a great time over the weekend coloring some of our free coloring pages! Now that you're fully rejuvinated for color, let's get down to business and understand some important lessons about color, and how to use it on the web.
Have a great time . . . August 5, 2015

#326 : Fools Gold - web advertising

So you think you're getting rich with web affiliate schemes, and Google? You're giving away your web space in exchange for a percentage of a sale? From where I'm standing it looks like a huge rip-off to the benefit of the advertiser. If you're paying attention to what's happening, you might think different. July 23, 2015

Creative Tidbits #193: Logos Good and Bad, Posters, promotions and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This will be great fun -- looking at political logos, and a state logo, plus an opinionated artist, a promo for a nonprofit, and lots more to get your creative juices flowing. If you find some creative inspiration, send it along and share whith all our readers!

  • Reading through the eyes of a dyslexic: New font simulates frustration
  • New TN logo named 'Pork of the Year' by Beacon Center
  • The 2016 U.S. presidential candidates' logos, ranked
  • The Star Wars poster is ultimately a piece of shit
  • Creative Ways to Promote Your Association
  • Bikes become Art - Not a Paper House

Have a great time . . . July 14, 2015

Creative Tidbits #192: Ask Tog, Site Tweaks, Infographics and Creative inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

So here we go into summer's creative jam and designers' vacation! Get creative inspiration from your summer activities -- here are some starters to get your creative juices flowing :

  • First look: two new digital magazines make unusual screenshot and icon choices
  • Positive computing: technology for wellbeing and human potential
  • 15 Practical Design Tweaks For Your Website In 2015
  • 7 Tips for Creating Successful Infographics
  • First Principles of Interaction Design
  • 5 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration
July 11, 2015

60-Seconds #325 : Should graphic designers have social responsibility?

You may remember my 2002 post about Steven Heller's "Citizen Designer." Milton Glaser often says, "Good design is good citizenship." So, we decided to go out on the limb a decade later and ask the same question amongst a cross section of Designers today. The responses we got are somewhat amazing! Is the graphic designer as accountable as the marketing and publicity departments for the propagation of a message or idea? Be careful, don't answer until you've read this. June 16, 2015

60 Seconds #324: Getting a job in the Web Design field takes a little more than an email

Now that so many have graduated from design schools in the past few weeks, it's time to hit the streets looking for a job. I understand job hunting is tough these days, so it is ever amazing to see how many really, really BAD solicitations we receive. It's amazing. Here another example of a really horrible solicitation. June 15, 2015