Creative Tidbits #237: Searching for Scripts, hand lettering, big grphics, Ramadan and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

WELCOME TO AUGUST with some free fonts and cool resources for outdoor and environmental design, typography and graphics. I think you'll also find our piece on Mohammad Sharaf, really interesting too! Folks, we need your input here! When you find something really creative, just pass it along for DT&G readers! Click the "Contact" button above, right!

  • Why We Should Be Graphically Designing Our City
  • Never ending quest for the ultimate brush face
  • Hampstead woman authors book on hand-lettering
  • The visual art of advertising in Ramadan
August 1, 2017

National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

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Here we are in the heat of the summer, and National Coloring Day is right upon us! We like to celebrate all week! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! August 1, 2017

Creative Tidbits #236: Web design, web type, web circles, cigar packaging and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Okay, we've been neglecting web design, so this time we'll look at typography on the web, business web sites and even a little fun with circles. My favorite though is the piece on cigar packaging! I was inspired to look a little deeper and I uncovered a treasure trove of art from modern graphic to vintage antique! Something for everyone in this issue ...

  • How to Increase Your Website’s Conversion Rate with Typography
  • Designing a Small Business Website: Wants vs Needs
  • Did you ever really look at cigar design?
  • Molly McHugh : Circle Gets the Square
July 25, 2017

Creative Tidbits #235: Getting Rid of Adobe CC? Drones, Maïté Franchi, Legos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

July just keeps trudging on! Among this episode's gems is an excellent piece on quitting the Adobe CC subscription, and how to replace the programs. Several other good ones round it out for fun and inspiration. Don't forget, if you have favorites, please let us know!

  • Designing for Drones: Class Project Helps Students Consider User Experience
  • The Story Behind Lego's Brilliant Print Ads From the Cannes Festival
  • How To Mostly Ditch Adobe Creative Cloud
  • We love Maïté Franchi
July 18, 2017

Creative Tidbits #234: Scan Design, Paper marketing, CSS effects a new font and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration In this issue, I'm taking it easy and poking around to have a little fun. All you guys are having fun on vacation, leaving us here to work, so what's with lightening up a bit? Play along, and have a good time!

  • Counter-Print's new title delves into Scandinavian graphic design
  • Did you ever think about toilet paper as a marketing tool?
  • The street is the new runway
  • 51 CSS Image Effects
July 10, 2017

60-Seconds #336 : You Are Annoying Your Customers? Do you know why?

Gavin Jocious has written an article that really struck a note with me. I remember back in 2004, O'Reilly Media came out with a series of books about things that annoy people about technology. They invited people to send in their annoyances for the next book. They had so many coming in they published a whole series of books. But in Gavin's article "You Are Annoying Your Customers... " he asks "Do you know why?" Gavin writes June 30, 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

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

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

60-Seconds #341 : Is this really necessary? What are they thinking?

Have you revisited a site from your past recently? Were you shocked at what you found? At one point I stopped tracking spam sites. They had ALL become spam sites. But then, while researching the new iPad Pro, Google referred me to the site of an old friend "Cult of Mac", so I clicked to go there ... there was a loud whooshing sound as it took my breath away! WTF is THIS? April 2, 2017