60-Seconds #327 : Who establishes the logo design trends for 2016?

Somebody posted their 'logo design trends for 2016' to a LinkedIN design group, so I decided to follow it. Much to my surprise, they talked about design techniques that have always been in use, and never go out of style. Needless to say, I was intriqued. Who really decides what the logo design trends for 2016 really are? I went on the quest. January 13, 2016

Creative Tidbits #201: Trump, Iranian type, Adobe Post, classic signs and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Kicking off a brand new year -- 2016 -- with creative update number 201 ! I probably enjoy finding these great discoveries more than you do! There's a lot going on so, enjoy and remember : there's a creative experience around every corner! January 1, 2016

Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors, Adobe lost fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

The old 'Spec Work' debacle raises its ugly head again -- I cannot understand why people don't learn. We're also looking at the Google logo, and Adobe lost fonts. Enjoy and don't forget to share your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries

  • Is Spec Work Evil? 12 Agency Execs Discuss the Unchecked Problem
  • Create a Laser-Cut Mailer Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • How Magazine Covers Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years
  • Google's new logo: why a meh response is actually good
  • Is this an infographic or worthless misdirection?
  • Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded
November 4, 2015

Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are rolling into the holiday season, but you'll find that creative inspiration for the holidays can work all year long. We have a great line-up this month, which will be in three parts. Enjoy and don't forget to send in your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries . . .

  • 100 Cameras Were Given to the Homeless in London. Here’s What They Captured.
  • Artist blends figurative and portraiture elements in works
  • 4 Great Design Ideas for Your Association Newsletter
  • Graphic Design Festival Scotland returns to Glasgow
  • How to not be frightened of your camera
October 29, 2015

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

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

DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for June 2015

Here comes some real fun for graphic deisgners for the summer of 2015 ... enjoy and don't forget to send in your photos from the summer!

  1. DESIGN VACATION... JUNE 2015
  2. Photoshop Tutorial : Blazing Fire Sketch Effects
  3. Citizen Designer : should graphic designers have social responsibility?
  4. 60-Seconds #323 : Future history - the coming of a Digital Dark Age
  5. Design Giants Glaser and Bernard Produce Human Rights Magazine
  6. Masterworks of American Modernism from New York to New Mexico
  7. Publishing Update 1505-15 : Digital Media, Publishing, content, print, and DTP
  8. You cannot innovate into the future until you understand the past
  9. Social Media Update : infographics, strategy, readership, and SEO
  10. iPad Etiquette: using iPads in your presentations
  11. Art Authority Announces Year Five of Its Intern Program for Art Majors
  12. One thing most designers and creative professionals lack that will kill profits
  13. &Else News, Views and Reviews
  14. JULY: Digital Photography
  15. August and Summertime Design
May 28, 2015