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Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative instpiration It's that time of year and just for fun we decided to get some crazy stuff for you to enjoy! The first item is a killer ... please enjoy that one for sure! ... here we go:

  • Top 10 list of the outrageously expensive Valentines Gifts
  • Lots of free vector starter images for Valentine's
  • Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Be My Valentine
  • A Font with emotion : My Valentines Love
  • Adam McIver 16 Valentines
  • Happy Valentine's Day
  • ... and more !
January 23, 2015

MiBlock Lets Users Create Their Own Universe & Share Them With The World

This is fun to play with, and a useful tool for brainstorming spacial designs or constructions. MiBlock is a new iPad app at no cost that lets you create your own universe by making great models and sharing them with the world. January 9, 2015

Free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets are Available on the New Website

If you use Adobe Muse you'll want to discover this new website with free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets. Adobe Muse Templates provide the unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software. Muse Widgets help to enhance websites even more by adding interactive elements like slideshows or various compositions into Adobe Muse websites. January 6, 2015

FTP transfer of non-compressed folders : use Deliver Express

You need to get your files up there accurately and quickly ? 'Deliver Express' automatically sends and shares files across the Internet and local networks. Deliver Express processes files from watched hot folders and supports FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, AFP and other remote and local services. If you're moving files ... you need the Express January 5, 2015

The Red Giant Universe Expands With more effects, more transisions and more WOW

Most people don't even know what a multi-host-app library of GPU-accelerated tools is. But Red Giant's newly expanded Universe includes nine new effects and transitions. These updates expand the Universe toolset to 68 effects and transitions, more than half of which are free and run in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion, and now, Sony Vegas. December 27, 2014

Creative Tidbits #185: Last episode for 2014

Fred Showker's Creative Tidbits

Here we go . . . the LAST Creative Tidbits column for 2014. Say goodbye to the year, and get yourself ready to ramp up in January. A lot happened in the year, and you can go back and find more than twenty Creative columns in 2014. Have fun earning from these:

  • The New Pantone 'Color of the Year' for 2015 is Pantone 18-1438 Marsala
  • A New Book Examines the History of Graphic Design in California
  • Royal College of Art releases GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years book
  • interview with illustrator and designer jean jullien
  • Artists launch street sculpture exhibit program
  • Brewing up a new identity for Coffee Officina
  • Illustrator is inspired by the Westcountry
  • Buy A Logo - 10 Tips For Better Design
  • Ten Questions for: Fernando Gutiérrez
  • ... and more!
December 16, 2014

Creative Update #184: more logos, California design, best app, design mistakes and more

Fred Showker's Creative Update

We never seem to slow down, but in many situations the creative spirit needs 'rest' -- so sit down and take it easy while you go through this week's creative tidbits. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition :

  • Looking at the artwork of the Criterion Collection
  • The Colorful History of California Graphic Design
  • Design App is Apple's App of the Year runner-up
  • A Photo Exhibit That Examines Climate Change
  • Inside the Cinelli and Columbus factories
  • How big data is revolutionizing design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Graphic Design
  • How To Design A Killer Gig Poster
  • Why Aren’t You Creative?
  • ... and more! December 10, 2014

Creative Update #183: Legos, Optical Illusions, Kellogg Gallery, client feedback and more

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Getting ready to wrap up the year opens the slow season. However creativity for designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, typographers and anyone involved in the creative processes, or visual communications will not slow down. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition :

  • Polk State Was a Beginning, and Without It, I Wouldn’t Be Where I am Today
  • 5 Easy Ways To Create A Brilliant Background For Your LinkedIn Profile
  • This Graphic Translates Web Design Feedback into Plain English
  • LEGO BRICK: pinhole camera snaps tiny thumbnail-sized 'photos'
  • I am the Jackie Robinson of Hip Hop Graphic Design!
  • How optical illusions trick your brain
  • Art Department Faculty Work Featured at the Kellogg Gallery
  • Cincinnati Design Awards honors wide range of local projects
  • ... and more!
December 3, 2014

Jeff, the GIF creating Mac app from Robots and Pencils

Jeff, is a new Yosemite Mac app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox. Now any Mac user can visually share an idea in seconds. Hmmmm. Could be super helpful! November 30, 2014

Designing Logos? Break the creative block with Logo Pop

Really, that's okay. It happens to us all. You have to come up with a new image but that blank sheet of paper and blank Illustrator window are just no help at all. Maybe you should hire another designer. Maybe you should give up. But wait -- all you need is a quick, easy, vector based logo design app to start knocking around ideas. Maybe you need Logopop! November 28, 2014