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Creative Tidbits #214: overdue freebies and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

I have a pile of freebies, and just haven't gotten around to including them -- but I'll start including some of them now. Also, an important item for web designers in this issue -- the typography thing between web sites and mobile sites is really a nightmare. Otherwise it's all fun and all good this issue so have a good time!

  • Free: Vector Florals, Avatars, Patterns, Shapes and Banners
  • Free: Fun Swirls, Doodles, Shapes, Balloons & Cakes
  • Free Stuff : Minimalist Sports Icons
  • Sally DaBronzo Free Printables
  • Typography is impossible
September 28, 2016

The Gestalt Principles of Design : the most important lesson for all designers

Bridget Haina, accomplished design educator discusses the Gestalt Principles of Design. For more than a century, and thousands of hours of research and study, these lessons have been established as the most important factors of visual design -- for all designers! Thank you Bridget for helping get visual designers on the right track! September 13, 2016

Creative Tidbits #213: the world's ugliest color, beyond CMYK, free photos, icons and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are in the fall and you know what that means? The Typography department people are going to be working around the clock for this year's Fall Fonts Festival, and so I'm thinking I'll give'em a hand with the Creative Tidbits columns this month. . . Have fun and if YOU have a creative tidbit to report, please send it in!

  • Pantone launches new vibrant app for digital-savvy designers and colour enthusiasts
  • The World's Ugliest Color Examined By Graphic Design Experts
  • Free Stuff : Ioana Baltesiu's Stylish Icons
  • Beyond CMYK – New InfoTrends Study
  • Safe Haven for those who admire
  • Hefalo Script ~ fresh and fun!
  • Time Travel with Jenna
August 30, 2016

Techellations : crazy tesserlation patterns that dazzle the eye and the imagination! Color them

In celebration of the upcoming August 5th "National Coloring Day" we're showing some of our favorite experiences -- whether it's for creative inspiration or just the love of coloring complicated, detailed patterns -- by any name -- these tessellations or techellations will make you crazy with glee! August 3, 2016

Designing Logos : what really endures as good logo design?

Everyone and their brother seems to a logo designer and logo design expert these days, no matter how much (or little) experience they've had -- and without the slightest mention of a formal education. Blogs hum, faceless unknowns pontificate logo design, and there's even a "logo of the day" site. One popular logo blogger has climbed to unimaginable popularity with "lists" of logos regurgitated from other people's sites and no content of his own. Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn buzz with "logo designing" experts from all over the world. I searched for Logo Design and got 40-million hits. It's amazing. August 2, 2016

Adult Coloring Day : enjoy geometric patterns, crazy backgrounds, and awesome geoscapes

geometric adult coloring books

These geometric pattern books are not just coloring books for adults -- they can be an endless source for ideas and decorative inspiration. Many of these are so extravagant they may even defy understanding until they're colorized. The "Ornaments & Designs" book comes with a CD ROM filled with files you can copy, print modify for literally an endless supply of patterns. August 2, 2016

Creative Tidbits #212: Taxes, freelance advice, History, football and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits This week we get some serious stuff, including some advice for freelancers (Do you pay taxes?) -- and how to get special Emmy awards for your video graphics! Well maybe. Don't forget, if you've seen something you'd like to share with DTG readers, just let us know.

  • Zaha Hadid, Gensler, and more, vying in Sunset Strip billboard competition
  • Sports Emmy® Award For ESPN Monday Night Football Graphics Package
  • Graphic revolution: How Poland redefined the art of poster design
  • The Freelancer's Essential Guide to Business and Taxes
August 1, 2016

Drawing, sketching, drafting, planning, visualizing, conceptualizing on the iPad Pro

Now that the iPad Pro is on the streets, we're really thrilled to start seeing so many software developers adding support! Archisketch 2.01 for iOS, has added support for the Apple Pencil, Adobe Creative Cloud, smart one- and two-point perspectives, "Share Extension" and other advancements to the scale-aware sketching app for Architects and designers. July 30, 2016

Outland Space Footage App Released for iOS and Apple TV

What's better than serene visual inspiration? That's what I call images and video from space. If you love such imagery, and find it a source of inspiration, then you need to check out "Outland - Space Journey 1.0, a new entertainment app developed exclusively for iOS and Apple TV. July 27, 2016

Now we find Desktop-Class Selection Tools in one of our favorite iOS image editing programs : Pixelmator

Now, casual Adobe CC users may just be thinking about stopping the bleeding. We've told you about Pixelmator many times over the years -- now they've announced a new release. This full-featured, powerful, and fast image editor for iPad and iPhone brings some new functionality we've all been waiting for. July 26, 2016