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Holiday Coloring Books for inspiration and fun for all ages

Probably one of the most fun things we do each year is go hunting for fun and visual inspiration -- the arts and crafts for the holiday. Take a break from your serious design and romp through some kids stuff! So, I'd like to introduce you to these low cost creations :: Holidays Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays The Spirits of Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book   Holidays 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Book   Holidays 3-D Coloring Book - Here Comes Santa Claus!
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 8, 2014

Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." For years, Adobe and Microsoft have been the chief extortionists in the software industry, but many others practice it as well. I often thank Barebones Software for BBEdit, because it opens most all files, and GraphicsConverter because it opens any image file. No such luck for Adobe InDesign extortion though . . . until now! November 6, 2014

Creative Update 180 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! October 31, 2014

Picture your Mini-Me - your own 3D statue of yourself!

This is the beginning of the age of 3D Photography, and Photogrammetry uses overlapping pictures to create a 3D model of an object printed by the Sculpteo 3D Cloud Engine. So, figure you can now clone yourself in any size... a great novelty or gift!!! October 23, 2014

The Essential Handbook for all Creatives and Innovators: The 46 Rules of Genius

Marty Neumeier's new book is a thought-provoking quick start guide to creative brilliance -- and I want to recommend it for anyone who wants to brighten their creative thinking prowess. Read it once. Reade it twice. Use lots of Post-it notes to mark passages ... I guarantee you'll want them again and again! October 22, 2014

Halloween inspiration, art, activities and download fun for all

Lots of great art, ideas and inspiration can be found in children's books. This collection brings lots of visual fun for Halloween with a great collection of activities and coloring. Grab some free samples, and take a look at these favorites: halloween Wacky Witches Sticker Activity Book halloween Witches Stained Glass Coloring Book halloween The Little Halloween Activity Book halloween 3-D Coloring Book--Happy Halloween halloween Halloween ABC Coloring Book halloween Halloween Scapes
. . . and more! October 17, 2014

DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for October 2014

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #10 ~ October

  1. October: 20th Annual Fonts Festival
  2. Fonts Surf continued : fonts, lettering and typography surf Five
  3. 6: History, Signs and even a sip of booze fonts
  4. 7: making faces from font faces
  5. 8: Master Gerard Huerta, Kings, OpenType and Vintage Scripts
  6. 9: Signage Lettering trends, cursive fonts, and chic fonts for cheap
  7. 10: Ampersands : a 25 year love affair
  8. Day of the Dead graphics, clip art, design inspiration and fun
  9. Vintage Holiday Greeting Cards offer rich design inspiration
  10. If you only had ONE FONT... which one would it be and why
  11. 350 Free Fonts for Download Now - Come-n-get-em'
  12. 60-Seconds #316 : What's the most overused font?
  13. New font designed by Erik Spiekermann for the Hamilton Wood Type Foundry
  14. 301 Professional Photoshop & Illustrator Styles - never make styles from scratch again!
  15. Marketing Update : Pro Bono Work, Marketing Videos, Experts and Top U.S. Buzz
  16. &Else: News, Views, Reviews
  17. NOVEMBER: "Designing the Holidays"
October 1, 2014

Ampersands : a 25 year love affair

From the first designs for the DT&G and Design Center branding, the ampersand played a big part. Even as we rolled out printed newsletters, t-shirts, coffee mugs and all, the bright red Ampersand carried our look. We had no idea in 1988 that some day there would be a web site called "Pinterest" with more ampersands than one person could see in a lifetime! Wow. September 30, 2014

If you only had ONE FONT... which one would it be and why

Well, we asked this question in a LinkedIn forum three years ago, so we decided to ask it again! DTG went into the very same LinkedIn group and asked this question: "If you could have only one font, which would it be and why?" September 29, 2014

Day of the Dead graphics, clip art, design inspiration and fun

Each year we look at some of the most fun and most beneficial finds out there for both inspiration and for idea-starters for graphic designers. Here's an entire collection of images surrounding "Day of the Dead" celebrations. I think you'll have a lot of fun with : clip art illustration fun Photoshop Brushes, clip art illustration fun vector files, clip art illustration fun clip art, clip art illustration fun drawings, and clip art illustration fun fun coloring pages! September 27, 2014