DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for November 2013

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 23, #11 ~ November

  1. November: Design Holidays
  2. Illustrator and Photoshop Colorful Balls Text Effect for the holidays or any time
  3. Photoshop Madness High-End Photo Retouching, Tips & Tricks
  4. Photoshop Tutorial : misunderstood emboss and contour now made easy!
  5. Creative Graphic Design: video of a yolk, a designer's view, and skinhead culture
  6. Learning the art of Branding, design method, planning, presenting and business innovation
  7. Adobe Creative Inspiration from celebrities like Deke McClelland and Paula Scher
  8. Marketing Update : infographics, mobile mindsets, digital engagement and more
  9. Creative Graphic Design: Infographics, Typepedia, and font anatomy
  10. Marketing Update : Direct marketing, social media, Infographics and Retargeting
  11. 301 60-Seconds : Quick, figure this out
  12. Creative Graphic Design: Numbers, studios, gallery and virus fonts
  13. Marketing Update : Going Social, jumping infographics, push mobile, content is king
  14. What do Hand-Held 3D Scanning, Russia and Napoleon have in common?
  15. Employee wellbeing influences corporate reputation in social media
  16. Getting Schooled in the New Industry Buzzword: Content Marketing
  17. To our Friends and Suporters
  18. HAPPY HOLIDAYS November and December


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November: Design Holidays

This happens to me every year. I look at the calendar, and am suddenly shocked that it's November 5th already! Wow, where did the fall go? I realize we only have a few precious weeks left before Christmas and New Years. I also realize that the 24th Anniversary of the Design Center on the web is growing near.
      Over 2 dozen years and I haven't heard from YOU! I call upon all of you to send in your portfolio's BEST works. Just pass your comments and suggestions along -- I'll be looking forward to hearing from you. Now... enjoy everything November has to offer...
      All during the month you'll find new offerings in the Design Center -- and the opening of the Holidays in the Publishers' Warehouse. So stay tuned and enjoy. If you have a holiday message or promotion you'd like to share with DTG readers, just Let us know!
GO November: Design Holidays

Illustrator and Photoshop Colorful Balls Text Effect for the holidays or any time

Just in time for the holidays, our friend Ainsley Bevis from BloomWebDesign.net sendis this great Adobe Illustrator tutorial! Now, you can run like this, or modify the color scheme for perfect holiday decoriations! She covers a number of good techniques good for beginner to intermediate Illustrator users, and then takes you all into Adobe Photoshop for the finishing touches.
GO Illustrator and Photoshop Colorful Balls Text Effect for the holidays or any time

Photoshop Madness High-End Photo Retouching, Tips & Tricks

We're simply going mad trying to separate the good from the junk Photoshop stuff... and we've found some more good ones to pass along . . .
Kowing this is the season for shooting landscapes, and autum portraits it's a good time to brush up on some deeper, more advanced techniques. We've got several very good onew from college-level doctors, and another from Mr. Photoshop himself, Colin Smith . . . END THE MADNESS ...
* Photoshop Masking Tutorial — Using Masks To Improve Landscape Images
* How to Make Digital Photos Look like Lomo Photography
* Enhance Your Image with Selective Color Adjustments
* Improve Your Landscape Photographs Using Photoshop
* Color Correction Using Levels and Eyedroppers
* Vignetting : the good, the bad and the ugly
* Giving Your Photos A Glow
* Your photos, 300-style!
Yes, it's Photoshop Madness for November!
GO Photoshop Madness High-End Photo Retouching, Tips & Tricks

Photoshop Tutorial : misunderstood emboss and contour now made easy!

Here's another notable tutorial by Wu Hui ( Winbluegod ) from Beijing of 4-designer.com. This full Photoshop tutorial will make it easier for you to understand the significant effects of Bevel Emboss and Contour.
GO Photoshop Tutorial : misunderstood emboss and contour now made easy!

Creative Graphic Design: video of a yolk, a designer's view, and skinhead culture

The creative inspiration quest continues and edition features two videos along with some extraordinary illustration and a conversation with a designer about the new iPhone interface ... here we go:
* PaperSpecs Reveals the Trials and Triumphs of Designing Print Projects
* Brobesity? 3-D Avatars Of The Average Joe Are A Hefty Dose Of Reality
* Several iOS 7 Design Choices Criticized By Experienced Designer
* Christoph Niemann: Illustrator, Graphic Designer
* Skinhead culture in graphic design
* Back to the drawing board
... and more
GO Creative Graphic Design: video of a yolk, a designer's view, and skinhead culture

Learning the art of Branding, design method, planning, presenting and business innovation

All graphic designers need to be very aware of identity and branding. These books will become your trusted guides to getting and creating the very best for your clients
* 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization
* The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand
* Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
* Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team
* Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs
* Communicating The New: Methods to Shape and Accelerate Innovation
* Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
and more
GO Learning the art of Branding, design method, planning, presenting and business innovation

Adobe Creative Inspiration from celebrities like Deke McClelland and Paula Scher

Adobe's site is a wealth of information if you can get to it. We ran across just one of these items in a Google search, and looked at the page to find all the rest. You may want to bookmark any of these to get you back there again. We'll update here too.
* Designers use Adobe Muse to build a map of Manhattan
* Long-exposure photography of Toby Harriman
* Fun with Photoshop layer management
* The Cutting Edge award : Cube Slam
* Creative Voices: Paula Scher
... and more
GO Adobe Creative Inspiration from celebrities like Deke McClelland and Paula Scher

Marketing Update : infographics, mobile mindsets, digital engagement and more

Mr Ragan brings us back to the basic craft of writing press releases, touch on infographics and finding a new mobile market. Get ready for November ... here we go :
* Study: The state of social marketing — vision, purpose, value drive a new era of digital engagement
* Content Marketing Sweetens the Mix [Infographic]
* Design Emails With a Mobile Mindset: Five Tips
* If content is king, what would be queen?
* Measuring PR: Indicators of quality
* 6 AP Style rules for press releases
* Go Boldly Where Your Members Are
... and more
GO Marketing Update : infographics, mobile mindsets, digital engagement and more

Creative Graphic Design: Infographics, Typepedia, and font anatomy

Yes, it's fall fonts fest moving toward November with some special insights into the creative spirit, and a visit to one of the most important studios of our time! Send in your creative ideas for the holidays this month! Here we go . . .
* Infographic: Just How Dangerous Is The Dye In Your Food?
* Smart people do smart things ... Jason Santa Maria
* Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design
* Can graphic design make feminism cool?
* Russia's Top 20 Designers Today
* Learn: Anatomy of a Typeface
... and more !
GO Creative Graphic Design: Infographics, Typepedia, and font anatomy

Marketing Update : Direct marketing, social media, Infographics and Retargeting

October continues into the holiday season and marketing reaches a fevered pitch. Come on along with our latest marketing update :
* What Content Marketing Means to PR and Traditional Media (and Traditional Journalists, Too)
* How Search Retargeting Kick Started The Programmatic Marketing Revolution
* 5 Tips for Creating Successful Data-Driven Infographics
* Direct marketing and social media — A perfect match
* How to measure your content marketing campaign
* 10 Marketing Roles for the Next 10 Years
* Is the traditional PR pitch dead?
* Who do you think you are?
... and more
GO Marketing Update : Direct marketing, social media, Infographics and Retargeting

301 60-Seconds : Quick, figure this out

As you know -- things aren't always the way they seem! There are a lot of really down-to-earth lessons our educational system seems to be missing these days in favor of more lofty, perhaps unnecessary, lessons. Today, John McWade sent me a brain teaser that clearly illustrates this point
GO 301 60-Seconds : Quick, figure this out

Creative Graphic Design: Numbers, studios, gallery and virus fonts

Yes, it's fall fonts fest carry over into October, we're finding some great stuff to share. Send in your creative ideas for the holidays this month! Here we go . . .
* Cutting, carving, etching, gilding designs into glass
* Lights and Glamor mark this design studio's success
* A Design Studio Called Number 17, A Very Short List
* Virus Fonts express the spirit of the age . . .
* Barnbrook -- Studio 12 . . . spells "WOW"
* OMG it's Oliver Munday
... and more
GO Creative Graphic Design: Numbers, studios, gallery and virus fonts

Marketing Update : Going Social, jumping infographics, push mobile, content is king

Our last edition expanded marketing report pushed the ground work for this week, as we launch into October with moves toward social network marketing and infographic marketing ! Come on along with our latest marketing update :
* Study: The state of social marketing — vision, purpose, value drive a new era of digital engagement
* Content Marketing Sweetens the Mix [Infographic]
* Design Emails With a Mobile Mindset: Five Tips
* If content is king, what would be queen?
* Measuring PR: Indicators of quality
* 6 AP Style rules for press releases
* Go Boldly Where Your Members Are
... and more!
GO Marketing Update : Going Social, jumping infographics, push mobile, content is king

What do Hand-Held 3D Scanning, Russia and Napoleon have in common?

3D scanning technology is getting better and better, and we really enjoy seeing new applications -- like this brief look at the place where Napoleon met his match, and how Artec and 3D scanning are revolutionizing the field of archeology
GO What do Hand-Held 3D Scanning, Russia and Napoleon have in common?

Employee wellbeing influences corporate reputation in social media

How's your reputation ??? New research claims that companies need to focus more on managing employees as active reputation builders and brand ambassadors in social media instead of conceiving them only as possible reputation risks.
GO Employee wellbeing influences corporate reputation in social media

Getting Schooled in the New Industry Buzzword: Content Marketing

Too often marketers are flying by the seat of their pants when it comes to developing a content strategy. Unfortunately, the term content marketing has become an industry buzzword that everyone is talking about but few marketers truly understand.
GO Getting Schooled in the New Industry Buzzword: Content Marketing

To our Friends and Suporters

This is the season to say thanks, and I think you should say thanks to the people who keep the Design Center running through their generous contributions. Please visit our Friends and Partners pages and visit those folks to say thanks. See : http://www.graphic-design.com/friends.html, and http://www.graphic-design.com/partners.html
      And, remember too, that when you click on many of our icons over in the right column, or to the bottom of articles, you are saying thank you -- and providing the Design Center with a few pennies to pay the bills! Just for clicking. Thanks to you all!
GO To our Friends and Suporters

HAPPY HOLIDAYS November and December

'tis the season to be happy, thankful and designful. We at the design center are particularly thankful that you've stayed with us all these yeas. Thank you!

The wonderful thing about the Design Center and the Design Cafe discussion list is that you make new friends each month. This month we'll be featureing some web reviews from www.WebDesign-Review.com, and some wisdom from our Cafe discussions.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the Design Center . . .
I'd like to send you a new graphic design book! Here's a reminder that the holiday season is upon us. It'll be fun for us all, and I urge you to participate. Those authors who send letters and articles chosen for publication will receive a Graphic Design Books grab bag from the Design-Bookshelf.com.

The Publishers' Warehouse Loading Dock folks have stocked the loading dock with the best holiday collection yet. We know that they will open the holiday section with all kinds of free gifts any day now. So keep checking back to your link to the Publishers' Warehouse Loading Dock.

November is brought to you by the letter "N"! Stop in and grab your
* FREE POSTER of the letter "N" and PIN it to your Pinterest!

I'd like to send you a new graphic design book!
      Here's a reminder that as we move into the holiday season, our November issue is all about projects designers like to enhance, celebrate or promote during the November / December holiday season. It'll be fun for us all, and I urge you to participate. Those authors who send letters and articles chosen for publication will receive a Graphic Design Books grab bag from the Design-Bookshelf.com.

Those wild and crazy guys at the Publishers' Warehouse Loading Dock have been busy gathering more great stuff for you to download, use and enjoy! Yes, there are bunches of new fonts and such for the November Fonts Festival -- but watch out -- they've promised the best holiday collection yet. We know they've uploaded a whole new batch of Calendar Girls from the 1950s ... so those of you who really like vintage art -- dig in. They've also uploaded a series of Photoshop PDF tutorials from previous DTG contributors who's web page tutorials have gone dead, or dark.

November is brought to you by the letter "N"! Stop in and grab your FREE POSTER of the letter "N" and PIN it to your Pinterest!

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker

      Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Parting words for November :
      Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer,
    but the right answer.
      Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.
        Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
                -- John F. Kennedy

HAPPY HOLIDAYS November and December


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