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21st Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #1

Here we go kicking off the twenty-first annual fonts festival. Kind of hard to believe we started this in 1994! Where were you in 1994? My favorite part of the annual fonts fest is just searching for cool entries and resources to share with the DT&G readers! August 26, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf #2

This issue visits two distinctively different creative resources in typography -- first, we'll meet Casey Ligon and her wonderfully fresh type and lettering designs, then move on to a striking poster by Franz Werner! Follow along . . . August 26, 2015

Creative Tidbits #195: Fabian Font, Design Not Adobe, the future of Design

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits There's a lot more to design than Photoshop or Illustrator. The sooner new designers discover it's not the software that makes the designer, they'll all be better off. That's why I really enjoyed seeing this week's topics!

  • TheFutureByDesign: The future is function
  • For Designers of all Kinds, NOT Adobe
  • Beyno by Fabian Korn

Have a great time . . . August 25, 2015

Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Watercolor, Scatter and Smoke brushes in Photoshop

Our friends out at 123rf.com have sent this tutorial to brighten your brushes collection -- and they even send along links to the suggested files. We all know that understanding how to make your own brushes can really come in handy. After all, many times, you could use a good brush when working in Photoshop August 24, 2015

Hand Lettering, Signage, and typography illumination books for everyone

No, don't think books have gone out of style! And, while there are hundreds of thousands of examples and samples of great typography and hand lettering on the web, you really cannot do without these selected books for this year's 21 Anniversary Fall Fonts Fest! Dig in folks, you don't have much time left! August 24, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : Most recommended, top quality fonts for Designers

There are "freebie" fonts lists, and 'freeby' fonts replicator sites coming out the ying-yang. Very few will talk about commercial fonts -- but folks, I'm here to tell'ya the commercial fonts are almost always far, far ahead in terms of quality. Some of the free fonts sites have good looking stuff, but your download them and end up with a mess on your hands. Well, not true of these -- we can stake our reputation on these fonts -- and can guarantee you'll like the way you look when you use them!

  • Twisting and weaving separate strands makes Twine
  • Learn the art of steel quill, and draw Escritura
  • You're gonna love working with Letter Press!
  • Take your publication into the Garden . . .
  • Galeb Texture

This font is called Letter Press August 21, 2015

DTG Magazine Picks Favorite Typography and Lettering on Pinterest

Trying to find all the good stuff on type, lettering, calligraphy, typography and branding online is a monumental task. Sites like Tumblr and Pinterest now rule the bandwidth with literally millions of great samples of type and typography. So I've just picked out a very few of the ones I think merits the attention of anyone interested in visual communications. August 19, 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

Video : Brush Pen Lettering No.2 with Matt Vergotis

Matt Vergotis demonstrates Left handed lettering using assorted brush pens and the pilot parallel pen . . . we discovered him on Instagram . . . but in this video he shows you the action of a brush-style script. You think it's easy? Give it a try! August 14, 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