DECEMBER Welcome to the month of December and the Holiday Season! Discover all the creative ideas and inspirations for this season -- and all manner of cool stuff ... grab your best and then share your creations with DTG readers and win a prize!
December is brought to you by the Colors of Christmas "RED" and "GREEN"!
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Snowflakes : Crafts, art, cut, fold, curl, decorate, design decorations!

There's lots of fun awaiting you in the discovery of snowflakes as an art. Yes, paper folding, cutting and decorating is not just fun but inspirational as well. Here's my holiday list of inexpensive books ... plus a Video to get those creative juices flowing:

  • Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl
  • Snowflakes for all Seasons: 72 Fold & Cut Paper Snowflakes
  • Easy-to-Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes
  • Rocky Mountain Snowflakes, New Edition
  • Snowflakes: Creative Paper Cutouts
  • Snowflake Origami: They Sparkle!
  • Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
  • ... and more!
November 30, 2014

Core Bandi : a type family with many, many styles and combinations make a true vintage collection!

Born on my birthday, August 18, in Seoul, South Korea, Hyung-Seung Lee could quite possibly be one of the "new masters" of this typography generation. In 2013, Hyun-Seung Lee, and two friends Dae-Hoon Hahm and Min-Joo Ham, together, designed the Core Bandi font -- and what? They're already color separated for flat-ink screen printing! WOW November 29, 2014

24hours: Personalized Daily Photo News

Stay up on the news with 24hours: Personalized Daily Photo News Magazine 2.54 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. 24hours features news articles that have been intelligently mixed and are presented in one continuous catered stream. All articles featured in the news feed have been published within the past 24 hours. November 29, 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

Creative Update #182: Creative Inspiration, Logo design, digital signage and Paul McCartney

Fred Showker's Creative Update

  • Paul McCartney and Nick Cave contribute hand drawn artwork for Alzheimer's Society
  • $50 Discount to HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, May 2015
  • The 5 most common design mistakes in digital signage
  • What deserves Cincy’s ‘Razzies’ of design?
  • Translating print skills to Web design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Logo Design
  • ... and more!
November 27, 2014

Online Social Media Update : 2014 to 2015 Social Media rules changes daily

This Social Media update is the first in several months, so we've got a lot of catching up to do. 2014 continues to have changes for Facebook, Google and LinkedIN. But there are some new developments out there on the horizon, so let's get going

  • What to Do When Social Media Is Not Working For Your Business
  • New Research Shows Which Social Networks Ideal for Marketers
  • 2015 : Social Media Trends Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know
  • The next wave of tech change: Self-publishing and libraries
  • Inside the Science That Delivers Facebook and Twitter Feeds
  • How old school publishers can win in the digital age
  • 3 Essential Podcast Tools for Stellar Webcam Events
  • ... and the continuing world of social media and networking
November 27, 2014

Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes and others

Happy Holidays from Photoshop Madness
Fall Fonts Fest

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Duh! The holiday push started before Columbus Day this year, I feel like I'm already pooped out. But Photoshop Madness relentlessly marches toward the end of the year and all we can do is hang on for life! Of course, this issue finds the dregs along with some really welcome talent. Not everyone is a PSD knock-off site -- we've found a couple that are worthy! Pig out over the next four pages with :

  • 10 Steps To Create A Personalized Snow Globe
  • Motion Blur Effects in Adobe Photoshop CC14
  • Five photos come together to make one
  • Ooooops... tutorials not tutorials
  • Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial
  • The Dimwit Diary - fellow madness
  • 50 Best Happy Holidays Wallpapers
  • Before and After the Apocalypse
  • Black or White ?? Which One
  • James Willan fun times . . .
  • . . . . and more !

November 26, 2014

Adorn your designs from the splendid Adorn, borders, banners and catchwords collection!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet graphic designer and font virtuoso, Ms. Laura Worthington. We ran across Laura two years ago during the Fall Fonts Festival, and I earmarked her for a future piece. Well, during prep for December, I peeked in on her and WOW -- discovered "Adorn." Wow! This is not just a font, it's a period design genre! November 26, 2014

Publishing Update 1412 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

As you get ready for 2015, some things you may want focus on is developing your publishing strategy to run with the winners! We've come a long way and publishing today takes some careful construction and on-time delivery. C'mon and follow along as we follow publishing channels
[] The 10% digital-to-print rule: what success with digital magazines looks like
[] Google Loves Print: Guidelines Tell Us So
[] The future of digital publishing: Going back to hieroglyphics
[] Print gets their attention; digital brings it to life
[] From BBC to BuzzFeed: Lessons in mobile publishing
[] The 100-to-1 rule: Creating the best headlines
-- and more ... November 25, 2014

Web Design: Community Trolls, Net Neutrality, Content, Listserv, positioning and more!

This closes out our year of web design tips, resources, leads and references. It's been a huge year and 2015 promises to be even bigger in terms of change. Get ready for a lot of disappointments and changes that may not be to your liking!
[] How to Construct a Content Machine (Even If You're Not a Natural-Born Writer)
[] Is Minimalist Web Design Poised to Rule the Online Future?
[] Community Trolls: Types, Motivations, and Solutions
[] The importance of app verticals for media companies
[] Transition Tips from Listserv to Online Community
[] How Consumers Feel About Sponsored Content
[] How to Write a Great Business Blog Post
[] What kind of blogger are you?
.... and the continuing online world November 25, 2014