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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

Adobe Releases CC2015, Designers share and ask: Why are you still using CS6?

I've been following this thread for a while on LinkedIN, and wanted to share a few selected comments for those of you who have not taken the plunge. There are many out there who really love the Creative Cloud. There are many out there who refuse to jump into the Creative Cloud. August 12, 2015

Meet Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Typographer

This is a wonderful visit with Doyald Young, Logotype Designer -- this is required viewing for all designers and typographers, or anyone involved in the field of visual communications.
      Please allow time to watch this all the way to the end. You'll be very glad you did. Unfortunately, Doyald Young passed away in 2011, one of the great typographers of our time.
We've also included a special link, and arranged a FREE TRIAL of the entire course for DTG readers!

GO Doyald Young, Logotype Designer August 11, 2015

Live Sketchpad Lets Users Talk and Share Sketches in Real-Time

How many times have you wished you could work with a partner, colleague or friend on the same drawing ... Live Sketchpad lets users collaborate with someone across the street - or on the other side of the world. Now, there's no excuse! August 10, 2015

Output Factory for Adobe InDesign Adds New Variable File Name Options

Well, if you follow the social networking sites, you'd think graphic designers do nothing but web pages, logos and Photoshop manipulations. But it just isn't true. Most graphic designers are still involved with desktop publishing, printing, page layout, and solving the design issues that gives the name to graphic design. Now, automating some of the tedium is a blessing! August 6, 2015

Creative Tidbits: Understanding Color Psychology for Impactful Web Design

By now, you've probably already seen our "National Coloring Book Day" page, and hopefully you had a great time over the weekend coloring some of our free coloring pages! Now that you're fully rejuvinated for color, let's get down to business and understand some important lessons about color, and how to use it on the web.
Have a great time . . . August 5, 2015

Minder Softworks announces strategic partnership, new application

Got lots of digital assets? Have problems keeping up -- finding what you need? Well, take them all to the Expo. Expo is a next-generation digital asset manager (DAM) for creative professionals that allows graphic designers, multimedia producers, software developers, and anyone who uses digital media to easily manage their digital assets. August 4, 2015

National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

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Here we are in the heat of the summer, and August 2nd is National Coloring Day! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! July 31, 2015