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Retro Fonts : the real thing

One of my serious on-going complaints in the graphic arts industry is the use of the term "retro" -- fewer and fewer designers actually know what it means. We're seeing literally hundreds of tutorials titled retro-this or retro-that. So, listen up young designers: here's the quintessential reference on the use of 'retro' fonts. In fact, it's called RETROFONTS! September 29, 2011

Ampersand Fever 2

Our journey into the world of ampersands continues with lots more very cool iterations of ampersands ... * a project by Stephen Gose * Sarah France likes ampersands * Ampersands at VisualizeUs * Ampersand pretzels * Amper Sandwich at Pinterest * Ampersand Project ... and more as we discover more outbreaks of Ampersand Fever ... September 29, 2011

Social Media Update 1109-26

It's a moving target -- when you're trying to keep up with all the media out there. For graphic designers, you only have to focus on those that give you something for yourself and your clients! This Social Media update takes a look at : * Is Your Business Maximizing Facebook? * Promote your business with LinkedIn? * Slide show: 6 deadly sins of social media measurement ... and others September 26, 2011

17th Annual Fonts Surf Three

As we continue our typography surf for this year, we take some twists and turns from the Korean Pavilion At Shanghai, to the branding remake for Chocolate ... along with * Eden Martinez : Typography Illustrations * Lettering on photographs * Panos Vassiliou - PF Champion Script Pro * Typefaces give us signals, and more -- continuing through October ... September 23, 2011

Social Media Update 1109-20

This Social Media update takes a look at : * 5 Steps To Get Your Business Ready For Mastering Google+ * 7 tips for dealing with upset Facebook fans * 7 Twitter Tools To Get More Engagement * 8 Essential Rules for Social Media and Business * Developing a Unique Content Strategy for Google+ * Facebook Adds New Mobile Security Features * Facebook makes massive privacy, tagging changes and the emerging world of social networking ... September 21, 2011

Marketing Update 1109-19

This marketing update rolls into fall with interesting statistics, plus lots of tips and tricks including . . . * 13 Hot Facebook Marketing Tips From the Top Pros * Seven Tips for More-Profitable Direct Mail in Today's Economy * Future of marketing is cross-media or bust * Best-Practices for Creating a Harmonious Mobile Environment * Getting Started With Mobile Marketing... and more September 20, 2011

Just My Type - A Book About Fonts

Simon Garfield's new book "Just My Type" is a wonderful romp through the world of fonts and typography ... a little bit history, a little big rumor, a lot of background and a pile of really fun insights into type, letters and letterforms -- required reading! September 19, 2011

Ampersand Fever

Twenty Three years ago I selected an ampersand for the banner of DT&G, and then used it in many different creative ways in the newsletter and eventually, in the site, like our &Else column. Today, it seems like everyone has the ampersand fever ... thus a new series in our Typography department ... September 16, 2011

Michael Doret's Steinweiss Script

It's always a thrill to get a new font, and a major thrill to get one from Michael Doret. You might remember we spotlighted Michael's Metro Script five years ago for the 12th Fonts Fest. We are thrilled again this year with Michael's Steinweiss Script -- and it's been voted the 'official' font for the 17th annual fall fonts festival! September 15, 2011

Retouching Hair: Changing Hair Color

Next in our series, Scott Kelby walks you through the steps of changing hair color -- afairly common, especially if you’re trying to match the clothes, etc. There are some crafty tips in this free Photoshop tutorial for going both light and dark! September 7, 2011