AUGUST is BACK to (Design) SCHOOL This month's topic is all about learning! And, as usual our readers have all joined in with some rather wonderful insights into the way they learn, favorite training resources, and keeping a sharply honed edge on graphic design and communication arts. ... grab your best and then share your creations with DTG readers and win a prize! AUGUST is brought to you by the colors GREEN for education
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Pixels to Win

Based on the Million Pixel theme, you purchase pixels by the 20x20 box. Kind of cool because behind the grid of boxes to chose from, there are prizes like iPhones and MacBooks! It's a novelty, but it's also an interesting way to market your web site and brand! August 11, 2009

Time billing gets iBiz upgrade

Newly updated iBiz 4.1 brings new features to Mac users for time-tracking, billing and project management. Version 4.1 sports a pop-up calender for events, projects and to-dos, plus numerous other features and fixes ... designed to help free-lancers and small business owners stay on top of their billing August 10, 2009

The Art of Calligraphy

The birth of movable type dramatically changed the way people communicate, but the Italian artist, scribe and calligrapher named Ludovico Arrighi continued to stand by and practice his own Chancery Cursive. This beautifully slanted form of writing is sometimes referred to as the original italics, however you know it better as Calligraphy. August 7, 2009

History: The Font or the Tale

When the Bayeux font was first downloaded, it presented an intriguing puzzle. Who made it and why? Then we discovered it's an illustration font all about the Bayeux Tapestry, one of Europe's most treasured historic artifacts. Now you can relive the 1066 Battle of Hastings through three versions of the Bas Bayeux Font August 7, 2009

Bodoni Open: beauty of rhythm

Little did Giovanni Battista Bodoni know that when he chiseled his first font that it would become a timeless classic which would endure all time. To understand why Bodoni has been called the "father of modern typefaces" we revisit the many splendid uses of the elegant typeface Bodoni Open August 7, 2009

Direct Marketing Primer

Lynne Saarte and Janice Jenkins present a four-page primer on direct response marketing. First, Janice addresses "generation y" marketing. Topics covered are using your database, marketing with postcards, and measuring your direct response marketing campaign. August 7, 2009

How much should I charge?

In the Design Cafe I provided an answer to one of the most frequent questions we receive -- about pricing creative services. Whether you're a new designer, or a new freelancer, you need some basic starting points to answer the questions... How much should I charge? August 7, 2009

Sales Boost for Creative Professionals

These days you would think freelancers, designers, illustrators, photographers and other creative professionals need to get into high gear marketing themselves. But instead of searching for that elusive "magic wand" to bring a sudden influx of projects, listen to some sage advice from Mark Dollan , Founder/CEO of Creative Briefcase, that will help boost sales for creative pros August 7, 2009

Designers talk about Freelancing

Sooner or later where there are graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, or other creative practitioners, question always come up: how much to charge, how to get new work, should I broker printing, where should I go for help? Designers talk about freelancing August 7, 2009

Essential tips for Freelancers

Following our series of tips and advice for freelancing, we discovered one listee excelling in the field of web design, with this important advice, and a delightful web site and blog to back it up. Here, Lori Leach-Forster shares her Tips For Freelancing. August 7, 2009