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Creative Tidbits #219: street art, white space, art nouveau, lessons in design and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

It's always rewarding to read a young upstart revealing the lessons I've taught in my seminars and workshops for well over two and a half decades. In 2006 Alex White, that famous type and design expert wrote DT&G to explain "white space", now those lessons show up in our Creative Tidbits 219! But there's more and we hope you have a great time . . .

  • Using White Space: How Emptiness Can Give So Much to Design
  • A collection of Art Nouveau doors from around the world
  • The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)
  • Understanding the Power of Visual Advertising
  • Digging the Street Art of Rubén Sánchez
November 29, 2016

Vector based logo design app for Mac can help you streamline your design process

Logo Pop for Mac is a vector based logo design app with powerful new features and a large library of pre-designed logo templates and editable vector royalty free graphics. From concept to design to using your logo in print or online, Logo Pop is a quick way to get your rough ideas and layouts further along for client approval! November 28, 2016

Web Design Update: SEO, Linkbuilding, Responsive design, Google, UX Design and more

Actually it's been quite a time since our last update, and we've got a bunch of pent-up articles to get out here before the end of the year! So there will be three updates pretty fast in a row. If you're a web designer, not just a template jockey, let us know!

  • 5 Web Design Techniques to Make Your Website Search Engine Friendly
  • Three simple resolutions on how to do better SEO in 2016
  • 9 responsive design mistakes you don’t want to make
  • 6 Advanced Google Analytics Tricks You Should Know
  • 8 responsive web design trends that defined 2015
  • How to Do Unintentional Link Building
  • How to be a Problem Solving SEO
November 28, 2016

Make cool stuff with these Creative maker projects -- educational inspiration

free coloring pagesAll ages benefit from making things ... these books will inspire, instruct and nurture the maker in all of us! Young folks particularly will benefit from these hands-on crafts projects from folding paper to carving wood. These are popularly priced, and offer hours and hours of creativity and crafts skills!

  • Action Whirligigs: 25 Easy-to-Do Projects
  • Airigami: Realistic Origami Aircraft
  • Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
  • Paper Planes Origami Kit
November 28, 2016

Free Adult coloring pages for the holidays and Christmas plus bonus for the kids!

free coloring pages

Following up on our post earlier today, here is another collection of our favorite adult coloring books for the season, along with a whole pile of free coloring pages! This time we also include a cheerful and creative activities book the kids will love ... try some of these tomorrow and you won't need a baby sitter! If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! Here are our titles :

  • Giant Christmas Coloring and Activity Book
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas Coloring Book
  • Merry Christmas Designs Coloring Book
  • Deluxe Four Seasons Coloring Book
  • Christmas Trees Coloring Book
November 23, 2016

Free coloring pages from classic, modern, vintage, holiday and Christmas Coloring Books

free coloring pages

Any or all of these special coloring books would not only make great gifts, but will amuse everyone for hours while teaching some valuable skills! Most of these are printed on single side, heavy paper, and perforated for easy removal from the book. Have a great time coloring these free pages, and have a wonderful holiday season! Serious adult coloring books!

  • Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Book
  • Snowflake Designs Coloring Book
  • ChristmasScapes Coloring Book
  • Winter Scenes Coloring Book
  • Vintage Christmas Greetings
  • WinterScapes Coloring Book
November 23, 2016

Creative Tidbits #218: Icons, infographics, Black Friday, Podcasts, paper grades and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Well into the holiday season, here are some select holiday goodies, and some other interesting items including those Black Friday infographics! Creative inspiration is where you find it... finding cool stuff over the holidays? Give us a tip!

  • Follow These Three Tips for Designing the Perfect Podcast Icon
  • Do You Know Your (Paper) ABCs? Grade, Basis Weight, and Finish
  • 100 Free Flat Christmas Icons
  • Black Friday Infographic(s)
November 22, 2016

Conversational infographics: Use any of over 3,000 icons in iOS messaging

This is not necessarily a graphic design tool, but surely with over 3,000 icons to communicate with you can do some creative brainstorming. This app for your iPhone gives you the power of infographics on the fly, using icons. November 18, 2016

Calligraphy Penmanship comes to the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

With the advent of the superb Apple Pencil, you now have the opportunity to master beautiful calligraphy and penmanship in the digital world. The new iPad and Pencil are extraordinary new tools for the graphic designer, illustrator and letterhead -- it's time to put them to work! November 17, 2016

Optical character recognition for MacOS Sierra

The client hands you a stack of printed material to digest in the next project. What do you do? The more work you can get done for you, the better you'll be, right? Typing is one chore that really hasn't been innovated. Now, OCRWizard 4.0, optical character recognition (OCR) and PDF document conversion application for macOS could relieve you of at least some of those chores. OCRWizard converts any PDF, scanned documents, or image files (including the picture of business card) into searchable PDF, Word, Pages, HTML, Excel, Keynote, and ePub, etc. on Mac. November 16, 2016