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FFF #2: A Tattoo font, some calligraphy, a weird sans, a slab and even a caps marker font!

fonts fest surf two

Close on the heels of the last fonts surf, we kick off #2 and this time we're concentrating on some very cool fonts you can download and use for free! We're trying to pick through the thousands of new fonts hitting the scene each year just to find a few we don't mind passing along to you!

  • Kady puts slab serifs into Ansley Display
  • Erial- free typeface by Kolcsár Sz. Zsolt
  • Do you really hate marker type faces?
  • Talisman Handcrafted Typeface
  • Mom Font Family
August 30, 2016

Creative Tidbits #213: the world's ugliest color, beyond CMYK, free photos, icons and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are in the fall and you know what that means? The Typography department people are going to be working around the clock for this year's Fall Fonts Festival, and so I'm thinking I'll give'em a hand with the Creative Tidbits columns this month. . . Have fun and if YOU have a creative tidbit to report, please send it in!

  • Pantone launches new vibrant app for digital-savvy designers and colour enthusiasts
  • The World's Ugliest Color Examined By Graphic Design Experts
  • Free Stuff : Ioana Baltesiu's Stylish Icons
  • Beyond CMYK – New InfoTrends Study
  • Safe Haven for those who admire
  • Hefalo Script ~ fresh and fun!
  • Time Travel with Jenna
August 30, 2016

22nd Fonts Fest: moving type, type for lawyers, cancer type and more


It's that time of year again, and we're zooming toward the autumn and into the 22nd annual Fall Fonts Festival with lots more great typography inspiration, and many more free fonts for you to enjoy! Don't forget to send in your favorites!

  • Layout and Typography in Legal Pleadings
  • Typography for Lawyers
  • Kinetic Typography
  • Free Font - RUINA
  • Cancer typography
August 24, 2016

Typographer’s Majestic Treasure Chest with 45 awesome caligraphic fonts

Every year for 22 years we've held the fonts fest, and celebrated typography! In all those years, we've agreed that the most fonts is the best fonts, and this really happens to be one of the best fonts collections I've seen for so cheap. Seriously -- can you pass this up ? August 23, 2016

Marketing Update : ad strategies, food trends, direct mail, making money and more

We talk about marketing, pr and advertising and while they are closely related, they each serve a distinctive function. Both pr and advertising come under the marketing banner -- and if your marketing strategy is on point, then the other two will follow. But as Leo Burnet once said, advertising without a marketing plan is empty space. Maybe that's true, but as the world becomes more complicated, marketing is getting more and more difficult. This week's update hopes to shed some light on your marketing strategy :

  • Unblock Those Ads With These Five Compelling Advertising Strategies
  • 8 Food Marketing Trends You Need to Know About Right Now
  • How to increase customers and business via direct mail
  • Tomorrow's trends in leading edge creativity today
  • How Does Pinterest Make Money?

CAUTION Beware, all of these sites employ screen spam. Some have pop-up ad splash screens and stalker links. Be careful where you click August 22, 2016

5 Signs That It's Time to Update Your Website

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Brian_Hong_m If your website is currently helping your company, you might not think that it needs to be updated. However, a website that has not met the sales or branding goals that your company has established should be updated. While it might not need an entire redesign, a website refresh could help to bring your business better results. August 19, 2016

Social Media Update : Celebrity Posts, Facebook Likes, Twitter Tactics, media failures and more

When you talk about media, of course you could be talking about TV, radio, newspapers or other traditional forms of mass communications -- but today, more and more of these conversations are built around social media. There's never been a media channel more widely available nor seductive than social media -- and this is the media we're focusing on in these Media Updates. Enjoy and get ready for September! Here are our topics this week:

  • Authorities To Crack Down On Paid Celebrity Social Media Posts
  • 6 Infallible Reasons to Take Your Business to Social Media
  • Are Facebook Likes Still Valuable in Social Media Marketing?
  • 5 Research-Backed Tactics to Get More Twitter Followers
  • Is Your Strategy Killing Your Multi-Media Efforts?
August 18, 2016

Ad Blockers : ad poison, skip button, pernicious Facebook, Adblock, WSJ, reader blocking

Isn't it funny that our profession is built so heavily on advertising yet I've become such a staunch advocate against it. There's a point at which advertising has become divisive and sinister. The advertising industry in their unquenchable thirst for revenue has given the store away and are making too much money to ever become honorable again.
      Advertising is a form of communication between two entities. When one side of the conversation becomes deceptive and fallacious, then it's time to end the conversation and part company. The problem is, the industry has become so good at hiding their malicious intent, few web surfers are aware of the dangers. As graphic designers, we take pride in the visual storytelling and persuasion on behalf of our clients -- but graphic design has very, very little to do with advertising on the web. Join me in the fight against malicious advertising ... hooray for ad blockers! August 16, 2016

Advertising Update : Native ads, Programatic ads, mobile woes, SERPS and more

The school start season is behind us, and soon we'll be rushing into the holiday buy season and most market / advertising plans are about to burst into full steam -- if they haven't already. Ad blockers have taught the rude ad hucksters a few lessons, so now everyone's talking native ads. Funny how things cycle around -- we're advocated native advertising from the very beginning! If it wasn't so miserable, it would be funny. Enjoy this week's advertising / marketing update . . .

  • Stand Out by Blending In: Making Native Advertising Work on Mobile
  • Small agencies have yet to embrace programmatic advertising
  • Top 4 Tips For Combining Native and Programmatic
  • All Hail the Rise of Native Advertising
  • Paid Advertising Dominates Local SERPs
August 15, 2016

Social Media Update : Fast Food, Medical Media, target children, the wild, wild west and more

The summer is almost over, and most areas have already begun concentrating on back to school, and maybe even the holidays! But social media like LinkedIN, Facebook, Tumblr and others are hooked on the U.S. Elections with a cesspool of vile interactions. We'll be fortunate when all that is over, so that's why I am avoiding it. I figure you're seeing enough of that garbage, the Design Center doesn't have to add more . . . please have a great time this week:

  • Yes, There Is a Place for Social Media Marketing in Your Medical Practice
  • Fast food companies use social networking sites to target children
  • Yes, Serious Academics Should Absolutely Use Social Media
  • How to Monitor Social Media in 20 Minutes Per Day
  • Social media's 'wild west'
August 11, 2016