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Creative Update #183: Legos, Optical Illusions, Kellogg Gallery, client feedback and more

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Getting ready to wrap up the year opens the slow season. However creativity for designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, typographers and anyone involved in the creative processes, or visual communications will not slow down. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition :

  • Polk State Was a Beginning, and Without It, I Wouldn’t Be Where I am Today
  • 5 Easy Ways To Create A Brilliant Background For Your LinkedIn Profile
  • This Graphic Translates Web Design Feedback into Plain English
  • LEGO BRICK: pinhole camera snaps tiny thumbnail-sized 'photos'
  • I am the Jackie Robinson of Hip Hop Graphic Design!
  • How optical illusions trick your brain
  • Art Department Faculty Work Featured at the Kellogg Gallery
  • Cincinnati Design Awards honors wide range of local projects
  • ... and more!
December 3, 2014

Marketing Update : Converting customers, covering bases, email, SEO and PR plans

Now turn your marketing powers toward the slow winter season, and hopefully, an exciting spring rebirth. First, however, take care of the lingering marketing activities and firm up your 2015 strategy!

  • Four Ways Service Companies Can Convert More Customers via Email
  • How many marketing bases can you realistically cover at 1 time?
  • 2 critical but often overlooked email marketing metrics
  • 4 reasons why you should combine SEO, PR strategies
  • PR insider: More fans than plans
  • ... and more
December 1, 2014

DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for December 2014

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #12 ~ December

  1. Greetings and welcome to December and the Holidays!
  2. 25 awesome examples of fantasy illustration from The Golden Age of Illustration
  3. Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes and others
  4. 429 Professional Photoshop Styles - never make styles from scratch again!
  5. Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!
  6. Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa : Adobe Illustrator vector files for the Holidays!
  7. 60-Seconds #317 : Goodbye SpamCop
  8. Typography : many styles and combinations make this a true vintage collection!
  9. Typography : Adorn your designs with borders, banners and catchwords collection!
  10. Counting on your support
  11. A Quarter Century online ... and more
  12. December 1, 2014

25 awesome examples of fantasy illustration from The Golden Age of Illustration

From the Art Nouveau period, famous fables and tales were enjoying a true revival, and of course those books had to have cover illustrations and plates that would tell the story. These artists have delighted a dozen generations -- yet their work seems as fresh and inviting as it did the day the books hit the shelves. These were some of the leaders of the "golden age of illustration" -- Please enjoy these from Arthur Rackham, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Willy Pogány November 30, 2014

Jeff, the GIF creating Mac app from Robots and Pencils

Jeff, is a new Yosemite Mac app that allows users to record their screen as a GIF and share it anywhere with Dropbox. Now any Mac user can visually share an idea in seconds. Hmmmm. Could be super helpful! November 30, 2014

Snowflakes : Crafts, art, cut, fold, curl, decorate, design decorations!

There's lots of fun awaiting you in the discovery of snowflakes as an art. Yes, paper folding, cutting and decorating is not just fun but inspirational as well. Here's my holiday list of inexpensive books ... plus a Video to get those creative juices flowing:

  • Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl
  • Snowflakes for all Seasons: 72 Fold & Cut Paper Snowflakes
  • Easy-to-Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes
  • Rocky Mountain Snowflakes, New Edition
  • Snowflakes: Creative Paper Cutouts
  • Snowflake Origami: They Sparkle!
  • Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
  • ... and more!
November 30, 2014

Core Bandi : a type family with many, many styles and combinations make a true vintage collection!

Born on my birthday, August 18, in Seoul, South Korea, Hyung-Seung Lee could quite possibly be one of the "new masters" of this typography generation. In 2013, Hyun-Seung Lee, and two friends Dae-Hoon Hahm and Min-Joo Ham, together, designed the Core Bandi font -- and what? They're already color separated for flat-ink screen printing! WOW November 29, 2014

24hours: Personalized Daily Photo News

Stay up on the news with 24hours: Personalized Daily Photo News Magazine 2.54 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. 24hours features news articles that have been intelligently mixed and are presented in one continuous catered stream. All articles featured in the news feed have been published within the past 24 hours. November 29, 2014

Designing Logos? Break the creative block with Logo Pop

Really, that's okay. It happens to us all. You have to come up with a new image but that blank sheet of paper and blank Illustrator window are just no help at all. Maybe you should hire another designer. Maybe you should give up. But wait -- all you need is a quick, easy, vector based logo design app to start knocking around ideas. Maybe you need Logopop! November 28, 2014

Creative Update #182: Creative Inspiration, Logo design, digital signage and Paul McCartney

Fred Showker's Creative Update

  • Paul McCartney and Nick Cave contribute hand drawn artwork for Alzheimer's Society
  • $50 Discount to HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, May 2015
  • The 5 most common design mistakes in digital signage
  • What deserves Cincy’s ‘Razzies’ of design?
  • Translating print skills to Web design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Logo Design
  • ... and more!
November 27, 2014