Creative Tidbits #185: Last episode for 2014

Fred Showker's Creative Tidbits

Here we go . . . the LAST Creative Tidbits column for 2014. Say goodbye to the year, and get yourself ready to ramp up in January. A lot happened in the year, and you can go back and find more than twenty Creative columns in 2014. Have fun earning from these:

  • The New Pantone 'Color of the Year' for 2015 is Pantone 18-1438 Marsala
  • A New Book Examines the History of Graphic Design in California
  • Royal College of Art releases GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years book
  • interview with illustrator and designer jean jullien
  • Artists launch street sculpture exhibit program
  • Brewing up a new identity for Coffee Officina
  • Illustrator is inspired by the Westcountry
  • Buy A Logo - 10 Tips For Better Design
  • Ten Questions for: Fernando Gutiérrez
  • ... and more!
December 16, 2014

Creative Update #184: more logos, California design, best app, design mistakes and more

Fred Showker's Creative Update

We never seem to slow down, but in many situations the creative spirit needs 'rest' -- so sit down and take it easy while you go through this week's creative tidbits. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition :

  • Looking at the artwork of the Criterion Collection
  • The Colorful History of California Graphic Design
  • Design App is Apple's App of the Year runner-up
  • A Photo Exhibit That Examines Climate Change
  • Inside the Cinelli and Columbus factories
  • How big data is revolutionizing design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Graphic Design
  • How To Design A Killer Gig Poster
  • Why Aren’t You Creative?
  • ... and more! December 10, 2014

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

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

Adorn your designs from the splendid Adorn, borders, banners and catchwords collection!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet graphic designer and font virtuoso, Ms. Laura Worthington. We ran across Laura two years ago during the Fall Fonts Festival, and I earmarked her for a future piece. Well, during prep for December, I peeked in on her and WOW -- discovered "Adorn." Wow! This is not just a font, it's a period design genre! November 26, 2014

Publishing Update 1412 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

As you get ready for 2015, some things you may want focus on is developing your publishing strategy to run with the winners! We've come a long way and publishing today takes some careful construction and on-time delivery. C'mon and follow along as we follow publishing channels
[] The 10% digital-to-print rule: what success with digital magazines looks like
[] Google Loves Print: Guidelines Tell Us So
[] The future of digital publishing: Going back to hieroglyphics
[] Print gets their attention; digital brings it to life
[] From BBC to BuzzFeed: Lessons in mobile publishing
[] The 100-to-1 rule: Creating the best headlines
-- and more ... November 25, 2014

Creative Update #181: Graphic Design Creative Inspiration, 3D prints, charity, awards

Fred Showker's Creative Update2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! November 19, 2014

Publishing Update 1411 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

Another year, and another realm of possibilities for publishing -- and it's not going away -- no, social networking has not taken over. Times are chaning, but some things stay the same! Stay tuned with DT&G's Publishing Updates:
[] Four Ways to Help Guest Writers Contribute Great Content for Your Company Blog
[] Why so many digital publishers are flocking back to print
[] Is paper and print still important? We asked the experts
[] The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often To Post
[] Digital advertising's bot distraction
[] Are Digital Magazines Dead?
-- and more ... November 14, 2014

Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." For years, Adobe and Microsoft have been the chief extortionists in the software industry, but many others practice it as well. I often thank Barebones Software for BBEdit, because it opens most all files, and GraphicsConverter because it opens any image file. No such luck for Adobe InDesign extortion though . . . until now! November 6, 2014