21 awesome illustration insights for Spring & Play from the Richard Solomon Agency

There is a big difference between good illustration and great illustration. For an illustration to achieve the highest level of communication it must first evoke a mood, then tell a story, and finally leave a lasting message. All of these illustrations achieve that goal. We're truly inspired that Richard Solomon has given us permission to spotlight these illustrators in the Design Center Gallery. The Richard Solomon Artists Representative firm has been around for more than 20 years, and has gathered the best visual talent in the world! So, sit back and enjoy the slide show of spectacular illustrations for spring! April 16, 2014

Creative TidBits #170: Designers Ed Benguiat, Alexander Isley and Michael Bierut

Learning from others is always an effective way to jump-start our creative juices. But the web is raft with images that give inspiration with little or no real substance. It's always a thrill to hear from the legends who truly leave a mark on the graphic design profession. So, today's edition is "Famous legends Day" and here are three you'll enjoy: creative 2013 Ed Benguiat shares some of his stories in a wonderful Vimeo, and creative 2013 we get a brief glimpse into the talent of Alexander Isley, AIGA Medal winner ... and speaking of typography, designer, writer and typographer creative 2013 Michael Bierut shows us Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Typeface!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 15, 2014

Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends

If you are a designer or visual communicator in business, then you need to keep up. In this issue we hope to help with creative 2013 a brilliant infographic which illustrates Shutterstock’s 2014 Global Design Trends, creative 2013 our friend David Blatner's quick and easy way to test font choices quickly in InDesign CC, and creative 2013 some musings on the proper punctuation marks from Kathryn Schulz
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 10, 2014

Creative Tidbits #168: Direct Mail Brilliance, Ellen's Selfies and Jon Sueda

We're enjoying jumping into April, and with it comes some fresh creative inspiration. This edition has creative 2013 6 Attention-Grabbing Direct Mail Designs for those who thought that direct mail was dead creative 2013 A wonderful interview with Jon Sueda -- not to be missed, and creative 2013 revisiting the "selfie" and Ellen's now famous Oscar selfie!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 7, 2014

2014 Designing Women of Europe

The 19th Annual Designing Women Edition presents Designing Women of Europe! In celebration of Women's History Month, last month, we celebrated Designing Women in the USA, this month we celebrate these outstanding women designers from Poland, Spain, England, and all points around Europe. These are also highlighted with samples, descriptions and links to their sites in our Designing Women pages! Enjoy April 1, 2014

Designing Women from Central and South America

The 19th Annual Designing Women Edition presents Designing Women of central and South America in a celebration of Women's History Month, last month, we celebrated Designing Women in the USA and Europe, now celebrate these outstanding women designers from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Columbia, Argentina, El Salvador, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia and points south, below the equator. Take this tour and you'll also find highlighted samples and links to their sites once you click into the Gallery pages pages! Enjoy April 1, 2014

Creative Update #167: design, illustration, and graphics around the world

Fred Showker's Creative Update

March is almost over, our Women's History Month is coming to an end and we're focusing on spring colors .... these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
creative inspiration #167 Gift Card Impressions Wins Two Graphic Design USA Awards for Innovative Packaging
creative inspiration #167 Colborne graphic artist wins ParaSport Games medal design contest
creative inspiration #167 Getting a job in digital marketing (A graduate’s perspective)
creative inspiration #167 Graphic designer Peter Saville still rocks the fashion world
creative inspiration #167 Icons that talk : telling a graphic story with icons
creative inspiration #167 Stumbled into the profession of graphic design
creative inspiration #167 Call for Entries: Graphis Design Annual 2015
creative inspiration #167 TypeTalk: Know Your Figures
... and more ! March 31, 2014

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters For The Digital Age, At Schick Art Gallery

The Schick Art Gallery at Skidmore College will present Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012, an exhibition of advocacy posters by artists from around the world this spring. With topics ranging from environmental degradation to dirty politics to human rights, these posters are shrewd, visually compelling and often witty in their illustration of complex contemporary issues. March 27, 2014

Qwasian : The Hardest working man in the Photoshop biz

Here's one gallery we did not have space for in our "Black History Month" edition, but surely deserves it's own premier :: Qwasian Phillips from Team Brinkz is one of the more prolific artists I've seen. He has uploaded over 200 pieces to the DTG Forums Gallery, and we're thrilled to share just a sampling here! March 17, 2014

Malika Favre : negative space design excellence

The first thing that impressed us about Malika Favre is her innate talent of boiling lots of visual information into the sublime essence for communications. The second thing that occurred to us was -- she's probably one of the most ripped-off designers of all times! Designing Women field trip! March 12, 2014