Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

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From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them
  • Photo Posts Spark the Most Engagement on Facebook
  • What Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo?
  • Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color
  • Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
  • ... and more !
July 29, 2014

1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes, pictograms and illustrations for infographics, ads, web or print media

Yes, and while we're going back to (design) school, what do designers need more than anything? Good inspiration, that's what. So, here's another huge collection of top-quality vector illustrations we think you'll really like. July 28, 2014

Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

It's been a busy summer, but we still have time to search for creative inspiration! Creativity comes when you least expect it, be ready. Follow along with our July Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • Got a Presentation to Give? Here are the 10 Most Common Concerns
  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together
  • Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding
  • How a Publication Redesign Impacts Advertising
  • How to Take an Infographic from Good to Great
  • A Typographic Makeover Of Email
  • ... and more !
July 22, 2014

Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices

The world of graphic communications has become more complicated than ever in the history of mankind. But one true fact still remains: the understanding of an object, idea or concept is made easier and more complete through the use of simplified visual graphics. Today they're called "infographics" and here are 2,000 vector files you want for generating all kinds of infographics July 20, 2014

Publishing Update 1406 : Why Newspapers, magazines, books, print media?

David Pilcher sums it up beautifully, there's just nothing quite like a glossy magazine cover! Standing at the magazine rack/stand in your favorite grocery or pharmacy, you see a broad spectrum of selections in print. They're all beautiful, but they're all practical. Printed brochures, cards, booklets and other marketing materials give you something to hold and touch. But there's more in this edition of DTG Publishing Update:
[+] Research proves media brands must supplement — not supplant — print
[+] As newspaper revenues decline, print media stocks rise
[+] Why You Should Still Try To Get Print Media Coverage
[+] The enduring pull of the glossy magazine cover
[+] 5 facts about the news business today
[+] Papering over e-books
[+] Choose Print: Touch
-- and more ... June 11, 2014

Creative Tidbits #175: summer creative inspiration is everywhere

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Are we having fun yet? I ran across some of these just accidentally on the web, which goes to show: creative inspiration can turn up in some unusual places. Take a drive, have lunch -- I guarantee you'll see something inspiring. Follow along with our June Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
[+] 10 Crucial Lessons From History's Greatest Graphic Designers
[+] Meet an Artist: James Williams, multimedia artist of Greensboro
[+] Zimbabwe: Meaning of Colour in Graphic Design (opinion)
[+] Graphic design student uses Lego to reinvent resume
[+] Why Graphic Design Is A Booming Career
[+] Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology
... and more ! June 4, 2014

Publishing Update 1406 : Print publishing in a digital world

Just watch as we move into the summer with travel, leisure, vacations ... what do you see? People reading. What are they reading? Print and print media. Why? because it's more comfortable, and it travels well. But there's more in this edition of DTG Publishing Update:
[+] Publisher's Paradox: The Irony of Print in a Digital World
[+] Wolff: Putting journalism cart before advertising horse
[+] The 3 keys to a multi-media transformation storyline
[+] Rem Rieder: Is journalism entering a golden age?
[+] Water-Based Printing Could Eliminate Paper Waste
[+] Time to dismantle the newspaper factory culture
[+] Making a first impression with words
-- and more ... May 29, 2014

Creative Tidbits #174: Going to the Summer like a visual feast of graphic design

Fred Showker's Creative Update

All over America, graphic designers will be taking to the roads, waterways and airways on vacation in a quest for rest, relaxation and creative revival. It's a great time to look around and let your mind go free, taking in all the creative inspiration you can! Follow along with our June Creative Tidbits with these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
[+] Graphic Designers Use Icons To Tell Marathon Bombing Story
[+] The Design Deck: a Playing-Card Guide to Graphic Design
[+] 4 Ways to Create Online Video Ads That Work
[+] Technology growth pushes passion
[+] Knitting away the scenery
[+] Shape: Designs for life
... and more ! May 27, 2014

Publishing Update 1405 : Is there a global shift back to print publishing?

With all the news of security breaches, hacking, loss of privacy, and global spying we may be seeing the shift back to printed publications. Here are several good articles and resources for anyone involved in the print industry:
[+] The No. 1 reason for optimism about the future of newspapers? Our audiences
[+] Printing Profits Still Struggling, but Rebound from Q4-2012
[+] Why you should engage with other print providers online
[+] How publishers can prepare for new advertising sales model
[+] 20 Traits of Successful Nonprofit Publishers
[+] How tablets have changed publishing
[+] Can 30-second ads save newspapers?
[+] Could newspapers outlive the Web?
and more ... May 22, 2014

LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Improves Transparency Handling in TIFF

 LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Improves Transparency Handling in TIFF The latest release of LinkOptimizer (4.8.11,) is a compatibility update to the popular workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. April 24, 2014