A Brief History of Typography: 300 Years of Type Faces, Fonts, and the people behind them

I have completely updated and refined our legendary typography series, originally authored by Thomas Phinney. This eight page dissertation now accurately links to all the type faces and fonts mentioned in the text. So, welcome to 2017, and an opportunity to trace the 300-year history of typography, without ads, or stalkers or predators! Enjoy! January 23, 2017

A Brief History of Typography

This wonderful account, authored in 2005 by Thomas W. Phinney now comes to DTG readers with hundreds of links and references added, and updated. Learn the history behind the fonts! This is essential reading for all new designers, even if you read some of the later font articles -- this is the foundation! January 23, 2017

Creative Tidbits #217: posters, videos, illustration and Saul Bass!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

I hope you have as much fun with this edition as I did ... frankly, I looked up these and spent hours and hours deciding which samples to show -- and an afternoon in that video library! Amazing stuff. Simply amazing stuff! C'mon and jump on in and see what I'm talking about :

  • Required: 50 Posters that Rocked the World
  • The Most Satisfying Videos In The World
  • Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters
  • Outrageous illustration talent
October 25, 2016

Creative Tidbits #216: 2017 calendar, Pokemon, minimalism and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go with some fun items that will get those creative juices flowing! From the guy who designed the Apple logo to minimalism, colors and even Pokemon helping design and event planners . . . here's this edition of Creative Tidbits menu:

  • 12 Things Event Planners Can Learn From Pokemon Go
  • Can your color be seen? Online Color Testing
  • Jony is an ambassador of minimalist Design
  • Free Flat 2017 Calendar Template
  • Rob Janoff on his logo for Apple
October 18, 2016

Now you can batch process a pile of images at the same time with ImageSmith

How many times have you faced a whole folder of images that needed the same tweak? Or you've got dozens of photos that need to be optimized for web use? You've used PS Elements for this, but it's just so darn limited -- and PSD isn't much better. You might want to take a look at Image Smith! October 11, 2016

45 FREE Commercial Use HALLOWEEN FONTS

22nd fonts fest FREE FONTS

NEED TO SCARE UP SOME NEW FONTS? Dig up some wildly creative font styles that make any Halloween-inspired project a hit! This commercial use font collection now includes 45 original fonts in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal AND business project October 7, 2016

Creative Tidbits #215: Free Fonts, Free Icons, Plagiarism detective and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Let's have some fun this week -- it's October and time for Halloween! Aside from our Halloween stuff, we have some interesting intelligence that could get some thoughts going, and a quick peek at a new iPhone photo feature or bug! Happy autumn!

  • Why the iPhone 7 Has to Simulate a Shallow Depth of Field
  • A designer’s tales: Role of graphic design in society
  • iPhone Stand For Business, Trade-Shows And Events
  • Searching for Plagiarism Checkers
October 7, 2016

1000 OpenType Fonts with Webfont versions and international type support

In addition to the 2,000 fonts collection -- MacAppware has now rolled out 1000 OpenType Fonts, including new Webfont versions to the fonts, and international type support for languages! There's also a PDF sample book of all the font families so you can quickly reference the fonts you need for a specific project! October 5, 2016

FFF #6: superb lettering, Deco, tasty food fonts, retro script, Free Fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf six

Fonts and more fonts is what the fonts fest is all about -- but we also love lettering, calligraphy and all manner of doing cool stuff with words and letters. Our special treat this week was meeting back up with Gemma O'Brien after so many years! She's become quite the celebrity in the lettering world! Congrats, Gemma! But there's lots more! Have fun . . .

  • Fresh bites and delights : Culinary
  • Gemma O'Brien lettering
  • Sweet Sorrow Free Font
  • BARON (Free typefamily)
  • Salt and Spices Pro
  • True North Textures
October 4, 2016

The Fonts Package of the Year: MacAppware just made it a lot bigger and better

We've told you about MacAppware and 128bit Technologies and their Premium Fonts packages before. Well, the 7.0 release of this truly extraordinary fonts collection has added all new Webfont versions -- but that's not all! They have also added a PDF sample book of all the font families so you can quickly reference the fonts you need for a specific project! With this epic collection, you won't need another font for a long time . . . maybe for ever! September 29, 2016