National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy


Here we are in the heat of the summer, and National Coloring Day is right upon us! We like to celebrate all week! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! August 1, 2016

Let's go to Las Vegas! Did you ever consider a career in Las Vegas Gaming Art?

creative art for slot machines

A booming industry often overlooked is the gaming industry ... no, I'm not talking about video or computer games, I'm talking about Las Vegas! I had the best time photographing these slot machine headers, I began trying to guess the base type fonts and the processes used to print these lighted headers! It's fun and fascinating! July 12, 2016

Laura Worthington: graphic designer, typeface designer, lettering art extraordinaire

We ran across Laura again quite by accident, but thought for some reason we had met her before -- which we had -- we featured her in 2013. Low and behold we catch back up with her and discover she's continuing as one of the masters of lettering fonts in the world! Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Lura Worthington . . . . April 29, 2016

We Love you, Yuko Shimizu !

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Yuko Shimizu -- a Japanese illustrator and instructor at The School of Visual Arts based in New York City -- her awesome works are truly world class! April 28, 2016

A Pictorial tour of women's fashions in history

There's nothing better than historic reference for graphic design, illustration and art inspiration and idea sourcing. These books are inexpensive, but offer a huge opportunity to explore. Besides, I've included a pile of free sample files to get you started! April 27, 2016

21st Annual Designing Women: video, illustration, packaging and more

Designing Women Surf

Again we're back with another surf to meet some outstanding women in the fields of graphic design! You're gonna love Sara's video -- and Sue's posters, so follow along and have a great time!

  • Jennifer Dickert : Altered Context
  • Nicole Miller-Wong : minimalism
  • Sue Murphy : a matter of fact
  • ZSO speaks for herself
April 19, 2016

21st Annual Designing Women: Marta Granados, Visual Storyteller, two new videos and more

Designing Women Surf

Having a great time learning about such outrageous new talents! This issue we have two videos along with a super collection of wonderful samples and portfolios ... take this journey and I hope you have as much fun as I did putting it together!

  • Marta Granados: universal language of color and shape
  • Peperina Magenta : Visual Storyteller
  • Barbara Nessim : : An Artful Life
  • Karla Blanco : Make a statement
April 7, 2016

21st Annual Designing Women: BLITZ, Stacey after a decade, Becca's soft hand, Cuba Illustrated and more

Designing Women Surf

As we said before, we love to visit studios we've featured before. Such is the case with Stacey's! But probably the highlight of this journey is the story about BLITZ magazine, and the video we've included. It's a pleasure to keep rolling, and our #3 will follow this week! Have fun!

  • Ten years ago : Stacey Dyer and Triple Frog
  • Giselle Monzón Calero: Cuba illustrated
  • Carey Labovitch and her BLITZ
  • Becca Stadtlander soft hand
March 31, 2016

Flora Borsi: Discovering one's self in the art of photography and Photoshop

Flora Borsi designing woman

Meet Flora Borsi a Photographer, Visual Artist and Freelance Graphic Designer from Hungary -- one of our April Designing Women series features! She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused who the human being -- including you and me! March 24, 2016

Favorite articles from Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio and TypeTalk at Creative Pro

As we said in our cameo about Ilene Strizver, here are some of our favorite articles of Ilene's from over the years. If you read all these articles, you'll be smarter than most other graphic designers today! Have fun! February 26, 2016