Kia ora! That’s hello! from New Zealand

I'll bet that when Erika Pearce was a little girl, she was into everything! I'll be she ran somebody ragged just trying to keep up. That's the immediate feeling I get when cruising Erika's portfolio, website and Tumbler stream! And, she's a lot of fun! You should take a look and let me know! February 28, 2014

19th Annual Designing Women Two

March is "Women's History Month" and each year for the past nineteen years, we've celebrated with a guided tour of some of the best designing women we could find in the world. Some of these were actually sent in by readers, others were discovered online by staff. . Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 19th Annual Designing Women edition surf two :
* Gergana Plummer: You Don't Need A Computer
* Fanciful hand lettering we've seen before
* Eleanor Grosch long boards and a lot more
* Twenty-Five ways to love Jessica Walsh
* Lori dazzles you with happiness
* Andrea Kalfas
... and more to come! February 26, 2014

Zevrix PDF Checkpoint Now Can Convert Colors of PDF Documents

Zevrix Solutions has updated their PDF preflighting and conversion automation product. Remarkably fast, PDF Checkpoint automatically preflights, exports as images, splits and optimizes multiple Adobe PDF files. PDF Checkpoint is an ideal program for users who need fast, affordable and easy-to-use software for efficient PDF workflows February 26, 2014

19th Annual Designing Women

March is "Women's History Month" and each year for the past nineteen years, we've celebrated with a guided tour of some of the best designing women we could find in the world. Some of these were actually sent in by readers, others were discovered online by staff. . Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 19th Annual Designing Women edition surf 1 :
* Elizabeth Manos
* Erin Jang : high above New York City
* Anne Willoughby
* Anna Sui Victorian cowboys or Warhol superstars
* Colette Calascione
* Amy Jo: Most Fun Portfolio
... and more to come! February 25, 2014

Graphite v9 may be the AutoCad killer you've been looking for

I've heard a lot of moaning and groaning that there are no decent AutoCAD-compatible programs for the Macintosh. But now Ashlar-Vellum is showing a pretty good release of Graphite version 9, their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac and Windows. Graphite v9 precision CAD software includes a number of enhancements and new features. February 24, 2014

FrostyGlass Effects for Final Cut Pro X Released on FxFactory

For you video producers out there, here's an awesome package from the folks at FX Factory that brings interactive, animated frosted glass to your tool box in Final Cut Pro X. Some really unique transitions and markers here. January 25, 2014

Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

Happy Thanksgiving . . . we're enjoying all the art and style from many past Thanksgivings, and featuring this collection of copyright free art for the holiday season. There's a treasure trove of great inspiration for designers, illustrators, crafts people, scrapbookers, and other creatives available out there. . . please enjoy November 28, 2013

What do Hand-Held 3D Scanning, Russia and Napoleon have in common?

3D scanning technology is getting better and better, and we really enjoy seeing new applications -- like this brief look at the place where Napoleon met his match, and how Artec and 3D scanning are revolutionizing the field of archeology October 10, 2013

Product labeling and packaging study for inspiration and design ideas

One of the best ways to learn and practice design, typography and illustration is to emulate (not "copy") the works of others. Like this collection of wonderfully unique and rare bottles and bottle labels for Tequila! Here are designs you probably won't find in your local stores . . . enjoy! July 29, 2013

Best books for learning Design, Typography & Graphics

Graphic Design School

Each year I like to do a round-up of the design books we've reviewed -- but this year is different. There have been so few published I'm including several from previous years. While the digital book, ebook and Kindle books have become hugely popular -- when it comes to learning graphic design, printed books still have the most power for learning. Buy any (all) of these, and you'll automatically know more than most other designers in your market. July 29, 2013