Discover the fine arts of rock and stone painting!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

While working up some pages and Creative Tidbits for our Designing Women special I discovered the art of painting stones. I had no idea it is such a popular and wide-spread practiced art and craft. Although searches bring up literally millions of images, it is not a new art. It's one that's been practiced for thousands of years. Here are just a few of the highlights we found.

  • Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
  • How to paint rock mandalas
  • Meditative Mandala Stones
  • The Art of Stone Painting
  • Cindy Thomas Rocks
  • A gallery of pages and samples
February 15, 2017

Creative Tidbits #225: Signatura, Logos, InfoGraphics, Art Photos, PSD GIFs and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

What's more fun than Cinemagraphic GIF files, moving? Well, we've got those, along with another free font and some art photography you can enjoy. I've provided a link to see all the images as thumbnails too! Along with that we see another of those "minimal" logo collections -- are they really logos? We'll see, and we'll have a great time this this issue.

  • 85 Great Art Photography Examples For Inspiration
  • How To Create GIF Using Adobe Photoshop?
  • InfoGraphics components you might like
  • Signatura Monoline Free Typeface
  • 10 Free Minimal Vector Logos
February 14, 2017

Creative Tidbits #224:Color Searches, Portfolio, Templates, free fonts, history lesson and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This week's Tidbits has something for everyone! We really enjoy learning opportunities, and Hannah Poindexter's piece is very good and should be part of our legendary "Brief History of Typography" series in the Type Department. Yes, and speaking of type, we do have a free font this time, and a free DTP template as well as more tips on creating your online portfolio.
      We always welcome your suggestions and ideas and items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet
  • This one searches Flicker to find your colors
  • Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio
  • Clean Design Free Resume Template
  • Lively Serif goes Deco
February 7, 2017

Creative Tidbits #223: Online Portfolios, Design cannibalism, White House Photos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Off to a great start, and here comes February! My favorite item in this edition of Creative Tidbits is the Photo exposition from the 2016 White House photographs -- WOW! Yes, and a free font, some excellent Photoshop Text effects and how to 'fix' Design cannibalism ... a great issue this week and remember, you can always suggest items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • 6 Steps To Creating A Knockout Online Portfolio
  • Rosarina Font: speak softly, carry a big stick
  • 2016 White House in Photographs
  • Problem: Design cannibalism
  • Photoshop Cool Text Effects
February 1, 2017

Creative Tidbits #222: Stephen Coles, Best Art Vinyl, John Jennings, Design Week and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 ... here we are, kicking off another trip around the sun with lots of creative inspiration and discoveries from the worlds of visual communications, arts, design, graphics, typography, animation, web design, video, movies and just about all other forms of visual graphic arts! AND -- welcome to our 27th year online with DT&G and the Design & Publishing Center!

  • What’s The Use of Fonts In Use with Stephen Coles
  • Best album cover art 2016: Best Art Vinyl Awards
  • John Jennings on Graphic Arts and Afrocentricism
  • Design Week’s 10 biggest stories of 2016
  • 4 graphic designs that rocked in 2016
January 4, 2017

Creative Tidbits #221: Clickbait, email, web pages, type, typographic paper and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Happy New Year! Here's hoping your 2017 is creative, fun and healthy! Get involved and enjoy the creative experience -- share your experiences with DTG readers, and stop in to check out the year in creative tidbits!

  • WORK: Unit's two new books on cover art created for design magazines
  • Why Do One In Two Landing Pages Feel Like Email Clickbait?
  • 5 Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Email Signature
  • Design and the Evolution of a Typographic Paper Promo
  • Doing awesome stuff with type and images
December 30, 2016

Creative Tidbits #220: Creative Tidbits #220: 5 Questions, future of design, design in 2017, getting paid and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

As we ramp down the year, I've got this and one other Creative Tidbit and then it's careening into 2017 with reckless abandon! Please let me know of your favorites from 2016, and what you'd like to see in the new year! It'll be fun for us all ! Enjoy!

  • Five Questions: Graphic designer Gil Shuler has changed the city
  • Universities aren’t the future of design education
  • Website trends that will shape web design in 2017
  • 3 Ways To Get Paid For Your Creativity
  • 36 Days of Type by Sergi Delgado
December 27, 2016

Creative Tidbits #219: street art, white space, art nouveau, lessons in design and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

It's always rewarding to read a young upstart revealing the lessons I've taught in my seminars and workshops for well over two and a half decades. In 2006 Alex White, that famous type and design expert wrote DT&G to explain "white space", now those lessons show up in our Creative Tidbits 219! But there's more and we hope you have a great time . . .

  • Using White Space: How Emptiness Can Give So Much to Design
  • A collection of Art Nouveau doors from around the world
  • The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)
  • Understanding the Power of Visual Advertising
  • Digging the Street Art of Rubén Sánchez
November 29, 2016

Creative Tidbits #218: Icons, infographics, Black Friday, Podcasts, paper grades and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Well into the holiday season, here are some select holiday goodies, and some other interesting items including those Black Friday infographics! Creative inspiration is where you find it... finding cool stuff over the holidays? Give us a tip!

  • Follow These Three Tips for Designing the Perfect Podcast Icon
  • Do You Know Your (Paper) ABCs? Grade, Basis Weight, and Finish
  • 100 Free Flat Christmas Icons
  • Black Friday Infographic(s)
November 22, 2016

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