Creative Tidbits #195: Fabian Font, Design Not Adobe, the future of Design

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits There's a lot more to design than Photoshop or Illustrator. The sooner new designers discover it's not the software that makes the designer, they'll all be better off. That's why I really enjoyed seeing this week's topics!

  • TheFutureByDesign: The future is function
  • For Designers of all Kinds, NOT Adobe
  • Beyno by Fabian Korn

Have a great time . . . August 25, 2015

Meet Doyald Young, Logotype Designer and Typographer

This is a wonderful visit with Doyald Young, Logotype Designer -- this is required viewing for all designers and typographers, or anyone involved in the field of visual communications.
      Please allow time to watch this all the way to the end. You'll be very glad you did. Unfortunately, Doyald Young passed away in 2011, one of the great typographers of our time.
We've also included a special link, and arranged a FREE TRIAL of the entire course for DTG readers!

GO Doyald Young, Logotype Designer August 11, 2015

Creative Tidbits #193: Logos Good and Bad, Posters, promotions and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This will be great fun -- looking at political logos, and a state logo, plus an opinionated artist, a promo for a nonprofit, and lots more to get your creative juices flowing. If you find some creative inspiration, send it along and share whith all our readers!

  • Reading through the eyes of a dyslexic: New font simulates frustration
  • New TN logo named 'Pork of the Year' by Beacon Center
  • The 2016 U.S. presidential candidates' logos, ranked
  • The Star Wars poster is ultimately a piece of shit
  • Creative Ways to Promote Your Association
  • Bikes become Art - Not a Paper House

Have a great time . . . July 14, 2015

Designing Logos? Break the creative block with Logo Pop

Really, that's okay. It happens to us all. You have to come up with a new image but that blank sheet of paper and blank Illustrator window are just no help at all. Maybe you should hire another designer. Maybe you should give up. But wait -- all you need is a quick, easy, vector based logo design app to start knocking around ideas. Maybe you need Logopop! November 28, 2014

An animated template for graphic seals in FinalCut Pro

If you're creating video, you may just want to utilize an animated seal or logo, right? Try this plug-in for FinalCut Pro August 29, 2014

60-Seconds 303: fortunes to be made in the 48-hour logo site

You've probably seen the design community cult-movement "No SPEC" against spec-work, or seen thousands of complaints from graphic designers about the hack logo sites proliferating online these days. Today I got a press release, for DTG, from "48-hour Logos" a crowd sourcing site offering "contests" for designing logos. I've provided reference links below, but first, consider this December 11, 2013

Entries flood for the Nanjing 2014 Olympic Medal Design Competition

From Bangladesh to Belarus, entries have flooded in from all corners of the world for the International Olympic Committee’s competition to design the medal for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. And, with just four weeks to go until the deadline for submissions, IOC President Thomas Bach has urged young designers not to miss this historic opportunity. November 11, 2013

Graphic design logos, branding and logotype design training for young designers

No fonts fest about type, typography, lettering, calligraphy and fonts would be complete without a collection of books about logotypes, symbols, logos and branding. Type and typography plays a huge part in identity design. This year, there are lots of new entries -- some even spawned by the internet. Beware though -- many of today's self-anointed internet designers really don't know much about real design or logos. Take their writings with a grain of salt, then rely on the masters September 26, 2013

Book of the Year: Saul Bass

BOOK OF THE YEAR for graphic designers is a tough thing to live up to. Phil Meggs, Alex White, Steven Heller, all worthy authors in the design community. We've had at least a few of the "greats" honor the pages of DTG Design Bookshelf - Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Andy Warhol, David Lance Goines -- and now I take great pleasure in adding another of the all-time greats, SAUL BASS. December 18, 2012

Secrets of Designing a good Logo

Over the years I've seen them all -- and from time to time, when I see someone giving out design advice online, I'll ask: where did you obtain your formal training? Many times, they'll confess they have no formal training. I recently followed a discussion in a Designer's forum about designing logos. A person asked the group to share their "secret tactics" ... here's what they said : November 28, 2012