Creative Update #182: Creative Inspiration, Logo design, digital signage and Paul McCartney

Fred Showker's Creative Update

  • Paul McCartney and Nick Cave contribute hand drawn artwork for Alzheimer's Society
  • $50 Discount to HOW Design Live Conference in Chicago, May 2015
  • The 5 most common design mistakes in digital signage
  • What deserves Cincy’s ‘Razzies’ of design?
  • Translating print skills to Web design
  • 6 Common Mistakes in Logo Design
  • ... and more!
November 27, 2014

Creative Update #181: Graphic Design Creative Inspiration, 3D prints, charity, awards

Fred Showker's Creative Update2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! November 19, 2014

Creative Update 180 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! October 31, 2014

Scott Kelby books for Photographers - one or the whole set!

Working our way to the holidays, we're on the look-out for gift ideas for graphic designers, photographers and creatives. A good choice would be any of the Scott Kelby books ... or the entire set:

  • The Photoshop Elements 12 Book for Digital Photographers
  • The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes
  • Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users
  • The entire boxed set of FOUR books!
  • . . . and more!
October 31, 2014

Replace backgrounds, mask layers and combine photos with Union

Many of you have asked for this functionality -- many Photoshop users in fact . . . Offering a clean, intuitive interface and capabilities for high level image stacking, editing and masking, Union lets anyone quickly and easily replace backgrounds and combine photos in unique and creative ways. Easily layer, blend and combine images to create surreal, creative compositions. September 18, 2014

Comic App Halftone 2 Adds Video

You got to admit that making photos into a comic book is pretty cool. But this update makes it easy to turn photo pages into high-definition movies with dynamic camera movement, professionally designed captions, and fun sound effects. Version 1.3 also includes 50 licensed sound effects that can be assigned to each photo. September 15, 2014

Don't you hate camera movement in videos? Smoothee stops it

Seriously? I was watching a movie the other evening -- and the images and takes and cuts and editing were all excellent, but the experience was ruined. Why? Too much camera movement. Since the days of MTV, a lot of people have been lead to believe hand-held movement is cool. A little bit goes a long way. Mostly, if there's too much -- it's just in poor taste, and distracts from the message of the movie. Vidiographers : try the Smoothie and get RID of all that annoying camera movement! September 3, 2014

Help from ColorLogic's color management for more consistent color results

ThePowerXChange, the source for extended technology, is excited to announce the availability of the ColorLogic product range. ColorLogic's color management products are easy to use, can be easily integrated into any production environment, and operate reliably for consistent results. August 22, 2014

Creative Update 179 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Before we jump into the Fall Fonts Fest, let's finish out the summer with some creative tidbits from life size poster models to packaging to freelancing, we'll see people doing great stuff all over the world ... just follow along:
[_] Why does Birmingham employ more architects than other metro areas, but fewer graphic designers?
[_] Jean Peterson Design's Award-Winning Wine Label Series Featured on International Website
[_] Chapchinstudio constructs poster for 2014 tehran graphic design week
[_] Ultimate design & Lettering inspiration is found in packaging
[_] 5 Ways to Showcase Your Freelance Graphic Design Work
[_] Bubbles, swirls, and blossoms
... and more ! August 20, 2014

Perfect Auto-Updating Photo Frame Using Unbound And Dropbox

Graphic Designers should all know about DropBox, and at least try it. This app will add so much more functionality to your online photo storage. From printing to showing, here's an elegant way to browse your photos and videos both online and offline August 18, 2014