DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for January & February 2015

  • Black History Month
  • Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness
  • CREATIVE Tidbits : Valentine's Do It Yourself
  • Final Call for the 2015 Hillman Prizes in Journalism
  • 60-Seconds #318 : What will happen to your digital estate when you're gone?
  • Ted Leonhardt: Ten Interviewing and Negotiation Tips for Creatives
  • Promo, Promo Slow Month Blues
  • 40 Visions of Royalty, Kings and Queens, Kate and her Prince Charming, Queen Elizabeth
  • Valentine's art pages and clip for young and old alike!
  • Start your year off right with Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad
  • 1,800 high quality commercial fonts now available from MacAppware
  • Turn your photos into gorgeous, high-quality gallery wraps for professional presentation
  • Automating Grayscale conversions is now easy with Monochrome
  • Free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets are Available on the New Website
  • FTP transfer of non-compressed folders : use Deliver Express
  • Designing Women are coming
  • & Else : A new year of news, views and reviews
  • What does February Mean to You?
  • January 15, 2015

    Creative Tidbits #185: Last episode for 2014

    Fred Showker's Creative Tidbits

    Here we go . . . the LAST Creative Tidbits column for 2014. Say goodbye to the year, and get yourself ready to ramp up in January. A lot happened in the year, and you can go back and find more than twenty Creative columns in 2014. Have fun earning from these:

    • The New Pantone 'Color of the Year' for 2015 is Pantone 18-1438 Marsala
    • A New Book Examines the History of Graphic Design in California
    • Royal College of Art releases GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years book
    • interview with illustrator and designer jean jullien
    • Artists launch street sculpture exhibit program
    • Brewing up a new identity for Coffee Officina
    • Illustrator is inspired by the Westcountry
    • Buy A Logo - 10 Tips For Better Design
    • Ten Questions for: Fernando Gutiérrez
    • ... and more!
    December 16, 2014

    Creative Update #184: more logos, California design, best app, design mistakes and more

    Fred Showker's Creative Update

    We never seem to slow down, but in many situations the creative spirit needs 'rest' -- so sit down and take it easy while you go through this week's creative tidbits. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition :

    • Looking at the artwork of the Criterion Collection
    • The Colorful History of California Graphic Design
    • Design App is Apple's App of the Year runner-up
    • A Photo Exhibit That Examines Climate Change
    • Inside the Cinelli and Columbus factories
    • How big data is revolutionizing design
    • 6 Common Mistakes in Graphic Design
    • How To Design A Killer Gig Poster
    • Why Aren’t You Creative?
    • ... and more! December 10, 2014

    Creative Update #183: Legos, Optical Illusions, Kellogg Gallery, client feedback and more

    Fred Showker's Creative Update

    Getting ready to wrap up the year opens the slow season. However creativity for designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, typographers and anyone involved in the creative processes, or visual communications will not slow down. The need for creative inspiration goes on .... in this edition :

    • Polk State Was a Beginning, and Without It, I Wouldn’t Be Where I am Today
    • 5 Easy Ways To Create A Brilliant Background For Your LinkedIn Profile
    • This Graphic Translates Web Design Feedback into Plain English
    • LEGO BRICK: pinhole camera snaps tiny thumbnail-sized 'photos'
    • I am the Jackie Robinson of Hip Hop Graphic Design!
    • How optical illusions trick your brain
    • Art Department Faculty Work Featured at the Kellogg Gallery
    • Cincinnati Design Awards honors wide range of local projects
    • ... and more!
    December 3, 2014

    DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for December 2014

    DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #12 ~ December

    1. Greetings and welcome to December and the Holidays!
    2. 25 awesome examples of fantasy illustration from The Golden Age of Illustration
    3. Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes and others
    4. 429 Professional Photoshop Styles - never make styles from scratch again!
    5. Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!
    6. Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa : Adobe Illustrator vector files for the Holidays!
    7. 60-Seconds #317 : Goodbye SpamCop
    8. Typography : many styles and combinations make this a true vintage collection!
    9. Typography : Adorn your designs with borders, banners and catchwords collection!
    10. Counting on your support
    11. A Quarter Century online ... and more
    12. December 1, 2014

    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

    DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for September 2014 (PART ONE)

    01 Hello September and kick-off of the 20th Annual Festival
    02 This Year's Fonts Fest Poster
    03 20th Annual Fonts Festival : fonts, lettering and typography surf
    04 Fonts, lettering and typography surf TWO
    05 Fonts, lettering and typography surf THREE
    06 Photoshop Fonts, type, lettering effects tutorials Madness
    07 Major bundle : 1000s of PSD and Ai files for pennies each
    08 P22 respecting traditional typography values with today technology
    09 60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls
    10 JumboZilla: Thousands of Super Premium Design Resources
    11 Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season
    12 Creative Update 178 -- Design, Typography and Graphics for September
    13 &Else: Photo Editing App Insta Split for Instagram Released
    14 &Else: Perfect Auto-Updating Photo Frame Using Unbound And Dropbox
    15 PART ONE ... keep watching for PART TWO September 1, 2014