Universe All-New, Killer, Text Effects from the Red Giant

Red Red Giant has brought so many cool products, we can't even remember! Just search the Design Center for "Red Giant" ... now they've come with an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists.Whether it's giving text a retro look a la the 1980s, adding dynamic animations to bring them on and off screen June 19, 2017

Design Apps: Typography on your photos, great retouching, reflections, montage and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are, rolling into vacation season -- and you'll have your camera, and maybe even the camera in your iPhone, and you'll want to discover some fun apps that go along with fun on vacation! Some of these we selected because they're great fun and great capabilities right out of the box -- others we chose because of their sophistication and benefit to the designer. The two typography items are home runs, and will make a better rounded experience for adding type to designs and images!

  • Add beautiful text & artwork to your photos!
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
  • Typography Insight
  • Camera360 Ultimate
  • Photo Reflection
  • A Beautiful Mess
June 14, 2017

A Brief History of Typography: 300 Years of Type Faces, Fonts, and the people behind them

I have completely updated and refined our legendary typography series, originally authored by Thomas Phinney. This eight page dissertation now accurately links to all the type faces and fonts mentioned in the text. So, welcome to 2017, and an opportunity to trace the 300-year history of typography, without ads, or stalkers or predators! Enjoy! January 23, 2017

Insider's FontAgent 7: New UI, Multi-Computer Sync, Detailed Font Info

There's a new FontAgent in town, to help you get your fonts act together. We've told you about Font Agent before ... now there is an all new version with some substantial new features! July 30, 2016

Let's go to Las Vegas! Did you ever consider a career in Las Vegas Gaming Art?

creative art for slot machines

A booming industry often overlooked is the gaming industry ... no, I'm not talking about video or computer games, I'm talking about Las Vegas! I had the best time photographing these slot machine headers, I began trying to guess the base type fonts and the processes used to print these lighted headers! It's fun and fascinating! July 12, 2016

Creative Tidbits #208: Smile design, fabric design, publishing, rip off design and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Jumping into June, we're on a roll for creative summer stuff that will perk your imagination and creative juices. Once again, we're into some good reading and some good idea starters. When you travel this summer, keep clicking that camera and seeing the design inspiration that is all around you! Send in your favorites to share in Creative Tidbits . . .

  • In corporate design, humor can be your most powerful tool—or a total disaster
  • Omahan says controversial license plate is based on his 2002 design
  • York College students publish art books
  • Scott Thorp: Designing the Future
May 31, 2016

Creative Tidbits #207: pricing tips, tshirts, font selection, responsive design and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Feels like we're rushing down-hill into spring, and with that comes all kinds of new summer and seasonal design for marketing. This issue has some thoughtful items moreso than just eye-candy. Don't forget -- if you have an item for Creative Tidbits, just send it along -- we'll get right back to you! For now, enjoy . . .

  • Textile artist Kustaa Saski delivers a world of psychedelic dreamscapes
  • Which is better: mobile app development or responsive web design
  • Graphic design seniors turn ideas into beautiful realities
  • Special birthday shirts fly off rack
  • The Science of Font Selection
May 25, 2016

Creative Tidbits #206: political logos, fonts, pen & ink, creative blocks and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Don't you just love election years? With Facebook becoming the public bully-pulpit for Kooks, jerks, brains, hucksters, criminals and even legitimate politicians you can find more interesting takes on art ever -- some good, and some will be bad but they'll all be fun. And, along with that comes the traditional discussion of various logos. The web is now full of logo designers, in fact you can't hardly turn a page without hitting two or three! Anyway, this is my surf for creative stuff over the past couple of weeks and it's a trilogy. Watch for the other two parts next week!

  • Students create logos for an upcoming international event
  • Logo design: how to stop Twitter hating your new logo
  • RI Artscape: Reading The Presidential Campaign Logos
  • Iordanis Passas offers the Baston display font
  • Six Foot Giraffe is where I keep my things.
  • 6 (More) Tips to Get Past a Creative Block
May 21, 2016

Laura Worthington: graphic designer, typeface designer, lettering art extraordinaire

We ran across Laura again quite by accident, but thought for some reason we had met her before -- which we had -- we featured her in 2013. Low and behold we catch back up with her and discover she's continuing as one of the masters of lettering fonts in the world! Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Lura Worthington . . . . April 29, 2016

Creative Tidbits #205: shortcuts, video, extravvignt lettering, illustration and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This is why I love doing the creative tidbits. Sometimes we have some simple ones and sometimes complicated ones. This week, we've even got a very cool nne new video you don't want to miss! And, yes, yet another Adobe shortcuts chart to end all shortcuts charts. Jump in and enjoy ... and don't forget to send me your favorites to share with DTG readers.

  • Artist Brian Yap on How iPad Apps Transformed The Way He Works
  • Tobias Saul lettering, typography, illustration excellence
  • HUGE Adobe Shortcuts charts in infographic
  • A great logo Hewlett-Packard isn't using?
April 12, 2016