21st Annual Fonts Festival : Most recommended, top quality fonts for Designers

There are "freebie" fonts lists, and 'freeby' fonts replicator sites coming out the ying-yang. Very few will talk about commercial fonts -- but folks, I'm here to tell'ya the commercial fonts are almost always far, far ahead in terms of quality. Some of the free fonts sites have good looking stuff, but your download them and end up with a mess on your hands. Well, not true of these -- we can stake our reputation on these fonts -- and can guarantee you'll like the way you look when you use them!

  • Twisting and weaving separate strands makes Twine
  • Learn the art of steel quill, and draw Escritura
  • You're gonna love working with Letter Press!
  • Take your publication into the Garden . . .
  • Galeb Texture

This font is called Letter Press August 21, 2015

DTG Magazine Picks Favorite Typography and Lettering on Pinterest

Trying to find all the good stuff on type, lettering, calligraphy, typography and branding online is a monumental task. Sites like Tumblr and Pinterest now rule the bandwidth with literally millions of great samples of type and typography. So I've just picked out a very few of the ones I think merits the attention of anyone interested in visual communications. August 19, 2015

Video : Brush Pen Lettering No.2 with Matt Vergotis

Matt Vergotis demonstrates Left handed lettering using assorted brush pens and the pilot parallel pen . . . we discovered him on Instagram . . . but in this video he shows you the action of a brush-style script. You think it's easy? Give it a try! August 14, 2015

Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative instpiration It's that time of year and just for fun we decided to get some crazy stuff for you to enjoy! The first item is a killer ... please enjoy that one for sure! ... here we go:

  • Top 10 list of the outrageously expensive Valentines Gifts
  • Lots of free vector starter images for Valentine's
  • Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Be My Valentine
  • A Font with emotion : My Valentines Love
  • Adam McIver 16 Valentines
  • Happy Valentine's Day
  • ... and more !
January 23, 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

Core Bandi : a type family with many, many styles and combinations make a true vintage collection!

Born on my birthday, August 18, in Seoul, South Korea, Hyung-Seung Lee could quite possibly be one of the "new masters" of this typography generation. In 2013, Hyun-Seung Lee, and two friends Dae-Hoon Hahm and Min-Joo Ham, together, designed the Core Bandi font -- and what? They're already color separated for flat-ink screen printing! WOW November 29, 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

429 Professional Photoshop Styles - never make styles from scratch again!

I guess you saw our previous Photoshop Styles downloads but now we have a new collection. If you have ever attempted to make a new Photoshop or Illustrator style, you probably know what a pain it is. Any of these 300 styles for Photoshop can be easily modified to create thousands more. You may never have to make another style from scratch -- ever! November 11, 2014