Creative Tidbits #235: Getting Rid of Adobe CC? Drones, Maïté Franchi, Legos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

July just keeps trudging on! Among this episode's gems is an excellent piece on quitting the Adobe CC subscription, and how to replace the programs. Several other good ones round it out for fun and inspiration. Don't forget, if you have favorites, please let us know!

  • Designing for Drones: Class Project Helps Students Consider User Experience
  • The Story Behind Lego's Brilliant Print Ads From the Cannes Festival
  • How To Mostly Ditch Adobe Creative Cloud
  • We love Maïté Franchi
July 18, 2017

Creative Tidbits #234: Scan Design, Paper marketing, CSS effects a new font and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration In this issue, I'm taking it easy and poking around to have a little fun. All you guys are having fun on vacation, leaving us here to work, so what's with lightening up a bit? Play along, and have a good time!

  • Counter-Print's new title delves into Scandinavian graphic design
  • Did you ever think about toilet paper as a marketing tool?
  • The street is the new runway
  • 51 CSS Image Effects
July 10, 2017

Creative Tidbits #233: Design on a Grid, Crazy ideas, designing condoms, Girls and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

If you look at this week's snippet, you learn an important lesson about creativity. (The snippets are the little 'sayings' or pull-quotes over to the right) So we're having a great time discovering truly creative ideas, and truly crazy ideas as well. I'd really like to learn about your ideas -- and share them with DT&G readers!

  • Coming up With Crazy Ideas (Just Like Albert Einstein)
  • Meet the Boy Behind the Design of HBO’s Girls Titles
  • Designing the Next Generation of Condom Packaging
  • Carbon Crown / project typography
June 29, 2017

Creative Tidbits #232: Extraordinary type, Google type, doors, design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

In this issue we have another video, a rather interesting look at Google's entry into the typography world and we'll return again to visit Jim Parkinson. There's a gallery and a tutorial of sorts. Have fun, and don't forget to send in your discoveries to share with DT&G readers!

  • Google + Monotype: Noto Project’s unified font for all languages
  • A collection of Art Nouveau doors from around the world
  • Design a Typographic, Movie Themed Magazine Cover
  • Meet Type Designer Jim Parkinson
June 27, 2017

Creative Tidbits #231: Photos of Obama, Instagram magazines, moving type and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Cruising through the summer, we're finding all kinds of cool stuff that you'll enjoy! We particularly liked the photos from Pete Souza, and the Facebook spoofs! Enjoy

  • An Interview with President Obama's White House Photographer Pete Souza
  • 20 photography magazines that you should follow on Instagram
  • Typography Kit After Effects Templates
  • Here's some fun
June 21, 2017

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

Creative Tidbits #230: Classic Fonts Poster, Comic Sans replacement, 404 and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Of course we always like to watch the masters, and see what they are up to -- so I saw this Steven Heller piece and had to pass it along. The guys at Pushpin Studios have been at the top of the game for fifty years and we can all learn a lesson or two from them. We also mix it up a bit in this episode with a good fonts item and an essential web design resource. Have fun!

  • Philip Trautmann creates Fonts out of Passion.
  • How to design 404 pages for your web site
  • Alphabets to Go? Analog to digital?
June 14, 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

Creative Tidbits #229: 36 Days of Type, Camera Shake, Netflix art of design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go into the summer of 2017, and I know many of you are taking extensive vacations, and will be traveling! Here are three good references that you'll enjoy this June. If you do travel and take a lot of photos, please send a few and share with DTG readers

  • Netflix: The Art of Design misses the point
  • 6 Poses You Can Use to Avoid Camera Shake
  • Shot Block: 36 Days of Type
June 7, 2017

Penmanship for iOS: Draw fascinating variations with simple pen pressure

I wrote about this new app in 2016, when they launched Calligraphy Penmanship for iOS devices. Its most important feature is based on the pressure control of the Apple Pencil on the screen of the iPad Pro. In fact, for writing Penmanship, angle and azimuth sensitivities are not helpful to produce beautiful shades of stylish letters. May 1, 2017