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Take Donald Trump's or Hillary Clinton's clothes off . . .

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You've talked about it all year! Now you can take action and express the moods and moves of your favorite candidate! Yes, pass the time this summer dressing and undressing Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump -- or if you're a collector, get all three! Bet you've wondered how Bernie would look in some of her culottes! It's fun for kids and fun for political mavins of all ages! September 28, 2016

Creative Tidbits #214: overdue freebies and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

I have a pile of freebies, and just haven't gotten around to including them -- but I'll start including some of them now. Also, an important item for web designers in this issue -- the typography thing between web sites and mobile sites is really a nightmare. Otherwise it's all fun and all good this issue so have a good time!

  • Free: Vector Florals, Avatars, Patterns, Shapes and Banners
  • Free: Fun Swirls, Doodles, Shapes, Balloons & Cakes
  • Free Stuff : Minimalist Sports Icons
  • Sally DaBronzo Free Printables
  • Typography is impossible
September 28, 2016

FFF #5: Font confusion, cool sans, recipes, type on the sidewalk, Free Fonts and more

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Sometimes we run across something really intriguing and we have to follow up on it -- we were told all about Luc Devroye's article on whether or not Adobe actually created the Cronos font! But there's more -- some nice freebies in this edition, and a young lady doing some remarkable art with type and letterforms! Have fun . . .

  • Does Adobe steal fonts? How close are they?
  • Posterama Sans Serif, Display with attitude!
  • Charmante is a charming little font
  • Trying fonts online ... again
  • Type on the sidewalk
September 27, 2016

Publishing Update 1609 : Publishing, digital, content, print, and DTP

It's been some time since our last publishing update. Sorry! But seriously, Don't Print The Obituary For The Printing Industry Just Yet! The printing and print publishing industry has never really gone out of style, nor has it slacked off. Yes, it has changed, but the digital age has taken over -- there's a lot of graphic design, typography, photography and illustration still being printed with ink on paper! The graphic design community is still about 80% occupied by print. This is the Publishing Update of the Design & Publishing Center, so we'll consider all realms of publishing! Jump on board . . .

  • To Perfect Bind or Saddle Stitch — That is the Question
  • 3 kinds of content that are killing digital publishing
  • The Importance of Longform Content for Your Website
  • Why ‘Easy’ Publishing Solutions Hardly Ever Are
  • How digital publishers measure their influence
  • Think You'll Outsource Your Content Marketing?
  • A Script to Show Options for Placed Files
-- and more ... September 21, 2016

FFF #4: Rust, Water, Vintage Signs, Scripts, Penmanship, Free Fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf four

Moving on into the 4th surf, we'll visit some interesting locations and people. The people are what makes this job so special -- getting to meet people and see what's cookin' in the world of fonts and typography! Follow along . . .

  • Nexa Rust font for natural looks - it's a Free Font
  • Everybody needs a little Water in their fonts
  • From Sea to Shining Sea Vintage Signs
  • Jeboy! Script type with style!
  • The lost art of Penmanship
September 20, 2016

FFF #3: Antique slabs, Avant Garde twin, a new Goudy, free fonts and more

22nd fonts fest surf three

Moving on into the 3rd surf for the month, we'll see some new stuff, a new Goudy -- a new Avant, and with the help of Steven Heller and Louise Fili we'll visit some historic fonts!

  • Another Marguerite font? Yes, and this one's better!
  • ITC Goudy Sans: the different sans serif typefaces
  • Slab Serif Type: A Century of Bold Letterforms
  • A new Sans in the Avant Garde tradition
  • Simpleness Display Free Typeface
September 14, 2016

The Gestalt Principles of Design : the most important lesson for all designers

Bridget Haina, accomplished design educator discusses the Gestalt Principles of Design. For more than a century, and thousands of hours of research and study, these lessons have been established as the most important factors of visual design -- for all designers! Thank you Bridget for helping get visual designers on the right track! September 13, 2016

VIDEO Tutorial : How To Make Images Look Old using Photoshop

Learn how to take details from an old photo, and apply them to a new photo to make your image look old in Photoshop. Also included is a Photoshop file of the border we use in this tutorial! From Photoshop Tutorials by PHLEARN August 31, 2016

Photoshop Tutorial: Add A Realistic Old Photo Effect To Any Photo with Photoshop

OH NO ... time for some Photoshop Madness -- and what we usually get from every Tom, Dick and Harriet online is how to make your old, broken and torn photos retouched to look like new. How boring is that. In fact, we've had a half-dozen of these tutorials in this site over the years! Well, thanks to Annabelle Yeoh, here's a twist! She's going to show you how to take a perfectly excellent modern day photo, and make it look like it was shot in the teens, and saved in grandma's old trunk up in the attic. August 31, 2016

FFF #2: A Tattoo font, some calligraphy, a weird sans, a slab and even a caps marker font!

fonts fest surf two

Close on the heels of the last fonts surf, we kick off #2 and this time we're concentrating on some very cool fonts you can download and use for free! We're trying to pick through the thousands of new fonts hitting the scene each year just to find a few we don't mind passing along to you!

  • Kady puts slab serifs into Ansley Display
  • Erial- free typeface by Kolcsár Sz. Zsolt
  • Do you really hate marker type faces?
  • Talisman Handcrafted Typeface
  • Mom Font Family
August 30, 2016