Creative Tidbits #222: Stephen Coles, Best Art Vinyl, John Jennings, Design Week and more!

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 ... here we are, kicking off another trip around the sun with lots of creative inspiration and discoveries from the worlds of visual communications, arts, design, graphics, typography, animation, web design, video, movies and just about all other forms of visual graphic arts! AND -- welcome to our 27th year online with DT&G and the Design & Publishing Center!

  • What’s The Use of Fonts In Use with Stephen Coles
  • Best album cover art 2016: Best Art Vinyl Awards
  • John Jennings on Graphic Arts and Afrocentricism
  • Design Week’s 10 biggest stories of 2016
  • 4 graphic designs that rocked in 2016

4 graphic designs that rocked in 2016

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As marketers, we all love written content – it’s a fantastic way to effectively connect with consumers, provide them with valuable information and keep delighting them once they are customers.
      But sometimes, audiences want something more than articles and blogs. This is where custom infographics come into play. After all, 65 percent of the population are considered to be visual learners, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This information can be shown as images with various data points in infographics, or it can also be a brand’s overall message in the design elements it uses.
UGNN Games Infomanager Tressa Sloane --
great shoot'em up games And, another that we really liked

Best album cover art 2016: See the nominees of the Best Art Vinyl Awards

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The search for the most creative and well-designed record cover art is underway. Nominees for the 12th year of the Best Art Vinyl awards have been announced. The voted winner will sit alongside amazing designs by Dave Stansbie and Audrey Powell for David Gilmour’s 2015 album, and Dan Hilier’s design for Royal Blood in 2014.
      Design experts and previous winners have curated a shortlist of 50 covers from 2016 for music artists including Rihanna, James Blake, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Underworld – not to mention the late music legends David Bowie and Leonard Cohen.
UGNN Games Infomanager
great shoot'em up games see a huge collection of art vinyl

John Jennings on Graphic Arts and Afrocentricism

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Jennings has quite the impressive resume. He is a studied scholar and professor that has taught on several panels for black perspectives in media and Afrocentricism.
      This year he won a prestigious Eisner Award for Comics and is currently working on the (Harvard University) Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship for Spring of 2017.
UGNN Games Infomanager

Design Week’s 10 biggest stories of 2016

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The news that got you talking this year – we look at the 10 most-read stories across Design Week this year.
      “People are amazed at what designers could once do with their hands” ... “Why all the poor logos?” ... “Design shouldn’t have to make money – it can just be out there doing great stuff”
UGNN Games Infomanager Design Week
great shoot'em up games Big typography sample!

What’s The Use of Fonts In Use with Stephen Coles

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Anyone in the graphic design or visual communications fields should watch this video.
      Fonts In Use is an independent archive of practical typography, indexed by typeface, format, industry, and various typesetting styles and techniques ... This talk took place on October 4th at The San Francisco Public Library as part of Type@Cooper West's Letterform Lecture series. The recording was made possible by a generous sponsorship from Adobe Typekit.
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