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Using Fonts: A Typographic Treasury

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 24, 2014

The FontShop blog features a treasure trove on articles on typography basics, authored by letter David Sudweeks. Searching the blog by the tag "Using Fonts" pulls up the articles. Sudweeks covers a range fundamentals, such as “Using Baseline Grids” and “Basic Kerning.” He digs deeply, unearthing a goldmine of information for even experienced designers. He also includes fun topics, such as ”Making your First Font,” and web related typography.

Purge Yourself: Jealousy is Creative Poison

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 21, 2014

The multi-talented artist, writer, and educator, Jim Zub, has written a cautionary article on the destructive power of jealousy. “Jealousy is Creative Poison” is targeted to new cartoonists and comic book creators, but the advice is relevant to anyone working in a creative field. Zub acknowledges that he is stating the obvious when he warns artists against measuring their success against that of others. While he recognizes that jealousy is unavoidable in a career in which one’s ego is wrapped in one’s creation, he exhorts creators to push past it.

Not so Much to Like: Facebook Page Reach Declines

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 20, 2014

For the past six months, Facebook has been tweaking their News Feed algorithm to emphasize posts on links, and decrease the reach of posts with meme and spammy content. While there is some speculation that the move is an attempt to drive businesses to purchase ads on Facebook, the company states that it’s seeking to provide a higher quality, more meaningful news feed for its participants. Purchasing ad space on Facebook is probably not the best use of a limited marketing budget for the average design or illustration shop. However, there still are a number of steps you can take to increase your Page’s exposure.

From Croatia, with Love (and Inspiration): The Design Blog

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 18, 2014

Croatian designer Ena Baćanović is the founder and curator of The Design Blog, a collection of inspirations and resources from around the globe. The Design Blog seeks to live up to its mantra, “Don’t Just Be a Designer – Be a Good One” by featuring beautiful work and resources. The homepage features selected projects, elaborated upon with text and photographs from the creators. The site also has recurring sections, which showcase work and projects across a range of disciplines on selected days of the week, such as Designer of the Week, Web Design Wednesdays, UI/UX of the Week, Featured Video, and Friday Freebies.

The Online Harassment of Women, and One Artist’s Unique Response

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 13, 2014

This past year, the widespread abuse of women who are active online has been well documented. One artist, however, has found a unique way to own the harassment. Lindsay Bottos, a fine arts and photography major at Maryland Institute College of Art, posts frank images of a number of subjects on her Tmblr account. Her self portraits almost exclusively attract some hateful comments. Her response has been to take the comments and superimpose them on self portraits, which she’s collected into a project, “Anonymous.” The project photos render the comments powerless, accentuating their hostile stupidity, while the arch expression on Bottos’ face provides commentary.

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