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Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in NGBlog, Root Archive | 0 comments

Greetings All – I hope the new year finds you well, and you each had some enjoyable holiday time to spend with friends and loved-ones. I thought I’d get the new year kicked off with a link to some free (and paid) stuff. All of it pretty handy. CreativeMarket.com offers a plethora of graphics goodness, sure to warm the hearts of all those Creative. They offer a Free Goods section for those who care to test the waters. It’s updated weekly, so be sure to add a momentary visit to your calendar to keep up with current offerings. Whatever you download there is free, but the vendors that offer their products there consider it a source of advertising and would appreciate a “follow” for their efforts. As such, you will receive an email to request such after each download. A small price for their quality offerings, but I didn’t want you to be taken by surprise. Enjoy the browse, and the rest of your year.

https://creativemarket.com/free-goods

Mash Up Some Images – It’s more fun than potatoes.

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in NGBlog | 0 comments

Howdy, Peeps – It’s free resource time again. If Photoshop or similar is not your strong suit, but you still want to “dress well” visually. Take a look at Canva.com. It’s a compositing tool that will let you bring multiple images and text together to create anything from memes to presentation content. A user-friendly (simple) interface can make a visual rockstar out of even my Mom. I had her use it. Now maybe I’m wishing I hadn’t. It seems she has way too many pictures from my youth that will almost certainly embarrass me at some point. But at least I can say the app has been “quality tested”.  If my mom can knock down some viable content, I’m pretty sure you’re going to find this one to be a winner.

https://www.canva.com/

My Favorite Viral Video… Ever!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in NGBlog, Root Archive | 1 comment

Being a graphics geek is sometimes a lonely road. While life in Austin does afford me the advantage of having access to a large media community full of tech savy peers, it’s still not hard to find myself in a room full of people that will leave me scratching for some common ground on which to establish some basis for idle chit-chat.

Conversely, sports fans seem to have it all too easy. Games occur all the time. And no matter what team you tend to favor, or for that matter – what sport you tend to favor, there is always some pathway to conversation regarding who won what, where – and how they came to emerge triumphant. Plenty of room for criticism, talking smack, or philosophizing on what the next big contest will bring.

Media heads are often a bit thinner in a crowd. It’s seldom that you’ll see two geek-types going face-to face over the virtues of 3d Studio Max vs. Maya, or whether the next release of Expression Design is going to blow the pants off of Photoshop. (Ain’t gonna happen…Although, I have seen that Flash vs. HTML5 thing get a little tense a time or two.) For people that can name more than a dozen font types by sight, unless you are lucky enough to cross paths with someone else in the crowd with a similar skill set, anything you’re likely to say related to these subjects is likely to get you a puzzled frown, and a quickly rotating view toward the backside of the object of your was-emerging discussion as they attempt to fade into the crowd and put some distance between themselves and your nerdy personage.

Thankfully, folks of our slant have found some kindred spirits in the hearts and minds of a pair of the comedic producers at College Humor.com, having produced a viral piece that they lovingly titled, “Font Conference”. This vid was created by Sam Reich (who plays the role of “Broadway”) and Sam Gurewitch (appearing as the punch-line dropping “Wingdings”), and expands on the concept of personification of the default Windows font set with the greatest of abandon, and I might ad – effectiveness. All I can say is – Dang!… I wish I had thought of this.

Even if your interest in visual communication is limited to – dare I say, clip art in Word, or perhaps the more conservative province of background colors in Excel (and they call ~me~ a geek…) This is a darn funny clip, and sure to bring a smile to most everybody – with the exception of the entirely computer illiterate.  And – should you happen to fall into the latter category, rest assured that the upcoming Synchronized Mud-Surfing championship airing on ESPN3 this weekend will provide more than enough water-cooler fodder next week to keep your social circle in tact.

Hope you enjoy.  -D

 

And then, there was one…

Posted by on Nov 27, 2011 in NGBlog, Root Archive | 0 comments

Greetings all – and welcome to the maiden post of the Nashional Graphics Blogosphere. Actually, I’m thinking that as it will be a constantly coalescing and dynamic environment, that “Blogoverse” may be the better term. So we’re going with it. Having said that…Welcome one and all to the NG Blogoverse!!!

The focus of which will include blurbs of graphic geek stuff of assorted scope, depth, and even possible interest. Such as newsworthy finds, handy tutorials, links to spiffy resources – up to and including the occasional freebie! Also of note will be here and nether links to other, more rockstar worthy artists in hopes of invoking envy, jealousy, and perhaps even inspiration. And of course a generous slathering of graphics and animation stuffs by yours truly, which is really kind of the point .

Be forewarned however – You will find a frequent use of my own butchering of our beloved English language here, attempting to pose as a valid excuse for a proprietary vernacular. So if your prosial leanings are in the “Grammar Nazi” direction – prepare to be heavily, heavily offended. Also know that I get some sort of perverse sadistic kick out of torturing the Spell Check feature.  Beyond that, I’ll try to keep most things truly offensive to as bare a minimum as possible, because with almost concrete certainty – my two daughters will be warping thru the Blogoverse with regular frequency.  And as it has been in the past, so will many of their neighbor friends. (They like to tell me I’m “big in the hood”.) While ranking cred with the middle-school set isn’t necessarily the target demographic, fans are always good – and welcome. And as I would prefer to not be the guest of honor at any upcoming local lynchings, I’ll be doing my best to keep the extreme raunch in check – at least to a degree, which is not to say that you have entered any bastion of overt socio-political correctness.  There will be potty humor o’ plenny! Oh yes, ohhh plenny. So grab yourself a big ol’ handful of virtual Charmin, and dive on in to the viscous goo that is my world.

If by chance you have drilled down this far into my sorted little corner of the internet, you either have way too much time on your hands, or you’re my Mom. Either way, it is again nice to have fans.  To summarize, I hope you enjoy the show – and thanks for taking the time to have a look around. Please feel free to leave a comment here or there that is reasonably considerate of others – or I’ll have to torch it, in which case – You’ll be wasting more time than you are right now.  Cowabunga, and good surfing -Dave.