Sunday, March 23, 2014

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts For Personal & Commercial Use


Top Free Handdrawn Fonts For Personal And Commercial Use #DakotaVisions

You see so many articles about free fonts, free templates, free this, and free that.  What most people don't put in their catchy titles or story lines is that most of these free items are for personal use only.  A lot of good that does a designer when they are trying to finish that project for a client...

This is the first in a series of articles where we will do our best to provide materials for your use that are licensed appropriately for personal and commercial use.  While we will do our best to put only items with the appropriate licenses in these stories, please note - licenses can change, so please review all licenses of any downloads to assure compliance.

So let's get on with it - here are the top free handwritten fonts that we use:

ARCHITECTS DAUGHTER
by Kimberly Geswein
SIL Open Font License v1.10

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #architectsdaughter



JINKY
by Rotodesign
Freeware



by Apostrophic Labs
Apostrophic Labs License v1.00

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #scriptina



by Apostrophic Labs 
Apostrophic Labs License v1.00

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #desyrel



by David Rakowski
Freeware License v1.00

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #eraser



by Clayton Cowan
Contains: Bold, Bold Italic, Italic, Regular
Freeware

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #fluxarchitect



JENNA SUE
by Jenna Sue Designs
Jenna Sue Design Font License v1.00 - Freeware


Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #jennasue


HARABARA HAND
By Andre Harabara
Freeware

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #harabarahand




JOURNAL
by Fontourist
Freeware

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #journal





PERMANENT MARKER
by Font Diner
Apache License v2.00

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #permanentmarker



MOUNTAINS OF CHRISTMAS
by Tart Workshop
Apache License v2.00

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #mountainsofchristmas



ROCK SALT
by Sideshow
Apache License v2.00

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #rocksalt



VAG-HANDWRITTEN
by VAG Design
GNU Public Use v2.00 - Freeware

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #vaghandwritten



YARD SALE
by Harold's Fonts
This copyrighted font is made available for commercial and non-commercial use when downloaded from Harold’s Fonts.

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #yardsale



PAINTY PAINT
By Vin
Free for Commercial Use with no modification or redistribution

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #paintypaint



WAGNASTY
by Jeremy Wagner
Jeremy Wagner License v1.00

Top Free Handdrawn Fonts for Personal & Commercial Use #dakotavisions #Wagnasty

Are there any free, commercial use fonts that we missed?  If so, just leave us a link to them in the comments below.  And don't forget to share this list with your friends.

Disclaimer: While we try to make sure that all the fonts on See You Behind The Lens... are properly licensed for commercial use, there are many fonts that have either been abandoned by their authors or the authors distribute their fonts without an explicit license.  It is our opinion that if the unlicensed font is freely available for download from either the original source or from multiple free-font sites then we assume it to be safe to use the font commercially. This is no guarantee of such freedom, so legal counsel is always suggested in such situations.  We are not lawyers and don’t pretend to be them one.  Please report any errors/violations you know of to http://www.dakotavisions.com/contact.html.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Color, Value & Evolution of Logos Infographic

Why are logos big business for the best brands? Logos are the most valuable intangible asset of a company. In this infographic, Finances Online looks at the color, cost, value, and other trivia about the world’s most famous logos.

A University of Amsterdam study used famous logos without word-marks like McDonald’s or Nike to measure brand recognition in early childhood. The study found out that at 3-5 years old we start to recognize a logo stands for a product and at 7-8 years old we can consistently recall the product that a logo stands for.

Here’s how experts estimate the worth of the world’s most valuable brands.

  • Apple: $104.3 billion
  • Microsoft: $56.7 billion
  • Coca-Cola: $54.9 billion
  • IBM: $50.7 billion
  • Google: $47.3 billion
  • McDonalds: $39.4 billion
  • GE: $34.2 billion
  • Intel: $30.9 billion
  • Samsung: $29.5 billion
  • Louis Vuitton: $28.4 billion

Some of the most iconic logos were conceptualized for millions of dollars employing teams of professional creative directors, art designers, and focus groups.

  • 2012 London  Olympics: $665,400.
    Its creator, Wolff Olins, believes it echoes “London’s qualities of a modern, edgy city.” For millions of critics, it’s a bunch of blocks having a seizure, but it's one the most expensive logos in the world. 
  • Pepsi new logo: $1,000,000.
    The million-dollar logo change in 2008 was criticized to be an Obama logo rip-off.  To warrant the cost, the design agency is rumored to have produced a 27-page document, “Breathtaking Design Strategy,” explaining the new logo replete with references to Da Vinci, yin-yangs, and Mobius strips.
  • BBC new logo: $1.8 M.
    The broadcasting giant straightened up its slanting logo in 1997 to look better onscreen and used Gill Sans script. The typeface was invented by Eric Gill, an English typeface designer (1882-1940) who was the key sculptor for the original BBC edifice in 1932. 

Some famous logos cost nothing

  • Microsoft: The redesign was developed by an in-house design team in 2012 and the first in 25 years for the company. Design experts said it would have cost between $250-500,000 had a branding firm did it. 
  • Google: The original logo was created by Google co-founder Sergey Brin on the free graphics program, GIMP. He’s said to be proud of it – not the design, but the fact that he’s able to use GIMP, a fairly difficult program to use.
  • Coca-Cola: The original logo was created by the company’s co-founder and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, who suggested that the two Cs would look good in advertising. Today, Forbes estimates the Coke brand value to be $78.4 B.

Other logos cost a few bucks

  • Twitter: $15.
    Twitter bought this logo from iStockphoto. The artist, Simon Oxley, is said to have received $6. Design professionals charge about $500 to $5,000 for one design, depending on a number of factors including level of expertise, project specifications, client demand, and turnaround time.  Its latest logo, a simplified bird version, is created from overlapping circles.
  • Nike: $35.
    Nike co-founder Phil Knight offered a graphic design student in1971 to create charts, graphs, and, eventually, the famous swoosh after learning the student needed money to buy oil paints. On seeing the swoosh for the first time, Knight didn’t like it but hoped “it would grow on him.”

We hope you enjoy this infographic about the color, value and evolution of logos.  Feel free to comment, like and share via the social share buttons.

Review of the Best Company Logos: Nike & IBM are Among The Most Powerful Ones
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Quote of the Day: March 13, 2014

"Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.” - Neville Brody

The quote continues to say, "It is like a clay sculpture that is always being twisted into new shapes without ever being fired."  But to take it even farther, it is to try and keep that human, organic element in play when designing digitally.  Trying to remember that there is concept, composition, textures and colors even in the 2d digital, raw data - just like in a fine oil painting.  And with each new day, you can go back to this digital painting and create anew.  Ever changing with infinite possibilities.  Your only limit, your mind...

We hope you have enjoyed your digital painting today, and if you want - leave us a comment below and show us how your digital design has progressed!


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Monday, March 10, 2014

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Six Ultimate Infographics About Color in Design

We took the time to search the web for the best infographics on how color affects your branding, web design, the psychology behind colors, and how colors affect your purchasing decisions.  We took the time...so you won't have to.

Let's get to it. Here they are - the six ultimate infographics about colors in design!
 
Courtesy of: Column Five Media

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The Psychology of Color – Must See for Web Designers - Infographic
Source: Testking Techking

The Psychology of Colors in Marketing
Source: Homestead



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How Colors Affect Your Conversion Rate #Infographic #GraphicDesign
Courtesy of: Quick Sprout

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Quote of the Day: February 26, 2014

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.

– Peter F. Drucker



By the end of this year, this quote and post will be looked back on as the beginning to a transformation of Dakota Visions Photography.  The only thing constant in this world is change.  We have responded to the changing landscape in front of us and have made stepped up to the plate to face this challenge head-on.

Stay tuned.  We've been in our cocoon for a while, but it is just about time to spread our wings - and let the world know what we have been doing.
 
The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. – Peter F. Drucker #Quote


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How Colors Affect Your Conversion Rate

The color used in a graphic design may not seem important, but this extremely important detail can account for 85% of the reason why we purchase a specific product.  Color can increase brand recognition by 80%.

Combining all the tools contained in the infographic below should make it simple to come up with a combination that will fit the brand you are designing for and help your client reach their brand goals.
How Colors Affect Your Conversion Rate #Infographic #GraphicDesign
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