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Announcing Drawn to Business: the business book for artists & designers.


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Hey DA friends! We wanted to take a moment to tell you about the new book we just released called Drawn to Business written by Go Media founder William Beachy.


After two long years, we're proud to offer our latest treasure of insight into the business of the working artist and designer. It's our most ambitious product to date and our mission of helping fellow creatives was the driving force behind our new book. We have also put together a couple packages with lots of bonus goodies for every budget.

The book itself is 382 pages of beautifully designed content including contributions from a dozen other design firm owners including DKNG, the KDU, and Burlesque of North America. It covers topics such as getting more clients, maximizing revenue, lawyers and accountants, self promotion, branding, design process optimization, and more. There's even a Business Plan Workbook to help get out of any rut you find yourself in.

View the book here:



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Hello GMZ readers! If you're looking for the video from last Thursday's live broadcast, you've come to the right place.

We wanted to summarize some of the things that were said during Jeff's live broadcast about his ebook Thread's Not Dead. First, the recorded version of the broadcast. Since it was a big first time for all of us, we ran into the unavoidable technical difficulties, but oh well. In the end, it all went rather well and smoothly.The recorded videos, however, might have a few gaps here and there. I also wish we could have a recording of the chat window to follow along.

The video is divided into 10 parts – which happened unintentionally (darn you, UStream!). To save you time, here's what each part is about.



So, if you'd like to get access to all of these awesome things, don't hesitate to head over to the post on the Zine.
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Ladies and gentlemen, we have the pleasure to announce something awesome.

By now, you all know that Jeff released his first ebook - entitled Thread's Not Dead - about the apparel design industry.

Thread's Not Dead - Ebook cover


If not, here's a friendly introduction to its content:

TND - What's Inside...
What if the most prolific and influential people in the modern t-shirt design scene got together and discussed everything they wish they knew when they started?
That's exactly what we have here.
Inside these 10 chapters is 117 pages of essential strategy pulled from the success and failures of some of the best in the biz.
Key topics include design, freelancing, band merchandise, personal branding, marketing, sales, printing & production, retail, e-commerce, and more.


Well, the cool thing is that Jeff will be doing a live broadcast (à la James White) of an hour or so (hey, there are clients as well that want their projects to get done...) on Thursday, May 12th 2011 at 2:00 PM EST.


SAoS - TND live announcement - GoMediaZine


The broadcast will be held at gomediazine.com/live on Thursday (May 12th) for an awesome live session with Jeff. For the people familiar with the Signalnoise Broadcast, you know how it works. For the others, there will be a convenient chat window where you will be able to ask your questions, probably in the 2nd half of the show.

We can't wait to see you all there!

(Also, if I were you, I would stick around until the end, because there might be some stuff you'll want to be aware of. But I won't tell more, hehe.)
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Dear readers, we have big news to share. It is our pleasure to announce long time friends and design pals Simon Hartmann and Jon Savage (aka Studio Ace of Spade) as the new editors for the GoMediaZine. You may have seen Simon posting here a lot and may wonder what happened to George Coghill, our previous editor. Well, George was having success in his freelance business and as a result he was becoming less available to spend time on the zine. So he stepped down as editor a few months ago. Simon has always impressed us and has played a big part in Go Media's role in design community. His developer and partner at Studio Ace of Spade, Jon Savage will be lead editor and Simon will continue his role as community manager. So with the two of them on board, you guys should expect the same, if not better, quality articles and tutorials. And the GoMediaZine needs an upgrade and a facelift and that will come as well. So I will let Jon and Simon tell you a bit about themselves and what you guys can expect with them as editors of the GMZ!

Jeff Finley (founder of the GoMediaZine).

Meet Your New Editors

"Our" pleasure? Yes, "our", because we are two. Jon and myself, Simon, from Studio Ace of Spade, are succeeding in this tough spot after George left it to go on other adventures.

Who are we?

Like I wrote earlier, Jon and I are running Studio Ace of Spade. Jon is originally from the Chagrin Falls, Ohio area. I'm from Sélestat, France and ended up in the US after a long and complicated story (that involves a girl). We met at Goshen College and decided to start our own business since the local economy, heavily based on the RV industry, was going down the drain. So here we are.

We do design. One of the projects you've been likely to be exposed to is our Project 52 (a quote-based poster a week, for a year).

SAoS - Project 52.07 - 10 Lives by Parachute Journalists

SAoS - Project52.10 - The strangest girl I've ever known by Algebro

SAoS - Project 52.12 - Clothespin blues by BB Wolfe - Alt version

SAoS - Project 52.13 - Pink Safari by Pamela Hute

We also design for the web. Most recently, we've been designing for some of the landmark businesses in Goshen, IN (the town in which we live). We worked with The Electric Brew (and ended up rebranding the whole place), a water utility engineering firm, Kurtz Engineering, and we have something in the pipes for the classy local restaurant (it's called Kelly Jae's and we're launching soon!). Last week we completed a rebranding and web design project for a 3d artist from New York, Bobby West. We got the gig through Go Media actually, we'll have to tell you the story one of these days.

We take a bunch of pictures, too. Last year, I had a 365 project going on (a picture a day, for a year).

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I still have a backlog of pictures to edit from that… But shhh.

We also like to take pictures during concerts. The following ones were taken during a Wilson's Reservoir concert that was a bit special: it was their album release party (we also designed the poster for the event).

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You've also probably seen the pictures taken at the Laundry Party, right?

We're gearing up to launch our own online store, 13 Spade (promise, it'll be live before Weapons of Mass Creation Fest!) and to finally have a decent portfolio website. Not that the current one sucks, but let's say it's kind of… too minimalistic. We're also keeping a log of what's going on at the Studio (as efficiently as we can).

All of this is cool, but what's going to happen on Zine?

Well, it just happens that Jon and myself have ambitions, projects, and ideas for the Zine. Luckily enough, they match the goals the Go Media team has, too.

Remember that article Chris Spooner posted on Line 25 a little while back comparing design blogs to vehicles? Well, a custom chopper is cool. We want to keep the design community up to date with tips and tricks, tutorials, design news — you name it.

We want to maintain the policy of publishing amazing case studies and tutorials from some of the most talented individuals we've ever met. We also want to make sure everyone will get a chance to submit content. But, we also want to make sure what we publish exceeds your expectations. Don't hesitate to give us feedback! Tell us what we're doing well (because a pat on the back is always good), but also tell us what we should improve.

We'll also try to find out who wants to share their resources and processes on how to use them here (read: freebies).

We want to keep being a place where talented people get the attention they deserve. We will keep publishing the Flickr pool showcases. We also want to launch a series of artists/designers/design project features, like we did for the State Motto Project. We want to talk about the exciting things going on in the design community.

And as a side note, some of the people posting stuff in the Go Media Flickr group would totally deserve a feature here.

We will obviously keep talking about Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. We'd love to extend the concept from just a yearly event to maybe local chapters.

We'll also keep having Bill and the rest of the Go Media team giving us insights on the stuff that's cooking at Go Media for the general public. We will also make sure that he keeps giving us his inspirational tips.

What do you want to see?

So. What do you want to see the Zine doing? Give us some ideas, reach out to us on twitter (@simonhartmann and @jonathantsavage), do something.

We're pretty stoked to start handling the Zine. And it's going to be awesome to meet all of you.

— Jon Savage and Simon H.
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don't look now, we just dropped Vector Set 19 for you all.  Bam!



Check out the new set! arsenal.gomedia.us/vector-art-…
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Grid Kit Released



We cooked up the grid kit to be a go-to ingredient in your page layout process. We revisited the classic tomes of page construction and put together a smashing sampling of grids that will inspire & guide your eye through the design process.

All of the grids are vector so you can use them right in Adobe Illustrator, or overlay them onto your pages in InDesign, Photoshop or other design application.

What’s included?

We’ve included every kind of base grid we could dream up: various columns, margins, gutters, and rows. We’ve got isometric grids, golden concentric circles, graduated golden sections, gradient cells, and more. Several page construction methods resulted in a few of our favorite grids in this kit.

Most of the grids are for a single 8.5×11 page, but a handful use Van de Graaf’s page construction methods to build a page area for facing pages. If you want to see each & every grid included in the kit, check out the Grid Kit Facebook album.



You should buy the Grid Kit on the Arsenal.

Go Media is a creative agency based in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides the GoMediaZine, we also work for clients and sell stock artwork and design files on the Arsenal.
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Go Media owner and veteran illustrator Jeff Finley shares intimate details of his illustration and design process in his two hour video tutorial “Wacom Illustration Techniques”. You’ll learn the process for manipulation and compilation of photos for reference, secrets of illustration with a Wacom tablet, and techniques for adding color and texture to finalize the piece.

Video Tutorial can be found here: arsenal.gomedia.us/wacom-illus…

What is covered in the tutorial.

Photo manipulation

    * Setting up document
    * Finding reference photos
    * Combining references photos into cohesive composite reference.
    * Aligning the anatomy of a reference skull to a stock photo.
    * Using layer masks to clean up composite reference.

Illustration

Ideal brush settings for use with a Wacom.
Drawing the skull

    * Roughing in main outlines.
    * Adding illustrated hash lines and stipple dots to suggest shading.
    * Knowing the difference between anatomy & illustration.
    * See the entire skull drawn in real time.
    * Drawing more realistic teeth.
    * Interpreting detail from the dull areas of the reference photo.
    * Adding texture with illustration techniques.

Drawing hair

    * Creating your own style from insufficient reference material.
    * “Chunking” areas of hair to frame the flow.
    * Subdividing the chunks to fill in the hair.
    * Controlling line density to suggest light & dark areas.
    * Drawing hair like a twisting tube.
    * Getting in the zone with the lines.

Adding type, texture, & color

Adding fill and texture

    * Filling the linework with a background color.
    * Adding “noise” with texture.
    * Blending in the artwork to the background with layer masks.
    * Creating noise textures with the “guess & check” method.
    * Adding positive & negative noise to the foreground & background to add cohesion.

Adding type

    * Combining faces, weights, sizes & kerning for perfect type treatment.
    * Using Photoshop’s align & distribute functions.
    * Simulating ink bleed on the type.

Adding color

    * Experimenting with textures & layer blending modes.
    * Applying the global vintage color treatment.
    * Spot blurring to add visual interest.
    * Adding grain & sharpness with the high pass filter.

For more information on the video tutorial, go here arsenal.gomedia.us/wacom-illus…
Just released the awesome new Vector Set 16 today!



The set contains royalty free artwork from the following categories:

  • Vintage Elements
  • Web 2.0 Badges
  • Color Radials
  • Serpents
  • Primates
  • Maps of the USA
  • Winged Scrolls


Check them out at arsenal.gomedia.us
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Check them out at arsenal.gomedia.us
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We were joking around at the Go Media office one day and our IT guy Dave was talking about how cool it would be to have a FAIL sticker to stick on random stuff.  We looked online but didn't find much and decided to just do it ourselves.

So in the typical "just wing it" approach, we reserved the failsticker.com domain and got some stickers printed.

Oliver shows off the sticker in all it's glory.  And yes, the mustache is real.

<img src="failsticker.com/images/fail-ph…" Fail Sticker on your FACE! />

We're selling them in little bundles for cheap so you can decorate your office or whatever.  If you can find some good ironic real-life FAIL situations, send me a pic so I can put it on the site and replace the ones we took.

www.failsticker.com

The cheap prices go up a little on March 1st, so get them while you can.
Fail sticker has been Dugg!  How about you?
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We were joking around at the Go Media office one day and our IT guy Dave was talking about how cool it would be to have a FAIL sticker to stick on random stuff.  We looked online but didn't find much and decided to just do it ourselves.

So in the typical "just wing it" approach, we reserved the failsticker.com domain and got some stickers printed.

Oliver shows off the sticker in all it's glory.  And yes, the mustache is real.

<img src="failsticker.com/images/fail-ph…" Fail Sticker on your FACE! />

We're selling them in little bundles for cheap so you can decorate your office or whatever.  If you can find some good ironic real-life FAIL situations, send me a pic so I can put it on the site and replace the ones we took.

www.failsticker.com

The cheap prices go up a little on March 1st, so get them while you can.
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It's Monday, and that means another taste of upcoming Vector Set 14.  And this one is particularly tasty!

First of all, none of these ornate images are recycled from low-resolution stock.  We've created each one from scratch and have baggy eyes to show for it.  It might be hard to tell the difference in a low resolution web browser, but inspect the line quality in Adobe Illustrator to appreciate the clean detail.

The full Ornate Patterns Vector Pack has 13 ornate flourishes and 13 seamless ornate patterns to go along!  The patterns tile seamlessly, so they're great for filling backgrounds.


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Here is one of my favorite flourishes from the pack for free.  Still, the whole pack is only $9.99 for hours & hours of illustration work done by Go Media artists.  It's a steal!

Download a free sample here!

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Go Media Arsenal

For Vector Pack 14, Hand Drawn Wings became a stand out example of why we love to create art.  Graphite, ink & moleskine fibers went flying & soon Go Media artists Adam Law, Jeff Finely & Bill Beachy had created a truly impressive collection of wings.  We're really happy with how it turned out, so we decided to release it now all by itself!

Get a free sample at www.gomediazine.com

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Check out the love & quality linework in this free sample.  Remember you can get the whole pack for the price of lunch at the Arsenal!
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Vector Pack 11 Released

Thu Jun 5, 2008, 2:47 PM
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We've been hard at work at Vector Pack 11 and have finally released it to the public today!  The set includes Hand-Drawn Skulls, Doodles, Birds 2, Suits, International Skylines, Trees 2, and Type Explosions.

Check it out!  gomedia.us/arsenal



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Vote for our design on Design by Humans and get a 15% discount on everything at the arsenal www.designbyhumans.com/vote/de…

So we have finally decided to do something about our long list of purely digital mockups that make up a large part of our portfolio.  We're finally getting them printed.

Vote for this Tee and get it printed!

But we need your help.  We have decided to use Design by Humans to print our tees. DBH is a contest site much like Threadless, but a lot of my peers over at Emptees have had some great success with the site and their printing quality and capabilities.  

The only catch is we need to get a lot of votes in order to be printed.  But I am pretty confident that with all of our fans and loyal readers of this blog we can pull it off.  You need to sign up and vote for the tees that you want printed and if they get enough votes, they will!  

We get emails on a daily basis, no joke, about people wanting to buy the shirts on our site.  We don't advertise that they're for sale and there is no add to cart button, but people are going out of their way to ask.  And I always have had bad news to tell them that they were in fact just mockups and not available for purchase.  It's a drag.

Why use DBH?  Why not print yourself?

We've gone back and forth with trying to find a printer that can do our designs justice and print like the mockups, but it's been difficult.  There is also a large upfront cost to printing shirts ourselves.  Which is normally fine if we're just doing some simple spot color designs on the center of the shirt.  But what we want are the jumbo prints, the full color simulations, etc.  It's not easy and it's certainly not cheap for us to print.  So that's why we're trying out DBH.  Everything I've heard says they can do it.  So let's find out!

Bold is Beautiful

I need you to get out and vote for us.  Our first submission is Bold is Beautiful.  This is definitely the most requested shirt on our site.  We really want to have this available for people to purchase, even if it is on Design by Humans and not directly on our site.  So go to the site, sign up and give us a vote if you want to see this shirt printed and hopefully on your body!

www.designbyhumans.com/vote/de…

Vote for us, Get a Discount!

As incentive, we'll give you a 15% discount off everything in our Arsenal - if you use the code "DBH08" you can get the discount.  This code will expire on Friday at 6pm EST so you must use it in the next day or two.  

So thanks a bunch, let's do this together!

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Vector Pack 10 Released!

Wed Apr 9, 2008, 11:06 AM
grab it here www.gomedia.us/arsenal

We are happy to announce the release of Vector Pack Set 10.  We took some of your advice and released some more "unique" sets.  In this set you'll find Lightning, Tattoos, Cute Stuff, Anatomy 2, Hooved, Nautical, and Blood Drips.  All at your disposal for wicked design awesomeness.

And as always you can pick up the entire set for about $53 or buy each pack individually for $15 at Go Media's Arsenal of Design Weaponry.

Vector Pack 10 released today

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Vector Pack 9 is out now

Tue Jan 22, 2008, 10:42 AM
grab it here www.gomedia.us/arsenal

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I'm excited to let you folks know that we released Vector Pack Set 9 today.  It's been forever since we released a pack (got slammed on some projects) but we are happy to be working on the Arsenal again.  So may I present to you Set 9!

The set features Hooladanders 3, Heraldry 2, Abstract Halftones, Western, Signs, The 80s, and Flowers.  

Click here to check out the new set.

And we've already discussed what Set 10 will be all about and we think we're going to have some "different" things to bring to the table.  Stuff that might surprise you!

Hooladanders 3

Heraldry 2

Abstract Halftones

80s

flowers

western

signs

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via GoMediazine.com

We had a guest author contribute a great tutorial using the Pattern Brush in Illustrator.  You can watch the video or follow the step by step tutorial.  You can get great results fast, and normally this stuff would take you hours if you did it manually with the Pen Tool.

I cant' believe I didn't think of doing this sooner.  But anyway, here's the link:

www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/…
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Let me know what you think.

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visit the site at emptees.com

So I've been hanging out and posting my own designs on emptees.com and it's awesome so far.  Such a simple site that shows off the best t-shirt designers in the biz.  Well, a least a good handful of them!  We need more artists to participate in the community post their stuff, chat about designs, etc.  Some notables that post:

Rob Dobi
Chris Rushing
HorseBites
Jimmy Heartcore
Fueled by Ramen Records peeps

and of course us Go Media folks

Look me up on the site, my sn is "jfinley" and Oliver's is simply "oliver"

See you on the site www.emptees.com

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20% off everything at Go Media's Arsenal until Dec. 25 - enter the code "holidayfun" during checkout to get your discount.  Go crazy with new vectors, textures, fonts, and more!

www.gomedia.us/arsenal

20% EVERYTHING at the Arsenal!

Thu Nov 29, 2007, 2:52 PM
use the code "holidayfun"

20% off everything at Go Media's Arsenal until Dec. 25 - enter the code "holidayfun" during checkout to get your discount.  Go crazy with new vectors, textures, fonts, and more!

www.gomedia.us/arsenal

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