SIXTY-SECONDS BLOG: ... which is actually 60-Second Windows, or 60-Seconds.com ... Fred Showker blogs about the realms of publishing, graphics, computing, social networking, marketing, promotions, and media-- with an eye to entertaining, amazing information that will possibly make you think! Published since 1988 as syndicated articles for user group newsletters, these are vital tidbits for busy computer users that you can read in 60-seconds! Join me on DTG FACEBOOK FaceBook and follow along on DTG TWITTER Twitter. Or, you can meet up with Fred +FredShowker, @FredShowker RSS

Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist

Adult coloring is a recent fad, and they're even saying it's good therapy! Well, there's nothing new about that. We've known about the value of creative activities for decades. But it's not just about coloring. This can be a unique and fruitful source of creative massage. Take a look. November 25, 2015

Holiday Musings: projects, crafts, creative activities for all ages

There's nothing like cutting, coloring, pasting, folding and creating fun projects! Turn off your iPhone, shut down your computer, get out the crayons, glue, scissors and colored pencils and have some real-world, real-time fun! There's really nothing like it. Here are just a few suggestions ...

  • My Christmas Tree: An Easy-to-Make Tabletop Model
  • Make Your Own Greeting Cards Paperback
  • Christmas Color by Number
  • A Christmas Treasury

Then you can enjoy the free, downloadable samples, and a gift from Fred! November 25, 2015

Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors, Adobe lost fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

The old 'Spec Work' debacle raises its ugly head again -- I cannot understand why people don't learn. We're also looking at the Google logo, and Adobe lost fonts. Enjoy and don't forget to share your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries

  • Is Spec Work Evil? 12 Agency Execs Discuss the Unchecked Problem
  • Create a Laser-Cut Mailer Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • How Magazine Covers Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years
  • Google's new logo: why a meh response is actually good
  • Is this an infographic or worthless misdirection?
  • Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded
November 4, 2015

DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for November 2015

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #11 ~ November, 2015
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to the holiday seasons, and the start of a brand new 2016!

  1. Welcome to the month of November and the opening of the Holiday Season!
  2. Photoshop Madness Holidays
  3. Photoshop Madness : fall facebook madness reveals some real mad winners!
  4. Best selling fonts in October make a Thanksgiving Treat for November
  5. Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vetors, Adobe lost fonts and more
  6. Web Advertising is Dead
  7. Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages
  8. Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators
  9. Vintage Holiday Photoshop Brushes & Creative Vector Tools
  10. Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more
  11. Advertising Update : Mobile, Video, Ad Injection, Yahoo, Facebook, Google and ad madness!
  12. Artboard Drawing App Update: Photos, Performance, Usability Enhancements
  13. Monochrome batches color images to grayscale
  14. Share your thoughts...
October 31, 2015

Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are rolling into the holiday season, but you'll find that creative inspiration for the holidays can work all year long. We have a great line-up this month, which will be in three parts. Enjoy and don't forget to send in your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries . . .

  • 100 Cameras Were Given to the Homeless in London. Here’s What They Captured.
  • Artist blends figurative and portraiture elements in works
  • 4 Great Design Ideas for Your Association Newsletter
  • Graphic Design Festival Scotland returns to Glasgow
  • How to not be frightened of your camera
October 29, 2015

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum unveils Louise Fili Font

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Hamilton hosts 7th annual Wayzgoose Type Conference, Nov. 6-8, and unveils "Mardell" a new typeface designed by Louise Fili. Other featured speakers include: Steven Heller, Marian Bantjes and Daniel Rhatigan! Now in its seventh year, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum hosts its annual Wayzgoose Type Conference on Nov. 6-8. October 3, 2015

Creative Tidbits #197: spectacular drone shots to advice for branding and more

Well into the Fonts Festival, I thought we'd take a little break from fonts to cover some interesting items in other areas of the graphic design and creative fields. Those drone shots are awesomel, and just a little preaching will help your brand design a bit.
      There's always lots to learn in the creative world, so follow along . . . September 15, 2015

Web design - the cycle from good to bad to ugly and back again - creative tidbits 194

The web design world has gone through some crazy ups and downs in its short 20 year lifetime. It started lean and clean because there was no bandwidth, and the software was so slow. We were connecting on 400 baud modems over dialup. You remember that -- but where's it all going? We don't know, but we'll sure have a good time getting there! August 18, 2015

Typography arts : How to know if a font sucks

How to know if a font sucks THREE DECADES AGO, with the advent of electronic publishing and nouveau design practitioners, many either didn't know basic typography, or they didn't care to remember. The roots of type and typography is evidenced in every letter we see. We're taught at a very young age to recognize letter forms. It's a basic common denominator in our society. August 13, 2015