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Web Advertising is Dead

People don't want ads on their phones. They don't want ads on their tablets. They're speaking out in a real loud voice -- AD BLOCKERS! October 29, 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

Photoshop Madness Holidays

The holidays are upon us and chances are there will be a need for some holiday inspiration. OH NO ... time for some Photoshop Madness to try locating some decent resources! October 27, 2015

Advertising Update : Mobile, Video, Ad Injection, Yahoo, Facebook, Google and ad madness!

Here we are at the end of 2015 and it looks like mobile devices are taking over, but advertising is getting more and more difficult. Since the ad industry shot itself in the foot, I've been preaching and warning about this for over a decade. The advertising purveyence industry has a dirty secret: they're screwing the publishers AND the advertisers! But don't take my word for it . . .

  • Video viewability is key to engagement, revenue opportunities
  • Ad Injection: Yet Another Challenge for Online Advertising
  • Is Facebook Becoming the Apple of Digital Ad Sales?
  • Mobile Advertising Has A Measurement Problem
  • Mobile To Dominate Digital Ad Spend In 2016
October 27, 2015

Artboard Drawing App Update: Photos, Performance, Usability Enhancements

I've told you about Mapdiva before. It's a very cool new program, and now it's been upgraded! Artboard 1.9.8 vector drawing software, features support for Apple's new Photos app, a critical performance update, and several usability enhancements. Artboard is an affordable vector drawing program that is simple to use to get you going fast, yet powerful enough to meet your everyday drawing needs. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website, with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial. October 26, 2015

Monochrome batches color images to grayscale

If you haven't seen Monochrome 3.0.1 for OS X, you should. This is an application for converting batches of color images to grayscale. Monochrome gives you control over the conversion process and applied effects, so you can create a consistent set of output images. October 22, 2015

Custom Remote KeyPad 1.0 released for iOS - Control a Mac Wirelessly

Custom Remote KeyPad, for iPhone/iPad/iPod was originally released for iOS 2 in 2008. After over 25,000 downloads and rave reviews, it was discontinued with the release of iOS 7 for technical reasons. The app has now been entirely rewritten for iOS 8+ using Appleís new Swift language and adopting the latest iOS technologies. October 21, 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

Photoshop Madness : fall facebook madness reveals some real mad winners!

Here we go with a mad, wild, visit to Photoshop on Facebook . . . but be careful folks, it's a madhouse out there and you just never know where the madess with lead! This time it's all good. We've culled out most of the crap ...

  • 8 Questions With Alberto Seveso
  • Eric Scala Rare Visions
  • 1940 Chevy convertible
  • Cameron Phillips Redux
  • Photoshop Designer
October 3, 2015

Ultimate Halloween Masks as created with Photoshop

Just imagine if you could decorate real people as well as you can in Photoshop. Well, you can. Which of these were done for real, and which were done in Photoshop? You can probably guess them all. Of course there are tens-of-thousands out there on the web. We just thought these, sent in by readers, would be fun to share. October 1, 2015