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60 Seconds 333: Google searches fail. Is it time for a new search engine?

The world has become married to Google. Everyone uses Google Search on a daily basis. Web sites everywhere live and die by Google's hand. I'm wondering -- if I had the kind of money Google has, and I was designing a search engine, wouldn't I make the actual target of the search query turn up on the FIRST PAGE? I certainly would. Any good designer would -- at least you think they would. If you go to a restaurant and order the $35 Steak, wouldn't you expect to get steak? Google seems to disagree May 31, 2016

DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for June, 2016

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 26, #6 ~ June
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to this year's Designing Women Celebrtion, and the onset of spring!

  1. SURF's UP.. on the web
  2. Creative Tidbits #208: Smile design, fabric design, publishing, rip off design and more
  3. 60 Seconds 333: Google searches fail. Is it time for a new search engine?
  4. Creative Tidbits #207: pricing tips, tshirts, font selection, responsive design and more
  5. Color : Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art and Design offer superb inspiration for today's designers
  6. Creative Tidbits #206: political logos, fonts, pen & ink, creative blocks and more
  7. Washington Technology Announces Industry Days Lineup at ACQUIRE Show
  8. Welcome to Adobe Spark! A new way to generate social media content
  9. Adobe Spark: Creating Effective Video for your Cause or Crowdfunding Campaign
  10. Spark Spotlight: How a Bike Shop Spurred a Pedal Revolution
  11. Marketing Update : Prince's death, Coachella, strategy, franchisees, Surveys and more
  12. NO MORE SUBMISSIONS -- the honor system is dead!
  13. July, August and Summertime Design
May 30, 2016

Creative Tidbits #207: pricing tips, tshirts, font selection, responsive design and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Feels like we're rushing down-hill into spring, and with that comes all kinds of new summer and seasonal design for marketing. This issue has some thoughtful items moreso than just eye-candy. Don't forget -- if you have an item for Creative Tidbits, just send it along -- we'll get right back to you! For now, enjoy . . .

  • Textile artist Kustaa Saski delivers a world of psychedelic dreamscapes
  • Which is better: mobile app development or responsive web design
  • Graphic design seniors turn ideas into beautiful realities
  • Special birthday shirts fly off rack
  • The Science of Font Selection
May 25, 2016

Color : Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art and Design offer superb inspiration for today's designers

Celtic arts and design While we're talking about color and design, we cannot neglect mentioning the Celtic arts and design. So, here we'll take a look at 60 clip art and reference files you can download and experiment with! But first, let me introduce you some valuable resources available for discovering the Celtic arts!

From the early medieval art of Britain and Ireland came the Book of Kells and other glorious pieces of illuminated art. This is what "Celtic art" evokes for much of the art world even though the most inspiring work was created nearly a thousand years earlier. It's a fascinating art genre well worth some study. May 23, 2016

Creative Tidbits #206: political logos, fonts, pen & ink, creative blocks and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Don't you just love election years? With Facebook becoming the public bully-pulpit for Kooks, jerks, brains, hucksters, criminals and even legitimate politicians you can find more interesting takes on art ever -- some good, and some will be bad but they'll all be fun. And, along with that comes the traditional discussion of various logos. The web is now full of logo designers, in fact you can't hardly turn a page without hitting two or three! Anyway, this is my surf for creative stuff over the past couple of weeks and it's a trilogy. Watch for the other two parts next week!

  • Students create logos for an upcoming international event
  • Logo design: how to stop Twitter hating your new logo
  • RI Artscape: Reading The Presidential Campaign Logos
  • Iordanis Passas offers the Baston display font
  • Six Foot Giraffe is where I keep my things.
  • 6 (More) Tips to Get Past a Creative Block
May 21, 2016

Washington Technology Announces Industry Days Lineup at ACQUIRE Show

The Industry Days lineup at the ACQUIRE show features an all-star line-up of information and opportunity! This is a two-day educational event and tradeshow for government and military professionals looking to deliver on their agencies’ missions. May 20, 2016

Adobe Spark: Creating Effective Video for your Cause or Crowdfunding Campaign

Adobe has teamed up with expert voices from Change.org and the Future of Storytelling (FOST) on why you need video in your crowdfunding campaign or petition. Studies have shown adding video to your petition, cause, or crowdfunding campaign can increase its effectiveness by over 6x, and it’s never been easier to create! Adobe Spark offers the easiest way to create an animated video for your cause or campaign with it’s free web-based and iOS app Spark Video . . . . May 20, 2016

Welcome to Adobe Spark! A new way to generate social media content

Over the years Adobe has gotten bigger and bigger, but with very few really innovative new things -- there's a limit to the number of features you can add to a program and still have it a viable tool. SPARK is something I think the real world is ready for -- and it's probably the best thing Adobe has done in close to a decade . . . check this out NOT, while it's free. You know, they'll be back later for money! May 20, 2016

Spark Spotlight: How a Bike Shop Spurred a Pedal Revolution

As this video depicts, this possibly could be the BEST thing to come out of Adobe in a decade -- and for now they're FREE . . . the SPARK suite is awesome ! ... let me know what you think -- and if you create a SPARK project, be sure and link it to ME for a free professional graphic design critique! #video #videostory #designvideo #designtools #adobe #adobespark #socialmedia #facebook #pinterest #storytelling #60-Seconds #marketing May 19, 2016

Marketing Update : Prince's death, Coachella, strategy, franchisees, Surveys and more

We haven't had a Marketing Update since the first of the year, and it's about high time since marketers are beginning to dig out from winter. Keeping in the know of marketing is a vital need for graphic designers -- if you know where it's going, you can design for it! Follow long . . .

  • Four Years After #Linsanity, Hornets PG Jeremy Lin Quietly Thriving On Social Media
  • Social media responses to Prince's death spark debate in local marketing community
  • Marketing at Coachella: How brands stake claims amid the bands
  • 3 Key Elements Your Content Needs to Break Out From the Crowd
  • Effective marketing communications strategy is crucial
  • Smart Marketing Strategies That Attract Franchisees
  • Do We Need Formal Surveys Anymore?
  • The Hard Truth About Social Media
May 3, 2016