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Creative Tidbits #224:Color Searches, Portfolio, Templates, free fonts, history lesson and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This week's Tidbits has something for everyone! We really enjoy learning opportunities, and Hannah Poindexter's piece is very good and should be part of our legendary "Brief History of Typography" series in the Type Department. Yes, and speaking of type, we do have a free font this time, and a free DTP template as well as more tips on creating your online portfolio.
      We always welcome your suggestions and ideas and items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet
  • This one searches Flicker to find your colors
  • Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio
  • Clean Design Free Resume Template
  • Lively Serif goes Deco
February 7, 2017

Social Media Update : Boomers, YouTube, Mobile vs. desktop, Millennials and more

The social media field is about to heat up with the approach of Valentine's Day, and a ton of spring events and activities. If we can get people to stop the fake news and click bait of the elections, and concentrate on what's hot for marketing, the graphic designers could go to work.

  • The Importance of Social Media in Experiential Marketing Campaigns
  • From Millennials to Boomers: Connecting with Members at Every Age
  • Lunch Bot, Anyone? How Brands Can Use Chatbots in Advertising
  • Publishers are missing the jump from desktop to mobile
  • 30 Killer Tips to Become a Master Social Media Manager
  • The Key to Social Media? Think Like a Publisher
  • Mobile vs. desktop in the world of Millennials
  • YouTube Statistics will blow you away
February 6, 2017

Creative Tidbits #223: Online Portfolios, Design cannibalism, White House Photos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Off to a great start, and here comes February! My favorite item in this edition of Creative Tidbits is the Photo exposition from the 2016 White House photographs -- WOW! Yes, and a free font, some excellent Photoshop Text effects and how to 'fix' Design cannibalism ... a great issue this week and remember, you can always suggest items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • 6 Steps To Creating A Knockout Online Portfolio
  • Rosarina Font: speak softly, carry a big stick
  • 2016 White House in Photographs
  • Problem: Design cannibalism
  • Photoshop Cool Text Effects
February 1, 2017

60-Seconds #340 : Does Stephen Hawking or Wolf Blitzer know they are spam heros?

It occured to me the other day that I sure am glad I'm not Stephen Hawking. But then the little voice said aren't you ashamed of yourself, Mr. Hawking along with Wolf Blitzer*, Anderson Cooper* and Jon Stewart* have been attacked by cyber crime in one of the worst ways possible! Cybercrime has exploited his condition and made him the most spoofed celebrity in 2016! Too bad there isn't some way he can get back at the low-life spammers at Inteligen*. January 31, 2017

Social Media Update : Google, iTunes, AI, chatbots, streaming, Facebook, Twitter and more

OKAY, we're off and running into another year of DT&G's social media updates, and these next 22 references were the hottest links in the past three weeks before the first of the year! If you have observations or experiences to share, please feel free to contribute your guest article for all DTG readers! And here we go . . .

  • 8 Reasons to Focus on Content Marketing and Improve your Google Ranking
  • AI, chatbots, live streaming and more social media trends for 2017
  • Apple: One billion iTunes podcast subscriptions and counting
  • 5 Tips To Help You Achieve More With Social Media Marketing
  • Battle Of The Ages: The Digital vs.Traditional Media Debate
  • 8 Companies Changing the Social Media Game
  • Do Page Likes Still Matter on Facebook?
January 24, 2017

Social Media Update : February, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Tweeting and more

February kicks off with some very hot property heating up even more. Follow the trends and the studies and you'll see there are some real problems to overcome once you start relying too heavily on Social Media. Don't sell your real media just quite yet.

  • 5 attitudes that say your organization’s not ready for all-out social media
  • Crowdtap Study Reveals Seventy-One Percent of Shoppers Rely On Social Media
  • Oxford professor challenges Ritson's 'tsunami of bullshit' claim
  • Opinion: The important word in ‘social media’ is not ‘media’
  • Read This Article Before You Press ‘Tweet’
  • A Social Media Manager’s View on SEO
  • Social Media Policy Checklist
January 23, 2017

A Brief History of Typography: 300 Years of Type Faces, Fonts, and the people behind them

I have completely updated and refined our legendary typography series, originally authored by Thomas Phinney. This eight page dissertation now accurately links to all the type faces and fonts mentioned in the text. So, welcome to 2017, and an opportunity to trace the 300-year history of typography, without ads, or stalkers or predators! Enjoy! January 23, 2017

A Brief History of Typography

This wonderful account, authored in 2005 by Thomas W. Phinney now comes to DTG readers with hundreds of links and references added, and updated. Learn the history behind the fonts! This is essential reading for all new designers, even if you read some of the later font articles -- this is the foundation! January 23, 2017

Graphic Novel: The private beach of sexy and cynical Trudy Honeyvan!

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Everyday life takes on touches of the bizarre in these tales of sexy and cynical Trudy Honeyvan and her circle of twenty-something friends. From oddball coincidences to occasional UFO sightings to an ominously cryptic message from a Magic 8 Ball, Trudy's world is becoming increasingly weird — right up to the point when a pair of mysterious men in black ask her to "lend ambiance" to a nightclub called Heaven's Rift. January 17, 2017

Graphic Novel: Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra

BlackJack: Second Bite of the Cobra

A tale of blood and vengeance set in the rip-roaring 1930s, this graphic novel stars Arron Day, alias Blackjack, an African-American soldier of fortune. January 11, 2017