Marketing Update : AdWords Etiquette, Content Skills, and do we really trust advertising?

Effective marketing comes in many different shrouds ... from content to comments, beware what you say, where you say it and who you say it to! It's all about trust and skills. Follow along as we dig deeper into end of summer marketing :
[*] Make Hidden Persuaders Work for You: Aroma, Music, Color, Font
[*] The 5 pillars of effective content marketing etiquette
[*] 5 Marketing Skills That Digital Journalists Will Need
[*] Google Goes All in on Mobile Apps With AdWords Updates
[*] Do Americans Trust Advertisements? by Ayaz Nanji
[*] How To Choose The Right Medium For Your Message
... and more August 26, 2014

Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season

We're almost through the summer "dog dazze" and now ramping up for the biggest marketing quarter for the year, pay attention :
[*] 6 strategies to assess if a bold new idea is worth the risk
[*] Priceline Seeks Results From Facebook as Google Wins Ads
[*] Media relations techniques that don't involve pitching
[*] 5 ways to build brand awareness through content
[*] 5 Little-known YouTube Features for Marketers
[*] Metrics That Matter
... and more August 19, 2014

Creative Update 178 -- Design, Typography and Graphics for August / September

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Back to (Design) School needs creative inspiration! From baseball teams to packaging to license plates, designers touch just about everything in our lives. This creative inspiration column hopes to touch on just about everything to, from design, typography and graphics to helping you be better designers! Follow along:
[_] Blitz Media Design Logos Selected for Lewis & Clark Baseball League Uniforms
[_] Tips on Graphic Design for Translation 1: Styles, Layouts, Fonts
[_] DesignStudio creates ‘symbol of belonging’ for Airbnb rebrand
[_] Xara may have the Adobe substitute you've been looking for?
[_] Edmonton designers come up with own Alberta licence plate
[_] The Lost Graphic Designs of a Short-Lived Democracy
[_] Stranger lends street artist a helping hand
... and more ! August 13, 2014

7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design

Thanks to Shweiki Publishing for passing along these tips -- all of which are free online services that can take the place of ones you have to pay for. Even if you're a pro, these services are good to know about. If you try any, please let me know your reactions! August 5, 2014

DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for August, 2014

01 August Back to SCHOOL
02 Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness
03 60-Seconds #313 : Google Link Removal schemes raise a lot of questions
04 Let me send you $391 for back to school
05 Reading for fun, learning and graphic inspiration
06 600 Vector fonts for
07 Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration
08 1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes,
09 Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration
10 7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design
11 Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices
12 Classic Vintage vector design elements, ornaments, cartouches, illustrations and devices
13 Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos
14 MyBrushes Unique Painting Tool for natural media painting!
15 Author Steven Heller on design responsibilities
16 5 Steps to a Stand-Out Website
17 A Designers Education
18 SEPTEMBER: FALL FONTS FESTIVAL
19 Good learning ... August 1, 2014

600 Vector fonts for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting and anywhere you need clean vectors

If you're in the design business, and happen to do arts and graphics for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting, or frisket cutting, then you really do know the real value of clean vector fonts. Most of the amateurs these days achieve unique decorative fonts by layer styles and other "cheats" ... but when you need clean vectors, the amateurs don't cut it. You need real vector fonts. You get vector fonts one of two ways July 29, 2014

1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes, pictograms and illustrations for infographics, ads, web or print media

Yes, and while we're going back to (design) school, what do designers need more than anything? Good inspiration, that's what. So, here's another huge collection of top-quality vector illustrations we think you'll really like. July 28, 2014

60-Seconds #313 : Google Link Removal schemes raise a lot of questions

Ever since the bottom dropped out of the Google AdSense revenue I've searched and puzzled for an answer without success. Then I began getting Link-Removal requests from sites I had vetted long ago. Then one day Chuck Green, owner of the Jumpola web site asked a question on Facebook. The comments to that question inspired me to share my experiences with Amazon affiliates, Google, Panda, Penguin, SEO, searches, link removal requests, and the cybercrime industry. July 26, 2014

Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness

1406 Photoshop Madness

Well, as you know, all good things must come to an end ... so it's true with Summer giving way to fall ... time for some true Photoshop Madness . . . and since many of you are working on "Back to School" promotions, here are some very cool files to get you going

  • Create a Bulletin Board With Realistic Shadows, Part II
  • Create a Handmade "Back to School" Style Postcard
  • How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Printables
  • School Doodles Brushes in simple drawings
  • Vector Back to school Background
  • Back-to-school psd clipart
  • . . . and MORE
July 25, 2014

Classic Vintage vector design elements, ornaments, cartouches, illustrations and devices

In the "day" we had many, many restaurant clients. We had restaurants sometimes that would occupy the same building as the previous restaurant. I only wish we had a collection like this one in those days. We had to hand-draw, or clip from the Yanblan Archives, or some of the thousands of pages of Dover Books I had purchased to cut apart. Thank goodness these files are here today in vector format! July 18, 2014