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

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

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

Nikita Prokhorov is the real deal: Logos, lettering, and visions that move

It has become almost impossible to sort the real from the players -- many people in the Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and other graphic arts areas are not genuine! That's right. They are there for the clicks. So you really have to be careful! On the other hand, some discoveries are gold! We've been friends with Nikita Prokhorov for some time, and believe me folks, Nikita is the real deal! September 29, 2015

Inspiration : Amazing type, font and lettering treatments that show true creativity!

Here, we've tried to pick the very best in both technique and styling. You know you've got really creative thinking when you've made typography out of chocolate or paper or sticks and grass. In this collection you'll see some amazing lettering from carefully engineered to tea leaves! Enjoy! September 28, 2015

Pope Francis Visits America -- fun and educational

We don't normally show books like this, but under the circumstances I thought it would be a fun inclusion for our October content . . . or for gift giving. Everyone loves the Pope, and here's the opportunity to invite him into your home! September 25, 2015

Surfing for lessons, inspiration, neon, terms, and the culture of typography: surf #5

Here we go again with another great font surf

Now we continue with an unusual mix of talents from urban neon artist to a typography lesson from noted typography trainer and expert, Ilene Strizver! We're almost finished on surf #6, so better get into this one right away!

  • Branding requires a balance between strategy and design.
  • Type Terms You Need to Stop Confusing
  • Type integration into illustration
  • The Culture and knowledge of Type . . .
  • Urban Interventions
September 24, 2015

Download 500 free fonts in a single download? Seriously?

The guys from MacAppware are celebrating the 21st Annual Fall Fonts Festival with a pile of new fonts to their Free Fonts collection, bringing the new total to over 500 -- all in a single download! Think about it -- you'd spend literally months downloading all these fonts, individually, from the 'free' fonts sites! September 24, 2015