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

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

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

Creative Tidbits #222: Stephen Coles, Best Art Vinyl, John Jennings, Design Week and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 ... here we are, kicking off another trip around the sun with lots of creative inspiration and discoveries from the worlds of visual communications, arts, design, graphics, typography, animation, web design, video, movies and just about all other forms of visual graphic arts! AND -- welcome to our 27th year online with DT&G and the Design & Publishing Center!

  • What’s The Use of Fonts In Use with Stephen Coles
  • Best album cover art 2016: Best Art Vinyl Awards
  • John Jennings on Graphic Arts and Afrocentricism
  • Design Week’s 10 biggest stories of 2016
  • 4 graphic designs that rocked in 2016
January 4, 2017

Scott Kelby books for Photographers - the latest and greatest!

Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby has been called many things ... but we call him the hardest working guy in Photoshop! His latest books are just what you might be looking for to load up your skills and creativity. Scotts books are always good looking and easy reading

  • The Lightroom Mobile Book: How to extend the power of Lightroom
  • The Photoshop Elements 14 Book for Digital Photographers
  • The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • How Do I Do That in Photoshop?
  • How Do I Do That In Lightroom?
  • . . . and more!
January 3, 2017