Ad Blockers : Google search result ads, Netflix, Native Ads, FCC privacy rules and more

We're following the advertising industry with great interest. Of course you've followed our advertising and marketing updates for years, and we carefully tried to warn the online ad world of the evils of spam for nearly three decades. Alas, the unquenchable quest for money has corrupted the entire online advertising world to the point of criminal activities and now there is a growing backlash from the public. It's a huge travesty that this second generation of internet users actually does not know what a spam-free internet is like. We're following the anti-spam world of ad-blocking for you :

  • Ad Blocking Declined In Germany; Advertisers Are Concerned With Snapchat Video Averages
  • Here's one sign that ad blocking's meteoric growth could start to slow down
  • Goodbye social media, analytics and ad trackers with Firefox Focus for iOS
  • Why building relevant ads in a cookie-free world comes down to context
  • Adblock Plus wins its 6th court case, brought by Der Spiege
  • Netflix promotes ‘Black Mirror’ by targeting ad blockers
  • Adblock Plus Calls Meetup To Form An Independent Board
  • A Glimmer of Hope in the Ad Blocking Battle
  • Ad-Blockers: Let’s Call Them What They Are!
  • The Natives Are Restless
December 20, 2016

Ad Blockers : Google search result ads, Netflix, Native Ads, FCC privacy rules and more

Now that we've been on the path of ad blockers for a year, the topics of click bait and fake news seems to have overtaken the media. Ad blockers will always help you on click bait sites because they're always full of predator and stalker links in the ads served. As we approach the end of 2016, the ad blocking field is getting hotter and hotter! This edition covers just a few of the hottest of the hot December 12, 2016

Web Design Update: Landing Pages, Website Goals, Advertising Sucks, SEO, and Flipboard

We're at the end of the year and will be seeing new developments in the new year, I'm sure. So this edition will close out 2016, and hopefully give you some things to think about for the coming year. Thanks for reading!

  • Why Flipboard Won't Help Publishing's Smoldering Model
  • 4 Ways to Transform Your Landing Pages for More Impact
  • 10 Ways To Gain Quick Conversions Through Web Design
  • Create the Right Goals for Your Website
  • How your old content can help with SEO
  • Advertising Sucks Long Live The Web
  • How the Web Became Unreadable
December 8, 2016

Web Design Update: Advertising, optimization, myths, rankings, training, ROI and more

How many times have I said it? Advertising sucks on the web? Some people are starting to agree. This edition of WebUpdate seems to reinforce that concept. This week we'll also see some warnings about your rankings and publishing good, content is good SEO. Let's dig in :

  • Web Advertising Sucks... Affiliate Fees Are Going To Take Over!
  • 5 Traffic-Growing On-Page Optimization Tips for Publishers
  • 5 SEO Myths that Can Seriously Hurt Your Search Rankings
  • The Importance of SEO Training for Editorial Teams
  • MultiBrief: How to measure social media ROI
  • 5 Rules for Publishing Accessible Content
  • Why Content Marketing is the New SEO
December 1, 2016

Web Design Update: SEO, Linkbuilding, Responsive design, Google, UX Design and more

Actually it's been quite a time since our last update, and we've got a bunch of pent-up articles to get out here before the end of the year! So there will be three updates pretty fast in a row. If you're a web designer, not just a template jockey, let us know!

  • 5 Web Design Techniques to Make Your Website Search Engine Friendly
  • Three simple resolutions on how to do better SEO in 2016
  • 9 responsive design mistakes you don’t want to make
  • 6 Advanced Google Analytics Tricks You Should Know
  • 8 responsive web design trends that defined 2015
  • How to Do Unintentional Link Building
  • How to be a Problem Solving SEO
November 28, 2016

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

Welcome to September, and the opening of Fall!

  1. Wow... our 22nd annual FONTS FESTIVAL!
  2. 22nd Fonts Fest: moving type, type for lawyers, cancer type and more
  3. Typographer's Majestic Treasure Chest with 45 awesome caligraphic fonts
  4. FFF #2: A Tattoo font, some calligraphy, a weird sans, . . . a slab and even a caps marker font!
  5. Photoshop Madness: Add A Realistic Old Photo Effect To Any Photo with Photoshop
  6. 60-Seconds #336 : You Are Annoying Your Customers? Do you know why?
  7. Creative Tidbits #213: the world's ugliest color, beyond CMYK. . . free photos, icons and more
  8. VIDEO Tutorial : How To Make Images Look Old using Photoshop
  9. Marketing Update : ad strategies, food trends, direct mail, making money and more
  10. 5 Signs That It's Time to Update Your Website
  11. Social Media Update : Celebrity Posts, Facebook Likes, Twitter Tactics, . . . media failures and more
  12. Ad Blockers : ad poison, skip button, pernicious Facebook,
  13. . . . Adblock, WSJ, reader blocking
  14. A Sad day for P22
  15. The end of the Publishers' Warehouse
  16. Autumn is here... gearing up
September 1, 2016

Social Media Update : Celebrity Posts, Facebook Likes, Twitter Tactics, media failures and more

When you talk about media, of course you could be talking about TV, radio, newspapers or other traditional forms of mass communications -- but today, more and more of these conversations are built around social media. There's never been a media channel more widely available nor seductive than social media -- and this is the media we're focusing on in these Media Updates. Enjoy and get ready for September! Here are our topics this week:

  • Authorities To Crack Down On Paid Celebrity Social Media Posts
  • 6 Infallible Reasons to Take Your Business to Social Media
  • Are Facebook Likes Still Valuable in Social Media Marketing?
  • 5 Research-Backed Tactics to Get More Twitter Followers
  • Is Your Strategy Killing Your Multi-Media Efforts?
August 18, 2016

Ad Blockers : ad poison, skip button, pernicious Facebook, Adblock, WSJ, reader blocking

Isn't it funny that our profession is built so heavily on advertising yet I've become such a staunch advocate against it. There's a point at which advertising has become divisive and sinister. The advertising industry in their unquenchable thirst for revenue has given the store away and are making too much money to ever become honorable again.
      Advertising is a form of communication between two entities. When one side of the conversation becomes deceptive and fallacious, then it's time to end the conversation and part company. The problem is, the industry has become so good at hiding their malicious intent, few web surfers are aware of the dangers. As graphic designers, we take pride in the visual storytelling and persuasion on behalf of our clients -- but graphic design has very, very little to do with advertising on the web. Join me in the fight against malicious advertising ... hooray for ad blockers! August 16, 2016

Social Media Update : Fast Food, Medical Media, target children, the wild, wild west and more

The summer is almost over, and most areas have already begun concentrating on back to school, and maybe even the holidays! But social media like LinkedIN, Facebook, Tumblr and others are hooked on the U.S. Elections with a cesspool of vile interactions. We'll be fortunate when all that is over, so that's why I am avoiding it. I figure you're seeing enough of that garbage, the Design Center doesn't have to add more . . . please have a great time this week:

  • Yes, There Is a Place for Social Media Marketing in Your Medical Practice
  • Fast food companies use social networking sites to target children
  • Yes, Serious Academics Should Absolutely Use Social Media
  • How to Monitor Social Media in 20 Minutes Per Day
  • Social media's 'wild west'
August 11, 2016

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

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 26, #7 ~ July
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to this year's Back to Design School issue, and our Fall Fonts Festival kicking off in September!
SURF's UP.. Summer is almost over!

  • 01 JULY 2016 - Digital Photography, photos, and all fun in the sun ...
  • 02 Photoshop Madness : Make Your Own Angry Bird Fan Art With Photoshop
  • 03 60 Seconds 334: Why use Spotify?
  • 04 4th of July Nails
  • 05 Creative Tidbits #209: body painting, Photoshop filters,
    . . . type and typography and more
  • 06 2016 Elections : Now you can dress and undress your favorite candidates
    . . . Trump, Clinton, or Sanders, or all three!
  • 07 Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!
  • 08 This could be the most important drawing software since Adobe Illustrator
  • 09 PSMania yet another image editor for photo enthusiasts
  • 10 Self publishing has come of age, and Textkraft mobile production
    . . . studio makes it happen
  • 11 3rd annual Dronestagram/National Geographic International
    . . . Drone Photography Contest
  • 12 Patina Painting App for Mac Relaunched with New Features
  • 13 July to August... on the road... taking car
July 2, 2016