60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls

I first published this article in 1996, and then updated and brushed it up in 2001. I was reading an online article by someone else the other day and it copied this article almost word-for-word. So, I thought I would remind everyone that good business practices really don't go out of style -- this is just as valid as it was more than 20 years ago! August 7, 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

Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

It's been a busy summer, but we still have time to search for creative inspiration! Creativity comes when you least expect it, be ready. Follow along with our July Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • Got a Presentation to Give? Here are the 10 Most Common Concerns
  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together
  • Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding
  • How a Publication Redesign Impacts Advertising
  • How to Take an Infographic from Good to Great
  • A Typographic Makeover Of Email
  • ... and more !
July 22, 2014

Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos

When I combined a sign and screen printing shop as part of the graphic arts production facility, there was a steady stream of clients needing quick, good looking graphics very cheap. What do you do? We were competing with traditional sign shops on price and turn around. There's no time for a company profile design statement interview. He needs 40 styrene, screen printed shelf-talkers by Thursday at 7am, and today is Tuesday. What do you do? July 16, 2014

60-Seconds #312 : The Age of Bad Photography

Ever since the social networking fad hit the internet a new genre of photography has become the most popular form of photography in history. It's called "BAD" photography. And since we're sick of seeing bad photography -- there are the Top 24 Photos We Wish We Didn't Have To Look At May 30, 2014

You probably don't need a masters' degreee in photography

When I first gave this talk most photographers out there were either in strollers, or weren't born yet. So with all the junk we're seeing in the social media worlds, don't you think it's time for some help? From rough 'selfies' to instagrams intentionally made to look bad, we're wondering what ever happened to the reasons for taking photos? Going on vacation? Study this up before leaving home with your digital camera! May 20, 2014

60 Seconds #311: A Font called Pinto makes a great Happy Easter Card

I got this post to the web site today and had to pass it along. Georg Herold-Wildfellner logged into the Design Center from Vienna Austria and used our contact link to say Happy Easter Graphic-Design! He sent an EASTER card to introduce his new font called * PINTO * ... nice idea, fun font, an email marketing campaign gone RIGHT! April 17, 2014

60 Seconds #310: Cinemagraphs are moving pictures... the evolution of the animated GIF

This entry was actually just a single blurb in an upcoming "Creative Update" for April, but I got fascinated with the process and decided to expand on it a bit. Once upon a time there were animated GIF files. (That's "gif" pronounced "jif") Today this simple process has evolved into the eye-popping technique now known as Cinemagraphy. I think you'll find this interesting ... March 24, 2014

60-Seconds 309 : Is the news really news?

What do you think about the news? As graphic designers we can be terribly influenced by the news -- or not. How do we digest the deluge of news into thought patterns that contribute to our design creativity in a positive way? Or do we just absorb it all? Does the news shape your life? Are you fed up with it? Do you think it's biased or fed to you through colored filters and glass? Should graphic design reflect the news? No? Yes? Today's article on Tom Ashbrook's "On Point" -- the NPR opinion radio show -- was thought provoking and enlightening. February 27, 2014

60-Seconds 308 : Who do you like on Facebook? Do you keep track of them all?

After running Sandy's story about using Facebook "liking" I decided to take a look at my Likes -- just for fun! Do you use Facebook? Do you often click "Like"? Do you know who you have liked in the past? I've been clicking like for a long time, and I recently went back to find one of those pages I could vaguely remember and was in for a big surprise! February 24, 2014