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 #305: How hand lettering gave me the inspiration to become a graphic designer

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When somebody asks me why I went into graphic design, several reasons and experiences come to mind. I can still remember the first time I saw a quill, dipped in paint, dragging out such beautiful lettering. I ran across a YouTube video that brought back those crystal-clear memories! Let me share the story with you, and ask that you share your story with 60-Seconds readers! January 14, 2014

301 60-Seconds : Quick, figure this out

As you know -- things aren't always the way they seem! There are a lot of really down-to-earth lessons our educational system seems to be missing these days in favor of more lofty, perhaps unnecessary, lessons. Today, John McWade sent me a brain teaser that clearly illustrates this point... October 21, 2013

60-Second Window #300 : Junk Mail Names

You know you've made it when Google recognizes ghost names you made up a decade ago. But there's more to this story -- as I discovered one of my pseudo names from the past is a real live person! Yikes!!! July 24, 2013

Magazine Apps: Why So Bloated?

In my pr and news feeds, the latest from the Association of Media & Publishing sent me an article called : Magazine Apps: Why So Bloated? The pad revolution is probably going to be the single savior of the publishing industry. Er, uh, maybe not. June 14, 2013

What happens to your digital estate and online holdings when you die?

Have you planned your online estate? While nobody wants to talk or think about their own death, you owe it to the ones left behind to do some serious planning. My estate planning attorney says treat that just about like any other property you own. That's the starting point. Although your digital estate carries its own set of rules, it needs careful, accurate estate planning just like your real-life estate. April 21, 2013

The 100 Most Influential People in the World

Today you can pick up copies of the new Time Magazine : 100 Most Influential People in the World. I always love it when this comes out -- so have permission here to share with you, some of the top quotations from some of the most influential people in the world. April 18, 2013

DTG News for December 2012

* DECEMBER Happy Holidays
* Secrets of Designing a good Logo
* Photoshop Madness for the holidays
* Photoshop Tutorial: Festive Postcard ready to print!
* Web Critique : GoBop Festival and Event Website
* Favorite Photography books
* CREATIVE Tidbits : Holidays
* Social Media Update : November
* 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
* iWork gets a new collection of Elements for Desktop Publishing
* Top 10 Tips for Self-Publishing Success
* Your photos make the perfect Wall Calendars gifts
* Transform your Photos and Videos into Professional Pencil Drawings
* Logoist makes cool effects, not logos
* Cinefy is an Amazing Mobile Video Special FX Studio
* Photo Sense 1.8.0: The Easiest Photo Editing Software for Mac and iOS
* Photoca iOS - Advanced Photo Editor Creates Pop Art Masterworks
* The Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Fonts
* Google’s Remarketing for Search could have huge impact
* The Sustainability of Tablets
* The Top Tech Gifts This Season
* December's Twelve gives way to THIRTEEN! November 30, 2012

DTG March, 2011

16th Annual Designing Women Edition * Designing Women: Jane Seymour; Lydia Leith; Sharon Steuer * Photoshop: Morning Glow photo effect * Photoshop filters plugins from Harry * Updating the handicapped symbol? * The New Cool * Future of Social Media whitepapers * Google slams duplicate content * 8 articles for web publishers * End crooked photos * 3D Photo gallery without Flash? * Frame it with LightFrame * Marketing Updates * Creative Tidbits * and more ... March 2, 2011