DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for August 2015

by Fred Showker

DTG NewsletterDTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #08 ~ August

Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to summer!

  1. June and July and the livin' was Easy
  2. Hats off to Lynda Weinman and Lynda.com
  3. 60-Seconds #326 : Fools Gold - web advertising
  4. The Art of Maxfield Parrish
  5. Creative Tidbits #193: Logos Good and Bad, Posters, promotions and more
  6. Pop up some sideline income by popping up Logo Pop for FREE
  7. Creative Tidbits #192: Ask Tog, Site Tweaks, Infographics and Creative inspiration
  8. 60-Seconds #325 : Should graphic designers have social responsibility?
  9. 60 Seconds #324: Getting a job in the Web Design field takes a little more than an email
  10. Marketing Update : marketing hacks, marketing sins, marketing myths and more and more
  11. Mosaic-Crop in Posterino for your next montage will amaze you!
  12. There's a new Media Browser in town, and it's awesome
  13. Web designers who discover the sandvox are in for a nice treat
  14. August : End of summer, gateway to the fall

June and July and the livin' was Easy

Now it's August. It's been hot, and I've been feeling very lazy. Like the words of the familiar song : "Sun is hot and that old clock is movin' slow . . . and so am I!" You've had too much to do, I can tell. Nobody. Not even one reader wrote in during July, and our "Freedom" exercise went without answer. Okay. End of that promotion. I have four new blog postings standing in line waiting to be written, so August will be the "thoughtful" month for 60-Seconds. It's also back to school month, so I'm going in search of some outstanding learning opportunities.

Hats off to Lynda Weinman and Lynda.com

Lynda made it. I'm so happy for her if she were her I'd have to hug her. I remember back in sometime around the mid 1990s, talking with Lynda at Macworld, and on her listserv Webdesign about her dreams to open a training site. We knew it would go -- we were both gamefully employed by the country's most popular seminar brokers, along with tradeshows and private training gigs. The online training industry was ripe for the picking, and Lynda was just the kind of personality to really fly. And she did. She just sold her site, Lynda.com to LinkedIN for 1.2 Billion. One-point-two-billion. That's a 'b' not an 'm'!!!
Lynda, we're so, so, proud of you!
You rock.
GO www.Lynda.com/

60-Seconds #326 : Fools Gold - web advertising

So you think you're getting rich with web affiliate schemes, and Google? You're giving away your web space in exchange for a percentage of a sale? From where I'm standing it looks like a huge rip-off to the benefit of the advertiser. If you're paying attention to what's happening, you might think different. 60-Seconds #326 : Fools Gold - web advertising

The Art of Maxfield Parrish

You will instantly recognize the wonderful works of Maxfield Parrish . . . you may even now understand many of the works you've seen and loved that were replicas, or copies of Parrish art work, from Michael Jackson to Robbin Williams and Fleetwood Mac! This beautiful treasury will lighten up your day with art references to keep you going all month This beautiful treasury will lighten up your day with art references to keep you going all month

Creative Tidbits #193: Logos Good and Bad, Posters, promotions and more

This will be great fun -- looking at political logos, and a state logo, plus an opinionated artist, a promo for a nonprofit, and lots more to get your creative juices flowing. If you find some creative inspiration, send it along and share whith all our readers!

  • Reading through the eyes of a dyslexic: New font simulates frustration
  • New TN logo named 'Pork of the Year' by Beacon Center
  • The 2016 U.S. presidential candidates' logos, ranked
  • The Star Wars poster is ultimately a piece of shit
  • Creative Ways to Promote Your Association
  • Bikes become Art - Not a Paper House

Have a great time . . . Creative Tidbits #193: Logos Good and Bad, Posters, promotions and more

Pop up some sideline income by popping up Logo Pop for FREE

All graphic designers -- whether you are freelance, have your own studio, or work for another agency -- should get acquainted with Logo Pop. This quick, accurate, easy program can take care of some of the light-weight jobs generating revenue, while freeing you up for the more important projects. Check it out ... the price is certainly right!

Creative Tidbits #192: Ask Tog, Site Tweaks, Infographics and Creative inspiration

So here we go into summer's creative jam and designers' vacation! Get creative inspiration from your summer activities -- here are some starters to get your creative juices flowing :

  • First look: two new digital magazines make unusual screenshot and icon choices
  • Positive computing: technology for wellbeing and human potential
  • 15 Practical Design Tweaks For Your Website In 2015
  • 7 Tips for Creating Successful Infographics
  • First Principles of Interaction Design
  • 5 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration

Creative Tidbits #192: Ask Tog, Site Tweaks, Infographics and Creative inspiration

60-Seconds #325 : Should graphic designers have social responsibility?

You may remember my 2002 post about Steven Heller's "Citizen Designer." Milton Glaser often says, "Good design is good citizenship." So, we decided to go out on the limb a decade later and ask the same question amongst a cross section of Designers today. The responses we got are somewhat amazing! Is the graphic designer as accountable as the marketing and publicity departments for the propagation of a message or idea? Be careful, don't answer until you've read this.

60 Seconds #324: Getting a job in the Web Design field takes a little more than an email

Now that so many have graduated from design schools in the past few weeks, it's time to hit the streets looking for a job. I understand job hunting is tough these days, so it is ever amazing to see how many really, really BAD solicitations we receive. It's amazing. Here another example of a really horrible solicitation.   60 Seconds #324: Getting a job in the Web Design field takes a little more than an email

Marketing Update : marketing hacks, marketing sins, marketing myths and more and more

The title of today's Marketing Update just about covers it all! Like the good, the bad and the ugly, we've got the myths, the hacks and the sins! The big cheese is a piece on Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner that makes some pretty stiff statements.

  • Are they true? You decide for yourself.
  • 5 Content Marketing Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Content Brainstorming
  • Audience Research Needn’t Be Costly or Time Consuming
  • Forget campaigns: Build your marketing stack
  • How to Execute an SEO Content Marketing Plan
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Digital Marketing
  • Making Personalized Email Marketing Easier
  • 3 rebranding lessons from Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner
  • Pitfalls and Profits of Using Rented Lists: The Devil is in the Details
  • Measuring The True Value Of Audience Engagement Across Digital Media
  • 3 Tips to Maximize the Synergy of Social Media and Content Marketing
  • How analytics provide a dose of logic to your marketing decisions
  • How to Approach Digital Marketing in 2015
  • How Millennials Consume the News

... and a lot more will be found at : Marketing Update : marketing hacks, marketing sins, marketing myths and more and more

Mosaic-Crop in Posterino for your next montage will amaze you!

The last time we mentioned Posterino was in 2009, but this latest upgrade is really worth of your attention! You get beautiful photo collages produced by simple mouse clicks! Mosaic-Crop in Posterino for your next montage will amaze you!

There's a new Media Browser in town, and it's awesome

Most of the media viewers and organizers have gotten fat and sloppy. We've been trying to use Bridge, but it's as bad as Adobe -- like a big fat person sitting on the sofa eating chocolates! Not Corduroy Code and their new Fileloupe 1.0 for Mac OS X. Fileloupe combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, exceptionally fast application.

Web designers who discover the sandvox are in for a nice treat

Don't you hate it when your ISP doesn't understand and doesn't care what kind of software you use? Isn't it a real pain to discover your software CMS system doesn't like your ISP, and the ISP doesn't like it back?Web designers who discover the sandvox are in for a nice treat

August : End of summer, gateway to the fall

Here's a reminder -- our Fall Fonts Fest will kick off in September, don't forget to send in your favorite type and typography leads to share with fellow readers.

August of course gives way to September. Be sure to get involved in our 11th Annual Fall Fonts Festival. Everyone loves fonts, type and designing with typography, so you'll want to be included......

August is brought to you by the color "Peridot" ... http://bit.ly/1I3qbt9

Until September, have a great time in August and don't forget to stay touch...

Thanks for reading

        +FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker

Parting words for August and Learning...
      "Personally I'm always ready to learn...
        although I do not always like being taught."
            Winston Churchill

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