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

by Fred Showker

DTG NewsletterDTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 26, #6 ~ June
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to this year's Designing Women Celebrtion, and the onset of spring!

  1. SURF's UP.. on the web
  2. Creative Tidbits #208: Smile design, fabric design, publishing, rip off design and more
  3. 60 Seconds 333: Google searches fail. Is it time for a new search engine?
  4. Creative Tidbits #207: pricing tips, tshirts, font selection, responsive design and more
  5. Color : Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art and Design offer superb inspiration for today's designers
  6. Creative Tidbits #206: political logos, fonts, pen & ink, creative blocks and more
  7. Washington Technology Announces Industry Days Lineup at ACQUIRE Show
  8. Welcome to Adobe Spark! A new way to generate social media content
  9. Adobe Spark: Creating Effective Video for your Cause or Crowdfunding Campaign
  10. Spark Spotlight: How a Bike Shop Spurred a Pedal Revolution
  11. Marketing Update : Prince's death, Coachella, strategy, franchisees, Surveys and more
  12. NO MORE SUBMISSIONS -- the honor system is dead!
  13. July, August and Summertime Design

SURF's UP.. on the web

Graduation is behind us, school is out, and so the summer begins. It's time for a little rest and relaxation... and SURFING!
      To get you going, we've surfed our submissions and entries of reader sites to find these cool sites to share with you.
      I will continue throughout June, as part of my "Creative Tidbits" so if you find really COOL sites in your surfing, just pass them along and we'll share them with DTG readers - Contact me here

Creative Tidbits #208: Smile design, fabric design, publishing, rip off design and more

Jumping into June, we're on a roll for creative summer stuff that will perk your imagination and creative juices. Once again, we're into some good reading and some good idea starters. When you travel this summer, keep clicking that camera and seeing the design inspiration that is all around you! Send in your favorites to share in Creative Tidbits . . .
* In corporate design, humor can be your most powerful tool--or a total disaster
* Omahan says controversial license plate is based on his 2002 design
* York College students publish art books
* Scott Thorp: Designing the Future
GO Creative Tidbits #208: Smile design, fabric design, publishing, rip off design and more

60 Seconds 333: Google searches fail. Is it time for a new search engine?

Web sites everywhere live and die by Google's hand. If you go to a restaurant and order the $35 Steak, wouldn't you expect to get steak? Google seems to disagree

Creative Tidbits #207: pricing tips, tshirts, font selection, responsive design and more

Feels like we're rushing down-hill into spring, and with that comes all kinds of new summer and seasonal design for marketing. This issue has some thoughtful items moreso than just eye-candy. Don't forget -- if you have an item for Creative Tidbits, just send it along -- we'll get right back to you! For now, enjoy . . .
* Textile artist Kustaa Saski delivers a world of psychedelic dreamscapes
* Which is better: mobile app development or responsive web design
* Graphic design seniors turn ideas into beautiful realities
* Special birthday shirts fly off rack
* The Science of Font Selection
GO Creative Tidbits #207: pricing tips, tshirts, font selection, responsive design and more

Color : Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art and Design offer superb inspiration for today's designers

Celtic arts and design While we're talking about color and design, we cannot neglect mentioning the Celtic arts and design. So, here we'll take a look at 60 clip art and reference files you can download and experiment with! But first, let me introduce you some valuable resources available for discovering the Celtic arts!
GO Color : Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art and Design offer superb inspiration for today's designers

Creative Tidbits #206: political logos, fonts, pen & ink, creative blocks and more

Don't you just love election years? With Facebook becoming the public bully-pulpit for Kooks, jerks, brains, hucksters, criminals and even legitimate politicians you can find more interesting takes on art ever -- some good, and some will be bad but they'll all be fun. And, along with that comes the traditional discussion of various logos. The web is now full of logo designers, in fact you can't hardly turn a page without hitting two or three!
* Students create logos for an upcoming international event
* Logo design: how to stop Twitter hating your new logo
* RI Artscape: Reading The Presidential Campaign Logos
* Iordanis Passas offers the Baston display font
* Six Foot Giraffe is where I keep my things.
* 6 (More) Tips to Get Past a Creative Block
GO Creative Tidbits #206: political logos, fonts, pen & ink, creative blocks and more

Washington Technology Announces Industry Days Lineup at ACQUIRE Show

The Industry Days lineup at the ACQUIRE show features an all-star line-up of information and opportunity! This is a two-day educational event and tradeshow for government and military professionals looking to deliver on their agencies' missions. Washington Technology Announces Industry Days Lineup at ACQUIRE Show

Welcome to Adobe Spark! A new way to generate social media content

Over the years Adobe has gotten bigger and bigger, but with very few really innovative new things -- there's a limit to the number of features you can add to a program and still have it a viable tool. SPARK is something I think the real world is ready for -- and it's probably the best thing Adobe has done in close to a decade . . . check this out NOT, while it's free. You know, they'll be back later for money!

Adobe Spark: Creating Effective Video for your Cause or Crowdfunding Campaign

Adobe has teamed up with expert voices from Change.org and the Future of Storytelling (FOST) on why you need video in your crowdfunding campaign or petition. Adobe Spark: Creating Effective Video for your Cause or Crowdfunding Campaign

Spark Spotlight: How a Bike Shop Spurred a Pedal Revolution

As this video depicts, this possibly could be the BEST thing to come out of Adobe in a decade -- and for now they're FREE . . . the SPARK suite is awesome ! ... let me know what you think -- and if you create a SPARK project, be sure and link it to ME for a free professional graphic design critique! Spark Spotlight: How a Bike Shop Spurred a Pedal Revolution

Marketing Update : Prince's death, Coachella, strategy, franchisees, Surveys and more

We haven't had a Marketing Update since the first of the year, and it's about high time since marketers are beginning to dig out from winter. Keeping in the know of marketing is a vital need for graphic designers -- if you know where it's going, you can design for it! Follow long . . .
* Four Years After #Linsanity, Hornets PG Jeremy Lin Quietly Thriving On Social Media
* Social media responses to Prince's death spark debate in local marketing community
* Marketing at Coachella: How brands stake claims amid the bands
* 3 Key Elements Your Content Needs to Break Out From the Crowd
* Effective marketing communications strategy is crucial
* Smart Marketing Strategies That Attract Franchisees
* Do We Need Formal Surveys Anymore?
* The Hard Truth About Social Media
GO Marketing Update : Prince's death, Coachella, strategy, franchisees, Surveys and more

NO MORE SUBMISSIONS -- the honor system is dead!

You knew it had to happen sooner or later. The design center must now STOP ACCEPTING submissions, unless the submitter can authenticate the submission. As you know, we have always trusted our readers and submitters to honestly enter the form data when they sign. Now, one submitter's image we accepted, trusting the submitter, has come after me for copyright infringement. The image had no copyright notice nor watermark -- and was a 600 pixel, 72ppi web image.
      Then we received a phone call from a law firm claiming to represent the photographer, demanding we remove the image. I immediately removed the file at their request and apologized for the misunderstanding. Now the law firm is back, demanding money for the owner -- and, a lot more than the usual stock photo licensing fee.
      First, we're not sure the owner didn't "seed" the image so they could come back for money later, we also never got any kind of indication of the exact file, nor any kind of authentication from this photographer or the law firm. And, lastly, we were able to pull up the very same image on 936 sites, and we're now wondering if all of them paid fees, ripped-off the photo, or were "seeded" for "compensation". Amongst the 936 instances, at least three laid claim to the property. It would be a huge revenue generator to demand payment, just under the cost of litigation. In fact, one could easily make a living at this practice. It's a mystery, and I'll keep you posted. But the bottom line is :
NO MORE SUBMISSIONS.

July, August and Summertime Design

Well, it's unfortunate we can no longer accept your photo submissions -- we have no idea if you'll come back later to extort money from us. But do take this opportunity to share your Photos with DTG readers on your OWN site, and send us the link so we can come and review!

We wish you happy surfing ... and good times during June -- enjoy the show.

JUNE is brought to you by the color YELLOW : http://bit.ly/1UmVowM and
Brought to you by the LETTER J http://bit.ly/1WClG4j

And, as for this month, well, you've already wasted a perfectly good hour reading the DTG newsletter. Hopefully all is not wasted and you've gained at least one helpful tidbit of info.

Thanks for reading... go forth and be creative!

 


        +FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker

Parting words for June...

      In this world of information overload, the benumbed citizen.
          no longer reads or thinks;
              he watches and feels."
                William Irwin Thompson

What did you miss last month?

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Don't forget ... we encourage you to share your discoveries about favorite or famous graphic designers and illustrators with other readers. Just contact me.

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