SIXTY-SECONDS BLOG: ... which is actually 60-Second Windows, or 60-Seconds.com ... Fred Showker blogs about the realms of publishing, graphics, computing, social networking, marketing, promotions, and media-- with an eye to entertaining, amazing information that will possibly make you think! Published since 1988 as syndicated articles for user group newsletters, these are vital tidbits for busy computer users that you can read in 60-seconds! Join me on DTG FACEBOOK FaceBook and follow along on DTG TWITTER Twitter. Or, you can meet up with Fred +FredShowker, @FredShowker RSS

60-Seconds #337 : Sirius Radio set a Spam Trap and caught me!

Like anyone, I hate to be had. This is one for the record books, and probably becoming fairly widespread -- but I don't call in very often, so this was new to me. Sirius wouldn't let me follow online instructions and made me call for help. What happened next really fried me! December 1, 2016

Creative Tidbits #219: street art, white space, art nouveau, lessons in design and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

It's always rewarding to read a young upstart revealing the lessons I've taught in my seminars and workshops for well over two and a half decades. In 2006 Alex White, that famous type and design expert wrote DT&G to explain "white space", now those lessons show up in our Creative Tidbits 219! But there's more and we hope you have a great time . . .

  • Using White Space: How Emptiness Can Give So Much to Design
  • A collection of Art Nouveau doors from around the world
  • The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)
  • Understanding the Power of Visual Advertising
  • Digging the Street Art of Rubén Sánchez
November 29, 2016

Free Adult coloring pages for the holidays and Christmas plus bonus for the kids!

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Following up on our post earlier today, here is another collection of our favorite adult coloring books for the season, along with a whole pile of free coloring pages! This time we also include a cheerful and creative activities book the kids will love ... try some of these tomorrow and you won't need a baby sitter! If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! Here are our titles :

  • Giant Christmas Coloring and Activity Book
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas Coloring Book
  • Merry Christmas Designs Coloring Book
  • Deluxe Four Seasons Coloring Book
  • Christmas Trees Coloring Book
November 23, 2016

Free coloring pages from classic, modern, vintage, holiday and Christmas Coloring Books

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Any or all of these special coloring books would not only make great gifts, but will amuse everyone for hours while teaching some valuable skills! Most of these are printed on single side, heavy paper, and perforated for easy removal from the book. Have a great time coloring these free pages, and have a wonderful holiday season! Serious adult coloring books!

  • Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Book
  • Snowflake Designs Coloring Book
  • ChristmasScapes Coloring Book
  • Winter Scenes Coloring Book
  • Vintage Christmas Greetings
  • WinterScapes Coloring Book
November 23, 2016

Creative Tidbits #218: Icons, infographics, Black Friday, Podcasts, paper grades and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Well into the holiday season, here are some select holiday goodies, and some other interesting items including those Black Friday infographics! Creative inspiration is where you find it... finding cool stuff over the holidays? Give us a tip!

  • Follow These Three Tips for Designing the Perfect Podcast Icon
  • Do You Know Your (Paper) ABCs? Grade, Basis Weight, and Finish
  • 100 Free Flat Christmas Icons
  • Black Friday Infographic(s)
November 22, 2016

Creative Tidbits #217: posters, videos, illustration and Saul Bass!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

I hope you have as much fun with this edition as I did ... frankly, I looked up these and spent hours and hours deciding which samples to show -- and an afternoon in that video library! Amazing stuff. Simply amazing stuff! C'mon and jump on in and see what I'm talking about :

  • Required: 50 Posters that Rocked the World
  • The Most Satisfying Videos In The World
  • Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters
  • Outrageous illustration talent
October 25, 2016

Top Three Entries Showcase the Creativity, Capabilities & Possibilities When Using YUPO

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Yupo Corporation America, a leading global manufacturer of synthetic paper, has announced the winners of the 2016 Wally Awards, the company’s annual design competition. This paper gives beautiful print reproduction -- it's water-proof and tear-resistant -- plus tree-free recyclability! October 22, 2016

Creative Tidbits #216: 2017 calendar, Pokemon, minimalism and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go with some fun items that will get those creative juices flowing! From the guy who designed the Apple logo to minimalism, colors and even Pokemon helping design and event planners . . . here's this edition of Creative Tidbits menu:

  • 12 Things Event Planners Can Learn From Pokemon Go
  • Can your color be seen? Online Color Testing
  • Jony is an ambassador of minimalist Design
  • Free Flat 2017 Calendar Template
  • Rob Janoff on his logo for Apple
October 18, 2016

Creative Tidbits #215: Free Fonts, Free Icons, Plagiarism detective and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Let's have some fun this week -- it's October and time for Halloween! Aside from our Halloween stuff, we have some interesting intelligence that could get some thoughts going, and a quick peek at a new iPhone photo feature or bug! Happy autumn!

  • Why the iPhone 7 Has to Simulate a Shallow Depth of Field
  • A designer’s tales: Role of graphic design in society
  • iPhone Stand For Business, Trade-Shows And Events
  • Searching for Plagiarism Checkers
October 7, 2016

Publishing Update 1610 : Publishing content, digital, print, and DTP

In this edition of our publishing update we look at some deep journalism vehicles as well as sponsoring content and academic publishing. Don't forget that digital publishing is only a part of the picture -- the print publishing industry is robust and doing well!

  • How millennials interact with long-form journalism on mobile devices
  • Editorial and Sales Can Collaborate to Maximize Revenue
  • Is Your Publishing Toolkit As Strong As It Can Be?
  • Programmatic Publishing: Repurposing Ad Tech
  • Sponsored Content And Editorial Integrity
  • Academic Publishing Is All About Status
  • Rekindling the Passion for Print
  • Counteracting Content Shock
October 3, 2016