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

Creative Tidbits #226: James Niehues, DeviantArt, Logos, Iceland design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

I love meeting new and creative studios and designers ... in this issue we get some news about fall of the trusted Deviant Arts web site, and how to hire friends. Well, maybe not. But one caution : web owners have lost their code of keeping links live. All over, there are tens of millions of links going dead because some web person changed a directory. No conscience. So if you encounter a dead link, please let me know. March 14, 2017

Creative Tidbits #225: Signatura, Logos, InfoGraphics, Art Photos, PSD GIFs and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

What's more fun than Cinemagraphic GIF files, moving? Well, we've got those, along with another free font and some art photography you can enjoy. I've provided a link to see all the images as thumbnails too! Along with that we see another of those "minimal" logo collections -- are they really logos? We'll see, and we'll have a great time this this issue.

  • 85 Great Art Photography Examples For Inspiration
  • How To Create GIF Using Adobe Photoshop?
  • InfoGraphics components you might like
  • Signatura Monoline Free Typeface
  • 10 Free Minimal Vector Logos
February 14, 2017

Creative Tidbits #224:Color Searches, Portfolio, Templates, free fonts, history lesson and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This week's Tidbits has something for everyone! We really enjoy learning opportunities, and Hannah Poindexter's piece is very good and should be part of our legendary "Brief History of Typography" series in the Type Department. Yes, and speaking of type, we do have a free font this time, and a free DTP template as well as more tips on creating your online portfolio.
      We always welcome your suggestions and ideas and items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet
  • This one searches Flicker to find your colors
  • Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio
  • Clean Design Free Resume Template
  • Lively Serif goes Deco
February 7, 2017

Creative Tidbits #223: Online Portfolios, Design cannibalism, White House Photos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Off to a great start, and here comes February! My favorite item in this edition of Creative Tidbits is the Photo exposition from the 2016 White House photographs -- WOW! Yes, and a free font, some excellent Photoshop Text effects and how to 'fix' Design cannibalism ... a great issue this week and remember, you can always suggest items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • 6 Steps To Creating A Knockout Online Portfolio
  • Rosarina Font: speak softly, carry a big stick
  • 2016 White House in Photographs
  • Problem: Design cannibalism
  • Photoshop Cool Text Effects
February 1, 2017

60-Seconds #340 : Does Stephen Hawking or Wolf Blitzer know they are spam heros?

It occured to me the other day that I sure am glad I'm not Stephen Hawking. But then the little voice said aren't you ashamed of yourself, Mr. Hawking along with Wolf Blitzer*, Anderson Cooper* and Jon Stewart* have been attacked by cyber crime in one of the worst ways possible! Cybercrime has exploited his condition and made him the most spoofed celebrity in 2016! Too bad there isn't some way he can get back at the low-life spammers at Inteligen*. January 31, 2017

Creative Tidbits #222: Stephen Coles, Best Art Vinyl, John Jennings, Design Week and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 ... here we are, kicking off another trip around the sun with lots of creative inspiration and discoveries from the worlds of visual communications, arts, design, graphics, typography, animation, web design, video, movies and just about all other forms of visual graphic arts! AND -- welcome to our 27th year online with DT&G and the Design & Publishing Center!

  • What’s The Use of Fonts In Use with Stephen Coles
  • Best album cover art 2016: Best Art Vinyl Awards
  • John Jennings on Graphic Arts and Afrocentricism
  • Design Week’s 10 biggest stories of 2016
  • 4 graphic designs that rocked in 2016
January 4, 2017

2017 Prediction: cyber clouds with chance of pain: threats, invasions, cyber wars and you!

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cyber_security_roundup Unfortunately this edition has to be way beyond 60-seconds. I'm in the second reading of Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It, actually I'm listening to the Audible version, and just ordered the print version. This could possibly be the most important book of the decade and I urge anyone reading this to get a copy and study it.
      Many of you already know that I've been involved in tracking cyber activities since the late 1980s. I have not been digging into the intracies of how it works or the background -- but rather about discovery, tracking and reporting. I've been a highly active Spamcop user/agent, and active participating Knujon user and evangelist. As a reporter for UGNN and Safenetting, I've have closely followed the threats arriving in the mailbox and on the web, as well as tracking and discovering where the threats are coming from, who could be behind them, and the owners/publishers of the sites and internet resources they use. What we've learned over the past decade is that following the money trail is not necessarily the thread to chase. Since the late 1990s, cyber crime and cyber intrusion has taken on another level of divisiveness for religious, political and societal gain.

If you read (or listen to) Future Crimes you will begin to understand what the security community has been preaching about for over three decades. Add these references to your reading list, and you'll see the rest of the iceberg that is the cyber world:

  • Tor and The Dark Net: Remain Anonymous and Evade NSA Spying
  • @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex Paperback
  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data
  • The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld
  • Cybersecurity for Beginners
  • How to Access the Deep Web
January 1, 2017

Creative Tidbits #221: Clickbait, email, web pages, type, typographic paper and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Happy New Year! Here's hoping your 2017 is creative, fun and healthy! Get involved and enjoy the creative experience -- share your experiences with DTG readers, and stop in to check out the year in creative tidbits!

  • WORK: Unit's two new books on cover art created for design magazines
  • Why Do One In Two Landing Pages Feel Like Email Clickbait?
  • 5 Common Mistakes You’re Making With Your Email Signature
  • Design and the Evolution of a Typographic Paper Promo
  • Doing awesome stuff with type and images
December 30, 2016

Creative Tidbits #220: Creative Tidbits #220: 5 Questions, future of design, design in 2017, getting paid and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

As we ramp down the year, I've got this and one other Creative Tidbit and then it's careening into 2017 with reckless abandon! Please let me know of your favorites from 2016, and what you'd like to see in the new year! It'll be fun for us all ! Enjoy!

  • Five Questions: Graphic designer Gil Shuler has changed the city
  • Universities aren’t the future of design education
  • Website trends that will shape web design in 2017
  • 3 Ways To Get Paid For Your Creativity
  • 36 Days of Type by Sergi Delgado
December 27, 2016

Ad Blockers : Google search result ads, Netflix, Native Ads, FCC privacy rules and more

We're following the advertising industry with great interest. Of course you've followed our advertising and marketing updates for years, and we carefully tried to warn the online ad world of the evils of spam for nearly three decades. Alas, the unquenchable quest for money has corrupted the entire online advertising world to the point of criminal activities and now there is a growing backlash from the public. It's a huge travesty that this second generation of internet users actually does not know what a spam-free internet is like. We're following the anti-spam world of ad-blocking for you :

  • Ad Blocking Declined In Germany; Advertisers Are Concerned With Snapchat Video Averages
  • Here's one sign that ad blocking's meteoric growth could start to slow down
  • Goodbye social media, analytics and ad trackers with Firefox Focus for iOS
  • Why building relevant ads in a cookie-free world comes down to context
  • Adblock Plus wins its 6th court case, brought by Der Spiege
  • Netflix promotes ‘Black Mirror’ by targeting ad blockers
  • Adblock Plus Calls Meetup To Form An Independent Board
  • A Glimmer of Hope in the Ad Blocking Battle
  • Ad-Blockers: Let’s Call Them What They Are!
  • The Natives Are Restless
December 20, 2016