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

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

Here comes some real fun for graphic deisgners for the summer of 2015 ... enjoy and don't forget to send in your photos from the summer!

  1. DESIGN VACATION... JUNE 2015
  2. Photoshop Tutorial : Blazing Fire Sketch Effects
  3. Citizen Designer : should graphic designers have social responsibility?
  4. 60-Seconds #323 : Future history - the coming of a Digital Dark Age
  5. Design Giants Glaser and Bernard Produce Human Rights Magazine
  6. Masterworks of American Modernism from New York to New Mexico
  7. Publishing Update 1505-15 : Digital Media, Publishing, content, print, and DTP
  8. You cannot innovate into the future until you understand the past
  9. Social Media Update : infographics, strategy, readership, and SEO
  10. iPad Etiquette: using iPads in your presentations
  11. Art Authority Announces Year Five of Its Intern Program for Art Majors
  12. One thing most designers and creative professionals lack that will kill profits
  13. &Else News, Views and Reviews
  14. JULY: Digital Photography
  15. August and Summertime Design
May 28, 2015

Citizen Designer : should graphic designers have social responsibility?

Do graphic designers have a social responsibility? Is good design good citizenship? Should graphic designers have a willingness to lie? All these questions are tested and expanded by world-class designer, thinker and author Steven Heller in this interview from the pages of DT&G Magazine May 26, 2015

60-Seconds #323 : Future history - the coming of a Digital Dark Age

I have a friend who recently lost their iPhone. I asked, is there a backup? The answer was chilling. Then I get an email from Karl Volkman who wants to write about the possible reality of a 'Digital Dark Age' asking 'Are Our Priceless Digital Records Safe?' I've preached on this topic in past 60-second windows, and it's time to say it again. May 25, 2015

Design Giants Glaser and Bernard Produce Human Rights Magazine

What if you enlist the talents of world-class graphic designers with the Hellman-Hammett program for aiding writers to address some of the toughest human rights issues around the world in a magazine? HUMAN is the publication, and this issue is designed by Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard! May 25, 2015

Social Media Update : infographics, strategy, readership, SEO and Social Media Mistakes

Summer is around the corner ... soon you'll have those opportunities to hook into your readers social streams with your agenda. What? You don't have an agenda? You don't have your strategy yet? Well, you'd better get moving! Read these leads we've gleaned from the recent social media press and you'll be much better informed:

  • Creating the perfect social media strategy for your company
  • Infographic: Why you should be marketing with social media
  • 8 Social Media Mistakes That Are Killing Your Brand
  • Digital News Readership Continues to Gain New Ground
  • How To Use Social Media To Boost Your SEO Campaign
  • How Nonprofits Can Create Real-Time Marketing
  • People are the New Social Channel
... and more! May 12, 2015

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

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #05 ~ May

  1. May is all about Design Graduation
  2. Photoshop Madness : Spring color palettes, flowers and mothers
  3. Creative Tidbits #191: inspiration, typography, gallery, Paul Rand
  4. Photoshop Tutorial : Create a Geometric Wallpaper in Photoshop
  5. An extraordinary design conference on type & typography comes to New York City
  6. 60-Seconds #321: Google's Mobilegeddon! REPENT or ye shall surely perish!
  7. 60-Seconds #322 : I got trapped by Google Adsense & false advertising
  8. GraphicConverter rises to yet greater heights with the latest upgrade from Lemke Software
  9. Advertising Update : broadcast vs. print, Sensory Marketing, Facebook
  10. Social Media Update : The wires and wireless are buzzing with the next big thing
  11. Transform the Photos You Have into the Images You Want
  12. Could Pixelmator Watercolor Painting Technology be the one that replaces Photoshop?
  13. PaintCode 2.3 adds over 15 new features, including SVG export
  14. iOS Photo Booth App - SnapBooth Offers Major New Features
  15. Web Design Update: Mobilegeddon, Amorality, Uber, SEO, Web trends and more!
  16. Recreate the magic of instant Polaroid printing
  17. JUNE: Creative SURF
  18. Mother's Day & Graduation

May 1, 2015

60-Seconds #322 : I got trapped by Google Adsense & false advertising

Do you remember when Google came out with Penguin, how they would penalize any site with 'false' links? Then all this talk about mobilegeddon, and how Google has become the internet police and the ministry of information -- all about 'honesty' on the web. Google's "honesty" took a big hit when I wanted to contact a Tupperware sales representative in my own town. But, the search results were the last thing I expected -- and certainly the last thing I wanted. April 28, 2015

Social Media Update : The wires and wireless are buzzing with the next big thing

Social media is hotter than ever! With news of streaming video from Twitter and Facebook, along with some disturbances with Linkedin, every graphic designer needs to stay on top of the social media game. Here are some interesting stories we bookmarked recently -- good enough to pass along to you:

  • Should digital magazine covers be designed different from print?
  • Balancing art and science to track campaign performance
  • 8 indispensable tools every content writer needs
  • Why I Won't Accept Your Linkedin Invitation
  • Top 5 Advantages Of Email Marketing
  • Managing your online reputation
... and more! April 27, 2015

#321: Google smites millions of the unwashed, unmobile at Mobilegeddon! REPENT or ye shall surely perish!

I've been getting email from web designers and ISPs from India to Indianapolis, like late night TV evangelists with bad hairdos, counting down to what they are calling the Mobilegeddon. The call to arms is rolling out : judgment day is tomorrow, April 21. It's so compelling -- blogs are humming, web masters are panicking and there's even a hashtag #mobilegeddon. I just had to do some research and find out why the whole web world is once again bowing down to the latest scriptures of Google. April 20, 2015

Creative Tidbits #191: inspiration, typography, gallery, Paul Rand

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration The spring represents some special interests for graphic designers -- end of school, beginning of the summer buy and travel wave. Here are some starters to get your creative juices flowing :

  • Pentagram's New School Rebrand: Best Thing Ever Or Unbearable Monstrosity?
  • Perfect archives for collage artists, designers and collectors
  • "Happy Town" by Katsumi Tamura wins Golden A' Design Award
  • New Photography Acquisitions at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • TypeTalk: How Good Typography Can Help Your Job Search
  • UVU arts grads present final projects showcase
  • Vordik Designer Spotlight: Damian Watracz
  • Exhibit shows art of design legend
  • Putting a typeface to the name
  • ... and more !
April 8, 2015