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

What does Freedom mean to you?

WIN collectible graphic design, photography, Photoshop, web design books from our treasured collection just by telling us what freedom means to YOU. July 1, 2016

Creative Tidbits #209: body painting, Photoshop filters, type and typography and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

It's summer time and a great time for some body painting! That's really interesting but also enjoy the first female typographer, Prince's logo disks, and the Photoshop Newspaper filter ... it's a good time to get creative news and inspiration

  • The Legend of Prince's Font Symbol Floppy Disks
  • The Body Painting Art, craft and graphic design
  • Yet another anatomy-of-type discovered
  • Newspaper Photo Photoshop Action
  • The First Female Typographer
  • Body Painting Arts
June 29, 2016

60 Seconds 334: Why use Spotify?

Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iTunes, books, music and more, as a Senior Contributor to Macworld. He is also a regular contributor to TidBITS, as well as several other web sites and magazines. He is co-host of The Next Track and The Committed podcast; and has written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes. While reading a recent post about streaming music I was compelled to respond. Kirk wrote : June 28, 2016

3rd annual Dronestagram/National Geographic International Drone Photography Contest

What started as a backyard hobby has grown into a full scale art genre of its own! For the third year, you can join the world's elite -- but there isn't much time left to participate in the amazing 3rd edition of the Dronestagr.am International Drone Photography Contest in partnership with National Geographic from May 30th to June 30th. June 22, 2016

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

The world has become married to Google. Everyone uses Google Search on a daily basis. Web sites everywhere live and die by Google's hand. I'm wondering -- if I had the kind of money Google has, and I was designing a search engine, wouldn't I make the actual target of the search query turn up on the FIRST PAGE? I certainly would. Any good designer would -- at least you think they would. If you go to a restaurant and order the $35 Steak, wouldn't you expect to get steak? Google seems to disagree May 31, 2016

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

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

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
May 31, 2016

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

DTG 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
May 30, 2016

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

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

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
May 25, 2016

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

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

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! Anyway, this is my surf for creative stuff over the past couple of weeks and it's a trilogy. Watch for the other two parts next week!

  • 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
May 21, 2016

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. Studies have shown adding video to your petition, cause, or crowdfunding campaign can increase its effectiveness by over 6x, and it’s never been easier to create! Adobe Spark offers the easiest way to create an animated video for your cause or campaign with it’s free web-based and iOS app Spark Video . . . . May 20, 2016