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

Drone Photography Winners announced : Small drones, big changes

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The Climate Change Summit (COP21) has opened in Paris. In this race against the clock, Photographers and Dronists have a role to play, highlighting the effects of pollution on planet earth as well as opportunities to tackle the ever-increasing and concerning problem. Dronestagram, the first social network of photos and videos taken by drone hobbyists has launched a very important contest: "Small drones, big changes". December 2, 2015

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

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #12 ~ December
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to the holiday seasons, and the start of a brand new 2016!

  1. Welcome to the 25th Holiday Season in the Design & Publishing Center!
  2. DT&G is an AD-FREE web site!
  3. 'tis the Season for Fresh, Alive, Elegant Typography
  4. 'tis the season for joyous, inviting, festive, and expressive fonts
  5. Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors,
  6. Holiday Musings: projects, crafts, creative activities for all ages
  7. Mandalas - an age old art form finds new life in today's society
  8. 64 Mandala coloring pages get you started in the art of soothing coloring therapy
  9. The Eric Gill Series comes to the Design & Publishing Center's & Type department
  10. Drone Photography Winners announced : Small drones, big changes
  11. Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!
  12. Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist
  13. DT&G Advertising update : Ad Blockers
  14. Advertising Update : Brand Advertising, Ad Blockers, McWhopper, McDonald's
  15. &Else : news, views, tidbits from around the world
  16. Out with 2015, in with 2016 and year 26
December 1, 2015

Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!

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LITTLE DID I KNOW over the past several years of evangelizing coloring books for kids, I was scooping in a thoroughly adult market -- with a cause, even! Spiked has posted an article about the trend toward "infantilising" -- and we're also told that the popularisation of the idea of wellbeing is itself culturally significant. Okay . . . so color on! November 28, 2015

Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist

Adult coloring is a recent fad, and they're even saying it's good therapy! Well, there's nothing new about that. We've known about the value of creative activities for decades. But it's not just about coloring. This can be a unique and fruitful source of creative massage. Take a look. November 25, 2015

Holiday Musings: projects, crafts, creative activities for all ages

There's nothing like cutting, coloring, pasting, folding and creating fun projects! Turn off your iPhone, shut down your computer, get out the crayons, glue, scissors and colored pencils and have some real-world, real-time fun! There's really nothing like it. Here are just a few suggestions ...

  • My Christmas Tree: An Easy-to-Make Tabletop Model
  • Make Your Own Greeting Cards Paperback
  • Christmas Color by Number
  • A Christmas Treasury

Then you can enjoy the free, downloadable samples, and a gift from Fred! November 25, 2015

Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors, Adobe lost fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

The old 'Spec Work' debacle raises its ugly head again -- I cannot understand why people don't learn. We're also looking at the Google logo, and Adobe lost fonts. Enjoy and don't forget to share your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries

  • Is Spec Work Evil? 12 Agency Execs Discuss the Unchecked Problem
  • Create a Laser-Cut Mailer Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • How Magazine Covers Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years
  • Google's new logo: why a meh response is actually good
  • Is this an infographic or worthless misdirection?
  • Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded
November 4, 2015

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

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #11 ~ November, 2015
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to the holiday seasons, and the start of a brand new 2016!

  1. Welcome to the month of November and the opening of the Holiday Season!
  2. Photoshop Madness Holidays
  3. Photoshop Madness : fall facebook madness reveals some real mad winners!
  4. Best selling fonts in October make a Thanksgiving Treat for November
  5. Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vetors, Adobe lost fonts and more
  6. Web Advertising is Dead
  7. Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages
  8. Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators
  9. Vintage Holiday Photoshop Brushes & Creative Vector Tools
  10. Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more
  11. Advertising Update : Mobile, Video, Ad Injection, Yahoo, Facebook, Google and ad madness!
  12. Artboard Drawing App Update: Photos, Performance, Usability Enhancements
  13. Monochrome batches color images to grayscale
  14. Share your thoughts...
October 31, 2015

Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are rolling into the holiday season, but you'll find that creative inspiration for the holidays can work all year long. We have a great line-up this month, which will be in three parts. Enjoy and don't forget to send in your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries . . .

  • 100 Cameras Were Given to the Homeless in London. Here’s What They Captured.
  • Artist blends figurative and portraiture elements in works
  • 4 Great Design Ideas for Your Association Newsletter
  • Graphic Design Festival Scotland returns to Glasgow
  • How to not be frightened of your camera
October 29, 2015

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum unveils Louise Fili Font

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Hamilton hosts 7th annual Wayzgoose Type Conference, Nov. 6-8, and unveils "Mardell" a new typeface designed by Louise Fili. Other featured speakers include: Steven Heller, Marian Bantjes and Daniel Rhatigan! Now in its seventh year, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum hosts its annual Wayzgoose Type Conference on Nov. 6-8. October 3, 2015