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 RSS

Printing Code: Programming and the Visual Arts, Rune Madsen at Heroku's Waza 2013

A lot of people think there's a brick wall between creative designers and web coders. This remarkable video featuring Rune Madsen at Heroku's Waza 2013 is proof that there is no barrier between code and art, so long as the practitioner has vision and creativity ... please enjoy this hugely enjoyable video! March 11, 2013

Unlocking Cell Phones : Statement from the Library of Congress and the White House

I don't know if any of you have been following this ruling, and the resulting national petition, but it's a rather interesting step toward the future. Back in October 2012, the Librarian of Congress decided that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA. As of January 26, consumers are no longer able to unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired. But now read this from the White House . . . March 5, 2013

March on: Designing Women

March is probably one of my favorite months simply because it usually marks the end of winter and begins to see the beginnings of spring. I know that summer isn't too far away! I also love preparing for March, because 18 years ago we decided to begin featuring women in the design, graphics, illustration, photography and other visual arts fields as an adjunct celebration to Women's History Month. So let me share just a few of the "official" links for March ... March 1, 2013

Organic book nominated for the Designs of the Year award 2013!

Kapitza's Organic book has been nominated for the London Design Museum's Designs of the Year award 2013! -- 'The Oscars of the design world' showcases the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. February 25, 2013

False Advertising ???

True or False: Designers have disappeared from the web advertising world because they're no longer needed -- who needs a designer when you can blatantly use false advertising to entrap your audience to click. Good question? Have you fallen prey to this ploy? February 23, 2013

Spectacular Vertical Gardens

I find inspiration in all sorts of places . . . even some you may not consider. How about graphic design as it is applied to a vertical landscape of color, shape and texture . . . these vertical gardens are actually paintings that affect the spaces they occupy. Is this 'design' ... you bet! Truly creative, and truly inspiring. Enjoy! February 7, 2013

DTG News for February 2013

* February: Love, Art, History
* 18th Annual Black History Month Art Celebrations
* Black History Month Poster
* 60 SECONDS - CREATIVE Tidbits : Valentine's Do It Yourself
* Adobe Illustrator Gradient Mesh distorts images
* Web Critique : Thumbs DOWN for Zubera classifieds
* The Art of Boudoir Photography: How to Create Stunning Photographs of Women
* 1,000 Poses for Creating Stunning Photographs of Women
* FunctionFox says Small Creative Companies are Poised for Growth in 2013
* 5 Tips for Turning Your Blog Into a Book
* Ricoh Americas: ‘Unstructured knowledge’ is the challenge of our time
* Marketing Update #2: Data is the New Creative
* Marketing Update #1: Winter tips for the wise
* Web Update for a new year . . .
* Publishing Update #2: death knell for the print industry?
* Publishing Update #1: 2013 Here we come
* Online Social Media #1 for January
* Online Social Media #2: Tips and tricks to improve Facebook
* Online Social Media #3: Reaching your reader
* DESIGNING WOMEN
* Reader Web Sites for Review
* &ELSE News & Views
* Free stuff ... books, software, more for you
* Editor's Last Words
and more ! February 1, 2013

CREATIVE Tidbits : Valentine's Do It Yourself

And now for something totally different . . . for this creative surf, I thought it would be fun just to snoop around and see what kind of creative projects others are doing. We found a few :
* Do-It-Yourself: Quick and Easy Valentine's Projects
* Cupid's Arrow Valentine Printable Cupcake Wrappers
* Do It Yourself Valentines Day Wreath - Posted
* Do It Yourself Pixalated Valentines Card
* Valentine's Day Cards You Make Yourself
* Do-it-yourself Valentine garland
* Happy valentines day
* Valentines shirts!
* Be my Valentine
... and more ! January 29, 2013

Web Critique : Thumbs DOWN for Zubera classifieds

I very seldom actually pan a web site. I'm always looking for the silver lining -- or at least something good about the site. But this one just defies anything good. 171 scripts executed in a single web page ??? 283 http calls on a single web page? You've got to see this... January 22, 2013

DTG News for January 2013

01 HAPPY NEW YEAR ... and a GIFT for you
02 2012 Facebook Timeline Award Winners
03 2012 DTG Product of the Year : FoxL Bluetooth Speaker
04 2012 Book of the Year: Saul Bass
05 2012 BEST: 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
06 Photoshop : Create a Polar Panorama Effect in 5 Minutes
07 Getty : The Year 2012 in Photos
08 The Print and the Process: Taking Compelling Photographs
09 60-Seconds : Who would block the Spam Cop ???
10 Business : Five Best Portfolio Practices
11 Business : National Job Growth Echoes That of Graphic Designers Over Next 10 Years
12 Marketing : Make Your Book Jump Off the Shelf!
13 2013 Online Social Media Update for a new year
14 The Scythe and the Rabbit
15 Be sure to get a web critique
16 &Else News, Views and Reviews :
17 Good-bye 2012 -- GOOD RIDDANCE January 3, 2013