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

Let's go to Las Vegas! Did you ever consider a career in Las Vegas Gaming Art?

creative art for slot machines

A booming industry often overlooked is the gaming industry ... no, I'm not talking about video or computer games, I'm talking about Las Vegas! I had the best time photographing these slot machine headers, I began trying to guess the base type fonts and the processes used to print these lighted headers! It's fun and fascinating! July 12, 2016

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

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 26, #7 ~ July
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to this year's Back to Design School issue, and our Fall Fonts Festival kicking off in September!
SURF's UP.. Summer is almost over!

  • 01 JULY 2016 - Digital Photography, photos, and all fun in the sun ...
  • 02 Photoshop Madness : Make Your Own Angry Bird Fan Art With Photoshop
  • 03 60 Seconds 334: Why use Spotify?
  • 04 4th of July Nails
  • 05 Creative Tidbits #209: body painting, Photoshop filters,
    . . . type and typography and more
  • 06 2016 Elections : Now you can dress and undress your favorite candidates
    . . . Trump, Clinton, or Sanders, or all three!
  • 07 Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!
  • 08 This could be the most important drawing software since Adobe Illustrator
  • 09 PSMania yet another image editor for photo enthusiasts
  • 10 Self publishing has come of age, and Textkraft mobile production
    . . . studio makes it happen
  • 11 3rd annual Dronestagram/National Geographic International
    . . . Drone Photography Contest
  • 12 Patina Painting App for Mac Relaunched with New Features
  • 13 July to August... on the road... taking car
July 2, 2016

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

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

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

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