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5 Signs That It's Time to Update Your Website

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Brian_Hong_m If your website is currently helping your company, you might not think that it needs to be updated. However, a website that has not met the sales or branding goals that your company has established should be updated. While it might not need an entire redesign, a website refresh could help to bring your business better results. August 19, 2016

Social Media Update : Celebrity Posts, Facebook Likes, Twitter Tactics, media failures and more

When you talk about media, of course you could be talking about TV, radio, newspapers or other traditional forms of mass communications -- but today, more and more of these conversations are built around social media. There's never been a media channel more widely available nor seductive than social media -- and this is the media we're focusing on in these Media Updates. Enjoy and get ready for September! Here are our topics this week:

  • Authorities To Crack Down On Paid Celebrity Social Media Posts
  • 6 Infallible Reasons to Take Your Business to Social Media
  • Are Facebook Likes Still Valuable in Social Media Marketing?
  • 5 Research-Backed Tactics to Get More Twitter Followers
  • Is Your Strategy Killing Your Multi-Media Efforts?
August 18, 2016

Ad Blockers : ad poison, skip button, pernicious Facebook, Adblock, WSJ, reader blocking

Isn't it funny that our profession is built so heavily on advertising yet I've become such a staunch advocate against it. There's a point at which advertising has become divisive and sinister. The advertising industry in their unquenchable thirst for revenue has given the store away and are making too much money to ever become honorable again.
      Advertising is a form of communication between two entities. When one side of the conversation becomes deceptive and fallacious, then it's time to end the conversation and part company. The problem is, the industry has become so good at hiding their malicious intent, few web surfers are aware of the dangers. As graphic designers, we take pride in the visual storytelling and persuasion on behalf of our clients -- but graphic design has very, very little to do with advertising on the web. Join me in the fight against malicious advertising ... hooray for ad blockers! August 16, 2016

Social Media Update : Fast Food, Medical Media, target children, the wild, wild west and more

The summer is almost over, and most areas have already begun concentrating on back to school, and maybe even the holidays! But social media like LinkedIN, Facebook, Tumblr and others are hooked on the U.S. Elections with a cesspool of vile interactions. We'll be fortunate when all that is over, so that's why I am avoiding it. I figure you're seeing enough of that garbage, the Design Center doesn't have to add more . . . please have a great time this week:

  • Yes, There Is a Place for Social Media Marketing in Your Medical Practice
  • Fast food companies use social networking sites to target children
  • Yes, Serious Academics Should Absolutely Use Social Media
  • How to Monitor Social Media in 20 Minutes Per Day
  • Social media's 'wild west'
August 11, 2016

WEB Design : When your server goes down, how long until you realize it?

Are you paranoid about your web site? Have you been hacked in the past? If your site goes down, how long will it be before you realize it? Don't know? How much traffic ... how many visitors could not find you? Maybe it's time to start monitoring your web site July 26, 2016

Web Design : 6 Tips for Web Designers to Make Your Clients Happier

Web design is a great career field. Still, like with any other professions, web designers have to deal with a lot of issues and challenges, from mastering time-management skills of advanced level to resolving conflicts with difficult clients. Besides, web design is a highly competitive field and to be successful a web designers has to follow the latest industry trends. Here are just some of the most common challenges and issues web designers have to deal with: July 21, 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

Web Design : Is Complex Graphic Design UX Friendly?

Customer-centric web design and UX is on everyone's mind in 2016. User-friendly websites should offer great content which is easy to find, quick to access and beautiful to look at. Yet so many companies seem to be falling at one of more of these hurdles ... Elisheva Sokolic takes look at these issues in today's web design! March 10, 2016

Ad Blockers : people finally had enough and now see no ads! Can you blame them?

We have been following this issue since last November -- and being one of the first sites to begin the cruisade against online advertising back in the 1990s, we're delighted it's finally getting some public notice. But the industry is fighting back. I posted this one yesterday on UGNN ... Forbes, ad blockers and malware … another warning! Just because they're a big name, doesn't mean they have scruples. Here's the rest of the news January 19, 2016

Advertising : Ad Blockers, Yahoo block, rebound, Advertising Needs An Overhaul

NO ADS | NO TRACKERS | NO MALWARESeems ad blockers are a good thing, and it also seems ad blockers are a bad thing. The problem arises when the advertising broker is sleezy and greedy, and the publishers don't have time to pay attention to how they're getting screwed. And there ain't nobody getting rich (to coin an old phrase) except the advertising hoars. We wish them well, and only hope that they're not making your web page suck. December 18, 2015