DTG News and Else
DT&G:   Vol. 15, Number 8,   August, 2005   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

August: Back to Design School

Feature: A Roadmap to Online Learning

Noted educator and author Jim Norrena presents his landmark white paper about online learning -- "distance learning" or "e-learning," has captivated more than 2.6 million students among the growing number of people pursuing Successful Online Learning


This month's topic turned out to be a raving crazy hoot -- you'll laugh, gasp, be amazed, shocked and entertained with this collection of unique web sites. There's some incredible work represented here -- and some junk! Enjoy the most bizarre, weird, cool, strange or horrible sites out there for August: ELECTRIC WEB

Photoshop: August Photoshop Madness

This month we visit the wonderful Photoshop Chops site for some superb visuals and tutorials of an automotive nature. Then we see some cool frames from the Cool Frames Script site and visit this month's tutorial: Water Reflections. From there we dip into the world of Photoshop Blogger sites including one where "Ask The Experts" isn't exactly what you expect. For a bit of eye-candy, we take a look at some "Photoshop Contest" sites including the granddaddy of them all Fark.com. Finally, Richard Schneider tutorials is back to help us round out this month's Photoshop Madness

Photoshop: Upgrading Adobe Photoshop CS2?

Macintosh computer authority and writer George Engel takes a look at the latest Photoshop upgrade from Adobe... after a bit of trouble, sez: "What a great adventure this is, and an affordable and very worthwhile upgrade." Photoshop CS2

Business: Start A Creative Services Business

Susan Kirkland, veteran creative freelancer puts together over 20 years of totally practical experience -- showing you the mistakes you'll make unless you know about them in advance! You'll seriously need this book if you plan to Start and Run A Creative Services Business

Eye Candy 5: IMPACT

New Photoshop plug-in. Eye Candy 5: IMPACT includes 10 filters that give you seriously the IMPACT you need... chrome, bevels, glass buttons, extruded objects, Zoomed & Backlighting, perspective shadows and more. You really should check this out... Eye Candy 5: IMPACT

Learning Design: Today's Print Workflow

Printing industries expert Gretchen A. Peck reports that as many as 90 percent of the digital files printers receive from customers are in some state of disrepair. Designers today must be prepared to accept new responsibilities, and think beyond design aesthetics -- Creating for Today's Print Workflow

Web Critique: Preemies R Us

Popular site reviewer Mike Swope takes on the site for the premature baby and discovers an off-the-shelf ecommerce engine well adapted for the job... suggest a few color and layout changes to help this site stand out among osCommerce sites Preemies R Us

Business: Stocking Online Auctions

After spending long hours on the eBay, doing research online and off, you come up with a niche category of products to sell. But, there is one little problem! You don't have a slightest clue where to get regular supply. Nowshade Kabir can help you with Products to Sell on eBay

Web Design: Increase Your Google Page Rank!

Search engine guru Joe Balestrino puts a damper on web sites that sell information which will supposedly increase your page rank. A high page rank to a website owner is money in the bank. But you may not be aware of how to Increase Your Google Page Rank!

Web Learning: Web Content Strategy 101

Your web content makes or breaks the profitability of your site. In this article, Joel Walsh shares tips and tricks on how you can develop a strategy to make the most of your site's content.

Field Trip: Exotic Visions: Geeta Vadhera

While Geeta's work is solidly planted in the fine arts world -- of oil on canvas, her art would be just as well at home in any illustration studio on Madison Avenue! Enjoy the powerful tension of negative and positive space for a lesson in visual dynamics! Geeta Vadhera, Noida, India

Books: Photos, spam, Tiger, more...

Here are more free chapters, downloadable PDF chapters and insights into the latest books for computer users... from Creating a Digital Family Album to the latest Photoshop CS2; a little about Spyware and Cookies; plus a Draggable Dock tip! Then we look into the latest iLife and some of the real tips and tricks for upgrading to Tiger. School season is just around the corner so grab this... August Book News

IMPORTANT: 60 Seconds #174 MGM vs. Grokster

The recent Supreme Court ruling in MGM vs. Grokster set a new internet precedent. Will the Internet industry be too stupid (again) to recognize the real implications of secondary liability? Dangerous thoughts for dangerous times. (Sorry, it's longer than 60 seconds!) MGM vs. Grokster - what does it mean?


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Acolades to Design Center Friends

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August means Learning and Fun

There's been so much information these days, we decided to add a second page for &Else News. So you may want to bookmark to return later. Important items there are the Conference "Women and ECommerce - Connecting, Inspiring, and Thriving Beyond 2005"; Coloriage colorizing photos; Flash Photo Animation -- along with a half dozen others.

August of course gives way to September. Be sure to get involved in our 11th Annual Fall Fonts Festival. Everyone loves fonts, type and designing with typography, so you'll want to be included.

Until September, have a great time in August and don't forget to stay touch...

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

NOTE: More &Else News Continued

Parting words for August...

"Personally Im always ready to learn...
      although I do not always like being taught."
            Winston Churchill

PS: if you've made it this far, the Loading Dock address for August will be set to "edu" in celebration of "Back to Design School". Just add the word "edu" after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/ after August 1st.

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