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DT&G:   Vol. 17, Number 12,   December, 2007   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

DTG Newsletter for December 2007

Welcome new subscribers & Friends

Before getting into this month's content, I wanted to send a special welcome to all those who have subscribed or become active in the Design Center.


We have uncovered at least ONE scam ploy to obtain resumes, samples, portfolios and photos conducted by entities claiming to be "The Design Center" at "graphic-design.com". If you are approached by anyone claiming to be from graphic-design.com, offering you ANYTHING, please report it to us., and DO NOT RESPOND TO THE INQUIRY. There are no job offers or openings being advertised. You will not be contacted by Design Center scouts. This seems to be a new ploy to extract information for reasons unknown -- or a new method used by stalkers. BEWARE.

DTGees, TypeTees, mousepads & Mugs

Of course you don't have to be a winner to own a Fonts Festival collectable Tee or Mug. Remember you can purchase these and help support the Design Center all at the same time! Fonts Fest Tees here... DTGees: Type & Design Tees here

December Holiday (Design) Season

Lots to do this time of year... it's the perfect opportunity to promote yourself. Follow along as new entries are posted each week along the way to the end of the year. If you haven't sent in your suggestions for the BEST OF THE BEST software, hardware or web sites you discovered in 2007, the time is now. We're already building our January issue!

Gift idea: Creating a Photo-Painting

Who else could supply the ultimate tips for using Painter than the award-winning fine artist, designer and educator Cher Threinen-Pendarvis! In this three page excerpt from Cher's latest work, we follow the works of Master Photographer and Digital Painter Michael Campbell as he creates a masterpiece painting from a photograph...

Dreams do come true

Michael Campbell is the skill and vision behind our "Photo to Painting" tutorial, and once you see his works, you'll be convinced that magic exists and dreams do come true. This is true inspiration for any digital artist who aspires to greatness. Follow along as we visit the studio of world class photographer and digital artist Michael Campbell

Insights into the Designing Life

Congratulations to this month's winning designers who shared their professional insights with DTG, and those who aspire to be a Design Pro)
Linda says: "Today, Designers have to deal with many jobs" ...
Mike says: "The tough challenge is when clients don't communicate", and
Isaiah seems to have the perfect graphic design job using his skills to help children learn!
Read them all in this edition of Designers share insights into their jobs...

Designers Share "BEST" products & the Holidays

This month designers reflect on holiday design and cite Vectormagic Vector your Raster images online; Yousendit.com for sending huge files online and Camtasia by TechSmith video screen capture as among the favorites from 2007. These are just a few. More will be released throughout the month leading up to the January BEST edition.


This month's contributors will win a free copy of Deke McClelland's latest training masterpiece Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, or any of our other cool prizes!
Round of applause to this month's winners:
Bill, a design professional from Lititz, PA
Judy, a design professional from Fayetteville, AK
Janette, a trainer in education from Arvada, CO
Robert, a graphic Illustrator from Aurora, IL
L.M., a design professional from Anacortes, WA
Isaiah, a design professional from Chicago, IL, USA
D.I., a design professional from Washington, DC
Linda, a trainer in education from Monroe, NC
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Book Review: Non-Designer's Design & Type Books ~ Deluxe Edition

Back in the Fall Fonts Festival you read George's insights into type and typography. Well now you get to discover one of George's most inspirational resources on type and design -- from one of our favorite authors of all times, Robin Williams! Non-Designer's Design & Type Books

You Are the News: Citizen Journalism

This is an important article -- and we hope to bring you more coverage on the topic. Citizen journalism allows writers and viewers alike to decide for themselves what is timely, relevant, and newsworthy. Five Reasons Why Citizen Journalism is a concept whose time has come

Then, Paul Sullivan, editor in chief of Orato.com, takes a moment to tell us a little bit about this multi-faceted Web site and the future of citizen journalism.

The 10 Commandments of Guerrilla Marketing Design

The Dean of Desktop Publishing, Roger C. Parker returns with some do's and don'ts about Guerrilla Marketing. However, we think these ten commandments are essential for any designer in any field! It's an attitude that emphasizes the efficient and memorable delivery of information... all part of his recent book Design to Sell The 10 Commandments of Guerrilla Marketing Design

Web Design Tutorial: How to build tabbed navigation in CSS

If you've ever fumbled over setting up good, accurate CSS coding for navigation buttons, then you'll really appreciate this article by Rachel Andrew, excerpted from The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks, a CSS book by Rachel from SitePoint.com... Creating tabbed navigation in CSS

Ultimate Patterns made easy...

You'll never have to search for -- or fumble over -- patterns again -- this updated Adobe Photoshop plug-in makes the coolest patterns and textures so easy you wonder why someone didn't invent this before now. SymmetryShop is the tool that automates the creation of all types of surface designs Ultimate Patterns made easy...

PhotoBooks make the ultimate gifts...

Here's a great gift idea for your entire list ... make a PhotoBook -- hardcover photo albums -- using the Unibind PhotoBook Creator thermal binding machine ... Make yourself a PhotoBook

The Holiday Designer's Bookshelf...

Usually we only have one "Editor's Choice" but there's so much new, we cannot do it in a single page... every department has some very hot new titles... * Graphic Design * in Desktop Publishing including InDesign and QuarkXpress * in Adobe Photoshop & Photography * in Web Design and Multimedia * in Graphics and 3D Rendering * for Business, Mac users, General Computing and the iLifeand they're all in the Designer's Bookshelf

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

This month's &Else includes: a Multi-User Calendar * news on legislation of illegal Downloading * Richard Lepsinger's keys to starting an "execution revolution" * New Tutorial Videos * Speed Downloads for Mac users * Archive management with CDFinder * Chroma Keying Plugins * Instant Internet Storefronts * and a lot more... ! News, Reviews &Else!

Hot Forum Topics: Web Design Critiques

From a fashion site to photographers' vanity sites, there are dozens and dozens of new sites to review -- and critiques to learn from. We also have seen an influx of new reviewers who have some rather special insights into web design!

Photoshop 911 forum discussions

From "Adding music to slide show" to "How do I size my pic image" there are ongoing topics being discussed, and Photoshop users getting real help in the Photoshop 911 help forums. We're going to help you with screen tints, removing lens flare from photos, masking using adjustment layers and even some new Tips for using bevel and emboss tool. Dig in if you're a Photoshop user!

Site of the month: My "Wallet Test" site...

This site owner posted to the Design Cafe just to get some comments, and I thought it was so entertaining I just had to pass it along to you. Paul Kinsella conducted a sociological experiment in Illinois called the "Wallet Test" where he dropped hundreds of wallets on the street, then stood back to video what happened! You'll love it! (Be sure to see the documentary) www.wallettest.com

iRemember Photo Books

I was going to do a full article for this month's issue, but just didn't have the time -- but wanted Mac users to discover this site as a real solid opportunity to creat some nice holiday gifts! iRemember is a simplified page layout application designed to turn a user's digital photos into memories by preserving them as personalized scrapbooks. You can download a free trial at www.macscrapbook.com

Mouse with your foot

Probably one of the more novel contacts we've had: a mouse you work with your feet! It's for people with RIS injuries, but it's also cool for musicians and others who need a click here or there without taking their hands off what they are doing. I'd like it because keeping my tabs and cheat sheets on the computer while playing the keyboard, I'm required to grab the mouse to change pages. The Foot Mouse fixes all that. www.bilila.com

Now, the bad news: Under Attack

We are seriously under attack. I didn't realize it until I signed up for a Knujon account to go along with my SpamCop account. Seriously folks, you should read Knujon's spam and online crime report (PDF)

The message didn't really hit home until the Knujon report came for the month of November. I'm going to write more in an upcoming 60-Seconds post, but for now I thought I'd mention getting nearly 24,000 spams during November. Astonishing, I know. But more astonishing is the fact that 7 out of every 10 was a felony, or an attempted felony of one type or another. Of those spams, only 1,160 domains were advertised -- averaging 20 spams from each of the domains. 1,600 spams from one domain alone! Most disturbing however is nearly half of them were from cyber crooks in communist countries.

It's no longer a joking matter. We are seriously under attack. Everyone should get a SpamCop or Knujon (or BOTH) account and start REPORTING, not just filtering spam and cybercrime. www.spamcop.net, and www.knujon.com

Publishers Warehouse Gifts Site Open through December

Well, the folks at the Publishers Warehouse have officially opened the DTG "Gifts for You" ... so, get the keys to the Loading Dock address, and join the fun downloading all you can handle from years of holiday downloads. In the Publishers Warehouse

It was twenty years ago ...

I was shocked the other day when I realized DTG will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary online during 2008. It's hard to believe I published the first issue twenty years ago. Actually the first issues of DTG were distributed on diskette for several years. Then, online, you had to get it using Compuserve or AOL. When eWorld came along we launched it there too, but eWorld was short lived. In 1994, we moved out to the web and the rest is history.

The other day, I dug out the old G3 with disk drives and tried to read some of the original diskettes from 1987, 1988 and 1989. Sadly, they're unreadable today. I've now backed up all the archives I could retrieve to CDs. Next, I guess I'll back them up to DVDs.

So, 2008 will mark not just a new year... but the 20th year we've shared design, typography and graphics together. I want to thank all of you for being loyal readers and followers. I particularly want to send out a big round of thanks to those of you who have been on board since the beginning. I know who you are... at least some of you!

And as we round out the last days of 2007, I urge you to find some way to help those in need in your local community. I know it's very stylish to support and promote global issues around the world -- but I'll bet there are needs right there in your community that need as much -- or more -- attention than some of those illusive issues from far-away places.

Do something good for someone today. And tomorrow... and again each day after that.
Happy holidays and happy new year!

Once again you've wasted a perfectly good hour reading the DTG newsletter. Hopefully all is not wasted and you've gained at least one helpful tidbit of info

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

A Thought for December...

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead,
    either write things worth reading or
        do things worth writing."

            Benjamin Franklin

PS: if you've made it this far, excellent! The folks at the Publishers Warehouse have set up the Loading Dock season's GIFT package, and changed the address to "holidays" ... so, just add the word holidays after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/

WHO IS Fred Showker?

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