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60-Seconds #328 : Why do cybercrime spam cartels keep sending the same, tired old spam?

As many of you already know, I've been a volunteer spam fighter since February 15th, 1999. I had a passion about helping keep the Internet clean since developing forums for GEnie, eWorld and America Online back in the 1980s. Now my work goes on through Knujon.com, Spamcop.net and SafeNetting.com. We've all agreed that one of the real pains of the online world is someone trying to sell you something -- particularly if the solicitation is false, illegal, or damaging in some way. But through the last several years, ugly "sex enhancement" spam solicitation had diminished. Or so I thought. January 20, 2016

Advertising Update : 2015 trends vs 2016 trends, myths, Super Bowl, GIFs and viewability

So, this is the issue where we look at the advertising trends predictions. I guess you may have already seen my 60-Seconds on Logo Design Trends, so you know how I feel about predicting trends. So let's see what the industry is up to now, and what you should be aware of if you're involved in any form of advertising

  • Are Digital Media Budgets Meeting Industry Viewability Standards?
  • Why Ad Tech Is the Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Advertising
  • Marketers Predict Hottest Trends in Super Bowl 2016 Advertising
  • 13 Media and Advertising ‘Trends’ in 2015 That Never Happened
  • 10 Behavioral Trends Guiding Advertising In 2016
  • RIP millennials: Marketing will be 'age agnostic'
  • Are GIFs the future of advertising
  • Digital media trends for 2016
January 20, 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

60-Seconds #327 : Who establishes the logo design trends for 2016?

Somebody posted their 'logo design trends for 2016' to a LinkedIN design group, so I decided to follow it. Much to my surprise, they talked about design techniques that have always been in use, and never go out of style. Needless to say, I was intriqued. Who really decides what the logo design trends for 2016 really are? I went on the quest. January 13, 2016

Awesome Steampunk photo manipulations and photo-realistic illustrations!

photo modifications There are many, many fans of steampunk style which is a large subgenre of science fiction and fantasy. These images have been inspired by technology and aesthetic designs from the 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery ~ set in an Art Nouveau era as an alternate history. Lots of readers saw our Steampunk Spectacular from last Halloween and send in their examples January 12, 2016

Creative Tidbits #202: anti-drug drive posters, Bikinis, Photoshop Action and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Rolling into a new year of Creative Tidbits, we're finding these great discoveries and enjoying the creative experience around every corner! Remember, we're always looking for your suggestions and tips for cool stuff. Enjoy this edition of Creative Tidbits January 5, 2016

Creative Tidbits #201: Trump, Iranian type, Adobe Post, classic signs and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Kicking off a brand new year -- 2016 -- with creative update number 201 ! I probably enjoy finding these great discoveries more than you do! There's a lot going on so, enjoy and remember : there's a creative experience around every corner! January 1, 2016

Photographs that capture a moment of life -- at the exact right moment!

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OUT with the OLD, and IN with the NEW ... I'm cleaning out tons of images sent in by readers, and here are several collections now merged into one. For a hundred years, the photographer has been challenged with capturing slices of life -- and the biggest challenge is getting the shot at exactly the right moment! December 22, 2015

Awesome Photographic modifications and manipulations that defy reality

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Gosh ... I've been slowly cleaning out the libraries of images and emails sent in by readers and there are hundreds of unaccounted for images. With many of these, we do not know who sent which image. We do know that for the past 25 years we've invited submissions of portfolios and samples -- so if YOU sent any of these, or you created any of these, please contact us so we can give proper credit! December 21, 2015

Creative coloring apps for designers and illustrators of all ages

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Recently we've had an "adult coloring" thread going, looking at all aspects of grown-up coloring books. Of course with the adult coloring fad, the app developers would jump in on the act. So, here we'll take a look at several apps for your mobile device that simulate real-world coloring. December 20, 2015