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Discover the fine arts of rock and stone painting!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

While working up some pages and Creative Tidbits for our Designing Women special I discovered the art of painting stones. I had no idea it is such a popular and wide-spread practiced art and craft. Although searches bring up literally millions of images, it is not a new art. It's one that's been practiced for thousands of years. Here are just a few of the highlights we found.

  • Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
  • How to paint rock mandalas
  • Meditative Mandala Stones
  • The Art of Stone Painting
  • Cindy Thomas Rocks
  • A gallery of pages and samples
February 15, 2017

Creative Tidbits #225: Signatura, Logos, InfoGraphics, Art Photos, PSD GIFs and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

What's more fun than Cinemagraphic GIF files, moving? Well, we've got those, along with another free font and some art photography you can enjoy. I've provided a link to see all the images as thumbnails too! Along with that we see another of those "minimal" logo collections -- are they really logos? We'll see, and we'll have a great time this this issue.

  • 85 Great Art Photography Examples For Inspiration
  • How To Create GIF Using Adobe Photoshop?
  • InfoGraphics components you might like
  • Signatura Monoline Free Typeface
  • 10 Free Minimal Vector Logos
February 14, 2017

Creative Tidbits #224:Color Searches, Portfolio, Templates, free fonts, history lesson and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This week's Tidbits has something for everyone! We really enjoy learning opportunities, and Hannah Poindexter's piece is very good and should be part of our legendary "Brief History of Typography" series in the Type Department. Yes, and speaking of type, we do have a free font this time, and a free DTP template as well as more tips on creating your online portfolio.
      We always welcome your suggestions and ideas and items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet
  • This one searches Flicker to find your colors
  • Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio
  • Clean Design Free Resume Template
  • Lively Serif goes Deco
February 7, 2017

Social Media Update : Boomers, YouTube, Mobile vs. desktop, Millennials and more

The social media field is about to heat up with the approach of Valentine's Day, and a ton of spring events and activities. If we can get people to stop the fake news and click bait of the elections, and concentrate on what's hot for marketing, the graphic designers could go to work.

  • The Importance of Social Media in Experiential Marketing Campaigns
  • From Millennials to Boomers: Connecting with Members at Every Age
  • Lunch Bot, Anyone? How Brands Can Use Chatbots in Advertising
  • Publishers are missing the jump from desktop to mobile
  • 30 Killer Tips to Become a Master Social Media Manager
  • The Key to Social Media? Think Like a Publisher
  • Mobile vs. desktop in the world of Millennials
  • YouTube Statistics will blow you away
February 6, 2017

Creative Tidbits #223: Online Portfolios, Design cannibalism, White House Photos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Off to a great start, and here comes February! My favorite item in this edition of Creative Tidbits is the Photo exposition from the 2016 White House photographs -- WOW! Yes, and a free font, some excellent Photoshop Text effects and how to 'fix' Design cannibalism ... a great issue this week and remember, you can always suggest items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • 6 Steps To Creating A Knockout Online Portfolio
  • Rosarina Font: speak softly, carry a big stick
  • 2016 White House in Photographs
  • Problem: Design cannibalism
  • Photoshop Cool Text Effects
February 1, 2017

60-Seconds #340 : Does Stephen Hawking or Wolf Blitzer know they are spam heros?

It occured to me the other day that I sure am glad I'm not Stephen Hawking. But then the little voice said aren't you ashamed of yourself, Mr. Hawking along with Wolf Blitzer*, Anderson Cooper* and Jon Stewart* have been attacked by cyber crime in one of the worst ways possible! Cybercrime has exploited his condition and made him the most spoofed celebrity in 2016! Too bad there isn't some way he can get back at the low-life spammers at Inteligen*. January 31, 2017

Social Media Update : Google, iTunes, AI, chatbots, streaming, Facebook, Twitter and more

OKAY, we're off and running into another year of DT&G's social media updates, and these next 22 references were the hottest links in the past three weeks before the first of the year! If you have observations or experiences to share, please feel free to contribute your guest article for all DTG readers! And here we go . . .

  • 8 Reasons to Focus on Content Marketing and Improve your Google Ranking
  • AI, chatbots, live streaming and more social media trends for 2017
  • Apple: One billion iTunes podcast subscriptions and counting
  • 5 Tips To Help You Achieve More With Social Media Marketing
  • Battle Of The Ages: The Digital vs.Traditional Media Debate
  • 8 Companies Changing the Social Media Game
  • Do Page Likes Still Matter on Facebook?
January 24, 2017

Social Media Update : February, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Tweeting and more

February kicks off with some very hot property heating up even more. Follow the trends and the studies and you'll see there are some real problems to overcome once you start relying too heavily on Social Media. Don't sell your real media just quite yet.

  • 5 attitudes that say your organization’s not ready for all-out social media
  • Crowdtap Study Reveals Seventy-One Percent of Shoppers Rely On Social Media
  • Oxford professor challenges Ritson's 'tsunami of bullshit' claim
  • Opinion: The important word in ‘social media’ is not ‘media’
  • Read This Article Before You Press ‘Tweet’
  • A Social Media Manager’s View on SEO
  • Social Media Policy Checklist
January 23, 2017

A Brief History of Typography: 300 Years of Type Faces, Fonts, and the people behind them

I have completely updated and refined our legendary typography series, originally authored by Thomas Phinney. This eight page dissertation now accurately links to all the type faces and fonts mentioned in the text. So, welcome to 2017, and an opportunity to trace the 300-year history of typography, without ads, or stalkers or predators! Enjoy! January 23, 2017

A Brief History of Typography

This wonderful account, authored in 2005 by Thomas W. Phinney now comes to DTG readers with hundreds of links and references added, and updated. Learn the history behind the fonts! This is essential reading for all new designers, even if you read some of the later font articles -- this is the foundation! January 23, 2017