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Creative Tidbits: Concepts

Following all the fun of the fonts fest, and before the creative tidbits column moves into the holiday season, here are some really great references we held over . . .
* Realistic paintings * Rare photographic situations * Lettering Max Goldt's L'Eglise des Crocodiles * Innovation Lives on the Edge of Ridiculous Ideas * Designing Photographer's Identity ... and an extra special piece called "Happy Birthday Steve" November 23, 2011

Publishing Update 1111

While the Kindle, iPad and the world of ebooks creeps in, there's still a lot of power in publishing.
* GreenPrint software seeks the most efficient printer for the job
* Ballantine publishes 'mini green guide' for direct mail
* Ebooks' popularity is rewriting the sales story
* 4 ways jumbo postcards can help boost business
* In defense of print: 10 great resources
* 10 principles of writing for the Web
* 5 Day Delivery FAQs
* Beware the Kindle
and more ... November 22, 2011

Create a Gift-wrapped box icon in Illustrator

Here's another of those great tutorials in Adobe Illustrator from Ainsley Bevis. This time it's a gift-wrapped icon, perfect for the holidays, birthdays, or where ever you need gift wrapping. This is the first of three, so watch this column for the next ones. For now, get started . . . November 21, 2011

Top apps for web designers 1111

Here's a collection of the most recommended new apps for designers who may design web sites. We're scouring the app universe looking for apps that will enhance your design operations. . .
* Anxiety lightweight To-do
* Terminal gets multiple panes
* Flash movie extractor
* Quick access to Google Analytics statistics
* Mac database management
* LittleIpsum
... and more. But it's just the beginning. November 21, 2011

Holiday Shopping Pulse Study

What are bargain hunters going to be looking for this coming Black Friday and what's on everyone's holiday gift wish list? This latest Retrevo Pulse Study asked consumers about what they want for the holidays and what they're going to be looking for in the bargain bins. November 17, 2011

Social Media Update 1111-16

This Social Media update takes a look at :
* 5 Facebook changes and what you need to know
* Are you disclosing? What you need to know about FTC rules and social media
* Marketers forecast great investment in social media
* Sharing on the Web: How, when, where, why we do it
* 5 ways to control your Facebook privacy
* Social media policy: How to get started
* How Twitter is empowering businesses
.... and the emerging world of social networking November 16, 2011

Not Photoshop

Want a doll for Christmas? How about one of these -- some of the most incredible art work and craftsmanship I've ever seen!. I mean, I can't hardly believe this guy's work ... I think you'll be amazed too! November 15, 2011

Websites that suck

hard web design lesson to learn, this web design critique turns up two good reasons to study the masters . . . in web sites that suck November 14, 2011

The Unruly Alphabet

Did you ever do something kind of crazy ... just to do it? Yes, I've done it, and I'm sure you probably have too. When the folks from Mark Batty Publishing sent me this crazy book by Aaron McKinney, I knew at once -- he was having one of those moments ... really good moments! November 14, 2011

Google Plus ... maybe

So, there's a lot of buzz about Google+ (plus.google.com) and how it marks the end of Facebook. When I got the email from Lynn to join up on Google-plus, that was the beginning of this story. November 8, 2011