Web Design : Sorting out the players Facebook, Linkedin, Reddit, InstaGram, YouTube, Google+, Yelp and 6,000 others

It's going to get ugly . . . how can you keep all these separate, and who knows which one might rise to the top of the heap. But when there are that many, there's a good opportunity to align with your target market. Web Design gets uglier but more fun at the same time
* Pinterest drives more traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit combined
* Eating My (Key) Words: Changing The Way We Think About SEO
* The only tool you need to succeed on Twitter
* 9 Link Building Lessons We Learned As Kids
* Importance of 404 error pages
.... and the continuing online world December 27, 2013

Rolling into 2014 with lots of advice for web designers

With traditional web sites going the way of the dinosaurs, there's lots to learn and lots to keep up with in the brave new Web 2.0 world of blogs, social media, hashtabs and the new stuff coming out every day you didn't have a clue about ! This is one of four, upcoming:
* How to Set Up a Hosted WordPress Site
* How to Use Google Trends for SEO
* #Hashtags? #WhatsTheBigDeal?
* 5 Reasons You Need A Blog
* 404 page best practices
.... and the continuing online world December 20, 2013

Online Social Media Update : 2013 is over, now 2014

We're wrapping up the end of the year, and now our Social Media update. In 2014 you can expect the social medias to become even more influential and important to online designers and marketers. Stay tuned here to keep up with new social media trends . . .
* 90% Of Customers Will Recommend Brands After Social Media Interactions
* Social Media Usage Up 800% For U.S. Online Adults In Just 8 Years
* Global Social Media Networks Set to Overtake Facebook?
* 26 Tips for Using Instagram for Business
* Readership Surveys: 10 Good Reasons Why
.... and the continuing world of social media and networking December 17, 2013

Marketing Update : Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising into 2014

Closing out 2013 sets us up to launch our marketing programs for 2014, and it's not a moment too early ... here we go :
* How Social Data Changes Everything We Know About Marketing
* Understanding and utilizing digital marketing
* How to Frame Your Visual Storytelling Strategy
* Are You Posting Without a Plan?
* Stop Losing Leads
... and more December 16, 2013

Sandy says : Make An Impression With a Pop-By

We love to see great ideas pop up, and we love passing them along to readers! A big THANKS goes out to our good friend Sandy Hibbard for sharing this wonderful and timely marketing tip with DTG readers. There's no better time than today -- right now -- to push your message in a friendly way. Sandy has the idea ... December 13, 2013

Learning the art of Photography with Popular Cameras from Nikon and Canon

Cameras these days have gotten more and more complicated and the turf once reserved for trained professionals now befalls many with no training whatsoever. What to do? The books we present below will bring you up to speed on some of the most popular cameras, and up to snuff on Photoshop Elements, the most recommended software package for consumer camera users . . . enjoy :
* Make ordinary photos extraordinary with Photoshop Elements For Dummies!
* Photographing Families: Tips for Capturing Timeless Images
* Teach Yourself VISUALLY Photoshop Elements 12
* Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D For Dummies
* Photoshop Elements 12 For Dummies
* Canon EOS 70D Digital Field Guide
* Nikon D5200 For Dummies
* Nikon D3100 For Dummies
and more December 12, 2013

60-Seconds 303: fortunes to be made in the 48-hour logo site

You've probably seen the design community cult-movement "No SPEC" against spec-work, or seen thousands of complaints from graphic designers about the hack logo sites proliferating online these days. Today I got a press release, for DTG, from "48-hour Logos" a crowd sourcing site offering "contests" for designing logos. I've provided reference links below, but first, consider this December 11, 2013

Online Social Media Update : Ending the year of Social Media

This Social Media update doesn't stop! Take your mobile device, iPad or laptop along for the holidays so you can keep up with new social media trends -- watch out for all the holiday photos from friends . . .
* 26 Tips to Create a Strong Social Media Content Strategy
* Social Media Best Practices For Organizations
* Facebook Hashtags: The New Game Changer
* The grassroots effect of social media
* 5 Biggest Social Media Mistakes
.... and the continuing world of social media and networking December 10, 2013

Happy Feet Text Effect Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorial

It's getting cold, cold, cold, but our friend Ainsley Bevis from BloomWebDesign.net is hot with this great Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop tutorial! You'll enjoy some tricks for 3D, and then the whole piece drops into Photoshop for finishing! December 1, 2013