Web Design: New Tlds, domain Landrush, Conversion Rates, WhatsApp, Teen Usage Stats, Google Encrypt, Bloggers Block and more

Spring comes, and we all get lazy! But this is no time to let up on your learning or web design . . . follow along this issue of Web Update :
[*] New Internet Domain Extensions: Don't Get Blinded by the Sunrise or Run Over by the Landrush
[*] Study: Search Campaigns Earn Double Conversion & Revenue Rates When Integrated With Social
[*] WhatsApp by the Numbers: Where It's Popular; Teen Usage Stats
[*] Take these steps toward an effective landing page
[*] Google May Push Sites to Use Encryption
[*] 26 Tips for Overcoming Bloggers Block
[*] The Year of the Social SMB
.... and the continuing online world May 14, 2014

How Digital Calligraphy Can Improve Your Ugly Handwriting

Independent development team, Etienne Nguyen Tan Hon and Yong Jie Hu wants to help you improve your handwriting. The study of calligraphy can help do that -- plus give you a life-long craft. Enjoy April 28, 2014

Creative TidBits #171: Design with Type, design icons, and exhibition graphics

A good graphic designer can design anything. It's really not about the software or the tools or this or that publication. It's really the art and skill of cutting through all the noise to find the essence of the subject -- and then being able to organize the best representations of that subject into a singular message. So it's true of type, typography and graphics like icons and even huge, monumental spaces. Thus this edition brings you creative 2013 An introduction to the principles of typography through letterpress, and creative 2013 selectively choosing the right icons, then creative 2013 Designing Exhibition graphics!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 21, 2014

Marketing Update : March Madness, Spring promos, looking ahead to the future, Twitter tactics

Springtime usually marks the beginning of many marketing and PR campaigns -- it's the biggest time of year for launching promos, second only to the holidays! Let's take a look at this week's marketing update :
[*] 10 Simple Twitter Tactics That Will Get You More Traffic Today
[*] Marketing Lessons From March Madness: Go Deep Young Team!
[*] 3 ways to sabotage your PR pitch (and 3 tips to save it)
[*] Get more links from every piece of content you produce
[*] The Most Commonly Used Email Marketing Tactics
[*] Your Five-Point Mobile Marketing Checklist
[*] The 25 Most Powerful Corporate Brands
[*] 6 key advertising platforms for 2017?
and more! April 18, 2014

Earth Day Art, Crafts, Education for creatives of all ages

Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to make a good contact with clients and vendors. Dreaming up promotions can be difficult -- but if you consider kid's stuff, there are tons of ideas out there. So let's take a look at our favorite Earth Day arts, crafts and projects for kids -- and you're bound to come up with lots of great designs for yourself:
[*] Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency
[*] Outside the Box!: Creative Activities for Ecology-Minded Kids
[*] BOOST Earth Day Is Every Day! Activity Book
[*] Creative Haven NatureScapes Coloring Book
[*] National Parks Coloring Book
[*] Eco-Logical Brain Games April 18, 2014

Creative TidBits #170: Designers Ed Benguiat, Alexander Isley and Michael Bierut

Learning from others is always an effective way to jump-start our creative juices. But the web is raft with images that give inspiration with little or no real substance. It's always a thrill to hear from the legends who truly leave a mark on the graphic design profession. So, today's edition is "Famous legends Day" and here are three you'll enjoy: creative 2013 Ed Benguiat shares some of his stories in a wonderful Vimeo, and creative 2013 we get a brief glimpse into the talent of Alexander Isley, AIGA Medal winner ... and speaking of typography, designer, writer and typographer creative 2013 Michael Bierut shows us Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Typeface!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 15, 2014

Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends

If you are a designer or visual communicator in business, then you need to keep up. In this issue we hope to help with creative 2013 a brilliant infographic which illustrates Shutterstock’s 2014 Global Design Trends, creative 2013 our friend David Blatner's quick and easy way to test font choices quickly in InDesign CC, and creative 2013 some musings on the proper punctuation marks from Kathryn Schulz
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 10, 2014

Creative Tidbits #168: Direct Mail Brilliance, Ellen's Selfies and Jon Sueda

We're enjoying jumping into April, and with it comes some fresh creative inspiration. This edition has creative 2013 6 Attention-Grabbing Direct Mail Designs for those who thought that direct mail was dead creative 2013 A wonderful interview with Jon Sueda -- not to be missed, and creative 2013 revisiting the "selfie" and Ellen's now famous Oscar selfie!
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 7, 2014

2014 Designing Women of Europe

The 19th Annual Designing Women Edition presents Designing Women of Europe! In celebration of Women's History Month, last month, we celebrated Designing Women in the USA, this month we celebrate these outstanding women designers from Poland, Spain, England, and all points around Europe. These are also highlighted with samples, descriptions and links to their sites in our Designing Women pages! Enjoy April 1, 2014

Designing Women from Central and South America

The 19th Annual Designing Women Edition presents Designing Women of central and South America in a celebration of Women's History Month, last month, we celebrated Designing Women in the USA and Europe, now celebrate these outstanding women designers from Ecuador, Costa Rica, Columbia, Argentina, El Salvador, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia and points south, below the equator. Take this tour and you'll also find highlighted samples and links to their sites once you click into the Gallery pages pages! Enjoy April 1, 2014