Marilyn Monroe, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos

Dover passed along this book right at the right time -- our 20th Annual Designing Women edition! Marilyn Monroe was an icon of the silver screen picture era, and what a great addition to this year's "Women's History" month celebration . . . sample photos, and a lot more in the Bookshelf February 29, 2016

Advertising Update : Brand-Protection, cookies, digital ads, ad strategy

We've screamed through the winter and spring is rolling by -- next thing you know it will be summer and back to school time! Your spring marketing sense needs to focus on the coming close of schools, graduation and summer vacations. Your clients should be ready to market strong!

  • Five Questions to Help You Decide Whether You Need a Brand-Protection Tool
  • Will Facebook force advertisers to forget about tracking cookies?
  • A new pricing scheme will change how digital ads are sold
  • Programmatic buys 'make sense' for industry
  • Planning your next ad strategy
  • . . . and more!
March 26, 2015

Marketing Update : Twitter, Facebook, Direct Mail, Press Releases, Video and more

April, May, Mother's Day, and the spring launch into Summer will offer an array of marketing opportunities. Tie in with any number of motifs from family to vacation and travel. But first, get your online social networking act together :

  • How the latest moves by Twitter and Facebook help you market your organization
  • 4 reasons to use direct mail marketing instead of email marketing
  • The 8 golden rules of writing great press releases
  • The rapid rise of video in content marketing
  • 6 things great PR campaigns have in common
  • 5 priorities for email marketing in 2015
  • . . . and more
March 25, 2015

Creative Tidbits #190: Hip-hoppers, decades, Instagram, textures and more

Fred Showker's Creative Update

When I saw the series of photos shot across 4 decades I knew this was going to be a good edition of Creative Tidbits! Hope you enjoy this edition -- and if you can guess all those circle movie posters, let me know!

  • Getting Closer to the California Print Junkie Who Designed Jay Z's "Holy Grail"
  • Astonishing series of photographs of four sisters shot every year for 40 years
  • Could Graphic Design Help People Better Relate To Each Other?
  • Interview : My Instagram: Lauren O'Neil
  • Dust & Noise Overlay Textures
  • Can you name the movie?
March 18, 2015

Marketing Update : Click-through, Customers, Mobile, Email, PR Pros and more

As we noted last week, the spring ramp-up is upon us and if you're not already launching your summer campaigns, you'd better get hopping. Watching gas and fuel prices, we can probably expect a huge increast in travel this year, so keep an eye on the opportunities of hooking into the travel trends!

  • Experience Marketing: How to Build a Customer-Centric Marketing Machine
  • How Internet Marketing Will Affect Various Industries in 2015
  • 15 Ways to Increase the Click-Through Rate on Your Tweets
  • Why you must consider mobile in your email marketing
  • Communication — the next big evolution in marketing
  • 5 pitching sins PR pros should purge
  • . . . and more
March 17, 2015

FreePrints Mobile App Optimized for iOS 8 - Takes Advantage of Apple Pay

The FreePrints mobile app from PhotoAffections now supports Apple Pay(TM) and is available for download at the App Store. Designed to work seamlessly with iOS 8, the newly updated FreePrints app also takes advantage of the enhanced camera features in the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2. March 16, 2015

Know how to fold? Use the Folding Genius AI Version 2 for Mac and Win

lphaCorr is proud to announce today the second release of Folding Genius for Adobe Illustrator. Folding Genius is intended for AI users who need folded 3D visualization of their existing dieline design files for corrugated packaging and point-of-purchase displays. Supporting Adobe Illustrator versions CS6, CC and CC2014 on both Mac and Windows, the Folding Genius plug-in works from within Illustrator to animate and render folded cartons, boxes and displays with their graphics, then exports to 3D PDF. March 13, 2015

Graphic Design App Candy Apple Updated with more WOW features!

128bit Technologies introduces version 1.5 of Candy Apple for Mac OS X, a tasty vector based graphic design and illustration app available on the Mac App Store and the MacAppware website. Current Candy Apple users can simply update for free through the Updates section of the App Store application on their Mac, or through the Check for Updates option in the Candy Apple menu March 12, 2015

Marketing Update : March Marketing Madness

During the first quarter marketing cooled off as weather tortured most parts of the U.S. The hints of spring are coming, and with them comes a steep increase in marketing activities. We'll keep this marketing update brief, there's another one due next week! March 11, 2015

Creative Tidbits #189: Oscars, Light Sabers and Football Helmets

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Finding more and more inspiration from people doing creative things! I really enjoyed this edition, particularly the football helmits thing and the iSaber piece . . .

  • Design is everything (not made by nature) for Penn State alumnus Chip Kidd
  • Meet the Graphic Design Mastermind Behind the Best Part of the Oscars
  • Graphic Artists Take Shots At New Steelers Helmet Designs
  • Designed by Apple in Tatooine: the iSaber light saber
  • Berman: Romancing the ink stains in Eastern Market
  • 6 Women Rocking Tech for Good
  • ... and more on the way!
March 11, 2015