Creative Tidbits #230: Classic Fonts Poster, Comic Sans replacement, 404 and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Of course we always like to watch the masters, and see what they are up to -- so I saw this Steven Heller piece and had to pass it along. The guys at Pushpin Studios have been at the top of the game for fifty years and we can all learn a lesson or two from them. We also mix it up a bit in this episode with a good fonts item and an essential web design resource. Have fun!

  • Philip Trautmann creates Fonts out of Passion.
  • How to design 404 pages for your web site
  • Alphabets to Go? Analog to digital?
June 14, 2017

335: I've been stung by the Copyright bee. Believe me, that bee sting hurts!

For nearly three decades, I've invited readers to send in their images and referrals to share with DTG readers. It became so popular, and so beneficial for the sender, I got too comfortable with it and even stopped saving the paper trail. Bad decision. A reader sent in a photo some time ago, and in January, we decided to show it in an article in our Gallery. In May we got an email demanding we remove it, claiming ownership. So we removed it and thought all was well. But all was not well, and here's the rest of the story. June 8, 2017

Creative Tidbits #229: 36 Days of Type, Camera Shake, Netflix art of design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go into the summer of 2017, and I know many of you are taking extensive vacations, and will be traveling! Here are three good references that you'll enjoy this June. If you do travel and take a lot of photos, please send a few and share with DTG readers

  • Netflix: The Art of Design misses the point
  • 6 Poses You Can Use to Avoid Camera Shake
  • Shot Block: 36 Days of Type
June 7, 2017

Creative Tidbits #228: Free Vectors, Tumblr Type, Creativity, Sketch and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This issue focuses on essays that are important to the overall scheme of graphic design. But it's not all work and no play -- we got free vector art along with insights into a really fun drawing app that does other stuff too!

  • 20 Free Vector Pallet Wood Textures in AI, EPS & PNG Format
  • I didn’t know Sketch could do that!
  • Creativity on Demand
  • Stereotype Tumblr
April 25, 2017

60-Seconds #341 : Is this really necessary? What are they thinking?

Have you revisited a site from your past recently? Were you shocked at what you found? At one point I stopped tracking spam sites. They had ALL become spam sites. But then, while researching the new iPad Pro, Google referred me to the site of an old friend "Cult of Mac", so I clicked to go there ... there was a loud whooshing sound as it took my breath away! WTF is THIS? April 2, 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

Graphic Novel: Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra

BlackJack: Second Bite of the Cobra

A tale of blood and vengeance set in the rip-roaring 1930s, this graphic novel stars Arron Day, alias Blackjack, an African-American soldier of fortune. January 11, 2017

2017 Prediction: cyber clouds with chance of pain: threats, invasions, cyber wars and you!

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cyber_security_roundup Unfortunately this edition has to be way beyond 60-seconds. I'm in the second reading of Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It, actually I'm listening to the Audible version, and just ordered the print version. This could possibly be the most important book of the decade and I urge anyone reading this to get a copy and study it.
      Many of you already know that I've been involved in tracking cyber activities since the late 1980s. I have not been digging into the intracies of how it works or the background -- but rather about discovery, tracking and reporting. I've been a highly active Spamcop user/agent, and active participating Knujon user and evangelist. As a reporter for UGNN and Safenetting, I've have closely followed the threats arriving in the mailbox and on the web, as well as tracking and discovering where the threats are coming from, who could be behind them, and the owners/publishers of the sites and internet resources they use. What we've learned over the past decade is that following the money trail is not necessarily the thread to chase. Since the late 1990s, cyber crime and cyber intrusion has taken on another level of divisiveness for religious, political and societal gain.

If you read (or listen to) Future Crimes you will begin to understand what the security community has been preaching about for over three decades. Add these references to your reading list, and you'll see the rest of the iceberg that is the cyber world:

  • Tor and The Dark Net: Remain Anonymous and Evade NSA Spying
  • @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex Paperback
  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data
  • The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld
  • Cybersecurity for Beginners
  • How to Access the Deep Web
January 1, 2017

60-Seconds : Click Bait, Fake News and you

After I got flamed on Facebook for citing marketing and social media trends, went back and dug out the research on click bait and fake news I've been doing for UGNN. Here's the latest update, and industry buzz on the topic December 11, 2016

60-Seconds #338 : Getting flamed on Facebook isn't always bad

FLAMED : I was flamed in a comment on a friend's Facebook the other day because I quoted publishing community sentiment about Trump, fake news, click bait and the amount of free air time Trump leveraged from social media. People just don't believe that each time Obama or Clinton mentioned Trump, it was a positive marketing point in favor of Trump. If you mention that "Obama and Clinton actually aided in the Trump victory by concentrating on him and NOT Hillary," be careful, you'll probably get flamed like I did. December 11, 2016