60-Seconds #305: How hand lettering gave me the inspiration to become a graphic designer

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When somebody asks me why I went into graphic design, several reasons and experiences come to mind. I can still remember the first time I saw a quill, dipped in paint, dragging out such beautiful lettering. I ran across a YouTube video that brought back those crystal-clear memories! Let me share the story with you, and ask that you share your story with 60-Seconds readers! January 14, 2014

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

60-Seconds 302: Should we colorize history?

Our good friend Chuck Green recently made a post to Facebook about the digital colorization of historical photographs. His complaint was followed by a ponderous tome of learned comments from both sides of the isle. An alarm went off in my head. I'm thinking; hey, everyone already knows about that -- but then, do they? So I went digging for all the "Digital Ethics" information that I've written about since the late 1980s and discovered -- OMG: over a decade has gone by! These "newbies" could very well not be informed about Digital Ethics. November 13, 2013

301 60-Seconds : Quick, figure this out

As you know -- things aren't always the way they seem! There are a lot of really down-to-earth lessons our educational system seems to be missing these days in favor of more lofty, perhaps unnecessary, lessons. Today, John McWade sent me a brain teaser that clearly illustrates this point... October 21, 2013

The Latest Issue of VIEW Magazine is Now Available

As the iPad matures into the market and more people are using tablets, I'm having a lot of fun and inspiration with digital magazines. I always loved printed magazines, so now I can enjoy many more on my iPad. August 19, 2013

60-Second Window #300 : Junk Mail Names

You know you've made it when Google recognizes ghost names you made up a decade ago. But there's more to this story -- as I discovered one of my pseudo names from the past is a real live person! Yikes!!! July 24, 2013

Magazine Apps: Why So Bloated?

In my pr and news feeds, the latest from the Association of Media & Publishing sent me an article called : Magazine Apps: Why So Bloated? The pad revolution is probably going to be the single savior of the publishing industry. Er, uh, maybe not. June 14, 2013

Ji Lee: bubbles to words to pictures to books . . .

An interesting look at what jiLee has been up to! Ji Lee was listed as one of the 50 most influential designers in the US ... but his "Bubble" project is probably his best known . . . and now there's more in 'Word As Image' June 6, 2013

What is Responsive Web Design?

Content marketing and digital flipbook platform, Uberflip, has released a videographic that highlights and benefits of responsive design for marketers :: Responsive Design in 60 Seconds May 17, 2013

What happens to your digital estate and online holdings when you die?

Have you planned your online estate? While nobody wants to talk or think about their own death, you owe it to the ones left behind to do some serious planning. My estate planning attorney says treat that just about like any other property you own. That's the starting point. Although your digital estate carries its own set of rules, it needs careful, accurate estate planning just like your real-life estate. April 21, 2013