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

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

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

Spectacular Vertical Gardens

I find inspiration in all sorts of places . . . even some you may not consider. How about graphic design as it is applied to a vertical landscape of color, shape and texture . . . these vertical gardens are actually paintings that affect the spaces they occupy. Is this 'design' ... you bet! Truly creative, and truly inspiring. Enjoy! February 7, 2013

5 Tips for Turning Your Blog Into a Book

Over the last decade, blogging has been steadily increasing in popularity. In fact, Nielsen/McKinsey has gone from tracking 36 million blogs, just five years ago, to tracking over 181 million blogs by the end of 2011. Many of these bloggers may be looking for a way to compile or get more out of the posts they have written, which makes turning them into a book or eBook an ideal option. January 21, 2013

A Special Thanks to YOU

This is my holiday message to you all ... and particularly highlighting those who have contributed and supported your Design Center through the 2010 year! Here's recognition and a link to those of you who make it happen ... November 30, 2010

Evil Twitter Tweets

It's a jungle out there. I always say that in my Photoshop Madness column. But when I mentioned it on FaceBook, Jeff Fisher and several others didn't seem to believe it. Then I get this flaming email about warning people! So I stalked a stalker from Twitter just to prove ... it's a jungle out there March 26, 2010

Throw Your Press Release in the Trash

This was originally published as the Top Ten Reasons to Throw Your Press Release in the Trash, and I've refreshed it about three times since 1989. However recently a new generation of press writers have arrived and need these lessons again January 26, 2010

Twitter Tweet Jerks

As a relatively new Twitter user, I'm disturbed at some of the practices showing up in the tweet stream. Yes, it's good finding so many wonderful resources ... but some of the tweeters just aren't "our" kind of people ... November 3, 2009

GOOGLE Gotcha

All those who wanted to monetize their web sites had a big boost a couple of years ago when Google rolled out their AdSense program. I jumped on board, just like I jumped on the new upstart named "Amazon" when they first appeared on the scene. Amazon has cut its affiliates commissions back to near-oblivion, in the interest of their profits -- why did we think Google wouldn't do the same? November 4, 2007