The Gestalt Principles of Design : the most important lesson for all designers

Bridget Haina, accomplished design educator discusses the Gestalt Principles of Design. For more than a century, and thousands of hours of research and study, these lessons have been established as the most important factors of visual design -- for all designers! Thank you Bridget for helping get visual designers on the right track! September 13, 2016

Making fine arts and fine arts museums more accessible world wide

fine art museums come together

Is it enough to have art museums, and then art museum web sites, and then art museum web sites that consolidate other art museums? There are all kinds of web sites that scrape the web to consolidate content into one place. Look at the stock photography industry, or the Photoshop tutorials genre. Are you ready for an art museum site that will 'vend' art as an ecommerce add-on for YOUR site? Welcome 1,000 museums! July 28, 2016

Art Authority Announces Year Five of Its Intern Program for Art Majors

An appreciation of art is one of the foundation requirements for all visual communicators. Now, the Art Authority for iPad is the only iPad Reference app to be named to both of Apple's Rewind "best of" lists. It brings over 75,000 high-resolution classic works of art to your fingertips. May 23, 2015

You cannot innovate into the future until you understand the past

Year five of the 'Art Authority' Summer Intern Program is here for students majoring in art and art history. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your visual vocabulary for future design innovation. Check it out! May 11, 2015

Virtual Reality plus Education Clubs and the National Park Service make rich learning opportunities

The Immersive Education Initiative have opened with two new Immersive Education (iED) student clubs in Colorado to advance the newly established Immersive Bent's Old Fort* project. In December the Initiative revealed that Bent's Old Fort, a unit of the United States National Park Service located on the Santa Fe Trail in Colorado's Otero County, will be reconstructed virtually in the video game Minecraft and also as a fully immersive 3D virtual reality (VR) environment. February 3, 2015

Start your year off right with Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad

Fred Showker's Photographic Apps Update

2014 was a great year for Photo Apps, and we're predicting that 2015 will be better yet. By all means, please send us your reviews or favorites so we can share as well and have fun testing these:

  • Magic Hour Lite - Camera & Unlimited Filter
  • Social Network for Amateur Photographers
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
  • Repost for Instagram
  • Camera360 Ultimate
  • Photo Reflection
  • and MORE ...
December 23, 2014

60-Seconds #156 : Freelancing Pitfalls

I first published this article in 1996, and then updated and brushed it up in 2001. I was reading an online article by someone else the other day and it copied this article almost word-for-word. So, I thought I would remind everyone that good business practices really don't go out of style -- this is just as valid as it was more than 20 years ago! August 7, 2014

Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness

1406 Photoshop Madness

Well, as you know, all good things must come to an end ... so it's true with Summer giving way to fall ... time for some true Photoshop Madness . . . and since many of you are working on "Back to School" promotions, here are some very cool files to get you going

  • Create a Bulletin Board With Realistic Shadows, Part II
  • Create a Handmade "Back to School" Style Postcard
  • How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Printables
  • School Doodles Brushes in simple drawings
  • Vector Back to school Background
  • Back-to-school psd clipart
  • . . . and MORE
July 25, 2014

Summer Reading for fun, learning and graphic inspiration

Learning happens. We're in the summer travel times and have vetted these books for family fun, learning and a little bit of preoccupation! "When will we get there" is a common question, but when you've got some really great project books like these, you've always got an answer.

  • Roadside Attractions Coloring Book: Weird Wacky Landmarks Across the USA!
  • Creative Haven Art Nouveau Fashions Coloring Book
  • Masterworks: Color Your Own Cezanne Paintings
  • Animals of the Forest, Wetlands and Desert
  • Tarot Designs Coloring Book
  • Butterflies Coloring Book
July 15, 2014

Connect Film Professionals and Movie Buffs to 45,000 Resource

Drawing from over 45,000 submissions of videos, articles, blogs and podcasts, The Assembly will be the first resource to present fully integrated multi-media capabilities. The app will serve as a hub for members of the film community, industry professionals and experts; a communal space unavailable before. June 17, 2014