5 Signs That It's Time to Update Your Website

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Brian_Hong_m If your website is currently helping your company, you might not think that it needs to be updated. However, a website that has not met the sales or branding goals that your company has established should be updated. While it might not need an entire redesign, a website refresh could help to bring your business better results. August 19, 2016

Ad Blockers : ad poison, skip button, pernicious Facebook, Adblock, WSJ, reader blocking

Isn't it funny that our profession is built so heavily on advertising yet I've become such a staunch advocate against it. There's a point at which advertising has become divisive and sinister. The advertising industry in their unquenchable thirst for revenue has given the store away and are making too much money to ever become honorable again.
      Advertising is a form of communication between two entities. When one side of the conversation becomes deceptive and fallacious, then it's time to end the conversation and part company. The problem is, the industry has become so good at hiding their malicious intent, few web surfers are aware of the dangers. As graphic designers, we take pride in the visual storytelling and persuasion on behalf of our clients -- but graphic design has very, very little to do with advertising on the web. Join me in the fight against malicious advertising ... hooray for ad blockers! August 16, 2016

Techellations : crazy tesserlation patterns that dazzle the eye and the imagination! Color them

In celebration of the upcoming August 5th "National Coloring Day" we're showing some of our favorite experiences -- whether it's for creative inspiration or just the love of coloring complicated, detailed patterns -- by any name -- these tessellations or techellations will make you crazy with glee! August 3, 2016

Adult Coloring Day : enjoy geometric patterns, crazy backgrounds, and awesome geoscapes

geometric adult coloring books

These geometric pattern books are not just coloring books for adults -- they can be an endless source for ideas and decorative inspiration. Many of these are so extravagant they may even defy understanding until they're colorized. The "Ornaments & Designs" book comes with a CD ROM filled with files you can copy, print modify for literally an endless supply of patterns. August 2, 2016

National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

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Here we are in the heat of the summer, and National Coloring Day is right upon us! We like to celebrate all week! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! August 1, 2016

Drawing, sketching, drafting, planning, visualizing, conceptualizing on the iPad Pro

Now that the iPad Pro is on the streets, we're really thrilled to start seeing so many software developers adding support! Archisketch 2.01 for iOS, has added support for the Apple Pencil, Adobe Creative Cloud, smart one- and two-point perspectives, "Share Extension" and other advancements to the scale-aware sketching app for Architects and designers. July 30, 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

Outland Space Footage App Released for iOS and Apple TV

What's better than serene visual inspiration? That's what I call images and video from space. If you love such imagery, and find it a source of inspiration, then you need to check out "Outland - Space Journey 1.0, a new entertainment app developed exclusively for iOS and Apple TV. July 27, 2016

WEB Design : When your server goes down, how long until you realize it?

Are you paranoid about your web site? Have you been hacked in the past? If your site goes down, how long will it be before you realize it? Don't know? How much traffic ... how many visitors could not find you? Maybe it's time to start monitoring your web site July 26, 2016

Archisketch Adds Apple Pencil and Adobe Creative Cloud Support

Now that the iPad Pro is on the streets, we're really thrilled to start seeing so many software developers adding support! Archisketch 2.01 for iOS, has added support for the Apple Pencil, Adobe Creative Cloud, smart one- and two-point perspectives, "Share Extension" and other advancements to the scale-aware sketching app for Architects and designers. July 25, 2016