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

60-Seconds #337 : Sirius Radio set a Spam Trap and caught me!

Like anyone, I hate to be had. This is one for the record books, and probably becoming fairly widespread -- but I don't call in very often, so this was new to me. Sirius wouldn't let me follow online instructions and made me call for help. What happened next really fried me! December 1, 2016

60 Seconds 333: Google searches fail. Is it time for a new search engine?

The world has become married to Google. Everyone uses Google Search on a daily basis. Web sites everywhere live and die by Google's hand. I'm wondering -- if I had the kind of money Google has, and I was designing a search engine, wouldn't I make the actual target of the search query turn up on the FIRST PAGE? I certainly would. Any good designer would -- at least you think they would. If you go to a restaurant and order the $35 Steak, wouldn't you expect to get steak? Google seems to disagree May 31, 2016

60 Seconds #329 : 10 Ways to BREAK the Creative Block for designers, illustrators, writers

If you think you've got the creative block, don't think you're alone. We all get it, and we all have to break it. I've been doing this for nearly half a century. During my seminar days, the creative block was one of the most popular questions from attendees. "Fred, how do you get creative ideas?" ... "How can I break writer's block?" Everyone has his or her favorites. These have proven over the years to work... try'em out next time you're stuck for a story, a drawing, and ad concept or anytime you need a creative jumpstart. February 24, 2016

60-Seconds #328 : Why do cybercrime spam cartels keep sending the same, tired old spam?

As many of you already know, I've been a volunteer spam fighter since February 15th, 1999. I had a passion about helping keep the Internet clean since developing forums for GEnie, eWorld and America Online back in the 1980s. Now my work goes on through Knujon.com, Spamcop.net and SafeNetting.com. We've all agreed that one of the real pains of the online world is someone trying to sell you something -- particularly if the solicitation is false, illegal, or damaging in some way. But through the last several years, ugly "sex enhancement" spam solicitation had diminished. Or so I thought. January 20, 2016

60-Seconds #327 : Who establishes the logo design trends for 2016?

Somebody posted their 'logo design trends for 2016' to a LinkedIN design group, so I decided to follow it. Much to my surprise, they talked about design techniques that have always been in use, and never go out of style. Needless to say, I was intriqued. Who really decides what the logo design trends for 2016 really are? I went on the quest. January 13, 2016

Design Giants Glaser and Bernard Produce Human Rights Magazine

What if you enlist the talents of world-class graphic designers with the Hellman-Hammett program for aiding writers to address some of the toughest human rights issues around the world in a magazine? HUMAN is the publication, and this issue is designed by Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard! May 25, 2015

Final Call for the 2015 Hillman Prizes in Journalism

Hurry . . . The Sidney Hillman Foundation is accepting entries for the 2015 Hillman Prizes which honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. But you've got to get nominations in . . . DEADLINE JANUARY 30 January 26, 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

Top 100 most shared articles of 2014

Mainstream news and online sharing stimulates conversations for some of the most ‘talked about’ research articles this year. Alternative metrics provider Altmetric LLP has looked at the top 100 academic papers receiving the most online attention in 2014 – and the conversations happening around them. December 16, 2014