DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for May 2015

by Fred Showker

DTG NewsletterDTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 25, #05 ~ May

  1. May is all about Design Graduation
  2. Photoshop Madness : Spring color palettes, flowers and mothers
  3. Creative Tidbits #191: inspiration, typography, gallery, Paul Rand
  4. Photoshop Tutorial : Create a Geometric Wallpaper in Photoshop
  5. An extraordinary design conference on type & typography comes to New York City
  6. 60-Seconds #321: Google's Mobilegeddon! REPENT or ye shall surely perish!
  7. 60-Seconds #322 : I got trapped by Google Adsense & false advertising
  8. GraphicConverter rises to yet greater heights with the latest upgrade from Lemke Software
  9. Advertising Update : broadcast vs. print, Sensory Marketing, Facebook
  10. Social Media Update : The wires and wireless are buzzing with the next big thing
  11. Transform the Photos You Have into the Images You Want
  12. Could Pixelmator Watercolor Painting Technology be the one that replaces Photoshop?
  13. PaintCode 2.3 adds over 15 new features, including SVG export
  14. iOS Photo Booth App - SnapBooth Offers Major New Features
  15. Web Design Update: Mobilegeddon, Amorality, Uber, SEO, Web trends and more!
  16. Recreate the magic of instant Polaroid printing
  17. JUNE: Creative SURF
  18. Mother's Day & Graduation

May is all about Design Graduation

Every year about this time design schools all over the country spew forth a new army of fresh talent who will hit the pavement looking for the ice-cream, apple-pie jobs in the sky. One in every 1,000 will actually make it. Design Graduates: This month is for you...
      Fresh out of Design School? Tell us about your experience, or send in your senior portfolio to share with DT&G readers!

Photoshop Madness : Spring color palettes, flowers and mothers

Here we are in the spring ... and we're back on the track of wonderful color in Photoshop ... it's also Mothers' Day in May so watch for our Mothers' Day special . . . for now, just don't get yourself into too much Photoshop Madness :
* Adobe Photoshop - Color Swatches and Color Libraries
* How Do I Create Custom Color Palettes in Photoshop?
* Thread: The Zorn Color Palette for Photoshop
* Handling Colors -- Part I: Palettes
* Picking and using color for color
* Fun with in-engine color grading
. . . and more ! Photoshop Madness : Spring color palettes, flowers and mothers

Creative Tidbits #191: inspiration, typography, gallery, Paul Rand

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration The spring represents some special interests for graphic designers -- end of school, beginning of the summer buy and travel wave. Here are some starters to get your creative juices flowing :
* Pentagram's New School Rebrand: Best Thing Ever Or Unbearable Monstrosity?
* Perfect archives for collage artists, designers and collectors
* "Happy Town" by Katsumi Tamura wins Golden A' Design Award
* New Photography Acquisitions at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
* TypeTalk: How Good Typography Can Help Your Job Search
* UVU arts grads present final projects showcase
* Vordik Designer Spotlight: Damian Watracz
* Exhibit shows art of design legend
* Putting a typeface to the name
... and more ! Creative Tidbits #191: inspiration, typography, gallery, Paul Rand

Photoshop Tutorial : Create a Geometric Wallpaper in Photoshop

Tom McCracken of NewEvolution has sent in this tutorial that shows you how to create a complicated pattern in Photoshop CC 14.2. This is a tutorial that focuses on Rectangle Tool, Move Tool, Rectangular Marquee Tool, creating patterns, tiling patterns and adding texture. Photoshop Tutorial : Create a Geometric Wallpaper in Photoshop

An extraordinary design conference on type & typography comes to New York City

This is the one you've been waiting for! Typographics is an ambitious two-day typography conference, surrounded by two weeks of workshops and events, planned for this June at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Organized by Cooper's Type@Cooper and the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, the conference provides a platform for designers to share broad perspectives on where typography is today and where it is going. An extraordinary design conference on type & typography comes to New York City

60-Seconds #321: Google smites millions of the unwashed, unmobile at Mobilegeddon! REPENT or ye shall surely perish!

I've been getting email from web designers and ISPs from India to Indianapolis, like late night TV evangelists with bad hairdos, counting down to what they are calling the Mobilegeddon. The call to arms is rolling out : judgment day is tomorrow, April 21. It's so compelling -- blogs are humming, web masters are panicking and there's even a hashtag #mobilegeddon. I just had to do some research and find out why the whole web world is once again bowing down to the latest scriptures of Google. 60-Seconds #321: Google smites millions of the unwashed, unmobile at Mobilegeddon! REPENT or ye shall surely perish!

60-Seconds #322 : I got trapped by Google Adsense & false advertising

Do you remember when Google came out with Penguin, how they would penalize any site with 'false' links? Then all this talk about mobilegeddon, and how Google has become the internet police and the ministry of information -- all about 'honesty' on the web. Google's "honesty" took a big hit when I wanted to contact a Tupperware sales representative in my own town. But, the search results were the last thing I expected -- and certainly the last thing I wanted. 60-Seconds #322 : I got trapped by Google Adsense & false advertising

GraphicConverter rises to yet greater heights with the latest upgrade from Lemke Software

From the mid 1980s until well into the 1990s, all of my workshops and seminars all around the country were conducted using GraphicConverter. First, there was no other "slide show" software that would run on the first Mac laptop -- which was actually an Outbound. Yes, this was before powerbooks. The sorter helped me sort and organize, the graphics engine let me edit, modify and build titling, and the slidshower helped me click through my presentations. And the slides were so beautiful, nobody ever wanted to see another PowerPoint. Some day, I'd like to meet Thorsten Lemke. He's the hardest working man in software -- he keeps on working and improving GraphicConverter's awesome capabilities. Now, here comes the next version . . . GraphicConverter rises to yet greater heights with the latest upgrade from Lemke Software

Advertising Update : broadcast vs. print, Sensory Marketing, Facebook will screw you, reader attention, not clicks

The ad industry has been screwing their clients ever since the first online ad was served in 1995. The ad industry prostituted itself so badly they got the cost of ads to almost nothing or free. So to back peddal, they've had to devise all kinds of contorted ripps to make money while still sticking it to the publishers. All that is about to get worse as they bring in attention advertising.
* Broadcasters appear to have won -- as newspapers see few gains in ad spending
* Sensory Marketing Is the Next Frontier in Mobile Advertising
* Why native advertising won't overtake traditional ads -- yet
* Selling advertisers on reader attention, not clicks
* How Facebook plans to control digital advertising
. . . and more! Advertising Update : broadcast vs. print, Sensory Marketing, Facebook will screw you, reader attention, not clicks

Social Media Update : The wires and wireless are buzzing with the next big thing

With news of streaming video from Twitter and Facebook, along with some disturbances with Linkedin, every graphic designer needs to stay on top of the social media game. Here are some interesting stories we bookmarked recently -- good enough to pass along to you:
* Should digital magazine covers be designed different from print?
* Balancing art and science to track campaign performance
* 8 indispensable tools every content writer needs
* Why I Won't Accept Your Linkedin Invitation
* Top 5 Advantages Of Email Marketing
* Managing your online reputation
... and more! Social Media Update : The wires and wireless are buzzing with the next big thing

Transform the Photos You Have into the Images You Want

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Could Pixelmator Watercolor Painting Technology be the one that replaces Photoshop?

I remember a small program that came along a quarter of a century ago that just blew everyone away. I see hundreds of start-ups -- they come and they go -- but when I see Pixelmator, I'm scratching my head wondering if I'm looking at the next big thing . . . could this be the beginning of the end of Photoshop? Could Pixelmator Watercolor Painting Technology be the one that replaces Photoshop?

PaintCode 2.3 adds over 15 new features, including SVG export

PaintCode is a unique vector drawing app that generates Objective-C or Swift code in real time, acting as a bridge between developers and graphic designers. PaintCode 2.3 adds over 15 new features, including SVG export

iOS Photo Booth App - SnapBooth Offers Major New Features

Fans of Eleven17 Technology Ltd.'s no-cost iPhone and iPad app SnapBooth - which is being hailed as a unique "personal photo booth" - can now head to the App Store and download the latest version 3.0, which features several major improvements that have made an already exceptional app even more functional and fun. iOS Photo Booth App - SnapBooth Offers Major New Features

Web Design Update: Mobilegeddon, Amorality, Uber, SEO, Web trends and more!

Well the Web jungle drums have been pounding and pounding on just about anyone who will listen with news of Mobilegeddon. The drop-dead date came and went but the world didn't end. Google is doing their best to keep a straight face, but there are a lot of whiners and moaners out there. Either fix it or stop moaning.
      I did my own survey last night, and I'm continuing to check out various web sites and I'm finding some, like Adobe and Behance fail miserably, when others like Mashable actually do work. The sad news is when they work, they suck. Take a beautiful site, pump it through Google's blackmail grinder and the mobile version comes out sucking. LOL.

Recreate the magic of instant printing, with your mobile
      device and the Polaroid Zip Photoprinter

We've been waiting for this . . . a pocket-sized device allows you to instantly print your photos from today's most popular smartphones and tablets ... and it's very cool! Who thought of it? Polaroid, of course, the first and only people to invent instant printing. Print and share images anywhere, using your modern mobile device and the Polaroid Zip Instant Photoprinter . . . and I'll bet you're going to want one!

JUNE: Creative SURF

Let's go surfing! Yes, every year about this time we're hankering to get out of our shells and see the world. What better time to surf the web. So log in and share your favorite web sites and favorite online resources and discoveries. Try to focus on the graphic arts, please! Try to focus on the graphic arts, please!

Mother's Day & Graduation

One more salute to all those graduating from higher education this month.

And don't forget Mother's day -- ... on May 10th. Do something great for your Mom. If you don't have a Mom, then do something great for someone else's Mom!

And, as for this month, well, you've already wasted a perfectly good hour reading the DTG newsletter. Hopefully all is not wasted and you've gained at least one helpful tidbit of info. Thanks for reading

        +FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker

Parting words for Mother's Day...


      "The God to whom little boys say their prayers
        has a face very like
          their mother's."
              - James M. Barrie

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