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What's happening at Fred Showker's Design & Publishing Center for the month of August?

August: Back to (Design) School

This month's topic is all about learning! And, as usual our readers have all joined in with some rather wonderful insights into the way they learn, favorite training resources, and keeping a sharply honed edge on graphic design and communication arts.

Design School? Training?
Let's Go... How do you like to learn? Books? CD-Videos? DVD? Or surfing the web? There are hundreds of ways to learn graphic design, Photoshop and other facets of the visual communications industry, and here we take a look at just a few ways to learn graphic arts

Deke McClelland's Total Training
Reviewer Joyce Evans shares a brief look inside some of the best video training on the planet... with Photoshop expert Deke McClelland and the product called Total Training

Editor's Choice: HTML Complete Course
Author, Donna L. Baker chats about her latest book: HTML Complete Course; part of the Wiley/Seybold Complete Course series -- and discusses key issues of using HTML to build web sites...

Design CAFE discusses Web Design
This rather long piece is from the Design Cafe list (July, 2004) wherein a listee asks "how do you learn web design creativity?" ... the following thread sheds interesting light on new design attitudes from a diverse group of designers who practice web desin

University of Utah gets fine tuning
Reviewer Mike Swope observes that this well organized site could use a little strength in branding and clarity... WDR agrees and adds a diagramed example page with subtle CSS tweaks that add polish and purpose to the CEUU Website.

Learning About Color
Color expert Mike Davis of Colorprep knows what to do when color goes wrong... and many times it's the photographer or designer's fault! So what do you do When Good Color Goes Bad

5 Steps to a Stand-Out Website
Tim Clukey has been teaching web design for over 6 years at the Plattsburgh State University Communications Department in Plattsburgh, NY. He shares some insights into web design ... when crafting messages for the web, it's the steak and not the sizzle that makes a difference. Follow along with his 5 Ways to Get Your Website to Stand Out

Learning About Photo Mosaics
Photo Mosaics are photographic images or pictures made up of many, usually hundreds, of smaller photographic images. Last month we asked the DTG readers about the topic and they flooded us with lots of help in learning all about Photo Mosaics

Karen Dodds on: Audience & Content
Karen Dodds first wrote for DT&G back in 1995 after we discovered her considerable skills in identifying the true essence of design. Here are her views on Karen Dodds on: Audience & Content

Learning more about Web Design
I've refreshed a talk I used to give back in the early 1990s which is still very valid today... web designers must remember how to learn, then how to put that knowledge to work... Designing Websites!

Digital Photos to Presentations
With all the great programs like iView and iPhoto for the Mac, Windows readers wonder what they can use... so, we turn to Scott Kilborn from ACE Camera Magazine, to share some details about ProShow Gold 2.0 slide show and presentation software

The Spam Letters
THE SPAM LETTERS by Jonathan Land is a totally humorous book that fights spam, one email at a time -- entertaining correspondence (and some bewildering replies) to people who send out mass junk e-mailings (a.k.a. spam). Jonathan Land has done what none of us would want to do to beat spammers at their own game!

Design School Fun...

Well, if you've ever wondered about some of the things they do in design school look no further than the fantastic Savannah School of Art & Design where the students really get a workout.

Try their summer sidewalk art show and peek in on their annual trip to the beach for the Sand Arts Festival.

If that's not enough, visit their formal Art Gallery for a wonderful respite from your daily grind.

Marry Illustrator to a Database
Automata combines the creativity of Illustrator with the incredible power of databases to turn Illustrator into a file-generating factory -- generating custom output files in Illustrator, PDF, EPS, JPEG, GIF and even Flash animations, at up to 1500 files per hour! A free Lite version is available

How are you ranked on the Web?
Advanced Web Ranking 3.0 helps check your web site position on all major search engines. It runs on Mac OS X, Windows 98/2000/XP, Linux and Solaris. Find out if you're moving up or down in the rankings, or if your site is listed at all, with easy to read and understand graphical and tabular reports.

Mail: Speech device for the blind
Jerry Cashman writes to tell us about the world's smallest Braille and Speech device for the blind. The BrailleNote PK weighs less than a pound and has dimensions of 6.8 inches by 3.6 inches by 1.3 inches. It's BlueTooth enabled and does what most PDA devices do except it's uniquely created for the blind.

News: Protect and remember passwords
PC-Mac PasswordVault helps protect users from trojan horses and other malware. This password manager securely stores website usernames and passwords, Internet banking data and software registration details for convenient and easy access on Windows, MacOS X, MacOS Classic and Linux (x86) computers. The one-click access masks and defeats keyboard logger trojan horse programs.

News: Video Surveillance on your PC
MSLSoft's Easy Photo Grabber is an easy-to-use Windows application that turns your PC into a video surveillance system. Capture and store a series of video images from your webcam or video camera, or use Easy Photo Grabber's motion detection feature to alert you immediately when activity is detected. With the cheap cost of PCs these days it might be a better solution than commercial security systems.

Stuff: Presentation templates
For a dizzying array of backgrounds for presentations check out Powerbacks. They work in packages like PowerPoint, Corel and Keynote -- in both .jpg (picture format) and .pot (PowerPoint) formats.

Stuff: Nature stock photography
The Critter Zone brings just about everything you're looking for in nature, animal and scenery stock photos. Although we're inundated with stock photography houses, this one is very special because they're environmentally minded. 20 pro and semi-pro photographers grab the best images from around the world from ants to zebras ... sunsets to deserts

Getting Ready for September & "Fall Fonts Festival"

Have a great August! The Publishers' Warehouse has a slew of new Photoshop tutorials and the complete bibliography for our education feature. There, you'll be able to click into the best design schools in the world, and poke around looking at some spectacular student exhibits.

During August the Publishers' Warehouse folks will be loading up new fonts, and type content... and arming the DTP Jumpstation with loads of great resources you can use online.

Thanks for reading... go forth and enjoy learning!

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