Creative Tidbits #192: Ask Tog, Site Tweaks, Infographics and Creative inspiration

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative inspiration So here we go into summer's creative jam and designers' vacation! Get creative inspiration from your summer activities -- here are some starters to get your creative juices flowing :

  • First look: two new digital magazines make unusual screenshot and icon choices
  • Positive computing: technology for wellbeing and human potential
  • 15 Practical Design Tweaks For Your Website In 2015
  • 7 Tips for Creating Successful Infographics
  • First Principles of Interaction Design
  • 5 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration

5 Ways to Find Creative Inspiration

Creative inspiration for designers

These are almost exactly like some of my advices for creative inspiration from my "Graphic Design" and "Creative Layout Techniques" seminars from the 1990s. Except I had ten. Roberto Blake returns to remind us all of these when he writes :

Quoting  begins Finding inspiration is one of the most challenging things that designers and artists have to do, in both personal and professional work. Even for experienced designers, this challenge is no less frustrating, since it can be hard to come up with ideas that feel fresh and original after you created a large body of work. Here are some ways to overcome your creative blocks and not become discouraged. Quoting  ends

RV and travel apps Full story : Roberto Blake |

Positive computing: technology for wellbeing and human potential

Creative inspiration for designers

The design of human-computer systems used to focus upon the negative, the breakdowns that confused and confounded people. Now it is time to move to the next level, to focus upon the positive, systems that are enjoyable and pleasurable.
      We need systems that delight as well as inform, systems that create pleasure along with useful function. We need systems that are resilient, that promote control, understanding, and sometimes just plain pleasure. The design field has responded by examining the role of emotions and pleasure in design. We need to move these findings into mainstream computing.
RV and travel apps Full story : Don Norman: Designing For People

7 Tips for Creating Successful Infographics

Creative inspiration for designers

Mitt Ray is the founder and CEO of Social Marketing Writing, and while this is a pretty good read. We can tell his age by his phrase : "I used Viraltag years ago when it was introduced. Back then it was known as Pingraphy and you could only use it to schedule pins on Pinterest." . . . "Years ago" should mean twenty years or more ... except twenty years ago, Mitt was in a stroller and nobody ever heard of any of this. But read it anyway . . . . it's important for anyone in graphics, or the creative online world! Mitt writes :

Quoting  begins Infographics are all the rage now. According to Hubspot the number of searches for infographics on Google has increased over 800%. Infographic production rate increases by 1% everyday.
      Companies like to incorporate infographics into their content marketing strategy because they bring powerful results. Web traffic of publishers who publish infographics grows by an average of 12% more than those who do not. Visual content is powerful and consumers find it more engaging than mere text because 65 percent of people are visual learners. Quoting  ends

So how do you create great infographics that will captivate your audience and spread the word about your brand?
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