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The Myth of the Quick Fix

Thanks to Liz Rodriguez of Design House Agency for posting this helpful list of FREE ways to boost WEBSITE TRAFFIC on LinkedIn, and guess what, using the words "sweat equity". There really is no quick fix—You have to do the work, or hire someone (like me) to do the work. Think of it like being a Socialite. You have to get made up, dressed up, attend the parties, schmooze, get your picture taken, repeat. In other words, put the time in. So what does that mean?  . . .  Read more.

 

Who's Afraid of Social Media?

Almost daily, I run up against someone with a fear of Social Media. Especially among people who do not spend much time on the computer at home. Maybe you know someone like that. Maybe you are that person. You imagine that someone somewhere is just waiting to get their hands on your personal information. Don't worry . . .  Read more

 

Building Your Visual Vocabulary

Creative inspiration can come from anywhere. This photo is from a very creative blog called Color Me Katie that never fails to inspire me. Building your "visual vocabulary" can help your creative juices flow. Your visual vocabulary is all the images you have seen, plus the associations that go along with them.  Read more . . .

 

The Prevalence, Appeal, and Use of Graffiti-Inspired Images

During Art Basel at the end of 2012, I spent a half day in the Wynwood area on foot looking at and photographing all the graffiti. The overwhelming prevalence and staying power of graffiti-inspired images in graphic design finally hit home with me, and I was enthralled  Read more . . .

 

4 Key Components of Graphic Design:

We use 4 key components in graphic design—Color, Images, White Space, and Words—to communicate a Message, but it's what you do with them that makes it a Story.  Read more . . .

 

How To Be A Better Blogger Or
How To Start If You’re Still Just Reading

(I wrote this when I was working for a Real Estate company, but the blogging advice applies to every kind of business.)

The Real Estate Tomato site is a creative, fun, and informative blogging resource, full of useful tools. If you are having trouble getting started, check out To Blog or Not To Blog. Their 4 Cs made me a blogger! If you are already blogging, and haven’t read the Tomato’s excellent short-and-sweet how-tos, what are you waiting for? If you already feel confident in your blogging, make sure you aren't making The 10 Biggest MistakesRead more . . .

 

 

 

references

social media
Feeling behind? Catch up by watching these videos . . .
• information revolution 
• youtube community 1
• youtube community 2 
• twitter 
 • Social Media Revolution 2012-13
 • market changes  
• 4square & serendipity 
• foursquare & business

And glimpse the future:
• Web 3.0 where mapping meets marketing
 • Gameification video 
• Gameification Slideshow
 

blogs i like
• brand noise
• color me katie 
• bldgwlf 
• the blog of innocence
• top 50 graphic design blogs

local blogs
• transit miami's list of miami blogs
(scroll down to SoFla blogosphere list)
southfloridafilmmaker
 

sites
cute sites
• simplefly design 
•
ink berries 
•
 southwest ranches

wordpress themes
• crazy leaf design 
•
simply creative

design samples
• 
site samples-list by color  
•
pronto style 
• design taxi
specky boy 
• vandelay design

 

site elements
menus
• CSS drive
• CSS play

links
• Amit Khera (scroll down below footer)

logos
• logo pond
•
type-only logos

portfolios
• inspect element

bad design
• websites that suck 
• andy foulds flash sample

cool/too little?
• kinda sorta media
 
cool or too much?

• 
Y water 
•
gumbo illustration
 
• one and one NY 
• jim carrey

tools
• colors
• type 
• extended characters HTML
• site checkspeed check  
• godaddy hosting
 

free fonts
• showfont
• 1001freefonts
 

free images
• 123rf (be sure to use the
"Search Free Images" box)
• 12 other places

how to
• blogging 
• marketing 
• seo
 


 

 

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