Over the past several months, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon. Well, it’s maybe not so much a phenomenon as it is an occurrence I’ve been noticing. With the extremely rapid growth of social media over the last few years, I’ve noticed many people claiming to be “experts” in this field. I also see many managers claiming to or acting as if they “get” interactive marketing and social media. When in reality, I don’t believe they do “get it” at all. [Read more…] about Participation: Is It the Key to Interactive Marketing and Social Media Strategy
Blogging has grown to become a hobby for many web enthusiasts throughout the world. For many, blogging has actually become a way to earn a full-time income. While the vast majority of bloggers do not set out to earn money through blogging, it has become increasingly realistic for dedicated bloggers to make some decent money through their blogging efforts. Choose a topic that you are passionate about and share your thoughts, ideas, and knowledge with the world! You are bound to find a tribe of people with similar passions who are interested in what you have to say. While I am by no means a professional blogger, I am very interested in the idea of being able to earn money while pursuing one’s passion.
I started blogging several years ago. At the time I was pursuing several freelance website design projects and was interested in learning all I could about online marketing. I decided to return to school as it’s been a goal of mine to earn a master’s degree. While I wanted to keep up with my side projects, I just couldn’t as I was really focused on my school work. So, my blogging efforts took a hiatus. [Read more…] about Bloggers: Learn to Build a Better Blog in 31 Days
I am currently working on a new website design project. For this new project, I decided I wanted to play around with using a real-world texture or photograph as a prominent part of the background. This is a trend that’s gained quite a bit of momentum over the last year. So, I thought I’d play around with the idea for at least one of the concepts I design for this project.
I have an idea of the types of images I’d like to use. So, where do I start? Do I grab my camera and start taking my own photographs in hopes that I’ll capture a nice image I can use? Do I search the internet to see what textures are available? While I do love photography, I don’t have the best camera or tons of spare time. So, I decided to look around online to see what texture and background image resources I could find.
During my online digging, I came across several great texture websites. So, I decided to write a post to share a few of these great sites with you. Even if you don’t use them, maybe they’ll provide a little design inspiration. So, without further ado, here is my list of top-of-the-line website design texture and background image websites. [Read more…] about Top-of-the-Line Texture and Background Image Resource Websites
Now that school is completed for the summer, I am able to focus on some personal projects that I’ve had to put off. School has been consuming most of my non-working hours (I’m currently working on a master’s degree). While I love school and am learning tons, not only about business, marketing, and advertising, but also about myself, I hate the fact that it eats up so much of my time. There are several projects that I’ve had to hold off on starting while in school. So, I decided not to take any courses over the summer so that I can focus on those projects. Plus, I just needed a break!
The first project that I am taking on is a blog project. While I am not ready to release any details, mainly because I am just in the early stages of developing my plan, I wanted to write a post about the process I am following as I design the logo and identity for this project. I have a few options, but am having a difficult time selecting one design to push forward. I thought I needed to take a break and focus on what goes into creating and selecting a logo. [Read more…] about Working Through a Logo Design Project: The Process