Two recent graphic design projects

Wow, are my post titles super original! I hope you will forgive me for lack of inspiration on them.

Here are some of my most recent graphic design projects. One is a cartoon style map for a client in NY, and the other project was creating two e-mail marketing banners for hotels located at Daytona Beach.

The map was challenging as it was very detailed, but I believe the client received what they wanted.

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The e-mail marketing headers below were a re-design for a client that wanted a fresh look with their revised logos and the removal of some unnecessary icons. These types of projects are always fun to do because I like making clients look good.

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*Please click on the images to view them at a better size and resolution.

A few finished 2013 Web Design Projects

Happy 2014!

I finished a few more web design projects in the latter half of 2013. An original e-commerce website design for an author of a finance book for kids, and a re-design (changed from Joomla to WordPress) for a Florida bail bonds website. Here are the screenshots of their home pages.

 

PS. That big black box on the second one is a video; the screen grab just didn’t capture it.

Mockingbirds: The Artists of the Bird Kingdom

I found this quote about Mockingbirds and thought it was really neat.

“Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they’re born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mocking birds aren’t content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that serve no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art.”

― Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

Websites, websites, and websites. Oh my!

So I have been neglecting this blog. I have no excuses, except that I have been busy creating and building several websites in addition to my online marketing work.

Below is a screen shot of the home page for one of my latest website design projects. It was actually finished several months ago. I hope to have a few more websites wrapped up in the next few weeks and might have another one just starting up. Once those are done, I will post some screenshots.

It is time-consuming work, but I love it. And I like to believe that my work keeps improving each time.

Handy Dandy Printables

I recently designed some printables to help keep me organized when it comes to my weekly meal planning and housekeeping. I thought that other people might enjoy these so feel free to use them. However, these printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY (No Commercial Use). If you “pin” these, please give appropriate credit. :)

This is the one I created for my weekly planning:

A blank version:

The housekeeping schedule:

 

Thanks and Enjoy!

Need an idea for a blog post topic?

As part of my marketing work, I am 50% copywriter, 25% visionary/strategist, and 25% researcher, and creating unique (viral) content for client blog posts can sometimes be daunting.

BlueGlass created a really nice infographic from the following copyblogger article on blog writing ideas. ( source: http://www.copyblogger.com/create-content-ideas/) I decided to share it so I can reference it myself and for other people who may get the same writers block.

In other news, I am currently designing some new websites and once those websites are “live” and finished, I will post some screen shots.

Design versus Art

I recently read the following quote in an article in Wired magazine. The author was referencing industrial designers/product designers, but I think all designers are basically the same and provide the same outcome (to solve problems). So it was interesting to read about his opinion on the difference between design and art, and why art is so valuable.

“Designers create solutions – the products and services that propel us forward. But artists create questions — the deep probing of purpose and meaning that sometimes takes us backward and sideways to reveal which way “forward” actually is. The questions that artists make are often enigmatic, answering a why with another why. Because of this, understanding art is difficult: I like to say that if you’re having difficulty “getting” art, then it’s doing its job.”

Source: http://www.wired.com/opinion/2012/09/so-if-designs-no-longer-the-killer-differentiator-what-is/

The Science of Social Timing

Since I am currently working in the online marketing world, I find this sort of data interesting. Displaying it as an infographic makes it even easier to dissect.

Best time to post on Facebook is Noon and Saturdays. It is best to post content every other day. Twitter users are more likely to retweet between 2-5pm. The rate of clickthrough begins to decline when you exceed one link per day.

Infographic is courtesy of Kissmetrics and Data is from Dan Zarrella.