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.”
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.
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.
I own a Rat Terrier and love him, but this morning I was inspired to throw together this poster (similar to ones you have seen roam the internet). If you have a Rat Terrier- you will totally get it. I refer to it as his small dog complex. Enjoy!
P.S. Sorry for the lack of posts. I have been swamped with my online marketing work!
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.
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.”
Wowza. I didn’t realize how long it had been since I blogged last! I guess time flies when you’re having fun, or are just super busy. I recently finished a brand identity project for an insurance company (I also manage their social media marketing) and figured I would share it with you all. Enjoy.
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.
I found this video over on www.DavidAirey.com and think it is very inspirational for anybody that is an artist or works as a freelancer. It is of Neil Gaiman’s 2012 Commencement speech at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. Enjoy!
One of my latest projects was a new logo and label design for a Kansas City tea company. It is a new product from the same company that sells Pasta Nanna’s so they wanted a similar look and the same color scheme.