New Wall Art


On Friday I like to I like to post something I recently designed. Here's some wall art recently released by Signals catalog.

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5 Tips When Writing Website Content

Here's a sampling from a good article by tuttoaster. Read entire article...

1. Cut the Sugar Coating Out

If you’re prone to writing sentences with a lot of adjectives, adverbs, metaphors, idioms, and all that it’s time to cut it out. Research has shown that you’re given only a couple of seconds to catch a person’s attention before they decide to skip, scroll down, scan, and leave your website. Prevent this from happening to you by writing content using words even your mother can understand.

2. Maximize your Bullets, Numbering, and Subsections

Your content needs to be easy to digest because lengthy paragraphs can overwhelm your readers. You can achieve this by formatting your content with bullets, numbering, and subsections. If you have a paragraph that’s too long to swallow, cut it up properly and see if you can insert a bulleted or numbered list.

3. Place your Media in the Right Areas

place your media in the right areas

This usually depends on your personal preferences so establish a style when inserting media into your content. Do you prefer the photo to be centered above the corresponding paragraph or right beside it? Do you find it more effective to place a video clip or will a quotation do? Knowing how to place your media in the right areas of your content will bring in a lot of benefits, one of which is a stream of engaged readers.


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Typography Inspiration

Here's a sample of an article from DeviantArt on Typography. Read entire article...

Helvetica Science Series 001 by LouieHitman Typography Inspiration: Text Art from DeviantART

Examples of Cartoon Art

Here's an interesting Article on Cartoon art on the Stylish Web Designer blog. Some a little Over the top (nudity), but worth checking out the variety of comic book artistic styles. Here are a few of the tamer ones.

Excerpt:

Cartoon and Comic art is so close to my heart. When we all have kids we use to love cartoons and comics. Thats why cartoon and comics art always attracts everybody. Today in this post we collected some of the cool and creative cartoon and comics art pics to inspire the designers. Please do share your views in the comments section below.

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How to Meet Deadlines

Interesting Article by Smashing Magazine. Here's an excerpt:

What Causes A Deadline To Break?

Because a deadline marks the end of a project, everyone involved in the project must understand the deadline’s role. Most projects follow a schedule or have an estimated date by which they must be completed. The concept is simple then: when the work takes longer than expected, deadlines get missed.


A deadline is the end point of a time estimate, making it a known quantity. But how long will the work actually take to get done?

Of course, projects can be more complicated in their details. Unexpected technical problems and unanticipated changes will affect the amount of work required. Sometimes other tasks take priority. Sometimes the time estimate wasn’t considered carefully enough.

Whatever the cause, too much work needs to be done in the available time. That’s the problem, but not the challenge

Strategies For Preventing Deadline Crises

The beginning of a project is a great time to prevent problems later on.

The first solution is both obvious and difficult: do not take on a project that cannot be completed in the given time. Declining paid work requires discipline and confidence, but if the deadline is impossible, then the project may not be worth the money. Money cannot replace time.

Because deadlines with consequences are taken more seriously, keep a written list of definitive reasons why certain tasks must be completed by a given date. Losing money, customers and other assets create real incentives to work.

Schedule deadlines as specific tasks, not the ends of phases. Rather than “Content will be completed by 4 April 2010,” state “Review the content over lunch on 4 April 2010.” This ties the deadline to an event at which results must be shown. Mini-deadlines tied to specific events are more powerful than general statements.


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