You're only as good as your graphic design."


Helen Gynell.com

 

Understanding Image Sizes and File Types

Tired of your graphic person always asking for larger photos?  Here's a primer on image sizes and file types, with illustrations to help you understand the photos used in print versus photos used on the web . . .  Read more.

 

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 . . .

 

 

 

sources
 

social media
from the beginning
information revolution 
• youtube community 1
• youtube community 2 
• twitter (RIP | X sucks)
 • Social Media Revolution 2012-13
 • market changes  
4square & serendipity 
foursquare & business
foursquare vs. swarm

• Web 3.0 where mapping meets marketing
 • Gamification video 
Gamification slideshow
Working from home
Avatar me! Virbela
• Web 4.0 active web
• WIRED on 5G
• The Metaverse
• Bluesky's content is awful
 

ai everything
• ChatGPT is great, but don't
bank on it for accuracy.
• I joined Discord in Dec. 2020
• Midjourney in May 2023
Cartoonize.net cartoonize a photo a photo
StockImg.ai create QR Code art (free)

Who has time to keep up?!

inspiration
• dwell 
• wallpaper 
• pinterest
• trendland 
• issuu
designishistory

data visualization
• albertocairo 
• datavizproject 

local website developers
MIAMI
• fitznicely
• 
simplefly creative 
inkberries 

wordpress theme sites
• crazy leaf design 
• envato | themeforest 
vandelay design

website elements
menus
• CSS drive
• CSS play

logos
• logopond
logos on Behance

bad design
• webpages that suck 

brutalist examples
• kinda sorta media
theunderline.org

tools
• HTML color codes
extended characters HTML
• site checkspeed check  
godaddy hosting

fonts
• myfonts love their What the Font?
font identifier
 

free fonts
• showfont
1001freefonts
fontsquirrel
 

free images
• 123rf (be sure to use the
"Search Free Images" box)
kaboompics
pexels
pixabay
stocksnap
unsplash

vendors
• AWESOME inexpensive printer
AquariusPress.com | Jim Williams
 
• marketing & promotional items GURU
 HSA Enterprises | Katie Kessler