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Why You Should ‘Play The Blogging Field’

 December 12, 2011

Imagine the blogosphere as a wildly popular dating scene. Blogs are running around, left and right, getting together with other blogs. This kind of drama makes other bloggers talk - big time!   In case you didn't pick up on where I'm going with this, I am telling you to play the field. But, please, use protection! :)   If you are a blogger, you might

The Death of the Tattoo Taboo & How Our Bodies Are ‘Homepages’

 December 13, 2011

The fact that we struggle to think of someone who DOESN'T have a tattoo should speak volumes about tattoo's arrival as a norm. I reject stating that tattoos are "accepted," because individuals (even those who are branded with ink themselves) still frequently articulate the stigmas of this body art in mainstream culture.   At the end of the day, tattoos are everywhere. I truly don't think I've seen a girl

The Rock star Trio of SEO

 December 13, 2011

You hear the acronym 'SEO' and immediately break out in anxiety-induced sweat! I know, it seems intimidating.   While you might not supersede the SEO experts at Google, you can do yourself a super big favor and learn some basics. All it takes is a little patience, basic knowledge of the blogosphere, and you'll be more viral than Lindsay Lohan's latest drug binge!   I am NOT an SEO expert. I am a

Try These On For Size: Writing Habits For The Rummaging Blogger

 December 14, 2011

Blogging is sort of like eating someone else's home-cooked meal - It just tastes better when you didn't make it!   You know when you read your favorite blog and say, "I wish I thought of that!" Yes, that all-too-familiar sensation of inadequacy rains on all of us from time to time. However, as a writer, you can dust yourself off with some of these simple writing habits:  

Add Headlines

  Adding headlines

Design Inspiration From Everyday Life

 December 15, 2011

Is it fair to say we live in a society where beauty is a priority? I certainly think so. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder (or the writer's at Us Weekly, E! Network, and the like), we are often inspired by the most unlikely of sources.   There's a reason everyone knows that fashion inspires art inspires music. The world of creativity

The World Is Run BY ‘The Man!’

 December 15, 2011

"The Man, oh, you don't know the Man? He's everywhere. In the White House... down the hall... Ms. Mullins, she's the Man!!!"

--- School Of Rock   The above-quoted film is PURE GENIUS! One, because Jack Black is in it. And two, because it's all about rock 'n' roll. Aside from offering a historically-driven, rock snob rendezvous, the film provides an insightful guise into the glorious world of interpersonal

The Talent of Art & the Skill of Design

 December 16, 2011

Web design is frequently mistaken for art. While some of the most innovative web designers are certainly artists in their own right, web design is not solely art or design. It is a balance of art and design.  

design - - - arrangement of parts or details

art - - - objects subject to aesthetic criteria

  When you break it down

Web Designer: The Problem Solver

 December 16, 2011

You've probably seldom considered the web designer as a technical individual. Anything with the word "designer" slapped to its rump automatically connotes art, free spirit, and creativity. While a great deal of creativity resides within the core of web design, the fundamental root is actually problem solving.  

How Now Brown Cow???

  Well, when a new client enters the scene, the web designer typically requests a list of competitors and design

Eye Candy

 December 20, 2011

  I know I just wrote a phenomenal blog about tattoos and how our bodies are like giant canvases, but I have more to say!   So, listen here:   I just stumbled upon another blogger's discussion on the concept of design personification. He considered the power of "eye candy" in real life and how it translates to the digital online identity. Frankly, it left me with a duffle bag full of

What Every ‘Creative’ Should Know

 December 21, 2011

Being a creative individual is confounded with many luxuries and setbacks all at once. Whether you're a web designer, writer, or musician, you know the beauty of achieving innovation coupled with doubt all too well.   At the end of the day,

we "creatives," are our own worst critics.

  However, a recent read has provided a humorous, insightful, and realistic gaze into the world of creativity.   Consider the following on your creative journey:  

You ARE