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Monday, March 10, 2014

My Muse

My Muse

A quick painting of My Muse.

Tagged with: Digital Painting
Monday, December 9, 2013

Madiba, an icon of forgiveness

A tribute to Mandela, I used the South African flag colors as a springboard.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Creative tips for freelancers


As a creatively driven person, admin and repetition are natural killers to the spark that ignites us, and as a solopreneur/freelancer these mundane (and very critical tasks) can be the ‘one more thing’ that steals the joy from doing what we love.  Life also has a tendency to get in the way with real issues like stress, illness, burnout, our health, the health of loved ones, death, divorce, new babies or sometimes it’s just plain creative block.

Harvard studies have shown that the creative brain processes information differently due to low levels of  ‘latent inhibition’.  Creative people struggle to screen out excess information. The brain of a creative person is constantly taking information in, that’s why we come up with ideas that no one else does.  We have our own subconscious brainstorm session constantly running! It is also incidentally the reason why some creative people are not very stable mentally. A creatively wired brain takes all that information and weaves it into a solid idea (you can read more about it here).

When the chips are down and you need to suck that awesome concept out of the ether and your creative brain has hit overload, you can always try and pick another creative’s person’s brain… online that is.  Here is a list of some tools that can help ignite your creative genius again. It could just be the kick start you need to get the project going.

Creative thinking:
Creative Think
Creative Something

The Creators Project is a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, culture and technology
The Creators Project

To help you brainstorm:
Just enter a word and explore the possibilities:
Graph Word

Enter a URL or a bunch of related text:

Maybe some inspiring imagery would help:
Image Spark

A last resort:
Wheel of Concept

And lastly, never give up on tending your creative fire!

Tagged with: resources
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spreading some optimization love

Original Image (above)

Optimized image (above) at different settings

A quick visual to explain what different optimization settings do for an image.  One of the challenges that web designers face is achieving the ultimate balance between a comforable sized image (kb) and a well optimized image. Some of the optimization options such as png aren't covered in the above visual, since the visual is to give a basic comparison between low-res and hi-res image optimization. Although some of the parts of the image appear crisp when optimized as a Gif (see green fur in first square in the upper right, compared to the pink fur), other parts of the image loose a lot of detail. What I haven't listed in the above image is the size of each segment in kb. The items that are the smallest in kb (on the left hand side) are also the items with the least image data. The pixelation of the first jpg is very obvious and the ideal would be to use either a Gif with 256 colors or a jpg at 80% as an optimization option.

Filed in: resources
Saturday, April 28, 2012

How to add navigation tabs to blogger



My first blog I had was blogger  - I switched to OnSugar as it was way easier to use and customize. I recently set up a blogger account and found that it was a bit tricky to add posts the navigation tabs - so here's my hack to get your blogger posts to link to your navigation tabs.

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Tagged with: tut, tabs, Navigation, blogger, post



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