Just a celebration post to mark the second anniversary of this website. Just wanted to say thanks to all my visitors. Those who have left insightful comments and posted likes. The traffic for my Youtube channel has grown as well and we’re really pleased with all the views and growing subscribers.
It’s almost funny looking back at the trickle of traffic I received when I first started this website as compared to what it is now. The site has seen an enormous amount of growth and hopefully we will be able continue to churn out quality posts through the holidays and beyond. Thanks again for stopping by!
Another year has rolled in and this is just a short note to remind you that I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! I certainly was busy eating turkey and gravy, green beans almondine, cornbread stuffing and parmesan mashed potatoes among other things. Throw in a few more calories that I don’t care to mention and it was all good. Mmmm. Mmmm.
I certainly am grateful for a lot of things. I appreciate all the visitors to my website and the additional subscribers and views on my Youtube channel. This has been a tough economic year for many, and I hope some of the instruction I provide in my free videos is building your graphic design skill set. Thanks again and again for all the visits as this website nears it’s second birthday.
Tomorrow is the start of all the Black Friday Sales and the preparation for the Holiday Season, so hope you all are enjoying your holiday!
Well, it’s that time again. That time where the ghosts and goblins start appearing on your marketing materials and not to mention those that will be appearing at your door begging for treats, not tricks! Halloween begins the flurry of end of the year holidays that marketers can incorporate into their marketing campaigns.
So, this is just another reminder that as we gear up for the holiday season, all your marketing materials should be planned, set up and ready to go! And, yes, this is Rich Media Design Productions’ annual friendly reminder. Although, for next year we well have to probably start a little earlier to give one time for the planning and decisions that need to be set up for online and offline (print media) marketing plans..
But it’s just not your print media, marketing that needs to be planned. It also includes your web content, email templates, and other online marketing campaigns. You might want to check out The Email Guide‘s article about email marketing templates for Halloween and for more information about the nuts and bolts of email marketing. The website covers email design, best practices, list building, email testing and metrics. The information and tips you’ll learn will get you geared up for your next holiday themed campaign.
Are we sounding a tad bit redundant, well we think for good reason.
But, we won’t sign off without wishing you a Happy Halloween!
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As Apple announces the release of it’s new mini-ipad , there are several reports that the iPad mini has a 7.9-inch non-Retina 1024×768 resolution display! It is just 7.2mm thin, 23 percent thinner than the regular iPad, yet many industry watchers believe that Apple will have an asking price of $329. The scheduled release date is November 2, 2012.
I have always been a fan of Apple products, especially as a work and productivity tool. I know this sounds a lot like the making of a glowing testimonial, but I have been a satisfied customer with the brand.
I can remember getting into heated discussions with PC users at a previous place of employment, it was the PC end users that were cranky. It’s really too funny. But in my opinion, most graphic designers agree that Apple computers and Adobe software are the industry’s tool of choice.
I can barely remember the first day, I started using Apple products. As a graphic designer, it has always been the graphic design’s industry top tools to use, so there hasn’t been a day in my working life that I have thought of or used any other product as my workhorse computer. As a matter of fact, I believe the Adobe software was created initially for Unix computers.
However, Photoshop’s ( Adobe software) developers, Thomas and John Knoll began development on Photoshop in 1987. Version 1 was released by Adobe for the Macintosh in 1990 exclusively.
The software program was developed in order to enable users to manipulate images that were digitized by a scanner. Check out this article on The First Version of Photoshop, if you are curious to know the history of this software.
Yes, I know the PC platform is quickly catching up, but I think I’d still be loyal to the Apple brand. So, in the spirit of all things Apple, I created this Photoshop CS5 video that gives step by step instructions on creating a modified morph using the Apple logo to show the transition of Apple’s brand.
How to Morph A Face Using Photoshop CS5
Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Infographics are a new form of business graphic that are fast becoming the latest content item to share via social media, to post in your blog or provide a visual graphic of data for a powerpoint presentation. According to a recent study conducted by Emarketer, many in-house marketers, as well as marketing agencies , are using infographics as part of their content marketing plans.
What are they?
Infographics are a graphic representation of data. The buzz word is “data viz” short for data visualization. They are very similar to the business charts and graphs that are available on Microsoft Word, or Excel; however, that’s where the similarity ends. They are usually much better designed and graphically more aesthetically pleasing. There are many businesses and companies that are requesting these designs to educate their audience, build their brands and create awesome linkbait.
Tips for Graphic Designers
As a graphic designer, you should know by now that these graphics can be labor intensive design projects to plan, collect data and design. You might want to check out these sites and see if these tools are products that you will be able to use to improve your design production. Or, perhaps you can use them to create an infographic, show off your design skills and share via social media. I believe the free version of these software tools will have the company’s logo watermarked on the graphic but it seems a great tool to utilize to refine your design skills. However, I would suggest that you use serious design tools like Photoshop for design projects provided to clients. For further information, there is a lengthy but great article, on Smashing Magazine that gives you plenty information about The Do’s and Don’ts of Infographic Design if you are still puzzled as to what they are.
Tips for Business or Website Owners
As a business owner or website owner, you might want access to infographic tools to create simple business graphics for your presentations or that you can use to construct a design that your in-house designers can later refine.
Awesome tool to create infographics online.
It’s going to be tough choosing between which tool you want to use to create your designs.
Nifty tool with a great video demo available on Youtube.
Here at Rich Media Design Productions, we are always tweaking the website in order to improve our reader’s experience. I have had a few requests for finding my RSS feed and realized, I had not activated our RSS feed button on our header.
However , setting up the RSS feed has since been attended to. Even though there are rumors on the Net that Google will be phasing out the feed burner service. In my opinion, that would make a lot of angry customers and end users furious. So we will see what the future holds.
Or you may decide to wait until the dust clears and there is official word from Google as to whether they will keep the service.
In any case, for those of you who asked…
The feed address is http://feeds.feedburner.com/RichMediaDesignProductions or you can subscribe on the RSS chiclet in the above header.
This is the second installment of my first video regarding Mastering the Pen Tool in Photoshop.
I get into the reasons why this tool is so important and why learning this skill and gaining mastery is transferable to many other software applications.
Most graphic designers, freelance workers or entrepreneurs know by now, that blogging is quickly becoming an important and relatively inexpensive tool for online marketing and self promotion. Back in the 90s, in the early days of internet marketing, web designers and graphic designers were busy designing and creating mostly static websites for their clients. However, blogging and the use of blogs has grown exponentially with the development and refining of blogging platforms such as Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
These blogging platforms have made it much easier to develop and set up a website (or internet presence) for a variety of purposes without requiring advanced technical and programming knowledge. According to Technorati (in their annual 2011 State of the Blogosphere Report), 3 million blogs come online per month!
When blogging became popular, around July of 2004, there were about 3 million blogs online and as of the end of Dec 2011, there were approximately 178 million blogs on the internet! Please see chart below, designed by Invesp. Read the rest of this entry