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[VIDEO] A Glimpse into the Life of a Freelancer

A truly fantastic representation of how us freelancers feel when a client tries to take the cheap way out. It’s undermining to the individual and to the web industry. This video depicts various scenarios that all send the same message to each and every industry out there. Whether one runs a freelance business, an upscale dining venue or a music store, no one should have to expect to pay or earn less than the true value of a product or service.

Pepsi and Sierra Mist get new look

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Here is another example of a company trying too hard to be modern and hip. The design agency that created this look clearly took direction from the PepsiCola company who probably told them to put a fresh spin on a dated company. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pepsi’s product. Just not loving the new product packaging. Fair enough, right?

I will say that I like the Pepsi can better than the Sierra Mist can and here’s why. The use of white space was executed well in the Pepsi design. However, the tree silhouette in the Sierra Mist design seems to have no relevance. Also don’t think that “mist” looks misty, if that is the effect it is intended to give.

What are your thoughts? Love or hate the new look?

Every day is Valentine’s Day, right?

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With the creation of this Hallmark holiday, our American culture has generally come to terms that it’s important to celebrate this holiday with or without a loved one. Preferably with, right? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the ultimate Valentine’s Day includes the following:

  • Romantic candlelit dinner that consists of your sweetie’s favorite entree and side dishes.
  • Sweet and savory heart-shaped dessert.
  • A dozen long-stemmed red roses.
  • Box of rich dark chocolates.
  • Hallmark card filled with heartfelt words about your relationship.
  • A romantic comedy and/or some type of fun, spontaneous activity.

Well, despite having the love of my life, this year, the two of us have decided not to partake in any of these activities. It’s a concept I haven’t considered before until now, but I think it’s worth a shot. After a long discussion last night about the significance of the holiday, it makes sense that a couple’s love should be celebrated all year long. I suppose I’m a little bummed that we won’t be doing anything on February 14th, but I am willing to compromise. His argument is that Valentine’s Day forces pressure on the man to drop a good chunk of his paycheck on marked-up presents and a full-course meal out at a fancy restaurant. My argument is, why not take the time to be extra romantic? It’s fun to look forward to something out of the ordinary. I think it’s the spice of life. His take? It’s a pseudo-love holiday. It imposes the unreal on the real.

Want to show your love? Act on it when it’s least expected. Not when society tells you to do so.

What’s your take on Valentine’s Day? Love it or hate it? Or, are you like me, where you could go either way?

Can You Design This for Me?

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Client: “Can you design this for me, please?”

Me: “Sure, I accept payment via PayPal based on milestone completion.”

Client: “Actually, I’m not sure what kind of design I want. I was hoping you could just come up with a new look and feel for my website. I have a few others doing the same, then I’ll pick the best and we’ll go from there.”

Me: “Uhm. No. I do not endorse spec work.”

What’s spec work? “Basically, its any kind of creative work rendered and submitted, either partial or completed, by a designer to a prospective client/employer before taking steps to secure both their work and an equitable fee.” –NO!SPEC Campaign

Review: Kodak EasyShare All-In-One Printer

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I feel that it’s my duty to share with the world just how horrible Kodak’s EasyShare 5300 All-In-One printer really is.

Let’s just say that you get what you pay for. We purchased this printer for $99 thinking that it was a steal. With ink cartridges valued at $15 a pop and all sorts of cool USB hubs, its not difficult to believe that you’re getting a great deal. However, after attempting to print a photo on a Kodak-brand printer with Costco’s Kirkland-brand glossy paper, it came out grainy and washed out. I even tried with Kodak-brand glossy paper. Nope. No luck.  I continued to try printing photos with different settings every now and then, but they all came out the same: washed out, grainy, and unusable. The only thing this printer was good for is its built-in card reader and printing black and white text documents. Think school papers, that’s about it.

Last night was the last straw. I tried scanning photos for a DVD project and each of the photos produced horizontal lines embedded in the photo from the scanner hardware. “Uh uh,” I told myself. “I’m done.”

Check out CNET.com’s review of the printer. Users gave it a 2/5 stars while editors were generous with a 3/5 rating. Hard to believe that there are worse printers out there.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good-quality printer that quickly prints digital photos in color?

Blagojevich Impeached 114-1

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The Illinois House impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich today in a historic vote of 114-1.

“The vote by the House was 114-1 with one member voting ‘present.’ It marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.

Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeachment. The ‘present’ vote was cast by Rep. Elga Jefferies (D-Chicago).

A spokesman for the governor said he won’t resign.”

To read more, check out the Chicagobreakingnews.com article.

How NOT to Design a Logo

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Logo design in today’s world is totally under rated. People do not understand how important a good logo is and how valuable it is to their business. This article outlines the ways in which you should NOT go about getting your logo designed… that is, if you are truly serious about business.

read more | digg story

[YouTube Video] Creative Process of the Stop Sign



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