Mark, at Wishful Thinking, has recently written a great blog post titled, 6 tips for dealing with feedback on your creative work. It’s important not to take constructive criticism the wrong way. In fact, I believe you should be grateful for receiving it. Definitely worth a read.
Mark was one of the kind sponsors in my graphic design prize draw from last month, although unfortunately the previous winner (Steve of the Million Dollar Blog) was unable to take Mark up on his creative consultation. Therefore, Mark suggested I pass the award on to someone else, and the name I drew at random was Josh Mullineaux. Congratulations Josh, and thanks for taking the time to enter. Here’s what you’ve won:
Two 45 minute coaching consultations with Mark McGuinness of Wishful Thinking. Mark specialises in coaching creative professionals, and is a real expert in his field. The first session will involve goal setting, with the second session reporting on progress and making adjustments.
I see from Josh’s blog that he’s off to the Blog World Expo in a few days. I wanted to go too, but hopefully next year (if it’s on again).
For me, a good logo needs an idea, must be memorable, and should also work in black and white.
This was soon followed with people at Notes on Design announcing a logo design competition, which is still actually running. Before the unaware head over to enter, it’s worth your while reading this: Logo design contests are bad for business.
Kevin Yank, of SitePoint, brought up the criticism that design contests are being given by NO!SPEC, claiming that SitePoint are breeding the next generation of professional designers. Personally, I think that’s rubbish. The last thing the industry needs is for a fresh crop of designers expecting to work for peanuts.
If you’re a designer who thinks that design contests are a good way to practice, think about this: you could head out into the local community instead, and approach non-profits who would be delighted with your help. The benefits are much greater than taking part in any contest; you’re guaranteed feedback, you improve your communication skills, your hard work is going towards a good cause, and you’re networking with local business owners too (vital if you plan on becoming self-employed).
If you’re a WordPress user, and if you care about the appearance of your blog post comments, then this post from Michael at Pro Blog Design will be of interest – How to style author comments differently.
Thanks for writing up on that, Michael. If I didn’t make use of the MyAvatars plugin (listed in my top 5 WordPress plugins), to show avatars of commenters, I’d have certainly used your tutorial already. I hope to get around to it one day soon, and keep up the great blogging.
Htaccess, Apache and Rewrites. Oh My! I’m pretty much clueless when it comes to my website’s htaccess file. So it’s with pleasure that I found this excellent tutorial (from Kyle at Crucial Web Hosting). Here’s the introductory paragraph:
“As a web designer or developer, it is important to know how to use the htaccess file to your advantage. It is a very powerful tool, and can even work as a deterrent for bandwidth thieves, exploits, and hackers.”
Finally, just last week I told you how my blog became Scotland’s first entry into the Adage Power 150. Today I’m proud to announce, following Google’s recent PR update, that I’ve leaped 14 places, from #46 to #32. I’m now top of the pile for UK-based blogs on the list, and second only to Adverblog in the whole of Europe! Granted, my score in the ranking system is the same as Adverbox, and Niche Marketing, but I guess I’m above Andy Beard (Niche Marketing) on goal difference? Or more likely because of my better Todd And score (which, as mentioned in my previous post, is subjective).
Still, thanks for helping me get to where I am!
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