Happy Holidays! I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Thanks to Arielle for her illustration, to print a copy of Arielle's Illustration for personal use, click on the image. To view the Holiday card click here.
OfficeMax is also bringing back nine popular online holiday games that
Milton Glaser, one of my favorite designers and teachers (you might remember his "I Heart NY" design), is featured in a short film on hillmancurtis.com. The film and video page is a great resource for designers, teachers, and people who love design... explore and enjoy. For more short films click here for more on Milton Glaser click here
Musicovery allows you to select and play music by mood, decade, and genre. If you register, it will also save favorites Musicovery calls it your "universe" (music sections). It also has icons to direct to to purchase the song on itune, amazon, or ebay. Very cool UI (User Interface) and a fun way to discover different music. Happy Listening!
If you have given money to a charity and wonder how much of your dollar goes to the actual program, Charity Navigator can be a very helpfl site. You can see ratings as well as a breakdown of how much of your dollar goes to the actual program, administrative costs, and fundraising efforts. Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities.
Here is a little more on web publishing for the non-technical person. Since I began playing with Weebly, I've also been looking at several non-technical web publishing sites including Doodlekit which will allow more advanced features like shopping carts, search capabilities, and other advanced features, but as expected those come with a price (or advertising). If you need the extra features it might be a good fit. TechCrunch had an interesting article mentioning several applications out there; I've quickly tested Squarespace and Sampa, but still recommend Weebly as the easiest to use of this type of novice web publishing. If you need a more custom web site you can always consider hiring a pro.
It's our Tree appears (www.itsourtree.com) to be gaining popularity over Geni (www.geni.com). Both applications appear to allow multiple users to update their family tree in a friendly UI (User interface). Currently, I am exploring Its our Tree with my enthusiastic cousins, and although I would like to see additional features, so far it's been smooth and fun to use. If you have an interest, this may be an alternative to sharing the responsibility (and the work) of updating your tree for the next generation. BTW: Only people in your family tree can view your tree.
Although I am a kid at heart, I have been in the graphics and media industry for over 25 years and the web since late in 1993. I have worked as a UI designer, web designer, creative director, art director, professor, illustrator, and graphic designer. In recent years, I have been concentrating on UX (User eXperience) and UI (User Interface) design.