An Animated Look At The Artistic Process That Many Creatives Can Relate To

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Even though this stop-motion clip created by director Salman Sajun was inspired by his film craft, The Process highlights overlapping elements in the artistic process that many creatives–not just filmmakers, directors, producers and animators–can easily relate to.

This includes breaking down the brief, generating ideas, pitching concepts to clients, executing the project and preparing for revisions.

Watch the video below and see Sajun’s comical wordplay photo series ‘Punday’.

[via Salman Sajun]
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Practical Tips On How To Successfully Design Websites For Disabled People

Disabled people are often not taken into consideration when it comes to online user experience or mobile app interface design. Digital Arts Online concludes that designing a product with disabled consumers at the forefront of innovation will make it more accessible to the wider public.

“If a site is navigable, uses site elements correctly, and offers a genuinely customer-centred experience, the further creation of apps that interrogate the site, search engines that search it, and the plethora of devices that are out there accessing it, can all work properly.”

A web designer should explore areas where web interfaces struggle to cater to people with disabilities, and offer steps on how to tackle such situations. The article focuses on the partially sighted, neuro-diversity, hearing loss, the elderly who suffer impairments and those with learning disabilities.

“As digital culture becomes dominant, access for disabled people becomes an issue that permeates all organisational levels, functions, systems and products.”

People with disabilities and the elderly represent a large consumers’ segment. The increased purchasing power of these consumers makes for a compelling business case. Rick Williams and Steve Brownlow explores the online shopping experience of customers with disabilities and the costs to businesses of ignoring them. In the UK alone, businesses miss out on an estimated spending power of £11.75 billion.

“Avoid graphic capture, too much text on a page and make sure the heading structure is used properly as this is often used as a shortcut way of navigating a page.”

Rick Williams suggests that those in charge of websites should establish a house guide, which sets out clear standards of a brand’s expectations for site developers and designers. 

Guidelines should include colour contrast, the use of the alt-tag and form field labels. Developers and designers should ensure that colour contrasts used on sites fall within international standards so it can easily read by those with a visual impairment or dyslexia. 

For more information on how to design websites for disabled people, click here.

[via Digital Arts Online]
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Handy Tips On How To Make Visitors Stay On Your Website For Longer

Apart from having high number of traffic for your site, it is as important to consider the amount of time people stick around on your website.

Sign up to Google Analytics and find out exactly how long people are spending on your pages. The next is to find ways to extend that time, and keep checking back to see if it is making a difference.

Google ranks websites according to engagement. If people are leaving your site as quickly as they arrive, it will not do well in the search rankings.

Here are some effective strategies Creative Boom has gathered to encourage visitors to stay on your website longer.

“To get more people engaging with your content, you need to make it as easy to read as possible.”

Firstly, make sure that the design of your website looks appealing. Like it or not, people do judge a book by its cover and having an aesthetic appeal gives people confidence in your site as a whole. Using a great template and color choices will contribute to a beautiful design.

“In journalism, “don’t bury the lead” is a phrase that means: don’t relegate the most interesting part of a story to halfway down the page; put it right at the top; in the headline if possible.”

Secondly,display what is interesting about your content at the point of entry. If you are an illustrator creating a portfolio site and you have done some work for Marvel Comics before, make a point to have a huge central image on your homepage and provide a clear way to encourage visitors to explore your page further.

“There’s something else guaranteed to stop visitors staying on your site for longer than a second. And that’s the sense that nothing has actually been added or changed since they last visited.”

Lastly, update your site as regularly as possible. This does not necessarily be client’s work, it can include your side projects, past projects and anything that is likely to garner interest from your audience. And apart from giving people reason to stay longer on your site and visit more often, regularly updating your content in this way is also great for SEO.

To find out more tips, head over to Creative Boom.

[via Creative Boom]
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Practical Tips On How To Get Your Portfolio Noticed

Having a great portfolio is a good start and now you want people to check it out and share it.

From telling people about it directly, writing a blog about yourself or adding links everywhere on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, Creative Bloq has offered practical tips on how to get more people looking and engaging with your portfolio.

“Creating an online portfolio, or indeed any website, isn’t generally a case of ‘build it and they will come’.”

Creating an online portfolio or website is just the first step. You need to go to people to make sure they check out your portfolio. Email or DM anyone you can think of that will look at your portfolio and give you feedback about it. These might be friends, co-workers, clients, or any other members of your extended network. Try to make your message as personal as possible.

“Creatives love being asked to give constructive feedback on others’ work; it’s essentially a form of flattery, stressing that you value their opinion.”

Get your portfolio out there in the “real world” as much as you did in the virtual world. Find designers at co-working spaces, design conferences, design meet-ups and wherever you are able to find an opportunity to interact with creatives. Ask them to provide you with a constructive feedback and work around with the criticisms that you receive.

“Many design blogs specialise in showing galleries of new work, and they’re often hungry for contributions.”

Contact design gallery blogs that are interested in showing new work. They are hungry for contributions, and if you can follow their submission guidelines, your new work could easily be showcased.

For more tips, head over to Creative Bloq.

[via Creative Bloq]
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6 Essential Questions on the Way to Your Website

Eager to create your first website? Are you sure that you need one? If your answer is yes, don’t spontaneously go with WebCheap Supplier Ltd. with a full hosting for 0.99 bucks a month, but instead, read the following article first.

What do You Want to Accomplish?

Why do you want to create a website? Because everyone has one? Because you can? All of these would be pretty weak reasons, and I’m going to assume that you have a better motivation.

Do you want to run a blog that is supposed to cover a certain niche, or do you plan on selling your products over the internet? Whatever it may be, define it clearly, and focus on that goal. Don’t try to cover a little bit of everything just because there’s enough space on the internet and an added function more or less doesn’t cost more money.

No matter what your aim is, the website is the communication means to reach that goal. You know this from the archetype of all communication, the dialogue. It needs a clear structure as well, shouldn’t drift off to the left or right, and it is the most successful when it strictly follows the golden thread laid out by the goal of the dialogue.

You should build your website like this as well. Don’t let it fray out, get out of hand, or drift off into vagueness. Don’t use more words than needed, and place clear calls to action (CTA).

Who do You Want to Reach?

Who’s your target group? You probably thought you had already answered this question inside the reply to the previous question. But that would be too simplistic. When it comes to the question who you want to reach, you should take smaller steps, and not just define a more or less vague group such as teenagers between 16 and 19.

I can almost guarantee that your target group can not be defined solely by their age (or other obvious factors). Further aspects will be substantial. Work them out precisely.

Is the offer directed more towards male or female clients? Are pupils, apprentices, or students more attractive? Does your target customer need a certain amount of free income? There are lots of factors like these. The more precisely you define your target group, the more accurately will you be able to address them.

Speaking of addressing; use the language of your target audience to meet them at eye level. If this includes not sticking to all dictionary rules, then do that.

By Which Search Terms do You Want to be Found?

You actually have to ask this question before registering your internet address (URL, domain). In the best case, the most relevant search term that you wish to be found by should be part of your domain name. This way, Google thinks that your website is exceptionally relevant to this keyword, as it even appears in the URL.

Every single page of your website gets a title, a meta description, as well as an individual URL which comes as an extension of the domain name. Within these three elements is where you cover your search terms, the so-called keywords. This can definitely be a different one for each page. Then, you make sure that the corresponding keyword appears in headings, captions, and file names on the according page. This way, you have pretty much covered the area of so-called on-page SEO, the search engine optimization on the page itself.

How to Structure the Information on Your Website?

The information architecture of your site, meaning the way you make your content available regarding structure, is just as essential for the success as architecture is when building a house. For example, it would be suboptimal if the only way to reach the kitchen was through the bedroom.

In general, the navigation menu of your website should have as few items as possible. Of course, not so few that the essential areas of your site can’t be accessed. Also, I wouldn’t recommend nesting the navigation too deeply. Your visitor will get lost very quickly.

Provide clear access to the individual topics, and, when in doubt, reduce or focus your content, rather than opening the 100th menu item.

Do You Want to Build Your Site Yourself or Will You Hire a Professional?

You won’t be surprised to hear that I generally recommend to always hire a professional when it comes to creating your website, especially when it has to be built from scratch. Depending on your knowledge, or level of motivation, you can learn how to take care of the website later on. But you should leave the cornerstone to an expert, to make sure that the foundation doesn’t break. Websites are more than a few pages with pictures.

However, if your project is very small, or if you simply don’t have the financial option to hire an expert, that doesn’t mean that you should forgo a website. In that case, you’ll have to get to work yourself. Prepare for a training period, and grab the simplest tool you can find.

A while ago, we published an article that shows some beautiful stuff that can be done with a homepage builder. Recently, has seen a massive presence on the market. We have already taken a look at this product several times. You won’t go wrong with that.

To take care of your pages, you need other tools, like Canva for the image creation, or Unsplash as a source for free images.

Other useful tools for web design and work related to your website can be found in this overview on DIY web design.

Who do You Entrust With the Hosting?

If you followed my advice to hire a professional to create your website, he should help you to elegantly avoid the cliff that is selecting the appropriate web host. If you went off on your own, there are a couple of things to keep in mind that you might not fully understand yet.

The most valuable insight on this topic is the following: changing the selected web host is not easy. Thus, you shouldn’t choose a very cheap solution first, and see what happens. When in doubt, just move on.

If your website has a certain complexity, and is more than a digital business card, moving from A to B is not as simple as moving a few boxes into a new apartment. Different providers don’t only have different prices, but, above all else, entirely different performance levels.

Take a look at our article on hosting aspects.

For logical reasons, you should try to make a qualified assessment of how much traffic is to be expected at what time, and which server-side features are required. Most likely, this won’t lead to the cheapest host, and that’s a good thing.

Conclusion: Thought About Everything? Then Let’s Go!

If you went through all questions and got useful answers, you can start with the realization of your website with a clear conscience. Here at Noupe, you’ll find tons of articles to help you on your way.

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Famous Paintings Reimagined With LEGO Mini-Figurines

Italian artist Stefano Bolcato has found a quirky way to bring the beloved plastic mini-figures into the world of artistic masterpieces. For his latest series, he decided to push his boundaries and chose to reimagined iconic paintings by replacing their subjects with LEGO mini-figurines.

The project, titled ‘People’, recreates iconic paintings by Warhol, da Vinci, Frida Kahlo and others with LEGO figurines. Using oil on canvas, Bolcato skillfully replaces the original subjects with his own yellow, smiling models.

Check out the series below and on Stefano’s Instagram account.

A post shared by Stefano Bolcato (@stefano_bolcato) on May 17, 2016 at 2:29pm PDT

A post shared by Stefano Bolcato (@stefano_bolcato) on Dec 30, 2016 at 9:00am PST

A post shared by Stefano Bolcato (@stefano_bolcato) on Jan 3, 2017 at 9:33am PST

A post shared by Stefano Bolcato (@stefano_bolcato) on Jan 19, 2017 at 2:26pm PST

[via Fubiz, images via Instagram]
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Clever Illustrations Of Famous Mustachioed Men Show Mustaches Make A Difference

Singapore creatives gathered together last November for the ‘Moustaches Make a Difference’ campaign, a movement to raise funds for the Singapore Prostate Cancer Research Fund.

Through history, many famous figures, renowned characters and admired personalities have sported mustaches. Without this distinguishing facial feature, they would have given off very different impressions.

The featured famous men of the campaign include Super Mario, Freddie Mercury, Gandhi and Che Guevara. Take a look at the clever illustrations below.

You can read more about this campaign here or on its Facebook page.

[via The Inspiration Room]
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The Stages All Designers Go Through When Asked To Work For Free

“Exposure”—the one word all designers and illustrators avoid like Voldemort.

Your creativity and time aren’t free, and it takes a real client to realize that.

Understanding the mental process that goes through your head when a “client” asks you to work for free will make you realize that you’re not a horrible person.

Creative Bloq has presented a list of stages that all creatives encounter when someone suggests they work for free.

Read the steps below and see if you can relate to them.

Click here to check out the full seven-step process.

1. Shock

“The first time you find out that a client wants you to work for free, chances are your jaw will drop to the floor and you’ll react with a sort of numb disbelief. Don’t worry though – this is a natural response and will help you from feeling the true impact of the situation.”

2. Denial

“Surely these people haven’t asked you to do all that work for no money whatsoever, right? Surely it was a just a typo? Perhaps they had an aneurysm in the middle of writing that email? They can’t seriously think that exposure pays for groceries, right? At this point in your emotional journey, denial is probably the sanest reaction.”

3. Bargaining

“You may rail against fate, questioning ‘Why me?’ You may also try to bargain with yourself to justify the situation (‘I will never work for free again if I do just this little bit of work, it’ll be good for my portfolio’). Step away from the computer right now and take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. Your portfolio doesn’t need the work that badly.”

4. Guilt

“You might think the client must have chosen to ask you because you’re special and one-of-a-kind, right? You’ll worry there’s plenty of others out there who would love to work with this client and do this job. You’ll worry this work could lead to bigger and better work when you’ve turned it down. Stop thinking these thoughts and go and have a beer instead. Seriously.”

[via Creative Bloq]
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Artist Adds Contemporary Objects Into Old Paintings To Give Them A Modern Twist

French artist Blase, aka Blasepheme, is well-known at the flea markets of his hometown, Paris.

He has an interesting creative process: after discovering old paintings, he gives them a second life in a satirical manner. These pictures from the 19th century are retouched to show their subjects with contemporary accessories, such as a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap, headphones and a smartphone.

His work often references the issues of the world today. The satirization of these issues is humorous, but also reveals the absurdity of some of them as well.

Get a preview of his latest retouched paintings below, or visit his Instagram or Facebook page.

[via Highsnobiety, images via Blase]
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