The Chicago web designers tip of the day.
Here is a little short and sweet thing for you to check out on this amazingly warm Chicago afternoon, it’s 40 deg F and I have just been out WITHOUT a coat on!
If you have a Google account click HERE and see if the profile Google has of you, is correct. They use information gathered from your web browsing history ( if you have that enabled) to show ads more relevant to your interests.
But it seems not all profiles are correct.
Here are the categories and demographics of my profile.
Amazingly I only seem to have three interest categories which is a little odd as the very nature of my web and graphic design job, means I run a huge gamut of searches across a wide range of subjects and industries. Secondly they have me pegged in the 25-34 age range …which is sweet … but incorrect. Just about the only thing they got right was my gender.
Google allows you to remove or edit anything you like and also opt out of the tailored ad system completely.
Does Google have your profile correct?
© 2012 Chicago Web Designer
The old saying goes “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” If all I did was work, work, work I know for certain my digital creativity would dry up. I keep my passion for web and graphic design alive by balancing work and play. You will NOT find my chained to my computer screen day and night. Oh, I also have no interest in having a data plan on my phone so I can check my email etc. where ever I am. When I step away from my computer I like to step away from the electronic world.
It seems however I am unable to step away from the creative world. Here are a few of the fun non computer creative things I have done in the last year.
- Invested in an SLR digital camera, while my photos are far from professional I did qualified for a profile on istockphotos.com
- Built some sand sculptures in the gorgeous white sands of Florida.
- Learnt how to tie the fantastic monkey fist knot
- Enjoyed the creative eye candy of down town Chicago. From the wonderful impressionist painting in the Art Institute of Chicago to the amazing reflections from “The Bean“
- Transformed a dungeon basement room to a teenage penthouse complete with painted skyline mural
- Made an igloo in the garden after the spectacular snow storm in February
- Got creative with food with some doggy cookies …for humans.
- Got inspired to buy some watercolor paints after discovering a painting I’d started at age 17 and never finished. Brushing up on some seriously lost skills!
- Planted a vegetable garden …that our resident garden critters enjoyed very much.
I am looking forward to many more creative adventures in 2012… digital or not.
©: 2011 Chicago web designer
I get rather disgruntled sometimes when I go to buy a birthday card and I find nothing I like, is it just me?
So I have put my graphic designs skills to use and created my own birthday card which can download for free. I actually have this card on my personal blog ” Creative in Chicago” and was recently picked up by About.com, making it their number one choice in a list of 20 free birthday cards.
The card comes in four color combinations and works well for men, women and teens. Click on the one you like and download the pdf. Print it out on some good quality card stock and you are good to go.
© 2011 Chicago web designer
Since moving to Chicago a little over six months ago much of my free time has been spent decorating a 1970’s house. It is a fun journey and has allowed another outlet for my creative juices.
I have launched a blog Creative in Chicago to share my endeavors!
Visit the site at www.CreativeinChicago.com
You can also connect via RSS, Facebook or Twitter
© Chicago Web Designer
It is hard to escape the abundance of snow in the Chicago area at the moment. Ask most people what color is snow and the answer will be white. Ask a graphic designer and the answer will be, “white but also think soft grays, delicate lilacs and even dramatic blues.”
As a web and graphic designer color is one of my favorite “tools” Here are the colors I see in snow.
©2011 Chicago web designer
I have been working closely with Chicago based Tempel Steel in the reworking of some of their branding elements.
So far we have simplified the logo and created an new look and feel for the business card.2010 © Chicago Web Designer
Hello! A week ago today I was packing up my St Louis web design business and today, here I am firmly planted in Chicago. It may be a while before I am fully unpacked but I am really looking forward to getting to know you, all your fabulous businesses and getting down to work as the Chicago web designer.
Here is what I do:
- Custom Web Site Design
- Web Site redesign
- Banner ad Design
- Email templates
- Blog Design, wordpress, blogger
- Internet marketing ( SEO)
- Logos and corporate branding
- Traditional graphic design
I have been in the web and graphic design business for over 10 years and am truly passionate about what I do.
One question, as a city you have a lot of nick names. Which one do you prefer, Chi town, ChicagoLand or the Windy City?
The Chicago Web Designer
2010 © Chicago Web Designer
There is nothing like kicking off a Monday morning with the launch of a project. Today sees the release of a new web site and brand image for Chicago headhunting company, Peter Meder and Company.
We began working with Peter about a month ago. He wanted a very professional and polished looking web site and was interested in integrating his blog and networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. We created a clean crisp look and feel enhanced by an amazing set of photographs ( taken by Peter himself) with call to actions on the home page to current headhunting searches, social media connections and his blog.
The blog, “Moving up -A conversation with Peter, career advice and stories from 25 years of headhunting” has been live for a few months but just using a standard blogger template. To ensured it flows seamlessly with the rest of the site we created a custom template, with navigation to the main site and branded with the Peter Meder and company brand elements.
Twitter and Facebook accounts were also given the brand image.
We are just finishing up on a stationery set to complete the brand makeover. As I said before full image branding are my favorite design projects and I am looking forward to the opportunity to working with more Chicago based clients!
2010 © St Louis Web Designer
Of all the design work I do my favorite has to be complete branding projects so am very excited to be working with Peter Meder and Company, a Chicago based, executive talent acquisition firm.
More to come soon!