I get really excited working on new projects, and it is hard for me not to share, even though the project isn't quite finished. Above are 2 web projects that are in the works. Preliminary designs are finished and I am just waiting on some coding and further content. The "Bethel Lutheran Church" was a bit of a challenge, as I am not a church-going person, nor am I too familiar with the Lutheran Church, but I wanted the site to have a warm, joyful and inviting feel, which I think we achieved. The "Family in Bloom" site was a fun project and I am working with the owner on content for the site, as well as, some other marketing challenges.
Last night I yelled, or rather politely reminded, a client that he needed to start using Twitter and other social media. It is so easy and quick to use, not to mention free, and you never know what kind of impact you'll be able to make on a prospective client. With this said, I give you a really neat tool called Storify. With Storify, you can create a story through words, pictures, video, links and more. It is incredibly easy to use, and creates a nicely designed end product (unlike facebook and twitter that use such ugly layouts and fonts). I think there are many interesting and creative things that can be done with this medium, such as tutorials, company history, biography, product comparison, and more
Remember, the best brands tell a story. If you can't tell a good story about your brand, then you just aren't looking hard enough for it. Maybe you need to hire me to help find it. ;)
I did a little tester using Storify about famous Lucy's and how we named my daughter Lucy. View it here.
My friend Ben over at PDXfixIT sent me an interesting article about web trends in 2012. Out of the 10 or so trends, the one that intrigued me the most was the idea of fixed navigation, or menus that are locked into place while the user scrolls. Now I'm itching to get to use this in a new project! Here are 3 examples given in the article: