Take a look around any online marketplace and you’ll see the labor of designers, writers, and digital artists severely undervalued. In a short-sighted shoot for ultra-low prices, online entrepreneurs are aiming to spend less and less on services, and unfortunately many online providers are following suit with their pricing. One element of the issue is […]
Archives for December 2009
I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘coming soon page’ is something people used to put together back in 1999 on Geocities that had a big ‘under construction’ sign. Well these days, a coming soon page is much more than that. It actually serves a purpose and is completely different than those under construction pages.
A coming soon page serves one very important purpose: to let people know you’re working on something, but it’s not quite ready yet.
The other day, Jon and I were talking about different types of articles that are posted on many blogs and sketching out a tentative schedule for my contributions here at SpyreStudios. During that discussion, Jon raised a very interesting point, suggesting that some types of content affect traffic in different ways. Some are more like […]
Marketing can be the one thing in your business that sets you apart from your competition, yet so many freelancers are either uneducated on ways to market themselves or are just a bit scared to think outside the box. Lucky for you, we’re doing all of the heavy thinking here today. ;) Guerrilla marketing is […]
If you’ve been following SpyreStudios lately I’m sure you’ve heard about MediaLoot – a new project I’m working on with current FreelanceFolder owner, Mason Hipp. We’ve received many emails from people interested in this new project and looking for more information. Here’s the idea: we’ve grown tired of the existing design marketplaces out there and […]
E-commerce websites have a reputation for not featuring attractive or creative design. While usability is extremely important in order to maintain a profitable e-commerce site, the design can still be appealing, as the sites featured in this post will demonstrate. Here we will showcase 30 well-designed e-commerce sites from a variety of different industries. You’ll […]
Today we’ve got a special treat for the SpyreStudios visitors; 10 free copies of the new iSocialize theme from Giant Themes! The best part is this – the Giant Themes site doesn’t even launch until January 1st, so you’ll be getting the theme before anyone else! Before we get into what you need to do […]
When I started playing music about 15 years ago, I had a band with some friends and we recorded some of our songs (demos) and I remember someone told me to put everything we had on a tape or CD and mail it to ourselves. This way we’d have the date stamp on the package […]
How many fonts do you have downloaded? As a designer myself, I am going to go out on a limb and assume most designers have 500+ fonts on their computer and are always on the lookout for more (but always end up using your 8-10 favorite ones, right?) :) We’ll, today you’re in luck because […]
If you’ve been following me on Twitter you may already know that I’m working on a new design site with Mason Hipp (owner of FreelanceFolder) called Media Loot – and we’re looking for designers! If you’re an expert with Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks and other softwares, have an eye for good design and you’re looking for […]