Basic Webpage

June 27, 2009

1.) The first step in creating a webpage with wordpad is to open wordpad.

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2.) Next place HTML tags in wordpad like the illustration below.

html tags

3.) Inside the HTML tags place body tags as illustrated below.

body tags

4.) Inside the the body tag type some text.

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5.) Lastly save it as a html file.

Change the .txt to .html

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Save it to your desktop and a web icon should pop up on your desktop. Double click on the icon and preview your webpage. Congradulations you have made your first web page with word pad. Below is what my page look like in a browser. I know it’s not sexy but in future post we will build upon this and create a nice looking webpage.

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Linking Web Pages

June 25, 2009

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Linking web pages together is really simple. In this article / tutorial I will show you how to hand code a link and how to use dreamweaver to link webpages together.

If you have some understanding of HTML then you know that <a href=> </a> tag is a link tag. You open the link tag by using <a href=> and you close the link with </a>. In the <ahref=> tag you will enter the url that you want the person to end up, when they click on the link. For example:

1.) <ahref=http://www.cdesign8.com>

Then you will type in the text that the viewer will click on to go to the next page. For example:

2.)<ahref=http://www.cdesign8.com>click here to read on

 Lastly you must close the tag with a </a>. For example:

3.)<ahref=http://www.cdesign8.com>click here to read on</a>

This is how you create a text link from scratch.

The only thing you will see on the HTML page is click here to read on.

To create an image link to another page then the image file will be where the “click here to read on” is located with in the  link tags.

* *Your image must be saved in a location that the internet can pull the image from**

There are many image hosting sites like photobucket but if you have a website then they give you space to host your images. Download your image and reference back to that image by providing the location where it can be found. One important fact I left out is to have image tags around the location. <img src=”thememusiccopy.jpeg/>. For example:

<a href=”https://davisca8.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/theme-music/” target=”_blank”><img src=”thememusiccopy.jpg” width=”400″ height=”200″ border=”0″ /></a>

In this example I have a jpeg image with the width of 400 pixels and height of 200 pixels and no boarder. When you click on this image it will take you to my wordpress blog theme music article.

If you were to do this in Dreamweaver then you would:

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1.)  Select insert tab then image.

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2.) Select your image then OK.

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3.) Click on your image in dreamweaver.

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4.) In the link area post the url/ web page that you would like the user to go to.

You are finished. If you keep dreamweaver in Code and Design mode you would see what is going on while you make these changes.

Hope this was helpful. If you have any questions leave a comment or drop me an email at Caleb@ cdesign8.com. In addition, my next post will outline the basics of HTML. I will walk through creating a web page from scratch using word pad.

Till then keep creating 🙂

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Search Engine Ranking

June 18, 2009

 

Today, I checked through a couple of search engines like google, yahoo, altavista, and dogpile. I looked to find Creative Graphic Art. To my suprise I was on the first page on all four major search engines. It’s funny to me that people pay money to get there companies site to the top of the list when they can get it there for free.

Out of 64,400,000 websites with Creative Graphic Art. I was in the top 10 on www.dogpile.com.  I highlighted the site in yellow. The first one is my  blog the second one is my website.

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The term search engine optimization (SEO) is creating your website in a way that search engines like www.Altavista.com can find your site. It is important to be found by people when they are looking for you. How can you service people if people don’t know what you offer or that you’re even in business? In my opinion the search engines are the modern day telephone book/ yellow pages. You always want to be first. Be honest how many pages are you going to look through? Maybe five at most.

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So how did Creative Graphic Art find its way to the top of the list on search engines like www.yahoo.com? Well, that is the information that companies pay big money for, but I will tell you for FREE. Update your page regularly. That’s all. That’s the big secret.

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One way to force yourself to update your site is to include a blog to your website. Some web developers will make it more complicated than necessary but its hard work maintaining a website. I believe it comes down to maintaining an informational website because that is what people come to the internet for. So, when setting up your website I strongly suggest updating it regularly or starting a blog. Either become a webmaster or hire a webmaster, other wise your site will get lost in internet outerspace.

If you would like more information google me at Creative Graphic Art

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If you have any questions please ask: email me caleb@cdesign8.com


Theme Music

June 13, 2009

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Creative Graphic Arts Theme Music

I was thinking, to really push this creative brand to the edge I have to do more than just graphics. I have to be multimedia. So, I pitched an idea to my musically gifted brother (Kevin Davis). I asked him to produce a track that sounds like a futuristic orchestra. What ever that my sound like!!! All I know, is that, I wanted to hear strings. You gotta listen to what he came up with. All the greats have theme music right? Superman, Spiderman, 007, Disney, and Creative Graphic Art.

Originally it was on the site but that did not work well. It slowed down the upload of the page. In addition, I did not want to suprise you with loud music.

This piece you are about to look and listen to is a work in progress. I want to add a few words to the song (this is last on the list). First thing  is to animate the video. If you have any ideas on what should be in the animation, let me know? Clcik on the link below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4paznNFkguk


Creative Spot 7

June 4, 2009

1.Tell us some background information,your education,what you do, how long you’ve been doing it.

10 years ago if you would have told me I would have a marketing company and design thousands of business cards and flyers, help people launch in businesses, and motivate them to find their “IT”then design effective marketing material around their “IT”.. I would have told you that you were crazy!! I did what my parents told me.. I went to college and got a good job.. Over 7 years ago, I started hosting a poetry read.. so I had to do the flyers.. then all of a sudden people started offering to pay me for flyers and cards.. the rest is.. history!!

2.What made you become an artist /designer /marketer?                                                                                                           

I fell into it.. it was just words on paper.. first.. then it was a hobby.. it then grew to a pretty lucrative side hustle.. and in 2005 I quit my close to six figure job to do this full time.. Now I live, breathe and sleep marketing.. “I DON’T GO TO WORK.. I AM WORK”..

3.In the beginning of your career how did you market yourself?                                                                                 

After the poetry reads and a couple club owners asking me to do flyers and cards..
I went to the barbershops..
I would walk in with this big portfolio filled with cards I had done .. I’d say, hey I’m MaReesa and I do business cards
and they gave me a shot (that’s why I love my barbers to this day)
Keep in mind that I would do the design and then go to a copy place where they would print the cards and cut them..
I did about 4 or 5 cards a week..
I called myself the business card chick in the beginning
and I had the slogan..
Crushing the competition with innovative out of the box business cards..
Then I stated doing raised letter cards.. and the business grew.. (I do between 50 and 100 cards or flyers a week)
To this day.. every barber in this city (Richmond, VA) sends me referrals..
sooo.. long story short..
I built my business on barbers,stylists and other small business owners
I call myself the queen of marketing.. because it you don’t believe in you.. no one will..
And my never wavering mantra is: THE WORST THING YOU CAN BE IN BUSINESS IS… INVISIBLE

4.What tools do you use, software and hardware?                                                                                                      
 

Now… Adobe Photoshop on my purple Dell 1525 laptop –
Clueless how to use illustrator.. Never turned on an Apple!!!
I’ve evolved from printing a copy of the card design and getting it scanned off the paper
to learning how to make pdf’s to finally using Photoshop..
But don’t ask me how to use most of the features.. CLUELESS!!
I have to again add this disclaimer: I AM NOT A GRAPHIC ARTIST.. they wouldn’t even allow me to play one on TV!

5.How do you manage the business side?

I’m crazy.. as for the daily pay-in and pay out.. my darling mom handles the books.
And I have an accountant..
Really I make money, I pay bills.. does that count as managing??
My monetary goal has always been $10,000 a month.. am I there.. nope.. WILL I get there.. YUP!!

6.Where and how do you get inspiration to design?

Where, laying in the bed on the laptop, all hours of the night or the wee hours of the morning.
Like right now for example: I’m on my laptop in my friends bar and grill.. all around me people are talking and drinking, and I’m typing my business story!!
That’s just me…. I AM WORK!!
INSPIRATION: I just love putting words and images on pieces of paper..
and even more than that I love the pride that my customers have in passing their flyers or cards out..
I really enjoy thinking up slogans or concepts for example on of my friend has a huge ladies night at his venue..
and he wanted to do something for his male customers.. NO slogan sounded.. umm right..
so I though of AL BUNDY NIGHT..
I put the little rascals (He Man woman haters on one side.. and Al bundy with a bunch of video vixens on the other) it’s at the printer now..
I am so not a graphic artist..
I so respect those who are,,
I see ad campaigns or other peoples flyers and websites…I say.. now that’s art!!
But, sad to say.. sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night.. and roll over,
cut the laptop on and design business card or flyer..
And some times it takes me days to get an image
I never do the same thing twice.. even the black and white cards that I only charge $25 for..
I find new fonts, new pictures or something so each person feels like the card is theirs and theirs alone
I’m honestly getting better with designing flyers..
I am really bad about putting EVERYTHING on a flyer.. it will tell a story, BIG TIME..
as I grow I’m TRYING to learn to K.I.S.S keep it simple stupid!! I know my problem I just have to work on it!!

7. What is some advice you can give to people just starting out?

Have set prices and be FIRM.. don’t wavier.. THE PRICE IS THE PRICE!!
You have to have a strong professional delivery when it comes to prices.. and the WHY (reason) behind the prices
People love to talk about what VISTA PRINT does..
I used to argue the point.. now I just say..
YOU HAVE TO LOOK LIKE MONEY, TO BE LIKE MONEY, TO MAKE MONEY
now look at your cookies cutter Vista Print card: at least 2 million other people have that design..
Does that look like money??? end of discussion
Regardless, just know that EVERYONE is your customer
I’m know all over my city as a business woman.. The whole back window of my truck says U NEED A BUSINESS CARD in huge white letters..
It’s about your drive.. your hustle, your willingness to pound the pavement..
NO ONE IS going to come to you..
You have to go out and let people know you’re open for businesses
Now for me I’ve stayed away from the corporate customers or big firms business.. I don’t ever want to get paid on a net 30 or 60..
I’m cash and carry I don’t PRINT anything until I get my money UP FRONT.. .. When you pay, I Print… period, nothing personal, just business!
Honestly, I don’t charge for design work, because I can not own that title as ‘graphic artist’
I have a hard time charging for logo designs because sometimes it only takes me a second to throw something together..
Look, I just do flyers and cards.. for me and my business the design is included..
Grant it.. I’ll spend hours design a card that nets me a $15 profit.. but I don’t care cause I love it..
My company business cards and flyers are all over my city..
there’s no salon or shop, restaurant or coffee shop, gas station, laundry room, media board that I don’t have my card in..I distribute about 1000 personal flyers/cards a week..
One of my new business focuses is tackling the online market.
Social networking sites have become increasingly more important to me!!
I am facebook addicted.. But I’m really deliberate with my sites.. basically they are JUST business.. every status update I do have a business undertone.. the photos: my work along with how much each one costs and I tag my customer with their card.. so they become my marketing team!!
And honestly I’ve transitioned from raised letter business cards which yield such a small profit
to full color flyers and business card and the second transition is to working online..
emailing proofs and getting paid by paypal.. and shipping to my customers directly!! Ohh so much easier!!
I used to run all over this city to show proofs.. collect deposits and deliver cards.. All with a one day turn-a-round..
I’m TIRED of that grind. So honestly as my business grows..
some of my initial customers are not that accepting of the NEW me..
I hear comments like:.. Well you used to do this or that, now you so big time, you forgot about the little people
My response is.. I used to be able to.___________ Now my timelines are much tighter, but I’ll never forget where I started.
Man, I can talk all day.. so I’ll end here.. just know my story is NOT your story.. you have to find YOUR niche.. your target market and work it Blessing and success to you THANKS FOR ASKING ME to do this Caleb!!!!

Thank you MaReesa for taking the time to do the interview.