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How To Get Your Site Noticed

How To Get Your Site Noticed

When I started as a “professional” graphic & web designer in 2007, I perused galleries all over the place for inspiration, wondering what it took to make it onto these sites. I assumed these had to be well-known designers with an amazingly deep understanding of development, compliant coding, or were born with endless amounts of creative ideas. I’m not saying they aren’t those people, but it’s not all of them. I know this, because I’ve recently found myself surprisingly amongst them.

Yay for some lovin’ from OnePageLove.com!

Yay for some lovin’ from OnePageLove.com!

This morning I woke up, did my usual, wandered into the office to check my Google Analytics, and saw I already had 143 hits from around the world and it was only 10 am. I immediately thought my site got hacked.:p Once I delved into the traffic sources a bit more I realized a lot were referrals and from the site OnePageLove.com.

Can’t-Miss Tutorials for Graphic Designers

Can’t-Miss Tutorials for Graphic Designers

I love when I can sit down and take the time to learn new tricks for my print designs, photography, or interactive stuff. Over the years I’ve created a bookmark haven of inspiring tutorials and now I want to share them with YOU! You may find some of the tips to be tedious or too extensive, but once you apply them to your designs, they can truly enrich your skills & take your work to the next level.

A handful of uber creative websites from 2011

A handful of uber creative websites from 2011

Well it’s that time of year again, the time when every web design blogger puts together a list of the trends from 2011. I honestly got close to doing that myself. But I’m still one of those designers who goes out and looks for the posts ABOUT the past and future trends, so I’ll spare everyone from just reiterating someone else’s post. Instead I’ll share some pretty darn cool, adventurous, clean, inspiring websites I’ve seen and personally enjoyed over the last year.

Make passing judgements more fun with Knock Knock’s nifty gifts

Make passing judgements more fun with Knock Knock’s nifty gifts

I’m not sure how many people have heard of Knock Knock, but I think I heard about them back in college when I was looking for a ridiculously witty gift for a ridiculously witty friend online. They have loads of “creative, smart, well-designed gifts” for friends, coworkers, even loverrsss ;)… The description of their philosophy does it better justice…

Yum! Here… have a bite of some CSS3 PIE!

Yum! Here… have a bite of some CSS3 PIE!

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a bit behind the average techy guru at picking up on new ideas and technology. I didn’t start REALLY getting into tweeting until this year, I just now hopped on board the “one-page jQuery scroll” train, & this summer was the first time I touched a WordPress theme. So some of you may say, CSS3 Pie, really? That’s been around for a while, where have you been?! Maybe it’s the midwesterner in me (we always have been a step behind), but either way, here I am now, excited to share a yummy surprise courtesy of Justin Hubbard on webdesign tuts+… Css3 PIE.

Shazam! Another Behance Project!!

Shazam! Another Behance Project!!

As I was putting together my portfolio, I realized I have a lot of work I’ve done over the last three years, and well, even before that with school work. My problem was that I didn’t really have a place to share it, I didn’t want to overload my personal site with miscellaneous projects. That’s where the Behance Network comes in. What I love about this site is it’s free, easy to share work (with other social media networks too), and it’s another place to find future employees/employers. Just the other day I had the luxury of someone contacting ME to see if I was interested in a potential full-time job (warning: ridiculous onomatopoeia ahead)…SHAZZZAMMMM!!!

Out with the old…

Out with the old…

… & in with the new! I finally finished my site redesign, annamonroe.me, after almost a year of knowing it was going to need to be done & months of sketching, research, mock-ups, etc.  There are definitely some parts I love & some that I’ll probably keep changing for the next few weeks until I can claim satisfaction.