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For the advancement of Entrepreneurship, Sustainability & the Ecology of Everyday Life

This Site has Moved to SonOfFiveRivers.com

Click Here to Vist NEW Site: www.SonOfFiveRivers.com

I’ve been blogging for several months now and I’m glad to have recieved the feedback I have.  I’ve enjoyed the experince and for that reason I’ve decided to take blogging to another level.  I’ll be self hosting my blog and that means you’ll see a lot more creativity in the design, functionality and layout of the new blog.

Check it out: www.SONofFIVErivers.com

Cheers

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Retro & Vintage Design

So I woke up pretty early this morning (5:30am) and thought lets work on a project that I’ve been postponing for a while…  So I collected some vintage and retro art design for this long overdue project and thought some people might find it inspiring.   I enjoy the branding side of business and I think this look can help a business stand out by giving it a unique and distinct flavor.

As an individual whos all about requirements gathering I find it very difficult to sit with a designer and just explain what I need.  I’ve about diagrams, charts, brief statements, pictures etc. So this collection should help me with that process and also provide me with a single place to store all these pictures.  Hope its useful for whatever you need it for, enjoy!

Some of these pics came came from http://www.smashingmagazine.com, an online magazine dedicated to designers and developers.

  • illustrations from old posters, movies, newspapers, CDs, vinyls, ads;Movie in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old-style typography (e.g. Roman typefaces);Class in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • script fonts and handwriting;Script in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old radio devices;Radio in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old TV devices;Tv in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old cars;Car2 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old packaging;Package in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old photos;Photos in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • vibrant rainbow colors (high contrast, neon-style);Rainbow in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • torn, used paper with stains (often yellowish paper);Paper in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • dark, dirty colors (brown, dark red, dark blue) and textures (e.g. paper);Dark in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • scrapbooks;Scrap in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • pop-art elements (see also Pop Art Is Alive: Classics and Modern Artworks);Popart in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • retro illustrations;Posters in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old-style signs;Hire in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • vintage and retro are often combined with a hand-drawing style and grunge style.

11 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Custom Design

44 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Big Rig Design

28 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

AdaptD.com

8 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

FortySeven Media

47 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Jeffrey Sarmiento

1 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Klassiker in Acryl

48 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Level2D.com

43 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Rob Across America

45 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Slabovia.tv

31 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Dallas Advertising Agency

23 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Sensi Soft

40 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

mediaBOOM

27 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The New York Moon

3 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

~ The Statement ~ The Official Blog of The Old State

4 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company

2 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

ISO50 – The Visual Work of Scott Hansen

5 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Tricycle Terror

6 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Charlies Loan

7 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Small Stone Recordings

10 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Big Cartel

12 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Ernest Hemingway Collection

15 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

jrojr.com

16 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Five Cent Stand – Bitter Kiss

18 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Tennessee Vacation

22 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Prahba

25 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Thigpen Designs

30 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Team Mongolmania

32 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

tomatic

33 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Superest

34 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Red&Blu Winter ‘08-’09

35 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Lataka

37 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Booreiland

41 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Fuelhaus

42 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

intensify.org

46 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Mister-Aero

49 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Dollar Dreadful Family Library

50 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Creating Passionate Users

54 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Dennis Jones Artwork

55 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Capitol Media

56 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

One Horse Shy

57 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Lippincott

58 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

BlackMoon Development

59 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Sourcebits TangledDecals

61 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

FOWA Miami

62 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Bestial design

63 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The First Twenty

64 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Blizzards

65 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Thuiven

66 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Internet Zillionaire

53 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Renaissance-Designs

Timoni.org

52 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Theocacao

51 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Ads, Art, Brochure, Business Cards, Creativity, Marketing, Packaging, Photography, Products, Sales, Website | | Leave a comment

Google Strikes Back at Rupert Murdoch!

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, strikes back at Rupert Murdoch in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal (which is owned by Rupert Murdock by the way). Before we get to the good stuff I’ll quickly explain who Rupert Murdoch is for those who don’t know.  He owns lots of media outlets (Newspapers, Magazines, Radio Stations, TV Networks, Cable & Internet Companies etc.) He is the founder, a major shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation (News Corp).  He’s been in the news lately because he wants to ban Google from searching his sites and has been trying to make an agreement with Bing (Microsoft).  I don’t think he should be able to control the message people can and cannot hear.  I think and I hope he loses big on this!

With dwindling revenue and diminished resources, frustrated newspaper executives are looking for someone to blame. Much of their anger is currently directed at Google, whom many executives view as getting all the benefit from the business relationship without giving much in return. The facts, I believe, suggest otherwise.

Google is a great source of promotion. We send online news publishers a billion clicks a month from Google News and more than three billion extra visits from our other services, such as Web Search and iGoogle. That is 100,000 opportunities a minute to win loyal readers and generate revenue—for free. In terms of copyright, another bone of contention, we only show a headline and a couple of lines from each story. If readers want to read on they have to click through to the newspaper’s Web site. (The exception are stories we host through a licensing agreement with news services.) And if they wish, publishers can remove their content from our search index, or from Google News.

here’s even better stuff:

It’s understandable to look to find someone else to blame. But as Rupert Murdoch has said, it is complacency caused by past monopolies, not technology, that has been the real threat to the news industry.

Kudos to the WSJ for running the piece—assuming some editor didn’t lose his or her job for doing this. I just can’t wait to watch Google and News Corp go at it.

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Ads, Blogging, Business, Business Development, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Government, Information Technology (I.T.), Inspiration, Marketing, Politics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media, Sustainable Community Development, War, Website | | Leave a comment

Free Website Development

http://www.edicy.com/

http://www.weebly.com/

November 6, 2009 Posted by | Business, Website | | Leave a comment

How to Get your site picked up by Search Engines

You finally have a domain now, and your site is up and running… follow this links to directly submit your URL to the top search engines.

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Business, Information Technology (I.T.), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Website | , , | Leave a comment

Smart Idea, and Great Website (Magazine Super Store)

These people started the first Magazine Super Store! duh?

Check out there website, I find it to be very creative!  What an idea.

http://www.magnation.com/

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Great Ideas, Website | , | Leave a comment

YouTube & Your Business (Blog)

Connect with YouTube for Brand Advertising

Ever thought about connecting with YouTube for Brand Advertising?  If you haven’t you should seriously consider it.  Check out what Harry Potter has done with You Tube.  I hope this gets you thinking about your business or non-profit.

http://www.youtube.com/harrypotter

July 18, 2009 Posted by | Ads, Marketing, Social Media, Website | , , | Leave a comment

The Change in Online Marketing (5 New Essentials)

Your Business your non-profit, should be considering the following things this year…

  • Business Blog – Time will tell, but this might be as essential as having a website.  With the current economic crisis, do what you can to stay ahead.  This is a simple a cost effective tool.
  • ROI with SEO – A Search Engine Optimization consultants won’t just be fixing SEO mistakes and picking keywords anymore. They’ll be delivering a Return on Investment within 3 months by creating relevant content and doing essential link building exercises. A good SEO consultant can go a long way.
  • Marketing Software – Sending out e Newsletters and other Marketing material is essential.  If you don’t have a software like iContact, Vertical Response, Constant Contact etc.   If your not using them it’s like using Pen and Paper to do your accounting.  It’ll get the job done, but there has to be a better way…
  • Merge your Sales & Marketing Teams – These two desks or departments should be side by side working together.  So often they are both on different pages.
  • Social Media – Use it wisely, Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, Digg, Twitter etc. are the tools you need to capitalize on your business.

June 19, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Social Media, Website | , , , | Leave a comment

Facebook Fan Page Vs. Facebook Group

Consider Facebook in your Stratigic SEO planning.(Search Engine Optimization: aka Google ranking)

Here’s the 411 of a Fan Page vs a Group.  Whatever you decide I would suggest you try to stick to only one as having both not only may confuse people but it will dilute your organizations presence of Facebook.

The Basics:

Facebook Fan Pages are promote a business, a brand,  a shop, etc.

Facebook Groups are to promote a common interest.

(The Tools are different: Read and choose what’s best for you.  For example I would suggest a Fan Page for a Small Business, and a Group for a Club/ Organization that shares a common interest because its more collaborative)

Facebook Fan Pages are great, their biggest drawback is your limited ability to communicate with your Fans. The messages you send through your FB Page is delivered into your Fans’ Update Box rather than the FB Inbox. On FB Pages you have more Tools like targeted Message sending (you can filter by age, sex, country, etc. to who you want to send the message to) then the options for stats and even promotion of the page using ads. It gives a good reason for someone to come and use their ad platform.

The side is people are more aware of groups than fan pages (they think fan pages are for huge Corporate Brands, Celebrities, and not something local.   Again the bit about notifications for the fan page isn’t as likely to get engagement as a message in an inbox.

Facebook Groups have links to related groups, which I think is a great tool. It has the potential to pull in people with a common interest, which is highly useful when you’re trying to promote, say, a blog or product. FB Groups allow you to have group structure with group officers and admins and stuff, in order to regulate and facilitate discussion.  You can add other additions like photos / videos and stuff are just part of the package to fill it up and make it look big.  Facebook now also alows indexing of discussions with groups that are available globally within Facebook (no restriction or closed groups).  Another positive is if you are an admin / officer, you can select certain peopel from your friend list join a group, ones who may like that topic.

Negative for groups: Once a group gets to a certain size you will be unable to message all members of it.

Another possible option is get a group out there, grow it, then when it gets a to a decent size convert it to a Fan Page.  (You can find the process on the Facebook FAQ)

June 15, 2009 Posted by | Social Media, Website | , , , , | Leave a comment

Favorite Website: TED


TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free.

www.ted.com

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Agriculture, Business, Business Development, Co-op, Community Economic Development (CED), Economics, Education, Email, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Technology (I.T.), Social Media, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development, Videos, Water, Website | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment