At our TNW Conferences we see a lot of presentations and I have given a fair share of presentations myself. I often see people making the same mistakes and cringe when I hear the same excuses or basic errors when people get on stage.
The easiest way to lose an audience is to make a mistake in the first minute, and that is exactly where most mistakes are made. Here is my list of 10 things you shouldn’t say during presentations:
1: I’m very jet-lagged/tired/hungover
Not sure where this comes from but one in five presentations at any conference will start with an excuse. ‘They only invited me yesterday’, ‘I’m really tired from my trip’ or another lame excuse that the audience really doesn’t want to hear. We, the audience, just want to see you give it your best. If you feel like shit and can’t give it your best than maybe you should’ve cancelled. Take a pill, drink an espresso and kill it!
2: I’ll get back to that later
If you happen to stumble upon an audience that is eager to learn and interact you should always grab that chance and enjoy it. If someone has a question that you will address in a later slide just skip to it right away! If someone is brave enough to raise their hand and ask you a question you should compliment them and invite the rest of the audience to do the same. Don’t delay anything.
3: Can you hear me? Yes you can!
This is how a lot of people start their talk. They will tap a microphone three times, shout ‘can you all hear me in the back’ and then smile apologetic when it becomes clear that, yes, everybody can hear you but nobody raises their hands.
It isn’t your responsibility to check the audio. There will be people for that. If you speak into the microphone and you get the impression that it’s not working, just relax, count to three, and try again. If you still think the sound isn’t working just calmly walk to the edge of the stage and discreetly ask the moderator to check for you. Smile at the audience and look confident. Assume it all works until the opposite has been proven, then stay calm and wait for a fix.
4: I can’t see you because the lights are too bright
Yes, when you are on stage the lights are bright and hot and it will be difficult to see the audience. But they don’t have to know about all that. Just stare into the dark, smile often and act like you feel right at home on there. Feel free to walk into the audience if you want to see them up close. Don’t cover your eyes to see people but politely ask the lights people to turn on the lights in the room if you plan to count hands or ask the audience a question. Even better, talk to the lights people in advance so they are prepared when you are going to ask them.
5: Can you read this?
The common rule is to make the font size on your slides twice the size of the medium age of the audience. Yes, that means that if you expect the audience to be 40 on average you are stuck with a font size of 80 points. You won’t be able to fit a lot of text on the slide that way, which is a good thing, and brings us to the next point.
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6: Let me read this out loud for you
Never ever, ever, ever in a million years add so much text on a slide that people will spend time reading it. And if you do, make damn sure you don’t read it out loud for them! The best way to lose your audiences attention is to add text to a slide. Here’s what will happen when you have more than four words on a slide; people will start reading it. And what happens when they read it? They will stop listening to you!
Only use short titles on your presentations and memorize the texts you want them to read. Or, if you MUST include an awesome three-sentence quote, announce that everybody should read the quote, then shut up for six seconds so they can actually read it.
7: Shut off your phone/laptop/tablet
Once upon a time you could ask an audience to shut off their devices. That was a long time ago. Now people tweet the awesome quotes you produce or take notes on their iPads. Or they play solitaire or check Facebook. Times change. You can ask if people turn their phones to silent mode but apart from that you just have to make sure that your talk is so incredibly inspiring people will close their laptops because they don’t want to miss a second of it. Demanding their attention is just not going to work.
8: No need to write anything down or take photos, the presentation will be online later
It is really cool that you will upload your presentation later. But if it’s a good presentation it won’t contain too many words (see point 4) and it won’t be of much use to them. For a lot of people writing something down is just an easy way to memorize something you’ve said. The act of writing down a sentence also embeds it in your brain and who knows, they might be really inspired and come up with something they’ve heard in between your lines that might change their business. Allow people to do whatever they want during your presentations.
9: Let me answer that question right away
Of course it is awesome if you answer a question right away, but you need to do something else first! Very often the question from an audience member will be very clear to you but not to the rest of the audience. So please say “I’ll repeat that question first so everybody hears it and THEN I will answer it”. Make it a habit to repeat questions also because the extra time it takes to repeat it gives you extra time to think about an awesome answer.
10: I’ll keep it short
This is a promise nobody ever keeps. But a lot of presentations are started that way! The audience really doesn’t care if you keep it short or not. They’ve invested their time and just want to be informed and inspired. Tell them “This presentation is going to change your life” or “This presentation is scheduled to take 30 minutes, but I’ll do it in 25 minutes so you can go out and have a coffee earlier than expected.”. Now all you have to do is keep that promise, which brings me to the last point.
Bonus tip: What, I’m out of time? But I have 23 more slides!
If you come unprepared and need more time than you are allowed you’ve screwed up. You need to practice your presentation and make it fit within the allotted time-slot. Even better, end five minutes early and ask if anyone has questions, and if they don’t invite them for a coffee to talk one-on-one. Giving an audience five minutes back will earn their respect and gratitude. Taking an extra five will annoy and alienate them.
Conclusion: come prepared, be yourself and be professional. The audience will love you for being clear, serious and not wasting their time.
Independent bookshops fill the gaps in the high street, stocking thoughtful and idiosyncratic selections rather than market-driven choices of books. They sustain local interests and offer different ways for communities to participate in a range of cultural activities. They are crucial platforms for alternative publishing.
Open source applications make it easy to create, listen to and view digital audio and video content.
Suitable for professional use, Blender is a 3D animation suite that offers modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and game creation capabilities. It also features a customizable interface, and it can import and export from a wide variety of file formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Replaces: AutoDesk Maya
Art of Illusion isn8217;t quite as polished as Blender, but its developers claim the latest version (released September 2013) 8220;is both stable and powerful enough to be used for serious, high-end animation work.8221; Impressive examples of artwork created with the tool can be found in the website8217;s online art galleryOperating System: OS Independent.
Replaces: AutoDesk Maya
A good option for amateur artists, K-3D boasts an easy-to-use interface and extensive documentation. According to the project website, it 8220;excels at polygonal modeling, and includes basic tools for NURBS, patches, curves and animation.8221; Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Replaces: ToonBoom Software
If you prefer traditional 2D cartoons to the fancy 3D stuff, Pencil might be right for you. It8217;s not meant as an alternative to professional vector graphics tool like Flash; instead, it8217;s aimed at those who enjoy playing around with 2D animation as a hobby. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Replaces: ToonBoom Software
Unlike Pencil, Synfig Studio does strive to meet the needs of professionals, billing itself as an 8220;industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation.8221; It helps users save time and money by eliminating the need to animate content on a frame-by-frame basis. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
This full-featured music player integrates with a wide variety of Web audio services. The latest release adds an updated interface, a new visualization tool, smooth fade-out when pausing music, enhanced MusicBrainz tagging and improved power management. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS.
A fork of Amarok, Clementine boasts a fast and easy-to-use interface. It plays audio CDs, locally stored music, streaming Internet radio and podcasts. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android.
Aqualung8217;s claim to fame is gapless playback, in other words, no awkward pauses between adjacent tracks. It supports most audio formats and plays CDs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
This Java-based music player and manager displays complete information—including lyrics—for the song currently playing. It8217;s a good option for users with particularly large music collections. Operating System: OS Independent.
Audacious is very light on system resources, making it possible to play music and do intensive computing tasks without sacrificing performance. The interface is basic and very easy to use. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
Popular with reviewers, Jajuk makes it easy to sort, search and view large audio libraries. It combines an intuitive interface with advanced features, making it suitable for both light users and power users. Operating System: OS Independent.
Designed for DJs and 8220;serious music lovers,8221; Jukes began life as a Windows application called 8220;Put Up Your Jukes.8221; It8217;s since been re-written and released for multiple platforms, but it hasn8217;t been updated in a while. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Inspired by iTunes, Rhythmbox is a music management system designed for the Gnome desktop. Key features include easy search and sort, visualizations, Internet radio, CD playing and burning, playlists and more. Operating System: Linux.
Replaces: Windows Media Player
Designed to be super fast, CoolPlayer is extremely light on system resources. It doesn8217;t have all the advanced music management features in many other applications, but it does play most audio formats. Operating System: Windows.
Replaces: Windows Media Player
Bluemindo 8220;aims to provide a very simple audio player.8221; It8217;s customizable, Web-oriented and available in multiple languages. Operating System: Linux.
Replaces: Windows Media Player
Similar to Bluemindo, Decibel is a simple audio player without other features like content tags and CD burning. Its modular structure makes it easy to disable any unwanted features to free up resources. Operating System: Linux.
Replaces: Windows Media Player
Zinf offers a simple audio player with powerful capabilities. It supports a wide variety of file formats, and a number of different interface themes are available. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
This music player caters to those who prefer to operate from the command line and does not have a GUI. It8217;s a client-server application that plays most common audio formats. Operating System: Linux/Unix.
Named for a magic number used in debugging, DeaDBeeF aims to be the 8220;ultimate music player for GNU/Linux.8221; It also now comes in an Android version. Operating System: Linux, Unix, Android.
This simple, skinnable audio player supports dozens of audio formats. Its name stands for 8220;Qt-based multimedia player.8221; Operating System: Windows, Linux
Audio Recorders and Editors
Ardour is an advanced, professional-grade digital recording, editing and mixing tool. It supports most hardware and offers features like flexible recording, unlimited multi-channel tracks, unlimited undo/redo, easy import and export, tools for creating video soundtracks and more. Operating System: Linux, OS X.
A perennial favorite among Linux users, Audacity makes it easy to record and edit multi-track audio. It8217;s ideal for hobbyists who want an intuitive product that also includes some of the high-tech features you would find in an application designed for professionals. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Java-based Frinika calls itself a 8220;complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more.8221; It8217;s another good option for home users. Operating System: OS Independent.
Lightweight WaveShop boasts “bit-perfect” performance, meaning that samples aren’t changed unless necessary. Noteworthy features include unlimited undo, normalizing, fading, sample rate conversion, audio generation, plug-ins and peak, RMS and spectral analysis. Operating System: Windows.
Audio Ripping and Conversion
Downloaded more than 45 million times, CDex is a very popular tool for extracting the digital data from audio CDs and converting it to an MP3 or other compressed formats. It supports many different encoders and multiple languages. Operating System: Windows.
Its name is short for 8220;free audio converter,8221; and free:ac can transform CDs or digital audio files into MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats. It8217;s optimized for multi-core systems, making it particularly fast, and it also runs from a thumb drive. Operating System: Windows.
Audio Mixing/DJ Tools
Designed for DJs performing live, Mixx boasts a powerful mixing engine that supports most popular audio file formats. Other key features include iTunes integration, BPM detection and sync, and support for more than 30 different MIDI controllers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
An older project that hasn8217;t been updated in a while, Mixere boasts a simple, spreadsheet-style interface. It offers similar capabilities as Mixx, but it isn8217;t quite as advanced. Operating System: Windows.
This app is a vinyl emulator that allows DJs to 8220;scratch8221; digital tracks as if they were on vinyl records. Supported features include needle drops, pitch changes, scratching, spinbacks and rewinds. Operating System: Linux.
Need to burn a DVD? AVStoDVD can convert a wide variety of audio and video media files and simplify the process of creating a DVD. Operating System: Windows.
This Mac-only tool aims to keep the process of burning a disc simple while still providing lots of options. It supports multiple audio and video formats. Operating System: OS X.
For Windows only, InfraRecorder can create audio, video, data or mixed-use CDs and DVDs. It can also erase re-recordable discs and copy discs even if you have only one optical drive. Operating System: Windows.
If you8217;re looking to create a more professional-looking DVD, this tool lets you set up attractive menu screens that will work on most standard DVD players. It also supports the creation of digital slide shows. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
For those who are comfortable working from the command line, CDRtools is a collection of apps for converting and recording CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray. Under development since 1996, this is a mature tool that has been around a long time. Operating System: Linux.
This utility can burn data discs, audio CDs, XCDs, (S)VCDs and video DVDs. It provides the same functionality as CDRtools, but runs on Windows. Operating System: Windows.
36. eMule/eMule Plus
One of the more popular file sharing clients, eMule (and eMule Plus) boasts an easy-to-use interface, fast performance and good search capabilities. The latest version supports Windows 7 and 8. Operating System: Windows.
This file sharing client includes a chat functionality that makes it easy to meet and interact with other Ares users. Other key features include fast downloads, a built-in media player and a helpful library management tool. Operating System: Windows.
38. Shareaza P2P
Calling itself the 8220;ultimate P2P client,8221; Shareaza supports the EDonkey2000, Gnutella, BitTorrent and Gnutella2 networks. It also has multiple-source downloads, sophisticated file hashing, global search, customization capabilities, preview filters and more. Operating System: Windows.
BitTornado is an alternative front-end for accessing the BitTorrent file-sharing network. Be warned that it8217;s not particularly user-friendly for those who are new to file sharing. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Forked from BitTornado, ABC also supports the BitTorrent network. Features include multiple downloads in a single window, a prioritized queuing system, customizable interface and more. Operating System: Windows.
FrostWire is a BitTorrent client with a built-in media player. It also plays Internet radio and sends downloaded files to iTunes. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Highly rated DC++ has been downloaded more than 50 million times. It has a basic interface with no ads, and it offers plenty of help for newbie users. Operating System: Windows.
43. ANts P2P
Designed to protect users from tracking, ANts P2P promises excellent security. It encrypts all traffic and hides your IP address. Operating System: OS Independent.
Like ANtS, Mute focuses on security and privacy protection. Its routing mechanism is based on research into how ants forage for food. Operating System: OS Independent.
Multimedia File Conversion
Replaces: Movavi Video Converter
This tool allows users to copy DVDs, convert videos to other formats, convert DVD audio to digital audio formats, merge and split files and more. It supports most popular file types. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
46. DVD Flick
Replaces: Movavi Video Converter
DVD Flick makes it easy to incorporate video files on your system into a playable DVD. It includes the ability to add a custom soundtrack, subtitles and a menu. Operating System: Windows.
Replaces: Movavi Video Converter
HandBrake aims to be able to convert video from nearly any file format. Basic operation is simple and fast, but it also includes a lot of options for those with more complicated needs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
48. Media Converter
Replaces: Movavi Video Converter
For Macs only, this tool leverages code from ffmpeg, Burn and several other open source tools to convert video files among various formats. It offers a simple drag-and-drop interface and batch processing capabilities. Operating System: OS X.
Replaces: Movavi Video Converter
The 8220;Swiss Army knife of sound processing programs,8221; SoX can convert audio files to and from most file formats and add special effects. It’s a command line program, so you’ll need to be comfortable working without a GUI to use it. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Replaces: Movavi Video Converter
Based on FFMpeg, MEncoder and MPlayer, TEncoder is a multi-threaded multimedia converter that supports most file formats. It can run up to eight processes simultaneously and can run two passes to improve quality on converted files. Operating System: Windows.
Replaces: Movavi Video Converter
This tool makes it easy to download videos from Internet sites like Yahoo, Vimeo, and many others and convert them to any file format you like. It’s very popular and has won numerous awards. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
52. VLC Media Player
Extremely popular, VLC can play DVDs, CDs, streaming files and most digital audio and video formats. It can also convert files from one format to another. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.
This VLC fork offers a streamlined, full-screen interface with large font sizes. It’s also portable and can be run from a thumb drive or portable hard drive. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.
This tool not only plays multimedia files, it can also record, convert and stream audio or video. It’s a full suite of tools and libraries for end users and developers working on similar projects. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
While many media players place a premium on features, Miro aims to be beautiful as well as functional. It imports files from iTunes and other media management systems, and it syncs with your mobile devices. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS.
Banshee describes itself as “Simple enough to enjoy. Powerful enough to thrill.” It’s a full-featured multi-media player and management system with the ability to sync with smartphones and tablets. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS.
Most of the video players on this list support traditional 2D playback, but Bino supports 3D and multi-display video, such as powerwalls and virtual reality interfaces. Key features include dual camera support, scriptability and support for high precision color. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
With a huge library of codecs, UMPlayer aims to play anything. Key features include skinnable interface, built-in subtitles search, audio/subtitles sync, enhanced filter rendering, and YouTube playback and recording. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Award-winning MPlayer is a favorite among Linux users. It comes in both command-line and GUI-based versions. Operating system: Linux.
SMPlayer is based on the code from MPlayer, but it adds an intuitive graphic interface. When you play a file, it remembers your settings—in other words, if you turn off a movie before it is finished, it will start at the same place when you return. Operating system: Linux.
This fork of MPlayer plays 3D video. It can also extract and convert audio files. Operating system: Windows, Linux.
Designed for big screens and home theater PCs (HTPCs), this media player comes with built-in support for remote controllers. A large number of add-ons connect it to various services and add functionality. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
MediaPortal boldly claims to offer the “best media experience.” Like XBMC it was designed for use on a TV or large screen, and add-ons connect it to various services. Operating System: Windows.
Totem is the Gnome desktop’s movie player. It includes features like playlist, full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, keyboard navigation and a Firefox plug-in for watching movies in your browser. Operating System: Linux.
If you remember the old version of Windows Media Player fondly, you’ll probably like this app, which attempts to recreate that experience. Because it’s very lightweight, it’s a good option for older or underpowered systems. Operating System: Windows.
Xine is a fast, extensible player that supports a wide range of file formats. Capabilities include a skinnable GUI, Linux InfraRed Control support, closed caption support, playlists, audio resampling, fullscreen display and more. Operating System: OS X, Linux.
Multimedia Library Management
67. Data Crow
If your inner librarian has been wanting an application that makes it easy to catalog your music, videos, books, video games and other stuff, Data Crow might be for you. It creates an easy-to-use database for organizing just about anything you collect—and if you loan things to friends, it can even track who borrowed your stuff. Operating System: OS Independent.
This app, which integrates with VLC Media Player, strives to be 8220;Del.icio.us for your video collection.8221; Use it to organize, tag and search your video library. (Source code is available through GitHub.) Operating System: Windows, OS X, Linux.
Music Composition and Production
Turn your Linux/Unix system into a full-featured drum machine. The latest version includes a sample editor, time stretch and pitch functions, playlists, a director window with a visual metronome and more. Operating System: Linux.
Java-based orDrumbox includes features like auto-composition, poly-rhythms, an unusual arpeggiator, automatic sounds/track matching, custom softsynths, lowfi rendering and more. There’s a “lite” online version so you can try it out before you download. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Replaces: FL Studio
Designed as a free alternative to FL Studio, LMMS allows users to create melodies and beats, synthesize and mix sounds, and arrange samples. It works with MIDI keyboards and comes with a lot of built-in plugins, presets and samples. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
TuxGuitar lets you create and playback tab scores. Features include multi-track display, auto-scroll, effects and import/export to popular audio file formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on software that creates sheet music. MuseScore makes it easy to “create, play and print beautiful sheet music,” and it’s absolutely free. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
74. Ubuntu Studio
Replaces: Microsoft Windows
This variant of Ubuntu Linux is specifically designed for multimedia content creation. It includes tools for audio and video production, graphic design, photography and publishing, and it8217;s supported by Canonical.
Replaces: Microsoft Windows
This multi-media friendly version of Linux is designed to run from a live CD. Because it8217;s very lightweight, it can run on older systems or even an Xbox.
Replaces: Microsoft Windows
Despite the name, this operating system includes tools for graphic design and video editing as well as music production and audio editing. It8217;s based on Debian and runs from a live CD.
77. 64 Studio
Replaces: Microsoft Windows
Another Debian/Ubuntu variant, 64 Studio is optimized for multimedia and digital content creation. It hasn8217;t been updated in a while, but paid support is available.
Screen Video Capture
Need to record what’s happening on your screen? CamStudio makes AVI videos of on-screen activities, including sound. It’s a good option for educators, trainers and tech support staff. Operating System: Windows.
Java-based Krut records both audio and video and creates wav and mov files. Key features include support for two different frame rates, moveable recording areas, timer controls and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux OS X.
Webinaria not only allows users to record screen video, it also allows them to share videos on its website. It includes a rating and comment system. Operating System: Windows, Linux OS X.
Ampache allows users to set up their own streaming servers so that they can see and hear their audio and video files from any device. Note that in order to use it you’ll need your own Web server running Apache, Nginx or similar software. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
VideoLAN can stream “MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestrial television channels and live videos on the network in unicast or multicast.” It comes bundled with VLC Media Player. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Calling itself the “most complete personal streaming system,” Subsonic offers a huge range of features for setting up your own streaming server. Download the free version or use the premium version for $1 per month. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Roku, others.
Designed to perform well even on older, slower systems, AmpJuke is an audio-only streaming solution that lets you listen two different ways: each end user can select which music he or she wants to hear or you put together a broadcast, similar to a traditional radio show, where everyone hears the same thing. It can run over the Internet or a LAN. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
This Java-based app also supports audio files only. Use it to search, browse and play your MP3 collection from any Internet-connected device. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
PHP-based kPlaylist makes it easy to manage and listen to your music collection via the Web. It can also work with video files, and it supports multiple users. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
This open source application was developed by Apple and is built on the same code as the QuickTime Streaming Server. It supports QuickTime and MPEG-4 media formats. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
The Universal Media Server allows you to stream videos from your PC so that you can watch them on your TV or other devices. It supports UPnP and DLNA, and it can handle most common types of media files. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Award-winning Amara claims to be “simply the best subtitling toolset in the world.” The organization also offers paid pro and enterprise versions, which are used by companies like TED, Netflix, Udacity, Twitter, Mozilla and many Hollywood production companies. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
Create subtitles from scratch or edit existing subtitles. Includes real-time preview, spell check, translation mode and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
This app can create, edit and convert text-only subtitles. Key features include a customizable interface, support for multiple languages, automatic durations, smart line adjusting, spell check and more. Operating System: Windows.
Replaces: Adobe Premiere
Designed to be “useful and fast,” Cinelerra invites users to “unleash the 50,000 watt flamethrower of content creation in your Linux box.” It includes a long list of features and built-in special effects. Operating System: Linux.
Replaces: Adobe Premiere
This community-focused version of Cinelerra offers some advanced features and help that isn’t available with the standard version of Cinelerra. As new features are added to the regular version, they also get added to this community version. Operating System: Linux.
Replaces: Adobe Premiere
Very easy to use, OpenShot is a good option for people who are new to video editing. It exports completed videos to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360 and several other common formats. Operating System: Linux.
Replaces: Adobe Premiere
Both intuitive and powerful, Kdenlive offers multi-track video editing with some advanced features. It supports a wide range of codecs and formats. Operating System: Linux, OS X.
Replaces: Adobe Premiere
Best for simple cutting, filtering and encoding projects, Avidemux isn’t quite as full-featured as some of the other applications on this list. However, it does have some helpful automation, queuing and scripting capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.
Replaces: Adobe Premiere
This new video editor hasn8217;t released a 1.0 version yet, but it8217;s under very active development. It offers an intuitive, very stylish interface plus a full slate of features. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, others.
Replaces: Adobe Premiere
VirtualDub also offers video capture and processing capabilities without all the advanced editing capabilities of some other tools. Thanks to its batch processing features, it can handle large numbers of files at once. Operating System: Windows.
Replaces: Adobe Premiere
Want to turn your photos into a video slide show? PhotoFilmStrip makes it easy to showcase your pictures and move across them with the “Ken Burns” effect. Operating System: Windows, Linux.
LiVES serves two different functions: standard video editing or live video mixing performed by VJs. It makes it easy to mix, switch and add effects in real time. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.
There is no doubt that WordPress is the best content management system (CMS) for your website. Sure, countless CMS’ are available, ranging from open-source to paid, and you’ll hear evangelists on all sides swearing that their choice is the best. But Drupal, Joomla or any other CMS doesn’t hold a candle to WordPress for its ease of use, security and reliability.
It’s no wonder that Web developers have built over 50 million websites on its sturdy back, or that so many designers would never dream of using anything else. For the sake of this article, let’s agree that WordPress is the way to go, no looking back. With that established, let’s lay out a 15-step checklist to help you create the perfect WordPress website.
Lots of organizations come to our company, Advertising for Humanity, asking for 8220;a new brand.8221; They typically mean a new name, or icon, or a new look and feel for their existing name. Lots of people think that brand begins and ends there — that once we shine up the name they can stick it below their email signature, pop it on their website, and, voila, they have a new brand. Much of our work consists of disabusing people of this notion.
Brand is much more than a name or a logo. Brand is everything, and everything is brand.
At the end of the twentieth century, intellectual property rights collided with everyday life. Expansive copyright laws and digital rights management technologies sought to shut down new forms of copying and remixing made possible by the Internet. International laws expanding patent rights threatened the lives of millions of people around the world living with HIV/AIDS by limiting their access to cheap generic medicines. For decades, governments have tightened the grip of intellectual property law at the bidding of information industries; but recently, groups have emerged around the world to challenge this wave of enclosure with a new counter-politics of 8220;access to knowledge8221; or 8220;A2K.8221; They include software programmers who took to the streets to defeat software patents in Europe, AIDS activists who forced multinational pharmaceutical companies to permit copies of their medicines to be sold in poor countries, subsistence farmers defending their rights to food security or access to agricultural biotechnology, and college students who created a new 8220;free culture8221; movement to defend the digital commons. Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property maps this emerging field of activism as a series of historical moments, strategies, and concepts. It gathers some of the most important thinkers and advocates in the field to make the stakes and strategies at play in this new domain visible and the terms of intellectual property law intelligible in their political implications around the world. A Creative Commons edition of this work will be freely available online.
Edited: Gaëlle Krikorian and Amy Kapczynski
Contributors: Ahmed Abdel Latif, Philippe Aigrain, Jeffrey Atteberry, Yochai Benkler, Yann Moulier Boutaing, Carlos Correa, Laura DeNardis, Sarah Deutsch, Peter Drahos, Hala Essalmawi, Rick Falkvinge, Sean Flynn, Vera Franz, Spring Gombe, Anil Gupta, Ellen 8216;t Hoen, Charles Igwe, Eddan Katz, Kannikar Kijtiwatchakul, Gaëlle Krikorian, Lawrence Liang, Jiraporn Limpananont, James Love, Leena Menghaney, Viviana Munoz, Sisule F. Musungu, HeeSeob Nam, Chan Park, Eloan Pinheiro dos Santos, Achal Prabhala, Onno Purbo, Manon Ress, Caroline Rossini, Susan Sell, Sangeeta Shashikant, Roberto Verzola, Jo Walsh
Website: Free eBook download
Discover Adobe® Kuler® — the web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you8217;re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.
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This book explores the processes and issues involved in preparing color publications for reproduction on a commercial printing press-a set of tasks known as the prepress process.
Despite being written in 1995, this book contains useful information for those starting out with using commercial printing presses, especially industry standards and explains key terms. I have removed obsolete information and added some annotations.
Apple8217;s much-hyped iBooks Author came out a while back, and Cupertino hopes the free app can become the iTunes for the self-publishing textbook world. Available solely through the Mac App Store at a healthy 320MB, I8217;ve been putting iBooks Author through its paces in the hopes that the interactive iBook will bring me some added sales of a recently self-published e-book. I wanted to get this review out sooner, but you can8217;t really know how well this program works unless you actually have something to publish. A bird8217;s-eye view of a publishing tool doesn8217;t do it justice—you have to use it in production to really see its strengths and weaknesses.
I think in moving images, and I don8217;t think moving images are objects.
I place these moving images in domain names. Each URL is the title and the location of each art piece. These websites are public, their ownership is exclusive. Domain names are one of the internet’s few scarcities. They are unique, they can8217;t be forged or copied.
This contract explains the rights and duties of the artist and the collector, to make sure the work remains intact as long as possible. It was drafted by Aernoud Bourdrez, attorney at law. You can download the document here. It can be used by anyone who wants to buy or sell an art-piece-in-a-domain-name.
web: Rafaël Rozendaal
This section contains 8216;How to8217; guides for every part of an artist’s career. From exhibiting, to earning money and more. Everything you need to know about sustaining a career as a practitioner is here.
Each section focuses on a particular aspect of an artists career and covers approaches a practitioner can take to succeed.
Make a living
Show your work
Work with others
Promotion and application8230;
Prepare for the future
Slade alumni and artist Sam Belinfante has shared this great guide on how best to back up your computer data and files, giving many different options. The guide has been written by an artist specifically for artists. This is a must read for anyone using a computer.
Are you a print designer, photographer, fine-artist, or general creative person? Do you have a shitty website that you slapped together yourself in Dreamweaver in that ONE web design class that you took in college? Do you not have a site at all because you’ve been waiting two years for your cousin to put it together for you? Well, we’re here to help. We know that you have little to no desire to do web design professionally, but that doesn’t mean that you want an ugly cookie-cutter site or to settle for one that hasn8217;t been updated since Hackerswas in theaters. Through short tutorial videos, you’ll learn how to take a basic wordpress blog and manipulate the css, html (and even some php!) to match your aesthetic. You’ll feel empowered rather than crippled by the internet and worst case scenario you’ll at least end up having a better idea of how professional web designers turn your design dreams into a reality on screen.
Our traditional notion of privacy is coming under pressure from a political system obsessed with security and control and a commercial sector avid for sales. More and more measures are being taken that conflict with our constitutional right to privacy. New technologies are being developed and implemented in order to keep an eye on citizens and collect data about their comings and goings. Societal resistance to this is relatively scarce, particularly in the Netherlands. At the same time people harbour fewer and fewer qualms about voluntarily revealing personal information in the media and on the Internet. Apparently the protection of privacy is subordinate to people’s desire to manifest themselves publicly in society. If the perception of privacy is changing then this raises questions about the extent to which the existing principle of privacy remains tenable and whether there are alternative subjectivities or rights that are considered more important. Are new strategies being introduced for the protection of personal autonomy or for the evasion of instruments that violate privacy? Beyond Privacy attempts to give an impression of the current sociopolitical and technological violators of privacy as well as of what is on the horizon beyond privacy.
With contributions by Rudi Laermans, Maurizio Lazzarato, Rob van Kranenburg, Martijn de Waal, Armin Medosch and others
Cased and limp books may be unsewn, notched or sewn (unsewn and notched binding are the same price, but notched binding is not available for books printed on our digital presses). A sewn book is more durable and expensive, than an unsewn book and is only usually necessary for publications referred to regularly, such as dictionaries or high extent titles, where the sewing adds additional strength to the binding.
Limp binding – also called softback or paperback binding.
Cased binding 8211; (also called hardback or cloth binding) There are two main case binding styles: i) With a printed paper cover pasted down to the boards (also known as PPC binding) or ii) with cases made from imitation or real cloth and embossed. A jacket is optional.
Loose-leaf binding 8211; is common for reference work where text may need to be easily updated. Pages are drilled for insertion into a ring-binder.
Wiro binding 8211; is useful for reference books that are designed to lay flat (e.g. cookery books and workshop reference manuals).
Wire stitching 8211; (also called saddle stitching) is used for magazines or low extent titles where the text bulk is insufficient to limp bind.
As a rough guide, these kind of printers would take jobs of 500+ copies
Aldgate Press, Gunthorpe Workshop, Gunthorpe Street, London E1 7RQ
020 7247 3015
BAS Printers, 1 Premier Way, Abbey Park, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 834 605
Kube Digital Print, 44 Paul Street, London EC2A 4LB
020 7739 9744
Lecturis, F36 Argos House Office Centre, Kilburn Park Road, London NW6 5LF
020 7644 0498
020 7686 6111
TRL Digital Print, 25 Holywell Row, London EC2A 4XE
020 7739 3152
White Offset, 159-179 Empress Road, Southampton SO14 0JW
02380 632 111
Arnolfini Bookshop,16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Artwords at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, 80 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
Artwords Bookshop, 65A Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QQ
BALTIC, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Blackwells Art 038; Poster Shop, 27 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 2AS
Blackwells, 100 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JG
Bookartbookshop, 17 Pitfield Street, London N1 6HB
Camden Arts Centre Bookshop, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6PG
CCA Bookshop, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Dundee Contemporary Arts: One Five Two, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY
Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop, 29 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DF
Hayward Gallery Shop, South Bank, London SE1 8X2
I.C.A. Bookshop, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
Ikon Gallery Bookshop, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS
Photographer’s Gallery Bookshop, 5 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7HY
Walther Koenig Bookshop, Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
Tate Britain Bookshop, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Tate Modern Bookshop, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Waterstone’s , 9-13 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9BA
Whitworth Art Gallery Bookshop, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
Daunts Bookshop, Haverstock Hill
Foyles Bookshop, London
Hoxton Book Depository, London
OFR Systems, London
RIBA Bookshops, London and Manchester
The Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town, London
Word Power Books, Edinburgh
Art Book, Van Baerlestraat 126, 1071 BD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art Book Milano, Via Lomazzo 28, 20154 Milan, Italy
Boekie Woekie, Berenstraat 16, 1016GH Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Buchhandlung Kunstgriff, Limmatsrasse 27 , CH-8005, Zurich, Switzerland
Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Ehrenstrasse 4, 50672 Cologne, Germany
Colette, 2/3 rue Saint-Honore, 75001 Paris, France
Flamarrion Bookstore, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Florence Loewy Books by Artists, 9-11 rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris, France
Kiasma Bookshop, Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki SF-00100, Finland
Pro qm Buchhandlung, Alte Schönhauserstr. 48, Berlin 10019, Germany
Torpedo Bokhandel, Hausmannsgate 42, Oslo, Norway
Tronsmo Bokhandel, Kr Augustsgate 19, Olso, Norway
A Balzac A Rodin, Paris, France
Libreria Rafael Alberti, Madrid, Spain
Ronny Van de Velde nv, Antwerpen, Belgium.
Stampa, Basel, Switzerland.
Bucherbogen, Berlin, Germany
Tropismo, Brussels, Belgium
Artexte, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Granary Books, New York City, New York, USA
Hacker-Strand Art Books, New York City, New York, USA
Menil Collection Bookstore, Houston, Texas, USA
Spoonbill 038; Sugartown Booksellers, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA
St. Mark’s Bookshop, New York City, New York, USA
Ursus Books, New York City, New York, USA
Art Metropole, 788 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1N6, Canada
MOCA Bookshop 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
New Museum Bookstore 583 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA
Printed Matter 195 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011, USA
UCLA Armand Hammer Museum Bookstore, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201, USA
Eslite, Taipei, Taiwan
Select Books, Singapore
Aoyama Book Center, Cosmos Aoyama Garden Floor B2F,
5-53-67, Jinguemae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
booru WebCam 2.0 will assist you in capturing images from your web camera, publishing them on your homepage, archiving them on your harddrive or storing them on the Internet. The program makes it easy to apply effects such as picture and text overlays to the camera image. The main purpose of booru Webcam is to increase the fun factor and usefulness of webcams!
Party Cam: Use your web camera as a party cam, documenting the party to your local hard drive. You can later on look through the archive to find all the highlights from yesterday8217;s party. Or why not share your fun with others on the Internet?
Surveillance: Use your web camera as a simple surveillance camera, documenting the things happening in its view.
Share in Style: Publish images on the Internet with dynamic text and custom made overlay images.
Free: The program can be freely downloaded below for private, non-commercial use. No nagging, no trial period. See the online manual for installation instructions.
Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors is a short documentary explaining internet infrastructure, focusing on the art deco building 60 Hudson Street in Tribeca, which is now one of the most concentrated carrier hotels in the world. The internet has an 8220;ironically very limited geography in terms of big strategic concentrations,8221; explains Stephen Graham, professor of cities and society, Newcastle University, in the short film. 8220;The big affluent high tech information rich regions8221; is where the infrastructure is densely located. And 60 Hudson Street was especially ideal as a hub, given that the building was already designed to accomidate cables as it was first fitted for pneumatics tubes, then telegraph cables and telephone lines.
In an interview with The Atlantic8217;s Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, director Ben Mendelsohn explains, 8220;The issue of how this infrastructure is hidden fascinates me. Andrew Blum has a book coming out in May about physical Internet infrastructure, which I8217;m very excited for. He was giving a lecture and handing out postcards of 8220;data monuments8221; in New York City, and I asked him: if these are monuments, what do they reveal about the culture that built them? Their message is really one of ambivalence. Service providers need to let potential clients know where they are, but they generally decline to make their presence widely known beyond that marketing purpose. Andrew did say that he envisions 8221;brewery tour8221; style visits or class field trips to Internet buildings in the future, and I think that would be great, but the industry is not there yet.8221;
Colour Printers are Located in the following cluster room areas: (Cluster Room Map)
- Christopher Ingold (G20, Ground floor, 20 Gordon Street)
- Cruciform (B12 and B.1.3, Basement, Cruciform, Gower Street)
- DMS Watson (Ground floor, Science Library)
- Foster Court (B24, Basement, Malet Place)
- Torrington Place (Room 113, 1-19 Torrington Place)
It will cost you 25p per page to print in colour. You8217;ll need to choose print queue 8220;ClusterColour8221;.
Nice tool for converting between colour systems, such as RGB to RAL
Many other tools on the site
As a UK artist you automatically hold copyright in your original works of art. This guide by Lee Gage introduces the basic concepts of copyright law and offers practical advice on protecting your work against possible infringement8230;
Create your own website easily without code and using well designed simple templates
One of the most common misunderstandings artists have about websites is the idea that an online virtual gallery or portfolio can function as a comprehensive marketing strategy. I often read articles encouraging artists to simply develop an online portfolio to drive audiences (and potential buyers) toward their works. Unfortunately, the internet is so saturated with images, audio, texts and videos that creative manifestations without context can easily become engulfed in the abyss of the World Wide Web.
Creating your successful artist website is not about simply displaying art. It’s about engaging your site visitors through a compelling story about you as an artist that includes your artistic vision and your ability to create unique works. Your story should be interwoven throughout the structure of the website in such a way that visitors’ navigation through your site should reveal different aspects of your larger narrative.
The resulting relationship from visitors’ encounter with your site’s narrative is what has the potential to create audiences and potentially generate opportunities and sales for you.
The significance and potential of your website will allow it to function as the anchor of your artistic online identity. It is a place where you can maintain full control of your personal narrative (artistic journey, history and vision). It should be the most official and complete version of your artistic identity available on the web.
CONSTRUCTING A NARRATIVE:
Just like the blank pages of a book or white walls of a gallery, your website should be a simple and stark background that highlights your unique vision and ability. The goal is to use the website design and content to present a clear narrative that weaves your story together in a way that it is accessible to a broad general audience.
The most basic, common, and effective narrative structure for your website is as follows:
Homepage - The homepage is a brief introduction to the intent and content of your website. It is here that visitors first encounter you and your work. It is also the place where the look and feel of the website should be established. This includes elements such as font, color scheme, layout, and logo (if one exist) that should be found on every page.
A standard artist homepage typically involves the strong pairing of one image that epitomizes your work or vision as an artist with sparse text that conveys basic information about you and the your site’s contents (ex. Lisa Smith. Graphic Designer. Futurist. Feminist.).
Selected Works – Works included on the website should expand upon the story introduced on the homepage.
You should not feature your entire body of work online, since it will make the site look cluttered and unfocused. Instead, make a selection that will give a viewer an idea of your style(s), theme(s), message, and breadth of work, while still conveying a sense of cohesiveness.
If you work in more than one medium (such as photography, performance, and painting), feature a few selected works from each. However, this should only be done if you have a reasonable amount of work in each medium, or if the selected works are in some way related to the works done in your primary medium.
Regardless of what medium is featured, all media should be sized and compressed in a manner that will allow it to quickly load on the website. Site visitors may lose interest, if they are subjected to a long wait before they can see or hear featured work. The specifications for the appropriate media file size will depend on the capabilities of whatever platform the website has been built upon. Therefore, it is up to you (or your website developer) to test the load time of the site’s media on several different web browsers (i.e. Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer), before launching the final version of the site.
Artist Statement – The statement should demonstrate how the sparse description on the homepage blooms into a full-blown story about your vision and creative process. It may include information about your influences, inspiration and creative intent.
This is the area of the website that most clearly provides visitors with context for your work. It should be free of esoteric language and discipline-specific analysis, to ensure that it can be understood by a broad audience.
Biography/CV – Your biography and CV should connect your statement to your broader personal and artistic journey. This section should include mention of your training (apprenticeships and professional development fellowships), past experience working in the arts (teaching, conference presenter, commissions), awards, grants, and exhibitions.
Store/Representation (optional) – Knowledge of the entities that elect to represent and sell your work gives visitors a sense of your established (and potential) value in the art market. It also allows them to become part of your story, by enabling them to purchase the works.
If your art is being sold through a gallery or agent, it is worth listing their contact information, so potential buyers know where to turn to make their purchase(s).
Depending on your needs and resources, an online store may be an efficient way for you to sell art independently. Creating links through a service such as PayPal is an easy and low-cost way to integrate a purchase option into a website that will allow a buyer to use their PayPal account or credit/debit card to purchase art.
Press – This section serves as an archive of press coverage received by you, and thus presents a history of you as an artist in the public eye.
Over time, as the archive builds, you should weed out articles that have very little specific coverage about you (such as a review about a group show). You should also become more discerning about the news outlets represented.
Contact/Email List/Social Network – This is one of the most important aspects of the website, since it is the portal through which site visitors can interact with you directly. This section should contain one (or more) ways for visitors to be in conversation with you.
Email – Providing an email address is the most direct line of communication that you can make available between yourself and your site visitors.
Contact Form – A contact form offers optimal privacy for you, since it doesn’t require that you provide an email address. Visitors simply enter their email address and a message in the designated fields of the form. Once they have submitted it, it is sent to your email address and you have the option to respond directly.
Email List – Embedding an email list sign-up option allows visitors to submit their email addresses to you, via an eMarketing service, such as iContact, MailChimp andConstant Contact. This list can then receive mass messages from you about upcoming exhibitions, broadcasted interviews, fundraising campaigns, and other related matters.
Social Network Links – While your website is the foundation of an your online presence, social media networks* on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram provide a means through which you can post commentary and minor announcements, as well as correspond with your audience and fellow artists.
Most social network sites offer easy to embed code that will allow a direct link from an artist’s website to their social media account.
*You should note that current policies held by some popular social networking companies call into question the ownership of posted material. Some sites include in their user agreement a clause that allows the site to use images or materials posted on their service for marketing purposes. Therefore, you should be wary when posting images, audio or video of your work.
PUBLISHING THE STORY:
Once you have generated all of the content needed to populate your website, the next step is to upload it onto the internet. To do this, a crucial decision about the construction and maintenance of the website needs to be decided.
Hired Assistance vs. Do it Yourself (DIY)
Depending on your computer and internet literacy, you may grapple with the decision to hire an experienced web designer versus constructing a website on your own. The decision is informed by many pros and cons.
The pros of hiring a web designer include:
- Working with a designer allows for the construction of a completely customized website
- Working with a designer allows you to be hands-off with matters surrounding acquiring a domain name and hosting service, updating security features, conducting routine data backup, and of course web coding.
The cons of hiring a web designer include:
- Depending on what you want from a website, the initial fee for a designer can run from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
- In addition to the initial development and launch of a site, you will need to pay a designer to add new content to the website as well as run security updates, data backups, and other website maintenance.
The pros of the DIY approach include:
- If you have a strong command of coding, then you can have full control over the look, feel and operation of your website.
- If you have little to no coding expertise, there are a plethora of art-specific pre-fabricated sites (e.g. WordPress.com, Weebly, Wix that you can easily customize to develop a professional looking website. These sites often take care of security and back-up issues, leaving you to focus on the website’s content and aesthetic.
The cons of the DIY approach include:
- You are responsible for the continual maintenance and content update of your website, in addition to continuing your practice. 8211; Even if you elect to use a prefabricated template service, you may find the need to pay an annual fee to add advance features on the website (e.g. video hosting, customized domain name, additional space).
- While prefabricated templates do allow for minor modifications, you must know some level of code to achieve a significant degree of customization.
- Should the company providing the prefabricated site fold, you may be is faced with the responsibility of transferring your data to another readymade service or considering converting to a custom-built solution.
If you elect to use the DIY approach to website design, a list of services that offer prefabricated sites specifically designed or well-suited for an artist website can be found here.
BEYOND PUBLISHING — MAKING AN ARTIST SITE VISIBLE
The internet is a vast library of resources. Therefore, once a publishing approach has been implemented and your website is live, it will need an ongoing marketing campaign to drive visitors towards it.
Methods for driving an audience towards your website:
Email List – In addition to informing audiences about important announcements regarding your career, email lists can be used to encourage people to revisit your website. Whenever new content is added to your site, an announcement should be sent out to the list. The announcement should be truncated and linked to the full announcement that is posted on the website. This will encourage people to visit the website to read the full story.
Know that in addition to collecting email addresses through your website, you can manually enter email addresses into your list. These can be acquired by receiving business cards from interested parties and having a paper sign-up sheet available at events where you are presenting your work. Make sure to avoid adding email addresses to your email list if you have not received consent from the address holder. Email recipients can report the unauthorized inclusion of their email in someone’s list to eMarketing services, which can lead to having your account deactivated.
Social Network – Social media allows you to do more than just interact with your audience. The ease in which you can connect with other members of the social media community also allows you access to another avenue through which you can expand your audience. With these expanding networks, you can drive more traffic to your site by including a link to your website in the social media profile. You can also post comments or announcements (with direct link to a specific page of your site), on your account feed.
Business Cards, Postcards and Emails – Any means of communication that you distribute should include mention of your website. General business cards and postcards that are advertising a specific event or show should have your website listed clearly on them. The signature of your email (the area right below your name at the end of an email) should also include a link to the site.
Search Engine Optimization(SEO) – SEO are strategies that can be used to elevate the presence of a website in search engine queries.
- Increased traffic means increased popularity.
The more people you can encourage to visit your site, the higher a search engine will position your site in a search result list.
- Search engines recognize words and associate them with websites
Whenever possible, your site should contain as many commonly used and discipline-specific descriptive words as possible. Everything from the file names of images, videos and audio files, to the website’s narrative should contain words and phrasing that people are likely to enter into a search engine. This will help increase the likelihood that the website will appear, when those words are entered into a search.
See Website Resources, by Lisa Szolovits , for a quick guide to popular website-building services and resources.
Toccarra Thomas is NYFA8217;s Program Associate, NYFA Source.
visualization.ch put together a selection of data visualization tools that they use the most and that they enjoy working with. It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data. Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code. They will keep this list as a living repository and add / remove things as technology develops.
With GuideGuide, it doesn’t have to be. Pixel accurate columns, rows, midpoints, and baselines can be created based on your document or marquee with the click of a button. Frequently used guide sets can be saved for repeat use. Grids can use multiple types of measurements. Best of all it’s free. Honestly, if you haven’t started downloading it by now, you’re probably a masochist. Weirdo…
- Fill in the fields and click the GG button to create your grid.
- Negative margin values will place the guides outside your selection.
- Hold the clear guides button to clear all input fields.
- Clicking the icon next to a margin field will apply its value to all margins.
- Clicking the + button will let you save the current values as a preset.
- Double click a guide set to edit it.
- Hold the clear guides button to delete the selected set.
- Holding the GG button with a set selected will switch to the grid tab and populate its form
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