This month it’s been all about webdesign with three new clients signed up and conversations with two others underway. So, this months links I love is a great opportunity to share some of the website I find invaluable during the web design process. I hope you all find something useful. Please do pass on and share with anyone else you think may enjoy the links below.
With three web design projects underway and research for two other being carried out I’m spending a lot of time at Themeforest. “ThemeForest is part of Envato Market, the creative eco-system with over 35,000 designers creating every digital asset you’ll need for your projects.” Most of the themes I use for web design clients come from Themeforest as I trust Envato to have vetted both the theme and the developer. Here’s a round up of a few of the themes I’ve been looking at/ working with recently.
Katy over at Rejuvenating Joy is doing amazing things in the field of photography. We were lucky enough to have Katy come and photograph my Mum’s recent 60th birthday and the images she captured are a create memento of the day. Katy has had an amazing first year for her business and earlier this month was awarded ‘Best Photographer in Surrey’ by The Muddy Stilettos Awards.
My links with Rejuvenating Joy enable clients to be assured of high quality, personalised images within web design or marketing material projects.
For those clients that can’t afford or don’t want to employ a photographer to produce bespoke images for their design projects, stock imagery is great. There are a lot of great stock photography site out there but I love the quality and variety you can find on Unsplash. “All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.”
I found Apptivo at the beginning of June and it is AMAZING! Apptivo was launched in 2009, with the mission to be an affordable and easy to use solution for small businesses to collaborate with customers and partners. The Apptivo integrated suite of apps is used by businesses of all sizes, for their CRM Software, Project Management, Invoicing and communication needs.
Apptivo allows me to record all my contacts, customers and business opportunities. These can easily be linked to their project management app to manage projects through tasks, work logs, gantt charts and call logs. The free version is fantastic and I not only use the system to keep on track of Monster Moo Studios projects, but also log all my volunteer and personal projects too. If you’ve a busy life you need to help organising then I’d definitely recommend you check it out.
I love PDF
iLovePDF is a fantastic online tool for compressing, merging and converting pdfs. I send a lot of pdf’s with design briefs, initial design options and branding analysis within so being able to compress them to an size I can easily attach to an email, without loosing quality is essential. The merging pdf function was brilliant for creating the Adventures of Jem and Tess print files, as I could easily combine the 15 stories into the final book online.
I’ve recently noticed the owners of iLoveDPF have just launched iLoveIMG so I’ll need to head over an check out this. if it’s as good as iLovePDF, then it could possible feature on a future Links I Love.
The best of the rest
The Breck Foundation
The Monsters are growing up fast and we are approaching the end of another school year and it’s impossible to ignore the impact technology and social media has on young people lives no a days. it’s scary to think how much this aspect of childhood is different from my own experience and it’s hard to keep up with the changes. Therefore, the work of The Breck Foundation in educating and support parents and youngest through the mind field that is social media and technology is vital.
So, there you go – a round up of a few of the links I’ve loved in June. I hope you enjoy browsing the links above and I would love to hear your thoughts on them all. Do you have any favourites you’d like to share? Who knows, maybe they’ll feature in a future blog.