Here’s a bit of fun inspiration to start off your Monday morning. This page has some neat illustrations made from clipped up copies of the Wall Street Journal.
Okay, so there are some good band website designs out there. The Blizzards for example:
But I looked at a lot of sites before I came across any that were better than just average as far as design goes. Is it because it’s easier to put up a band page on MySpace instead of pushing design boundaries?
Where are the innovative site designs bands used to have? Drop me a comment link to any nice band website design you’ve seen recently.
Here are some nice ones I have found so far:
Let’s face it, sometimes coming up with a killer color scheme for a website design can be difficult. While sites like COLOUR lovers can be a big help in selecting a color palette, some of their palettes are pretty useless because they lack strong contrasting colors, so you end up adding new colors to get what you need. So here is another option. Use some great paintings. Great artists are masters at using color after all. So here are a few color palettes I put together and the paintings they are based on:
“The Little Street” Palette
Sampled from The Little Street, by Vermeer
Sampled from Harvest by Van Gogh
Searching Google images for Monet, Vermeer, Van Gogh, or Renoir will get you started.
Once you find an image you want to use, here’s a quick Photoshop tip to easily sample colors from the image:
1. Open the image in Photoshop
2. From the top menu, select Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic
3. Enter a Cell Size. The larger the number, the fewer colors in the sample.
(I like to use 10 or 20 because it isolates the general colors, yet gives you a lot to sample from.)
4. Click OK, and you’re ready to sample.
As anyone working on a startup knows, it’s no easy task and there are many ups and downs along the way. We all need a little boost every now and then to keep us going. Sometimes, we just need someone to tell us to quit crying about how hard it is and get back to work.
When it seems like your startup effort is resulting in futility, I would advise watching the videos listed below. Take a minute to wipe away the tears and see what some successful founders have to say. They’ll help you get the wind back in your sail. Just a warning, these guys all like to use “adult” language for some reason, so be warned.
Gary Vaynerchuck At Web 2.0 Expo
*NSFW language warning (my personal favorite)
David Heinemeier Hansson
*NSFW language warning
Jason Fried At Web 2.0 Expo
*NSFW language warning
We’re working on a BrainFuel redesign and wanted to ask our readers what it is about BrainFuel that keeps you coming back (besides our apparent witty remarks).
We’ve just upgraded to the latest version of WordPress to make this effort easier. We’d like to continue the caption contests but find a way to ensure they don’t take focus away from the focus of this blog (design, business, and the web), move the links to the right sidebar, and keep the general green / space theme.
So what do you like best about BrainFuel and what would you like to see more of?
So I decided to conduct a little bit of research into how people track time with a simple poll.