Monday, 23 April 2012

Exam in a week!

I haven't posted for a while because I am trying to focus on getting those niggly bits of information to stay in my head!
Things like compression and using interface design terms. Its scary because the exam seemed like it was so far away and now its looming right in front of me!

I would like to thank everyone for continuing to read on during this time. Hopefully by the end of next Wednesday I will be feeling cool as a cucumber because it should all be over, unless I fail of course. Which is why I need to be studying!

Today woke up with a fever and felt sick so off to GP soon as well, it just doesn't help with the old motivation.

Also today is the first day since Blogger enforced the new interface on me and its taken a couple of days of getting used to the layout but I think I have done quite well as the layout is pretty 'intuitive' woohoo term I need to know about for the exam! Haha

Brigid Visser
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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Manage and Enhance Social Media Management

Do you feel like you have to spend hours wasting time searching through your tweets looking for one tweet in particular? Is your facebook news feed so busy you cant make heads nor tails out of it anymore?

I used to feel like that. Now I view everything on one dashboard. I use

View your Twitter Homefeed, direct messages, mentions, sent tweets on one page. Then within the 'stream' do further searches to bring up direct results.

Hootsuite stream

Access analytics, post to all your social media networks at the same time! Don't waste your time anymore use hootsuite!

Are you using another program to manage your social media? Don't hesitate to comment - web design means keeping your finger on the pulse of todays ever changing but most exciting industry!
Brigid Visser
Professional, creative, media design from CR8:V-Design.
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Something Other Than Web Design - Animation

Other than doing Web Design,Web Development, Web Management and Advertising all by creative design (cr8:v-design)

I have also just begun work on planning a new animation. It is for a final college assesment on animation, as I have now passed the theory (20/20). The animation must include the following;

  • produce a description of the animated sequence
  • produce a series of storyboards for an animated sequence
  • produce a 15 second animation
  • produce and modify at lease three vector graphics
  • use at least one non-vector graphic
  • include at least five layers
  • include at least two scenes
  • apply frame-by-frame animation techniques
  • apply motion tweening techniques
  • apply shape tweening techniques
  • add and animate an object along an animation path
  • add at least one sound file
  • save the final project in the format specified in the given brief

    The first steps in Animation Planning
    1) Idea

    2) Storyboard

    3) Character design

    4) Recording dialogue

    5) Backgrounds and Layout

    6) Keyframes and inbetweening

    7) Compositing

    8) Synchronising sound
    9) Delivery
    If anyone else is in a similar position of planning an animation then get in touch, I would love to share ideas. I have started writing a plan for the animation and will soon draw a storyboard and the character.
    Does your website need an interactive graphic? Then look no further, contact Cr8:v-design today.
    Brigid Visser
    Professional, creative, media design from CR8:V-Design.
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Monday, 16 April 2012

Building Your Brand With Youtube - More Customization??

I am sure everyone is now familiar with some of the more popular YouTube video brands out there and I was jealous of one of them the other day because they had an area before the Subscribe button where they had obviously further edited their account and had their logo!!
Anna Saccone YouTube Video
Anna Saccone YouTube Video

How To Get Access 

1. After further investigation I found I needed to join a special YouTube Partnership Program to qualify for this. 

1. a. Obviously first of all if you don't already have your own YouTube Account then you should sign up. To start off you can customize this further, I found a nice blog post that discussed how to edit the profile page.

Once you have edited the page and are happy with it, you should match this to your brand (first rule of marketing a brand - make it the same, ie logo's, background, font - everywhere)

Personally, I wanted to build my brand further and make people aware that the various animations and film's I had came from Cr8:v-design, (me) and people could identify the logo I already have.

2.  Getting to the exciting part of this blog post - How do I the edit the header on my YouTube then?  

You have to allow YouTube to advertise on at least one of your videos - to do this you need to go to Your Account and Enable Monetisation. 

The word from YouTube on monetisation - 

"Your account is not enabled for monetisation. Enabling your account allows you to monetise your videos.
Having at least one video approved for monetisation makes you a YouTube partner, which provides you with opportunities to improve your skills and build your audiences. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a YouTube partner.
Monetise videos by clicking the $ icon or by selecting "Monetise" from the Actions drop-down menu.
For more information, visit Monetisation in your Account Settings."

Allow Monetisation
allow monetisation
3. Connect to your Adsense account through YouTube or create an adsense account. This means if someone who's watching your video clicks on your advert then you get paid!
YouTube Payments
YouTube Payments

4. Then wait a week twiddling your thumbs so you can then edit the header and build your brand further and start earning some dosh too!
"Your AdSense Application has been submitted and is being reviewed. You will receive an email regarding the status of your application within about a week."

I am unsure if partnership means you can customize the header straight away or requires approval along with your adsense though because I literally did this today and I would love to know how everyone else gets on with this process too!

Further reading @

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Cr8:v-design (Brigid Visser's) Creative Web Design Projects

To date I have completed a number of web design tutorials and websites for live clients.

In The Beginning

The fictional Cante Risorante - 

page web site tutorial I followed

Cante Ristorante Home Page

The Fictional Shears Design -

5 page website design tutorial I followed online.

Shears Design Home Page
Ck Massage - 

CK massage is a real company that I contacted to see if I could do a few mock pages for a website for them.
Ck Therapies
Then when I began college in September 2011 we were given various web tutorials to follow.

Check Magazine -

We were only required to complete the Home page for this exercise.
It included a 3 column layout below an image with text centred to the far left.

Check Magazine Home
Health Website -

As part of a group exercise including myself, Ross, Sophie and Daniel we came up with Healthline.

A contemporary website design that was targeted at women who were interested in finding out more information on how to be healthier.

Healthline Home Page

Clients: Creative Website Creations

Forwantofabetterword Copywriting Services

For want of a better word was the creation of Helen Evans, my Communications lecturer at Jewel And Esk College. She needed a website to sell her skills as a copywriter.

The website was a 7 page design based on a newspaper style of layout, including the colours and images that were used.

For want of a better word home

Jay Biros Game Design -

Jay Biros is a game designer living in the US who needed a portfolio website design to act as  a cv (or resume if you are American).
The website design focuses on a static navigational bar that sits on the left hand side, and the user can scroll from top to bottom to view his work.
Go to

Jay Biros Contact Page

Jay Biros Home Page

The Present

I have my final examination on all my studies in just over two weeks time, I won't say the date yet in case I jynx it! I hope to at least pass the exam as I have been so busy with other commitments recently the studying has been put on the back burner and I feel really bad about that.

The next big project is a re-design which I mentioned in a previous blog post. 
I am properly free from June so if you also need a creative web design then contact CR:8v-design!

If you have any questions on anything in my blog don't hesitate to get in touch with me! 

Thanks for reading! 
Brigid Visser
Professional, creative, media design from CR8:V-Design.
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Facebook Timeline!

I changed to the facebook timeline not so long ago, and noticed that all of a sudden I can't review my Insights anymore!

On the old facebook I could view my insights no problem but it seems I need more likes!

I thought well I had better get the word out and hope the friendly people that read my blog maybe will go on to my facebook page and like me!

You can also like my facebook page directly from my website at the footer of the page.

Your support as always is so appreciated and if anyone needs this help reciprocated then leave me a comment and I will do my bit to help you too!

Brigid Visser
Professional, creative, media design from CR8:V-Design.
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