How to Promote Your Web Design Services

So you just received your Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media Design from The Art Institute Online and are wondering how to promote your services. Maybe this web designer’s self-promotional video will inspire you. (tongue in cheek)

I saw this video over at Smiley Cat, which is an excellent web design blog. Although the video may be funny and being spread all across the web as a joke, there is an important lesson here – viral marketing. It is being spread like wildfire and is in-turn building traffic to his website. All of the links and traffic will increase his web popularity, which will result in better search engine results…regardless of how silly the video is. So while you laugh at the video, just think about this guy might actually know what he’s doing…at least that’s what I like to think.

Bryce 3D Software for Free

Bryce 3D for Free For a limited time you can get Bryce 5 for free! This deal is running until September 6, 2006 so jump on it while you can. They have both the Mac and Windows versions available to download, so this is an excellent (free) way to create your 3D projects.

Once you’ve installed your copy, check out some of the tutorials to help you create some nifty 3D masterpieces.

Link to Get Bryce:

Bryce Tutorials:

Apple Powerbook and iBook Batteries Recalled

It looks like all of the flaming laptops lately has sparked Apple to recall a ton of Powerbook and iBook batteries that were manufactured between October 2003 and August 2006. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall today with information on how to replace your battery free of charge. So if you bought a laptop during that time period, hop on the site to see what serial numbers are affected…unless of course you want to take the risk of frying your legs off…

Apple also has a page for the battery program so check that as well at

Search Engine Optimization Glossary

There are many times that I might throw out terms like SEO, CPC, 301 redirect, RSS, SERP, etc in my posts, which might leave you scratching your head. I just came across a nice SEO Glossary that defines practically all of the terms used in search engine marketing. It’s worth a bookmark as you will more than likely run into some terms you don’t recognize if you’re new to interactive media design. Hopefully this will save you some googling!

Create Free Flow Charts and Diagrams

Free Flow Charts and Diagrams There are numerous times that The Art Institute Online requires students to create flowcharts or diagrams for projects, which leaves a student wondering what to use. I have been known to just use Photoshop and create my own from scratch, but there is an easier way to create flowcharts and diagrams…and it’s FREE! I came across recently and it seems to be a easy to use and free website that can get the job done. The tools to create the diagrams and flow charts are easy to use and it allows you to print, save as a file, and share your designs.

So if you’re needing a quick, easy and free way to put some charts or diagrams together, check out!

Animator vs Animation

For anyone that has every used Flash or seen the popular stick figure animations you will enjoy the animation below. Animator vs Animation was created by Alan Becker and shows what happens when an animation starts fighting back against the animator. Here’s what Alan Becker has to say about it:

An animator faces his own animation in deadly combat. The battlefield? The Flash interface itself.
A stick figure is created by an animator with the intent to torture. The stick figure drawn by the animator will be using everything he can find – the brush tool, the eraser tool – to get back at his tormentor. It’s resourcefulness versus power. Who will win? You can find out yourself.

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Free Study Guides for World Literature

World Literature is a required course at The Art Institute Online, so you will more than likely need this information at some point. SparkNotes is a huge resource of literary works and study guides for practically every major book, play, article, essay, etc ever written. The best part is that it is free! I used it when i took World Literature and it helped me out every single week by analysing stories, picking out quotes, summarizing plots, etc. Each week has different stories to read and the majority of them are listed on SparkNotes with tons of information and quotes about the works. Below you will find links to every required reading in World Literature that is available on SparkNotes. Enjoy!

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Week 6

Don’t limit yourself to World Literature as SparkNotes can be used for any class or assignment that requires reading a popular literary work. SparkNotes is a lifesaver for those assignment that you just don’t want to read have time to read completely! Customer Service Phone Number

If you have ever tried finding’s customer service phone number, you probably know that it’s harder to find than an honest politician. I needed to speak to a human at Amazon a few months back and went digging for the elusive phone number. Luckily I found it and was able to get a human…who spoke my language…clearly! I’ve had to call twice since then and each call has been among the best customer service experiences that I’ve dealt with lately. Save this number somewhere safe and hope that you never need it!


Tips For New Students of The Art Institute Online

Danielle Bergum posted a great article about tips for students in the forum that I felt should be on the front page for everyone to see:

Hello all, my name is Danielle Bergum and I am a senior Interior Design student here at The Art Institute Online. I am the secretary of the Student Government Association, an Interior Design & AutoCAD tutor, and a student member of ASID.
With my experience at The Art Institute Online, I wanted to pass along some knowledge that may help each and every one of you on your education journey!

  • 1. Employee and Student? Many of you, I am sure, are not only half or full-time students, but also have kids, and a career or job as well. One of the biggest mistakes is thinking that The Art Institute Online is unlike an onground school in that they will work around your life! This is NOT TRUE! Distance learning is excellent! AiO gives students a huge amount of privacy and freedom, but they are still a higher education institute and must maintain professionalism to allow their courses to be accredited. With that said, don’t take more courses than you can handle. If you have a busy life – you still need to understand that your assignments are due on the due date, and you should plan your schedule accordingly! Microsoft Office is an excellent program to schedule your daily agenda and keep on track!

    Trust me, I know from experience that school and work can be stressful and take up the majority of your time. I work 40+ hrs a week, I take 17hrs per quarter at The Art Institute Online, I am a tutor, I am a member of 2 school organizations which meet every 2 weeks for 1-2 hour meetings, I teach 3 online classes, and I still have time (very little) to spend with my husband, friends, and family. I have also been lucky enough to maintain a 4.0 cumulative GPA thus far. I am a very organized person, and I know what my priorities are. Don’t take distance learning for granted!

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Google Introduces Picasa Web

Picasa LogoGoogle has just released a web companion to their popular Picasa software, which looks to be a competitor to Yahoo!’s flickr. The new service is called Picasa Web and is available for free by invitation only at the moment. If you have a Gmail account, you can request an invitation at the Picasa Web site.

Some of the features that Google mentions are:

  • One-click web upload using Picasa’s new “Web Albumâ€? button
  • Free storage space to post and share approximately 1000 photos, with the option to upgrade to more space
  • High-quality photos, automatically resized and optimized to fill available screen space
  • Pre-loaded images enable quick scrolling using arrow keys, and mimic a desktop experience of “flippingâ€? through photos, even on the web
  • End-to-end photo management that makes it easy to download uploaded photos back to your computer

Google even has a sample web album available to see what it looks like.

Picasa Web

I noticed the ability to add comments to photos, show camera data, view as slideshow, download images, and even subscribe to RSS feeds of albums. I have always loved Picasa and I think this will be a great addition to Google’s apps. I’m not sure how many people will abandon flickr, but this is a great starting point for Google to test the waters.

If you don’t have Picasa, I highly recommend it. You can download it by clicking the “Get Google’s Photo Software” button on the right of this page.

If any of you have an account with Picasa Web and have given it a try please share your thoughts!