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40 Super Creative And Crazily Unique Web Designers

40 Super Creative And Crazily Unique Web Designers | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
There's a saying that nobody's going to do the work better than yourself. So who else might have the best looking, supernaturally coded and most outstanding websites than the designers themselves?


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Some great designers here and I love the variations on the portfolio theme + tips for how to create a great portfolio presentation.

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Headphones Game Icons Contest via @99Designs - Last Day

Headphones Game Icons Contest via @99Designs - Last Day | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Headphones Icons Design Contest
Today is the last day to enter our Headphones Game Icons Design contest on 99Designs. We've guaranteed the prize and the winner will be asked to create many more icons, so sharpen up your Illustrator and enter our contest today! 

http://bit.ly/Curagami_headphones_icon-contest 

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Best Web Design Job in World - Hiring Now @moon_audio via Curagami

Best Web Design Job in World - Hiring Now @moon_audio via Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Best Web Design Job - Hiring Now
Best Web Design Job in the World is about Moon-Audio.com search for a new front end web designer, a rare event & possibly best web design job in the world for reasons we share in this Curgami post: 

http://www.curagami.com/best-web-design-job/ 

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The 21 Best Video Examples of Visual Content Marketing

The 21 Best Video Examples of Visual Content Marketing | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Marketers are buzzing about the importance of visual content, and video's importance is climbing the charts. Check out the ultimate list of 21 videos to inspire
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Like To Be FIRST? Want To Help Develop New Cool Software? Become A Beta Bear via Curagami

Like To Be FIRST? Want To Help Develop New Cool Software? Become A Beta Bear via Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Become A Beta Bear
Like to see cool stuff first? Have a knack for breaking things? We need your help. Curagami and Moon-Audio.com will be launching Community in a Box in July. 

We need testers, helpers and spotters. Helpers will see our new tool first, have a say in what we fix, change and implement and earn our many thanks and gratitude. 

If you like to work on cool stuff first, become a Beta Bear. Use the form on the left of Curagami.com 

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3 Great Apps to Help You Add Subtitles to Videos  - via @medkh9

3 Great Apps to Help You Add Subtitles to Videos  - via @medkh9 | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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We are all videographers now whether we realize it or not.

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Tao of Marty: Web Marketing Secrets

Tao of Marty: Web Marketing Secrets | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
The Tao of Marty summarizes the OVER (gain) versus UNDER (loss) philosophy we used to make over $30M in online sales with hundreds of thousands of orders.
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75 Content Marketing Tools You Can’t Live Without & Scenttrail Comments 

75 Content Marketing Tools You Can’t Live Without & Scenttrail Comments  | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Must Have Content Marketing Tools
We thought we would add out 2 cents on tools we know, use and love:

Quora
Agree, if you can't create a "knowledge base" or Q&A engine on your site use Quora until you can. Q&A content is beyond important that is why we are answering a marketing question a day on Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Martin-Smith-153 )

Reddit
We can't figure Reddit out. If you have, please write and tell us the secret. As an outsider Reddit isn't weloming or friendly. Make a mistake and they yell at you and all you do at first is make mistakes. We have had content shared there and it does blow up, but finding ways to play within the rules have left us out of Reddit so far. 

Inbound.org
New to us and sounds cool. We will join today. 

Alltop
Wouldn't be on our list. Too much work, too little reward. 

Buffer
We don't use it anymore preferring to be live at all times on social media. Is that decision hurting our traffic? Maybe, but "being present matters. 

Hootsuite
We use TweetDeck (purchased by Twitter and so closer to Twitter's APIs now). 

SlideShare
We prefer Haiku Deck, but SS still gives great SEO. Wish they would make their profile template look better (looks like a train wreck now and no way to fix I know of short of hiring a programmer). 

PRWeb
Yeah, Yeah...wouldn't have been on our TOP list. Who reads press releases anymore if they aren't related to you? Answer: NO ONE. 

BuzzStream
We prefer BuzzSumo

Analytics
We use GA (who doesn't), SpyFu and Moz

Dasheroo
Sounds interesting will report back.

SimpleReach
We used to prefer Topsy but don't what has happened to them so may take another look at this if we get obsessed about our social content reach again. No analytics tool does a great job reporting the multi-layered nature of social media marketing. 

Simply Measured
Okay, you had us at "more to socila media than publishing", so we will check out and report back

Zuum
We prefer SpyFu

Traackr
Now THIS looks worthy and cool. Finding influencers is a bear, anything that makes that nasty task easier we are interested in trying. 

Klout
Use it, like it and wish it did more. 

Storify
Used it but prefer Medium now

Visual.ly
Used it, liked it but fell off and not sure why. Infographics are KEY and this is one of the better tools to make, share and discover infographics. 

Uberflip
Don't know, but will check out.

Canva
Waste of time. 

Pardot
Cheaper Marketo now owned by Sales Force. Cheaper doesn't mean affordable if you aren't enterp;rise level. 

Marketo
Have used this inboud tool and prefer it to Hubspot or Pardot or Eloqua

 

Salesforce
Have used it but very much an "enterprise" beast of a CRM

Optimizely
Used it, liked it and recommend it for A/B testing

Zapier
Trying to figure out this feed master tool now. Feeds are in all of our future so finding out how to use Zapier can pay many dividends 

Basecamp
Used it, liked it and good value for money if you need project management support (and you only need that if you have too many planes up in the air at any one time)

HARO
Help A Reporter Out = great idea and I've used it, but boy they will be spamming your ass to death

Email Marketing
We prefer the dinosaur (Bronto), but many of our SMBs don't need that nuclear weapon yet so Mail Chimp or Constant Contact will do (and that is the order we would recommend with Mail Chimp about half better than CC). 

 

Wordpress
We are leaving Wordpress because it has gotten too complex for what we need it for (simple blogging). 

Yoast
If you use WP you need Yoast for SEO and because it makes complex WP things easier to understand 

Google Keyword Planner
YES YES and YES you should be using this tool whether you use Adwords or not since it provides reads on search volume by keywords. 

Feedly
Saved one of our favorite "future of publishing" and content curation tools to the last one. YES you should master Feedly and Zapier since you must process more content than you are doing now and you need to find ways to automate as much as possible.
Curagami (us) on Feedly:
http://www.feedly.com/curagami/

 

WAIT, There's More
If we didn't weigh in it is because we don't know and don't care about some of the goofy tools on this list. How a list so exhaustive could have forgotten these content marketing tools tells us whoever created it isn't as DEEP in content marketing as our friends and us:

Paper.li
Best community builder for least amount of effort ont he planet. 
Our Paper.li
http://paper.li/ScentTrail/1316928951 

Scoop.it
Best community builder for more effort on the planet. Best place to test content before you blog about it too. 
Me on Scoop.it
@Martin (Marty) Smith 

Medium
Best storytelling tool on the planet and strong community of smart curators and writers. 
Curagmai on Medium
https://medium.com/@Curagami 


Haiku Deck
Not as good at SEO as SlideShare, but much better tool with their Creative Commons overlay and TED-like way of insuring you don't kill your audience with PowerPoint. 

https://www.haikudeck.com/presentations/Martin.Smith 

 

Flipboard
We lost Flipboard for a bit, but now that streams are coming back we powered it back up and have liked the experience:
https://flipboard.com/@curagami/curagami-ros0t46qy 

 

Tumblr
Same with Tumblr. We lost it there for a bit, but the visual marketing nature of this tool and the ease of use once you are used to the strange UI makes Tumblr a must add. 

http://curagami.tumblr.com/ 

 

Be
Behance may be a "portfolio" manager technically, but it is a great place to tell visual stories. We are using it to help script our videos. 
https://www.behance.net/martinsellingzoef5bd 


Photoshop
Hello, you are going to need to put some time in with the world's most advanced photo editing software unless you do everything by phone and we don't suggest that since the phone is hard to resize to fit social networks preferred sizes.

Illustrator
We are still babes in the woods on Illustratrator, but there are times when vectors win and we are always confused and have to attempt to pick our way through (to little success). 

Agile by WTE.net
We are moving from Wordpress to our friend Eric's "Agile" content marketing platform because....well read our reasons for leaving Wordpress on Curagami. 

We could go on with tools like Vine and Snapchat, but you get the idea. Even at 75 tools the their list is not exhaustive. It does have a lot of thigns we've never heard of and don't care about, a few things we will check out and many tools we've used. 

If you are new to content marketing DON'T READ that post (lol). You need a blogging platform (and blogger would do to start and it is very easy), the "usual suspects" in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Gplus) and a good community where you can learn (so Scoop.it, Medium, Stack Overflow or something you've found). 

Why learn to play golf with 75 clubs? You need a putter (blogging), a driver (Twitter), a few irons (GPlus, Facebook) and a sandwedge (community where you can learn). Other than that you are wasting time...at least at first. 

Good luck, Marty 

 

 

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Content Marketing the Broad Museum - Curagami

Content Marketing the Broad Museum - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Content Marketing the Broad Museum
Content Marketing the Broad Museum is a Tour de Force lesson in how to create arresting content, content that tells stories visually and slows readers to a different pace. We didn’t know about the Broad museum, a museum four years in construction. The results of tose...Read More
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How Designers Can Get More Comfortable with Data - HOW Design

How Designers Can Get More Comfortable with Data - HOW Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Lisa Woods of argodesign explains the role data science plays in product design 6 data-driven design tips.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great tips here for anyone wanting to get comfortable with data. 

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Great tips here for anyone wanting to get comfortable with data. 

Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 9, 1:20 AM

Great tips here for anyone wanting to get comfortable with data. 

Diana Ries Sheldon's curator insight, March 9, 12:14 PM

Great tips here for anyone wanting to get comfortable with data. 

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5 SEO Problem Recovery Steps Infographic

5 SEO Problem Recovery Steps Infographic | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Five Penguin SEO Problem Recovery Steps is a summary of creative steps you to take when your website's traffic gets hammered by seo problems.
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Gravity Wireframe Toolkit from @_senorcastillo #webdesign #toogood

Gravity Wireframe Toolkit from @_senorcastillo #webdesign #toogood | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Best $28 Bucks You'll Spend
The simple ideas often have the greatest impact on your productivity, life and sense of accomplishment. Anyone who has designed a website, and someday soon that will be all of us (lol), knows how frustrating creating the "site storyboard" or wireframes can be.

@_senorcastillo's  Wireframe kit may be the best $28 bucks you spend. Wireframes create a common ground between geeks, marketers and designers. Wireframes force a common language on often dissonant and groups. If that sounds like wireframes can put down rebellions you aren't far off. 

Once everyone is on the same page on the look and feel coders know how to code, designers learn how this design needs to go and marketers feel like they are in Santa's workshop. 

Chris' masterstroke is mocking up just about every variation of page we've ever created and we've developed about 10 sites and made over $30M in online sales(mostly for other sadly enough lol).


 Why we didn't hesitate to pull out the CC and buy Chris' wireframe design kit - that and  because we are in the middle of creating the Community In A Box project where clients, programmers and designers need to be on the same page yesterday. 

http://chriscastillo.me/gravitykits/wireframe?ref=producthunt

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Storytelling - How To Work Backwards From Landing Pages via Curagami

Storytelling - How To Work Backwards From Landing Pages via Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

2016 The Year of the Story
Storytelling may be the most important and least understood online marketing craft. This Curagmai post shares a 5 Tip "How To" craft a story working backwards from your landing page.

Tips included:
 

  • Create A Landing Page and Work Backwards
  • Place your offer in context
  • Repeat 3 to 5 key brand specific themes
  • Share your creation story
  • Define your audience
     

http://www.curagami.com/online-marketing-5-storytelling-tips/

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Tools For Creating Web Designs of the Future via Smashing Magazine

Tools For Creating Web Designs of the Future via Smashing Magazine | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Future Tools
This is a great web design post. Don't worry if you don't know or understand only about half of it. Importance is in the tools suggested to test, design and pivot toward a future of more flexible web design.

But there's a problem.

I created my first highly static website in 1999. Not static in the sense we didn't update it since we updated it all the time. Static in the servers and code we used. Today and especially true tomorrow your websites will need to fly around the web curating information from the 4 corners of the web.

The more "flying around" your website does the greater the stress on your backend serving architecture and the more the need for the cool web design tools outlined in this Smashing Magzine post.  

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Building Online Community 1, 2, 3 - Curagami

Building Online Community 1, 2, 3 - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Building Online Community

This Curagami post shares the 3 easy steps to building online community. This is not to imply building online community is easy since it is not. Winning hearts, minds and loyalty online isn't easy, but the steps you need to take are known and get easier as you practice, practice and practice failing in public more and more. 

 

* Ask for Help

* Gamify

* Fail in Public

 

Rinse and Repeat. When in doubt go back to step #1. 

 

http://www.curagami.com/building-online-community-1-2-3/ 

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New Chinese Art ROCKS - Curagami

New Chinese Art ROCKS - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Contemporary Chinese Art Rocks

We love Artsy.net. We use the app on our iPad. If there is an easier way to find great art from around the world we don't know it. About three years ago we began to see STRONG painting from China. 

That vision is now a full-blown trend with contemporary Chinese artists creating the best art and paintings in the world today. Wis we'd bought some then :). Marty 

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Foodies - Great WP Theme Needed...Know One? Use Any of These? Please Share via @numbusthemes 

Foodies - Great WP Theme Needed...Know One? Use Any of These? Please Share via @numbusthemes  | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Great Foodie Theme Needed
I can see the problem already. Working with the Peaceful River Farm team is going to mean I'm HUNGRY all the time (lol). If you know a great Foodie Theme or have used any of the Numbus Themes mentioned in the linked post please let me know. 

martin(at)Curagami.com THANKS M 

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Need help finding a great foodie WP theme and not weighing 500 pounds :). Marty 

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Museum Roundup Spring 2016 - Curagami

Museum Roundup Spring 2016 - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Museums & Art As Web Dev Inspiration
We use art and museums to inspire our web development, so once a quarter we summarize what we want to see in American museums.

Spring is tough in the art world. In NYC everyone is about to depart for the beaches leaving the town to the tourists, and LA is already HOT and crowded. Most spring art exhibitions reflect the art world's holding pattern. 

We did find two NOT TO MISS shows. The International Pop exhibit n Philly closes in 5 weeks. Head to the cityof brotherly love if you can. 

The Kerry Marshall Masterful painting exhibition opens at the MCA in Chicago next week. Marshall is an African American artist who is BLOWING UP and rightly so as his paintings are indeed masterful. 

We included a link to our Scenttrail Art & Music Flipbook and will talk more about that later. 

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BruceClay - SEO Silos - how to build a website silo architecture

BruceClay - SEO Silos - how to build a website silo architecture | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
How to Silo a website by the original inventors of Siloing - silo architecture and theme building through directory and virtual silos.
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I took Bruce's SEO class in Mill Valley, CA years ago. His conversation about siloing was fascinating and felt right. Now I'm working on siloing and it continues to feel RIGHT though HARD (lol). Given and perhaps especially because of the SEO changes siloing feels even more "right" than ever. 

If you've "siloed" a site please share tips and ideas and we will do the same on Curagami.com 

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Don't Add This Image To Your Website - Learn Why

Don't Add This Image To Your Website - Learn Why | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Web Design Tips - Image FIles
The questions we ask are often wrong on their face. In this case a website owner was asking how best to put the detailed image of rug, pillows and sofa on their website. The answer is they shouldn't. 

The detailis so HEAVY it will need a jpeg or compressed file to look good and NOT slow down page load times. The text on the right is the real problem. When you use jpegs text looks horrible because the compression makes everything fuzzy. 

The human eye doesn't notice fuzzy in the rug and pillows, but in things we're trying to read fuzzy sucks. That is why this image shouldn't be loaded to any website. An image of the rug, pillows and sofa can be loaded as a jpeg and the text should be written in with a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). 

CSS will write the text into the html and so be readable. At this point designing with CSS is so common anyone asking for money to design a website should be able to create a layer with the text in it. The little point might be a tad tricky, but not so tricky most designers shouldn't be able to handle it. 

The serif font is a whole other issue (lol), but the answer to how to put this image up is already wrong. This image shouldn't go up to the web as we explain on Stack Exchange.  

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Personal Profiles Done Right - Curagami

Personal Profiles Done Right - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Personal Profiles Done Right shares how close Forbes is to having the perfect key to building online community - a great personal profile. You need one too so steal this from Forbes. Be sure to improve the biggest bummer though (explained on Curagami.com). 

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Social Conversations You Must Have - Curagami

Social Conversations You Must Have - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Why We Added Behance, Dribble & Tumblr Today
Social Conversations You Must Have shares why you can NEVER not be part of a relevant online conversation & why we added Behance, Dribble and Tumblr today.

Curagmai on Tumblr
http://curagami.tumblr.com/ 

Curagami on Behance
https://www.behance.net/martinsellingzoef5bd 

Curagami on Dribble
https://dribbble.com/Curagami 

Curagami on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/curagami/ 

Our post discusses the "overwhelming" feeling trying to manage 10 or more social nets can create while gently reminding ourselves that everything is overwhelming until it isn't. Get in there and dribble, Instagram and Behance while you are Tumblr-ing away. 

 

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Great Typography in Promotion Design - HOW Design

Great Typography in Promotion Design - HOW Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Across all the categories in HOW's Promotion & Marketing Design Awards, we see a number of projects featuring great typography. Check out these selected projects for some typography inspiration.
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Great Type Design
Type is hard to get right. That is why we like looking at how the pros use type to make amazing designs like these. 

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Great Type Design
Type is hard to get right. That is why we like looking at how the pros use type to make amazing designs like these. 

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Great Type Design
Type is hard to get right. That is why we like looking at how the pros use type to make amazing designs like these. 

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Adding Flipboard to Curagami Was Easy, Here's How

Adding Flipboard to Curagami Was Easy, Here's How | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

"Adding Flipboard to Curagami.com Was Easy
Adding Flipboard to our blo was easy. Grab the embed code, put the code into a page and you generate the small linked chip in the post. We decided to create a large image and link that too. 

We wish the flipping experience was on WP, but there are plugins that provide a flipping experience. 

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Web Designers Beware - 5 Reasons We're Leaving Wordpress #infographic via Curagmai

Web Designers Beware - 5 Reasons We're Leaving Wordpress #infographic via Curagmai | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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Web Designers Beware

If you can make Wordpress sing like a fine violin we applaud you. We're leaving Wordpress because it's promise of publishing well-designed content to the web feels false, spoiled and crushed. 

Crushed under the weight of battling plugins, poorly supported themes and the false belief that beautiful design beats SEO basics (like not putting a rat;s nest of code into your HEAD). Ugly and Google friendly gets more traffic than beautiful and Google nasty. 

We've proven the point. Our ugly Blogger site (Scenttrail Marketing started in 2008) had 100,000 visitors. Curagmai.com looks great, but Wordpress is crushing us for 5 reasons:

* Spam, Attacks and Potential for HARM

* Unrealized Promise
* Crap Overload

* BAD SEO and poor site performance (load times)
* No Easy Multi-Platform Content Curation

Let's Compare to @Scoop.it where we've spent LESS TIME to get more results including:

45,000+ followers
276,000 Views
204,000 visitors 
95,000 reactions 

WINNER = Scoop.it (as you can read on our Curagmai post). And the horse race isn't even CLOSE!!!

When we started using WP six years ago the platform was full of promise. But there is a problem. Ugly and Google friendly gets more traffic than beautiful and Google nasty. That sentence is worth repeating. If you are a designer who can make WP sing don't forget the ultimate goal - creation of RETURN for your customers. 

Beauty and great design is ONE ASPECT of creating online ROI. Make sure your WP designs overcome the 5 reasons we are leaving, out, history, see ya :). Marty 
 

Ugly and Google friendly gets more traffic than beautiful and Google nasty. 

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Flexible Screen Smartphones Future UI Implications Brainstorm & Video via @Curagami

Flexible Screen Smartphones Future UI Implications Brainstorm & Video via @Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Our Bendy Future 
Flexible Screen Smartphones Future UI Implications brainstorms implications of bendy screen technology sharing a FastCodeDesign.com riff, short video and brainstorm of User Interface (UI) implications. 

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