6-Ways to Stay Creatively Fresh in the Agency World

Working in an agency is a constant battle. Everyday you are given a task and an ask to continually bring in something new, innovating and “FRESH.” I get asked the same question every time: “How do you keep coming up … Continue reading

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Website Misconceptions: Users Should Not Scroll

One of the most infamous creative directions I would hear from clients is the fact that they don’t want their users to scroll – what the H-E-Double Hockey stick – then they have the audacity to go ahead and give … Continue reading

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Google Follow Finder

Follow Finder is a nifty little app that will help you find people to follow. You plugin your Twitter username and it will scan your public social graph to show you people you might want to follow. It’s hosted on App Engine and makes extensive use of Twitter’s new @anywhere platform.

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts. A keyboard shortcut is a way to invoke a function in Mac OS X by pressing a combination of keys on your keyboard.To use a keyboard shortcut, or key combination, you press a modifier key with a character key. For example, pressing the Command key the key with a symbol and the “c” key at the same time copies whatever is currently selected text, graphics, and so forth into the Clipboard. This is also known as the Command-C key combination or keyboard shortcut.A modifier key is a part of many key combinations. A modifier key alters the way other keystrokes or mouse clicks are interpreted by Mac OS X. Modifier keys include: Command, Control, Option, Shift, Caps Lock, and on portable Macs the fn key.

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clickTag using ActionScript 3

I was having issues finding a good script for clickTags in AS3 so here are some I found:


clickTag_bn.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK, onMouseClick);
function onMouseClick(event:MouseEvent):void {
navigateToURL(new URLRequest(clickTag), “_blank”);




movieClipName.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_UP, myclickTag);

function myclickTag(evt:MouseEvent):void {
var url:String = root.loaderInfo.parameters.clickTag;
var request:URLRequest = new URLRequest(url);
try {
navigateToURL(request, ‘_blank’);
} catch (e:Error) {
trace(“Error occurred!”); }


Pixelfumes Flash Blog: Active Blur Class V2 – Source Available

Many of you have expressed interest in the original version of the Active Blur class I released. One of the questions was how to allow the object casting the Active Blur to resize and have the blur update as well. The new version of this class should fix that issue for you. The old class was not very dynamic either. I attempted to make the class easier to use. You can also have non-rectangular shapes (an “x” or “o” shaped item works just fine). Click here or the image below to open the example. Drag the window around and mess with it. Hope you enjoy it.

via Pixelfumes Flash Blog: Active Blur Class V2 – Source Available.

How to Turn Your Web Traffic into Money with Awesome Landing Pages

Part 1: 7 Tips for Landing Page Content that Sells

A landing page is basically any webpage where you are trying to send web traffic for a specific reason – such as buy, sign up, or find something of value. And we’re not talking about your home page here. We’re talking about a specific web page that you’ve developed which has specialized content – specialized content that goes hand in hand with whatever tool you used to drive the traffic to that landing page. Traffic-driving tools can include PPC (pay per click search marketing), banner ads, email links, and blog posts. Continue reading

UsingMac.com – Mac Tricks and Tips, Wallpapers and Applications for Mac Users

For Snow Leopard Users

If you have noticed, whenever you press F9 key to activate Exposé, you will see a rather different Exposé from Mac OS X Leopard. And upon mouse over on one of the item, you can see blue glowing effect.Today, we are going to bring you to tweak on the glow color to your liking.

via UsingMac.com – Mac Tricks and Tips, Wallpapers and Applications for Mac Users.

Google Sidewiki: If You Have a Web Site Read This

A new tool from Google just made controlling your brand online a little bit more challenging. Released on September 23,1 this toolbar-based plug-in allows you to add your own notes to any Web page – yours – mine – and anyone elses. In other words, “every page on your site now comes with a publicly accessible discussion board that cannot be moderated.”

I just tried it out for the first time and it’s simple to use. Basically, once you’ve added the plug-in, you go to a webpage and click on the Sidewiki icon; a sidebar will pop up alongside the webpage and you’ll see all the comments people have made. This means, every webpage is now social. So, even if you’ve been resisting the social marketing revolution, you’re in it now anyway. The question is – is that good or bad? Well, you’ll have to decide for yourself… Continue reading

Color 101: What does Your Online Color Scheme Say to Customers?

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This topic “Color 101” comes from Philip A. Provins.

Color 101: What does Your Online Color Scheme Say to Customers?

Not sure? You’ve been designing web pages with blue because it’s your favorite color? Hmm, you might want to rethink your tactics. Why? “The Internet is the ultimate visual and psychological medium.”1 The content you write is, of course, a major component, as is the design itself. What about color? It’s often what people notice first. Color conveys meaning and mood. It’s important to know your market well enough to ensure that “the psychological message you are trying to get across with the rest of your site design” is Fcomplemented and enhanced by the appropriate color scheme.”1 If you’re still tempted to keep using blue because it’s your favorite color check out this statistic – according to psychologists “color impression can account for up to 60% of the acceptance or rejection of a product or service.”2 Wow. Continue reading

7 Tips to Maintain Your Website Reputation

In order to succeed and combat the competitive online world, you need to maintain a good reputation online. A good reputation does not only require a good website design but a lot more to build confidence, to grow sales and ultimately leads to better revenues and higher profitability.

In today’s Internet buzz nasty rumors, wrong opinions and incorrect news spread rapidly and if not taken timely action to handle the news properly, you may face a serious threat to your online business and credibility.

Here are some simple measures you can take to maintain your website’s reputation:

1. Respond to customers

Being open and responsive to customers is an important part of creating a positive impression and managing your website’s reputation. If someone asks you a question, answer it there or through e-mail. Be quick in addressing your customer issues before the word spreads.

2. Answer the negative comments humbly

Be real, not everyone is satisfied with your work and services. If these people are among the ones spreading negative comments about you for whatever reason like delayed service or unfriendly attitude, answer them instantly to terminate the issue right there!

Be very polite when putting your point of view in front of such people and you’ll sure succeed in saving your reputation. Answering negative remarks modestly can be a great way of turning a bad situation into positive one. Continue reading

Flash AS3 – Timer Class

Here is a quick timer code for you to use within your project. I know it may seem simple but its usually the simple things that causes most headaches. So this is for those folks that constantly need reminders.

[as]// We need to import the utils package
import flash.utils.*;

// Create a new Timer object with a delay of 1000 ms
var myTimer:Timer = new Timer(1000);
myTimer.addEventListener(“timer”, timedFunction);

// Start the timer

// Function will be called every second
function timedFunction(eventArgs:TimerEvent)
trace(“Timer fired ” + myTimer.currentCount + ” times.”);

Check out the AS 3 docs to see all of the available properties and methods of this great new class.