Pittsburg State University | Graphics & Imaging Technologies Students

Monday, October 25, 2010

Photoshop Work

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Safety

Small Premiere Pro Project
Feel free to jack it up to 720p, it was exported in HD ;)

18" x 23" Poster

Self-promotional poster

Direct Mail Piece

Direct mail piece done with variable data

Newspaper Ad

Fictitious newspaper ad

Business Card

 Fictitious business card design

Free vs. Paid

So you're wanting to start a blog and don't know whether you should go the free route (such as Blogger or Wordpress), or the paid way (such as Squarespace)? There are many advantages and disadvantages of both, so here are some features of each to help you decide what's right for you.

  • Free downloadable software!
  • 3 GB storage for pictures
  • Hundreds of themes and widgets to choose from and customize
  • No need to know HTML!
  • Easy to set up
  • Frequent software updates - always improving
  • Monthly fees ranging from $12 - $36 per month
  • Fully manage you website or blog from a sophisticated, self-hosting service.
  • No software necessary
  • Intuitive editing - on site content editing tool
  • Social integration - access data from your various social networks
  • Templates that aren't templated - complete control of all parts of your site
  • Seamless blog importing - move your images, posts, and links from Blogger, WordPress, and others
  • Free 14 day trial - see what you think
  • Highly respected

Monday, October 18, 2010

Blogger vs. WordPress

Two big contenders in free blog hosting are Blogger and WordPress. There are many differences and similarities in the two, the most significant being that WordPress is a program that is downloaded to your computer in order to build and manage your blog while Blogger manages and hosts your blog from Blogger.com. Here are some pros and cons to help you decide which service is right for you.

Blogger Pros:
  • Free and extremely user-friendly. The dashboard makes editing very easy
  • Free hosting. No need to find a host
  • Mobile blogging
Blogger Cons:
  • Limited number of options for customization
  • Only 1 GB photo storage
WordPress Pros:
  • Unlimited ways to customize your blog themes
  • 3 GB photo storage
  • Many people look up to blogs designed and hosted by you
  • Hundreds of themes available if you choose not to customize your own
WordPress Cons:
  • Need a host for your blog! Although there are free hosting sites available, this usually means there will be a cost
  • Frequent releases of new versions require frequent updates
  • Not as user-friendly as Blogger

Why Blog?

Blogging can be beneficial for so many reasons!
  • A personal blog to entertain yourself, friends, family and others. These can contain anything you want them to! They can simply highlight your family life in order to keep other family members up-to-date on what is going on in your world, with pictures, ect.
  • A business blog can be very successful in getting your name out there, showing what your business can do, and informing people of your service. Usually containing everything from products your company offers to a schedule of events/appearances.
  • A portfolio blog is extremely effective in displaying your work and showing potential clients and employers what you're capable of achieving. You can portray anything from designs, photographs, additional work, and contact information.

The bottom line is, a blog can be anything and everything you want it to be!