On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday hundreds volunteered a day of service to honor his message and memory. How did you serve on this day? Grassroots.org provides a free service to non-profit organizations to obtain free valuable technologies and resources to increase their efficiency and productivity. Web and graphic designers can volunteer design services to assist these non-profits.
Designers can browse through an extensive list of organization-created web design applications to learn more about each nonprofit and their website needs and goals. When you find one that as they say on their site “strikes your fancy” then you contact them directly.
If you are still looking for an opportunity to share your skills through some sort of community service, please check them out. I volunteer for a project at least once or twice a year depending on the complexity of the projects I take on.
This is also a great way for new designers to not only fill their portfolio but to do something that fills their heart at the same time. Volunteer today!
After you’ve festively decorated your home and place of business, don’t forget about showing that same holiday spirit with your electronic media.
Start off by downloading a very festive holiday wallpaper to your computer desktop(s). I tend to lean toward the more contemporary wallpapers so here are a few of my favorite resources:
Next, decorate your website or blog to show your spirit and wish your visitors a Happy Holiday. I used to work for a government agency that every Christmas, I would have a snow scene that would replace the header section. On their timekeeping application where I had branded a little man running with a giant clock in his hand, I replace it with a similar image but the little man had a santa hat on. If your website uses a photograph of your city or some other landscape, replace it with a winter scene with the same focal point — unless you live in California or somewhere else where Winter looks like Summer.
Here are a few resources to give your website that extra seasonal flair:
If your website or blog uses the WordPress or Joomla platform, try out one of these Xmas templates to replace your current design during the holiday season:
Wait, what about your social networking site, you definitely have to decorate it as well using these resources:
Perhaps you’d like to make your own holiday design. Here are some tutorials and tools for assisting you in doing so:
Don’t forget about your mobile device. Show your holiday spirit with these mobile wallpaper and themes:
Last, when you’re sending out those Christmas cards through the US Postal Service, don’t forget about sending special holiday wishes via e-mail using some of these resources:
Please SHARE with me your websites and blogs that you’ve decorated for the holiday season, or other holiday resources for web or blog designs. Perhaps you can be an inspiration to others.
We are always looking for ways to make our site stand out. Most websites which have companion social media pages link their users through the traditional social icons. However, if your site heavily makes use of one of the social media pages for customer service, resource listings, or news — why not make your social media link stand out.
For one of my clients I created a unique twitter image link that showed the famous blue Twitter bird, reading a book with a graduate cap on. The website featured college scholarship information.
Check out this website with free Twitter images you can use for your site: http://designrfix.com/freebies/free-twitter-icons-website-design.
The Twitter icon display is availabe for download at: http://weblogs.about.com/od/Social-Media-Icons/ss/Gallery-Of-Free-Social-Media-Icons-For-Thanksgiving-Or-Fall_3.htm. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!