Several months ago, the most important client of my life asked me to design a website to showcase his art collection. It was my hero, my father! How could I say no? My dad, Sylvester Peebles, has been drawing and painting for as long as I’ve been alive. He has had artwork showcased in the St. Louis Art Museum and won first place in several art shows over the past few decades. One funny story he shared with me was the time he and my sister entered the same contest for art, (I think it was the Creve Coeur Days art show) and he said that he won second place and my sister (who would have been about 7 years-old) won first place. The only issue with that was first place won $100 and second place won a ribbon. My sister was crying because she did not want money; she wanted the ribbon. Ah to be young again.
Back to the original point of this post. My dad asked me to design a website for him. Like magic, I did! To ensure that he had the best possible website, I created a “WordPress website,” so that we could load it up with fancy plugins and use all of the appropriate keywords and tags. So far, his site is doing very well according to the google analytics that we’ve added but we will be adding many new things over the coming weeks as well.
The site is responsive, includes a “store” using woo commerce and has a plugin to view all of his recent artwork on Instagram. Phase II of the website will include more sophistication with the store, detailed descriptions of each of the art pieces and email registration forms for fans and special discount coupons.
If you would like to learn more please visit: http://sylsart.com
The campaign for Tishaura O. Jones for Mayor of the City of St. Louis requested a website in November of 2016. Syl Wilson Marketing delivered beautiful and professional website that was visually appealing and included several pages for users to sign up to volunteer, donate and contact the campaign.
Technology used to design: Adobe Photoshop, WordPress, ARForms Plugins
Client: Citizens to Elect Tishaura O. Jones
In 2016, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation commissioned Syl Wilson Marketing to design their Gala program, brochure, social media campaigns and email campaigns. Not only did we design these elements, but we also participated in the Gala and it was OUTSTANDING. The sponsors of the event gave incredible amounts and the night was very special for the children of the Greater East St. Louis area.
Technology used to design: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop
Client: Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
The City of St. Louis contacted Syl Wilson Marketing to design a visually appealing and user-friendly website for the citizens of St. Louis. Working within a tight five day deadline, we delivered with a website that utilizes a parallax design and plenty of flare!
Technology used to design: Adobe Photoshop, WordPress
Client: The City of St. Louis – Park Louie Parking Meters
Industry: City Government
A few days ago someone close to me told me to, “Do something different today that you thought you couldn’t do. Really challenge yourself.” At first I thought, oh what a nice little pick me up. But as the day wore on and I was in my normal routine, I realized…We all do the same thing over and over even if we have a lifestyle that allows us to do interesting things each day. I thought to myself, when is the last time I actually tried something that I am not good at? I couldn’t recall. So I began. I used the online training tools that were available to me to take a webinar on Microsoft SharePoint. This may seem very easy to some people. But my goal with Microsoft SharePoint is one that is different that most. I would like to be able to design websites in it. As with any new program / software however, you must start with the basics at the beginning. This can be the most difficult part for me. To sit through what I might think is useless information going over things that I “think” I already know.
As I sat and listened to the one-hour webinar I realized something…I do not know everything there is to know about the basics of Microsoft SharePoint. This is probably one of the most complex applications I have come across! If there is one thing I love it’s a challenge and complexity within software. What happened through my hour long journey was so much more than just a webinar.
There was self-reflection of seeing that I tend to think I know more than I actually know. There was a feeling of self-worth from being able to grasp what was being presented even though at one point I thought I was lost. Lastly, there was fulfillment. Being a person who loves to design, conceptualize and bring other people’s ideas to life, this was something that for me, is a requirement on pretty much anything I do.
So what does all of this mean? I think that what this person was trying to tell me was DREAM BIG and dream big every day. Challenge yourself at least once a day. If you do that, you will find self-reflection, self-worth, and fulfillment in your life at the end of every day.
It’s been a while since I gave any instructions on anything so I thought I would start with something that I love. iMovie! A lot of us have migrated to the MAC platform (or MAC with windows running on Parallels), and that being the case, it’s opened the door for a lot of cool programs such as iMovie.
The nice thing about the MAC platform is that you practically can start using any of the software and not need any instructions at all. Well, with iMovie that’s true as well, however there are some cool functions that can assist you and make you look like a total pro. Have you heard of Picture in Picture? Totally rocks!
To use it you’ll need to go into the preferences in iMovie and turn on “Show Advanced Tools.”
See Example here:
Now you take the clip from the bottom row and drag it on top of where you want to put it and once you let go of your mouse, you’ll get a ton of options. (See below)
Choose Picture in Picture and then done – and your done! There are some other options that will make it refined, but you get the idea! Cool right!
Recently, Budweiser had a commercial run during the Super Bowl. Very creative! They offered the public a chance to name the baby Clydesdale and today they released the name of that baby as…..(*insert drumroll here*) Hope!
If you haven’t seen the commercial which was my personal favorite, you can watch it here:
A lot of folks have been emailing and asking me about their Facebook business pages losing likes. Found this article today from Web Pro News and thought I would share it. Take a read and rest assured, this is all for the better.
Facebook is cracking down on something they deem harmful to the integrity of their site, and your fans may be in danger.
You may have experienced a small dip in the total likes on your Facebook page in the last couple of days and yes, it does mean that people are fleeing your page. Why have you suddenly become so unpopular? Continue reading