It’s been…rough…

As previously noted, Sean and I are in Delaware for a “workation”.  We haven’t really gotten to enjoy very much being as our computers really don’t leave our sides unless we’re sleeping, even then they’re still on and downloading countless emails for the 6-8 hours (if we’re lucky) while we’re asleep.  We took some time to drive around down in the Rehoboth area (by his Mom) to do some house hunting.  Of course everyone that sparked my interest was in the $250k to $350k range.  The difference between looking down here at houses in that price range, and the quality of the house in New York would be $500k at least.  I’m looking at houses that in NY would typically be listed in the $850k range just based on the amount of property, the quality of the house, and the…

Surfing the Market…

Sean and I have been in Delaware for almost a week now, over the course of the past week we’ve realized how carefree and relaxing it is down here, even though we’ve been working the entire time. (The joy of being a designer… you can work anywhere).  We’ve weighed our pros and cons and realized that living in an apartment in NY would not permit us to build up a savings account, where as purchasing a home in DE would.  How did we figure this? Simple math really. In order for us to have an apartment in NY (even in Suffolk County – eastern end of Long Island), we would need $1,800 a month before utilities. In order for us to purchase a home in DE, with the mortgage and utilities, it would only come to about $1,200.  The kicker would…

Everything You Need to Know About the New Facebook

If you thought yesterday’s Facebook changes were dramatic, you’d better sit down before you see what’s coming next. Today at F8, Mark Zuckerberg led off by showing off Timeline: it’s the future of Facebook, and it’s a tectonic shift. Timeline Zuck calls the new Timeline “all the stories, all your apps, a new way to express who you are.” The story of your life. Your entire Facebook life has been condensed into a wider one-page destination. Taking a page from the About.me site, the page-wide Cover photo is your new splash photo on your profile page. The large photo does not replace your profile pic. Zuck says it’s a way to express who you are. All content is in your Timeline view now, including apps. As you move down your Timeline, it condenses your story the further back you go….

Where to Find Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop brushes can be powerful Web design tools, both enhancing a graphic artist’s work and enabling design projects to be completed faster. The more brushes a designer has in his or her collection, the more flexibility they will have with their designs. Fortunately, several websites have emerged over the past few years to provide designers with a multitude of options when it comes to brushes. Below are just some of the top sites that provide attractive, easy-to-use and free downloadable Photoshop brushes. Brusheezy Founded in 2006 by a designer who grew frustrated by the lack of options for easily searchable brushes for download, Brusheezy is a community site to share and explore thousands of resources created by artists around the world. The site gets more than 1.2 million visitors a month and boasts one of the best selections and internal…

Times ticking down…

Things have been more than hectic lately, my biggest gripe about all of the pending work to complete is the fact that I’m  typically working in two different locations all day long. This is putting a damper on my ability to get things done by their deadlines due to the inability to just setup and go after I need to switch, it takes me a bit to get back on track due to other circumstances (not to be discussed).  Right now I’m in the process of designing an employment agencies site via wordpress for one client, a very detailed and customized mommy blog, an art portfolio and the outstanding one to trump them all I converting a rather large name company from html to wordpress. Sean and I worked to code the initial pages, but when we were given the…

Up and running!

It took about a year for me to get back up and running, but I’m happy to say that AcidGloss.net is back! The theme is up, and some content has been loaded in.  Over the course of the next couple weeks I’ll be blogging (a lot more), and hopefully able to get this domain back to where it used to be. There will be sponsored posts, but I’ll be sure to keep them limited so that it doesn’t take away from everything else.  I figured a very simple CSS design would keep everything flowing.  Eventually I’d like to turn this into more of a magazine kind of setup but for the being I’m very happy with the result and moving forward with it. The last few years took me away from the internet due to landing myself a very crappy…

PC Laptop Makers Have Completely Given Up

Repost from Gizmodo – Intel dumped $300 million into the laptop industry to buy it something it’s never had before: attention. Ultrabooks soundcool, and could look beautiful while running like little thin crust pizzas of awesome. Instead, we’re seeing pathetic MacBook Air clones. What went wrong? From the floor of Intel’s Developer Forum, its yearly showcase of new silicon and what it’s going in, it’s clear Apple’s capable of a two front intellectual property war, if they choose. Cupertino thinks its designs are under attack! And they are—but they’re looking in the wrong direction. Samsung’s phones and tablets might share Apple’s black rectangle minimalism, but the crop of black-on-silver Ultrabooks littering the floors of IDF are the real ripoff—like a heap of fake Gucci bags off eBay. Absolutely zero effort has been put into their design, beyond the labor of…

Payvment Launches Developer Platform

Payvment, a Facebook e-commerce platform, is launching a developer platform for social commerce called Open Payvment. Open Payvment allows application developers and service providers to join their offerings with Payvment. Companies can integrate Payvment into their products and services, build new apps and gain exposure to more than 100,000 Facebook sellers that are already using the Payvment social commerce platform. “Payvment is the first foray into e-commerce for many new sellers — as their businesses grow, they are frequently looking for additional solutions that are compatible with their Payvment store, such as web-based e-commerce or mobile commerce solutions,” says Christian Taylor, founder and CEO of Payvment. “Companies that integrate with Payvment gain early access to thousands of new potential customers.” The Open Payvment platform was designed for two different types of developers — companies that want to add on or…

Advertisement Advertisement Browsers, Buyers & Conversion Rates

Although e-commerce sales have risen over the past five years, conversion rates have continued to drop, this is partially due to a rise of the new type of e-commerce shopper, the “browser.” According to the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG), conversion rates in the UK have dropped by 55 percent over the past five years. In 2006, the average online conversion rate for IMRG Capgemini e-commerce retailers was at 8.4 percent, which has since declined to 3.8 percent.  However, it is not all bad news for e-commerce retailers. Aside from lower conversion rates, online sales have continued to grow, from £30.2 billion ($47.95) in 2006 to £58.8 billion ($93.36) in 2010. The contrast makes sense due to the fact that there are many more shoppers visiting retailer sites, which means that the percentage of people browsing without buying has…

Bright Outlook for Online Workers

Online employment platform Elance has released the results from its annual survey on small business hiring trends. The survey reveals the job outlook is bright for people working online as a multitude of businesses continue to adopt online hiring as a core strategy to remain agile in today’s economic climate. Small and medium-sized businesses also show that adaptability and efficiency are key motivating factors for hiring online professionals with 73-percent of businesses citing the flexibility to scale up and down quickly as a key benefit and 60 percent indicating faster time to hire vs. traditional hiring approaches yielding huge time savings. Below are some of the key findings from the survey: Businesses Gain More Mileage with Hybrid Hiring Models Growing numbers of companies are planning to scale up their online hiring after reaping the benefits of a flexible, on-demand team…