Monday, November 7, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Take the 2011 Web Design Survey for a Chance to Win!

Posted: 07 Nov 2011 03:52 PM PST

Surveys by League of Women Voters of California

Do you design websites? Got five minutes? We want to hear from you! Take the 2011 Web Design survey hosted by Rockable Press and Webdesigntuts+ and get the chance to win the grand prize: an Apple iPad 2 and the entire library of Rockable Press e-books. What's more, we'll give every respondent a 50% off coupon for the up-coming book just for participating! Interested? Take the survey and read on for details.

Last year, we polled 3,200 FreelanceSwitch readers on the hard truths of freelancing. The data from that survey eventually became the basis of Freelance Confidential, published by Rockable Press, which explored questions every freelancer asks: How much to charge? Where to find work? How are other freelancers working? This time around, we want to explore the state of the web design industry, but we can't do it without your input. With a brand new survey for those who design websites, it's your turn to have your say!

The Details

We're working on a brand new book to give the inside scoop on the web design industry–but we need your help! We need the input of everyone who designs websites on common questions: How exactly do you work? Where do you find inspiration? What makes a good web designer?

To participate, simply take the 2011 survey on web design–open to anyone who creates websites. Whether you're a full-time web designer working in industry, a freelancing pro, or simply design websites on the side, we want to hear what you think! And make sure you enter your email so you can receive your coupon and be entered in the grand prize drawing.

The Prizes

To thank you for participating, every respondent in the survey will receive a 50% coupon for the ebook edition of "Web Design Confidential," published by Rockable Press. What's more, you'll be entered to win the grand prize, which includes the ENTIRE Rockable Press e-book library. That's a copy of every current title in the Rockable library, 20 books valued at over $500. And you'll need something to read all those great books on, so you'll also win a brand new 32GB wifi Apple iPad 2! That's a grand prize valued over $1100 USD.

The Fine Print

  • Although it's optional in the survey, you must provide valid email address to receive your coupon and enter the grand prize drawing. (Email addresses will ONLY be used to deliver coupon and notify winner of grand prize drawing. We respect your privacy!)
  • You only need to complete the survey once. Grand prize drawing only eligible once per participant. Multiple entries will be disqualified from the grand prize drawing.
  • The winner will be randomly selected from survey participants directly following the close of the survey. Winner will be notified via e-mail and given one week to respond.
  • The winner will be announced on Webdesigntuts+ once confirmed.
  • If winner is unable to easily receive a prize shipment in his or her country of residence, Rockable Press reserves the right to award an equal cash value instead.
  • 50% off coupon will be awarded once per participant and is good towards any e-junkie purchase of "Web Design Confidential," sold by Rockable Press. Coupons will be emailed to participants once the book is available and will be eligible for a limited time after launch.
  • Employees and staff of Envato are not eligible to win.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and take the 2011 Web Design survey to let us know what you think!

Community Spotlight – What’s Hot on the Forums?

Posted: 07 Nov 2011 07:58 AM PST

It's time for another look at some of the hot threads and topics on the Envato Marketplace Forums. Let’s do this thing!

Want to be a Community Moderator? – Carmen puts out the call for new Community Moderators and the response so far has been huge. So much so that we kinda broke the Support system :P

Drew Douglass is The Best Envato Staff Member Ever! – Could Drew possibly be the best Support person of all time? Could he also beat me up in a bar fight?

Envato Mo-Madness for Movember Competition – The mo madness has begun. I’d like to think that every man who starts to grow a moustache secretly thinks he’ll end up looking like Tom Selleck. I dare you to prove me wrong!

Want to be interviewed on Notes? – Adrian wants to talk to you! If you would like to be interviewed on Envato Notes, be sure to fill out the form and get added.

Big earnings on GraphicRiver’s logo category – If you’ve been holding off adding your work to GraphicRiver’s new logo category, it’s time to get busy! Author xstortionist reveals his spike in earnings since starting with the new logo category.

What areas would you like added to the forums? – Got a great idea about what you would like to see on our Marketplace forums? Then share it with us! Don’t be so greedy :P

Would you like to see WordPress plugins on ThemeForest? – With WordPress being such a huge part of ThemeForest, Jeffrey floats the idea of adding WordPress plugins to the site.

The unofficial Envato Marketplace Challenge – If you like to run (who would?!), then you’ll probably be interested in the unofficial “get off your butt” Marketplace challenge. So far Team CodeCanyon has taken the lead.

So, you still using CRT, LCD or LED? – What type of monitor are you using? I think if I still had to use a CRT I would run over myself.

AudioJungle Music Featured in the “Daily Battles” Trailer

Posted: 07 Nov 2011 07:00 AM PST

Béatrice Coron is a “paper cutter”. She creates stories by cutting characters and environments from paper. Her work is detailed and exquisite.

There is going to be a film about one of her pieces of work called “Daily Battles”. You can see the trailer for the film above. The music from that trailer is a track from AudioJungle.

The track chosen was DDMyzik‘s Sorcerer:

Congratulations, DDmyzik! You make us proud.

If you enjoy Beatrice’s artistry, you may like to watch her Ted Talk presentation, Stories Cut from Paper:

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Meet the Staff: April Bravington

Posted: 07 Nov 2011 01:41 AM PST

Having a cluttered desk and top secret admin duties, organising the Envato conference in Kuala Lumpur, and what HTML really stands for. This week we meet Office Manager April Bravington.

What is your position in Envato, and what has it been like to work with us so far?

I’ve been working here in Melbourne at Envato Head Quarters since April and so far it’s been loads of fun. HQ has grown a lot over the past year, so when Collis and Vahid discovered you could hire someone to help out with the day to day running of things, and that people actually specialised in this type of work for a living, my role as Office Manager was born.

As I’ve said, Envato is a pretty fun place to work. The team here is young, bright, close-knit and lucky for me, quite welcoming. Not being a particularly tech-minded person I’m amazed at how much I’ve learnt so far, I’m even picking up the odd bit of jargon like, Cascading Style Sheets and How To Meet Ladies (thanks Stu and Rodocolypse!)

What projects are you working on at the moment?

Top secret admin duties. No seriously, the best thing about my job is the variety of projects that come my way. Since the office relocation in July no one big thing has taken up my time, it’s been more like a constant flow of tasks that vary in size, priority and fun-ness. The great thing about that is that I have a fair degree of freedom to organise my week the way I like, which is definitely a great change from some places I have worked in the past.

One thing I am really looking forward to is the Envato conference in Kuala Lumpur, which is scheduled for early next year. Even though I’m fairly certain that helping organise a conference with people flying in from all over the world probably won’t be all kicks and giggles, I am really looking forward to finally meeting all of our remote team. Also, I really, really like Malaysian food and the equatorial heat.

Describe your workspace.

My desk is fairly cluttered during the day, usually littered with quotes, catalogues, notepads, tape measures, coffee cups and other assorted bits and pieces. I do however try to get everything cleared away again before I leave for home, I think that might be me quietly heeding my Mum’s advice that you need to clean up after yourself, so that in the case you get hit by a bus you won’t be remembered as a grub. I’ve been angling to get a desk top fish tank to keep me company but that’s still waiting final approval. (Did you like my fishing pun?)

What does your average day look like?

I’ve just started cycling to work again as the weather has been picking up. It’s a really beautiful ride into the city and I do especially love zooming past all the people stuck in traffic. Once I get in and have a coffee I just settle in, see what my Producteev account has waiting from me and go from there.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I’m very much an outdoorsy sort of person and at the moment I am really loving any excuse to get into my garden. It’s Spring here so it’s time planting time again, the place I live is famous for its love affair with concrete so I do sometimes get the feeling that I’m reclaiming the earth one cement paver at a time. I also breed African love birds, I’ve included a picture. Their names are Pepe and Princess Papaya Pants.

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