Monday, May 18, 2009

Dylexia Institute of Indiana Web Site Redesign

TBH Creative was hired to redesign the web site for Dyslexia Institute of Indiana and help re-organize its site structure and pages. We were responsible for the preparing the design and ensuring quality after implementation, as well as photo selection and overall design treatment. The goal was simplicity to emphasize the information and allow for easy navigation between the pages.


Who is Dyslexia Institute of Indiana? The Dyslexia Institute of Indiana Inc. (DII) is the proven source for tutors and support that enables individuals with dyslexia to overcome their unanticipated inability to read.
The Dyslexia Institute of Indiana exists to serve children, adolescents, and adults with specific language disabilities. DII provides skills, services, and strategies that enable individuals to attain their full potential by learning to manage the challenges of dyslexia and benefit from its advantages.

TBH Creative can help you with your web site redesign project also. Give us a call today for professional and reliable web design services.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

16 Sites to Find Free and Cheap Stock Photos

Stock photography is available all over the Internet. As a creative design company, we are continually looking for stock images to add interest to our web designs. Oftentimes, the trick is finding fresh photos so that they don't appear "stocky" or common while keeping the cost low for our clients. Below are a few sources we use often and others we have found for you to reference. If you know of others, please leave us a comment and we'll add it to the list.
A Sample Free Image from Free Range
Free Images For most of these sites, you just need to register, search and download the images you like for free.
  1. StockVault
  2. Free Range
  3. Stock.xchng
  4. Free Pixels
  5. Public Domain Photos
  6. ImageBase
    A few more sites to add to this list from Allan Burch Illustration:
    1. http://publicdomainclip-art.blogspot.com/
    2. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page [many are public domain]
    3. http://www.fontplay.com/freephotos/
    4. http://www.rastervector.com/resources/free/free.html
    5. http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp
      Low Cost Stock Photos, Graphics, Video
      1. iStockPhoto
      2. Fotolia
      3. Shutter Stock
      4. Jupiter Images
      5. PunchStock
        One great feature many of these sites offer is the option to request a photo. Photographers belong to the sites and will often shoot something you need. The cost is the same as the other low-cost photos, although you may need to wait to see your results. IstockPhoto has this option and we have used it in the past to obtain the "right" photo.

        Another great source for high quality and professional photos is Getty Images or Corbis. These options are not as inexpensive at the options listed above, but they often have the particular photo you have in mind or the added professionalism that is needed for a project. Oftentimes, the photo collection selected for a project is a combination from the sites above. I recommend to look at the inexpensive or free options first, and then look to the higher end photos or hire a photographer to get exactly what you need.

        Professional illustration is another option if you are looking for something unique and original. Our recommendation for creative illustration is Allan Burch. Check out his fantastic collection on his web site and a sample of his work at DoorFly.com.

        TBH Creative often assists clients with photo search. A photo is truly worth a thousand words and it is great to have so many resources at our fingertips. If you need help with your creative project, please contact us today. We offer high quality web design and are located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

        Tuesday, May 5, 2009

        Wow! That is so cool. Great web site.

        Is that what you want people to say when they visit your web site?

        An interesting question to consider. Most people would think "yes" at first, however, the wow factor may not be what is needed.

        Special effects and graphics are great for web designers, photographers, and other creative folk, but for most other types of business, it is more important for visitors to notice what you have to say and learn about your service or product. The graphics and design should complement the message.

        This question comes from a post by Seth Godin. He recommends creating a site that is not too cutting edge or slick and not too horrible or amateurish either. He makes the comparison: It's sort of like the clothes you want the person giving a eulogy to wear. No Armani, no cutoff jeans.

        TBH Creative creates web sites with a purpose and designs with clean, simple graphics to help convey the message and direct users to a determined call to action. Call us today for more information about our Indianapolis web design services.
         

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