Submitting your website to design blogs

22 Mar 2010

I mentioned in my last post that our new website has been listed in over 100 design reviews and blogs. Since then I've had several requests for a list of these design blogs so that other proud web designers can submit their sites for review.

Getting another site to mention your site is valuable in 4 ways:

  • People search design blogs for inspiration and will see your site, dramatically increasing your visibility
  • People will be able to comment and review your site, with the possibility of winning prizes and awards
  • Other sites linking to your site makes Google and other search engines think very highly of you and put you higher up the search rankings.
  • Submitting to a few of these design blogs can create a snowball effect; when other blog writers browse these sites for inspiration, they often repost your site on their own blog and increase your audience in that way. For example, we received hundreds of hits from the influential blog TemplateMonster '101 Awesome website portflios' although we didn't submit the site to them.

So here is a list of some of the sites which collect inspirational or beautifully designed websites that you can submit to:

Apologies if there are any duplicates - it is quite a long list! If there are any others that I haven't listed, please let me know and I'll update it to include them. I checked them all, but if any of them stop working for any reason, please let me know that too so we can make this a useful resource for everyone

New website!!

20 Mar 2010

Any regular visitors to this blog may just have noticed that the design has changed. Gone is the epilepsy inducing red, and here (we hope) is a slightly more tasteful design based on our new brand identity and website.

As is often the way with web design studios, our own site has been slightly neglected of late, and we've been meaning to redesign it for over a year. Just like the shoemaker's kids' shoes (or whatever the saying is), it's just something that we've kept putting off.

But now it's finally finished, and we're very happy with it. I hope you'll check it out and let us know what you think! The site has already been listed on over 100 international design reviews, and has been picked by several influential blogs.

Tex Avery

13 Mar 2010

Everyone knows Tex Avery. It's just that not everyone knows that they know Tex Avery.

Do you know Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny or Droopy? Then you know Tex Avery.

The man was a legend. He worked at Warner Bros and MGM for most of his prolific career, and created more memorable characters during that time than most other studios managed put together. He practically invented slapstick animated humor, and taught animators all over the world how much power they really had over their creations.

He stretched the boundaries, pushed the line, and created a style of animation that no longer looked to emulate live action, it looked to exceed it in every way.

So why am I waxing lyrical about this man 25 years after he died? Because I came across a website today which contains several of his character sheets, and it really brought home to me how ground breaking the man was. I'll post one here, but check out comicrazy for the rest.