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3 Retro Icons That Are Making a Comeback

While there are some trends that only come around once before eventually disappearing into the ether of time, some retro icons manage to be revived by future generations. This has become increasingly clear over the last decade as Generation Y, possibly nostalgic for a simpler time that they never got to experience, have embraced trends that we all thought were slowly waning.

Don’t believe us? Well, here are three retro icons that are making a comeback in a big way:

Wonder Woman

On June 2, DC Comics’ greatest female superhero of all time will finally hit the big screens in her very own movie. It’s about time too as Wonder Woman has been around since December 1941 when she featured in DC’s All Star Comics 8 and fans have been waiting for her live-action debut ever since.

As her origin story goes, Princess Diana of Themyscira was sculpted from clay by her mother Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons and granted life by Athena who gave her powers provided by the Greek Gods. It was later revealed that Zeus was, in fact, her father, and helped raise the young Princess alongside her mother and aunts Antiope and Menalippe. As Diana grew she mastered skills in strategy, hunting and combat before mastering the Lasso of Truth, her indestructible bracelets and a variety of other advanced Amazonian tech.

Over the last eighty years, she has become increasingly popular, with her own action figures, TV series and movie cameos. Wonder Woman is such an iconic part of pop culture that she has even received her own iGaming title Wonder Woman Gold, which can be found at Sun Bingo, amongst other Ancient myth-inspired slot games including Zeus and Amazon Wild. On October 21, 2016, Wonder Woman was even named a UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, although this was revoked after two months – because we can’t have nice things.

Still, it is only now in 2017 that this retro icon is finally receiving her very own live-action movie as Gal Gadot returns to her role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Wonder Woman will also appear in Justice League in November and Justice League 2 in June 2019.

Arcade Cabinets

Back in the 1980s, most youths could probably be found in their local shopping centers or purpose-built arcades. There they would play their favorite arcade games from Pac-Man to Cruis’n USA alongside their fellow gamers who would often cheer them on as they played. Not only were kids able to have all the fun they wanted, playing arcade games allowed them to find safety within a community of like-minded peers.

Unfortunately, when the millennium came around, arcades and the little nooks packed with cabinets began to disappear. This is probably due to the fact that home consoles became far more accessible and affordable, and kids would go to each other’s houses to play for free instead of travelling into town to spend money to play. As the years dragged by, arcade cabinets were left in the past, only really showing up at the seaside or in collections created by nostalgic and wealthy individuals.

For almost twenty years the arcade cabinet was in limbo. That was until a few years ago when the internet flipped the switch and the games began to appear online. Suddenly, the site Internet Archive began to provide virtual arcade titles while the Internet Arcade at Archive.org made their collection of almost 1000 retro titles available to play on desktop or mobile for free. What’s even more exciting is that there’s a small community of DIY enthusiasts who have come together to explain to the world how you can build your very own arcade cabinets. Alternatively, you can buy fully-functioning machines from anywhere in the world from sites like Liberty Games and Ultimate Arcade Cabinets.

The Nokia 3310

Finally, there’s the most famous phone in the world right now: the Nokia 3310. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February, Nokia revealed that they plan to relaunch their iconic, almost indestructible mobile model complete with Snake for just £41 per handset in the second quarter of 2017.

The new Nokia 3310 isn’t entirely the same as it was back in the noughties, as it has a larger color screen and its design is a little more modern, but considering the device doesn’t even have 3G capabilities there is still a nostalgic pull that has encouraged thousands to purchase the remake. That said, it provides ten times the battery as its namesake, with a total of 22 hours of talk time as well as a standby time of one month.

According to Florian Seiche, president of mobile firm HMD Global, the decision to re-release the phone was based entirely on consumers, who had been asking for this for years. Meanwhile, Ben Wood of CCS Insight told The Guardian: “There is a segment of the population that just wants a basic phone. From the stereotype of builder that just wants to call and text and if it gets broken, it doesn’t matter, to the festival phone and the backup phone.”

If you’re interested, you can already pre-order the device through Carphone Warehouse while Vodafone plans to let their pre-orders go live any day now. When it comes to nostalgic, retro icons few are quite as renowned and beloved as the Nokia 3310.

6 Website Design Trends

When the Internet was new, websites were very simplistic things. These days, bells and whistles are the norm and, if you don’t have said bells and whistles, you might as well not have a website. To have an impact on your end users at all, you need to make it not only professional looking but also aesthetically pleasing … pretty, if you will! And when it comes to what you can do to make a website stand out from the rest these days; the world is your oyster. Read on for six website design trends that will show your audience that you took the time to make their website visit enjoyable.

1. Images and Text That Overlap

Choosing or taking the perfect photo is half the battle in website design, as we humans are very visual beings. But once you’ve got that ideal image, you need to say something about it. You might not have to have a lot of text but you at least need some, no matter whether it’s an ad or a blog post. As HubSpot’s Karla Cook notes, “Text that slightly overlaps accompanying images has become a popular effect for blogs and portfolios.” It’s not a mind-blowing update but it’s just enough to create something unique in website design.

2. Embed Video With Panache

We all know videos are oh-so-hot right now. Viral videos are everywhere we look—on Facebook, being shown by Carson Daly on The Today Show, and even your grandma has probably sent you one or two. So using them to your advantage in website design is a huge must. Whether you create your own video to reflect your brand, you’ve got videos playing in the “background” to create motion, or you’ve arranged that the video will play when the computer mouse hovers over it, integrating video in a compelling way is an integral part of staying current with website design trends. Helping a client to create a vlog is another creative way to captivate the end user, and it’s surprisingly inexpensive to get one up and running.

3. Don’t Forget the Little Touches

Remember those bells and whistles we talked about? When it comes to website design, the little things can go a long way. Use floating share icons like BuytheBestDrone.com. These follow the user as they scroll, making your articles as share-friendly as possible. And if you don’t know how to do it yourself, yep, there’s an app for that. Even ensuring you’re choosing the best font for your website as crucial, as hell hath no fury like a person who is turned off by a website font. It’s the fastest way to make someone jump without even reading a word. Even something as small as the company logo can have a huge impact, so make sure you spend a lot of time researching what looks best and what you think will have an impact on the end user.

4. Make the Most of Photography

Whether you or your client has made sure to hire a professional photographer, congratulate yourself on making a good decision and highlight this person’s work. There’s nothing worse than going to a website and seeing photos with a poor resolution that were clearly taken from someone’s iPhone. If you’ve got great photos that highlight your product—like these gorgeous photos of baking designs—any web designer worth her salt will ensure these are placed prominently on the site.

5. Get Creative With Color

It’s such a simple thing but many website designers these days are realizing the power of color. Not only do you want to swap drab colors that scream 1970s for more vibrant colors, but a good website designer will likely get even more creative, like creating sites with a duotone look.

6. Make Statistics Sexy

The bottom line is websites are there to impart information and, in most cases, to get people to convert (buy something!). There’s no way around the harsh reality is that sometimes this information is going to be boring, especially if it’s laden with statistics. But you can’t keep the information off the website simply because it’s a little dry! So these days, website designers are getting more savvy, by presenting numbers in a way that’s visually pleasing, like with engaging infographics.

Website design trends are heading the way of sleek and contemporary looks, almost bordering on minimalism. With new approaches being developed every day, the future in website design should be even more interesting.

Featured image by Rawpixel.com

The Evolution Of Cellphones As Marketing Devices

A lot of Marketing has been hinged off the latest communication trends. The ability to share information is at the centerpiece of marketing as a profession. Even in the earliest times there proved to be uses of those primitive communication devices for marketing. Smoke signals were used to inform people of events. Events whose success was based on the number of people who attended. Therefore, the smoke was used to market the event to the greater public. Although clearly marketing strategies were still in their infancy.

With technological developments came new and exciting ways to reach people. Among all these ways the telephone provided a unique feature. That personal touch. Now marketers could talk directly with a possible consumer. Phones have become more mobile and intimate allowing for the evolution of cell phones as marketing devices. Not only the phone industry keeps up with technology, also online gambling has become so advance, for more information visit https://www.jackpotscasino.org/ and find out more about online gambling.

Cellphones have grown from being mere communication devices to being the top marketing devices. Below are three ways that cellphones have become the marketing devices of choice.

Three Top Features Making Cellphones the ultimate Marketing Devices

  1. The ability to record user preferences. An increase in the capabilities of the phones has also led to them being targeted by marketers. Now, most smartphones record and store data on the preferences of the user. Even though this leads to great usability it also gives marketers essential data on what the population wants.
  2. Individualism. This simply means easier targeting. Because each phone represents a unique individual it is possible to sell even the oddest of things because there is direct contact with the person who wants it. Based on information gathered from a person’s online activities.
  3. Mobility. Although last on the list this may be the greatest selling point. Cellphones also known as mobile phones allow the user to use the device on the go. This means that at any time the marketing message can get to the intended recipient. Thus, the user can also take immediate action in response to the Ad. Especially for industries like online gambling at casinosonline-canada.ca where the entire transaction can occur on the mobile smart device.

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Media Changing the Wealth Distribution

Jobs have changed over the years. There are now jobs that earn people millions of dollars. The wealth distribution of the world has changed greatly in the last century. Even though other forms of technological advancements have helped reshape society, media has played a pivotal role. There have been so many changes in society because of advancements in technology. Distribution of wealth has been the greatest aspect that has been changed.

Media Creating Wealth

Media has now advanced to a stage where people can leverage its platforms to create a lot of wealth. The internet is the latest platform for sharing information. Previous years have seen a huge increase in the number of internet millionaires. Online products like Google, Facebook, Twitter and may others have made their founders enormous amounts of money. This is because of their ability to reach a large number of people. Which presents marketing opportunities.

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Media Affecting Wealth Distribution Through Politics

At the turn of the 20th-century wealth was in the hands of a few monarchs and their closest cronies. However, ideas of democracy and socialism spread throughout the world quickly. The pace at which these “radicle” ideas moved as helped by the printing press and radio. People in far places could get latest updates on the revolutions through radio and newspapers.

First to go down where the monarchs themselves. Soon it was the colonies that they had. Again media played a critical role in the motivating people in oppressed regions to seek freedom. This time radio and print were assisted by television. By the end of the 20th-century, most states had their independence.
With independence come a shift in the powers that control the resources. The result was that previously marginalized communities got control of wealth generating resources. Therefore, creating a new class of the wealthy.

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Marketing 101: 3 Benefits of Making Print and Digital Media Work Together

While it is true that more people now conduct searches for products and brands online than they do from print media, it is also true that a huge percentage of people searching for those very same products and brands were directed there from some form of print media. If you are looking for a well-rounded marketing strategy for your business, it pays to understand the benefits of making print and digital media work together to broaden your reach. Here are just three of those benefits.

1. Many People Still Prefer Print Communications

If you are currently in the process of devising a marketing strategy, one thing you might want to be aware of is the fact that many people still prefer print communications over their digital counterpart. In a recent article posted by the Printing Industries Alliance, it was noted that greater numbers of people responded to direct mailings than advertisements of the same product online. Is it because their screen is constantly bombarded with so many popups that they simply close them off without taking a moment to read them?

It isn’t yet clear why this is happening but the PIA states that more people will respond to direct mail than online ads, even though online ads have the potential to reach a larger audience quicker. Now with the ability to use an online printing site when creating your own marketing mailers, you can save a ton of money with custom print jobs. Doesn’t it make sense to add direct mailing to your advertising campaign that will correspond directly to what you are using in digital form online? This way you capture a broader market share!

2. High Percentage of People Will Read Print Media vs. Online Content

While there are those who will spend hours reading content online, and these are the people you are marketing to with digital media, there are those who will read something in a journal or newspaper in its entirety but merely glance at its digital counterpart. Again, it isn’t yet understood why this phenomenon is happening but the reality is that if you have something to say, it is more likely that a reader will stick it through to the end in print form.

However, if you are using short bits of advertising with custom graphics or photos, you will almost certainly get a higher response online. The trick is to grab the reader’s attention within just a few seconds. Learning to use both print and digital media in your marketing strategies will ensure that you reach those who want more information as well as those whose interest is sparked with an image or a short sentence or two. It pays to cater to both long and short attentions spans!

3. Positive Response to Print Advertising

As mentioned above, overall, there is a positive response to print advertising. However, this comes about in a rather odd way! Print media will lead the reader to your website where they can get further information and browse your site for products or services mentioned in your print ads. Studies have shown that print ads that give a website URL will often prompt the reader to seek more information on your site. Of course, you need to pay special attention to the layout and content of that print advertisement, but when formatted well, you can significantly grow your audience with just a simple mention on a postcard, flyer or other forms of print media.

Learning to use both together is both an art and a science. However, don’t ever be led to believe that one is superior to the other. Both have their place in your marketing strategies and by learning how to make them work together, you will reach the widest audience possible. Isn’t that what marketing is all about anyway? Give it a try!

Featured Image by Carlos Muza

The Need for Website Speed: A Primer on what CDNs do and Who Needs Them

The internet is an amazing thing. With a couple clicks of a mouse or a swipe or two of a finger, anyone anywhere in the world can purchase almost anything, research any topic, or make instant contact with someone halfway around the globe.

As a society, however, do we take the time to fully appreciate this modern marvel of technology? Or do nearly half of online shoppers abandon a website that takes more than three seconds to load? Survey says it’s the latter. Amazing as the internet may be, if your site doesn’t have speed, it would seem it doesn’t have much. Luckily there’s a solution for that.

ABC, easy as 123, simple as CDN

A content delivery network, otherwise known as a CDN, is a network of data centers distributed around the globe designed to improve website performance, very much including page load time. A content delivery network, as the name implies, does so by delivering a website’s content to its users faster and more efficiently using caching.

Each data center in a CDN has a proxy cache server that stores all a website’s cacheable content, which consists of all static content including CSS files, JavaScript, template images, music, and videos as well as – in the case of advanced CDNs – dynamic content for the period in which it remains unchanged. Cache servers speed up a website in two ways: firstly, storing cached content eliminates lengthy trips to the origin server that would otherwise be required to fetch the requested content. Secondly, when a user visits the website, he or she is redirected to the data center closest to them in order to cut down on the physical distance the requested content has to travel in order for pages to load.

Content delivery networks also improve website performance by optimizing content. This includes compressing content like HTML, CSS, JavaScript and image files to speed up loading, removing unnecessary characters from source code, and managing multimedia resources effectively. CDNs also optimize network connections and reuse open sessions to maximize network efficiency.

Additional benefits

In addition to improving website performance and page load time, a content delivery network also improves a website’s reliability through the multi-server environment of the network. Having multiple servers provides built-in load balancing, which keeps any one server from being overwhelmed by traffic. Built-in load balancing on its own provides inherent protection against DDoS attacks, and advanced CDNs offer additional DDoS mitigation that can be tailored to an organization’s needs – always-on or on-demand, managed by DDoS mitigation specialists either way. Other integrated security may include a web application firewall, two-factor authentication, and customizable security rules.

Additionally, advanced CDNs include support for the latest internet protocols, allowing for automatic enabling of IPv6 and HTTP/2 without requiring any upgrade of the origin infrastructure. Thanks to its optimization tools, a CDN also cuts down on the bandwidth required by a website, which can significantly cut down on bandwidth bills.

Who needs a CDN?

When you consider that 47% of online consumers expect a page to load in less than two seconds, 79% who are dissatisfied with a website’s performance are less likely to make a purchase from that site again, and 44% will tell friends about a negative online experience, it’s tempting to say every website needs a CDN. Especially when you factor in that site speed is a significant aspect when it comes to search engine rankings.

However, some websites will benefit more than others from the speed and performance improvements that come along with a content delivery network. In order to keep shoppers happy and keep sales flowing, e-commerce sites will greatly benefit from a CDN. So too will any site using SSL, as a CDN will help make up for that extra time required to establish a secure connection with every user’s browser. The same goes for websites with plenty of international traffic, as all users will always have a data center at least somewhat close by. And of course, websites that experience high bursts of traffic will also be major beneficiaries of a CDN’s advantages, especially the built-in load balancing. Load balancing, as well as a CDN’s integrated DDoS protection, is important as well for websites in competitive industries like online gaming, software as a service and banking and finance that may be at increased risk of DDoS attack.

Obviously, no website owner has to invest in a CDN and reap its many benefits. Instead, site owners could wait for society to have a collective epiphany and become more grateful for all the amazing technology we’re able to access on a daily basis.

23 Delicious Dessert Graphic Designs!

Is there anything better than dessert? Seriously… I’m not sure about you but I’ve got a separate department in my stomach dedicated to desserts, that never gets full. No matter how much I eat, I’ll always have room for dessert. But enough about me, here’s some desserts that are exclusive in various countries:

  • France: Creme Brulee
  • America: Apple Pie
  • Turkey: Baklava
  • Italy: Gelato
  • Russia: Syrniki
  • Spain: Tarta de Santiago
  • Japan: Mochi
  • Argentina: Pastelitos
  • England: Banoffee Pie
  • Canada: Nanaimo Bar

[Source: Business Insider]

I’ve put together a collection of 23 delicious desert graphic design projects for your inspiration. Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


Credit:Romain Trystram

Credit:Romain Trystram

Credit:Mariana Gonçalves

Credit:Mariana Gonçalves

Credit:Jennifer Angelina

Credit:Jennifer Angelina

Credit:Kimmy Lee

Credit:Edw Villaherrera

Credit:Ilona Don

Credit:Linnea Djurberg & Nathalie Agnekil

Credit:Carlos Nogueira

Credit:Carlos Nogueira

Credit:Marina Baranova

Credit:Marina Baranova

Credit:Robot Food

Credit:Robot Food

Credit:Nicole LaFave

Credit:Nicole LaFave

Credit:Amris A

Credit:Mel Bruning

Credit:Evely García

Credit:Ahmed Nawara

Credit:KOOR Packaging design


25 Unique and Incredible Homes

While these houses might not be the biggest or the most expensive in the world, they are definitely incredibly beautiful; from the designs, to the extra features (like pools and garages.) Before we get into it, here are the prices and locations of the top 10 most expensive houses in the world!

  1. 7 Upper Phillimore Gardens – London- $128 million
  2. Kensington Palace Gardens- London- $140 million
  3. Seven The Pinnacle- Big Sky, Montana- $155 million
  4. Hearst Castle- San Simeon, California- $191 million
  5. Ellison Estate- Woodside, California- $200 million
  6. 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens- London- $222 million
  7. Four Fairfield Pond- Sagaponack, New York- $248.5 million
  8. Villa Leopolda- Cote D’Azure, France- $750 million
  9. Antilia- Mumbai, India- $1 billion
  10. Buckingham Palace- London- $1.55 billion

[Source: Time]

I hope that you enjoy this week’s photography collection on incredible homes!

Credit to respective artists


Credit:Home Adore

Credit:Dmitry Tsyrencshikov

Credit:mohamed rezk

Credit:MyHouse Idea

Credit:Adam Kaminski

Credit:MyHouse Idea

Credit:Home Adore

Credit:Sérgio Merêces

Credit:Sérgio Merêces

Credit:MyHouse Idea

Credit:Michal Nowak

Credit:Michal Nowak

Credit:Angel Kostov

Credit:Angel Kostov

Credit:Rafa? Dawlud & Karolina Che?stowska

Credit:Rafa? Dawlud & Karolina Che?stowska

Credit:Home Adore

Credit:Home Adore

Credit:mode:lina architekci

Credit:mode:lina architekci

Credit:Seth Powers

Credit:Seth Powers

Credit:Seth Powers

Credit:ACHouse .Studio

Credit:ACHouse .Studio


21 Photos Of NYC At Its Finest!

There’s no doubt that New York city is one of the most interesting places in the world! From the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building; there’s no shortage of incredible sights and landmarks. Here’s 10 quick facts on the great city of New York, courtesy of Buzzfeed:

  1. Pinball was banned in the city until 1978. The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts.
  2. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
  3. There’s a man who mines sidewalk cracks for gold. He can make over $600 a week.
  4. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
  5. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
  6. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
  7. In nine years, Madison Square Garden’s lease will run out and it will have to move.
  8. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
  9. UPS, FedEx, and other commercial delivery companies receive up to 7,000 parking tickets a DAY, contributing up to $120 million in revenue for the city of New York.
  10. There are more undergrad and graduate students in NYC than Boston has people.

Crazy! Who would of thought that so many interesting facts could come out of a single city. But all that aside, the city produces some of the most amazing photography! Check out the collection below for 21 photos of NYC at its finest! Enjoy!

Credit to respective artists.


Credit:Laurent Nivalle

Credit:Jakob Wagner

Credit:Jakob Wagner

Credit:Aleks Ivic

Credit:Radifa Terza

Credit:Luis Bensimon

Credit:Luis Bensimon

Credit:Nicolás Cuello

Credit:Hugo Cuevas

Credit:magdalena kus

Credit:Victor Utama

Credit:Victor Utama

Credit:Victor Utama

Credit:Dan Murray

Credit:Dan Murray

Credit:Dan Murray

Credit:Florian W. Mueller

Credit:Florian W. Mueller

Credit:Gianluca G. Giancola

Credit:Gianluca G. Giancola

Credit:Gianluca G. Giancola


Conclusion

New York city is definitely one of the most incredible cities in the world; both in facts and in photographic beauty! I hope that you enjoyed this week’s photography collection! Thanks for stopping by!