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Designing for a Good Cause E-mail
Written by Dean Neitman   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 09:09

Camp Twin LakesI don't normally like to work for free but when it is for good cause, I've been known to make exceptions. I made that exception for Camp Twin Lakes recently. They are a nonprofit organization that caters to special needs children near the Atlanta area.

It was earlier this year, I had met many new people while attending some Meetup hikes. After becoming acquainted with a couple of the hikers really well over a handful of hikes, I learned one of them was a chef for Camp Twin Lakes.

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App Art E-mail
Written by Dean Neitman   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 23:34

Number ParadoxI have a growing collection of microstock art at Dreamstime.com that includes photography, 3D illustrations, and 2D illustrations. I tend to update it a few times a month on the average as time allows.

As multimedia artist with over a decade of advertising experience, I try to imagine what might be good commercially for advertising use when I create a lot of my images but never consider the use of my images for mobile apps until recently after an email.

The email was from an Android app developer with Mirror Seven Pty Ltd whom had purchased one of my 3D illustrations and wanted to show me how it was used. He had incorporated my image into the background of his app titled Number Paradox.

If you are an Android phone user, check out the game available for download on Google Play. It looks like a very interesting concept and challenging game.

With this in mind, I think all stock image contributors should consider this category for their future portfolio pieces. I know I sure will.

 
Mistakes of Online Communities E-mail
Written by Dean Neitman   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:33

PeopleI've been a part or member of many different forums, portals and communities online over the years and a few I still keep up with on occasion when time allows but most I have forgotten and moved on. Some I left because my interests had changed, some due to better communities and some I left because of poor management.

Having dealt with so many of these online communities and having the privilege to be a moderator or admin for some has given me great insight to what works and what doesn't work when trying to build a nice user base. The idea "build it and they will come" is a little far fetched for online communities because once a person builds a community online, it does need to be maintained and improved upon or it is likely to fail in the end. Web users in this era have too many options to settle for less.

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Why Google+ is Lagging E-mail
Written by Dean Neitman   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 11:15

Google PlusI keep reading internet headlines describing Google+ as a ghost town. For some, this is very understandable considering who they may be following in their circles. Some on Google+, including myself, are not using it to its full potential and not posting as much.

What are the reasons for this? I have my theories and I would like to share them in hopes maybe someone, including Google will take notice and think about their strategy.

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Can Music Drive Creativity? E-mail
Written by Dean Neitman   
Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:00

MusicI was reading a book online called 'The Digital Matte Painting Handbook' by David B. Mattingly, because I have always been interested in scene creation for movies and ran across an interesting quote.

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