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DesignersCouch: Top Contender in 2009 Pixel Awards

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 26, 2009, 10:41 AM


Hey all,

DesignersCouch made the top 10 contender list for the Pixel Awards in the Geek Category. I'd appreciate some love if you can support by voting here: People's Champ

In other news, janvanlysebettens helped me finally launched Design Critique which is a blog that I post at often critiquing design in web, print and advertising. Great content that's not redundant. I've got other bloggers posting as well so it's not just me. If you're interested in being a guest blogger and critique something, hit me up. It can be anything creative: web, identity, graphic design, advertising, photography, illustration, industrial design, motion design, etc. If you love the idea so much like some have, namely elusive you can blog as a critique agent.

We're expecting some good stuff from TheRyanFord soon.

That's all that's going on with me. Busy, busy, busy otherwise. Thanks for the support guys and keep in touch. Remember, you can follow me over at twitter (depthskins) to keep in touch.

Thanks.


    
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DesignersCouch Participation Contest

Fri Sep 25, 2009, 11:07 AM
 
Contest Duration
Oct 21st - Nov 21st, 2009
 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE PARTICIPATION CONTEST
Be a top supporter; help build DesignersCouch for a chance win a
15” Apple Macbook Pro
valued at
$1699
. DesignersCouch exists for the purpose of bettering its members through networking, share of knowledge and a platform to learn through constructive critiques.


JOIN FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE:
15" MACBOOK PRO

Participate for a chance to win. Follow these steps:


Approved Membership: You must be an approved member of DesignersCouch to enter the contest. Begin by applying for membership at DesignersCouch.org/apply.html. Membership at DesignersCouch is free and once you're approved, you'll instantly earn 10 points towards the contest.

Submit Designs: During your application, you're asked to submit your best designs which is used to approve your account. Once membership is approved you earn 5 points for each design submitted in your application. Every design submitted is worth 5 points.

Give Critiques: Voice your opinion on designs in the community. We want our members to give thoughtful critiques and encourage discussion related to the design. Each Critique is worth 10 pts and Expert Critique is worth 20 pts.

Start Discussions: Get involved in discussions on DC. We offer a great place to exchange ideas and give advice. Every discussion started is worth 5 pts while responding to discussion topic is worth 3 points.

Submit Events: Heard about a great design event? Share it with the DC community and earn 2 points.

Submit Collaboration: Collaborations let you work with fellow members on DC. Just post your project and await applications from the community. It's also the quickest way to get lots of points in one go. Each approved collaboration is worth 50 points.

Comments: Share your thoughts and comments on what's happening on the site and watch the points stack up. There are lots of places you can leave your comments, like on Blog and Article posts. Each comment is worth 1 point.



Win a MAC Laptop


THE PRIZES OVERVIEW


1st Place: 15" Macbook Pro compliments of Depthskins Design Studio and mberry + 1 Laptop Skin compliments of Sharpshirter

2nd Place: 1 Medium Wacom Intuos compliments of DesignersCouch

3rd Place: 5 mega vector packs, 10 brush packs and 10 fonts from Designious.

4th Place: 1 Free Webinar Session sponsored by AdaptivePath

5th Place: 1 Year Subscription to Subernova Project Management for Rockstar Freelancers

6th Place: 1 Year of free Online Media Management from Fluxiom.


WHY JOIN DESIGNERSCOUCH


Designers’Couch has all the features of most social sites such as discussion board, submitting designs (image and videos), networking with members, etc. We’ve provided a platform to interact and engage each others for our own personal benefit, that is, to become better designers.

Aside from such a platform members of DC enjoy other benefits compliments to our sponsors and partners:

Subernova: offers all DesignersCouch members an exclusive 15% discount on annual subscription saving you $12.
Sharpshirter: offers all DesignersCouch members an exclusive 15% discount on it's products includings t-shirts & iPhone skins.
GoMedia Arsenal: offers all DesignersCouch members an exclusive 15% discount on any of their design elements sold in their store.
AdaptivePath: offers all DesignersCouch members an exclusive 15% discount on all physical events.
SlideRocket: provides all DesignersCouch members with an exclusive 15% discount annual subscriptions.

If that's not enough to convince you as to why you should join DC, here's what members receive from us:

Free Webinars - we will soon start holding monthly webinars with industry experts to help solidify your knowledge on design.
Regular Competitions - we will hold regular design competitions that will offer great prizes from our partners.
Sponsored Events - we will sponsor ticket to an event or conference for selected members to represent DC.


Apply For DC Membership

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DC Siliently Launches

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 9, 2009, 3:15 PM


After years of promise, the site quietly launches? What's up with that? Maybe it's the calm before the storm. Anyway, check out out, join, hope to see you there:

www.designerscouch.org


    
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Beat to the Punch

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 1, 2009, 2:39 AM


I just saw a post on TheRyanFord's journal that announce the release of a critique system:
forum.deviantart.com/devart/be…

This is unbelievable because I have an idea just like that for Designers'Couch, not just have but implemented it. It hurts and I mean it really fucking hurts to get beat to this feature because I personally think it's a progressive feature on designs sites that focus on constructive criticism rather than just, "nice design" type of comments. This is one of the things Designers'Couch is geared towards and I wanted to enjoy the glory of implementing such a feature.

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad dA implemented this but just think if you had an idea and someone beat you to it. No one in the world is going to give you credit for it because you weren't the one to introduce it. Kudos dA! I do have a few testimony though because I invited a few beta-testers and if they bothered to check, they would have seen this feature.

I'm just pissed at myself and developers for moving so painfully slow on DC.

Anyways, check it out: forum.deviantart.com/devart/be…
Take part it in because it's a valuable feature addition.

Btw, does anyone know what is up with that symbol in front my username? It's usually associated with banned members.

I'm just gonna go and beat myself up some more. I deserve it.

DC IS coming though whether you like it or not.


    
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BETA READY

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 22, 2009, 3:21 PM


Hi All,

I never really thought the day would come when I'd be typing the words, "DC beta is Ready." Yea, believe it or not, it's now housed on it's very own dedicated server pimping some of the features on deviantART with it's very own. I'll be inviting those said they're up for beta testing this week, by Wednesday the latest.

Now the reason I haven't taken this good news to the DC community on here is simply because it's not ready for that. I'm keeping it here on my journal where it's more personal and inviting those who I think will be forgiving in beta. Last thing I want really is for someone to come on an day, it's not as good as dA or facebook or any other site.

Note to those who I invite:
When you're on DC, submit like crazy because the only way to test is to actually use it. So start using it and don't look upon it as testing.

IN OTHER NEWS:
DesignersBlock 22 is released: news.deviantart.com/article/71…

DesignCritique is underway with some great improvements made. Planned launch date is in 6weeks. It's also worthy to note it now has over 600 followers on Twitter.

Depthskins Re-aligned was better received that I thought it would be and apparently inspired a few people here and there.

That's all for now. Standby, major progress over the coming weeks.


    
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21 Entries & 24hrs left

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 10, 2009, 4:47 PM


Hi All,

So, DesignCritique contest really lifted off with some insanely cool designs. This contest says a lot about the community and their design skills. I see some really interesting trends that I'll point out when the winner is announced but designers on dA are simply outstanding.

Thanks to all those who entered, to those who haven't, you've got 24hrs left. To see all the entries, check here:
nunodias.deviantart.com/journa…


This is crazy, dA is practically under attack. Please watch out for those 'CLICK HERE' comments and learn more of what's going on here: news.deviantart.com/article/70…

I was aware of this happening but even I got caught because I didn't clearly understand that whatever is exploiting the system can use the usernames of legit users apparently. I usually recognize spammers by lack of avatar or too many links in signature.

The point is, your closest buddy on dA can post this link on your page so at this point, anything that says 'CLICK HERE' should be reported.



MORE ENTRIES PLEASE!

Stopping into say that it's weekend and I'm sure some of you can spare some time to take part in Design Critique contest. I'd like the contest to be highly competitive to make my decision a whole lot harder or easier.

To those taking part, I left comment on each of the entries so far: news.deviantart.com/article/69…. You can reach through these critiques and probably gain some insights as to what direction to take. It could help.

So yea, more entires!




ON THE COUCH WITH Nuno Dias

Check out my interview:
news.deviantart.com/article/70…



BETA TEST
DC is nearing private beta stage so I'm looking for designers to submit their work and use the site. When a bug is found, simply report it, if something can be better in terms of UI, make your suggestion, etc. It really involves anything that improves the usability and functionality of the website. Design critiques is out of the equation at this phase.

If you're interested, please drop a line here and I'll be sure to contact you once we've hit that stage (which should be soon).



WIN 500$ IN WEB DESIGN CONTEST
Check this out:
news.deviantart.com/article/69…

How sweet is that?



    
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DesignersBlock: Edition 21

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 1, 2009, 10:10 AM


Hello All,

Check it out folks:
news.deviantart.com/article/69…

Also, if you're on my journal page, look on the right, 'Quotes on Value of Design'.


DESIGN CRITIQUE

I wanted to ask you guys to help me with Design Critique and it's fairly simple. If you're wondering what this is, please read here: labs.depthskins.net/index.php?…

First Request:
If you're on twitter, please follow. (How easy was that?)

Second Request:
So you're not a twitter fan, you hate it and think it's stupid. That's fine. But since dA now allows you to plug twitter into your profile, why waste the feature (though I think it's for subscribers only)? If you have access to the twitter plugin on dA, don't waste it, you're paying for it. Simply plug in 'designcritque' and let the tweets roll out on your page. What do you know, added content for your profile.

Third Request:
Damn it, I'm getting old. I can't remember.
Oh! If you're on twitter, a huge fan and enjoy tweeting, then note me if you're interested in participating in the project. I'll provide you with an account where you can login and post ANYTHING design related on the account.

If you do any of these requests, drop a line.
That's it and as always, thanks for reading.


    
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2008-2009

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 17, 2009, 6:44 AM


Hi all,

A simple journal entry to update you on a few things.

Gauchotexts
This is a project I've been working on for almost a year, a project so big it involved the likes of arpad and janvanlysebettens. The site is now in private beta and I'm sure there's much work to be done so if you guys are interested in checking it out, give some feedback, sign-up for invite. If you REALLY want to see it bad, contact me directly for invite with your email.

For this project, I've handled every aspect of the project. From branding to project management to internet marketing. Here's a project you hope is a success because of the role you play. Any failure means i share the responsibility and vice versa. I have no doubt this will be the next big thing.

My First Video
After working on Gauchotexts, we had to put together a promo video and I had to step up to the plate. So I present to you:
www.flickr.com/photos/dmadray/…. I worked with an animator (SophieMotion) for the animation. Turns out there's more to a motion piece than just effects and animation so I had to help the script, storyboard, sound effects and overall creative direction. It was my best project for 2008 because I NEVER did something like this before and the experience gained is priceless.

Depthskins Fan Page
I've created a Depthskins fan page on facebook so if you're a FB user, become a fan :) Here's the link: www.facebook.com/pages/Depthsk…

Did you read the blog
There are a few good read in the blog I think. For example, there:
3 touchpoints of branding
2008 in Reflection (Depthskins)
Free wordpress template

Check it out: labs.depthskins.net

Thanks for reading


    
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DesignersBlock Edition 20: Outside Inspiration

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 16, 2009, 4:38 PM


Today we released DesignersBlock Edition 20 which comprises of inspirations inside and outside deviantART. I think it's the best edition so far because it's showing sites that's online and a bit of resource as well. One of the best to date:
news.deviantart.com/article/67…

What will we think up of next.


    
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Where are my manners

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 10, 2009, 4:18 PM


Hi All,

Firstly, my apologies for now wishing you guys happy holidays and hopefully it's not too late to wish you all the best for 2009.

I also thank those who stopped by to wish me all the best, you guys are rock stars.

The reason I've been so out of zone and trust me I was is because I'm back in Guyana and the connection is beyond shitty. On top of all that I had to be working through the holidays. I took a few days off, literally and I played a lot of XBOX. It was  a great holiday but I'm also dealing with much uncertainty in my life. 2009 will be a defining year as 2008 was. I know I'm not updating much and that really means I'm insanely busy. You'll see work from me though.

My focus on projects have shifted and I'm really trying to push myself in what I can accomplish. Designers'Couch for example is trying to weather difficult times but it's coming guys. The closer it gets to releasing the more nervous I get because it's something for designers and we can be so damn picky. I'm also worried about failing. But they say, "no guts, no glory".

I'm doing a lot and keeping busy but I haven't set any goals for 2009 but if I had any advice I'd tell you guys to set goals. Of all the goals I set, I accomplished 90% of it which is damn good if I may say so myself. Also try writing it down, it's even more effective then.

Once again though, I wish you guys all the best and if ANYONE needs help or assistance in anything that I can help with, do let me know.

Sorry for this quick update but I gotta head out now.
-Damian.

BTW:
New profile layout rocks!


    
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Designers'Block: Edition 19

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 29, 2008, 7:53 AM
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Designers'Block

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 16, 2008, 12:26 AM


It's here again:
news.deviantart.com/article/64…


    
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It's back!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 26, 2008, 5:58 PM


designers'Block: Edition 17: news.deviantart.com/article/63…

Featured talents in every area of design and truly does what it's meant to: inspire!
Enjoy!


    
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Support a Worthy Cause

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 24, 2008, 8:43 PM


Hi all,

Seems like I've been tied up on many worthy causes but this one is a nice change. I'd like all your design savvy people to head on over to designerscouch and take part in the DbD meets DC contest. Go on, check it out, I'll wait...

Ok, you're back, good.

For those of you who care about Designers'Couch, you can follow also on:
twitter: twitter.com/designerscouch
virb: virb.com/designerscouch

More important, check out the new splash page, it's much nicer I think and you can subscribe to get updated when launched: designerscouch.org. Why subscribe there when you've got me here? Well, I'll randomly select people from the list to invite in beta which I wouldn't do through my account here on dA.

Members of DC on dA will be the only people I randomly selected so if you aren't an accepted member of DC yet, this is for you.

hmmm... what else to talk about?

Oh yea! Thanks to all those who stopped by wishing me happy birthday. I was so surprised I had to ask a few people how they remember because I never remember birthdays, including my own. I remember when all those forums that I joined years ago start emailing birthday messages and when my mom and fiance keeps asking what do I want for it.

So yea, it wasn't the best birthday but it was nice and quiet.  I got a new iPhone 3G for my bday so sweeeet! I don't like using the word 'anal' but I think it describes Apple perfectly. You pay $200 for the phone but you're not allowed to do with it what you like. If anyone knows a theming application for LOCKED iphone, please do tell.

That's it!
Thanks


    
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Welcomes New Gallery Director

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2008, 6:00 PM


Hi all,

I wanted to take time out to introduce DA's new Gallery Director, NunoDias. He seems quite excited, anxious about the position and will definitely whip the gallery into fine shape. I've already passed some words of wisdom and am currently helping him get settled, I think.

One important thing to note is that NunoDias will be taking the lead on the project I started a while back called, designersBLOCK. I'm still involved but he's managing it and looking for other designers to get involved on dA. I just can't do that, designers'couch and depthskins at the same time.


In addition to that, check out the new articles:
Amazing Packaging Designs
Biggest Naming Blunders

Visit the blog, much to read: labs.depthskins.net


Donate to help with development costs for Designers'Couch: designerscouch.chipin.com/desi…



    
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Gears of War

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 10, 2008, 11:54 PM


Have you played 'Gears of War', of so, the sequel is simply mind blowing. I bought it yesterday, finished it today. The game play is just phenomenal, it's exciting and all out war. I know the game was shaping up for a prequel but I found the ending a bit disappointing. It doesn't leave me exciting for Gears3 and that's a major flaw on EPIC's end. Great storytellers leave you wanting more.

I got a tip to wait out the credit for some hints at the prequel only to be further disappointed.

But man, if you want a game that's pure fun, a game that you just shoot the hell out of your enemies until their bones are grinding, this game is it. Aside from all that, the visual effects are great, the movie scenes are spectacular and the story is great.

I do think it was a bit redundant to Gears 1 but the end scenes were much fun.
Love this game. It's one of Microsoft's best but because I judge games from storyline, I doesn't reach the merit of Halo quite yet.

Go out and get this if you're an action junkie. Any suggestions on any new games for 360?


Donate to help with development costs for Designers'Couch: designerscouch.chipin.com/desi…

Visit the blog, much to read: labs.depthskins.net




    
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History has been made!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 5, 2008, 9:45 AM


Unless you've been living under a rock, you know America has elected it's 44th president, an African American, making it history. However, this day is not just historic to America but the entire world given the fact that America is a superpower. Also, it is a proud example set by the US which shows their country at least is moving past racism.

If the Americans can do it, a country locked in civil war only half a century ago then other countries have no excuse. The rest of the world can follow this example and hopefully make racism something of the past.

This moment is especially emotional to African Americans because most thought it would never come. President Elect Obama has raised the bar for black people around the world. Being a rapper is no longer the ultimate reach for black people because now we know, we capable of so much more. He has set an example that will stand through out time. In my opinion, Barak Obama has not just accomplished presidency but he's now a hero for a group of people.

President Elect Barak Obama has won and in the future, his campaign will be used as a case study not just for future president but for people in marketing. He truly harnesses the power of the internet and social media. He's made brilliant moves such as the 30 min infomercial making one last plea. Despite the fact that he ran a remarkable campaign, President Elect Obama was chosen mainly because Americans want change and so does the rest of the world.

If you watched his acceptance speech, you would see that Obama is not exactly ecstatic. The reason for that is when you actually sit and think of the tasks ahead, they are enormous and much is expected of him.

Today, I am proud. Today I join the rest of the world celebrating this historic day.



Donate to help with development costs for Designers'Couch: designerscouch.chipin.com/desi…

Visit the blog, much to read: labs.depthskins.net




    
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Donate!

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 2, 2008, 1:34 AM
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Are you on Twitter

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 17, 2008, 2:05 PM


Hey all,

Is anyone out there on twitter, please add me: depthskins

However, more importantly, here's the challenge:
Add designcritique on twitter. Design Critique is managed by me and hopefully will become a cool project. What I do is submit a critique within the 140 character limit and dare watches to chime in with their critique.

I'm telling you, it's hard to do.

The upside is that it'll keep your brain sharp with those design elements and principles. Also it's a source of great inspiration as I'll be pulling stuff from all over the web.


    
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Good news after the dArama

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 9, 2008, 3:27 PM


Hi all,

Today I had a meeting with the first official sponsor of Designers' Couch. I'm not going to say much about who it is as yet but with the help of our sponsor(s), DC is going mainstream. I'm truly excited.

As the preview I posted the other day suggested, we've now completed 50% of site development. 50% only includes design, UI Development and QA. The next phases is working with developers to bring this to life. However, it'll take at least another 2 months (minus the weekends and holidays) before we can even hit beta simply because DC has so much features.

DC isn't even live but the state of the economy affects us because it affects our sponsor. However, DC is launching at a time when there's great need for something such as this (yes, people, it offers a little more than behance and deviantart).

With all that said, this is an unofficial update on my journal here for those who watches me. Keep yours eyes open and I hope DC supporters get excited by this bit of news.

I'm also posting this to remove the negative vibe here on my journal and replace with positive ones.
Thanks all.


    
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