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I don't usually go out looking for props and likes so this is a bit of a first. My main motivation is just to see if people like the sort of things that I write, and resources that I provide via the imjustcreative blog.

This isn't so much about me as a person but more about what I do on this website and the blog. You might have found some of my logo templates useful or laughed/groaned at a few of my posters, and maybe you just like some of the work I have done in my logo portfolio.

We all need some form of validation at times and this is me reaching out to you.

I realise that one may open themselves to the negative when seeking anything positive so I'll take it all on the chin.

Like and +1

If anything that I have written or provided has been useful for you then I would surely appreciate it if you could send a Facebook Like and/or Google +1 my way.

For a Like there is a convenient button below which is for the imjustcreative website as a whole.

For a Google +1 I would greatly appreciate it if you could +1 my actual home page as this is where they are mostly needed. The button can be found at the bottom of the left sidebar.

If on the other hand you object to anything that I do or have some thoughts about what you would like to see more of on the imjustcreative blog then please feel free to leave constructive comments below.

Image credit goes to http://leonardsavage.com


What's it all about

I love good recources, we all do. Yet there are so many to choose from, to remember to sift through it can be come quite overwhelming.

I for one, use Delicious to bookmark the posts that I find particularly cool and useful and Stumble most others. But as much as I love Delicious, I have needed more direct access to these posts that I have previously bookmarked. Not to mention the somewhat hit and miss affair of Delicious Tags etc.

So this is where Posterous came in. It's no big secret that I love Posterous, it's such a awesomely simply tool to get posts and photos up in no time at all. I post most days from my iPhone to my personal Posterous blog, ImJustGraham. Mostly photos of Dylan granted, but it's a lovely way to stay connected and also it creates a wonderful history trail.

Junkies

So the Junkie sites came about after a bit of trial and error. I initially intended to use Twitter for this purpose, to set up individual Twitter accounts, such as LogoJunkies, TypeJunkies etc to tweet new links as and when I saw them. But managing all these accounts became problematic, not to mention the ongoing process of getting new followers for each one. So I have pretty much abandoned that method. But I still felt the Junkie method was worth pursuing.

First and foremost they are a library of some of the more interesting and useful posts, links, articles and resources. All neatly stored in one easy to use Posterous blog. The emphasis is on what I personally like, subjects that I love and content that interest me. They are an extended personal resource of all the things that I love from Type, Logos, Photoshop, Macs etc.

So now rather than having to wade through countless tags in Delicious or remember the best sites to visit, I now have a neat collection of subject relative Posterous Blogs that house only one subject.

If others find them of use then great, but even if not, they serve a useful purpose for me. My very own way of managing and collecting useful news and information.

Where credit is due

I make it clear that these are just excerpts or references to the original articles, there is no intention here to RIP of other peoples work. Quite the opposite, by inluding them in the Junkie blogs, I am actually helping spread the word of these awesome post and articles. I post just enough to get attention, but have to visit the original source to follow up on the post. I will not include download links for recourses or include full posts.

The list so far

  1. LogoDesignJunkies
  2. TypeJunkies
  3. MacJunkies
  4. iPhone Photography
  5. PhotoshopJunkies
  6. DesignJunkies
  7. TextureJunkies
  8. jQueryJunkies
  9. ProjectJunkies
  10. TwitterJunkies
  11. SocialMediaJunkies
  12. BrushJunkies
  13. ThemeJunkies
  14. BrandJunkies
  15. CodeJunkies
  16. Minimalicity (just a different name)

Some may just come and go, some new ones may pop up. Just depends on how things go, and the flow of information.

Submit your own links

Please feel free to suggest links and resources that you feel others would benefit from. Im ideally looking for the 'better' articles etc, rather than 'every' post going. But please feel free to leave a comment on the blog in question with the link you feel would be worth adding and I will take it from there. If the link is published, then I will also add a credit link for that person.


Follow some of the best 50+ Designers on Twitter

Thanks to Steven over at Vandelay Design and his other Social Network Blog - Traffiked, there is a massive list of worth design folk that ought to be on your Twitter list. And since the list was posted, there has been around 130 comments all with extra Twitter links for you to add, so all in all, over 100 Design related Twitterer's all in one place.

I was included on that original Twitter list and a severe hurricane hit me the next day and the following weeks. I had no idea Steven had included me, and the onslaught of followers has just dumbfounded me, even to this day, several months on I am getting new requests that originated from this article.

Feel free to add your Twitter or any other Social MicroBlog ID to comments below.

Thanks Steven.


It's hard to find a balance with content. Easy if you are writing a personal Blog or Journal, pretty much anything goes. But the moment you develop a Business Type Front End, then you have to be a bit more choosy over what you write about.

Twitter

Twitter has been great as it allows me to just ramble on about nonsense through out the day, but I do miss feeling that I can't really write anything less than Semi Professional on my own site. It is a site for potential customers, thats for sure, but it's also an extension of who I am. Being creative means all dimensions, thoughts, ideas, visual, audio, etc. So I really feel I should not be trying to force a sterile environment here.

So one way is to use Twitter Tools, and set up the options to publish a daily digest of your Twitterings as a blog post. This I have been doing and is a good way to keep an archive of the thoughts as they happen. Also, any links you include on your Twitters help you with your Deep linking and Google stuff.

I created a Twitter Category so all the digests get put there, and made a small Featured Place for them on the bottom right just about my actual Twitter Tools in my foot. So they are there to see if anyone is interested. But not so in your face.

But I need to take this a step further and actually post about stuff direct on my blog and not make this blog a soul less entity. It needs some warmth, some personality and some life. So I am going to be writing mini posts from time to time. These will not be a big feature, but will be next to the Twitter Feature Category space at the bottom.

See how this goes.


The following is my opinion only and in every way, represents the views of the writer.

I have come across talk about being Niche, mainly for the reason that all the common subjects are already being Blogged to death, so in order to be different you need, ought, should, have to think about a topic that is different enough to not be one of the millions already blogging about whatever 'it' is.
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Deciding to do a 'live' changeover, especially when the theme you want to change to is not even finished is somewhat of a gamble. But simply, I just didn't like the previous site. It was way too Blog orientated and did not allow me to really achieve the flexibility I needed to showcase my various projects, designs and photographs.

And frankly, 'Finlay the Boxer Puppy', was not overly impressed with it as you can see. He says, I do. You would too.

NB: And no, this was not a natural one eye dog frown. A little bit of Photoshop magic was needed to get the required 'unimpressed look'. Read more


Just a head's up guys about a forthcoming chat/interview/meeting with Jeff over at Perishable Press.

Jeff kindly agreed to allow me to hurl all manner of nonsense type words at him with the very real and sincere promise of not much (borderline 'nothing') in return. Except possibly some of that karma stuff.

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