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This is a one-off temporary post for the sole purpose of providing a group link that will enable the first 150 60 people to use it to score an invite to Google+ (+Graham Smith).

150 60 Invites available via this link

I am also looking to get listed in RecommendedUsers (Artists & Designers) so if you genuinely feel I offer: insightful, interesting, valuable links and resources then I would utterly appreciate a recommendation. But please; only if you genuinely like or find useful my various posts and updates. Thank you.

http://www.recommendedusers.co​m/




I'm loving Google+ and very thankful there is now a FaceBook alternative. If you want a chance to get a Google+ invite then I can hopefully help out.

This is my Google+ Profile : https://plus.google.com/117807373507435100906/

Sharing a post on Google+, and sending it to your Gmail, will initiate a sign-in process, but which has been somewhat sporadic over the last 24 hours. It will work eventually you just need to keep trying as it took me a few hours and a number of attempts before I was able to sign-in myself yesterday.

How To

If you 'want in' to Google+ then leave a comment below with your full name and full Gmail adress.

Please provide a full and complete address without any of the (dot) or (@) spam retardent measures as I have to copy/paste and can't edit the field in the share box. No Gmail no invite.

I will act on the comments during the day, and you will know when I have done it as you will get an email from Google+ asking you to visit the link I have shared. When you visit the link it will also ask you to sign-in; this is where it could work straight away or where you might have to try a few times. This all depends on how Google are controlling the Google+ invite process as they have been stopping and starting this procedure over the last 24 hours.

I Ask In Return

In return I ask a small favour. As well as getting a Google+ invite: if you like imjustcreative as a whole: the things I write, post and blog about then if you could spare a minute to +1 imjustcreative that would be appreciated.

The +1 button above is for the website as a whole, and although there is one on this page at the end of this post I would prefer it if you would focus your finger pressing and button pushing on the version above—although feel free to do both if you want. This is where most of my +1's are being given so I would like to focus on this.

Thank you for your time.




Finally, I have two Dribbble invites to give out to two creative type people. Read on.

What is Dribbble

Dribbble is show and tell for designers, developers and other creatives. Share sneak peeks of your work as “shots” — small screen shots of the designs and applications you’re working on.

It is a 2-way community, it relies on people submitting work as well as taking time to comment on others submitted work. There is a strong bias to constructive criticism,  blatantly rude and negative remarks are strongly discouraged. Keep that for YouTube. This means that it is a great place to seek feedback for designs or early ideas and concepts.

If you have not heard of Dribbble by now then the About page will give you all the details you need.

Dribbble is invaluable

I have found Dribbble utterly invaluable. As I work alone, I have no one to particularly to bounce ideas off, and with logo design this is important to get a wider perspective. With Dribbble I can get early feedback on potential concepts and even completed ideas.

For my logo designs, I have even shown clients this positive feedback, this is a great way to show them that an idea you have done is well received in general. It's a great confidence booster for a client to see this level of positive feedback from other experienced and talented designers.

A good example of how the feedback for a logo design helped a client with their decision, was for the Webville logo design.

Getting an invite is tricky at best

You will also no doubt know that Dribbble invites are very tightly controlled, in a similar vein to FFFFound. Even when one is 'drafted', you are not given invites to give out, with FFFFound you at least get one invite to give out straightaway. So invites for Dribbble are like gold dust. I have been on Dribbble for a few months and got my first batch of invites yesterday, along with a lot of other Dribbblers.

As members with invites, we are asked to 'Draft Wisely!' It is encouraged to give the invites out to designers who you would like to have on your team. As each player  you draft is shown up in ones 'drafted list', I for example was drafted by Rogie King (RogieKing). This means, he can be held partly responsible for for the quality of work being uploaded by anyone he 'drafts'.

Everyone can see who Rogie drafted, and can be blamed if I was to upload a constant stream of rubbish. So with this in mind, Rogie would be looking to draft someone with work that he likes. So when you are drafted by someone on Dribbble, it can be also seen as a 'thumbs up' to the work you do.

So I try not to let Rogie down with the quality of my 'shots'

As Dribbble says

Help keep the league clean. Resist the urge to send invites to folks who enjoy uploading photos of their cat. Also! The players you draft will show up in your “drafted list” so we’ll know who to blame for the aforementioned cat photos.

How to get one of these invites

However I word this, it will probably sound like I am being a little elitist, but there is not much I can do about that. There is a standard of quality about Dribbble, so this means I am encouraged to 'draft' designers that have a level of design that I personally find captivating.

The important thing to remember here is that my decision will be based on design that appeals to me, so it will be subjective. This means that if you are not chosen, this is in no way a reflection of your skills as a designer, I need to make that clear. The two designers I that I end up selecting will just have work that 'speaks' to me, so please don't see it as a personal snub.

Although I mostly upload logo designs, I'm not looking to just 'draft' other logo designers. I highly respect solid design in general. So if you create  websites, illustrate, design and create, then PLEASE take a shot at the giveaway.

Follow these steps

I have decided to keep aspects of this a little secretive, I don't want to make everyone have to bear their souls to everyone else, so read on.

  1. To show your interest, please just leave a brief comment below stating your interest.
  2. Email me a link to your portfolio: [email protected] If you have any work you are particular proud of, or work that best represents what you do, send me that also.
  3. Also, a few words on the style of work you plan to mostly upload to Dribbble, be it illustration, web design, print design, icons, logo design etc.

With this in mind, it's actually a pretty tricky situation to be in, so just know that I will be basing my selections on 'what rocks my boat'.

I will choose two portfolios from the emails I receive and you will receive an email invite from Dribbble. I am not open to any form of bribery. Individual requests wil be treated with the contempt they surely deserve. I will announce winners  on this blog and on Twitter in about a week's time.

Follow me on Dribbble





GIVEAWAY CLOSED FOR ENTRIES

FFFfound invite

FFFFound Invite Giveaway

Time for a slightly different giveaway. A giveaway that will give one lucky winner access to the FFFFound Image Bookmarking network. It's a unique opportunity as you probably know, trying to get hands on these rare invites is almost impossible.

This giveaway will require some proof of your passion for all things 'image bookmarking'.

FFFound invite giveaway

How to enter

When leaving a comment, please indicate what other image bookmarking sites you currently use. Give URL's of your existing profiles, sites could include : ImgFav, Dropular, I Heart This, ImageSpark, Vi.sualise.us, YayEveryday, PicoCool.

I will cast my beady eye over your previous contributions and choose 10 that I feel are 'worthy' contenders for a FFFFound invite. It's not about volume necessarily, neither is it about how many sites you contribute to. If you have one main site like Dropular, and you post regularly then that's good. It is not dependent on 'how' many image bookmarking sites you contribute to, it's more about what you post and when.

Let's put it this way, if you contribute in any form to any image bookmarking sites, you WILL be considered for inclusion in the final 10.

Then one name will be randomly picked and announced on here at some point in the next few weeks.

It will be based on who I think utilises existing image bookmarking sites in a way that means the invite will be best used.

Honestly, I don't have a God or control complex, but just trying to follow the FFFFound philosophy, by keeping the network exclusive to genuine contributors.