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Adventures in Site Building: Dreamweaver versus Muse

As mentioned in my last post, I received an unexpected holiday gift: a new client in need of a web site and social media branding. Now that I had a check in hand and a little money in the bank, I decided I could justify migrating to Creative Cloud, Adobe‚Äôs subscription-based service. Through Creative Cloud, … Continue reading

Learning Curves

2012 was a very tough year for most of us. As if the economy itself wasn’t bad enough, natural disasters entered the fray and brought the dismal “recovery” to a complete standstill. Companies that were just beginning to think about spending again got sidelined, either directly or indirectly, by storm damage. The volume of proposals … Continue reading

A kinder, gentler approach to copyright enforcement

As a content creator, I respect the rights of creatives to earn from their work. As noted in my previous posts on the topic, it’s very easy these days to reuse the work of others when digitally distributed. And because it’s easy, people don’t always realize they might be “stealing.” To add to the mess, … Continue reading

You Know More Than You Think You Do

I’VE KNOWN THIS FOREVER. YOU DON’T? When you’ve been in a business for a while, there are things you tend to take for granted. I’ve been in the graphic arts for so long, sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that the whole world has not yet caught on to the idea that ink and … Continue reading

Don’t Steal, But Don’t Get Robbed, Either

We live in a digital age. That has meant trouble for content creators since the internet took off at the turn of the century. Presenting one’s work in a digital format is a double-edged sword: distribution is easy. Too easy. Replication without degradation is a fairly simple process. For that reason, many users are completely … Continue reading

Petition to Getty Images for Anti-Small Business Practices

I’ve started a petition against the practice described in my previous post. If you’re angry about what they’re doing, I hope you’ll take a moment to sign: http://www.change.org/petitions/getty-images-stop-shaking-down-small-businesses-for-alleged-copyright-infringement I don’t know if it will help, but I had to say something. Thanks!

Because Art DOES Matter

As I freely admit, I live in New Jersey, but I am from BROOKLYN. And you can’t take the Brooklyn out of this girl. Nor can you deny her basic need to be within driving distance of “The City” (aka Manhattan). Unlike so many of my dearest friends, I have never been able to move … Continue reading

Bedder Living

Laid low by a sinus infection, I am grateful that I didn’t have any appointments scheduled for today. With my laptop and cordless phones, I have moved my office to my bed. Not the best working (or healing) practice in the world, but it makes me feel connected and allows me to doze off as … Continue reading

Graphic Detail launches new web site!

Finally, the shoemaker has new shoes. For years, I’ve felt like apologizing every time I referred anyone to my web site(s). My Graphic Detail site was designed at the turn of the last century (and really looked it). My TraceFX site was thrown together as I was completing my Masters program in 2007. Well, it’s … Continue reading

Success is in the Details

In the pursuit of a wider audience for my talents, I am starting this blog. I’m Tracey Lawrence, digital artist, problem solver, teacher and creative consultant. I have years of experience addressing graphic arts problems and helping small businesses achieve their communications goals. The tools continue to evolve, and I stay on top of them … Continue reading

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