Recently, we have decided to transfer our domain from GoDaddy to Weebly so that www.artisticcounterculture.com would show up as the main domain and all subpages would also be linkable from the .com URL. FOr instance, you can now go to the services page by visiting this URL: http://www.artisticcounterculture.com/services.html. Previously, we had simply set up GoDaddy to redirect the URL of www.artisticcounterculture.com to the main domain of www.artisticcounterculture.weebly.com, but mask it in a way so it would still be shown as .com. However, the subpages were not linkable without the .weebly address showing.
It was more cumbersome as we either had to send clients links as the Weebly domain of www.artisticcounterculture.weebly.com so they can easily navigate the page and send links to one another to the various subpages or, alternatively, give them the www.artisticcounterculture.com URL or domain, where they can easily navigate the page, but the .weebly was showing and was more cumbersome to type in or remember.
The other reason we decided to do this was because the Brave Browser has a recent Rewards program for content creators where they can earn BAT cryptocurrency (Basic Attention Tokens). In order to take advantage of this creator rewards program we had to have a .com domain rather than one through Weebly or another host. So, we had to transfer the domain from GoDaddy to Weebly in order to be able to manage the DNS records so we can input a txt file and Brave can recognize us as a creator. With Wordpress, this isn’t possible without plugins, we believe, but we are stll trying to figure it out on our other sites that have a non-business plan.
One thing this gave us an idea for was to purchase a bunch of other domains, which we did, and try to auction them using GoDaddy’s auction tools. However, if anyone on here finds a liking to these domains, let us know and we can neogiate a purchase and transfer independently. We may soon showcase the domains available for purchase on here via our services section. We will see. We are also thinking of building them up to show the potential of the sites that can be created with them in question. Some of the ones purchased are applegamingcentral.com, applegamerpro.com, algorithmnetwork.com, algorithmnetworking.com and a couple others. Here is the list thus far:
Because the previous videos you may have seen on this site are outdated and they even point to the wrong URLs, we have decided to update one of them and showcase it for you. We added some images to it and new music as well.
On my personal site and blog, which is Wordpress-based I created a guide today and mentioned Artistic Counterculture. The guide includes gifs or videos I created using Licecap for Mac as well as screenshots of me using Adobe Illustrator in order to edit logos.
You can read the guide or article here. The focus is on getting rid of text on a logo to either have it completely gone or replaced with new and updated text. In my case I wanted text for a personal business card gone to showcase a pure logo without my personal information on it. However, I lost the original source vector file saved in .ai or .pdf and only had the raster files left. The vector files I have all contained my personal information.
So what I decided to do was use a fresh gradient on top of the already-present background gradient to blend the background in without the text or font showing. I started doing this and kept running into trouble with the gradient because when I used the eyedropper tool the whole rectangle fill would turn that color even when I had the gradient window open and one of the color dots selected where I wanted an eyedropper tool to replace the color.
I then realized I had to double click each color dot on the gradient line to edit the color using the eyedropper tool and select a dolor directly below the rectangle I added, which replaced the text. I show this in the guide using both gifs and images, as well as tips on using the gradient tool and saving swatches and organizing the canvas background.
I am thinking of creating a guides section in this site to graphic design and reposting the guide here in a way. Alternatively, I may just create a new blog post.
[Edit] Since publishing this news, I have added a blog post related to the best images from the guide.
I have decided to update this site and purchased a one-months plan, so I can try out all the features Weebly offers for creators. I have added a store section to the services page and it is not finalized, since I do not have a PayPal Business Account just yet, it should show the type of content we can create for your brand here at Artistic CounterCulture.
I have also fixed much of the font problems on the site and added various SEO tools to the blog, so that some of my posts or articles can pick up steam. I also noticed that this site has been growing in visitors and interest:
Meanwhile, I have also updated my personal website at https://www.maciejduraj.com. That site also has an updated art section of hand-drawn artwork I have done and I added it to the bottom of this site's Illustrations section.
It is interesting to work with both of the CMS systems from Weebly and Wordpress as each has their downsides and upsides. I really like the drag and drop nature of Weebly and how it offers a great custom footer (which you may noticed I have just added as well) and very easy integration with the store, PayPal, and more. It also does not rely on so many themes and experimentation. However, Wordpress offers great use of themes in the sense you can truly have custom designs for your site.
For instance, I was able to resize that pixel art computer image I use as a logo on my Wordpress site just to the right dimensions. Meanwhile, the logo I use here is automatic and sometimes resizes too small on mobile devices.
One downside with Wordpress is that it makes you pay a yearly plan at once and choose one of the plans from the get go. Thus, you have to shell out a lot of dough for the Business Plan in order to get access to plugins and have various SEO tools at your disposal. Weebly is more flexible and you can purchase a plan a month at a time.
Either way there are both good things about Wordpress and Weebly and I plan on experimenting with both.
Recently, I wrote an article for Forbes with all of the art or graphics being my own as well. The theme was robotics, automation and machine learning. I wrote about it and showed more samples on the blog section of the site here. However, here is a link to the actual article. Here are some samples or variations of this robotic theme I created using Illustrator and iPad raster apps in tandem.
Dribble is an interesting social media and graphic design upload service that allows you to showcase your work to other graphic designers. You can do things such as liking other artists' works or adding them to a bucket list of interesting images. It is also a nice tool to showcase some of the things you've been working on. It supports bitmap or raster image uploads and animations (which I assume to be GIFs).
Here is a link to my profile as the founder of this site.
We have decided to add resume services to our list of services we offer. Maciej Duraj or our founder has written a blog post recently with his graphic design CV that he created entirely from scratch in Illustrator on our blog section of the site. Here is a direct link to the post and it shows CV/resume samples. Here is the direct link to the PDF file as a sample of the type of CVs or resumes we can create in an artistic fashion.
Here are some recent samples of my work creating logos for business cards, which can also be used for other purposes (such as website logos). I will detail the process more thoroughly on the blog, but here are some samples:
And here is the PDF file that retains the vector format below:
Some other design samples using a few different layouts or gradient fills:
If you need a logo done for any particular purpose -- such as business cards, brand logo for overall use, business profile, or website content -- please let us know and we will design one for you. These are just samples of ones I created using pure vector that were done in Illustrator with the pen tool.
Here are two uploaded vector files of my work I uploaded to my Wordpress site as PDF files and for some reason the jpeg and PNG are not formatting in the right constraints or maybe it is a Wordpress thing. However, the PDF file format is generally best for vector and a lossless format showing how you can zoom in and out of vector images and still see great results (also great for printing). So check out the files in PDF format here:
File 1 (The Face)
File 2 (The Face 2)
I think we could do some logo design with this idea. By adding some text or company branding, it could be an interesting logo.
Logging into the Weebly CMS earlier, I noticed that my analytics is showing we have had more than 115 unique visitors to the site this week. This is great news as it shows our content is generating interest.
It is also encouraging me to upgrade to the pro business plan, at least for a month, to see if the store section (particularly digital goods or art prints) takes off. However, I want to reiterate that if you are interested in our content and want something done for your own website or even a website created for your brand or other services, please e-mail me at Stirolak28@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
That way we can work together and negotiate a price rather than me putting the fixed prices of the digital goods in the store that will be available once I upgrade to the business plan to the site.
Also, keep in mind besides using Weebly, I have experience using Wordpress and various other tools for website creation, blog creation, multimedia articles and other things. I also can create ads, whether video or banners and logos of various sizes for you. Even if you already have someone in place for these tasks, contact us for other services that are always in need, such as technical writing, website editing or translations.
If you want to learn more about me and check out my original Wordpress-based site, before I started this marketing network and site, it is located at: