I gave myself a challenge, an assignment to make a daily collage. It can be a reflection of the day or just random. These are my collages and assemblages in September.
Questions in the comments on a blog are always great. It’s a marvellous chance to dive deeper into something. For instance: How to customize your WordPress theme.
Catherine’s question on WordPress Tips for Beginners is how to find or change a font that a theme uses.
The answer is about fonts, but almost all other elements like colour and sizes that use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) can be changed this way. A website I consult often about CSS is w3schools. The explanation is good and there is a lot to find.
In How to Make Money from your Hobby or Passion? one of the mentioned possibilities is having your own website.
Most hosting providers offer a one-click process to install a WordPress blog, which makes starting really easy.
So this article WordPress Tips for Beginners is not about installing, but about aspects to make visiting your website a great experience.
I will explain 12 aspects that – once implemented – will give your visitors a great user experience. Making sure they want to come back.
In 20 Ideas on how to make money after retirement on another website, I offered some possibilities to earn extra cash. But what if you have no idea how and where to start to make money from your hobby? I’ll give you some ideas here.
One of the most important conditions is that you are creative in coming up with possibilities.
“But I’m not creative at all,” I hear you say. Well, that’s the first thought you should let go of. Everyone is creative, for the simple reason that you are not born with it, but can develop it.
In an adaptation of Edison’s quote: “Creativity is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”.
In the 70s I studied and lived in Tilburg. It was hardly a bustling city then. Empty factories and unstructured plans for the town and its inhabitants. A grey impression.
Later I worked as a graphic designer for the municipality of Tilburg and saw the efforts being made to improve the town. Often together with the residents in seminars and workshops.
Nowadays, there is much to experience in the city, especially in the cultural field. Factories and other empty buildings have been refurbished and given a cultural destination.
Often people assume that the meaning of symbols is easier to comprehend than written text. Most of the time, this assumption is wrong.
In the same way that any foreign language must be learned, the idiom of symbols must also be learned. Some symbols or characters are immediately obvious, others require a table with an explanation.
However, we pick up a lot of knowledge about symbols just by looking around in the town where we walk or using public transport. And when everybody knows the meaning of a certain symbol, it communicates a lot quicker than written language. Especially when many languages are used in one place, for example at an airport.
There are good signs and there are bad signs. To know the qualities of good signs we just have to look around and experience the signage that surrounds us.
Don’t you agree that a lot of signs are confusing? Our environment is so full of messages, promotions, and both visual and auditory noise, that it’s hard to focus on the signs that we need at a specific moment.
Still, some signs are marvellous. It’s a pity that the better the design is, the less we notice the signs because they do their job instantly and without complicating things.
Nowadays it is fashionable for fashion brands to put their monogram on bags and clothes. Why are monograms used that way?
A monogram is a powerful sign, made of 2 or a few letters, that is compact and recognizable.
Monogram-like signs were used as early as ancient times. They could have a religious meaning or serve to identify the author or sender.
In the Middle Ages, royals and prelates used their monograms, consisting of letters of their first and last names. In the centuries that followed, artists signed their work with a monogram.