Design Studio Launch: Richard Pawlak, Artist


Richard Pawlak
Richard Pawlak

July 2012, Richard Pawlak commissioned me to create a website for his artwork.  At its completion, RichardPawlak.com has a growing portfolio of 80 paintings, represented with as many thumbnails and other supporting imagery requiring post-production work. The site is completely hand-coded using Dreamweaver CS4 and a few other tools. I wanted it to look clean and uncluttered in a simple design, with ample use of white space and other graphic design concepts. Richard now uses Facebook to help bring awareness to his fine art and his commercial work.

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Thumbtack: a new way to hire local services


I stumbled onto a pretty cool website today. Thumbtack can broaden your exposure as a business. Thumbtack is a national service that can help people connect their service to each other in their own communities, a great asset for small business.

Thumbtack services seem well categorized. For example, under General Contracting services there are some 37 sub-categories. Other main categories include Interior, Exterior, Lawn and Garden services for home, and even Wellness services. Thumbtack also supports teachers with Lessons — Academic, Recreational, and Occupational. Moreover, if you’re a small businessperson looking for an employee, you can post the job opportunity on Thumbtack. Other national Job boards will even pick up the post and display the opportunity. Worth checking it out.

Thumbtack has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fortune, Esquire, Tech Crunch, and CNN.

Succeed in small business


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My small business blog launch yesterday worked better than expected with 76 viewers from USA, Estonia, Republic of Korea, Australia, and Singapore reporting. At least a couple viewers looked at my portfolio and two websites I designed. That’s new exposure for those sites, a little more fame, and hopefully more fortune for us.

If you or someone you know wants help to beef up business, my services — website, editing, photography, graphic design, or mass marketing — can help and are below market rates. Consultation is free.