As the year draws to a close, we shine a spotlight on those who make the time we spend online more elegant, more fun and more productive through websites that set new standards for creativity and innovation.
Have you been a good marketer this year, or will you be receiving a lump of coal from your customers?
The use of large-scale photography is one of the most prevalent trends in web design today, and for good reason: eye-catching photography provides a pleasant visual experience and creates a powerful impact that’s hard to match.
Mention the name “Santa Claus”, and images of a happy little fat guy dressed in red with a sleigh full of reindeer will immediately spring to mind. But that wasn’t always the case. Believe it or not, Christmastime’s most philanthropic mascot is a relatively new invention, one whose iconic appearance was fine-tuned with the help of legendary artists such as Thomas Nast and Norman Rockwell.
Most of the books on entrepreneurship will tell you that first comes the idea, then comes the carefully crafted business plan with copious market analyses. But from the looks of some companies’ startup stories, factors such as timing and tenacity might actually be much bigger determinants of success.