Whiteboard Animation

“Rare to Find”

“THANK YOU didn’t seem to express my gratitude enough for Louisa's help and creativity on our project! She was excellent and so easy to work with, and really made understanding our goals her priority–something so rare to find these days!”

- Lauren Mancini, Account Executive
Whiteboard and Animated Graphics Explainer Video

“Best Marketing Piece”

“Louisa's video was the best piece of marketing to explain and promote our PAYS model that we've ever had since creating this program over 20 years ago.”

- Founder
PAYS and On-Bill Financing
whiteboard marketing video—finance

“We Love It!”

- Business Development Officer
OCC Factor
whiteboard marketing video—automotive

“The video looks great!”

“Thank you so much for all your hard work, Louisa!”

- Creative Director
Advertising Agency
whiteboard marketing video—technology

“Even better than I expected!”

“Thrilled with how it turned out.”

- Communications Director
Semiconductor Association Industry

Presentation Video—Technology

“The video turned out really well. Louisa did a wonderful job!”


Explainer Whiteboard Video Production-Applying For A Grant

“Truly Fantastic”

“Working with Louisa was effortless—she instantly grasped what we were hoping to achieve through our whiteboard video and the few edits that we did have to the final project were made speedily and without hesitation. We were operating under a shortened timeframe due to holiday travel and an upcoming Board meeting, but Louisa produced a truly fantastic piece of art for our use well before the deadline.

It is very difficult to please my Board of Directors. Louisa's video received a round of applause when debuted at our first Board meeting of 2018. I could not be more thrilled with the video or Louisa's services. I will be using CCA at the first opportunity in the future! THANK YOU!”

- Rebekah Stroman, Chief of Staff
U.S. Russia Foundation


Explainer Whiteboard Video - HUD Disaster Recovery

“Huzzah!”

“Louisa, thank you for all your work (and patience) as we brought our whiteboards to completion. You’ll find our English version proudly displayed on HUD’s main page in the slideshow. Yay you!”

- B.S., Public Affairs Specialist
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Whiteboard Video for Non- Profit -
Auction- Presentation Video

“Wonderful Work”

“Everyone at the gala loved the animation! We made over 507K! Thank you again for all your wonderful work.”

- R.D.
Seattle Festival of Trees

Whiteboard and Animated Graphics Video-For Web-Personal Wellness Technology

“Louisa's video introduced A Wellthy You to the World!”

- Fyonna MacKenzie, Owner
A Wellthy You

Whiteboard and Animated Graphics Marketing Video-Senior Community Technology

“VERY COOL! I loved her use of color and think we nailed the look and feel of the senior adults.”

- J.C., Owner
ALLE Learning

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TV Commercial
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holiday greeting video (freelance collaboration with Purdie Rogers)
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Why Whiteboard Sells


GRABS ATTENTION

Whiteboard videos are a great way to engage your web visitor. Your viewer is instantly put at ease due to the casual and informal feel and they continue watching because they want to see the drawing completed and experience the final product. Drawings are a primary and very basic way of communicating and people are drawn (sorry for the pun!) to them. When your viewer is relaxed and engaged, they will take notice and connect with your message and you'll be more likely to make a sale.

FLEXIBLE BRANDING

Whiteboard animations are completely custom and can be crafted specifically to reflect your branding, but in that folksy, familiar style. Whatever your message or brand, it is reinforced in a positive, fun way. You can’t go wrong.

DON'T WASTE YOUR SPACE

What's the point of putting your message on the web if it's not going to grab people — and let's face it — entertain them? You want to be memorable; you want to sell your product. With whiteboard animation, your message stays with your visitor and they are more likely to remember and choose you over your competitor.

APPEALS TO PEOPLE AND SEARCH ENGINES BOTH

A picture is worth a thousand words, and moving pictures are worth even more! Animations are the exact opposite of text on a page. Viewers connect with the drawings on an immediate and emotional level. Also, search engines take note when people stay on your site to watch your animation, giving your site better rankings.



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Information for the city of Cleveland

Cleveland is the second largest city in Ohio and the seat of Cuyahoga County. It is located in the northeast part of the state on Lake Erie. In the colonial era, the Cleveland area was known as the Connecticut Western Reserve, part of a land grant made to Connecticut by King Charles II in 1662. The city was founded in 1796 by Gen. Moses Cleaveland, who was the head surveyor of the Connecticut Land Company. This company had bought 3 million acres in what is now northern Ohio. A permanent settlement was founded in 1799, named after the general, and the spelling was shortened to Cleveland. The city was incorporated in 1836.Cleveland's industrial growth was stimulated by the opening of the Ohio and Erie canals in 1832 and, later, by the advent of the Civil War, with the increasing demand for machinery, railroad equipment, ships, and other items.

 

Today, the port of Cleveland is the largest overseas general cargo port on Lake Erie. Greater Cleveland has long been famous as a durable goods manufacturing area. Following the national trend, however, Cleveland has been shifting to a more services based economy. Greater Cleveland is a world corporate center for leading national and multinational companies in industries ranging from transportation, insurance, retailing, and utilities, to commercial banking and finance.The city's cultural attractions include the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the country's most highly acclaimed symphony orchestras. Jacobs Field, a major league ballpark, and thel Hall of Fame also draw thousands of visitors to the cityCleveland's geographic location on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie has been key to its growth. The Ohio and Erie Canal coupled with rail links helped establish the city as an important business center. Steel and many other manufactured goods emerged as leading industries.The city diversified its economy in addition to its manufacturing sector.In 2007, Cleveland's commercial real estate market experienced rebound with a record pace of purchases, with a housing vacancy of 10%.

 

Downtown Cleveland from the Superior Viaduct.The Cleveland Clinic is the city's largest private employer with a workforce of over 37,000 as of 2008. It carries the distinction as being among America's best hospitals with top ratings published in & World Report. Cleveland's healthcare sector includes University Hospitals of Cleveland, a renowned center for cancer treatment, and MetroHealth medical center. Cleveland is also noted in the fields of biotechnology and fuel cell research, led by Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Cleveland is among the top recipients of investment for biotech start and research. Case Western Reserve, the Clinic, and University Hospitals have recently announced plans to build a large biotechnology research center and incubator on the site of the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center, creating a research campus to stimulate biotech startup companies that can be spun off from research conducted in the city.

 

NASA's Glenn Research Center is adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.City leaders promoted growth of the technology sector in the first decade of the 21st century. Mayor l appointed a "tech czar" to recruit technology companies to the downtown office market, offering connections to the high speed fiber networks that run underneath downtown streets in several "high tech offices" focused on the Euclid Avenue area. Cleveland State University hired a technology transfer officer to cultivate technology transfers from CSU research to marketable ideas and companies in the Cleveland area, and appointed a vice president for economic development. Case Western Reserve University participated in technology initiatives such as the OneCommunity project, a high speed fiber optic network linking the area's research centers intended to stimulate growth. In mid 2005, Cleveland was named an Intel "Worldwide Digital Community" along with Corpus Christi, Texas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Taipei.

 

This added about $12 million for marketing to expand regional technology partnerships, created a city wide Wi Fi network, and developed a tech economy. In addition to this Intel initiative, in January 2006 a New York based think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum, selected Cleveland as the sole American city among its seven finalists for the "Intelligent Community of the Year" award. The group announced that it nominated the city for its OneCommunity network with potential broadband applications. OneCommunity collaborated with Systems to deploy a wireless network starting in September 2006

 

 

Information for the state of Ohio

Ohio is highly industrialized, yet it also continues to draw economic riches from the earth. Among national leaders in the production of lime, clays, and salt, it is a historic center of ceramic and glass industries. Ohio's soil supports rich farms, especially where it was improved ages ago by additions of glacier-ground limestone. Although most of the state's income is derived from commerce and manufacturing, Ohio also has extensive farmland, and large amounts of corn, soybeans, hay, wheat, cattle, hogs, and dairy items are produced, although the number of family farms is rapidly dwindling.

 

Railroads, canals, and highways crisscrossing the state have since the late 19th cent. provided the means for transporting large amounts of raw materials and manufactures. Lake Erie ports, chiefly Toledo and Cleveland, handle iron and copper ore, coal, oil, and finished materials (including steel and automobile parts). In spite of massive industrial decline since the 1960s, which has made Ohio the center of the "Rust Belt," the state retains many manufacturing centers, with an emphasis on heavy industry. Leading products include transportation equipment, primary and fabricated metals, and machinery.

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Dillan wanted to reaffirm his current customers and give them a simple place they could direct referrals. That really helps me get an idea of what we can do for you. Could you give me a little bit of information about your clients? I want to be able to picture the website from their point of view. Dillan answered and Louisa asked several more questions. His feelings of frustration with the do-it-yourself sites and the other website design companies waned. Louisa was asking a lot of questions that he would have asked himself when deciding where next to go with his business.

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Dillan wanted to reaffirm his current customers and give them a simple place they could direct referrals. That really helps me get an idea of what we can do for you. Could you give me a little bit of information about your clients? I want to be able to picture the website from their point of view. Dillan answered and Louisa asked several more questions. His feelings of frustration with the do-it-yourself sites and the other website design companies waned. Louisa was asking a lot of questions that he would have asked himself when deciding where next to go with his business.

 

 

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A Step-By-Step Process to Choosing the Right Web Design Agency

 

Most business owners and managers realize that, in order to succeed in today's competitive marketplace, you must create a great brand experience for your customers. Marketing methods have changed dramatically over the past few years and today's consumer has many different platforms on which to make their purchasing decisions. Therefore, it's up to you to find the right agency to deliver your company's message to both current and potential new customers in the most effective way possible.

 

See below for our checklist on how to make the right decision when choosing a web design agency -

 

No. 1: Know What You're Looking For

 

First of all, determine what you're trying to achieve with your website and internet marketing. What are your goals? How will you measure success? If you'll be running an e-commerce website, then your focus will probably be on creating and growing your customer base, ROI (Return on Investment), and conversion of sales. On the other hand, if you need brand awareness because you're launching a new company, the purpose of your website will be to provide information and education about your products or services, which means you need a site that provides good visibility and a clear focus. Once you've determined what's required to accomplish your goals it won't be difficult to find an agency that suits your needs.

 

Action: At this point you need to ask your potential web design agency to provide proof of their capabilities. Ideally, they'll be showing you examples or case studies of problems they've faced and the solutions they've provided.

 

No. 2: You Get What You Pay For

 

 

Cost can often be the deal maker or breaker when it comes to hiring a web design agency. It's important to remember that, like other products and services you purchase, that old saying'you get what you pay for' is just as true when it comes to web design and development. Be cautious about cutting costs just to save a dollar or two right now, because it may be something you regret long-term. Justifying the cost of your web design comes down to simple math and, as a business owner, you need to do some research. How much money have you spent in the last year, on marketing and advertising? What about the past five years? Are you satisfied with the return on your investment those efforts have provided? You may not receive the long-term value from your website and fail to see the results you planned for if you start cutting costs at this point.

 

Action: Remember that we're talking about value here - not cost, so ask your agency if they're able to provide solid evidence of the value delivered with tangible results. Cost won't be a deal breaker if the agency can provide a service or website that brings ROI, so don't let sticker-shock prevent you from achieving your goals. Once you've done the research we recommended, it's highly likely you'll discover you've been spending a lot of money without results for some time now.

 

No. 3: What's Their Track Record?

 

 

It's important to note here that this doesn't mean that an agency must have been in business for decades because, in fact, many new agencies have new methodologies and some great innovative ideas to consider. What you need to know is this: Does the agency understand your industry? Has this agency delivered effective solutions to previous clients?

 

Action: Ask your potential web design agency for information like client testimonials, performance data, and perhaps one or two case studies demonstrating both their approach and how results are measured.

 

No. 4: Are They Good Communicators?

 

 

You must understand what your web designer is talking about and what they're doing, or planning on doing. The Internet is constantly changing, which makes it technically challenging and highly complex for most users, so if you're already confused or lost in the discussion, then your designer is failing you. When having a discussion with your web design agency it's up to them to explain what they do, how they do it, but even more importantly, why they're doing it. They need to be on your side - working for you.

 

Action: We'll start by saying that it's always up to you to do your own research, but once you hire a web design agency you should feel comfortable knowing that you can ask them questions about what they're doing; like their methodologies, their processes, and why they're making certain decisions or recommendations. If there's something you don't understand about your web project, then you must be comfortable in asking them, in addition to receiving an answer that's clear and understandable.

 

No. 5: Content Is Paramount

 

 

When making the decision to either makeover a website or launch a new one, the first things that usually come to mind are how you want your website to both look and function. However, while these are both very important aspects, don't overlook the fact that your website content is the most important factor. So, if your designer intends to deal with art before the content on your website, then you have the wrong designer. A website designer with a lot of expertise will ask many, many questions about your industry, your business, and your customers. If they fail to do this, look for a new designer.

 

It's very important that the agency you hire understands the importance of content, because quite honestly, it's the most important aspect of your website. It doesn't matter whether the content will be received from a copywriter or whether they're creating the content themselves; your designer is simply creating a framework to house the content. They need a full understanding of how users will interact with the content and how you intend managing the content in future, thus ensuring your website is delivering the right message and that the quality will be maintained for years to come.

 

Action: By content we mean everything that includes written copy, videos, images, and more. Content is designed to help your customers, so it's imperative that your web design agency is talking about content before art. Preferably, they'll be in touch with your copywriters or marketing team if they themselves will not be creating the content.

 

No. 6: Be Realistic about What You're Trying to Achieve

 

 

Again, this comes down to you doing your research: put some thought and time into what your goals and expectations are from your web design agency. Determine how you'll know if your money was well spent in (say) six months and then (say) one years' time. Besides getting more traffic or being first on Google, you might be looking at increasing online sales, generating more leads, or improving brand or product awareness.

 

Action: Ask your new web design agency what services and tools they use or provide to drive measurable traffic to your website. By now your agency will understand your sales process, so it should be a simple matter of providing a workable solution to make your processes more effective and efficient, thus providing real value through your new website.

 

No. 7: Understand Your Web Strategy

 

 

A professional web design agency will offer you a clear web strategy which goes beyond your website. Your strategy should offer your business a strong sense of trust, authority, and relevance; because with a solid plan you can measure, and when you're able to measure you can make good decisions based on accurate data. The result is that with accurate data you can convert visitors to your site into paying customers.

 

Action: It's up to your agency to explain in great detail what their approach is, and of course it's up to you to ask! The strategy should be designed to help you reach your goals, whilst staying within budget.

 

No. 8: Capitalizing on Your Investment

 

 

Once your new website has launched, a good web design agency will continue their relationship with you. A professional design agency will help with analytic reporting and work with you to ensure you reach your goals.

 

Action: When hiring a new web design agency, ask about their ongoing relationships; meaning, how are they currently assisting other clients? Ask if they have ongoing service or maintenance plans on perhaps a monthly or quarterly basis that you may be able to sign up for.

 

 

It's very important that your web designer stays on top of both modern design trends and the latest technology, because the last thing you need is an old-fashioned looking website

 

 

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Choosing the Right Whiteboard Animation Company

 

Making the decision to invest in a whiteboard animation video is a smart business decision; a decision that can benefit your business in both the short-term and long-term. However, there are many, many companies out there producing whiteboard marketing videos, so how will you know if you've chosen the right one?

 

Below we've listed our suggestions on what to look for when contemplating hiring a whiteboard animation company-

 

Quality

 

What you don't want is an amateur-looking whiteboard video! Because, if this is what you end up with, you've just wasted a lot of time and money. Professional, experienced whiteboard animation companies employ people with a background in art; people with amazing artistic capabilities. This is an important business decision and, unless you make the right choice, your target audience won't take your business seriously.

 

Styles

 

A professional whiteboard animation company will have a selection of artistic styles for you to choose from: this may be because they're a company who employs various professional artists with animation backgrounds, or perhaps they have one ingenious artist who's capable of producing different styles.

 

In the production process of whiteboard animation, you'll start by coming up with, then perfecting, the script. Your allocated artist will then prepare some animation samples for your perusal. If you're not happy with what you see, then it's much easier to change styles than it is to change entire companies.

 

Creativity

 

You're looking for creativity, because your video needs to fuel the fire in the hearts of your customers: the last thing you need is a boring video that sends them straight to your competitors! Let's face it! People watch videos because they want to be entertained, so if your video doesn't entertain and amuse your customers, then it shouldn't be presented as entertainment. We expect animation to be imaginative, out-of-the-box, humorous, so if you're just looking for a quick way to get some cut-and-dry information to your target audience, then perhaps an animation video is not the right tool for you.

 

Memory Retention

 

Many businesses use flyers, but the problem with flyers is that consumers receive so many of them that they usually go straight into the trash; but more importantly, rarely is a flyer memorable. On the other hand, a funny and well put-together whiteboard animation can stay in viewers' minds for up to 2 months! When you combine visual and auditory teaching styles, together with some great background music and simple images, whiteboard animation can be one of the most effective and memorable video marketing techniques available.

 

Price

 

Creating a whiteboard animation may seem a simple process, and you could certainly save yourself a lot of money by producing a video yourself; but unfortunately, you'll be sacrificing style, creativity, and more importantly, quality. And sadly, there are whiteboard companies out there that charge a fortune for an end-product that looks home-made. This means that you need to do your research before hiring a whiteboard animation company. Check for testimonials; and when comparing prices, understand what you'll be receiving for your money. Sometimes it's necessary to spend a little more to achieve better service, more choices, and a professional end-result.

 



 

 

 

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Explaining Whiteboard Animations

 

Whiteboard animations, also known as animated doodling or video-scribes, are videos consisting of simple illustrations drawn on a white background. Whiteboard animations are the ideal way of communicating a message or telling a story, because, through the action of drawing, they make images come to life.

 

Animated videos help the viewer better understand and retain an idea, message, or concept, because the animation is so captivating that it keeps the viewer's attention and makes it hard for them to look away. Today, whiteboard animations have become extremely popular and are being used by organizations and companies all over the world to promote, educate, and persuade the viewer.

 

Whiteboard animations are used to -

 

Explain an idea or core concept;

 

Promote a new product;

 

Describe in detail how a certain process works;

 

Tell a brand's story;

 

Communicate a training initiative or new strategy;

 

Educate the general public, or students;

 

Draw attention to a specific message; and

 

Present research findings.

 

Over the past few years the potential of video content marketing has become very obvious and, as more businesses capitalize on this growing trend, we're seeing the internet becoming increasingly populated with various types of animations and videos. Possibly the greatest advantage of a high-quality whiteboard video is that it's direct and simple. It's not dependent on flashy effects to engage the viewer; it relies solely on carefully crafted hand-drawn illustrations. It's a well-known fact that today's internet viewer has a short attention span, and these illustrations are designed to quickly captivate the viewer and help them remember what they've seen and heard in a way that's never been achieved by other video formats.

 

Why Whiteboard Animation Videos Are So Successful

 

Below we've listed the main reasons why we believe white board animations have become so effective in drawing the viewer's attention and getting your message across -

 

They're So Simple

 

In the past, videos typically used fast motion and flashy graphics to keep viewers engaged, when in fact these aspects of videos make it hard to remember what we've seen because they overload our senses. On the other hand, whiteboard animation videos use simple illustrations to get right to the point. There are no pointless distractions because everything you see is important and simply enhances the message.

 

They're Multisensory

 

Whiteboard animations use a combination of illustrations, on-screen text, and audio, and these work together to target different areas of the brain simultaneously. We all learn differently: some people learn by listening while others are more visual learners, and that's probably why whiteboard animations are so successful, because they work for everyone.

 

They're Captivating

 

Well-made animation videos are a joy to watch. Whether it's the fact that the image is revealed one part at a time or perhaps it's that our attention is drawn to a hand moving across the screen; whatever the attraction, it's true that we love watching whiteboard animation videos, and we don't take our eyes off for one moment because we don't want to miss what happens next. The result is that viewers pay more attention to whiteboard animation videos than they do to any other type of video.

 

They're Enjoyable to Watch

 

It's quite easy to get someone to be receptive to your message with a whiteboard animation video. These videos create a sense of fun, thereby putting the viewer in a good mood and making them more responsive to what you're trying to say. When the viewer is watching images that are more cartoony than corporate and boring, it doesn't feel like work - it feels like fun! And what better way of getting people to relax and enjoy'the movie'.

 

They're Memorable

 

Compared to talking head videos, studies of whiteboard animations were found to increase viewers' retention of messages by 15%. Any increase would be impressive, but an increase of 15% is quite extraordinary. Study show that viewers remember what they've seen for much longer, and are more likely to share both the message and the video.

 



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Some history on the Website Design Services Industry

 

Website Designer

Web design encompasses many different skills and disciplines in the production and maintenance of websites. The different areas of web design include web graphic design; interface design; authoring, including standardised code and proprietary software; user experience design; and search engine optimization. Often many individuals will work in teams covering different aspects of the design process, although some designers will cover them all. The term web design is normally used to describe the design process relating to the front-end (client side) design of a website including writing mark up. Web design partially overlaps web engineering in the broader scope of web development. Web designers are expected to have an awareness of usability and if their role involves creating mark up then they are also expected to be up to date with web accessibility guidelines.

 

Web Designer Tools and technologies

 

Web designers use a variety of different tools depending on what part of the production process they are involved in. These tools are updated over time by newer standards and software but the principles behind them remain the same. Web designers use both vector and raster graphics editors to create web-formatted imagery or design prototypes. Technologies used to create websites include W3C standards like HTML and CSS, which can be hand-coded or generated by WYSIWYG editing software. Other tools web designers might use include mark up validators and other testing tools for usability and accessibility to ensure their web sites meet web accessibility guidelines.

 

Skills and techniques

 

Marketing and communication design

 

Marketing and communication design on a website may identify what works for its target market. This can be an age group or particular strand of culture; thus the designer may understand the trends of its audience. Designers may also understand the type of website they are designing, meaning, for example, that (B2B) business-to-business website design considerations might differ greatly from a consumer targeted website such as a retail or entertainment website. Careful consideration might be made to ensure that the aesthetics or overall design of a site do not clash with the clarity and accuracy of the content or the ease of web navigation, especially on a B2B website. Designers may also consider the reputation of the owner or business the site is representing to make sure they are portrayed favorably

 

User experience design and interactive design

 

User understanding of the content of a website often depends on user understanding of how the website works. This is part of the user experience design. User experience is related to layout, clear instructions and labeling on a website. How well a user understands how they can interact on a site may also depend on the interactive design of the site. If a user perceives the usefulness of the website, they are more likely to continue using it. Users who are skilled and well versed with website use may find a more distinctive, yet less intuitive or less user-friendly website interface useful nonetheless. However, users with less experience are less likely to see the advantages or usefulness of a less intuitive website interface. This drives the trend for a more universal user experience and ease of access to accommodate as many users as possible regardless of user skill. Much of the user experience design and interactive design are considered in the user interface design.

 

Advanced interactive functions may require plug-ins if not advanced coding language skills. Choosing whether or not to use interactivity that requires plug-ins is a critical decision in user experience design. If the plug-in doesn't come pre-installed with most browsers, there's a risk that the user will have neither the know how or the patience to install a plug-in just to access the content. If the function requires advanced coding language skills, it may be too costly in either time or money to code compared to the amount of enhancement the function will add to the user experience. There's also a risk that advanced interactivity may be incompatible with older browsers or hardware configurations. Publishing a function that doesn't work reliably is potentially worse for the user experience than making no attempt. It depends on the target audience if it's likely to be needed or worth any risks.

 

Page layout

 

Part of the user interface design is affected by the quality of the page layout. For example, a designer may consider whether the site's page layout should remain consistent on different pages when designing the layout. Page pixel width may also be considered vital for aligning objects in the layout design. The most popular fixed-width websites generally have the same set width to match the current most popular browser window, at the current most popular screen resolution, on the current most popular monitor size. Most pages are also center-aligned for concerns of aesthetics on larger screens.

 

Fluid layouts increased in popularity around 2000 as an alternative to HTML-table-based layouts and grid-based design in both page layout design principle and in coding technique, but were very slow to be adopted. This was due to considerations of screen reading devices and varying windows sizes which designers have no control over. Accordingly, a design may be broken down into units (sidebars, content blocks, embedded advertising areas, navigation areas) that are sent to the browser and which will be fitted into the display window by the browser, as best it can. As the browser does recognize the details of the reader's screen (window size, font size relative to window etc.) the browser can make user-specific layout adjustments to fluid layouts, but not fixed-width layouts. Although such a display may often change the relative position of major content units, sidebars may be displaced below body text rather than to the side of it. This is a more flexible display than a hard-coded grid-based layout that doesn't fit the device window. In particular, the relative position of content blocks may change while leaving the content within the block unaffected. This also minimizes the user's need to horizontally scroll the page.

 

Web Design NAICS Index Description

 

541511 Web (i.e., Internet) page design services, custom

 

Some history on the Graphic Design Services Industry

 

Graphic Designer

Graphic design is the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, photography and illustration. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term "graphic design" is used synonymously. Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. They use typography, visual arts, and page layout techniques to create visual compositions. Common uses of graphic design include corporate design (logos and branding), editorial design (magazines, newspapers and books), advertising, web design, communication design, product packaging and signage.

 

Applications

 

From road signs to technical schematics, from interoffice memorandums to reference manuals, graphic design enhances transfer of knowledge and visual messages. Readability and legibility is enhanced by improving the visual presentation and layout of text.

 

Design can also aid in selling a product or idea through effective visual communication. It is applied to products and elements of company identity like logos, colors, packaging, and text. Together these are defined as branding (see also advertising). Branding has increasingly become important in the range of services offered by many graphic designers, alongside corporate identity. Whilst the terms are often used interchangeably, branding is more strictly related to the identifying mark or trade name for a product or service, whereas corporate identity can have a broader meaning relating to the structure and ethos of a company, as well as to the company's external image. Graphic designers will often form part of a team working on corporate identity and branding projects. Other members of that team can include marketing professionals, communications consultants and commercial writers.

 

Textbooks are designed to present subjects such as geography, science, and math. These publications have layouts which illustrate theories and diagrams. A common example of graphics in use to educate is diagrams of human anatomy. Graphic design is also applied to layout and formatting of educational material to make the information more accessible and more readily understandable.

 

Skills

 

A graphic design project may involve the stylization and presentation of existing text and either preexisting imagery or images developed by the graphic designer. Artistic pieces can be incorporated in both traditional and digital form, which involves the use of visual arts, typography, and page layout techniques for publications and marketing. For example, a newspaper story begins with the journalists and photojournalists and then becomes the graphic designer's job to organize the page into a reasonable layout and determine if any other graphic elements should be required. In a magazine article or advertisement, often the graphic designer or art director will commission photographers or illustrators to create original pieces just to be incorporated into the design layout. Or the designer may utilize stock imagery or photography. Contemporary design practice has been extended to the modern computer, for example in the use of WYSIWYG user interfaces, often referred to as interactive design, or multimedia design. Another aspect of graphic design is to have good research skills, analyzing a work of art and simultaneously seeing it in new ways. Graphic Design need skills such as power to convince the audience and selling the design. Communication is a key part in graphic design. The process of graphic design include the "process school" which is an approach to the subject that is concerned with the actual process of communication; it especially highlights the channels and media through which messages are transmitted and by which senders and receivers encode and decode. Semiotic School on the other hand, is message as a construction of signs which through interaction with receivers, produces meaning; communication as an agent. The process school is like the way in which a message is brought out to society.

 

North American Industry Classification System For Graphic Design Services

 

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in planning, designing, and managing the production of visual communication in order to convey specific messages or concepts, clarify complex information, or project visual identities. These services can include the design of printed materials, packaging, advertising, signage systems, and corporate identification (logos). This industry also includes commercial artists engaged exclusively in generating drawings and illustrations requiring technical accuracy or interpretative skills

 

Illustrative Examples: Commercial art studios
Independent commercial or graphic artists
Corporate identification (i.e., logo) design services
Medical art or illustration services
Graphic design consulting services

 

Graphic Design NAICS Index Description

 

541430 Art services, commercial
541430 Art services, graphic
541430 Artists, independent commercial
541430 Artists, independent graphic
541430 Artists, independent medical
541430 Commercial art services
541430 Commercial artists, independent
541430 Commercial illustration services
541430 Commercial illustrators, independent
541430 Communication design services, visual)
541430 Communication design services, visual
541430 Corporate identification (i.e., logo) design services
541430 Graphic art and related design services
541430 Graphic artists, independent
541430 Graphic design services
541430 Illustrators, independent commercial
541430 Medical art services
541430 Medical artists, independent
541430 Medical illustration services
541430 Medical illustrators, independent
541430 Silk screen design services
541430 Studios, commercial art

 

Some history on the Whiteboard Animation Video Services Industry

 

Whiteboard animation

Whiteboard animation is a process where a creative story and storyboard with pictures is drawn on a whiteboard (or something that resembles a whiteboard) by artists who record themselves in the process of their artwork. It is used in TV and internet advertising to communicate messages in a unique way.

 

Terminology

 

The term whiteboard animation comes from the process of someone drawing on a whiteboard and recording it. The actual effect is a time-lapse, or sometimes stop-motion. Actual animation is rarely used but has been incorporated. Other terms are video scribing, and animated doodling. These video animation styles are now seen in many variations, and have taken a turn into many other animation styles. With the introduction of software to create the whiteboard animations, the process has many different manifestations of varying quality.

 

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Marketing and communication design

 

Marketing and communication design on a website may identify what works for its target market. This can be an age group or particular strand of culture; thus the designer may understand the trends of its audience. Designers may also understand the type of website they are designing, meaning, for example, that (B2B) business-to-business website design considerations might differ greatly from a consumer targeted website such as a retail or entertainment website. Careful consideration might be made to ensure that the aesthetics or overall design of a site do not clash with the clarity and accuracy of the content or the ease of web navigation, especially on a B2B website. Designers may also consider the reputation of the owner or business the site is representing to make sure they are portrayed favorably

 

Animation

 

Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and the illusion of change[Note 1] by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon. Animators are artists who specialize in the creation of animation. Animation can be recorded with either analogue media, a flip book, motion picture film, video tape, digital media, including formats with animated GIF, Flash animation and digital video. To display animation, a digital camera, computer, or projector are used along with new technologies that are produced.

 

Animation creation methods include the traditional animation creation method and those involving stop motion animation of two and three-dimensional objects, paper cutouts, puppets and clay figures. Images are displayed in a rapid succession, usually 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second. Computer animation processes generating animated images with the general term computer-generated imagery (CGI). 3D animation uses computer graphics, while 2D animation are used for stylistic, low bandwidth and faster real time renderings.

 

Video editing

 

The term video editing can refer to: The process of manipulating video images. Once the province of expensive machines called video editors, video editing software is now available for personal computers and workstations. Video editing includes cutting segments (trimming), re-sequencing clips, and adding transitions and other Special Effects.

 

Linear video editing, using video tape and is edited in a very linear way. Several video clips from different tapes are recorded to one single tape in the order that they will appear.

 

Non-linear editing system (NLE), This is edited on computers with specialised software. These are non destructive to the video being edited and use programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Avid.

 

Offline editing is the process in which raw footage is copied from an original source, without affecting the original film stock or video tape. Once the editing has been completely edited, the original media is then re-assembled in the online editing stage.

 

Online editing is the process of reassembling the edit to full resolution video after an offline edit has been performed and is done in the final stage of a video production.

 

Vision mixing, when working within live television and video production environments. A vision mixer is used to cut live feed coming from several cameras in real time.

 

Animation creation methods include the traditional animation creation method and those involving stop motion animation of two and three-dimensional objects, paper cutouts, puppets and clay figures. Images are displayed in a rapid succession, usually 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second. Computer animation processes generating animated images with the general term computer-generated imagery (CGI). 3D animation uses computer graphics, while 2D animation are used for stylistic, low bandwidth and faster real time renderings.

 

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