SeizerStyle Designs Newsletter: 2014 June

By Nathan Vidal,

SeizerStyle Designs Newsletter

June has marked a great milestone for SeizerStyle Designs and with milestones come reflection and a renewed desire to look forward. In this newsletter we reflect on 10 years of operations and look towards a future of faster paced innovations and better client relations.

SeizerStyle Designs Turns 10

SeizerStyle Designs 10 Year Anniversary AnniversaryThroughout our 10 years of operation we have gained tremendous experience and have had to learn tough lessons. Fortunately these lessons have resulted in better services being launched and planned for the future. Some of the fruits of these lessons are:

  • Isle Cloud Web Hosting – a website hosting solution catering to clients of SeizerStyle Designs.
  • mySeizerStyle – a portal for clients to view important information about the jobs that have been done or are in progress.
  • Client Handbooks for all website design clients highlighting the features and functionality of their websites.
  • A presence on multiple popular social media sites to complement our website, blog and other official online outlets.
  • Responsive websites for all clients to increase mobile and tablet compatibility.

 You are a priority

Email ClientsOur current and potential clients are our main focus and we are always looking for ways to improve our services and our offerings. We do our own market research but would also love to hear from you. What services do you want? How can we improve the quality of our offerings? Feel free to contact us and let us know.

Our Client Handbooks, content management systems and social network integration in websites have all been implemented based on client feedback. We listen.

Tech Tips

We all have difficult times with the technology we use at times. It helps to have a resource that you can refer to for useful tips. Our blog contains many technology tips which may help you solve common technology related problems.

Tech Tip: Control PC volume by application

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Control Volume By Program

Volume MixerMultitasking is great and it is pretty easy to navigate between different programs on Windows. Multiple sounds, however, can be very annoying when they come from different programs. The sounds from a game can interrupt the music you are listening to or you may just want the volume of certain programs to be lower. In Windows 7 you can control the volume on a per application basis using the Volume Mixer.

To access the Volume Mixer simply click on the volume icon in the taskbar and click on the Mixer link below your sound device. This will display volume controls for your open applications which you can modify as you like.

With these settings in mind you can now use different browsers for specific activities based on your sound preferences. You could open YouTube in Chrome with higher volume settings than the pages you are browsing in Firefox. That way if a website decides to automatically play sound it does not disturb as much. You can also use this options to completely mute certain applications so that you hear no sound from them at all.

Related Links
LifeHacker: Set Volume Levels for Individual Programs in Windows

Hilly’s Delights Business Card

By Nathan Vidal,

Design of the week (June 22 – 28, 2014)

Hilly's Delights Business Card

Hilly’s Delights busines card advertises tasty treats and snacks that are emphasized by a colorful design which grabs attention. Since the majority of treats sold at this business are frozen or best served cold, the card has a cool blue background. This is contrasted by a yellow background to the top left which represents summer and the hot days when the treats would come in handy. While this card would definitely appeal to children because of its colourful nature it is also designed to attract adults and display the fun and positivity of the business.

 

Tech Tip: Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool

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Design of the week (June 22 – 28, 2014)

Windows 7 Home PremiumHaving a copy of Windows 7 available in the event that  you need to reinstall your operating system can be a lifesaver. With the Windows 7 USB/ DVD download tool you can make an ISO copy of Windows bootable on either a DVD  or a USB drive. The USB drive version is important since many modern notebooks come without internal optical disc drives. Many computers may also come without a hard copy of Windows which is great until something goes wrong. Fortunately this method can help you get your operating system back to working condition without having to order anything.

Getting an ISO copy of Windows 7

You will need to have a valid Windows 7 product key to legitimately use these ISO copies of Windows. If you already have Windows 7 installed on your computer the product key should be on a sticker at the back of your computer or at the bottom of your laptop. If you have a valid product key you can download these ISO copies of Windows:

Windows 7 Home Premium x86 with SP1

Windows  7  Home Premium x64 with SP1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Creating a bootable DVD or USB drive version of Windows 7

Once you have the ISO file for your valid copy of Windows 7 saved you can use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool to copy a bootable version onto your selected medium. This can then be used to reinstall the operating system.

Ashena’s Acrylic Logo

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Logo Ashena's Acrylic Featured

Design of the week (June 15 – 21, 2014)

Ashena's Acrylic Logo

This logo represents the business of a skilled nail technician at Ashena’s Acrylic. The logo features two mirrored “A” letterforms which  also resemble fingernails. The business name and motto is arched outside the letterform on a purple background  encircled by a red border. A smaller red border also separates the center of the logo from additional text.

As with any logo design, the first design is seldom  the final chosen design. Here is an alternative design to the logo above.

Ashena's Acrylic Logo 2

 

 

Tech Tip: Follow all the action of World Cup 2014

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FIFA World Cup 2014
FIFA World Cup 2014 logo

The most prestigious tournament in the world of football (soccer) is taking place in Brazil this year. If you are interested in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and want to keep updated on your favourite team’s progress there are many options for you.  A search for the World cup in Google gives not only a list of related search results but also a small table of results and fixtures. Here are a few websites that you can follow to keep abreast of all the action in this year’s 64 match tournament. Unfortunately, the legal streaming services may not be available to viewers in the Caribbean.

News and updates

Fixtures and results

Watch live matches online

There are many articles explaining how to watch live matches online and these may be helpful if you are in the US, Canada or the UK.

SeizerStyle Designs Turns 10

By Nathan Vidal,

SeizerSTyle Designs 10 Year Anniversary Anniversary

SeizerSTyle Designs 10 Year Anniversary AnniversaryToday marks a milestone for SeizerStyle Designs. On this day in 2004 the company was officially launched known only as SeizerStyle and providing only website design services. Now, 10 years later, SeizerStyle Designs has grown in professionalism and has expanded the range of services offered to include graphic designs and digital marketing.

We have learned a lot in the past 10 years in an increasingly more competitive environment. We have embraced social media and have witnessed the evolution of the form factor of computers which has favoured mobile devices. We will use the experience and insights we have learned over the past decade to better serve our clients current needs and anticipate future trends in the industry.

We would like to thank all of the clients who have worked with us over the past 10 years. Your advice, support and opinions have contributed to helping us live up to our “Always Improving” tagline. We would also like to remind everyone of the 10% discount on any purchase made in June as we celebrate this milestone.

10 Year Anniversary Facebook Cover Images

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SSD 10 Year Cover Image Collage

Design of the week (June 8 – 14, 2014)

SSD 10 Year Facebook Cober Image

nathvibe 10 Year Facebook Cober Image

SeizerStyle Designs began operating in June 2004, about a month before Facebook was founded. Since then the popularity of Facebook as a social networking website has skyrocketed and it is an important part of the social marketing strategies of many companies. To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we have created 2 imacommemorative Facebook cover images.

The SeizerStyle Designs cover image stresses the brand and function of SeizerStyle Designs splattered with a little colour. This warm image is ideal for summer and the green bands remind of the environmental responsibility of the brand. The nathvibe cover image emphasizes a few brands and logos that SeizerStyle Designs has created over the years.

Tech Tip: Bootable Linux on a USB drive

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Ubuntu Bootable USB

ubuntu_bootable_usb_Ubuntu Bootable USB200x200Windows may be the most popular operating system but there are alternatives. The Macintosh operating system is also popular but it is proprietary and like Windows it is not free. Linux is a free and open source operating system that can be used together with or in lieu of the other more popular operating systems.

In the unfortunate event that your operating system gets corrupt you may risk losing all your data by reformatting the hard drive. Your data may be saved, however, if you can boot into your operating system using a bootable version of Linux saved on a USB drive.

Instead of booting into your standard operating system you install Ubuntu onto your USB drive and boot from the USB drive at startup. This may require changing the boot order in your computers BIOS. You can do this by pressing the appropriate BIOS setup keys shown when your computer is starting up.

Once you ave booted into Linux you can either install the operating system on a different partition or use it from the USB drive. Be very careful if installing Linux to ensure that you do not inadvertently overwrite existing files by formatting the a hard drive if you do not want its contents erased.

SeizerStyle Designs 10 Year Anniversary Discount

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SeizerStyle 10 featured

Design of the week (June 1 – 7, 2014)

SeizerStyle Designs 10 Ad

In commemoration of SeizerStyle Designs’ 10 Year Anniversary on June 11, 2014 we are offering a 10% discount off all purchases made throughout the month of June. Feel free to share this ad so you or your friends can take advantage of this limited time special offer. This offer is valid for all new website or graphic design purchases made during June. This ad is simple and to the point. The choice of colors were intentionally limited to highlight the message by adding contrast and vibrancy.