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Hi, Merry Christmas!

Thank you for making 2013 such a fantastic year and we look forward to working with you in 2014!

It's that time of year again and with Christmas only around the corner; we thought that you might want some extra Christmas cheer (tinsel, fairy lights & baubles) to brighten up the dark, freezing cold and snow filled days before we all get our well earned holiday break!

Create your own eChristmas Card and send it to your friends & family, or just post it on twitter...go on, click here > Make my eChristmas Card or on the card below.

Movember!

CHRISTMAS OPEN / CLOSE TIMES:
The studio is closed from the 20th of December 2013 to the 2rd of January 2014
We will have access to studio email (breon@realdesignstudios.co.uk) and will try to deal with every enquiry as we can. If you need to speak with me, please feel free to contact me on my mobile 07941 264 293. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

Make a Difference...
REAL COMMUNITY SPIRIT IN ACTION FOR THE HOMELESS.

The Rucksack Project is not a charitable organisation, but a worldwide movement born out of a simple idea to help those sleeping rough on the streets during the freezing winter months.

Anyone can help with our mission, because the project is not about one person trying to do a lot, but about the many each just doing a little to make a big difference in the world.

Support Month

The idea is an incredibly simple one: Go to charity shops, get a rucksack, sleeping bag, flask (fill with hot soup), spoon, gloves, hat, fleece, undies, socks and extra food, take it out and give it to a homeless person.

Download the Event Set-up Guide now and be that someone who takes the lead in YOUR town or city and makes a difference to someone's life. If you can't make an event - please tweet and share it via the buttons below.

Website: http://rucksackproject.org
Hull Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/512473632182457

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MacGyver Tip
No money for Christmas Decorations?

You can make your own holiday decorations by finding small, unwanted objects in your home and spraypainting them gold, white, silver, etc. then putting a string on them for hanging.

My spraypaint-lovin' buddy made his own Festivus decorations by covering household objects in a gold sheen - like a box cutter, 56k modem and a plastic spoon.

Sure, your conventional other half may not go for the ‘24k’ modem hanging on the tree, but your geek friends will love it. I'm only a little embarrassed to admit I do.

 

MacGyver Tip

...more from MacGyver in our next newsletter!

Services - What you do all of these? Yes we do!
We do quite a lot of exciting and different services...some might interest you.

Marketing Consultancy - Business Branding - Print & Graphic Design - Website Design & Development - Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) - Viral Campaign Creation - Broadcast Film & Video Productions - SMS/Mobile Marketing - Live HD Video Streaming - Copywriting

This months selected service is:

Video Production on a "Short" Scale

Vine, Twitter’s recent acquisition, has taken the Internet by storm, finally achieving the “Instagram of video” title that so many companies (Instagram included) has been chasing after. With a maximum duration of only six seconds, why should anyone care? For the same reason people should care about Twitter, with its 140 character limit. It fosters creativity on a level playing field.

As it turns out, six second video is really fun to create and watch. So with that, here are six tips for making your six second vine a little more awesome!

1. Plan Ahead and Practice
In addition to only being able to share up to six seconds, another limitation is you have to edit as you go. (Record, pause, record, pause, share!) Also known as in-camera editing, with Vine, it’s all you’ve got. What makes it especially difficult is there’s no going back to re-take a shot. If you make a mistake, you’ve got to either live with it or start over. That’s why if you’re doing something that takes some coordination, we advise making sure you have an idea of what you’re going to do before you do it, and practicing before you start recording.

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2. Be Smart About Camera Moves
Six seconds! A pan or tilt alone could last for six seconds, so don’t waste time with one unless it’s for a reason. If you must pan or tilt, make it quick. Remember, however, that Vines loop, so too much quick motion could make your viewing audience motion sick after two or three playthroughs. Additionally, try your best to keep the camera steady. Shaky cam sucks in the movie theater (I’m looking at you, Bourne), and it’s even worse with a mobile phone. You won’t be able to smooth it with an app after the fact like your other mobile videos, so keep that puppy steady if you’re doing a move.

...see the full article over on the REAL website... read the other 4 tips now

For further information on our Video Services please email or call us on 01482 212200

Hot Tips

Hot Tips (Industry Insider Tips)

F2 - Rename selected item(s)
CTRL + R or F5 - Reload current page
Ctrl + Shift + R or Ctrl + F5 - Reload current page; clears cache
Ctrl + D - Bookmark current page
Ctrl + H - Open History sidebar
Slash (/) - Quick Find text as you type

...HOT, HOT, HOT!

 

Website of the Month
PlaceIt - Realistic product mock-ups quick!

PlaceIt is a simple, drag-and-drop tool which lets you generate realistic product screenshots in seconds.

Simply upload your screenshot, wait a few moments and BAM: skews and glares are automatically applied to create attractive renderings, all without Photoshop.

Site of the Month

The results, as you can see in the samples shown above and below, are quite impressive, especially when considering how little work is involved for the user. Yes, there are countless other tools for creating mockups such as these, but many of them take significantly more time and skill, and often rely on Photoshop Smart Objects, Actions and templates.

PlaceIt certainly won’t replace every designer’s mockup needs, but if you’re in a hurry or want to show off your latest site or app design to a client, this utility is certainly worth a look.

Find out more via the website PlaceIt

If you'd like more information on what services we can provide for you and your company, please feel free to give us a call on 01482 21 22 00, 08451 662 901 or via email

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Best Wishes,

Breon & the REAL TEAM
REAL DESIGN

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