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Old 04-30-06, 12:28 AM   #1
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Hey Guys and Gals,

I just wanted to post some recent sites I have designed. These are all sites for personal friends and performers. Some of them are not fully functional.

http://www.jamesbustar.com/jeanblaxall/index.html
http://www.jamesbustar.com/AdrianDean/index.html
http://www.jamesbustar.com/perwestman/perwestman.htm
http://www.ozperformers.com
http://www.jamesbustar.com/tension/index.html

http://www.jamesbustar.com is my website but its not the best at the moment.

Anyways hope you enjoy the above websites.

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Old 07-25-06, 09:04 AM   #2
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Old 07-29-06, 10:12 AM   #4
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for your great comments!

I am glad you liked the websites.

My website www.jamesbustar.com is up and running, the proper one!

Enjoy, My new Promo Video from corporate functions will be up soon!

Cheers guys!

Oh and by the way, I am trying to get a portfolio together so If there's a comedy juggler or other performer out there in need of a website or a redesign I will do it for cheap or even free, we may be able to work something out! Hey its all experience!

Get back to me!

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don't undersell yourself saying you will work for free...
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Old 07-29-06, 10:27 AM   #6
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I understand your point of view, but performers.net isnt about selling is it? I am only young so all the experience I can get is good experience.

Thanks for your somments though, I didnt think I was good enough to sell my sites!

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Old 07-29-06, 11:24 AM   #7
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Hey there. I totally understand that feeling of not feeling like you're pro enough to sell something... but for your own mental health, I also agree with Fisb.
I know from experience, having been things like a "college intern", working for free, or offering artwork to people before I felt I had enough credentials to make money at it, that it's hard to suddenly convince someone to pay you (when you start feeling like you're worth it) when they've been getting it for free all this time.
I remember as an intern, it was easier for the company to just move on to the next eager up-and-commer who was willing to work for a pat on the back.
"Why buy the cow..."

For something like this, it might be better to start dirt cheep (like, so cheep it's practically free, and then work you way up to "changing your rates".

I've ended up feeling pretty resentful over give-aways after a while. Which sucks, because it was often for friends and it used to be something I enjoyed. ...but people start to expect it of you very quickly.

I can recall many instances (because of having made this business mistake at exactly your age) of practical strangers acting insulted because I couldn't just give them stuff. My time was valuable to me. ...and it wasn't just things like a little sketch, it was stuff like hand-sewn toys and portraits and logos. It got rediculous.

When you start out this way, it's easy for the whole thing to get slowly twisted around by a [possibly well meaning] individual who thinks they're giving you a foot-in-the-door or your "big break" to make you end up feeling like you owe THEM, for the opportunity.

I ended up doing a lot of free work out of guilt (Because I did it for free for that last guy... etc.)

You could always privately tell an individual, "pssst! For you, I'll do this one for free!", work up your portfolio that way, but the general public wouldn't expect the freebies. Instead it can be a nice surprise for each individual, which might get them to come back next time... but not expecting that you'll always give things away. It was just one special treat.)

That's my little burp, from what experience I've had.

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Old 07-29-06, 11:29 AM   #8
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Cheers Rachel!

Great advice and I do understand. But you just never know when you are at that stage to start charging.

Now I just gotta find someone who wants a website! anyone? lol

No , the advice is great, cheers to you and frisbee, its hard being young, but its great to have help from you guys who have been in the business for a while! Cheers guys!

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heh... yeah, I suppose after your original post, we all already know that you'd do it for free.

...so advice for future advertisement.
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Old 07-29-06, 11:35 AM   #10
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Yer, I learn from my mistakes!

I just thought it was a good idea to get a portfolio up and running.

Now I have heard such good comments from many here and elsewhere on my work though, my self confidence has gone up! something I am very bad at controlling!

So cheers to everyone!

Ciao

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if it helps, I didn't mean "wow" in a positive way.
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your work inspires a profound desire to hit the "close" button in a rapid and violent fashion.
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Old 08-02-06, 08:55 AM   #13
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Why do you guys have to be such wieners sometimes?

(I added the "sometimes" for Eric's sake)

And Scot -- It's generally difficult to read sarcasm unless someone already knows what a jerk you act like.
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Old 08-02-06, 03:47 PM   #14
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The pseudo-sympathetic head pattings reminiscent of the parent of a special olympics athlete don't do anyone any good. Buster's work is garish, juvenile, poorly planned, lazily executed, and aurally obnoxious. Every one of those sites I closed within seconds, and most of them made me shed more tears than a televised American Indian watching an actor litter. They should only be included in a portfolio as "before" pieces, in order to say "look how bad I used to be." I don't see how this support group mentality is going to assist him in either doing better work, or realizing that design isn't his bag.

Being a jerk is twisting the truth, either to the positive or the negative. My statement is entirely true. if it had been good, I would have said so. It wasn't, it made me want to drive my fist through the screen of my laptop.

I stand by my statement.
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Old 08-02-06, 04:06 PM   #15
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One can state the truth in different ways -- constructively or non.
You can make your point clear without tearing someone up.
In fact, you go out of your way to do the "tearing up". It requires more words than constructive criticism would have.
He knows he's completely new at this. He's probably 10 years younger than you. I didn't see a need for the meanness.
He's likely not injured, and I'm not either. I'm just saying -- I don't see the point.
That said, Eric, I hope that you still want to build MY website for me.
You're very good at this, and I think if you wanted to, you could think of many ways in which to guide a kid to get better at something he enjoys. It would probably take just as much effort as trying to think of insults, and it would do far more good.

I'm starting to sound preachy now, so I'll stop talking on this thread. I'm sure, in time, I'll end up saying something wiener-like too.
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Old 08-02-06, 06:51 PM   #16
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I'm actually NOT that good at design, what little progress I have made is the direct result of having my ass handed to me when I asked for critiques on poor work. All glad handing ever did for me was encourage me to continue in a bad direction.

I think the argument here actually stems from differing core philosophies, that's fine, you be good cop, I'll be bad cop, it all balances out somewhere in the imaginary karmic wheel of half waking life.

And yes, I'll still work on your site, as long as you NEVER call me old again...
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If you ask me, or anyone else alive, a web page that plays music is the most annoying thing on the internet, maybe even the most annoying thing in the entier world. That is the only comment that I have, because I do not take the time to look at a page that plays music.
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my post took very little time. The way eric and I both progress in our selves is by shouting internally, "you are not good enough." contentment and support are great attributes for the proletariat, but we are trying to be good at special skills that free us from the enslavement of our class.

You want people to be heros. You want people that do more than ever expected, but you nurture the regression of limits. You're watering down america's heroes.

I don't think bustar wanted constructive criticism, but here's some (just for one page - the rest are just as bad):
JEAN BLAXALL
dividing her name into jean bla and xall is just confusing
your fonts don't work together
there are too many fonts
the colors are ugly.
the header image is low quality, confusing and ugly
there is no alignment anywhere on the page.
there is uneven white space everywhere
if she's an artist, why does it look like she's just a highschool girl on a field trip?
where's the art?
don't use blah for block text, use lorem ipsum.
blue grey white and horizontal lines all give the idea of a proffessional, stable, big business. That is not helpful. No one needs to trust an artist. They need to see she's creative fresh, and valuable.
it looks very dingy, sad and depressed
the site doesn't snap to the top of the window
the kerning on everything sucks
ginjeani or whatever it is is hard to read
the blue lines between paragraphs are stupid and break up the page too much.
the photo needs color correction and cropping. The links don't work
there's no content
you're not going in any direction with this site
it looks like atemplate
it looks like you're just throwing together design ideas that you've seen before.
a copyright is unnecessary and just takes up valuable footer space.
it doesn't validate as html http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=ht...l%2Findex.html
the link color in your footer doesn't match the site.
Everyone of your font choices (besides 'times') were bad.
the footer shouldn't be times
the painting has a weird grey line at the bottom
you should recompress the painting as a jpeg instead of gif
same with photo
cut the text off the side of the painting unless you're having it expand to a readable size.

Now, look at what you've done. It seems there are fewer things on the page than things you have done wrong. That's why I said 'wow' keep on working, you're on the wrong track, but don't let that stop you.
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