Category Archives: Monkey Business

Relocated

Well, it’s been a mighty long time since this place has been updated. There have been a lot of changes over the past 6 months, most notably, I HAVE relocated to a mountain escape, Colorado Springs, CO.

I will try to find the time to nurse this place with the much attention that it needs. Until then…

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Hipster Puppies

A co-worker shared this link with me today. I thought I would share it with everyone here. This has to be the best thing I’ve came across this month!

http://www.hipsterpuppies.tumblr.com

The above photo is not mine, nor does it have anything to do with SadMonkey Design. It’s solely being used to help promote this wonderful site.

Go Visit Hipster Puppies!!!

Great finds…

I stumbled across two great finds today. I am a very avid Illustrator user, and was very surprised, one that these products and techniques existed, and two, that I did not already know about them…


Maybe you don’t either… Well… now you do!


Astute Graphics – think Photoshop functionality, but in Illustrator!

Create an editable metal type treatment… – just like it sounds, a great quick tutorial from vectips!… And to think I’ve been spending all my time outlining and doing this the long way… I’m always amazed at how many simple processes can be so easily overlooked for so long… now I know!

Design In Our Economy

It’s obvious we are all feeling the effects of the slowing down of our economy. Unfortunately, this probably means our budgets aren’t being cut, but slashed. We now have less resources to function and, if possible, grow in this tough environment. We just can’t win, can we?

Actually, we can!

In this climate, many of our rivals, if not all of our competitors, are facing the same circumstances as we are. However, they, unlike us, are seeing this as a limiting factor. You and I KNOW that this is an opportunity with monumental advantages. Most of our competitors are pulling back their marketing and advertising efforts, trying to find a way to survive internally. Fortunately, this means there is a lot less noise and competing voices out in the world. We have an opportunity to not only put out a stronger message than the rest, but now, this message can be heard with much more clarity from our customers.

We have the opportunity to grow our revenue MORE THAN EVER!

We all know our customers are becoming much more savy with where they invest their hard earned dollars and future. They still want to invest, maybe now more than any time before, but they also require a higher level of service and quality than before. As we all know, with hard times, who can afford to take a chance on sub-par opportunities. If it’s not great, everyone is going to move on!

As Marketers and Advertisers, we are responsible for attracting potential investors. We are responsible for the first impression.

Recently, a leading NCAA Division I University which is ranked as one of the top scientific research centers in the nation, placed this full page ad for their College of Science in a leading scientific publication.

utah-ad

This university enlist over 28,000 students, and is one of it’s states largest employers. The periodical advertised in, has a circulation exceeding 1.3 million prints, reaching over 6.6 million readers an issue. The rates for a full page ad in a periodical such as this begin around $120,000.00.

Here is what could have been possible for 1% of the cost of the publication’s advertising rate, had this university recruited the services of SadMonkey Design.

Science-AD

Simply put, if you think the ad designed by SadMonkey Design would have been much more effective eliciting a greater response from the targeted market, then please, allow me the opportunity to provide my services for your business.

Remember, in today’s tough market, if you are not growing, you are shrinking, and the more you shrink, the bigger your competitor gets. Let SadMonkey Design help you grow!

So why the name “SadMonkey Design?”

Once upon a time, deep in the heart of the Palo Duro Canyon, existed a small but memorable railroad attraction that toured many areas of this State Park.
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The Sad Monkey Railroad consistently circled part of the canyon providing a narrated tour for many of its guests throughout the warmer parts of the year. Having been removed from the park many years ago, it’s legacy and name still live on. While it’s timber and rails have long been removed, the more faithful landmark still stands tall overshadowing the ghost of its trails. Along the face of one towering mesa, the resemblance of a sorrowful monkey still stands in all it’s geological wonder, looking down upon the park, hence the name Sad Monkey Railroad.

SMD-80-CanyonSadMonkey Design began as a local business servicing the Texas Panhandle and the greater West Texas area. The name Sad Monkey was and still is a well known attraction for this area. With the desire for community involvement, the name SadMonkey Design only seemed natural. Garnering an instant source of local trust, the utterances of SadMonkey Design brought a smile and a memory for each person whom SadMonkey had the pleasure of coming into contact. With the passage of time comes a few endings, some new beginnings and most of all, unforeseen change. SadMonkey has since left the locale of West Texas and has begun conducting business nationally. With a pride for its heritage and a loyal following, the name SadMonkey Design pushes onward, spreading the friendly customer service, most notable for the West Texas region.

Palo-Duro-Canyon

Here is a link to a youtube video that was originally recorded back in 1991. (I am not responsible for the video. I only found it after doing a search for material to share.)

Sad Monkey RailRoad Video

No More Trouble

I know there are quite a few international visitors here. This was just too good not to share. Have a GREAT day everyone!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “No More Trouble“, posted with vodpod

To find and learn more, visit Playing For Change

From their website…

“Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race…”

Universal Access!?

Okay, so a few weeks ago, my display for my MacBook Pro 17″ lost a little bit of definition in it’s color values. The difference was subtle, but once I noticed, it become very frustrating. I first noticed the problem when I visited my own website SadMonkeyDesign.com. In the white background, the SadMonkey logo is set to a 5% black (a very very light grey). When I visited the site, the logo had disappeared. The current version of the site had been up for months and all was well. Now, all of the sudden, the logo was gone. I was a little puzzled, so I checked my root folders and made sure all my files and pages were in order. They were, but I couldn’t see the logo. It was still there, I just couldn’t see it. So, I opened my system preferences window to see if I could figure out what had gone wrong, thinking maybe I had somehow inadvertently changed my brightness settings. When I opened the System Preferences window, which overlapped my browser window, I could see the logo. It was there, but only visible when it was under the drop shadow from the window on top.

“This was a problem. This was a BIG problem!”

So what happened? Well I had recently updated my browser, Firefox. I had been having issues with this new version. Multiple load delays, timeouts, and every other problem a browser shouldn’t have. So I thought, ” Yes! Firefox was to blame for this as well. It had to be!” So, I spent quite some time researching the Firefox update only to come up empty. So I thought, “Fine, I’ll dump Firefox and move over to Opera. I’ll recreate all my bookmarks, and all my other settings, as much of a pain as that is, I’ll do it, because, obviously, as a designer, I CAN NOT operate with an inaccurate monitor.” So I moved over to Opera… that didn’t do it. My logo still wasn’t visible. Confused, and beginning to wonder if this problem was larger than just a browser problem, I opened Photoshop and tested out a 5% black. “I COUDN’T SEE IT! This was a problem. This was a BIG problem!” As a designer, this was completely unacceptable.

So now, I’m thinking that it must have been the recent MacBook update I had just downloaded and installed. It must have messed up my Color Profiles. So I spent more time trying to modify, change, and figure out just how in the world I could go about fixing the problem. Well, I couldn’t. I knew that’s what it had to be, but I just couldn’t see anything wrong. So, flustered, I gave up for the time being. My workload was light at the moment, I needed to spend some time marketing, so I thought, “Well, I’ll just wait for the new UPDATE, it’s bound to be out in the next few days (they are ALWAYS out every few days it seems…) and that HOPEFULLY will be the fix of my problem.” Well, guess what happened. NOTHING! That wasn’t it. So now I’m thinking, “GREAT! I HAVE to fix this. I’ve tried everything I can think of. I’m going to have to do a system re-install and go back to ALL my defaults.” Obviously, not fun! Well, I thought I’d at the very least, I’d invest just a little bit more time trolling through a few more forums to see if I could find out if it was something simple I was overlooking.

EUREKA!!! I hit gold!

EUREKA!!! I hit gold! Somebody else DID have my problem, and they to, had a world of a time trying to figure out just what went wrong. He tried everything, and I’m not sure why or how he came across the answer, but here it is.

Under  “System Preferences”, under the “System” settings, there is a little thing called “Universal Access.” Some how, some way, the settings in Universal Access had changed. Underneath “Seeing” Underneath “Display” the slider for “Enhance Contrast” had moved from Normal to a higher contrast setting.

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To fix the problem, all I had to do was move the slider all the way to the left as shown below.

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Bingo, Bango, that was it! My screen is back to normal, I can see the 5%er’s again, and all in the world is right… well, okay not so much, but my screen sure is back to normal!

Now I know, I wrongly thought it had been the Firefox update, of which I am still unhappy with its performance. Then I thought it may have been the MacBook update, to which I am STILL unsure if this was the source of the problem, but I noticed that my fellow comrade in pain had recently been setting up a gmail account. If you are unfamiliar with gmail, operated by google, there are many new and exciting features available. One of which is a free, live video chat. Once I came across the gmail connection, that made me think. I too had recently downloaded and installed the livechat plug-in for gmail, and that IS about the time my screen changed. Like I said, the change was subtle, but that had to have been it. So, word to the wise, if you install ANY software for your computer pertaining to video or webcam conference capabilities, your settings in Universal Access could change.

Please, if you know ANYONE who is having a problem with their displays, save them my frustration! Tell them to check out this dialog box.

Universal Access!? I have know idea why, but at least it was an easy fix!