By Dan on January 10, 2013 12:06 AM
Time on my hands and it was time to put a new skin on this site. The new design is much more minimal and is intended to draw attention to the content of the site rather than the site itself. A particular focus is given to recent blog posts and featured pictures. Now that I've started a Facebook presence I am going to try to make the features on this site line up if the photos are worthy.
I've also updated the e-commerce piece to allow for setting different prices for different pieces rather than having one price per output resolution/media.
As always this is a work in progress but at least this is something. Amusingly enough this redesign is only five days away from the time last year when I did the last facelift. There must be something about the new year that does this because that timing was entirely not planned!
By Dan on December 19, 2012 12:25 AM
I have added two new features to my site today.
The first is the ability to purchase prints from many of the pages of this site. If you see a green button that looks like you can click it to order a print, well, you can. Most of the model shots, many of the Art shots and some of the 'Other' shots are available for purchase.
The second is a new section called Support My Tribe. This is a new initiative I am starting to help friends-in-need via sales of artwork. Follow that link for more details but in short it means that if you buy something from here you are also committing a social good. Also, to kick this off you can use the promotion code of SMT25 to get 25% off your order for the rest of the year.
There are still many things I want to do on this site but I have deadlines looming for work that will keep me from making a lot of progress until the new year. Some of the changes involve:
- a site facelift
- lots of conversion optimization to provide an improved user experience
- a retooled front page with more emphasis on current news and new art pieces
- the likely creation of a companion site at SupporttMyTribe.com
- disclaimers about how some photography may be slightly cropped to fit the output medium
- new art and photography!!!
Thanks for reading this and I hope you spread the word!
By Dan on November 19, 2012 10:37 PM
Although I started as "Dan Chick" I shifted early on to doing photography under a couple different names. "Right Angle Photography", "MentalSwitch" and another name that preceded MentalSwitch and was around only long enough for me to get business cards printed. This week I made a decision: I am the brand.
My motivations for a pseudonym stemmed largely from the fact that I ran my own business, I was the face of the company, and this company wasn't about my art. Some of my subject matter challenges social norms and this became a problem for my business. At that point my company was most of my world and I retreated under the cover of a name of my own creation. This week I leave that behind. I am, once again, the brand.
I was feeling divided and struggling with my artistic identity. Names and titles come and go. They are associated with a period, short or long. For me the time for a name besides my own has passed. This has resulted in a merging of domains (with mentalswitch.com becoming DanChick.com) and the creation of a new Facebook page for my art. I am who I am and I am proud to be me. My art is continuing, my photography is resuming and my performances are finding some traction. I am not a company. I am not a pseudonym. I am Dan Chick. I am the brand.
By Dan on October 23, 2012 8:45 AM
This is my newest creation, I call it "Skull of Spades". It's designed for a 16x20 canvas print and I'm selling them for $200 + shipping with free delivery to anyone in Denver. Drop me a line if you're interested and we can make arrangements. This print is limited to 50 pieces.