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New Website, 2013 version

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!

Support My Tribe + Ecommerce

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!

I am the Brand

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.

Skull of Spades

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.

The iPad Art Cometh

By Dan on September 29, 2012 9:47 AM

Holy crap!  I haven't updated my blog in nine months!  In that time I've started two new jobs, started designing non-photography art on my iPad, and learned a lot about myself and those close to me.  One thing I've learned is that even when things are tough Cass still has a superhero inside of her.

New Website Skin

By Dan on January 15, 2012 12:29 AM

I got bored tonight and decided to give this site its annual facelift.  The orange was inspired by Cassandra and all of the design touches she's putting into our house.

iPhone Illustration - Classic Behind

By Dan on July 21, 2011 9:31 AM

This is based on a picture I saved off the net.   No clue who the original photographer was.  Drawn from scratch, like all the recent posts, in Adobe Ideas.  Filtered to hell in various apps.

iPhone Illustration - CassBot

By Dan on July 18, 2011 7:59 PM

My girlfriend is of the Borg!

iPhone Illustration - Sexy Lingerie

By Dan on July 17, 2011 10:28 AM

A friend sent me this pic when I asked for subject material for a new piece.  This is about an hour's work.

iPhone Illustration - Kat Surth, Low Resolution Preview

By Dan on July 15, 2011 8:44 AM

The inspiring picture was from the first nude-subject shoot I did around ten years ago.  That shoot gave me a lot of confidence to continue my visual art.  This illustration is a low resolution preview of my new piece.

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