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Aviation Design: Aircraft Seating with Recaro

Aviation Design: Aircraft Seating with Recaro

You’re walking down the aisle to your seat. You stink down into the plush cushion. Have you ever thought about what goes into selecting the best aircraft seating? Then you have to learn about Recaro and how they contribute to Aviation Design. Recaro is also known for their race car seating. We can’t talk about Aviation Design without thinking about the seating. Good seating makes such a difference on a long haul flight or even a short haul. Premium airlines…

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How to charge clients as a Freelance Graphic Designer?

How to charge clients as a Freelance Graphic Designer?

You’re starting out as a freelance Graphic Designer. How much will you charge your clients? There are a lot of ways to calculate and it can be confusing. I’ll share what I feel is the simplest way. I suggest charging either a flat rate or a flat rate plus hourly. There may be small projects that you charge a flat rate for. For example, a simple edit to a photo in Adobe Photoshop. You know the work will not take…

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Experience Interior Design for Yachts

Experience Interior Design for Yachts

I talk a lot about Interior Design on this blog. And it’s usually about houses or buildings. But what about Interior Design for yachts? We’re mixing design with travel, which is what this blog is all about. I went to the Progressive Norwalk Boat Show last weekend and there was a lot to see. People do actually live on boats. Not all of them are luxury mega yachts. Some are modest sailboats or motorboats. But they’re people’s homes. They want…

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Brooklyn, New York: Columbia Heights Tour

Brooklyn, New York: Columbia Heights Tour

I visited Brooklyn last month. I was amazed at all the buildings and architecture there. I’ve been to Brooklyn so many times and grew up right outside of New York City. I sort of took it all for granted. I also visited a great Indian restaurant I hadn’t been to in years. There were so many beautiful brownstones. Then there were all the modern buildings. It was such a contrast. The Barclays Center was also in this area. This neighborhood…

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Promoting Your Blog: Marketing and Social Media

Promoting Your Blog: Marketing and Social Media

Did you read the Blogging Toolkit post from last month? Then you may have some ideas about how to start a blog. Now it’s for marketing your blog! I suggest sticking to only a few marketing channels at first. You’ll easily overwhelm yourself if you set out to post on every social media platform in existence. I have found that a combination of organic search, Pinterest, commenting on blogs and a little of Instagram bring traffic to Passport by Design….

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The MET: Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour

The MET: Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City! It’s like seeing the whole world under one roof. You have the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Ancient Europe! The MET is another quintessential New York City experience. I visited the MET earlier this month with my father. Visiting the Islamic Art Exhibit was a top priority. There were other exhibits I was excited to see as well. Asia There was a special exhibit in the Asian section for Korean…

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Atlanta, Georgia’s Diverse Architecture

Atlanta, Georgia’s Diverse Architecture

Atlanta has so much diverse architecture. Go from soaring skyscrapers to uniquely shaped and angled buildings. You’ll find every type of building in Atlanta. Take at look at the “King and Queen” buildings above. White lattice work resembles the heads of royal chess pieces. They are lit with different colors for special occasions. The Mercedes-Benz stadium was nothing like I’d ever seen before. It had so many unique angles. Book the Engineering and Architecture tour at the stadium to see…

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Blogging Toolkit: Everything to Grow Your Blog

Blogging Toolkit: Everything to Grow Your Blog

What are the best blogging tools to grow your blog? I’m going to give you the tools I use on a daily basis. Website and Hosting for your Blog WordPress is my blogging software of choice. This is WordPress.org, not to be confused with WordPress.com. There are a lot of website builders out there. Think Wix.com, Squarespace and many more. I’ve talked to other Graphic Designers and they’ve always gone back to WordPress. It’s the most used software for a…

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Interior Design Inspiration: Living Rooms

Interior Design Inspiration: Living Rooms

If kitchens are the heart of the home, then living rooms are the lungs. (I made that up myself.) They come in second but are still very much needed. And they help turn a house into home. Three things stand out to me when it comes to living room design. First the furniture, then the walls and lastly architectural elements. Living Room Furniture You walk into a living room and it’s stuck in a time warp. 9 times out of…

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HTML Shortcut Codes For Beginners

HTML Shortcut Codes For Beginners

Are you learning to code in HTML? There are a lot of codes to remember. I’ll help you remember the ones you’ll use most. 1. HTML Headings and Paragraphs When you’re writing in code, your headings and paragraphs look like this. When they are put into a web browser they end up looking like what you see below. It’s important that you use end tags. If the text in your paragraph starts with <p>, then you will need to end…

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