Friday, November 27, 2009

35 Horizontal Website Layouts

"The Horizontal Website Design style elicits quite a response from users and design traditionalists, people either love them or down right hate them. There does not seem to be much middle ground for discussion but more and more you see horizontally scrolling websites popping up around the net.

Instead of the traditional up and down scroll this style moves from side to side. Sometimes to enhance the experience it has auto scroll, or dragging capabilities, and sometimes its just a manual slide using the scroll bar. It should be noted that horizontal designs are not for every type of website. They generally work very well for portfolios and image heavy sites, but not as much with content heavy sites. With the combination of wide screen monitors taking over the market and multi directional mice, this experience could be a great new way of interacting on the web."

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone in the US a Happy Thanksgiving Day! I wish you the best!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Microsoft Offers To Pay News Corp To "De-List" Itself From Google


"Microsoft wants to pay News Corp and other large publishers to de-list their Web sites from Google's search index, the Financial Times reports. The idea is to force Google to pay for content, thinning its currently fat margins."
Seriously? SERIOUSLY? I can't believe any news organization would consider such an offer. The primary goal of this business model is to collect news and distribute it. Via this distribution they gain eyeballs back to the website and in-turn, to the advertisers on the side of the page.

By limiting viewers (and in turn revenue) to only Bing, then it would be a disservice to the readers, the stockholders, and to the advertisers. Seriously, would any advertiser what to pay the same amount of money for an advertisement and receive less potential viewers? .... or would you want to reach as many potential wallets as possible? The answer is obvious, pay low, receive high. But then again, Microsoft has never been one to understand customer needs.

Thank you for reading my rant. grrrrrr.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Quotes in Watercolor for Business and Leadership - My New Book

I am proud to announce the release of my second book featuring my watercolor illustrations. A rich and colorful book full of inspirational quotes oriented towards the business world. I'm excited to say this book has larger images than my first book and even cost a tad less. Please click over to LuLu and check out my book. (This book is so new, it has yet to be listed on Amazon or B&N. I'm told it may take several months before it is carried). Also, you can find featured images, free to download and use, at ZooBoing.com
In this book you will find words of wisdom from movers and shakers like, Steve Jobs, General Patton, Henry Ford, Warren Buffett, as well as 40 other renowned leaders. All of these quotes relate to enriching your business and leadership life with sage advice and words of wisdom on how to engage, empower, inspire and energize yourself and those in your organization.

The accompanying watercolors emphasize the meaning of the words and helps the imagination reflect on how the words can be used within one’s own business and leadership life. Enjoy the rich color, fluid forms and inspiring images while at the same time gaining insight from the encouraging quotes.

ISBN 978-0-615-32153-0
Publisher ZooBoing llc
Copyright ©2009 Standard Copyright License
Language English
Country United States
Publication Date November 10, 2009


Page Count 116 pages
Size 8.5 x 8.5
Binding Perfect Bound
Interior Color Full-color

Words in Watercolor - My 1st Book

As many of you now know I have published a book featuring my watercolor renderings and words of wisdom (famous powerful quotes) which accompany the images. I'm very proud of this book and really enjoyed creating the illustrations. Please click over to LuLu or Amazon and check out my book. Also, you may find featured images which you are free to download and use on ZooBoing.com
Unlock your creative mind with over 50 hand selected quotes with accompanying rich watercolor illustrations. Each image has been crafted to reinforce the words and help open the reader's creative mind to more design possibilities.
ISBN 978-0-557-08819-5
Publisher Patrick Hoesly
Copyright ©2009 Standard Copyright License
Language English
Country United States
Publication Date July 30, 2009


Page Count 112 pages
Size U.S. Trade
Binding Perfect Bound
Interior Color Full-color

Living room inside a PC


A Russian artist made a model of a living room that has a sofa, armchairs, coffee table and a working lamp, in his computer. The living room even contains a gumball machine, a bottle of coke and the New York Times.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Free Watercolor Artwork - Waterfall

Watercolor illustrated using Photoshop. The original CC image was photographed by WouteR and is hosted on Flickr.com

This free digital watercolor image was created by Patrick Hoesly, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution license. You are free to download and use this image. All I ask, is for you to give credit to myself and a link back to this blog.

You can download more artwork on this blog, or by going to my Flickr page.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Free Artwork - Amish on Route 880

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This is another watercolor offering on this website. The original CC image was photographed by Nicholas_T and is hosted on Flickr.com

This free digital watercolor image was created by Patrick Hoesly, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution license. You are free to download and use this image. All I ask, is for you to give credit to myself and a link back to this blog. If you like my art, please consider purchasing one of my books, I only make a few bucks off each book, however the warm fuzzy feeling lasts a lifetime.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Free Artwork - Golden Gate Bridge

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This is my third art offering on this website. And its one of the wonderful Golden Gate Bridge. I love this bridge. Please download & enjoy my art, and please leave me feedback.

The original CC image was photographed by Peter Kaminski and is hosted on Flickr.com

This free digital watercolor image was created by Patrick Hoesly, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution license. You are free to download and use this image. All I ask, is for you to give credit to myself and a link back to this blog. If you like my art, please consider purchasing one of my books, they are packed full of warm watercolor images and are great gifts (every advertisement must say that... it's a federal law somewhere... and well, ya got ta do what ya got ta do.)

Less Numbers.... More Hard Core Math.

"Numbers lie, but good math doesn’t. As a matter of fact, math gives us some common sense rules that are easy to follow."

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Free Digital Artwork - Heidelbert

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This is my second art offering on this website. I find creating them to be very relaxing and rewarding. Please enjoy my art, and please leave me feedback.

The original CC image was photographed by Spigoo and is hosted on Flickr.com

This free digital watercolor image was created by Patrick Hoesly, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution license. You are free to download and use this image. All I ask, is for you to give credit to myself and a link back to this blog. If you like my art, please consider purchasing one of my books, I only make a few bucks off each book, however the warm fuzzy feeling lasts a lifetime.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Free Digital Watercolor Image - Puppy!

I'm experimenting with offering free digital art for folks to download and use as they wish... similar to the free textures I offer. If you like this idea and would like me to create more art, please leave a comment. If you hate this idea, please leave me a comment. If you loath this idea, please leave. :)

The original CC image was photographed by Randy Son Of Robert and downloaded from Flickr.com

This free digital watercolor image was created by Patrick Hoesly, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution license. You are free to download and use this image. All I ask, is for you to give credit to myself and a link back to this blog. If you like this style of art, please consider purchasing one of Patrick's books, as both of them are chuck full of similar artwork.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Cool Website Designs

Cool Coaster Designs

Nice collection of well designed coasters. Ya so what, you say... well, it's amazing how many times people look coasters, especially when there is a lull in the conversation. A good coaster will fit a good restaurant like a glove, and will reflect the mood of the restaurant. Funny, Soft, Loud, Edgy, ect, the coaster is just one aspect of good design. ok... enough of my rant.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Open Bottle of Wine with Secret Knock... Not really... but darn Cool.

Got a bottle of wine on hand but no corkscrew to get it open? You can argue all you want about whether or not the guy in this video really needs more wine, but you can't argue with the results

Open door locks with a secret knock. VERY COOL



So the Freemason's would love this device. Knock on the door in the correct (and secret) way and the door unlocks. Now you just need to know the secret handshake, secret password, and secret dance and you too can be a Freemason.

School of Wizardry on Facebook

I've found a new love.... School of Wizardry on Facebook. If you've not discovered it, let me give you the 4 word summary..... Harry Potter on Facebook. Yaa!!!

I've also discovered a blog dedicated as a tutorial / discussion of School of Wizardry. It has great advice on setting up your character and advice on playing the game. It is well written and a bit fun to read... that is if you are a Harry Potter fan as I am.

If you want to join my order on facebook, check me out and send a request to become friends... and mention my blog. Just do a search for Patrick Hoesly.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

25 Beautiful Minimalist Designs


WPDFD has listed 25 nice looking simple website designs. Great resource for getting your creative juices flowing.