RefrigeratorArtist gives parents the chance to share their children’s artwork online, making it possible to keep a permanent record of all the favourite pictures produced by the family. These can go into an individual gallery with the name of each child, and you can select pictures to go into the voting to try to win $400 in US savings bonds each month. Vote for your favourites from the children on Refrigeratorartist to help select the winner.
Keeping a digital record will help a lot of parents because the actual pictures really do stack up over the years and families can only keep a few. The site also has products available to purchase with the children’s artwork featured, including t-shirts and mugs. I can’t help thinking there will be plenty of competitive voting going on, with friends and relatives nagged to vote for children, and more nagging will come from the children to get the t-shirts and mugs. So it should be a financial success for the designers while still being a lot of fun and a useful resource for families wanting to keep an archive of their children’s artwork.
See if you can resist trying this one out. Do you remember the trend for making fake magazine covers with your photo in the place of the model, or the photo of a friend so you could give a framed copy as a gift? Now you can make your own fake magazine covers with photos of yourself or others – I tried it and it’s effective and also useful to brighten up your profile picture on social networks. You could also put photos of others to email or print out as a fun present. Some magazine titles are less than complimentary so they could be provide a comical way of complaining about somebody who has let you down.
Using the website is simple. The main page prompts you to upload a photo and then you can scroll through a selection of fake magazine covers. These vary from glamorous movie star publications to serious news or specialist interest magazines including sports and cars. As a closet geek I felt more comfortable on the cover of computer magazines and the result is effective and funny. I’m sure a few people will think it’s authentic until they think about it. People seeing these covers are likely to try the site out so it should gain popularity quickly, especially as it’s just in time for the gift-giving season.
Nuzart is a visually attractive website, full of art in various forms created by artists and easy to find for buyers. Artists, including those using various media and photography, are invited to set up a gallery to display their work. Menu options take them through the steps to upload images, set a price, promote and sell. Buyers can search through these galleries to choose a piece of art, select the printing materials and size, and then buy. For those who create artwork on computer it’s also possible to upload the image, select the printing material and size, and purchase a copy.
Purchasers are helped in their selection by choosing the colour they like to predominate, as well as the type of subject, genre, technique, and the shape of the artwork. This will be a particularly useful service for businesses looking to brighten up their offices, restaurants or other premises with art. It will also help headhunters looking for artists and provides a good way for artists to be spotted and hired. As a service to let computer artists produce printed copies of their work it could also prove popular.
The one suggestion I would make is that this is a professional site, beautifully produced visually, and yet the text isn’t quite in perfect English. It’s almost fluent, but for a site of this quality buyers and artists alike will want to see no errors in order to trust the service, so a proofreader is needed to polish it.