Ever want to be the best around?! Of course you do! Well I'm here to tell you, you're on the right path. So get ready to get your "Wax On! Wax Off!" going!  Okay enough with the corny infomercial talk. 

Earlier this month, Yahoo! posted an article about 11 Websites That'll Teach You Awesome Skills For Free.  I found it to be one of the most useful articles I have read on their site.  I already had heard of Instructables.com and CodeAcedemy.com being the nerd that I am, but found some of the others pretty neat too.  Currently I am brushing up and improving on my high school Spanish using Duolingo.com's app.  I still sound like a redneck speaking it, but my vocabulary is building every day I use the app, which makes me happy.  So here is their list so you don't have to leave our awesome website to see it:

  1. Instructables.com: Learn how to DIY just about anything (seriously!) with instructions from hundreds of contributors offered up free of charge. DIY solar food dehydrator, anyone?
  2. Lifehacker.com/Night School: Hidden among the hacks on this uber-useful site are posted tagged “night school” where you’ll find freebie lessons on everything from how to build a computer to photography basics.
  3. Skillshare.com: Find out how to brew a perfect cup of coffee, pickle like a pro, knit, sew, and 100s of more skills. Cram your head full with the site’s complimentary 14-day trial, stat!
  4. JustinGuitar.com: Always dreamed of becoming a rock star? You won’t even have to busk to take advantage of this site’s 850+ gratis guitar lessons.
  5. Drawspace.com: Sharpen your drawing skills with lessons from pros. About 15% of Drawspace’s content is on the house.
  6. YogaMeditationAtHome.com: YOME is made up of 100% free online yoga videos that will get you saying ‘omm’ in seconds.
  7. Chesscademy.com: Become a chess master by watching videos, solving puzzles,  and playing games, all free of cost.
  8. GoHighBrow.com: Sign up for unpaid bite-size courses delivered to your inbox daily, aimed at expanding your knowledge on topics ranging from philosophy to Greek mythology.
  9. Spreeder.com: Quick: How fast can you read these words? Use this Spreeder’s completely free reading program to double, triple, even quadruple your reading speed.
  10. DuoLingo.com: Learn a new language from this site’s extensive costless online courses. Bonus: The ‘lessons’ are set up like games!
  11. Codecademy.com: Get yourself up to speed on the in-demand skill of coding—all without spending a dime.

That's a pretty awesome list, and am looking forward to checking some of the other ones out.  I'd like to end my blog here, but am not really a fan of just copying someone else's blog without adding a little something something to it. So here are some other sites worth noting, though not all of them are free:

  1. Lynda.com: Though this site is not free, it is one of the best places to learn some great skills in the digital digital age.  From Photoshop to Web and Mobile apps to 3D Animation, they are a great place to start.  They do offer a free trial.
  2. Pinterest.com: A go to site for Do-It-Yourself'ers this social media site has it all.  Just find a category and start searching.  Though some of the instructions may be vague, it can give you some great inspiration for your next project.
  3. Youtube.com: This is probably the number one go to place for finding out how to do stuff.  Want to know how to do something, there is probably a Youtube video for that.
  4. OldHatCreative.com: LOL! Okay! Okay! We may not really be a self-improvement site, but we sure would make you look smarter by choosing us to do your graphics and website. ;) 

Have a great day, everyone!

Recently, I've been transitioning into a client rep position here at Old Hat Creative. I blogged several weeks ago about a new website we launched for the University of Memphis' Time to Shine capital campaign, but today I want to highlight another client I have the opportunity to work with, Michigan Athletics! 

I grew up watching Michigan Football. My aunt lives about an hour away from Ann Arbor, so my dad watches Michigan Football every Saturday morning when he has the chance. A few years ago, I was forunate enough to visit the University of Michigan, as well as walk down the team tunnel and stand on the 50 yard line at the top of the block M at Michigan Stadium. 

Over the past month, our production experts have created a pretty unique collection of 2D and 3D animations for Michigan Football this season. They incorporated the brick wall and iron gates of Michigan Stadium to create a traditional look and feel. Scroll below to see these animations.

1. Rotating Block M 

2. Rotating 150th Anniversary Logo  

3. Match Up Animation  

4. Player Feature  

5. Michigan Wins 

6. Next Home Game  

7. Touchdown Crowd Prompt  

8. Make Some Noise Crowd Prompt 

9. Get Loud Crowd Prompt 


• College students do not know how to drive well. 

• People like donuts

• This is my new favorite jam

• There are a lot of places to visit in Mexico

• Doctors offices like to make you wait

• Life is expensive

• Trapperkeepers still exist

• Bugs are gross

• Technology messes up

• Elephants are cute

 • Fall TV is back!

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