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Input on Layout and Graphics

Input on Layout and Graphics

Draft CTO Favicon

Draft CTO Favicon

To the right is a “favicon” I just made for CureTinnitus.org 3.0 (well it displays to the rt in the post, but not in the activity stream…rrg!).

The idea is that the circle has both the C and the O and the “dot.” The t’s get smaller and smaller, and the faded circles over the green “o” turn the “o” into a “C” an “O” with two dots that symbolize “disappearing.”

The thing is, I kinda think the favicon looks really bad super small (check in your browser, the favicon usually appears to the left of the URL, just left of the letters http.

Do we have any designers around?

Comments, suggestions, collaboration, help?

Best,

Dainis

Another option

Another option

cto-favicon-b7

cto-favicon-b7


hey, i just made an update and am pleased with the symbolism of the following favicon. basically, we have tinnitus on one side, the faded green is kind of an “unclear life” and you have this big lowercase “t.” you join curetinnitus.org you apply the 4 guidelines, you get better and better, and the t gets smaller and lighter. the image was a bit cheesy before with a bit of a “rainbow” in the background representing well being, but i found it to be a bit too eso-cheesy. i mean esoteric-cheesy. so i just took out the rainbow. however, i wanted the “exit” from tinnitus to be basically “love.” i do not know who originally said it, but i heard a qi gong master (and i could find a link to her if you like) saying “love really is the only medicine,” and i think that makes a lot of sense. so, the “exit” from tinnitus is two white hearts faded into kind of a “streaming out” image to the rt of the smallest “t.” you see that? there is also this little dot of green right in front of the “most direct” path out from tinnitus. and well, that dot is a collision with something, it is an obstacle. like all of a sudden the therapist you’ve been relying on has a personal crisis, and just is not really working for you anymore. or the physical therapist is at his/her wits end with you. OR, you simply are confronted with needing to make some real life changes in order to get well.

cto favicon as of october 24, 2011

cto favicon as of october 24, 2011

and see, you do make those changes enveloped in love and foof, you are out from tinnitus.

so that’s what’s happening in this CureTinnitus.org logo and favicon, hope you like it and your comments are more than welcome!


Moving on to the header itself, I removed the “From Tinnitus to Liberation” tagline under the CureTinnitus.org text. I was trying to position the text a few different ways, and I know many organizations use such taglines, but when I removed it, I kind of liked how it felt.

So, it’s either “just Logo + CureTinnitus.org” like this

CureTinnitus.org Header Without Tagline

CureTinnitus.org Header Without Tagline

Or, it’s “Logo + CureTinnitus.org + Tagline” like this:

CureTinnitus.org Header With Larger Tagline

CureTinnitus.org Header With Larger Tagline

CureTinnitus.org Header With Smaller Tagline

CureTinnitus.org Header With Smaller Tagline

and well, it just does not seem to work well to have two text elements and something round nearby, at least not in this case. so, with a third element, which is something i’ve been wanting to add to curetinnitus.org for a while is a representation of a “well being bar” the design is not right yet, because it should be divided by a diagonal plane from bottom left to top right. the bar represents “the more well being you have the less tinnitus you have, and when you do not have well being you have more tinnitus.”

maybe i’ll work on the “well being bar” later, but here’s a version with a bar.

CureTinnitus.org Header Draft With Well Being Bar

CureTinnitus.org Header Draft With Well Being Bar

Tinnitus at The Office Rescue Video (works for any public space)

You’re in a public space, maybe at the office. People are looking at you. People can see you even if they are not looking at you. Your tinnitus is spiking. It’s hard to concentrate, and you try to smile or hide or…something…

This video can come to the rescue. You can use it right now. You can play it at the office and listen on your headphones. You can learn (more…)

CureTinnitus.org Reaches Out To David Letterman

Healing from tinnitus is relevant for many people, and David Letterman has talked openly about having tinnitus. We’d be happy to show David around our community to see how he likes it and whether his support could help us not only help him…but others as well…
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How Many Members Do We Have Right Now?

A member just asked, and we are completely transparent here at CureTinnitus.org:

http://screencast.com/t/12QAWj...ChNBk

that shows how many have come through. We have about 100 unique visits per day, 600 free subscribers, and right, now, we have between 30 and 40 paying members.

it makes it more of a “break even” kind of organization…things will and would be much easier, if we had 500 members…but we don’t right now…

we’re #1 in google for cure tinnitus, and #4 for just “tinnitus,” and people who say I’m raking in the bucks off of other peoples’ pain are so deeply clueless it’s not even funny. frankly, with the server, programming, and other fees, just paying Julian has often been a struggle.

“Tinnitus” is not showing itself, currently, to be a real “market.” It has contains aggressive, angry, impoverished, overwhelmed, and often extreme people. At one point using Google Analysis tools, I found out that people with tinnitus are essentially either rich or broke. does that surprise you? it does not surprise me.

Also, I have received quite a few desperate emails from people on the brink of taking their own lives. Should anyone be in that position, please consider calling a crisis line. That’s what they are there for. Statistics show that when people enter a suicidal state, it’s often just a matter of getting over a “hump,” and then the people go on to live normal lives. Still, I am personally not trained in suicide prevention, and the length, personal nature, and deep depression of some of these letters has sometimes left me concerned and sleepless. I now have a bit of a structure built in, where such depression is intended to be brought to appropriate crisis lines and professionals. I’ve had many emails of gratitude and joy…and as a non-therapist founder…as the coordinator of this site…I feel we have a sound, loving, heartfelt, and effective community here…

However, much of my work here is currently unpaid, and quite spiritually strenuous. Not the least of which is dealing with the rage of people I’ve come to call “Tinnitus Forum Tyrants,” who might just be “Human Embodiments of Tinnitus That SPREAD Tinnitus.”

There is a part of me that does not currently feel justly compensated for the work we are doing here…which means that every email of gratitude or voluntary donation (or members who purchase two memberships and just leave it like that in gratitude)…those things really fuel our organization and are incredibly helpful.

…as small as we are now, we are making a huge impact.

That is clear. We’re starting to be reviewed be the national tinnitus associations around the world, and eventually, we will rightfully take our place among them. I feel strongly that we deserve AT LEAST as much money in grants and donations as the American Tinnitus Association, mostly because of my approach of studying what works, what has worked for others, what heals, what helps, and NOT studying disease, pain, symptoms, etc.

That is a unique approach (oddly enough), as logical, functional, and scientifically sound as it is.

Best,
Dainis

Finding Relaxing YouTube Videos

I just recorded a little video on how I find a nice variety of meditation music on YouTube. I search for meditation music (sometimes even more specifically than that) or meditation music nature, or meditation music happy or … get creative. Then I select the down arrow for search options and choose playlists. If you have an up-to-date browser, those playlists should play automatically, and the videos should load one after the other…here is a video on how to do it: http://screencast.com/t/YWQ1MD...kw enjoy!