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New Style: Book

Inspired by some of our favorite art books, this new style available to all Creative Pro users.

For a beautiful live example visit Patrick Hoelck

Creative Database Search Upgrades

We've recently launched some drastic improvements to our creative database search engine. Most notably, we have enhanced the location search, results sorting, and added a quick preview option to help you find the right candidate with the fewest clicks. You can now search and sort the entire Krop database of portfolios and resumes by: Location, Availability, 18 Specialties, Professional Level, Experience, and Education.

Visit the Employer Site for more information on searching the creative database , and as always please keep the suggestions coming!

New style: Studio Stacked

Introducing the first addition to the Creative Database Style gallery from our Spring / Summer 2010 Signature collection. Available to all Creative Pro account holders.

Beautiful type, zero unnecessary design elements, and an optional custom logo make Studio Stacked a decisively simple and elegant way to present your portfolio. Built for designers, Studio Stacked looks great with smaller portfolios of few selected works as well as archival portfolios with hundreds of pieces.

Live examples:
Heydays: Oslo-based design group shows you their great work, how they did it, and what they did it with, all with Howard Hughes-like precision.

Joe Kral: Most designers will call themselves a Typographer, Joe happens to be one the few that aren't lying.

Google Analytics available for your Creative Pro account.

As the Creative Database has grown, so has the demand from users to access their web stats. We spent a great deal of time researching various options including building our own, and decided that Google Analytics was by far the best fit. It's free and incredibly sophisticated, yet simple enough to give you a quick glance at who's visiting your profile.

If you have a Creative Pro account, and would like to activate Google Analytics: Open an account on the Google Analytics website, and paste your unique tracking code into the analytics settings under the "account" tab in your account manager. It's a fresh feature, so please let us know if you have any questions.

25,000 portfolios hosted + New Styles in March.

We've added some fresh faces to the 'Featured profiles' section on The Creative Database Page, check it out.

The Krop Style Gallery

Check out the the all new Krop style gallery. Find the perfect look for your portfolio in the Krop Creative Database.

Video embedding now available for all Pro accounts

After quite a bit of consideration and reviewing just about every web video hosting service out there we have decided to support video embedding on PRO accounts. This feature is now live!

How to embed a video: If you have a PRO account, you'll notice an "embed a vimeo" text link next to the form to upload images. Just click that, and paste in the URL to your Vimeo hosted video and click "embed". You also have the option of selecting a custom thumbnail to represent the video in your set, otherwise your account will use the same thumbnail you are using at Vimeo.

UPDATE: Motion Designer Mikey Pendola offers up an excellent example of Vimeo embedding in action,

Krop Featured in Creative Review Magazine

The Krop Creative Database was featured in the FEB issue of Creative Review Magazine. CR is a well respected design industry publication, and we sincerely appreciate the kind words. Thanks guys!

New Style available for PRO accounts: Minimal

Some folks prefer the simple life.

All pro users will now notice the new minimal style as an option in their account. Designed as a simple alternative to our 4 classic variations, Minimal is the first in a series of custom style options we will be releasing this spring / summer. Check out minimal in action: Chuck & Jeff

To apply the new Minimal style to your pro account: under the portfolio tab, Minimal will appear as a radio button option under "Style Options". Tip: You can choose to have the sets display thumbnails or just open to the fist image on the 'modify set' page.

Alternate styles are available for all Creative Pro account holders - Create your account now.

Coming soon for PRO accounts: Video embedding, blog / RSS importing, more additions to the style gallery, presentation mode for meetings, and of course a few super top-secret features. Still on a Basic? might be time to upgrade! :)

Quick updates & Staff Picks

The pool of talent in the Creative Database got a lot deeper this week with thousands of new artist profiles. Tomorrow we're rolling out a few new features on the job board, and early next week we are going to announce some new upgrades that are in the works for Creative Database Pro account holders.

Today we're spotlighting a couple special artists that have graced the Database with their work this week:

Ales Lins, Design Director - New York City : Understated luxury is one of the holy grails of contemporary graphic design. Alex nails it, and executes his work with beautiful consistency.

Gabe Rubin, Creative Director, Los Angeles : Gabe's work has sold more movie tickets than fandango. Get you popcorn out, his interactive work for big budget motion pictures and video games always has a story to tell.