Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I have found many other tutorials that I think you will all like, so stayed tuned!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
He says all his design decisions are determined by what the project will do, not how it will look. An exhibition of his work, called "Design Real," focuses on the relationship of particular objects to daily life -- and how their design was influenced by industrial culture. His work is described as being similar to the approach of artists in the "Relational Aesthetics" movement.
The New York Times ran a story about the exhibition in its recent Arts section.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
There are many cool websites that discuss motion graphics and what could be used in a website.
In addition, there are really cool techniques that can be used to give a signature to any design.
One of them is: http://www.onesize.nl/projects/playgrounds-titles-2009.
This video is demonstrating what I mean by motion in design: http://www.onesize.nl/projects/playgrounds-titles-2009
Also, if look at this page and how pictures are designed: http://www.onesize.nl/projects/Defrag-Lament-Element.
The other one is: Vector Meldrew
hopefully, you will enjoy these websites.
I thought it is a good idea to share it with you guys.
Here is the link to the article: http://www.digital-web.com/articles/principles_of_design/
Hopefully, you will enjoy it.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This is a good example of why you should ALWAYS check your work twice!
Anthony Citrano of BoingBoing states in his article, "In the interview she says she'd rather be a "puma" than a "cougar" - but apparently, the clumsy Photoshop artist decided she was looking too strong in the cover shots - and awkwardly chopped off part of her left thigh. Note how the upper part of her left thigh/hip is basically missing (our right). Did she have some sort of weird car accident that left a wedge of meat missing from it? The fabric even magically floats above the missing thigh. Ha!
Hard to believe that made it to the cover."
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
1. This story is a good follow up to Don Norman's ideas about processing and aesthetics that talks specifically about Web design.
2.This talks about web aesthetics of a different sort. It looks like we're not the only species for whom aesthetics and usability coalesce.
You can actually animate something like this if you wish. For example, you can have the background image move throughout the text, creating a pretty neat looking mask animation. I’ve done a bit of this type of stuff using Flash; applying gradients behind text and having them move back and forth. It adds a little flavor to text.
Here is the tutorial:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
While I was reading in the internet about emotions and its role in the design process, I came across an article that discusses the function of emotions in any design.
The article is: Emotional about design
In addition, in my blog for 501, I wrote about Design Attractiveness which mentions Don Norman and his design components.
I believe that Norman's criteria are phenomenal and should be totally considered in any design.
I am too busy now to attempt it, but someday soon I hope to give it a whirl.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
My two good friends from back home still write me letters - it's nice to get a picture in the mail and something handwritten. I try to send pictures and letters to my niece and nephew once a month - the last one I sent was a Halloween card along with the family picture that I did for class - granted the family wasn't too happy with it, my nephew (who will be 5 this month) thought it was the funniest thing ever. My brother said he laughed so hard that he almost wet his pants. I'm glad someone thought it was funny.
So even though we are slowing turning away from letter writing, there are still ways that we can incorporate our own visual aesthetics with it. (I made a few other pictures for the nephew for his birthday).
In fact - for my Christmas letter last year (and I will be doing the same this year) - I went month by month and put a picture of what I did that month along with my paragraph about what happened. The family back home loved it as they were able to see my story.
In the end though, at least for me, I've always been able to feel good by helping out others. A time tested tradition with proven results. I'm curious though, what put you in a good mood?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This was one of the better ones, although I think he could have made the woman even hotter if he had spent some more time and effort on it (juat kidding...kind of). The best part is that it's set to Joe Cocker's heartbreaking version of the song 'You Are So Beautiful'! How fitting!
Another video I stumbled across that I found interesting was about how widely Photoshop is used nowadays in magazines. The video poses an good question:
With Photoshop retouching, have we "created an unobtainable image of perfection that is widely accepted as the standard of beauty?"
Monday, November 9, 2009
This website is filled with free resources for the web designer. http://www.webresourcesdepot.com/ Do a search for photoshop and see some brushes and other things you can download and use.
You know the guy who co-wrote our text? Ben Willmore has a website Digital Mastery.
He recommended Lynda, of course, for tutorials, as well as RussellBrown.com. I have yet to have time to look around there, but there you go.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
But before I tell you the answer, a word from our sponsor:
Interestingly, the first athlete on the cover of a Wheaties box was not a professional. He was an Olympian: decathlon gold medalist Bob Richards in 1958.
Here's some other Wheaties trivia, which may or may not be helpful at a party sometime, according to the Wheaties website:
• First non-orange Wheaties box: It was a red-and-black package released in 1992 to honor the NBAChampion Chicago Bulls.
• First woman on the front of box: Gold medal gymnast Mary LouRetton in 1984.
• First team to appear on front of box: The 1987 World Champion Minnesota Twins.
• First hockey team: The 1991 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
• First golfer: Lee Trevino in 1969.
• First football player: Walter Payton in 1986.
First race car driver: Dale Earnhardt in 1997.
• Athlete to appear on box most number of times: Michael Jordan – 18 times, including
appearances with the NBA champion Chicago Bulls in 1991, 1993 and 1995. Tiger Woods is second with 16 box appearances. Gee, I wonder if he'll pass Michael?
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The designers' Dilemma is always: To Flash or Not To Flash?
I totally believe that there are another ways of using Flash without destroying the usability of the whole website.
I was looking for some information about this issue and I found a study that was conducted to prove that Flash is valuable. The study was conducted through a group called "BIT". Here is a link of the study: http://www.boonelutz.com/portfolio/flashusability/
Friday, November 6, 2009
Carrying on with the Disney theme, I thought I would read a few articles about the new Disney A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carey. I can't imagine all the computer animation that it took to make this film.
make3d.stanford.edu/research.htlm - this is an interesting article about making a image into 3d - I wish there were 40 hours in the day then I could play around with this more.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This site talks about some online options to get your name out there.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
And if you see a neat font somewhere and want to know what font it actually is, just take a picture of it and let What the Font? do the work.
(Interesting fun fact: The font used on highway signs was developed during World War II by what is now the Federal Highway Administration. Officially known as the FHWA Series, the font is also referred to as Highway Gothic and is the inspiration for the Interstate font.)