Friday, December 11, 2009

The End

Today is the due date for this project. So no more blogging for me.
I learnt so much while researching various topics for this project and expanding my knowledge in the way of design that is out there and my direct competition in the world on my road to success.
Thanks for the challenge!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


RGB - red, green, blue, this is the standard colour chart used on the web. Then from this also follows on more specific colour ranges guaranteed for the web which is web colours but that can be addressed another time. On the web, what this means is that every pixel on screen is made up of one of these 3 colours. RGB are known as additive colours, when combined you get white light, which produces white

CMYK - cyan, magenta, yellow and black. This is the increased colour range used for print. This allows for more range and detail in the printed colour tones. CMY are subtractive tones, when they are combines they absorb the white light from a page and produce black - so sometimes, when converting RBG one problem you may encounter is that it will use CMY to produce black instead, which is only a very dark black so pure black is added and this is the K element.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

web specific consiferations - plug ins

When you access a site such as youtube your computer needs certain things to run the application on that website. You may have things such as flash, that need to be installed before you can view content such as videos or animation features on sites. These help you access and download content for better viewing of the site.

examples of some plug ins:
RealPlayer: enables your computer to play streaming RealVideo and RealAudio.
Adobe Reader: For viewing and printing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
Adobe Flash Player: is the universal rich client for delivering effective Adobe Flash experiences across desktops and devices.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Amazing oppertunities out there

This site is amazing. The opportunities that people have created for lesser known designers in all industries is amazing. The prime example is here -

What this site does, it has clients and they post a project and people from all different creative backgrounds have the opportunity to produce something for this client from their speciality - radio, TV, print, videos. Even just a concept. So what you do is submit your work and it gets voted on by members of zooppa, I became a member so as to participate as a public member of society and give my vote.

The winner is then given a prize money and it can vary quite greatly - but its not only 1 winner it various for the winners also. Then the brand decides after winners are chosen what they then want to be used in their next up and coming marketing campaigns.

Join and get your artistic vision seen.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Turning layout on its head

The site is a music bands website called 'no knife'. They include general news on the band, profile of the members and most important down loadable music to show off their art.

One this website loading a clear table layout is visible that has been used for the structure of the site. The same basic layout is used throughout the site with the main content changing in the middle.

What I liked the most about this site is that they have turned conventional website layout on its head, well its side to be more exact. It is the most prominent thing about the site. They have a vertical text layout. They have put their buttons on the left and right hand side of the page as opposed to the top and bottom. One downfall - but it may only be due to my specific screen size at the time of viewing the site while writing is - that their buttons on the right do not all fit on the initial screen, you have to scroll to view the complete list.

Another thing, is there is no specific home button, you have to just click on their main image at the top of the site to get back for your starting navigational point.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I love this site!

I found this company only by accident on the way out of Stephens Green parking garage, in a back alley. You look at it initially and just see graffiti on the wall outside, but due to the signage I was intrigued and took note of it to look up what this might be later. This site is the business that I happened to drive past.

This company is industrial design. The absolute raw brilliance of what people are capable of with every day things and some creativity.

So they layout of the home page site looks like their shop font - literally the front of a garage, I have not been inside the physical building, but I'm here to talk about how they present their site. So you access where it says enter and a portion rolls up as your would a real garage door.
Then you get carton boxes, giving the navigation - so they firstly don't use just plain old navigational buttons, they use an object, a file box to be exact - where by you cant hen extract a file out of the file box - continuous theme - clever.

In their last 2 subsections - they have only a bit of info - so went one step further, and these became pieces of paper that comes out of a file that came out of the file box - the font they have used on this is also a typewriter front to give it a very unique style and to fit in with their theme. They also use this to show their pieces of work, that drop down on paper once selected as well as visual paper clips on the pages to give authenticity.

Their in a constant background picture - as if you are then looking into their garage of work from the street.

Their colour scheme is simple - as keep constant imagery in the background. Their layout is clear and simple and easy to navigate.

They are so creative. using raw, every day object by way of reusing or recycling them and unrestricted thought to produce their unique work and it shows. Its Brilliant.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Real World Identification

What I mean by the real world identification is relating your site, with its colours and branding and layout to a bigger universal connection. What this is, is when designing you cannot think of yourself as the inventor for example of a colour meaning. There is definitely multiple colour meanings even in different countries but universally they often signify very similar things.

Red means stop, blood, demonstrated worldwide with a stop sign or even a red traffic light.
Green for go, the earth or becoming more popular the connection to recycling. It can be shown with a green traffic light.
Blue for water, the sea.
Orange for caution as like above examples, on a traffic light.

With the above in mind you cant design without any outside influence and worldwide interpretation of how you output your design.

On the site listed below I found very precise universal influence portrayed which then helps with the interpretations of his symbols that are being used. The importance of taking into account outside influence helps for better understanding in portraying your objective.