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Behind the scenes

December 20, 2010

Behind the scenes short film watching the work flow of Jamie Caliri, the guy who produced the end credit sequence from lemony snicket’s series of unfortunate events. Watched this over and over and still not got bored of it. This is giving me ideas for my final major project

Logo re-edit

December 14, 2010

I was contacted by Spectrum Sound and broadcast and asked to make a few changes to the logo I created for them a few months back. Nothing ground-breaking just a name change. Here are the results.

Website progression

December 10, 2010

Here are a few visuals that I am working on for the new site. I have worked on a few different layouts after researching, scamping and then digitalising. This is the one I landed on as being most suitable for what I need. A large slide-show dominating a considerable amount of the page will allow me to present my work/photographs to maximum effect. The buttons underneath can be used as navigation or portfolio filters.

I am playing around with jQuery effects and am so far doing ok. Because I am not 100% sure what I am doing with it, there has been a lot of trial and error over the hours and hours I have spent staring at the code, a lot of frustration followed by a lot of excitement when it finally works. My head has been consumed with it, to the point where I am dreaming in HTML. Not good.

Fade on hover action

December 9, 2010

Excellent tutorial I found which I will definately be putting to use in the new “Drop” site. I am looking to implement some snazzy jQuery fade effects and this is perfect.

http://bavotasan.com/tutorials/creating-a-jquery-mouseover-fade-effect/

Dreamweaver Tutorials

December 6, 2010

We had our final Dreamweaver tutorial today which summed up the five lessons we had over the last few weeks. I have learned a lot from these sessions even though I’ve been coming away from them with my head scrambled from staring at the foreign languages of HTML and CSS. These sessions combined with the extra online tutorials I have been doing have left me well equipped to construct a functional website.

Session One covered:

File organisation
How to arrange HTML
The purpose of CSS
Web safe colours and fonts

Session Two Covered:

Image slicing and preparation
Meta tags and descriptions
Brief introduction to SEO

Session Three Covered:

Full in depth coverage of how CSS works

Session Four Covered:

Browser testing
Including javascript in a site
Adding a lightbox slideshow

Session Five Covered:

Structuring pages in a logical order
jQuery implementation and editing

CD Artwork

December 6, 2010

I was contacted by a DJ and an MC who were releasing a mix tape they had produced and needed a cover designed. I wasn’t given any restrictions for this project except that they wanted a reggae colour theme somewhere in it (yellow, green and red) I toyed with a few ideas but ultimately landed on a grimy texture of a wall which I ‘shopped’ and coloured. A simple, non-thought provoking piece that did the job.

I usually come away unhappy with a piece of work if it doesn’t have several layers of meaning behind it, but in this case I was happy to allow textures and basic photoshopping techniques to take hold of the piece, I don’t think that is a bad thing to do when working as often dry spells occur in ones creativity, it in these times that experimenting and playing around with found resources can lead to solutions that you would never have achieved with a pen and paper.

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