Unlike my typical projects for clients, I had the opportunity to develop a logo for my wife’s side business of interior decorating. This business is not to be confused with that of a design firm, who often create their plans and projects revolving around the physical space, and hardware of a room, but specifically about the objects, accessories, and little details which give that touch of finality to a space. This can be anything from a house in the living room, bathroom, kitchen, or even a professional area such as a your work office. There is nothing more calming during the stressed of a work day than having an office that gives off and portrays the comforts of home.
To be honest, this was a second round of logo design for this project. The first designs turned out alright, but were created more out of necessity, and did not have the elegance and appearance that is intended for a decorated space. It needs to be professional, using modern techniques and standards, while not becoming too machine like, as to imply that it still has that hand-made feeling, which references what will be done for the person’s project.
I was approached by a friend about doing some design work for a private investigator(PI), from mailers for marketing, business card designs, and even the logo of some other business ventures as well. Specifically in regard to Waypoint Tracking Solutions. The concept is unique, as it is not only about selling a product to an end-user, but specifically marketing towards other PIs who can take advantage of the product available.
So to start the project, I started with developing an idea for what was desired of this project. What colors, imagery, and wording was to be used. The main concepts were to use a globe, with a “waypoint” which specifies a location. Expanding on this, I came up with multiple variations of logos which were founded on this idea, some of which took it very basic, others of which were more thoroughly thought through.
Recently I came across a simple, yet amazingly fun web game called “A Dark Room”. I become addicted to the game, and yet, once I beat the game, I felt like it needed more, I was missing something. Being that I am mainly a designer, I thought instantly of the visuals, and so I set out to create my own add-on to allow for visuals to be made of the game! Here’s how to use it:
- Drag this link to your bookmark bar:
“A Dark Village”
- Go to the game here:
- Click on the bookmark you just put on your bookmark bar from step 1.
That’s it! Assuming that you did it right, the add-on I created will show up for you in-game. I modified the game enough that it should for the most part be completely playable through my addition. However if it does present an issue, you can always just hit the close button (in the top left) or refresh your browser. If you do refresh your browser, you will need to click on the bookmark again to get it started.
Earlier this year, I came across the “srcset” tag, and was intrigued by the benefits that it offered and allowed for when it comes to making images “responsive” on the web. I did my research, and an a fan of the work done by https://responsiveimages.org/. In fact, they have their own version of a responsive image plugin made for WordPress. However after using theirs, and doing my own research I was disheartened to see that it only worked for images that are assigned as the featured item. This meant that it would not “fix” all the images across a blog from the hundreds of other posts already created, with lots of images built into the content region. This was not good enough for me…
So that’s when I sat down and whipped up a little plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-script-responsive-images/ that take care of this problem. Essentially it looks over your entire post, searches for any image tags, then replaces it with a newly rendered version that includes the necessary “srcset” tags. This plugin will allow for on-the-fly image resizing to the new size needed, and will automatically work with any previously uploaded images as well.
This is how your image code looks for a smaller image:
It is with great pleasure that I found OpenCart over a year ago, and since then I have built my own theme Post Script to meet the need of a fully responsive theme. However this past week they developers have officially released version 2.0, which comes with both a responsive front and back end design. I am very impressed with their work, and all the more recommend OpenCart to anyone with a small to medium size eCommerce site!
After lots of research, Searchmetrics has released their findings on the lead ranking factors. Top ten appear to be:
- Click-Through Rate
- Relevant Terms
- Google +1
- Number of Backlinks
- Facebook Share
- Facebook Total
- Facebook Comments
- SEO Visability of Backlinking URL
- Facebook Likes
The overwhelming majority is all social media! If you dig deeper you will then see a large amount of content quality items as being important.
The goal of this project was to create a very clean and custom UI for the jPlayer media player. I then decided to integrate it into the youtube API, so this theme can be used for internally, or external streams.
Today’s great find is Ink. This is a fantastic responsive email framework. So what does that mean for most people? It allows for the simple creation of HTML emails which are design friendly, cross-client compatible, as well as responsive to the size of different devices!
Five steps to Ink-certified emails
- Test in Outlook
- Add your responsive styles
- Bring your styles inline
- Test your email
- Send it out!
Today’s recommended tool is the Google MapBuildr, which has an easy to use interface allowing the creation of custom google maps. Includes pretty much any stylization customizations you would expect to have control over, and even allows for saving of your project to edit it later if needed.
One of the cool features is the drop down of “Snazzy Map Themes” which give the ability to change out the map texture to a multitude of custom ones. This can either be for just personal preference, or for professional reasons of better theme matching. With over one-hundred options to choose from, there is no short of variations to fit your specific need.