Friday, April 30, 2010

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I promised I'd share how I accomplished my redesign, and I've been thinking about how to go about it. The best way I could come up with is to just go step by step and show you each item and how it was done.

For me, design is so often all about color. More often than not I start with a color palette and work my way from there. I shared ColourLovers with you earlier this month, and that's where I started this project.

Oddly enough, the palette I began with was not intended for use in this, or really any other, project. I just made it because I was messing around with the colors on the site. One of the interesting features of color lovers is that if you're the first to use a specific shade you get to name it. This turns out an amazing variety of color names. While playing around on the site, I decided to make a palette using just the names of the colors, rather than working with the colors themselves. At the time, "In the Valley of the Dying Sun" by House of Heroes was playing in the background, and I figured that was a fun title to play with. So I came up with this palette. Oddly enough, the colors really work well together, so when I was trying to decide on colors for the blog, that's where I started.

So next step was the background. That's the most obvious expression of the color palette, so it seemed a good place to start. There are a plethora of great background making sites and tools out there, and I've even been known to make my own from scratch now and then, but this time I went with PatternCooler. I chose the "Tri Seed Curl" pattern and played around with my colors until I was happy with the results. What you see on the blog now is the result. Of course, the palette changed a little in the process. I dropped the reddish color and added a really pale violet and a darker shade of the color called "house." I also tweaked the colors just a little, so that none of them are actually the exact colors from the ItVotDS palette. My finished palette can be seen here.

So that's how the palette and background came about. Nothing too technical so far, in fact I think almost any blogger would be able to use the two tools I've discussed here with little difficulty. Next up we'll get into the slightly more technical aspects... Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Well the redesign took a little longer to implement than I thought it would, so I'll have to share all the goodies of how it was done soon.  For now, let me know what you think in the comments!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Hmm... been awhile.

So, I've been away for a bit. Again. What's new, right?

Well, I'll tell you.

That's what this whole blog thing is supposed to be about, right?

I've been doing a lot of design-type stuff at work. Ok, my version of design stuff is severely elementary, but I really enjoy it and I'm learning as I go. Baby steps. Apparently my boss likes that I enjoy it, because the company is paying for me to take some classes and acquire some mad skillz. Or something.

So anyway, I come across a lot of interesting things as I'm working. Hopefully, assuming I follow through (and let's face it, my track record is not exactly stellar here), I plan to share quite a bit of the best stuff over the coming weeks.

So what's my favorite design-related site of the moment? It's called COLOURlovers, with the British spelling that is really kinda charming. I ADORE playing around with colors, and this site really lets me do that. You can create palettes, patterns, or even discover and name brand new colors. If you'd like to see some of what I've been playing with, you can check out my profile here.

So anyway, look for some more design-related posts soon, and probably a redesign of the blog, cause hey -- it's time.

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