Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Teens Read & Write Launches

I was approached my the teenage geniuses behind Teens Read & Write: Alyssa, Jake & Gregory to redo their blog. They already had a fancy wordpress design, but another blogger had popped up with the same design and they were ready for a new one...so luckily they came to me to *Pimp their blog*. (I'm trying to be young and hip - is that still in?) I just want to say these guys were the most hilarious clients I have ever worked with.  They definitely made my job a lot more interesting and I think if I would have gotten an email like this everyday I would have given them a 50% discount!

This was the initial go-by email:

Overall the design can't be too girlie (because the two nimrods would smother me in my sleep), or too romantic (refer to previous 'smothering' comment) and really, I'm not much into that either. We all like more of the dark, mysterious and dangerous vibe, but we also enjoy wit and humor thrown in. Am I making any sense? Too much info? Does this help at all?

Okay, the two dorks just came back in and here are Jake's comments. I'll give you quotes:

JAKE: "It must have wizards fighting dragons that look like books. Then I could photoshop Gregory's face on one of the dragons and put my face on one of the majestic wizards so it looks I'm defeating Gregory. Alyssa could be a heavily cleavaged princess in distress. Wouldn't that be awesome!"

GREGORY: "Wait, why am I the wimp?"

JAKE: "You're not a wimp. You're a dragon."

GREGORY: "But I'm a wimpy dragon if I'm getting beaten by a lame wizard like you. And since when does Alyssa have heavy cleavage?"

JAKE: "It's fantasy. Shut up. I'm older. You have to do what I say."

Then they started a pillow fight and ran out of the room (screaming like girls, I might add.) We could start our own reality show!

This ended the email and I was left scratching my head. Then I got this wonderful graphic representation of what the email was referring to from Jake. Pretty handy with Photoshop right?

Yet, I thought the dragon might be a bit too much.  Too scaly for the female demographic.  I suggested something furrier but with a bit of a bite.  Say... a rabid squirrel.  They seemed to like my idea.  So we were in agreement.  Wizard, Chesty Damsel, Rabid Squirrel.

The final product can now be seen on their blog.  And low and behold I also added a dragon - sans the fire breathing aspect. Look close can you find the squirrel?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Button Sale!

I have a few button designs for sale.  A custom button would usually cost anywhere from $20 bucks (my usual fee) to $50 on some other sites.  Here I have a few designs in my collection that I can add your blog site title to, host on Flickr.com & provide you with coding for to put in your sidebar - for just $8. Contact through email to request a button! (rrivera39 (@) cox.net)

Here are the designs:

Sample coding:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Some New Designs to Roll Out


I just recently completed some work for Monica @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog. The design is based on Starry Night by Van Gogh. 

Monica wanted books over the stars.  The artwork is actually vector (completely done in illustrator) so the header can be resized easily.  The file though became huge because of the massive amount of detail that went into the vectorized brush strokes.

Stop by her blog and tell her you love the design!

Also check out the blogger buttons that are over there -------> Some new design work is also featured.
Friday, November 13, 2009

Blog Badges & Buttons!



Professional Web Design

Examples from my "real" job. First and foremost I manage the web design and graphic design department for an advertising agency. These are examples of sites that I illustrated, designed and maintain professional through the agency.


Poster Design




Book Trailers & Blog Commercials


Book Trailers & Blog Commercials

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New Design is now Live!

One of my favorite designs so far has now gone live.  Stop by TinasBookReviews to check out her new look! I'm really liking what I did...not to toot my own horn.  But this this design was achieved with the direction of, "maybe a tree, with a butterfly flying around it..."

Click here to view her site.  Please stop by and tell her how much you like her design. Click here.



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