Sunday, March 14, 2010

Illustrations: Challenge "Posters" & Grab Badges

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Graphic Design "You Press A Button & Make it Pretty"

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In my 10+ years as a graphic designer and web designer I've had a lot of clients say to me.

"I would do this myself, because I have Publisher on my computer.  But... I just don't have the time. Because really it is just pushing a button and you make it look pretty, right? So why do you charge $50 an hour??"

Sooo...to prove my misbegotten clients right. Yes, it is so easy to design, it only takes a few minutes, as proven by the design of the third Parasol Protectorate cover shown here (design meets books my favorite cross-species):

This is broadcast via the designers at Orbitz

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Some Dark Design

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It seems I am starting to become renown (whatever!) for my dark designs. Which is funny, because at my 9 to 5, I mainly design for children, focusing on pediatric dentist and orthodontist. The first goth looking sites were really a step out of my element, so it really is great that everyone is liking these. Go me! Ok enough of the Rachel prancing around in a tutu bit....

Latest design is for a new buddy, Heather @ Darkly Reading. A new blogger, Heather has high aspirations and I can't wait to see where her blog is going to be in six months.  Heather wanted an obvious translation of her title, a girl reading on the outskirts of a dark wood. Within the woods would be barely discernible "lurkers" watching.  Ooh *shivers*.  Take a look and tell me what you think!

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Fine Art...??

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The latest blog design was done for one of my first bloggy buddies, Monica @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog

Monica had actually won a header from me in one of my earlier design contest, but wanted to revise her look and go a bit darker.  Her only go-by was that she still wanted to include Starry Night by Van Gogh in her design somewhere.  Well, I played around a lot with this one, and finally came up with this design. Went off without a hitch. Take a look and tell me what you think.

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