Category Archives: This Week in Design

This year’s Graphic Designer Bundle from PhotoDune & Graphic River is pretty awesome. There are so many useful photos, fonts, icons, graphics, etc. I was lucky enough to have one of my photos included in the bundle (below).

You might remember that I was also recently interviewed on the Envato blog. Well they also recently made one of my other photos the free file of the month for October (shown below). Let’s just say that I’m feelin’ the love from Envato/PhotoDune lately!

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In Costa Rica, I took this photo of the sunset one evening.

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I did the watercolor on cold press illustration board and then drew the pier separately with pen/ink. I then scanned both images in and composed them in Photoshop.

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I kinda like the black and white version more than the color.

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blackcat billboard idea #5
I tried getting the cat to look like it was ripping through the billboard. I spent 30 minutes playing with placement of the cat over the rip. It just wasn’t looking right… then I realized that the cat tail needed to go because it was ‘flattening out’ the depth of field.  Thoughts on this one? Does the background type/texture need to be more latent? I was careful not to overlap type on type and not have anything behind the large type.

 

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blackcat billboard idea #6
For this one I tried using the same concept but simplifying it. So there is still a texture, cat, ripped paper but they are used differently. Also the leading of ‘Blackcat County’ is tighter here with the ‘t’ of ‘Country’ connecting with the ‘c’ of ‘Blackcat’. The previous one has more generous leading. Should the type/texture be even more latent? I’m just not sure how noticeable the texture will be from the road.

I invite everyone’s critique and thoughts – even if you’re not a designer.

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Logo for the Student Government Association at ATSU – This is to be used on their brand new website that I posted a few weeks ago. Will be in WordPress – should be come out nicely!
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iconnect – a website that connects the ATSU community through various social networking all in one place. I can’t wait for this to launch – The URL has been blurred out since it’s not live yet. This is a magazine ad that will be in Still Magazine soon.

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Financial Aid videos for ATSU – the most extensive use of web videos at ATSU to date – I think… Again I can’t share the URL since it’s only for a select set of users. The previous and next buttons use jQuery to ‘slide’ to the next video. An example is here.

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So I decided not to include the other 10 million design projects I worked on this week – so I collaged them into a small space.  This week included an iconnect magazine ad, blackcat billboard ideas, newspaper ad for meadow heights, SGA logo, iconnect subpage design, creative improv subpages, financial aid video slideshow, blackcat illustrator recreation and a bunch of programming.

I’m.

Exhausted.

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MEADOW HEIGHTS MESSAGE SERIES INVITE CARDS
Do you have what it takes?

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PHOTO RETOUCHING & COLORING
This photo is one that my aunt gave me about a year ago. It’s my dad and other aunt in the 60’s. The photo was almost beyond repair, with the graininess and lack of contrast. I made good use of the burn tool. First I made it black/white then began layering color in and then burned  more contrast in.

MEADOW HEIGHTS CHURCH ‘REMEMBER’ MESSAGE SERIES

Another message series! I’ll have another one to post in two weeks. This one was a borrowed set of graphics from LifeChurch.tv. What is borrowed is the glass image and ‘remember’ logo. The rest is a unique design that fits the Meadow Heights ‘style’. It’s funny that Meadow Heights ‘style’ is identical to my design style. I just counted how many message series graphic sets I’ve designed for Meadow Heights….. drum roll please….. 28!

 

ICONNECT – YOUR ONLINE CONNECTION TO ALL THINGS ATSU

Still being developed, but I just had to share this. This is website numero deuce that I’ve developed for ATSU. It follows the same style that atsu.edu does and still has it’s own identity. The most important aspect is the ATSU blue banner that is consistant across all ATSU websites. The footer is a unique aspect that will be used on all new websites I develop. It’s an alternative to the global navigation at the top of the website.

 

SGA – STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION

This is a sneak peak at an even less developed website. the goal here is to globalize the two SGA’s – one for Arizona campus and one for the Missouri campus.

NEMO Triathlon Website Redesign
This week I worked on a few different websites, but they can’t be shown yet, since they aren’t public on ATSU’s website yet. This one was a homepage design for the triathlon that the Rec Center at A.T. Still sponsors

Get excited!

This is the first of many weekly posts. I hope to publish new design work weekly.



ATSU NEWS RELEASES – http://news.atsu.edu

ATSU was publishing news releases statically on their website. I worked with the Communications & Marketing department to integrate a blog-style news releases website. It’s complete with an RSS feed on www.atsu.edu

ATSU GLOBAL NAVIGATION
The various websites connected to atsu.edu really needed consistency of design and style without being too bulky in the top header area. My solution was to implement a site map in the footer of every new website that is created (just http://news.atsu.edu so far). This allows us to get rid of the drop down navigation on the top and leave more room for a page-specifc header and content.

Meadow Heights Church New Message Series ‘Zip It’
I’ve been designing message series’ for Meadow Heights for over 4 years now. This particular design is one side of an invitation card. Check out the Imagine Campaign and Signage I completed for them. It’s interesting to me how for some clients I’m used more as a graphic designer and for other clients I’m more of a web designer for them. I kind of enjoy having regular graphic design work to do for Meadow Heights – it keeps me using those skills I learned at school. BTW – it’s strange to speak of ‘school’ as a past tense thing.