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One Fused Life Redesign – Sneak Peak!

Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

One Fused Life 2.0 Sneak Peak

Here it is! After a few weeks of thought and decision making, here are the final* visuals that will be turned into the next iteration of One Fused Life. As you can see, the site structure remains virtually the same, but the way content is presented has changed significantly.

My goal was to streamline the way content is currently being presented. In this new design, I have not only made it easier to access existing elements, but also introduced new ways to browse around and discover new content.

I will put forward my best efforts to code and launch OFL 2.0 within the next couple of weeks. On top of that, I have some GREAT content coming up!

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Posted In: Design & Code, On the Web

Movie Review: Helvetica

Posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

I finally managed to watch Helvetica today, over a year after its release. Being a designer who has a certain appreciation for typography, I should've seen it earlier. To put it simply, this film is a visual history lesson, showcasing where and how the it originated, and a plethora of designers who love and despise Helvetica.

I didn't quite know what to make of this film until it ended. At some points, you were lead to love the typeface, while other moments you were lead to put the boredom of Helvetica aside and experiment with other glorious expressive typefaces. Personally, I have often found myself using Helvetica throughout my designs simply because it looked very good, but I also most certainly use various other fonts as well.

One thing that this film will reveal to you is how often Helvetica is used everywhere and for everything. There are countless companies out there using some variation of the font as their logo, and signage systems that use it like no tomorrow. Funny thing is, you may have not even realized it.

There are excellent arguments from both the lovers and the haters of this font, so you will definitely have a lot to think about when you begin working on your next project. One problem with this film, is that it's not so exciting. After all, there are no explosions or amazing twists in the story line, so the average person may find it boring. There were times when I had to pause for a few minutes and continue afterwards to give my mind a stretch. Don't expect this to make you a better designer, haha.

Score: 6 out of 10

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Posted In: Design & Code, Film & TV

Design Tip of the Day 01: Visit the book store!

Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 at 2:36 am

If you are an aspiring designer of any kind, you should know that a book store is one of the most valuable sources of inspiration, ideas, and knowledge. Of course, depending on your location, it may be hard to come by a shop with a good collection of design publications.

I pay a visit to my local Barnes & Noble store every week, spending a minimum of 1 hour on reading, learning, and broadening my creative outlook. There are magazines for Web Designers and Developers, Advanced Photoshop Users, and Photographers, all of which contain tutorials, interviews, tips, and so forth.

One may think "why visit a book store when I can browse the entire internet for creative inspiration?" Well, to put it simply, there is a lot of garbage out there on the internet. When you're reading trusted publications that have been in the business for years, you're more likely to gain valuable knowledge.

Helpful links: (continue reading...)

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Posted In: Design & Code, Productivity, Tips & Tutorials

Good design causes interest in customers

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Starbucks Gold CardI recently read an article over at discussing how good design provokes customer interest. It stated the idea that customers generally buy things because of the essence, and whether or not it will cause interest in you from others. This idea was sparked by his recent purchase of the Starbucks Gold card simply because it looked good. Here's a quote from the article:

"A want can be things from cars, computers, clothes, or shoes. But why do we buy these things? First off, we ask ourselves, “are we going to enjoy this?” Then secondly, we ask ourselves subconsciously if it will cause the kind of interest we are seeking from other people."

After reading the article (fairly quick read), here's what I had to say: (continue reading...)

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Posted In: Design & Code, General Stuff

Beta testers, wake the hell up!

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I don't know about you, but every time I get a chance to test something in its beta form, I'm psyched and excited to catch and squash every single problem! Apparently, this is not the case with many beta testers out there. This applies to video games, websites, software, and so forth. Yes, I know; you're probably thinking about how many times you've ran into stupid problems with software that didn't make sense.

I'm not the one to usually point fingers but this time, I will be putting together a list of applications, websites, and games that I encounter these problems in. A lot of problems include interface bugs, illogical layout design, bad placement of elements, lack of searchability, and so forth. If you're interested to see what I'm talking about, I'll post a list of things that bother me (and others) really soon.

If you're a beta tester, I urge you to stop taking advantage and start paying attention to actually fixing and bettering the product you are testing. If not, STOP! You're hurting the company and everyone else that will use the product.

Out of curiosity, I would like to see what annoys you guys about some websites, applications, etc. Thanks!

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Posted In: Design & Code, General Stuff, Technology

Photoshop Tutorial: Fox News Logo

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Fox News Logo PreviewHere is a tutorial showing how to recreate the world famous Fox News logo. A Google search for the Fox News logo gave poor results so I figured I'd show you how to make one yourself. The techniques in this tutorial can be applied to many other tasks throughout the suite of Adobe applications.

View the tutorial after the jump!

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Posted In: Design & Code, Tips & Tutorials

Creative Business Card Ideas

Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

Using a FoldLast time, I wrote an article about the benefits of having a well-made business card for yourself. I recently came across this great compilation of creative business cards. If you're looking for ideas or just comparing your card to someone else's, this will do the job just right.

Click here to see the rest of the cards over at CreativeBits.

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Posted In: Design & Code, General Stuff

How To Be a Better Client

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 4:08 am

I recently read an article over at The Artistic Outlaw that reminded me what designers go through when freelancing. For those of you that are graphic designers out there, or provide some kind of a service, these 5 ways would come in pretty handy if they were actually honored by your clients. James made a valid point when he said that plenty of people write about becoming better at your job, but nobody writes about how clients can become better clients.

Wouldn't it be nice if the people that hired you actually let you do your job most of the time, and paid on time? Yes, it would.

Head on over and check out the article.

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Posted In: Design & Code, General Stuff, Productivity, Tips & Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorial: Fancy Text Shadow & Reflection

Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Fancy Text Shadow & Reflection

Here is a tutorial that shows how to get a nice looking shadow behind the text, and a simple reflection below it. Albeit being a very simple tutorial, this skill can be applied to many advanced techniques for a very impressive outcome. Apple is notorious for their reflections on pretty much everything, but it's no secret how they do it!

If you have any questions on how to do something, a suggestion, or a general comment, don't hesitate to post in the comments section or contact me directly.

View the tutorial after the jump!

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Posted In: Design & Code, Tips & Tutorials

Apple WWDC 2008 – Right Around the Corner

Posted on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Apple iPhoneThe worldly renowned Word Wide Developer's Conference by Apple is right around the corner. Beginning on June 9th and extending through the 13th, there will be a lot of things going down in the Apple world. The iPhone 2.0 software is due for release alongside the App Store, and judging from what we saw from the iPhone Software Roadmap, things are looking pretty bright!

I've been an iPhone owner since day one, and I don't think I would ever settle for anything less if I were to change phones. For my interests in the software and all things creative, I started working on an iPhone related web project. I can't say too much about it at the moment, but I'll be talking more about it as it develops. I am sure many people will find it a very helpful resource, and hopefully a nice place to hang around. Stay tuned for more info! =)

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Posted In: Design & Code, General Stuff, On the Web