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Wolfgang Weingart

This week in the lecture, the guys gave us a really interesting talk on some of the hero’s of type for screen and print. I have quite a big interest in typography so it was good to hear what the Standaristas thought and what they were going to show us. The big two that they showed, for me, were Erik Spiekermann and Wolfgang Weingart, both legends in the typography field and who’s work I love. I decided that for my blog this week I would research Erik and Wolfgang in a bit more detail, as well as looking at a couple of other famous calligraphers.

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After the lecture on Thursday I had to go to Millets to earn the penny’s (yesss!), even worse I had to leave the lecture early too, but I managed to get the majority of the class. The topic that the guys were talking about this week was content mix, what content should populate your blog and ultimately define you as a designer. They had an interesting story about a designer (who I can’t remember the name of) who had a blog running for a number of years and had a large amount of readers, to cut a not so long story short he began posting about baseball more and more and people got fed up and told him to stop talking about baseball so much.

I don’t want to become that kind of blogger, although I have a lot of interests outside of design I want to keep things as relevant as possible but still keep it interesting so people don’t know exactly what they are going to be reading every time they come on. The things I have to do are create an identity for myself and define my interests, by doing this the blog will slowly take shape and people will know what kind of thing they are getting if they come to the blog.

Pink Floyd - Dark side of the moon
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This week I spent my valuable time creating a wordpress theme for my design blog… yes the one your reading now. Firstly I had to install wordpress locally, this wasn’t too difficult, I just followed the steps on the website and hey-presto, I had a blog! Unfortunately it wasn’t that simple, out of the box it didn’t quite look how I wanted it to, and the reason for this was because it automatically set to the standard theme “twentyeleven” (below), so I would have to make my own theme or edit another theme to make the blog my own.

Twenty Eleven Theme
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Website wireframe Final - Version 1

This week I got my site up and running, well a home page anyway, so that I can be found on the web and people can see a bit of what I do, whilst I build the rest of the site. So, as per usual with websites, first thing first, wireframes! I had been thinking of the design of my site for quite a while, but with me being asked to stay on for longer in placement, I never really got the chance.

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Many Faces of Alan Rickman

This week I have been looking to build on the ideas for my major project. After speaking to Gabe on Thursday, I’m wondering whether I should go down the road of a blog-type website. As it could get a bit code heavy, and I would see myself as more of a designer than a developer. Instead of doing this type of site, Gabe suggested I could maybe look to something a lot more design based, using the technologies I already know well, and play to my strengths. Obviously the site would still have to push some sort of boundaries, this would be done by using HTML5 and CSS3 and using them to their full potential.

This is all well and good, but in order to do this, I think I am going to have to completely re-think my ideas. If I do decide to go down this route, I think I might do some sort of info-graphic, on what I’m not too sure yet, so I have been looking at some sites for ideas. (more…)

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Ok, so this is my first post so welcome!  I’m now into big, bad final year, scary stuff! I’ve got a feeling there is going to be a lot of work and learning in this year, but I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

This week we were asked, as part of our DES511 lecture this week we were asked to do a pen portrait (50 words!!!), give 5 inspirational websites and finally describe 3 proposals for our final project, so here goes (in its unstyled format)!

Abduzeedo site
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