Green in a Wild Way

Make a list of flowers and plants you especially like and design your own garden. Is it something on a rooftop of a high building in the city? Maybe a meadow in the middle of nowhere, tons of space and no neighbours to complain about your wildflowers/ weeds. Maybe your ideal garden isn’t outside at all but something fancy and luxurious in a shopping mall. So many options and so many great flowers. Go green in a wild and crazy way.

Waving Your Flag

July 1st is Canada Day. In honour of that…

Design a new logo for your country. It can incorporate the flag and other cultural icons but it should be unique and bring out your own feelings about your country – the things you love best and the things that always make you feel you belong there.

Draw it out. Don’t be shy.

Design Your Fancy Event

You’re all dressed up, hair and make up done, the whole works. What event are you going to? Describe it, everything from the purpose of the event to the decorations, drinks and goodies served and your arm candy. Do you stay for the whole thing or sneak away to enjoy that arm candy in private awhile?

Room in your Head

The space behind your eyes and between your ears is a room. Science sees it as a brain, a bunch of twisty looking grey matter. But, they’re wrong. See the room for yourself, design it and describe it. What kind of room is in your head, the place you keep your thoughts, wishes and memories? Does it look like something out of a fancy magazine or more like something out of science fiction?

Hand Drawn Style in Web Design

Smashing Magazine: Hand-Drawn Style in Modern Web Design

The most valuable and innovative ideas had all been handwritten first. That’s no big news, since designers tend to produce first sketches as paper prototypes anyway; still it’s important, because web design is different from “usual” design. Of course, it also has a personal note and it is hand-made, however users can’t see that. As CSS is “boxy but good”, designs tend to have a rather limited appearance — they are too boxy and too right-angled.

If designers want to achieve a different design, they have to draw their sites by themselves — or at least some parts of it. And in fact, this is done quite often: whether a blog, a shop, an ad, a private page, or some collaborative project — doesn’t matter whether with Flash or (X)HTML. The main purpose of hand-drawn elements lies in their ability to convey a personality and an individual note in times when colorful, sharp and rounded Web 2.0 elements can be found almost everywhere.

Sometimes designers create whole pages with paper, pencil and/or a tablet PC. More often single layout elements are designed in a special way — curved links, hand-made icons, backgrounds, notes, stickers and fuzzy lines are supposed to give the site a “human touch”. These elements makes a web-page which might not look different from dozens of similar pages, stand out and arise users’ curiosity. Caution: a quickly installed hand-written font can harm more than help (hint: Comic Sans is definitely not the way to go).

What Drives you to Blog?

Your Blogging Type is Artistic and Passionate

You see your blog as the ultimate personal expression – and work hard to make it great.
One moment you may be working on a new dramatic design for your blog…
And the next, you’re passionately writing about your pet causes.
Your blog is very important – and you’re careful about who you share it with.
You Are a Life Blogger!

Your blog is the story of your life – a living diary.
If it happens, you blog it. And make it as entertaining as possible.