The Dotgrid.co A4 Notebook is one of the best sketch pads that I have bought in a long time. It’s made in the UK, which is awesome, and the paper quality is amazing. Like the name suggests, the pages are dotted which makes it easy to sketch out user interfaces, icons and logos. The A4 size gives you lots of space to work with and the ability to sketch out multiple design and add notes.
The pages are wirebound so they are easy to rip out, but the book doesn’t fall apart. The cover is water-resistant so your sketches won’t get wet. The pages are quite thick so ink doesn’t bleed, which is pretty helpful.
If you are looking for a new notepad then go with any of the Dotgrid.co notebooks. They are high quality and perfect for pretty much everything.
Facebook Home was released this week for a small number of Android Devices, and I decided that I would post my thoughts on the app-launcher-lockscreen-thing.
Facebook says that Home is “The family of apps that puts your friends at the heart of your phone.”. The only problem I have with this is that I don’t like what my Facebook ‘friends’ posts. Home places fullscreen photos on your lock screen and if you aren’t friends with professional photographers, your phone is going to look pretty bad. I’d rather have a nice looking wallpaper than some blurry picture of someone’s cat.
Chat Heads on the other hand look pretty helpful, and would be great as a standalone app/widget?. You can keep chatting with your friends whilst using your phone for other things, like web browsing or finding directions. Your friends profile picture is a layer above of everything else, and you can move it around the screen at your will. You can also swipe it down to get rid of it. The fact that you can move it around is quite helpful, and being able to swipe it away is also pretty cool.
I personally don’t like Facebook Home. I’m more of a Twitter person, follow me?, and I’d rather have ‘Twitter Home’. I don’t like the fact that the pictures that appear on your lock screen are random. I’d rather select a few certain friends, people who actually take good photos, and have them appear instead of the others. It is a good launcher if you use Facebook all the time or you like to keep updated with your news feed at all times.
I was asked to create a layout for the recently partnered YouTube channel for Tekbloggers.com.
They wanted a simplistic design that used their logo and links to their various social accounts.
I started by looking at the past design work I’ve done for Tekbloggers. I looked at a recent Twitter background I designed and borrowed a few elements from that and put them into the YouTube layout.
The bar at the top was a nice touch that elevated the elements from the background. I also use this banner in the Tekbloggers Twitter background.
I used the icons from my Metro Social Icon Pack and added a simple button below them to make the whole design look less empty and have a way for a visitor of the channel to access the main website.
I incorporated the pattern I use in the Twitter Background and logo by placing it behind the banner. This gives the background of the banner some definition and so it is not just a plain blue background.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way the design came out. I especially like the button that links to the main website. It was a last-minute decision and completes the layout of the banner.
If you would like me to create anything design related, submit the form at my contact page and I will be sure to get back to you.
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With 2013 here, I have a few things planned for the year ahead.
While in this blog post I will not go into detail about them, I have many things planned and already in the works.
One of the main things I want to focus on is my Technology Blog, Tekbloggers.com. I have been working on re-branding everything about the site for the past few weeks and I am just going over with the team on all of the changes and get their input on them. These changes will hopefully include a brand new site design along with a new logo.
I also want to home my skills in applications such as InDesign and Illustrator as I am trying to incorporate them into my design workflow.
One of the main things however, is that I want this blog to have better content and be updated regularly. I’m working on getting a domain and theme ready for when I want to turn this site into my portfolio.
Stay tuned to this space, or my twitter, for updates and information regarding my new projects.
I’m going to leave this post on here till the end of 2013, then hopefully I will post a follow up post that shows what I’ve actually done in the year.
Here is a pretty helpful tutorial on a seriously specific issue. Recently I was trying to add a WordPress.com blog to a YouTube Channel, so I could use external annotations. Here is how to do it so you can use external annotations.
I was looking around the web for Photoshop tutorials and came across this. It was a really interesting tutorial on how to create a “Vibrant Color Ring”. I watched the full 44 minute tutorial and learnt a lot about Paths and layer blend modes.
TechnoGadget is a YouTube channel that focuses on tech news and reviews. They contacted me and asked me to make them a partner channel design for there channel.
They wanted a retro style background with a two colour design. I opted for a grey because it looks nice agains the bold blue ribbon at the top.
The social icons used in the banner at the top I created myself and are used on a variety of sites and are available to purchase. The TechnoGadget text on the banner is simple and too the point, I used one of my favourite fonts at the moment and it to has a slight gradient applied.
Overall I am pretty satisfied with the design, the colours are great and the whole design flows perfectly.
Today Twitter updated ‘larry’ (their bird logo) and I thought I would just post my thoughts on the change.
I really liked the old logo as I do with the new but I do honestly prefer the new logo. I don’t really know why, maybe the slight tilt or the way that it is only 3 sets of overlapping circles, I just don’t know why I like it.
I also like the fact that Twitter have used a darker blue opposed to the old lighter, and rather ugly, blue.