Category: Design

iTunes: Just the Tunes

iTunes has been bloated for years — this is no secret.

Many have called for it to be stripped back and simplified, with certain features (such as managing your iPhone) moved out to their own dedicated applications.

The recent launch of Apple Music has ignited discussion once more for iTunes to find some clarity. As such, concepts of just what a simplified iTunes would like have started to pop up. Andrew Ambrosino took a stab at mocking up what a ‘just music’ iTunes would look like.

I like it.

Concept: Apple Music, hold the iTunes

Making A Typeface With A Car

For those font fanatics out there, this little video is sure to bring a smile to your face as these guys set out to make a new typeface using a car, a camera and some computer magic, check out the video and then take a look at the finished font, which you can download for free.

Free Textures From My Trip Away

A few weeks back, my partner and I (along with her family) went away for a week. We went to a scenic area in Northumberland on the coast, and also traveled to Edinburgh, my first time visiting Scotland. A selection of the pictures I took during the trip can be found on my Flickr page.

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Within the set of images on Flickr are two images I took which can be used as a texture when creating your designs, the two dark wooden textures can be downloaded here and here.

Videos Designers Will Relate To

Over the past few days I came across a few videos on YouTube that I figured graphic and web designers could relate to, so I thought it best to share them here, as they amused me, check em out:

New blog design now live!

After months of putting it off and changing things, my new blog design is finally live for all to see. I posted all the way back in February of 2008 that I was working on a blog design and back then it had a very different feel. Since then not only did I tweak the design, I also started from scratch with a new look a few months back.

The new design, as you can see, features the personal branding logo I created for my business cards. Having this logo on both my cards, and my blog will help people associate with me easier, and strengthen my personal brand overall.The design as a whole has a very similar layout to my previous theme, showing the information I deem most important in an effective yet traditional way. One area I am particularly pleased with is the subscription box, which features a number of links on how to stay updated with the blog and me. In addition to the subscription box, the first left column is a nice touch, which not only puts a face to the name, but also provides a super quick glance at what services I provide, along with links to see my work.

Upon launching the design I realised I had forgotten to edit the comments section, so this is something I need to work on quickly. This is my first attempt at coding a WordPress theme, so I’m happy with how it looks. Be sure to let me know your thoughts.

Ordered Some Business Cards

With the Future Of Web Design taking place this week, I decided I ought to get myself some business cards printed to hand out while at the event. I designed the cards myself, and went for a double sided card, with rounded edges. The cards also give a glimpse of what my new blog theme will look like in terms of colour scheme, along with my new personal logo.

Business Cards

What do you think? I ordered the cards from OvernightPrints.co.uk, but don’t let the name fool you, I did not recieve the cards the next day, in fact they are still on their way, I just hope they turn up before my journey down to London. I will be sure to blog about the cards, and the quality of them once I get them, so look out for that. If you can recommend any printing companies, then please feel free to leave a comment.