Wednesday, 30 June 2010

On the Web Design 1 front, there have been a few "drastic" changes made to my project. I don't know if I can call them improvements, so I guess I'll just call them changes.

Anyway, I won't write a long long post detailing all the said changes, so don't redirect away from this page.

I will, however, mention that I've decided to try out a horizontal scrolling layout. So this is just a little post to share a few websites I found interesting.

1. Carrot Creative

I first found out about this company from a designer, whose blog I follow. Although it's simple, I really like how they've played with the space here.

2. Dean Oakley - Freelance web design, Gold Coast, Brisbane

No doubt the art on this portfolio is very good, but another thing I thought was good about this particular site was the navigation.

There are sites that neglect to include a clear navigation bar that is present on every section, making the user scroll endlessly back and forth to get to the content they want. This earns negative points for the user experience, I think.

3. - A professional freelance web designer

I believe this site is worth a mention because it has appeared on many "great horizontal scrolling design" lists that I've looked at. Another thing that makes it mention-worthy is the fact that it is a Malaysian site. In my opinion, the user experience is not bad, however, I think I would have liked it more if there was a fixed navigation bar. Although they do include navigation at the top of every section, I still feel a fixed one would be awesome.

4. Eric Johansson - Portfolio

His tagline is "This site is a drag". And it is a drag, literally. Because you drag using the little scroll bar at the bottom. Yeah, anyway, it's interesting and I guess since it's a portfolio with less content, this approach is pretty cool.

5. Glasshouse

Yeah, so I saved the "best" for last. As we know, "best" is relative, but I really like this site here. The graphics are great and the scrolling is very comfortable. And the overall design gels very well.

That is all for this post, I believe.
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Ohnoes! Clock Flashed Me!

Yes, just doing some random Flash Tutorials for Actionscript 3.0

Came across this one that was only 15 steps, so I thought I'd try it out. Click here to see the actual tutorial page.

That is all for now.

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Monday, 14 June 2010

Breaks of Coffee?

Visual Fundamentals 2 is a relatively fun subject.

And I need to make an update, so I shall follow this falla's good example and post people drinking coffee or tea or [insert hot beverage of choice].

I had a lot of fun doing this particular assignment. The actual colouring didn't take very long, but I spent a really long time sketching it because my proportion is – how to say – uhm, fail? Yes, fail. So sketching took a while because I can't draw proportionate peoples. (That's why we in MM eh?)

And then drawing the outline also took hours. Most of the straight lines were pretty easy, but all the rounded parts did my head in, my Wacom is so insensitive. And that's why he doesn't/will never have a girlfriend. *Oh shnap*

In retrospect, I could have done more in terms of camera angle and so on. It seems very flat and boring because the perspective is uninteresting and it's at eye level and so on. I could go on and on berating myself, but I'm tired and have other things that have to be attended to.

Aaanyway, here is teh abomination in question. Bam, has some coffee!

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