Friday, 28 October 2011

Customised Hiragana Wallpaper

Desktop wallpapers are so common and downloadable for free everywhere, so imagine my surprise when my partner asked me to customise one for him! He has just started learning japanese and found a Hiragana table wallpaper on the internet that he thought was perfect but he wanted a more subdue background. Here is where I found the original but it was also taken from someone else so I don't know who to credit.

I have taken away the old version so please view the new versions here.



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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Free Hosting and Domain

I've been working on my website and it's my first website that I am making for myself. I've made websites for the company I work for but never made one for myself and since cash is extremely tight at the moment, I'm trying to do it without having to spend a penny.  

Although I haven't spent any money yet, I have spent a lot of time trawling the web researching for the most suitable free domains, web hosts, etc. for my website. So some might say time is worth more than money but at the moment, I rather lose a little sleep than splash out on a website that might last only few months.

So what have I chosen? I went with xtreemhost as it seemed to have good reviews and gave a decent amount of bandwidth and space. 

And I got a .tk domain as it was the shortest free domain I could find, and my name was still available. I can only use the forwarding service and can't set up the DNS service (it took me ages to figure that out). It's okay for now but I might have to shop around for another hosting site should I ever want to use subdomains.

But now that I know the domain and hosting works, the techi stuff is over for now and I better concentrate on getting the right content for the website.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

From Stitch to Pixel

So it's about time I start my own website after using blogger as a "pseudo" website for ages to put up my work. But my work has also changed. I have been working as a full time graphic designer for about 5 months now and have been learning all sorts. So I'm presently working on my website at the moment using an Adobe program called Muse.

I have been using it for my job and it's been pretty great to work with, aside from the few glitches as it's still in beta mode, and me making my own mistakes as I get use to using it.

Above is the lookbook website I did for work, also using Muse.

And here is a snapshot of my new logo and website that I'm presently working on. The font is called Demming by Mike Fortress and I used Illustrator to align the fonts and outlines, and Photoshop to create the textured effects.

If you like unique retro fonts, Lost Type Co-Op is a great website to download them from. It's a Pay-What-You-Want Type Foundry where users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font, or even for free.

Let's see where this change in my career will lead me. I am enjoying learning new programs and it's still extremely creative and it's still design. It's not using materials like needles and yarns but I still stitch during my free time and will always continue to do so.