Moving to WordPress

This site has been on Moveable Type since 2008 or so, which in Internet terms is abazillion years. Unfortunately MT has a bloaty hard drive swallowing database that has clocked up over 800mb, so it’s getting the boot in favour of WordPress which gives me far more control over what I can do.

For the moment the template is going to be the default, until I get around to fixing up a custom dealio.

Still trying to figure out how to move over pages and some of the image settings. I’ve got broken galleries to fix as well, I may just leave old posts busted up. We’ll see…

Greetings Bluescentric

About six or eight weeks ago Matt H came to looking for some help with a website design project. Matt is a fab coder, but self admits he all thumbs with design and CSS, so when he asked I was happy to help out a guy who’s doing some seriously cool stuff. Matt is a huge fan of the Blues, and has always wanted to see a nice blues information and merch site. Thus was born Bluescentric.

I did the basic design of the site, built the bulk of the CSS and images, and did a bunch of stuff with forms and the like. I then handed it over to Matt who’s gone through and added his own touches here and there, proving he’s not as clumsy in Photoshop as he thinks. It’s more or less an information site, with some merch, and some listings of Blues bands ( past, present, and future ). I’m looking forward to seeing how this one grows and develops.
There were some fun challenges on the site: The wood and paper sidebars were a tricky thing to do. They needed to look neat, and they needed to expand to fit what ever future content was going there. My favourite part of the entire design is the Matt’s Taphouse & Tunes logo, I want that on a T-Shirt.
Samples for everyone to poke at, comments and critique always welcome. You can find them over on the Design page as well.

Bluescentric
Bluescentric
Bluescentric
Bluescentric
Bluescentric
Bluescentric

Web design update

So last Thursday Andrea Phillips pinged me on Skype and asked if I was interested in helping her out with a project she was working on. It was very short notice, and I had some packing to do for a weekend of camping that started the next day, but I said sure. Out of that came the design for My Super First Day, a fun little website that pulls together blog posts about people’s first day with a super power. Elements of the design have been picked up and ported over to a Ning community as well, though I had no hand in that other then passing on a PSD to Andrea. Looks pretty good, and it’s nice to see it translated over to Ning fairly smoothly.

My previous post today documents my submission to the site, and I thought I should include the design side in my folio, since I’m tickled by the silly colours and the whole idea. Check it out if you get a chance, and contribute if you are so inclined.
The design itself is pretty simple, and the whole concept of the site was and is very straight forward, basically a blog deal built out on TypePad. For those that care to know, design side took about two hours, building the CSS and div structure took about an hour, and getting all the templates to play nice took about an hour and a half. There are about half an hour to an hour of tweeks and adjustments as well. All told, the project was about six hours of work, including consultations with Andrea. A total blast, I love a good silly idea.

My Super First Day
My Super First Day

New design work

Andrea Phillips, one of the people I hang out with in the Neogence technology syndicate, mentioned needing some new business cards, so I took a bit of time to crank out the designs below. I have changed all contact information except her website so all the lunatics who follow me around don’t start stalking her as well.

The two tone green of the samples on the site do not fully capture the design, the scroll work is actually a spot varnish coat and should look uber snappy and subtle. Samples also on my design page.

Andrea Phillips business card
Andrea Phillips business card

More web design work

More samples of my web design work over the last few chaotic years, most of this stuff is from 2007 and 2008, and a bunch of it is still live on the Interwebs! Le Gasp!

Chad Hill managed to get me some screencaps of the full beta/dev version of Wompum, the little webapp that died before it’s time. It isn’t online any longer and these screen shots may be the last remnants of the project. I am still searching for the logo and desing files in my archives, and I think somewhere there is a fully archived version of the projects svn repositories… should we ever decide to revive it. Wompum was a web/email/moving towards sms and twitter game of social bragging and one-ups-manship. It had ninjas. It had a big red ‘BETA’ sticker on the site. In our beta testing it was driving an average of 200 page views per user per month. The site was sticky as hell, and strangely addictive according to the feedback we were getting. It died, like most web projects, because we ran out of money and our company ( Verse Studios ) bit the dust. This is the project that worked Chad Hill into the hospital, and he deserves most of the credit for it. All I did was make pretty pictures and do some web layout work. Chad, by the way, is one of the most talented people I have ever worked with.

Wompum website
Wompum website
Wompum website
Wompum website
Wompum website

While I was in Vancouver I did a bit of freelancing, here is one of the projects I worked on. It was for a Burnaby based artist named Robert Petroni who did a lot of work in Pop Art. I did the logo, website layout, html/css and Sean Murphy did the back-end database work for the gallery. You can find the website at 100Triangles.

100 Triangles website
100 Triangles website

Next up is Share My Ticket, a Stormcode production. This is a concert and sports ticket sharing site that lets users pass tickets to friends and strangers alike, trading them for other tickets. I was responsible for the web design, typography, and the markup/css.

Share My Ticket website

And last but not least is my current pet activism and politically motivated project, Petrocant. I have been doing social marketing work on Petrocant, web design, markup/css, logo design, and general pretty picture making. The site is built on WordPress by Stormcode, who did the work pro-bono so if you need some web work done go show them some love.

Petrocant website

As usual you can find all of this stuff over on the design page of the site.

Constant Sum layout and logo

So I am slowly questing around my hard drives and across the internet looking for all the work I’ve done for friends, clients, movers and shakers over the last 4-5 years. While I was in Vancouver I was horrible about collecting together elements of my portfolio, mainly because I was either so busy or so broke that I didn’t have the time or energy to do it. This has left my work all over the place, but not on my website.

Today I add the work I did for Constant Sum, an independent gaming company down in the US that a friend of mine, Chad Hill, programmer extraordinaire, was working with. They needed a logo and a website that didn’t look like it crawled out of the early 90s, I needed a gig. I did the website wireframes, mockups, and the company logo.

Glorious isn’t it, you can find them on the design page as well.

Design
Design

I can haz bad speeling

So I was sort of bumming around online last night when Jessica Citizen over at Games On Net gave me a ping on AIM asking me if it was intentional that I had spelled ‘chaos’ as ‘choas’ on my website. Now this was news to me, and to make things even better it was a typo in the big splashy cool typography header on the site. Yup, I have been telling the world for months now how bad I am at spelling.

It’s not my fault, honestly. Over the last few years I have been getting faster at reading. As part of that I have started seeing words as shapes, not as a series of letters. So to my eye ( and brain ) the word ‘chaos’ and the word ‘choas’ are virtually identical. Especially in snazzy tracked out sans-serif display fonts. It gets even better, for the last few months I have started having problems where entire words and sentences are getting written backwards.

Yes, that is right, whole words are getting typed in backwards. Their shapes are still close enough to the front-ways words that I can still read them with ease, but everyone else is getting total gack. Particularly troubling are words that are slang and/or audible sounds, like ‘errr’ or ‘hrmmm’. ‘mmmmh’ or ‘rrre’ are getting common.

It makes me wonder if part of the problem is the nearly global spell checking features of the Mac OS. Every where I go if I spell things wrong it lets me know with red squiggly underlines. And when I don’t see those lines, or they appear under words that I know are slang, I ignore them. Sadly Photoshop CS2 is not a spell checking friendly application.

Anyhow, my speeling errhors are fixed. For now.

Some Verse Studios stuff added…

So I’ve been digging through the archives I have for Verse Studios and pulling out some of the design and layout work that I did while working on the company. It is a total mixed bag, we were so short staffed and tight on manhours that things in my archives from that time are a total mess, so I don’t have firm knowledge of when things were done, or where things are that I did.

I’ve pulled out a general sampling of the sorts of design and layout work that I was doing, from print to investor pitches to websites. There is some logo work in there as well. Sadly none of this is online any longer, since the company is dead, so all I have are the samples and screencaps, and on occasion some mockup PSDs.

You can find the new work up on the design page.

new design stuff

So the crew over at Sindome are on a funding drive to support the cost of hosting the game. Server time ain’t cheap, and even though it is a text based MOO she hits the server pretty hard. So I’ve done my part by ponying up $50, and I’ve tossed in some ideas into the rewards stew. I’ve also put together the funding thermometer. It has been added to my design work page.

I’ve had nearly 10 years of free entertainment from Sindome, I’ve been admin for going on 6 years, and it is always my pleasure to give back to a community that has been so critical in growing my social network, building my skill set, and finding me friends. I encourage any of the mixers, corpies, and general chummers out there to pony up some flash to help the game world that has created half the slang you use to confuse everyone else.

Because there are only two types of people in the world: Sindomers and Everyone Else.