brightly_woven: (joy  colin)
I forgot that I hadn't done my magical little cover-inside-the-backpage-on-the-cover-inside-the-backpack, etc.  thing yet when I posted my last post.

So, here is the real finished product, the only real change is on the front cover.

back/front


brightly_woven: (joy  colin)
I forgot that I hadn't done my magical little cover-inside-the-backpage-on-the-cover-inside-the-backpack, etc.  thing yet when I posted my last post.

So, here is the real finished product, the only real change is on the front cover.

back/front


brightly_woven: (Default)
I have an assignment to do a CSS Zen Garden, whereby everyone takes the exact same HTML code an stylizes it using CSS alone.

(This will probably only make sense or be interesting to a tiny percentage, I imagine, but it if you are curious: go to the css Zen Garden homepage: http://www.csszengarden.com/?cssfile=/196/196.css&page=1 and look through the archives of many, many different designs by many talented designers, and then imagine that they all had the same basic code to work with and couldn't tweak it at all, except to import styles through a style sheet called CSS..)

So, I'm in the process of doing just that.  I designed a site and now have about 2/3 of it styled and on the web.  It only took a few hours yesterday and a few today.   I can't wait till it's 100% done to show you, so here it is (imagine 2 female silhouettes on the right, going into the film strip and kind of glowing to set them off, and shadows on each figure under the text (that's the tricky bit), and you'll have the idea): http://sites.lpcdesignshop.com/vcom62/F08/epperly/

I can't believe I took plain, unstyled html and made it look like that in just a few hours!

Whoop!

I don't love my design (we ended up spending 4 weeks of class on it and I thought we had 2, so I made something simple and then was bored with it by the end), but I do love the fact that I am mastering css!



brightly_woven: (Default)
I have an assignment to do a CSS Zen Garden, whereby everyone takes the exact same HTML code an stylizes it using CSS alone.

(This will probably only make sense or be interesting to a tiny percentage, I imagine, but it if you are curious: go to the css Zen Garden homepage: http://www.csszengarden.com/?cssfile=/196/196.css&page=1 and look through the archives of many, many different designs by many talented designers, and then imagine that they all had the same basic code to work with and couldn't tweak it at all, except to import styles through a style sheet called CSS..)

So, I'm in the process of doing just that.  I designed a site and now have about 2/3 of it styled and on the web.  It only took a few hours yesterday and a few today.   I can't wait till it's 100% done to show you, so here it is (imagine 2 female silhouettes on the right, going into the film strip and kind of glowing to set them off, and shadows on each figure under the text (that's the tricky bit), and you'll have the idea): http://sites.lpcdesignshop.com/vcom62/F08/epperly/

I can't believe I took plain, unstyled html and made it look like that in just a few hours!

Whoop!

I don't love my design (we ended up spending 4 weeks of class on it and I thought we had 2, so I made something simple and then was bored with it by the end), but I do love the fact that I am mastering css!



brightly_woven: (BW Logo)
Here are links to pics of my design business brochure.  It's still got issues, but I finally feel like I'm closing in.  It was handed in, so it's done as far as that's concerned.  It's hard to picture, but it's a tri-fold brochure with the logo and chalky boxes/words on the cover, the far left green flap is the inner flap and the yellow pic is the inside, which I made a unified spread instead of three separate sections (though it has some natural breaks/columns that still follow the three sections, of course.)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/514250935/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/514219096/

brightly_woven: (BW Logo)
Here are links to pics of my design business brochure.  It's still got issues, but I finally feel like I'm closing in.  It was handed in, so it's done as far as that's concerned.  It's hard to picture, but it's a tri-fold brochure with the logo and chalky boxes/words on the cover, the far left green flap is the inner flap and the yellow pic is the inside, which I made a unified spread instead of three separate sections (though it has some natural breaks/columns that still follow the three sections, of course.)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/514250935/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/514219096/

brightly_woven: (LJUser mrbnatural's blah blah blah)
So, I finally found a way to do what teacher #2 wanted me to do and still please myself.

It was up on the screen and teacher #1 actually said "Green!  Blech.  Why in the world did you change to green?  That's horrible!"  No kidding, no exaggerating.

He said, I think the white is much better.

I say, "Teacher #2 said white looked cheap".

He said, "White is crisp and clean and open.  It doesn't have to be cheap.  Gradients look dated."

Great.

These two are supposed to be teaching me about design but they can't agree on good design.

I'm going to put it away for awhile and come back to it.

I'm sick to death of it and it's my own company's brochure.

Ffffffft.

Meg

P.S. Rest of life looking up.  No drama queenage in recent days.  All family members back from business trips, field trips and the like.
brightly_woven: (LJUser mrbnatural's blah blah blah)
So, I finally found a way to do what teacher #2 wanted me to do and still please myself.

It was up on the screen and teacher #1 actually said "Green!  Blech.  Why in the world did you change to green?  That's horrible!"  No kidding, no exaggerating.

He said, I think the white is much better.

I say, "Teacher #2 said white looked cheap".

He said, "White is crisp and clean and open.  It doesn't have to be cheap.  Gradients look dated."

Great.

These two are supposed to be teaching me about design but they can't agree on good design.

I'm going to put it away for awhile and come back to it.

I'm sick to death of it and it's my own company's brochure.

Ffffffft.

Meg

P.S. Rest of life looking up.  No drama queenage in recent days.  All family members back from business trips, field trips and the like.
brightly_woven: (Mr Darcy IS smiling by mrbantural)
...I'm off to yoga to mellow out before I get the strawberries and plate this enormous amount of food!  :)

I am feeling much better, less Vesuvial, and much less like I'm a drama magnet.

Meg
brightly_woven: (Mr Darcy IS smiling by mrbantural)
...I'm off to yoga to mellow out before I get the strawberries and plate this enormous amount of food!  :)

I am feeling much better, less Vesuvial, and much less like I'm a drama magnet.

Meg
brightly_woven: (LJ User mrbnatural's giggle)
I showed my 4 label designs to my class and professor today.  No one else even had one whole design.  (Most who were there last week were not there today b/c of Spring Break and a lot who were here this week hadn't gotten the assignment, but still...)

They critiqued and discussed all four of them and then Eric, the prof, said, "I can see why you were eager to show them off.  Really good job, Meg."  And then he started clapping.  And then the class joined in. 

Never.  Happened.  Before.  Ever. 

To anyone.

And it happened to me. 

SQUEEEE!!!!

He even said he thinks I have a shot at the label.

Meg
brightly_woven: (LJ User mrbnatural's giggle)
I showed my 4 label designs to my class and professor today.  No one else even had one whole design.  (Most who were there last week were not there today b/c of Spring Break and a lot who were here this week hadn't gotten the assignment, but still...)

They critiqued and discussed all four of them and then Eric, the prof, said, "I can see why you were eager to show them off.  Really good job, Meg."  And then he started clapping.  And then the class joined in. 

Never.  Happened.  Before.  Ever. 

To anyone.

And it happened to me. 

SQUEEEE!!!!

He even said he thinks I have a shot at the label.

Meg

Wine-ing

Apr. 4th, 2007 05:32 pm
brightly_woven: (Kitty/The Clergy by Katharhino)
This week our brochure design was preempted by the college's new viticulture program asking the Design Shop to design their new wine label.  The label is going to be a "hand sell" $20-$30/bottle type of wine, so we were instructed to tend toward sophistication and lean away from "cute" or overly "catchy"  (no french cat's in berets or red bicycles, etc.).  We, even in the lowly intro classes, are in competition with the more experienced design students and interns for the coveted "job".

Here are my three entries.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/446643183/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/446643189/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/446643167/

What do you think?

Meg

P.S. On number 2, the writing is much clearer in Illustrator, but I'm going back to fix it anyway.

P.P.S.  I like number 1 best, but I'm not sure I can use the school logo (that house-y thing) so I made the others as fall backs.

Wine-ing

Apr. 4th, 2007 05:32 pm
brightly_woven: (Kitty/The Clergy by Katharhino)
This week our brochure design was preempted by the college's new viticulture program asking the Design Shop to design their new wine label.  The label is going to be a "hand sell" $20-$30/bottle type of wine, so we were instructed to tend toward sophistication and lean away from "cute" or overly "catchy"  (no french cat's in berets or red bicycles, etc.).  We, even in the lowly intro classes, are in competition with the more experienced design students and interns for the coveted "job".

Here are my three entries.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/446643183/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/446643189/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brightlywoven/446643167/

What do you think?

Meg

P.S. On number 2, the writing is much clearer in Illustrator, but I'm going back to fix it anyway.

P.P.S.  I like number 1 best, but I'm not sure I can use the school logo (that house-y thing) so I made the others as fall backs.
brightly_woven: (LJ User mrbnatural's giggle)
All day I got such words of encouragement from my flist, and then right before my class I had "playgroup" (yeah, the kids are in school but the moms still gather).  We (5 of us) went to "Cafe Art", a ceramics studio, where we spent from noon to 2:00 painting ceramics and drinking BYO-margaritas.  (I only had 1/4 of one b/c I can't hold my liquor...and had to drive to class...AND have class, LOL.)

How relaxing is that?!? 

So...Thanks again, supportive flist.

You are tight. (but not, you know, tight)

Meg
brightly_woven: (LJ User mrbnatural's giggle)
All day I got such words of encouragement from my flist, and then right before my class I had "playgroup" (yeah, the kids are in school but the moms still gather).  We (5 of us) went to "Cafe Art", a ceramics studio, where we spent from noon to 2:00 painting ceramics and drinking BYO-margaritas.  (I only had 1/4 of one b/c I can't hold my liquor...and had to drive to class...AND have class, LOL.)

How relaxing is that?!? 

So...Thanks again, supportive flist.

You are tight. (but not, you know, tight)

Meg

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