Posts filed under ‘Web Design’

Link Loving: Portfolios, Typography and Green Design

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I have been throwing myself into the study of design and and it principles these past couple of weeks. I did take a break from it for a bit while Dennis and I sorted our new flat, but I am happy to be at it again. Here are a few articles I’ve found very inspiring and informational.

• Very cool collection of illustrations, typographic work, lettering, web design and user experience work via I Love Colors. I love this blog and I love the articles.

• Beautiful and creative way of creating card and garland by using recycled paper scraps. This article was written by Laura Normandin and posted on Design Sponge.

• PRINT Magazine is hosting a webcast on August 4th Pangea Organics CEO and lead designer. The will discuss their sustainable packaging and biodegradable soaps and products. Tree Hugger has given us a small preview of their accomplishments and company policies regarding sustainable design.

• I know I’ve asked myself this question before, and Nubby Twiglet provides some very informative answers with tips for creating a print portfolio.

• Interesting article by Jason Santa Maria regarding the use of print design principles that might not work the same for the web. I have to say I agree with him on this one.

• A fascinating inside look into the inspiration and work of Alice Savoie. In this interview, Alice discusses her studies, her process and future projects. The interview is via I Love Typography.

August 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm 1 comment

6 Fantastic Portfolio Websites

I’ve been working non-stop these past couple of weeks trying to get my portfolio website sorted. As some of you know, my work has primarily involved print design, but I am making great attempts to familiarize myself with all things web related. I am not new to the web by any means, but I do realize I am missing valuable bits of information here and there. Nevertheless, I finished my portfolio website this last weekend, and I am very happy with it.

As always, I found some fantastic inspiration in a few sites I frequent. I love working on my site and I love browsing through different artist’s online portfolios. Here are a few of my favorites.

Jeff Sarmiento

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Things That Are Brown

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Robbie Manson

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Claire Baxter

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Miles Dowsett

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Tower of Babel Design

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July 30, 2009 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

Link Loving

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• 40 free high quality hand drawn fonts to download via HONGKIAT.com

• Lovely vintage inspired, hand made bags by Bari J. I LOVE her designs.

• Ultimate Mac setup for photographers. 50 apps that will help you with photo processing

• Void LP Player. A really trippy take on the record player via design boom.

• A really great collection of tutorials useful for converting PSD’s into useful html/CSS by dzineblog.com.

• Award winning Spanish design company develops a new fabric using recycled PET bottles. They are creating some really fabulous products with this fabric. The article is via Tree Hugger.

Image: Longest word in the Welsh Language as I understand it. It’s a train station between Holyhead and Crewe.

July 9, 2009 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Brilliant Conceptual Designs By Iunewind

I found this website a bit ago, and I was stunned at the level of detail put into the artwork. Inuewind’s site and portfolio are outstanding. The artist is based in Russia where he creates spectacular websites and digital designs for his clients. I recommend giving his site a view for inspiration. Inuewind is certainly my favorite artist right now.

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Images via Inuewind

June 3, 2009 at 3:04 am Leave a comment

The Artwork Of Cam De Leon

Cam De Leon is one of my absolute favorite artists. His work is one of the reasons I became inspired to pursue a career in art. I recently re-discovered his very amazing portfolio website gloriously named Happy Pencil. The site is truly an interactive orgasm. It’s quite fascinating! The overall design of the site creates an ambiance that compliments his work perfectly. I certainly recommend giving it a view.

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Images via Cam’s Happy Pencil

April 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Fantastic Typography From Alex Trochut

Alex’s artwork is absolutely fantastic and inspiring. I was amazed at the level of detail he used to create his work. I do wonder if his designs are created using digital or traditional methods. Perhaps he uses a little bit of both. I typically don’t like to ask, but I do love to wonder. I certainly recommend giving his site a view. I am really loving his site design as well. I am usually guilty of slapping it on when it comes to website design, and I do admire his site’s simplicity. I honestly prefer a clean website layout.

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Images via AlexTrochut.com

April 15, 2009 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Five Beautiful Grungy Site Designs

I love this design style. I am trying to do something like this for RH Frog, but I haven’t quite nailed it yet. Here are a few sites that have inspired me during this process. They are absolutely beautiful.

I Love Colors

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Carbonica

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Free People

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Ali Fleski Portfolio Blog

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Retinart

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March 24, 2009 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

10 Beautiful Blog Designs

I am in the process of re-designing the Red Headed Frog site, and I decided to share some of the beautiful blogs I found incredibly inspiring. I am still trying to figure out how to customize my CSS while using WordPress, and I am glad to say I am making a bit of progress. My two favorite sites are Making It Lovely and Design Sponge.

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Big Sweater Design

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Spoon Graphics

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Cheaper Than Therapy

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9513 Country Music

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Cult Foo

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Design Intellection

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Great Design

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Design Sponge

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Making It Lovely

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January 2, 2009 at 10:30 am 2 comments

5 Really Cool Restaurant Websites

These are just fabulous! One of my hobbies is searching around for really cool design everywhere. I am one of those people that takes picture of cool typography on the side of an alley or on a restaurant corner. I just love looking for great examples of all different types of design especially web design. Web design is something I would like to get more familiar with in these next five years. I have taken to exploring and sharing some great websites I have found while doing research/soul searching online. I hope they inspire creativity in you.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Read the review I wrote on them. Beautiful design and ok cupcakes.

Stingray Sushi

Stingray has beautiful environment and branding design. Sadly, I did not get to eat there because my party and I waited 3 hours for a seat. Additionally, they wouldn’t give us water while we were waiting outside in 110 degree heat. We just went to Buca Di Beppo instead. Service sucks here, but their design is awesome.

Sol y Sombra

This is actually an awesome place. They food is a bit pricey, but it is very worth it. The environment and interior design is fabulous as well as their branding design. I love this restaurant. Their food is marvelous as well. I highly recommend it for an anniversary or small get together.

Salty Señorita

I just love this website. It is so funky and different. I am pretty new to web design, but this stood out to me. I love it.

Thai Ginger

I love this place. I went to dinner here yesterday and it was beautiful. The environment design is not consistent between locations, but it is very beautiful. The one in downtown Seattle has much nicer interior design work. Their collateral is not the best, but their website is wonderful. The food is outstanding as well.

June 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Sprinkles Cupcakes

My brother and sister have been raving about Sprinkles cupcakes for quite some time now. I had not been able to take a trip to downtown Scottsdale with them until very recently. I picked them up at my mother’s house, we drove down to their location and had a pretty nice experience there. The staff was very friendly, but they were incredibly young. I seem to have that young looking thing down so I was able to blend in pretty well. The kids at the counter very obviously thought I was younger than they were. Its a blessing and a curse.

Nevertheless, they were very pleasant, and they helped us right away. My sister let me know that they usually have to wait around for 30 minutes to get help, but we evidently arrived on a non-busy day. The environment design was amazing, and so were their marketing and branding materials. I’ll post them up once I get images of them to show off. I asked what studio created their collateral, but they didn’t know the name. Their stores were designed by Architect Andrea Lenardin. Additionally, I learned that Sprinkles Beverly Hills was the recipient of 2 AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Awards. Needless to say, I was incredibly impressed with their design and branding. Now I just hoped the cupcakes were good!

Unfortunately, they were nothing too special. They were very good, but for the price I certainly expected more. One cupcake is three dollars, and they aren’t huge cupcakes or incredibly tasty ones either. I would certainly recommend Sprinkles to anyone looking for a nice sugar fix, and I have to say I would buy another cupcake from them. However, they are a bit pricey and they were not too memorable. The main thing I remembered about Sprinkles was their environment and branding design work. That was truly Amazing! Their website is wonderful as well. Check it out.

June 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

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