Another New “Design” Site? Please

As one who is interested in design, I find reading design sites, and design blogs to be a wonderful way to gather information and inspiration. I am filled with a hunger for knowledge in this field, everything from typography to color to layouts to best practices and standards. Therefore, I love to read sites that are written by well-known designers and bloggers who have been around for a while and have a lot of experience. But, sometimes I run across a site (or a dozen) that claims to be “pro” but just follows the same pattern all the other “pro” sites follow. These days, with so many “design” sites doing so many of the same things, it almost makes it seem like “more of the same” can be – and is – a recipe for success. Let me break down why I think there are so many sites first: Read the rest of this entry »

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Those Same-Old, Same-Old Web Design Sites

You know what I really like? I like things that don’t follow all “the rules” or traditional ways of doing things. I especially like those things that bend or break “the rules” and create their own guidelines and standards for doing things. I get tired of the same-old, same-old all the time.

I look around my house, and see the same-old books, addressing the same-old topics, in the same-old ways. I drive to and from work the same-old way. And when I get on the Internet, I do the same-old things: check the email, check Facebook, check Twitter, click “interesting” sounding links, look at the pretty pictures, read the “interesting” articles, and discover 25 “new” tips, tricks, tutorials, or trends that I “didn’t know about” already.

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Create a Cool Korean Circle Pattern in Illustrator

I’ve been quite interested in Korean designs and patterns for some time now. I’ve also been hoping to incorporate some of the best Korean patterns into my designs. However, there seems to be a real lack of Korean design resources out there, so I decided to make my own. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a cool Korean circle pattern like those found on many Korean traditional buildings and clothes. This is one of the coolest patterns I’ve found in Korea, so it was a lot of fun making it in Illustrator. I found a similar pattern here, and if you want to see more great Korean patterns, I encourage you to pick up this book all about Korean patterns.

Well, let’s begin.

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Website Creation: STEP 1 – Design

JekkilekkiStep 1 – Design

This is the 2nd part of a 4-part look at my website creation process. Here I will present a list of the Design steps I generally take as I progress through any website creation effort. Hope you enjoy my list!

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Website Creation: Why a “Simple” Website Doesn’t Cost $100

JekkilekkiOver the course of my designing and developing of websites, I’ve done a fair amount of work in all the various aspects of putting together a site. I’m no expert by any means, but a good website requires a great deal more time and effort than many people think it does.

This is the 1st part of a 4-part look at my website creation process.

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New Website! Online Portfolio and Work

aaron1Check it out.  I’ve been drawing on this site for about 2 weeks now, and I’m finally (almost) satisfied with the look and feel of my *NEW* portfolio/blog/contact site.

I really liked the purple color I’m currently using on this blog, so I wanted to incorporate that.  I also liked the text style here, Verdana and a little extra line spacing.  I also wanted to match a cool color (purple here) with a warm color for links and highlights, so I chose red-orange (#ff6600) after quite a bit of thinking.  The starry sky background was inspired by my name/logo/signature which kind of resembles a star.  And finally, I wanted to keep things in the center rather simple with big heading fonts, lots of white color (so no differently colored sidebar), and gray boxes for the “important” content.  I think this gives it a rather nice, professional, Web 2.0 feel.  What do you think?  I also included some “dummy” purple squares just under the menubar that will contain different images and link to different CSS styles (at some point in the future).

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