Archive: December 2006

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  • Design

If I had the opportunity to give one, and only one suggestion to a young graphic designer... it would be "simplify". It might sound too easy, and maybe it is, but that one word is a major key to design.

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo

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Copyblogger has some great quotes from Mark Twain that he thinks apply to bloggers. They could also be applied to writing for advertising and promotions. Too often I see good design spoiled by mediocre writing. The Mark Twain Guide to Better Blogging | Copyblogger

"The difference between the right word and almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."

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Here's five interesting methods for working with color. I personally use a method very similar to Boulton's Begin with Grey method. I start working in grayscale. Only when the layout is working do I introduce the primary color. Then I add accent colors as necessary. I'll be trying Mr. Boulton's other methods in the near future. Five Simple Steps to designing with colour : Journal : Mark Boulton

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Planning a mailing? ChurchRelevance.com has 15 Questions to ask yourself before applying the postage. Some of them are graphic design basics, like

9. Does your imagery reflect the end benefit?

13. Is your type easy to read, using only one or two fonts?

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Can you say no when you should? It can be a difficult task.

Whether you're just starting out or have a few years under your belt, there are times when it's tough to say "no" to a prospect and walk away from a project. But, at times, saying "no" you must. - Neil Tortorella - Creative Latitude

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  • Web Design
  • WordPress

For the last few weeks, I've been designing a site called 1000tongues.org for Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brainerd, Minnesota. The name of the site and the design were inspired by the Book of Acts.

And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. - Acts 2:3-4

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  • CSS
  • JavaScript

I got the chance to use the Photo Shuffler I posted about a few weeks ago. It's even better than it appears. Very simple and straight forward. The instructions are commented into the code that you insert into your page. The only trouble I had was getting the existing CSS to quit interfering with the shuffling images. The site I used it on has a subtle border effect on all photos built into the CSS. When the photos shuffle, the photo with it's outline fades out revealing the next photo behind.