I’ll be doing some much needed work to the entire site soon. Doing the 100 Days of Code on Twitter I realized just how dated my design was. I now hate the old design so much, that I’m taking it down while I create a new one! I also thought it was time update the winter theme of the blog.
This is temporary. I was playing around with gIMP and it just felt sort of Easter timey, springy to me. I’ll probably change this up again shortly after Easter. I like the header graphic a lot. The background was just a quick edit in gIMP to try and match the header graphic.
I really like the way the header graphic came out. I wasn’t really trying for this, but it just sort of happened. I like when projects happen by accident sometimes.
This will probably be real temporary. I just wanted something to match the header. Did this real quick, I’ll have to play around with backgrounds when I have some more time.
I’ve decided to pick an html and css weakness each week and work on that weakness. Each weakness I choose, I’ll find a project each day to work on that relates to that weakness. For instance, this week, I’m working on the <nav> element and plan to code several different nav’s in several different styles. I found this post really helpful in understanding the basics of creating good navs.
Just finished this mockup for a Tumblr blog. I’ll probably change it around a bit more, but for the most part I’m happy with it. You can see it on the blog here. themotorcycledude.tumblr.com.
Blog header graphic for themotorcycledude on tumblr.
The pin up girl clipart was a digital download from Payloadz. I purchased a whole bunch of clipart the other night with a liberal license and a decent price. I’ll do a clipart review soon, and post a referral link for anyone that might be looking for some pin up clipart.
I’ll be blogging a lot more for the new year and sharing a lot of my finds as I search for graphics, fonts, images, and other interesting stuff for design work. I just came across a great collection of dingbats at dafont.com
If you’re not familiar with dingbat fonts, they’re just little pieces of clipart that you can use in your scrap-booking, and banner designs. When you load them the characters on your keyboard turn into clipart images instead of letter and numbers. I love playing with dingbats. I did a basic video on the basic use of dingbats. It’s a bit old, but the info is still relevant if you’re not familiar with using them.
I’m going to try and create at least one video tutorial per week. This week I created a quick video tutorial that shows how to use dingbats to make quick graphics and buttons in gimp. The font or dingbat used for this tutorial can be downloaded for free here :