Nabokov and Friends

Once more the pre-winter pre-Christmas blues are settling into my bones and turning me into a bed-potato, which is essentially the same thing as a couch potato, except that instead of watching Everybody Loves Raymond six times a day, I curl up with Russian authors. That said, I’m undergoing all kinds of personal growth & discovery, facing truly living on my own for the first time, and hoping to emerge with, like, a bazillion creative exploits. All I need is motivation.

For now, I’ve finished COPAN Offshore‘s logo and business card, so those are finally up for display. I’ve also added some testimonials so that you can hear about how great people think I am. Since things have slowed down at work, I’ve been re-re-re-re-teaching myself Flash (I’ve been using it since version 4 and I keep having to re-familiarize myself with it!) by building a little standalone music player, which is almost finished. My next personal project is going to be a simple game — so if anyone has any clever ideas that DESPERATELY need to be realized, send ’em my way, and I’ll see what I can do!

Flash Floods, Fires, and Dances

It’s only taken me about half a year, but I’ve finally crossed an item off my perennially growing “to-do” list: add flash to portfolio. I’ve always been fond of this monologue from Fear & Loathing, and not solely because it seems like a shopping list for debauchery. While I was at it, I added a t&s time capsule chronicling some of the various different designs this site has undergone (that’s another strikeout on my to-do list). And then for good measure (I was on a roll at this point), I added screenshots of the Brambles Antiques website—both the public site and the admin panel. These days, I’m working with COPAN Offshore to develop a logo for their new business, and am painting my bedroom walls a bright gold.

Inside Dish on the Worst Client Ever

Brambles Antiques is finally finished, complete with a fully functional backend admin panel. (Screenshots to follow!) I spent a good long time re-re-re-designing T&S, to what is at least a temporary satisfaction, and I’ve learned that I’m infinitely my pickiest, most annoying, and most demanding client. And I’m refusing to work for myself ever again.

Paint

I’ve finally settled into Lunenburg and am in the process of repainting my whole apartment, which is growing in scope exponentially every time I find more paint chips in a hardware store. I’ve just finished the Idealbikes website, and I’m currently breaking the ice with two new clients, both based in Lunenburg. New website should be coming soon, complete with a better design and more stuff to look at!

Going Small-Town

Despite the seemingly dead-ishness of my portfolio etc, a LOT has been going on.

I’ve accepted a job offer at HB Studios in beautiful rainy Lunenburg, and am busily working on front-end for Rugby 2006. I’ve packed up and left Halifax, though it’s only an hour an a half away by car. I’m working on a redesign of Idealbikes‘ website, in addition to developing a content management system for such. I’m taking karate lessons. Fostering cats. Going on road trips. Considering taking up surfing.

In short: busy! But happy! Expect updates soon, or … when I get around to it.

Tiny Girly Guard

I’m only just now getting the hang of writing 2005 instead of 2004.

I’m working a security job, which means I spend twelve hours a night playing with my pencils in an empty building in Eastern Passage. If I only had a laptop, I would be the world’s most productive moonlighter.

I’m currently negotiating what could end up being a fairly large freelance project — and it’s coming with the promise of distribution in impressive-looking numbers like “50,000”. I get excited enough seeing 100 reproductions of something I’ve done. If I have to pick up 50,000 at the print shop, I may end up trying to wallpaper my apartment with them! (more…)

The Virgo and the Pixel

I’m beginning to learn my life would be far easier if I were capable of just letting things alone already.

Instead, I redesign, I redesign, I redesign, and I’m never happy with what I’ve come up with after having spent forty hours staring at it at 400% magnification, trying to get divs to line up pixel-perfect.

I’m in the process of adding a little bit of explanatory text to each entry, having finally succumbed to the wiles of exposition in the “do I or don’t I?” conundrum, and as a result, I’m adding some pieces that might have seemed a little off-kilter without proper narrative.

The winter blues have their claws firmly entrenched, and I’ve finished my Doestoevsky (which was my “beat the winter blues book”, the rationale being that Russians are colder and more depressed than I am), so I’m busy trying to maintain a feeling of productivity.

Design: 0. Madness: 12.

The last few months have brought about a lot of personal madness. Design work, as I’m discovering, isn’t as accomodating towards mental chaos as other forms of artistic expression are, thus I’ve let things stagnate. Why don’t humans hibernate in the winter? Nothing would make me happier than eating a lot and sleeping through the blizzards, ice rain, and cold winds that give me constant headaches.

My Grande Olde New Years’ Resolution is to spend less time organizing the 4829 songs on my hard drive and more time doing actual design work. (more…)

Getting Modern

I converted my layouts to XHTML/CSS only (finally saying adieu to tables) and am butting major heads with MSIE, the scourge of the web world. Everything works in Opera, Safari, Mozilla, and Netscape (Mac and Win, when applicable), but IE5 Mac has this tendency to create major random glitches in my page layout. You know, like rendering links non-clickable, or evaluating 20px as 250pt. All skins are at this point functional even in the sad scenario that you’re using IE Mac. But really, if you’re using a Mac, what are you doing using a Microsoft clunker of a browser?

Oh yes, and I’m still working on some of the work term projects, which are turning out to involve the archiving of ten years’ worth of badly formatted FrontPage code. I’m hoping to get through this lot by the end of the week and potentially taking a trip home before my childhood home is sold. (more…)

When News Was Just News

I’m at the end of my work term with Lefty Lucy Communications and am trying to get everything finished. I’ve been working with a few clients, going through cycles of prototype layouts until we hit on something perfect. Let me tell you, I can now create a thumbnail in Illustrator about 6,000,000 times faster than I could before.