Archives For March 2013

portfolioclash

The sad fact about being a graphic designer is that we need a web presence; yet even typing those two little cliché words has sent my hypothetical balls crawling back up into my body cavity. It’s partly because they’re a ball-ache to maintain, it’s also partly because there’s an expectation for these sites to be dazzling when I firmly believe portfolio sites should be anything but.

Though they’re simple enough to code —for the last two years my portfolio site was hand-coded— they probably shouldn’t be: if you want them to look so fresh and so clean, with a nice sturdy back-end —pause— then a portfolio hosting service is the clear choice.

It’s important to have a few specific needs in mind when you’re considering a portfolio service. I like to outsource as much as the hard work as I can, as I’m a lazy shiftless bastard; but you might require a service that allows you to tinker with the source code a little more; well  not me.

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RIP Google Reader

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In these post-Savile climes, it’s not always a wise idea to bandy about the word cinephile, but here’s three videos for you to enjoy over the weekend if you’re cinematically minded.

Self Portrait

I used to draw cartoons a lot. Then I stopped. Now I’ve started again.

quick5

The first of a new feature!  The Friday Quick Five, in which I ask somebody I admire five quick questions and put them up on a Friday: It’s not exactly a hard concept to grasp.

This week’s subject is sports logo extraordinaire, Fraser Davidson. If you watch any darts you’ll be familiar with his work already —as he designed the logos for the players— but by far my favourite project of his was his massive undertaking of the Sports Nation rebrand. He got plenty of press on other blogs for the job, but now he’s indulging me by A-ing some Qs.

1.  How did you get the job?
SBN had seen my work on dribbble and then my site and got in contact.

2.  How long did it take to make all the logos?
I think it took 6/7 weeks total.

3.  Do you have a favourite?
I have a few. At a glance here would be my favourites. If I had to choose one, it might be Alligator Army.

Sports Nation

4.  300+ — Where did you start?
Regional, then Football, then Baseball, then Basketball, then Hockey and Soccer, then College and the rest.

5.  What was the best and worst part about the project?
I enjoyed all of it really. It can seem a bit daunting at the beginning, but you get into a rhythm.