Keep running, Boston. After the recent attacks at the Boston marathon I felt inspired to create something to give hope to the city of Boston. What I came up with took the a runners shoeprint and put a silhouette of the Boston skyline in it. I think it helps to remember that no matter what Boston will always keep running.
I have pretty much nailed down most of the elements that I want to use in my new design, the mountains and the underground rocks, now its time to do the layouts. This is the hard part because I have no idea how I wanted to do the layout and navigation or how the elements were going to play into the overall design. TO THE SKETCH BOOK! I grabbed my sketch book and started sketching away. I think I got a good grasp of how I want to mountains to fit in with the header and how I want to layout the page. Below are a few of my sketches as well as what I was thinking of doing for my resume redesign.
On Monday night my friend came to me with an emergency. He needed a t-shirt design and he needed it by tomorrow. Having known him since kindergarten I decided I could help him out as best I could with limited time. What he wanted was pretty simple he needed a set of stairs and a maple tree with the words “Feel Free to STAIR” somewhere on it. Above is the final design that I came up with, a simple tree coming out the top of a staircase with the phrase written on alternating stairs. What I was most happy about was with how I did the leaves on the tree.
Having only about two hours to work on it I didn’t really get to play around with too many different ideas. I have never designed a t-shirt before, especially one with any objects on it. The biggest thing I had to tackle is that on a t-shirt I didn’t know how it was going to be printed so I couldn’t have too much detail. Above is my first markup of the tree. As you can see there is way to much detail with the leaves. To make it simple I could have done it with the pen tool, but having such a short time to work on it that was going to take me too long.
What I did was make a bunch of circles and ovals that covered all the branches and made a good solid outline of the tree. Now that looked ok as the outline of the tree. But I wanted to give it some definition. So I selected all the ovals and went to File->Effects->Distort & Transform->Roughen. Then I played with the settings until I got a realistic looking tree. So that is my first, quick t-shirt design.
I know its been awhile since I updated last on my website redesign. I went back and looked at my design and while I like the illustration look I don’t think it made a good website design. I plan on using the illustrations for an art piece though.
Up above is what I have created as my soon to be new header. I have still kept the mountains aspect of the design but I have made them more geometric and given them textures to appear more lifelike. I like this design a lot better with the textures and keeping the same aspect ratio of the mountains. I can also use the same shapes and colors on other personal branding elements like my resume and business cards.
This is what I hope the whole layout of the site will look like. With the water turning into a waterfall and falling down the page into a lake at the bottom. At the bottom the mountains have been flipped to resemble the underground with the bottom layer being lava.
So that is hopefully my new design that I will run with, I am still not sure where I am going to put my name and navigation, but I finally got a design that I like