The past weeks has been a struggle. Struggle creatively, writing and practically designing. Today was really boring, I am just tired of everything I can’t even play with my kids (well I tried and we are okay). Then creativity strikes, I recalled this post regarding “stealing your way to original designs” (Go read it it’s a good read). It says there the first step is to “Imitate”.
It given me the boost that I need (just a little push) for today. Got into my laptop, and start searching for the font that would start it all.
I started with the font I have no motif in mind just the first font that would struck my attention. Then I found Candle Mustard. Still I am not thinking of any style or theme for the website, I went to instagram. There’s this account about web design that I followed for a few weeks already (since last week I am looking for inspiration). Seeing some design from DailyWebDesign got an idea to create something out of the font and the idea of imitation. Well I failed in imitating, since I have goal to start everything from scratch with just one font.
It’s like a EUREKA moment!
I did call it sagwan.ph (if there is a real website with that name it’s just a coincidence). But let’s call the design Moses since he is the only one I recalled in the bible that traveled a lot.
So I pretty much imitate most of the parts, except the original designer used sans-serif fonts, well I combined sans-serif for long texts and the featured font for the “titles”.
I failed imitating but it was effective. No thinking required, you will just follow as much detail as you can. Image courtesy of PicJumbo
After months of complete dormancy I was able to got out of my cave. So I started this Genesis thing last year and it was on and off development for me, but I was able to pull it off but with minimal design. Now I scrapped down the initial features of version 1 and tried to improved with version 2. Well you don’t develop softwares just degrade of course it has some enhancements.
The title of the post says it all, this is the start of version 2 of the Project Genesis. I just put up a simple logo just to initialize the development. Logos give you the feeling of what the project is about and should stand all through out the development.
I given it a simple design, with just shapes and chosen some few good fonts like Giraffey. The logo that I am aiming is to have a corporate feel to it, so I used shades of blue to it. I created a striking rounded rectangle with grey gradient to add up an accent to an “ascending” or laddered level just like in schools.
As I said on previous posts this is a comeback project and like from the beginning, it was Genesis.
I will be posting a lot of the development more often now again to document everything.
This will be the start of the version 2 and hoping for the next months I could pull off something large in terms of the development and also I will be using a more localized platform Dreamweaver 6 and TortoiseSVN/Subversion for versioning.
I’ve been in the web design industry for almost 6 years including in the years in college that my designs are really crappy and when Fireworks is still in Macromedia. The years past, even I tried to let go of the mouse for Fireworks and go with the flow in Photoshop, still first love never dies. Though now I work on Photoshop on printed materials but still when the going gets tough Fireworks still accepts me with open arms. Even the road to web design is a bit bumpy and the standards of the world still points to Photoshop, I still have heroes of my own that creates a lot of amazing things with Fireworks, FW is not dead, she still breathes through her nostrils.
A lot of Photoshop fan boys were putting stake on Fireworks but there are Paladins ready to defend its queen. Fireworks Evangelist, Craig Erskine. I am using his CSS menu for years, flexible easy to customize and just plain-simple-in-your-face-no-brainer-css-menu (though it’s tough at first glance.). He is an author of a book about Fw, and still uses his amazing hands to create wonderful web designs through Fw. He designs a lot of his work in Fw and still he does not slip that grip and uses the tool until now.
The simplicity on his works is really brilliant and really maximize the power of Fw. The power of Fw is under really on the background, maybe all of its capabilities are quite similar to Photoshop but the lightness and simplicity of learning curve is really the selling point in Fw. The easy interface and tools really maximize the design flow, you will think of the design and not figuring out on how you can emulsify the aesthetic of a website design.
I really wish I could work with this guys, even if for a exhibition designing. Whether it is for a company or just a gala of web designs, which ever I am more than willing, Fireworks Hero – Craig Erskine.