Categories for Design

New and Improved
August 17th, 2014

A handful of major improvements were completed to this website over the last couple days. Mainly, this site is now utilizing a fluid layout.  Meaning it can be easily viewed from any size device (mobile phone, tablet, desktop) without any significant complications. You could even test it out now if you wish.  Just drag one side of your browser window and watch the website try to fit the content within the limited confines of your newly resized browser. It’s fun.

Along with the fluid layout, I changed the DocType to HTML5 which was pretty easy to do. HTML5 will allow for me to utilize a whole new bag of tricks. In theory that is. Some other minor fixes or changes are as follows; New layout for the comment section. Comment section now employs Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatars). Modified the look of the meta section at the bottom of each post. Added a share button section, within the individual posts (I didn’t want to clutter the main blog). Fixed a few bugs that were appearing with the Highslide JavaScript code. Added a subtle divider line to help separate the meta section from the main post. Changed the Contact page to be uniform with the rest of the site. Changed the Portfolio page to be uniform with the rest of the site. Set up a site index for Google. Hmmm…

I have a much shorter list of things to do now. This makes me happy. Next step: Add content. :)

In The Beginning…
September 27th, 2012

Recently I’ve been really interested in starting a local podcast for the Iowa City area. One that is adult in humor and not your typical student radio broadcast (snore-fest).  I can not attain this goal alone however. I will need to assemble a small group of people all interested in making this vision become a reality.  Also because I have probably one of the worst radio voices anyone has ever heard of, I will need at least two smooth-talking, comedic personalities to be the stars of the show. I plan on just popping in and out of the conversation at random, interjecting my ignorance whenever possible.

I felt that in order to find these necessary contributors, I needed to do some design work first and foremost. I started out with sketching out a few logo designs and whipping the idea up in Illustrator. Because I’m completely unoriginal with naming anything, I settled with IC Cast (short for Iowa City Podcast). Clever I know.

IC Cast Logo Sketches.

Here is what was created.  I am somewhat happy with my first attempt although I can’t say I’m entirely pleased with the “C”. I was considering making it into a backpack but it started to look too busy. Also the color of the IC was chosen at random. I contemplated making it black and gold to fit the Iowa City theme. Any criticisms you may have will be greatly appreciated.

Next I will work on creating some flyers to post around campus and possibly a basic website where people can go to gather some more information if desired.  Hopefully this will produce the necessary individuals I need to go to the next level of production. Email me if you are interested in contributing to the cause!

April 25th, 2012

For the last few weeks, my fellow classmates have been frantically researching and writing our WAC After 1400 term paper in regards to a work of art specific to them and their interests. They have all been toiling away in the Art Library, hunched over stacks of ancient manuscripts, scouring untold pages, scrawling down fragments of information, all to finish their obligations accurately and on time. But not me! I’ve been working on something completely different. I’ve been wasting my time on silhouettes.

Yes, you read that correctly. Silhouettes. I possess great interest in retracing the advent of Photography as well as the complete history of art in general. The creation of a silhouette portrait will be one of many self-portraits I will aspire to in replicating for myself. Partly out of boredom but mostly due to my own narcissism. (Not all of them will be uploaded here however.)

I took a photo of myself from the side (of course). Transferred it. Uploaded it. Traced it. Layered it. Posted it. Take a look. This is incredibly easy to do if you want one for yourself.

After ‘Googling’ some other people’s silhouette images, I was inspired to print one of these off and frame it. Just like if I were alive in the 1800’s. And damn do I look good. I would have preferred finding a circular/oval picture frame but apparently those don’t exist in Iowa. I also don’t have the coloring right, just yet.

Do you see the (ugly) vase?

Inspired by Jenny Lee Fowler's custom leaf silhouettes ( My leaf was digitally created but her's are actual leaves. Pretty neat. Also note that I used a tomato leaf infected with blight for my portrait. ;)

The best photo of myself yet!





1. Leaf idea: Jenny Lee Fowler
2. Leaf image source: National Science Foundation
3. PS Flannel Patterns: