Just started a little typographic gallery based on Ninja being designed in anyway you see fit. Called 'Your Inner Ninja' this is a way to show anyone who cares how you usually internally visualize the word 'Ninja' in a typographic style.
Simply, create typographic designs based solely on the word 'Ninja'. That's it. I have used Posterous as the means to feature all the designs. The site design is less than inspiring and I am working on a better theme etc, so just bear with me. I have opened up the site so anyone can post direct, but I do get to moderate each submission to ensure nothing offensive slips through. But I will be pretty liberal.
How to Release you Inner Ninja
If you want to send in a design, simply email the image as an attachment to : [email protected]
The 'subject' of the email should be the name of the design, which will feature as the post title as well. You can provide a link back to the original if you also feature it anywhere else, like Flickr or a portfolio site for example. This first example shows you the idea. The image can be any size, portrait or landscape. Posterous will automatically downsize any images to its default image post size, so nothing to worry about there,
You can provide some text if you want to verbalise the design, no limits with this. If you like to write then feel free. But the format should be in this order : Title, Image, Link and Text Description.
100% Comic Sans, 0% Humour
A while back I knocked up a Helvetica poster called 100% Helvetica, 0% Arial – Typography Poster. A semi educational poster on the importance of using Helvetica. This is in preference to the socially destructive Arial. For laughs I then created this Comic Sans version. I'm reluctant to use the term 'typographic' in the same sentence as Comic Sans for obvious reasons.
If you are into Helvetica as much as I am, then you might like my little side blog LoveHelvetica, running on the Posterous blogging platform. The theme is due for an update, but the content is still very much king. If you find anything of note, Helvetica wise, please do let me know and I can post it on Helvetica.
Website Redesign for ImJustCreative
Just a head's up on the latest web site design tinkerings. Not being a web designer or seasoned CSS coder, I have to stick with what I know. This knowledge limitation actually helps me keep my site looking clean and simple. This is the cleanest it has been and am happy to see it evolve like this.
This is a project in cleanliness and clutter free site design. My aim is to remove everything surplus to requirements, but still keeping the design interesting and clean. As I said, I am no web designer, so my own skills are very limited.
There are aspects of this site that are far from ideal, but patience is a virtue and all that, it will get there.
For this reason, I am hiring a professional web developer to completely re-develop this site once I have got the initial aesthetics nailed down. You could say this website is a working mock-up. The new site will be super powerful under the hood, hosting a number of useful and practical, not to mention seriously cool enhancements. Hopefully, all this by Christmas.
The inspiration comes from the amazingly cool CargoCollective portfolio website, where I have my main external portfolio located.
I have always loved the way they present their themes, even the admin section of the site is super clean and easy to use. So once I had uploaded my logo to my CargoCollective site, I realised that this look was exactly what I wanted for ImJustCreative. So that was my benchmark for this redesign.
Tumblr Cargo Theme Inspiration
Further inspiration then came from the excellent Cargo theme on Tumblr, which is what I have used for my ImJustCreative Tumblr theme. So keeping my external sites looking similar to my main website, really helps with familiarity and brand awareness. All I need now is for someone to code me a Cargo theme for Posterous, then I will be most happy.
On a serious note, if anyone does want a Posterous theme code job, please get in contact. Would love my Posterous blogs to look similar to this site and Tumblr etc.
A way to go
So this is a small post just to give you a head's up on what is happening over here, and some of the reasons why I am taking this route This sort of design is most representative of my own design style, regardless of my inabilities in web development. For me, this is a useful limitation, helps to keep things focused. I can't go off on a tangent, as I don't have the knowledge to do so.
LoveHelvetica Flickr Pool
If you have font love for Helvetica, and find yourself creating typographic designs using Helvetica, then feel free to submit them to the LoveHelvetica Flickr Pool.
Submissions are not moderated, but I do check from time to time to ensure the quality is kept at a decent level.
I also have a LoveHelvetica blog on Posterous, where anything on Helvetica is posted. I also add odd submissions from the Flickr Pool to this blog.
What's it all about
I love good recources, we all do. Yet there are so many to choose from, to remember to sift through it can be come quite overwhelming.
I for one, use Delicious to bookmark the posts that I find particularly cool and useful and Stumble most others. But as much as I love Delicious, I have needed more direct access to these posts that I have previously bookmarked. Not to mention the somewhat hit and miss affair of Delicious Tags etc.
So this is where Posterous came in. It's no big secret that I love Posterous, it's such a awesomely simply tool to get posts and photos up in no time at all. I post most days from my iPhone to my personal Posterous blog, ImJustGraham. Mostly photos of Dylan granted, but it's a lovely way to stay connected and also it creates a wonderful history trail.
So the Junkie sites came about after a bit of trial and error. I initially intended to use Twitter for this purpose, to set up individual Twitter accounts, such as LogoJunkies, TypeJunkies etc to tweet new links as and when I saw them. But managing all these accounts became problematic, not to mention the ongoing process of getting new followers for each one. So I have pretty much abandoned that method. But I still felt the Junkie method was worth pursuing.
First and foremost they are a library of some of the more interesting and useful posts, links, articles and resources. All neatly stored in one easy to use Posterous blog. The emphasis is on what I personally like, subjects that I love and content that interest me. They are an extended personal resource of all the things that I love from Type, Logos, Photoshop, Macs etc.
So now rather than having to wade through countless tags in Delicious or remember the best sites to visit, I now have a neat collection of subject relative Posterous Blogs that house only one subject.
If others find them of use then great, but even if not, they serve a useful purpose for me. My very own way of managing and collecting useful news and information.
Where credit is due
I make it clear that these are just excerpts or references to the original articles, there is no intention here to RIP of other peoples work. Quite the opposite, by inluding them in the Junkie blogs, I am actually helping spread the word of these awesome post and articles. I post just enough to get attention, but have to visit the original source to follow up on the post. I will not include download links for recourses or include full posts.
The list so far
- iPhone Photography
- Minimalicity (just a different name)
Some may just come and go, some new ones may pop up. Just depends on how things go, and the flow of information.
Submit your own links
Please feel free to suggest links and resources that you feel others would benefit from. Im ideally looking for the 'better' articles etc, rather than 'every' post going. But please feel free to leave a comment on the blog in question with the link you feel would be worth adding and I will take it from there. If the link is published, then I will also add a credit link for that person.
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