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Some new logos, graphics and artworks on Dublingame Thursday’s tumble

Graphics for ACT Control Systems – their new products; Independent theatre production poster/flyer “Morning and Afternoon” in the Project Theatre Dublin; Some competitions’ logos: Green Fox, Athyrium, Running Social for stocklogos; Poster and flyer, 2013 Calendar for the Rose Lawless Christmas Cabaret show in the New Theatre, Dublin; Irish lucky punch T-Shirt design promoting boxing in Ireland after Katie Taylor’s gold at Olympics

 

What do I need to learn to design eZines?

Here is the log from a Skype chat with one of my clients… hope somebody find it usefull, I even might re-write it in a proper way. Let me know if it would be of any interest.

Q: What do I need to learn to design eZines? HTML? I have never done one and I would have to learn from 0 what would take much time, but I want to learn in my spare time

A: the Best place to start from is MailChimp – login and read about it. They provide a lot of ready to use templates that you can adopt to your needs. So you don’t need to learn html but it would be an advantage. Also I didn’t know much in the beginning but I learn a lot from reading blogs about email campaigns – you can try to google it.

I’m using another email website called CampaignMonitor.com – but you have to pay 1 cent per email sent. But they provide with very comprehensive analytical tools and you can create Mailing lists as you fly and also generate subscription forms for your website.

About html – you need to know what means what – all together its like text formatting instructions – just in case you need to change something there in the code, its not that difficult but will take some time to learn – you can try Dreamweaver (can download 1 month trial from Adobe.com) – where you can design your webpages visually in WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) editor and check corresponding code also. There are other and probably free editors alike but I’m using Adobe products.

A: I know a little bit of HTML, but just very basic stuff
Q: You need only basic stuff for emails. Normally you can not use any scripts and fancy mark-up in emails, you use tables and CSS styles within on html document.

 

Dublin Buildings, April

Bridal Designs & pidgeonsPlywood WindowsevictedPink HouseBlue knockerRed Gates and Gipsy womanLouis Lane Arch leading to a schoolConcrete WindowGates in the sunRusty Letters
I love this picture because of its brightness, its lovely announcement of itself as entrance to receiving old slow ways of communication, its rusty ridges contrasting with its sunshine turquoise colours… It’s a statement of its function and it’s a greeting to new enveloped visitors.. it’s clear and it’s mysterious. It’s Dublin but also that rare captured happiness – Dublin in the sun. It is a small monument to history and its a quaint loveliness for Dubliners of today who treasure their past cultures. It’s a simple picture but it’s also an invitation to the curious to ponder what intimacies passed through the cave of its mouth. (This text written by Rose Lawless about Green Post Box image)

 

Graphics – Thursday’s tumble

Thursday is normally the last day of work in the office for me. So I desided to post galleries of all assorted projects previews, logos, illustrations and other graphics. It will serve more like portfolio but with actual feel of the sketch book or diary of the visual graphics professional. I’m sorry if all these blurbs are not very well written – they are on the go and not intended to be any sort of creative writing.
Just blogging ;-)
Please tell me any thoughts, ideas, or you can simply bring about your most vicious inner critic and give it opportunity for a flaming review!

 

Links to the websites or some parts of them that I designed

In this post I will be placing links to all of my web-projects. For some of them I created only graphics such as web-banners, buttons and collages. Some use flash, video features and interactive design elements also. Nowadays, I’m trying to teach people how to use all exciting new, mostly free features of web 2.0 and Social Networks for their on-line presence. My favorite platform is WordPress. It’s a “human” tool and even folks with fear of technology can use it successfully. Contemporary Web designer becomes more of a consultant, a trainer, a friend. We need to learn how to collaborate, where to find resources and constantly learn new ways of integration.

Some sites to look at design wise:

www.sdlexpo.com
www.idealhome.ie
www.irishmotorbikeshow.com
www.hospitalityexpo.ie

Sites based on integrated blogging system wordpress:

www.socialmedia.ie - design and web elements
www.connector.ie
www.roselawless.com
www.helpmehelpme.com
www.oscailt.com
www.mindfulnessdublin.com
www.positivelife.ie
www.conman.tv/blog

For the clients and friends

www.oldcastlelabs.ie – new
www.travelmood.ie/blog – new
www.harcourthotel.ie – new
www.stanleymacadam.ie – new
www.naturalfoodfarming.com
www.isabellesschoolofdance.com
www.mutefish.ie

Designs: http://dublingame.com/browser/designs.htm

Also I’ve attached PDF with some of designs. Please have a look ;-)

Please drop me an email on victor @ dublingame.com if you have any thoughts or ideas I can assist you with or simply comment on this post.

 

Shahid Woman and a Dog in a Tree

Picture I’ve taken on Christmas Day in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Shahid woman on the disk parking machine, dog in the tree, way out up from the box and 7Up – pretty good combination don’t you think? It reminded me about the change in Moscow underground. They wanted to replace all signs “No way out” for something less depressing. I want to see a pokemon instead of a man pictogram on the road-crossing signs.

Also you can see some other pictures on flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dublingame/361031164/

 

Connector.ie Xmas Party

We are going to Connector.ie Xmas party in a new club over Purty Kitchen. Read more on connector.ie There will be plenty of people from web/digital and paper media.
Looking forward to some new contacts/inspirations ;-)

 

Spore out!

I just read about this new game where you can grow your creature and see it evolution to Cosmic Age. I tried to create my own on their website. Here is the result: