I designed the screen department for Vox this weekend and finished designing my mini-portfolio. We also got a lot of the Storage Web site done this weekend and I learned a lot in Flash. It's a good feeling. I also finished putting my actual portfolio together to take with me this week. I won't be posting any Storage materials until it's all over with, just because we want it to be shown to the corporation before anyone else really sees it. Here is a page from my mini-portfolio. I wanted to keep it simple, so there aren't many elements on the pages.
Storage is coming along really well. It's been a lot of work but it's really paid off so far. I made all of my pieces for the site in Flash, and I'm really glad I can use it now. I'm thinking about making my entire website in it, but I'm not sure if I will do it for the class or not. This weekend was definitely dedicated to Storage and getting everything ready for my trip this week. I'm excited to go to Birmingham, and especially excited to go on my own because it will be fun to explore on my own. I'll be missing 3 days of class, so it was a little hectic trying to get everything completed before I leave, but definitely worth it.
This week on MagCulture, there is a lot about David Hillman, who spoke at the D&AD contest saying all modern magazines are boring. Leslie believes that Hillman has every right to his opinion but thinks it's disappointing to hear him dismiss modern magazines. I love modern magazines.
Also this week, he tells viewers, again, how much he loves Stack, through which he gets a different independent magazine in the mail each month. It's a great resource, especially for people in the industry who want to look at different current trends and it's a great source for inspiration.
David Hepworth believes Maxim and Arena magazines' death wasn't caused by "their reliance on flesh but the way they Photoshop the life out of it." He said, "When the history of the men's magazine boom of the last twenty years is written people will go looking for the images to place alongside the tennis player scratching her backside, Farrah Fawcett Majors' incandescent smile, Alberto Vargas's forgetful blondes or Adam Hersh's lesbian kiss in the gallery of male fantasy. They'll find very few candidates."
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Design*Sponge. It's a really cool example (pretty feminine) of a way you can make your blog unique and inspiring. Ever since I started blogging this semester I have been wanting to find time to make it look great, and I'm hoping once graduation comes, I'll find time to dedicate to it. I think it can really show someone's personality (like this one), and I love the name of the blog as well. This week the blogger put some cool string pieces for viewers to see. I haven't been following any blogs besides MagCulture, but I think I'm going to follow this one for awhile and see how I like it.