Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Moving. And it sucks.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Yip. It’s that time again. We’re moving to greener pastures. Well I like to think they’re greener. Our lease is up at our current place of residence and I’m not going to be renewing it. I’m not happy with how things are being done. So rather than add unnecessary stress to my already stressed life I opted to find a new residence. (Even though that has proved to be just as much of a stressful task). We should be in the new place by this coming Sunday and hopefully by Monday I will have my operation set up again. I really hate moving though.

Anyway… Here’s a new icon design I am busy with. I’m planning on launching a icon set based on the use of opensource software (ie. The Gimp or Inkscape). This is more of a learning experience for me so that I can learn how to use the software in the process.

screentest_icon_bykolorguild

Hmmm… Change could be in the air tonight

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Wasn’t there a song with a similar title? I think it was Love in the air tonight, or something. Not sure.

Anyway about two weeks ago I stumbled across The Gimp. Now I’ve known about it for a few years now but never really paid it much attention. Well that was until two weeks ago. After downloading it I gave it a test drive. My first impression was that it wasn’t Photoshop, that’s for sure. But after a few mess arounds one starts to realise that this is in fact a diamond in the rough. With it only being on version 2.6 (The legendary PS on 14 now I think?) it is definitely going to be to be a strong contender in the years to come with digital art.

Let’s just say that it impressed me so much that I set off to seek out more of this ‘Open Source’ world. My next adventure moved on to Inkscape. I am by nature a vector fan and love messing around in Illustrator. So this was even more interesting to test. Man was I blown away. Obviously I had to stumble my way around trying to associate myself with the layout and how the tools operate, but once that was done it was easy to create and manipulate nodes to my hearts desire. The thing that really amazed me is the fact that they have somehow integrated a better blurring function… That’s right. I said better. It works so well that you have to fight of the urge to use the raster effect if you intend to use the design for more traditional vector uses.

These two applications impressed me so much that I even moved on to yet another adventure. Open source OS. Yip, I went out and got myself a copy of Linux. Linux Fedora 10 to be exact. Now I did a total noob thing in this adventure. I basically did no research and had no idea that there are a number of distros you can choose from. Oh well… You learn faster by making a mistake I guess. So now I have to teach myself another OS (I despise Windows in general and am an Apple fan by heart) that is as open source as you can get I guess. I’m still finding my way around and sorting things out on the installation. So I can’t really give much of an opinion on the OS just yet. But I will be in the near future.

In the mean time here is a little icon experiment I did.

coffeecup_icon_bykolorguild