Tuesday, November 24, 2009

iPhone Application

Our last project in this class is to design and iPhone application. I will be designing an application for budgeting. There are already quite a few of this type of application already available. However, mine will be able to alert someone when they go beyond their budget or when they are getting close to it. They will be able to set the alert three different ways. One will be to alert when the budget has been exceeded, the second will allow you to set an amount left to be alerted so that you are made aware before it actually happens, and the third will allow you to not have an alert at all if you choose.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Paper Persuasions

Paper Persuasions is a company I stumbled upon online. It is a company near Akron that specializes in invitations and stationary. What is interesting, is the fact that it is ran by two sisters, and neither went to school with this. They have had to change their location twice because of expansion! Their office looks awesome too, and see like it would be an sweet place to work at.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

E-Commerce Site

YAY! My e-com site is done!

The website that Bri and I designed is an e-commerce site for greeting cards. People will be able to order and customize greeting cards from our website, "designyard". After researching many different types of greeting cards and stationary websites, we were able to decide what things we did like and what we didn't. We were also able to see what was working on these websites and what was not. This way we knew what we should incorporate into our own websites.

The main aspect of our site is allowing our customers to customize their designs. Not only will we be giving them a large quantity of templates, they will be able to make adjustments themselves. The customer will be able to change the color, customize text, and upload their own photographs. This will all be able to be done after they sign up on our website and become a member. As a member, they will also be able to submit their own designs to be considered by us for purchase and to be used on our site.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I found this site when a professor came into my advanced graphic design class and mentioned it. It is a site that has free images, backgrounds, and textures. Although I don't find the images to be wonderful and outstanding, I feel that I could get a lot of use out of them still. I think this website could come in handy for class projects when I needed a picture of something and was not able to take it.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Harvard Bias Test

In my Diversity In American Society class, we had to take the Harvard Bias Test online. There were many different types of tests on this website. I have taken the age, sexuality, and weight preference tests.

Although it is said that many people find these tests valid, I do not. I feel that it is just a game and if you can concentrate and press the right keys you will have no preference and if you mess up you will have a preference one way.

The tests are somewhat fun and interesting to take for a class assignment but I do not find them valid, nor do I feel they help one learn anything.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Website Inspiration

Even though I do not like my flickr site what so ever... (haha) I do like this one! It shows so many different examples of webpages. Even though I do not like many of them, I like a lot of things about the websites. It helps me with many ideas.

It is good to see other peoples work, because it helps me push myself farther. It also helps me recognize things that I shouldn't do, and things that don't work well.

Top Design Blogs

This site is a great source to find other graphic designers blogs. It lists the top 50 graphic design blogs. It is an easy way to see other designers work and see the inspiration that they find.

I enjoy seeing what other designers find and this is useful. It helps me come up with more ideas for projects and pushes me. When I find something that I would like to somewhat mimic, I have to be able to figure out how it was done and try to duplicate it in some way. It feels very rewarding to come up with something that is new and fresh!

Photoshop Brushes

This website has a bunch of free brushes! I enjoy downloading free brushes so I can use them on my projects. I wish that I would've have realized how to do this a long time ago! I feel that they add a little character to my pieces when I use them.

There are many different brushes on her and they are categorized as well. I usually download the 'grunge' type brushes. It is surprising how many different types of brushes are out there. There is basically a brush for everything!