I just finished my 2nd book cover design for YA author Kate Fuentes, which is the 3rd in her series “Elements”. I think it turned out pretty amazing! His veins definitely look like they are being emerged with the water he is in. And those abs! AMAZING! This was not a hard cover to have to work on with eye candy like that! hehe. This is a fun series, and like before, Kate is an amazing client to work with. And I am excited that in about a week I get to hang out with her and meet her in person in San Francisco! It’s going to be great!
I wanted to share the website and the images of the final book cover designs I did for author Raine Thomas. It was such a pleasure working with her, and Im so excited to share the final designs. Be sure to check out her link and read her blog about me here: http://rainethomas.com/books/becoming/
Book 1: Becoming
Book 2: Central
Book 3: Foretold
My friend came across this link on Kickstarter, and I wanted to share with you all this awesome idea, that I personally would LOVE to see out in print. First, if you aren’t aware, Kickstarter is a website that allows the public to help fun people’s creative projects by donating any amount they like to help people get an idea or business off the ground. I’ve had a couple successful friends use this program and it’s completely helped them move forward, so I am a big supporter of it, and recommend those with the funds to help out even $1, can go along way, you should definitely check out kickstarter.com.
So back to the idea. The Project: The Pitch. The Creator: Fatimah Kabba, a designer and recent graduate from SVA in NYC. The game looks completely fun for creatives in design and marketing. To visit Fatimah’s Kickstarter page for this game, CLICK HERE. Check out her images below taken by Nick Bologna. Here is the game description from Fatimah’s website:
All great design begins with one thing: a great idea. This idea is the root of every well produced, beautiful, or savvy execution. Whether it’s the representation of a brand by understanding the audience, the consideration of a books content when creating a cover design, or the basis of apolitical campaign that goes on to influence millions. As designers we have the ability to influence a world that is more aware of and impacted by design than it realizes.
Communicate the premise of graphic design and make it accessible to everyone, especially non-creatives, and create a product that helps us form a community, collaborate, and invent, exactly what I believe design intends to do.
Create the game of graphic design. A game that allows everyone, not just designers or creatives, but your younger brother, your grandma who can’t click a computer mouse or your best friend who’s an economics major, to better understand and engage in the creative process.
So I’ve been working in UI/UX (User Interaction/User Experience) design for the last several months, creating mock-ups for apps and re-designing apps. It’s been really enjoyable, and exciting. But the world of iPhone iOS vs. the Android device is completely different. For some reason finding resources for Android is super difficult. I am a Apple user (obviously, I name my Boston Terrier after the computer, Mac.), so I KNOW their product and OS (Operating System). So for me, designing for their iPad and iPhone devices is just natural to me. Besides the fact that Apple has very clearly written out the “UI Manual” that provides developers and designers with the basic knowledge they need to know when creating and design an app. MobileHIG is the name of the PDF (Click on the link to read it).
So Android…you have HOW many different devices out there, screen sizes, resolutions, etc. Consistency is the biggest problem. I’ve come across a few reads and I kinda just wanted to put them all here, hoping that I can help someone else maybe in the same spot with designing for Android devices. Here are my recommendations:
Android’s “Manual” http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/ui_guidelines/index.html
A decent PDF that actually is helpful : MM_Android_Design_Guidelines
I also have been reading a few blogs online, that are just beneficial in UI/UX design in general…no matter what platform you’re really working in…My favorite is Johnny Holland Magazine :
This video pretty much says it all:
This is sooooooooo me.
I have finally stumbled upon the secret hidden and hard to find world of UX Designers. I see books and read things here and there, but I finally came across a ton of websites, blogs, tv, radio and video of amazing UX Designers and information. Including relevant books. At work I’ve been moved towards working in this world, which is a bit of a transition from my traditional background of print and Pantone. But I’ve loved it so far, and am feeling like a sponge that is anticipating its first use of soaking up all the information it possibly can. I finally feel like I’ve gotten in on all those articles and tools I’ve been looking for. I will share these in time with reviews and such…but I first wanted to start off with these awesome I <3 UX Design videos from lyle @ iluvuxdesign.com
I luv UX Design Part I
I Luv UX Design Part II
I came across this completely awesome wedding invitation designed by Kelli Anderson for her musical friends wedding. A wedding invitation that needs a video to show the fantasicalness of this creation. She designed a manual paper record player. Her friends Karen and Mike (the wedding couple), wrote the lyrics and performed the music themselves. You can see more and learn more about her completely clever and fantastically designed invitation on her blog by clicking here.
Browsing through the rest of her awesomely designed website you can see some more of her work and other awesome invitations. She has a great collection of work and is definitely and amazing designer! I’m a fan. LIKE!