blog design #2

The sketch I posted in the previous part of this series was nothing more than a sketch and should be interpreted in that way: as a sketch. Jotting down, very quickly, some lines & text to SEE (note this word: SEE) is an idea has any potential.

Normally this phase in my design process is very much restricted to my sketchbook and needless to say extremely personal. What you see here is my own way of working on a design (I feel somewhat as an exhibitionist here). By all means: copy what you like, discard what you don’t like.

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Personality test

Your Five Factor Personality Profile
Extroversion:

You have low extroversion.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.

Conscientiousness:

You have medium conscientiousness.
You’re generally good at balancing work and play.
When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
But you’ve been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.

Agreeableness:

You have low agreeableness.
Your self interest comes first, and others come later, if at all.
In general, you feel that people are not to be trusted.
And you’re skeptical that anyone else really feels differently.

Neuroticism:

You have medium neuroticism.
You’re generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there’s a few emotional bumps you’d like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You’ll try almost anything interesting, and you’re constantly pushing your own limits.
A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.

Speculative creative work #1

A couple of weeks ago a business relation we had done some work for earlier contacted us to “poll” if we would be interested in creating a new design & lay-out for their corporate website. Needless to say we were very interested, as webdesign is what we do.

After the first contact it became clear we were expected to take part in a competition with a few other webdesign companies to create 3 “screenshots” of their newly planned website. We were asked to create a design for a homepage, an intermediate page and a content page.

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Logo design

I’ve been working on a new look & feel for zrlnd & last weekend I found some spare time to finalize the first version of the new logo.

It’s a design I’ve been toying around with for quite a bit in my spare time but up until now I never had the time to finalize the whole design.
zrlnd logo

The image-part (in dutch we call this the “beeldmerk”) is rather abstract, and that’s the way I like it. I’ve used a slightly adjusted Platelet for the type (“woordmerk” in dutch).

I’m also working on a complete redesign for the blog in my spare time.

Personal radio

It’s nice to see the “traditional” media wake up to the fact of new technology. Over at the Radio Festival in Cambridge, Mark Thompson – the Director-General of the BBC – revealed the planned MyBBCRadio service, which will enable users to “create” their own radio station from all of the BBC content.

Although not entirly new – we’ve seen a similar idea over at last.fm – I like the fact that a public broadcasting service has such a service lined up. It’s probably also encouraged by the 4.5 million podcast downloads in May (Just scan for BBC podcast on the iTMS, there’s over 50 different podcasts.

So: way to go!