I've finally had some time to start work on a new Drupal theme which I'm hoping to contribute back to the community. I've decided to call it Elementary, and my overall goal is to keep things as simple as possible & focus on written content above all else which I'm hoping will make it ideal for blogs.
An early screenshot:
If you've ever developed your own Drupal theme then you may have noticed that Drupal & other contrib modules provide their own stylesheets for you to contend with. Of course you could just override the CSS rules with your own, however the files are still being included on every single page load when they really don't need to be.
Just as an example: there were around 14 additional stylesheets being provided by core or contrib modules on my contact page alone.
A couple of years ago I wrote a short post on how to create an iPhone bookmark icon for your website which would appear if someone were to add your site to their homescreen. That post is getting on a bit now (the screenshot alone shows just how the UI has changed) and now there all sorts of new devices and perhaps more importantly: resolutions to consider when creating an icon.
I've always loved watching video tutorials on the web, I find having someone talk you through how to do something and being able to watch them do it is far more engaging than simply following a blog post with some screenshots.
The BBC revealed the "Stadium UK" trailer/ident for their coverage of the Olympic games during the Euro 2012 final last night - if you haven't already seen it, take a look:
Another short motion graphics test, this time experimenting with motion tracking in After Effects to "parent" some visuals to the movement of my eye:
I'm pretty pleased with the results, using motion tracking like this can be a great way to annotate live action footage rather than having a static title displaying information.
Another little motion graphics piece I've created, this time to experiment with a couple of different techniques when animating 2D shapes in After Effects.
I wanted to have a go at animating the futuristic Assassin's creed logo in After Effects:
To go along with my website redesign I thought it was time for a brand new promotional video as well. Here's the finished video:
Once again the music was provided by my good friend Andy - http://andyhudsonmusic.com
As a little experiment into mixing live action footage with motion graphics I created the short sample videos below. The process involved tracking the motion of the video in After Effects and linking the position of the graphics to the tracked keyframes - this basically helps to keep the titles steady as the camera moves around slightly.
Version 1 -
Social sharing widgets are everywhere these days and on a growing number of sites they even follow you down the page just so you're blatantly aware of where they are at all times.
This is an issue I wrote about in my recent website redesign post and after seeing this tweet :
Today I submitted my first Tumblr theme: 'Block' for review. (I named it 'block' because the main navigation is quite block-like as is the general structure of the overall theme.)
In an effort to learn a bit more about the Twitter API I decided to set myself a little weekend project to try and create something with the data available.
I'm used to working with PHP and found this pretty solid PHP library which gave me a good base with which to get started on. If you use another programming language, the Twitter developers site has a comprehensive list of other libraries available.
I just thought I would share a weekly snapshot of my tweets in calendar format:
As a little side project I decided it might be pretty cool to create an online word clock which shows the time as you might speak it.
So, I created: GrammarTime.
I'm pretty pleased with the result, looks pretty nice in full screen mode too.
I took the photograph below by lining up my iPhone to the eyepiece of a telescope. It was slightly tricky to get lined up but I think the end result was pretty great:
Pretty cool huh?
Another design I thought would make a pretty cool poster, although that could just be because I'm a pretty big fan of Star Wars.
This one was created for the 'light' brief over on GotBrief and started out as just a design of a lightsaber which then turned into the 'let there be lightsabers' idea:
UPDATE: unfortunately due to recent changes in the Twitter API it seems IFTTT has to remove the Twitter triggers which means the following technique will no longer work. Thanks Twitter.
I’ve been seeing quite a few tweets about not being able to search back through your own tweets, with some users even offering to pay twitter for such a service:
I'd be happy to pony up an annual fee just to be able to search my tweets and favorites on @twitter. I'm losing important info.
That's right they're back!
As I was sifting through my old blog posts I found the apostrophaces design I did just over a year ago and decided it was high time for a comeback!
This post talks about the latest iteration of my site design and the steps I took in order to produce it. It’s not really about the code I used to create the theme but more the rationale behind the various decisions made, the thoughts running through my head and some general issues I had with my old design.
The main points will be covered as follows: