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I’ve been blogging for several months now and I’m glad to have recieved the feedback I have.  I’ve enjoyed the experince and for that reason I’ve decided to take blogging to another level.  I’ll be self hosting my blog and that means you’ll see a lot more creativity in the design, functionality and layout of the new blog.

Check it out: www.SONofFIVErivers.com

Cheers

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Retro & Vintage Design

So I woke up pretty early this morning (5:30am) and thought lets work on a project that I’ve been postponing for a while…  So I collected some vintage and retro art design for this long overdue project and thought some people might find it inspiring.   I enjoy the branding side of business and I think this look can help a business stand out by giving it a unique and distinct flavor.

As an individual whos all about requirements gathering I find it very difficult to sit with a designer and just explain what I need.  I’ve about diagrams, charts, brief statements, pictures etc. So this collection should help me with that process and also provide me with a single place to store all these pictures.  Hope its useful for whatever you need it for, enjoy!

Some of these pics came came from http://www.smashingmagazine.com, an online magazine dedicated to designers and developers.

  • illustrations from old posters, movies, newspapers, CDs, vinyls, ads;Movie in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old-style typography (e.g. Roman typefaces);Class in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • script fonts and handwriting;Script in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old radio devices;Radio in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old TV devices;Tv in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old cars;Car2 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old packaging;Package in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old photos;Photos in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • vibrant rainbow colors (high contrast, neon-style);Rainbow in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • torn, used paper with stains (often yellowish paper);Paper in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • dark, dirty colors (brown, dark red, dark blue) and textures (e.g. paper);Dark in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • scrapbooks;Scrap in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • pop-art elements (see also Pop Art Is Alive: Classics and Modern Artworks);Popart in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • retro illustrations;Posters in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • old-style signs;Hire in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design
  • vintage and retro are often combined with a hand-drawing style and grunge style.

11 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Custom Design

44 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Big Rig Design

28 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

AdaptD.com

8 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

FortySeven Media

47 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Jeffrey Sarmiento

1 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Klassiker in Acryl

48 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Level2D.com

43 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Rob Across America

45 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Slabovia.tv

31 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Dallas Advertising Agency

23 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Sensi Soft

40 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

mediaBOOM

27 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The New York Moon

3 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

~ The Statement ~ The Official Blog of The Old State

4 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company

2 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

ISO50 – The Visual Work of Scott Hansen

5 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Tricycle Terror

6 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Charlies Loan

7 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Small Stone Recordings

10 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Big Cartel

12 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Ernest Hemingway Collection

15 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

jrojr.com

16 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Five Cent Stand – Bitter Kiss

18 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Tennessee Vacation

22 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Prahba

25 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Thigpen Designs

30 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Team Mongolmania

32 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

tomatic

33 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Superest

34 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Red&Blu Winter ‘08-’09

35 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Lataka

37 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Booreiland

41 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Fuelhaus

42 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

intensify.org

46 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Mister-Aero

49 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Dollar Dreadful Family Library

50 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Creating Passionate Users

54 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Dennis Jones Artwork

55 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Capitol Media

56 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

One Horse Shy

57 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Lippincott

58 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

BlackMoon Development

59 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Sourcebits TangledDecals

61 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

FOWA Miami

62 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Bestial design

63 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The First Twenty

64 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

The Blizzards

65 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Thuiven

66 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Internet Zillionaire

53 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Renaissance-Designs

Timoni.org

52 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

Theocacao

51 in Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Ads, Art, Brochure, Business Cards, Creativity, Marketing, Packaging, Photography, Products, Sales, Website | | Leave a comment

Free Online Photo Editor

Okay Photoshop costs an arm and a leg and microsoft paint just sucks!

Here’s the that is fantastic.  Its free and its online.   http://www.aviary.com

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November 5, 2009 Posted by | Art, Business, Creativity, Open Source, Photography | | Leave a comment

How to Copyright You Photo’s and other Images

Gimp

A friend of mine who is a event and wedding decorator in Vancouver BC, asked me to show her how to copyright her work for her company R Squared Decor & Design.

This post should show you how the steps to watermark our images in an open source (free) graphic design program called  Gimp,  I hope other small organizations can use this method as a cheap alternative to copyrighting there images.

THE PROBLEM: Although the Internet is an amazing tool for sharing your work, it also means your work can be used against your will in all manner of ways, so a means to make sure your work remains yours is required. Here I’ll show you how to place a logo using a general method that works in all graphics programs but for this example I will be using Gimp.

Download Gimp (Free) www.gimp.org

Step 1. Open your image in your graphics program and select the Text tool. Set the colour of the text to white and the size and font to anything you like. Now you are ready to add the text.

Step 2. Click in your image where you want your text to start. In GIMP check the box in the bottom left that says Use Selected Font, most programs don’t require this type of confirmation however. To add a Copyright sign in Windows we need to open the Start Menu, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map, or if you have Vista just type the charachter map in the  search bar and you’ll find it straight

away. Once the character map is open change the font in the top bar to the one you are using in your image editing program and then a few rows down in the main area of the window you should find the Copyright symbol. Left click it and it should enlarge then press Select and it will appear in the bottom text bar, then press Copyto place it on your clipboard

Step 3. Return to your image and the text box you opened. Then press Control and V to paste in your Copyright symbol. Type your choice of words afterwards and click OK/Close to insert your text.

Step 4. Press Shift and T to activate the transform tool and drag your writing to the size you would like it. You can now move your writing to wherever you’d like it on your image.

Step 5. Now open Filters, Distorts, Emboss and change the settings so that it appears as you’d like it to. The options in GIMP dictate the direction of the light source; Azimuth is the direction from which the light is illuminating the words, Elevation is the height of the light source around the text (imagine the sun in the sky as a rough analogy for these two controls) and the Depth determines the size and intensity of the shadows created.

Step 6. Now that you have embossed your image you can reduce the opacity until the writing no longer distracts from the image too much but at the same time still remains visible. The setting required, as well as the positioning of the writing will depend on each image but you will always be able to protect your images from theft by using this method. You can now look forward to a (hopefully) piracy-free future in photography, congratulations.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Transforming the Water Barrel

The practical and durable design of the Hippo Water Roller enables more water to be transported more efficiently than traditional methods.  The Hippo, with it’s large drum capacity of 90 litres / 24 gallons, frees women and children from having to spend a large portion of every day dedicated to collecting water for their households

August 26, 2009 Posted by | Community Economic Development (CED), Creativity, Great Ideas, Life, Not for Profit, Philanthropy, Photography, Products, Sustainability, Sustainable Community Development, Water | , | Leave a comment

Photos’s that made us Change!

For those of us who weren’t born when these photo’s were taken, I hope it’s a lesson in history.   I hope we haven’t come to the state as human beings that we need to see photo’s like this before we step forward and make change.  Lets take a proactive role and not reactive role!

Nine0year-old Kim Phuc and other children run down a road in Vietnam after a napalm attack. The iconic photo won a Pulitzer Prize for photographer Nick Ut. [Source: AP/NPR]

In one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War, South Vietnamese soldiers follow terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc (center) as they run down a road near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places. The date was June 8, 1972. President Richard Nixon once doubted the authenticity of the photo, which earned a Pulitzer Prize for AP photographer Nick Ut.

The girl, now in her 40’s lives in Toronto Canada!

Live Aid Ethiopian Girl

Picture (Above & Below):  The image of a young Ethiopian girl ravaged by hunger and 15 minutes from death came to symbolise Live Aid’s 1985 plea for money for the victims of the devastating famine. Birhan Woldu, described as a “miracle baby”, survived the 1984 humanitarian crisis and was seen as a symbol of hope for Ethiopia.

Bob Geldof and the Ethiopian girl from the Live Aid video

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Tank Man — This famous photo, taken on 5 June 1989 by photographer Jeff Widener, depicts an unknown man halting the PLA's advancing tanks near Tiananmen Square.

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July 27, 2009 Posted by | Education, Government, Life, Photography, Politics, Sustainability, Taxes | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

For Love or for Business? (Polaroid Film)

You may of heard that this year, Polaroid will be selling it’s final stock of instant-photo goodness.

I’ve never had polaroid camera but there seems something nostalgic about them still!

But here is the news, the Polaroid film is already making a coming back?

The Impossible Project is an idea by Polanoid.net’s Florian Kaps has recently signed a 10-year le

ase on the original Polaroid factory in the Netherlands, and plans to start producing polaroid film again as soon as the old stuff runs out.

Visit the wesbite and you’ll see more. And with the thousands of fans of Polaroid, I think Kaps could be onto a good thing. But he was quoted as saying that

“The project is more than a business plan; it’s a fight against the idea that everything has to die when it doesn’t create turnover.”.

Props to him!

Don't undertake a project, unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible - Edwin Land, inventor of Instant Photography

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Photography | , | Leave a comment