Colours and Text and More Colours

font used: Plump

I had recently seen an offset shadow on text that had a transparent gap between the text and its shadow. I decided to  attempt his effect by adding a stroke to the the text and then subtracting that stroke from the shadow. (I also added a small blur on the shadow layer as the edges of the selection weren’t anti-aliased and adding a blur was easier than going back in my history).

I added a grunge texture to the background and overlayed it and finished by adding  a hue and saturation adjustment to the background and shifting it to quickly experiment with different colours. just for kicks I  inverted the whole thing and tried a few that way.

Color pallet for the letters on adobe color

Branding Experiment

Here I took an image I captured while in Glenveagh National Park in Co. Donegal, Ireland; and tried to apply some branding techniques I had seen online. use this look a lot especially in their email marketing material.

Illustrator makes it easy to skew text, whereas Photoshop presents no easy way to achieve the same result without rasterising the text and losing quality.
The look is simply achieved my placing a solid colour layer over the (black and white) photo layer and setting its opacity to around 50-60%.

More experimentation is needed in this style I think. The flow and appearance of the text could possibly be made to work better with the background image as well as the pattern.

More full resolution photos from Glenveagh can be found on my flickr

Glenveagh National Park

(Incidentally this is also the same image I’ve used for the site header)

Dashboard CV for iPad screen

After reading the brief for this assignment I knew I wanted to focus on the presentation of my different software skills and so this was the focus of my sketching stage.

In my sketches I focused on showing not only my ability to use use certain applications but also the relationships and crossovers between these applications.

iPad – 1iPad – 2iPad – 3In my wireframes I focused on laying out everything a potential employer might want to see. I used a scrollable design that I feel allows the user to focus on one piece of content at once. I also tried a menu design integrated into the top bar that drops down using an arrow. I saw this as a good opportunity to try the adobe Xd beta software as it has recently been released on windows.

I wasn’t entirely happy with the software skills section of the wireframe so I expanded on one of my ideas that had them displayed separately as well as styled separately to fit their theme. The resulting paper design will be used in place in my final design.

Final Designs:


The colour pallet I used was inspired by another portfolio site I found which simply used pastel colours similar to the red and yellow i’ve used here. The icons used in the hobbies and interests section are from
When placing the icons I tried experimenting by having them not centred or slightly off the yellow backgrounds. I think if they are all like this the effect works well.

colour palet ipad dashboard

Personal Manifesto Development

Version 1 of my manifesto was just and idea I had to place the text a certain way on an A5 size white rectangle.
personal manifesto 2
Version 2 continues my idea for text on A5 rectangle but with a modified manifesto and a stark contrast in the font used. I also experimented with leading for the different section of it.

Blog 8: Horror Films

Horror isn’t really the genre I would go for personally, unlike a lot of people I know I don’t enjoy being scared while watching a film and can’t see myself enjoying a horror film much less rating my favourite ones. So thankfully the lecture from Victoria McCollum was less about specific films and more on the subject of horror as a film genre. The topics she discussed were things I would have never even considered myself like the effect 9/11 had on the horror genre as well as its history and how it evolved to suit audiences preferences throughout the years.

Victorian also talked a lot about post 9/11 stuff and it’s effect on horror films, an example of which is the beheading of the statue of liberty in the movie cloverfield as well as bush and post 9/11 patriotism and how the patriotism act was basically a do-whatever-we-want-and-get-away-with-it pass.

I learned that horror films, much like any other genre of film, can have underlying messages and hidden themes and often draw on inspiration from real world issues that are occurring arounds the time the movie is made for example vampires becoming a popular film plot around the time of the aids crisis and as I mentioned before, USA and freedom being threatened by invaders in the form of aliens in movies like cloverfield.

“If movies are the dreams of the mass culture then horror films are the nightmares” – Stephen King, Danse Macabre

If i’m speaking honestly I’ll probably reiterate here that I’m not a horror fan although I can appreciate what they’ve done for the movie industry mostly in form of the developments made in makeup and prosthetics based effects because the more you can do in-camera the better. I great example of this is John Carpenter’s The Thing and its effects work by Rob Bottin ,I haven’t seen the film, only learned about it from other sources.