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Archive for November 21st, 2007

Aha! Fellow Greenville blogger James T. (of the evidently very well designed Bike Design blog) points me to this list of 12 well designed Blogspot blogs on Pingable. Both Bike Design and The BrandBuilder made the list, which makes me pretty happy.
This is not a list of the 12 BEST designed Blogspot blogs, mind you, but it’s still pretty cool to be recognized in this way.
My three principal secrets for designing such a cool looking blog:
1. A complete lack of web design & code knowledge forced me to keep things VERY simple.
2. When in doubt, flood the page with empty white space.
3. When none of your other ideas seem to work, take pictures of the stupidest looking dog you can find (in this case, my wife’s Chihuahua) and throw all good sense aside.
I am all for making the visual elements of a brand make sense, but sometimes, going the random/abstract route can be just as effective, if not more. (Note to creatives everywhere: When working on a design project for a client, always try to submit at least one off-the-wall but genuinely original design. Worst case scenario: They won’t go for it. Any other scenario: Your unexpected design will infect your clients with creative energy, which is always a good thing.)
Have a great Thanksgiving eve, everyone. 🙂

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Because of Thanksgiving week, the WGA’s strike in Hollywood and the transportation infrastructure strikes in France, I may not get a chance to post anything else this week. My apologies. I will try to do better next year.

As a consolation gift, here is this week’s minute of positivity, courtesy of William S. Burrows:
(Warning – WSB doesn’t pull punches with his ideas and choice of words. If you get offended easily, you might want to skip this one.)

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone. 😉

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