Useful tutorial for creating Web Style guides

Courtesy of WebDesign Tuts+

Style guides have been around for quite a while now. Even before the days of the web, companies often needed to create consistent and unified visuals for their brand. This was and still is achieved through the use of brand or identity guidelines. Such guidelines are usually set out in a document and can contain information such as:

  • Brand colors
  • Typography, such as fonts, sizes, leading etc.
  • Logo positioning and how to use in different situations ie. print layout can differ from web layout
  • Tone of voice
  • This useful tutorial shows how to create a simple one.

    Click HERE to go to Web Tuts+ for full tutorial.

    Website Style guide Tutorial
    Website Style guide Tutorial

    Useful Photoshop Tutorials from Web Design Tuts+

    I use Photoshop (CS5) all the time at work but I came across this today and thought I would share as even I didn’t know some of these tips and tricks. Useful as a reference … Enjoy

    Making the most of Photoshop Layers

    Photoshop Layers
    Photoshop Layers

    The Good Man – Experimental CSS Site

    The Good Man is an experimental CSS3 animation project created by Pedro Ivo Hudson. It’s a visual transcription of a narrative, created with HTML elements and animated with CSS3, using only web fonts (served by Google Web Fonts) and shapes so that it’s as scalable as possible. It was created as a graduation project in graphic design, as a study in animation code quirks and behaviors.

    The Good Man
    The Good Man

    New My Space…

    Remember the days when ‘My Space’ was the king of Social Network sites, before Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook and stole its crown. Admittedly by then it was a mish-mash of animated gifs and bad personalisation from its users but its gone back to the drawing board, stripped everything back and redesigned itself. And I actually think it looks good.

    With nods to the boards style of Pinterest, Springpad and Tumblr, the new look is so much more aesthetically pleasing.

    See what you think…

    https://new.myspace.com/

    New MySpace Invite
    New MySpace Invite

    Useful resource for Android GUI’s

    Quite often in my job we do mockups for mobile Apps. There are loads of PSD and vector resources for Apple products all highly rendered and polished but there aren’t that many for Android devices. Found this link today which has proved really helpful for a project am working on. Thanks to Speckyboy Design Magazine for sourcing them.

    Android GUI Stencils, Kits and Templates

    Android GUI
    Android GUI

     

    Channel 4’s Paralympic Advert…

    Channel 4 trailed their 90 second trailer advert for the Paralympic games last night. It was certainly quite epic, not only covering the athletes amazing abilities but also a nod to what some of them may have been through to get to where they are now. I thought it was awesome and extremely well made…

    You can read more about the making of it and the Paralympians here:

    Channel 4 – Paralympics Website

    Meet the Superhumans
    Meet the Superhumans

    C4 have not allowing share embedding of the ad but you can watch it here via You Tube: Meet the Superhumans

    Its Nice That comments on the advert in their article:

    If you’re going to run a 90 second roadblock advert across 78 TV channels then you better make sure it’s an impressive piece – and my goodness did Channel 4 get it right last night. Their Meet the Superhumans promo for the upcoming paralympics was a sublime piece of of creative work, managing to be slick, stylish and inspirational all at once. Set to Public Enemy’s Harder Than You Think 4Creative’s team put together a film that had pace, punch and pathos and, if we’re honest, put many of the other Olympic ad campaigns to shame.

    Meet the Superhumans
    Meet the Superhumans
    Meet the Superhumans
    Meet the Superhumans

    BBC London 2012 Olympics trail

    The new animated preview of the BBC’s Olympics title sequences. Lots of mixed reviews. Some people are saying its like the Incredibles sports day, others are saying they should have used real athletes footage but what would be different about that compared to any other standard sports title sequences? I think its ace! 🙂

    BBC London 2012 Olympic Trail (Preview)

    BBC 2012 Olympic Trail
    BBC 2012 Olympic Trail

    BBC London 2012 – Images from trail

    From the BBC News Website:

    The concept was devised by creative agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe Y&R. The animation was created by Passion Pictures and it was produced by Red Bee Media.

    The agency had tried to capture national pride and excitement by depicting the UK as one huge stadium, with an “epic” anthem scored by Elbow.

    During the meeting, Garvey was told he had been invited along because of Elbow’s 2008 single One Day Like This, which has been used on countless sport montages.

    “So I said, ‘well, we can give you something similarly rousing. Something anthemic and bold. And we’d put lots of different parts in it for different parts of the coverage.’

    “The Olympic Games is about the coming together of people to celebrate our best athletes and it was as important to have a sympathetic theme for the losers as it was for the winners.”

    “It was like a great big puzzle to put together.”

    The track was performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the NovaVox gospel choir.

    The full 2min 40secs version of the the trail will be broadcast at 19.30 BST on Tuesday 3 July on BBC One with 60, 40, 30 and five second edits used throughout the campaign.