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May 13, 2004

Graphic Blues

And speaking of all these new redesigns, where can I go to buy some serious graphic design skillz? Seriously. I’m sick of not being able to make purdy pictures on the computer. See the Ormsby House page? That’s about the best I’ve got. That’s my limit. And that’s just cropping existing photographs. What happens when I try to create something out of nothing? Well, let’s just say the results are tragic, and usually end in euthanasia.

And then you’ve got someone like Douglas Bowman, who has this to say about working on the new Blogger redesign:

Some of the icons were sketched on pen an paper (ahem, numerous times). After finalizing an approximate look, the icons were drawn in Illustrator using a pressure-sensitive Wacom tablet and pen to create the base artwork, then cleaned up by manipulating paths and Bézier curves within Illustrator.

So few words. “approximate look”. “base artwork”. “cleaned up”. Sounds so simple. And what’s the final result? This:

I hate him. Or, actually, I hate myself for not being like him. Why do I have to bust my ass just to create a site that looks like crap, when there are so many people that can just sneeze out beautiful graphic design? What am I doing wrong? Why don’t I know what a Bézier curve is?

Like I said, I gotta get me some mad skillz.

Blue Over Tan

It’s spring, and apparently this year that means it’s redesign season. This week we’ve got Digital Web Magazine unveiling a whopper of a redo, casting aside the black for a fresh, blue-over-tan color scheme with rounded corners. Then we’ve got the new Blogger homepage, which has a nice, crisp blue-over-tan color scheme with rounded corners. And there’s a new group blog in town, Doc Searls’ IT Garage, which is sporting a hip blue-over-tan color sch—

…wait a second…

Blue-over-tan color scheme with rounded corners. It’s the new black!