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May 29

The Expression Engine phase of my new blog

49 comments 2006 at 01.37 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Most of you will already know that I use Expression Engine as tool for my site (further referred to as EE) and that I enjoy working with this tool mainly because of its flexibility and user friendlyness.

May 22

Netsquared project part 2

22 comments 2006 at 12.27 am posted by Veerle Pieters

As promised this the sequel to our chat about the Net2 project that I finished a while ago. In part 1 I talked about creating the brand/identity for NetSquared so if you didn’t read it,  I suggest that you go there first to get a better understanding about the project. This part will be about the creation of the website. Once you have the final logo and colors beaten down you’re all set to start the design phase of the website.

May 15

Creating Mac OS X looking desktops

40 comments 2006 at 02.02 am posted by Veerle Pieters

On a regular basis I receive requests on how to create those Mac OS X backgrounds, so this weekend I played around in Illustrator trying to create a nice looking desktop using gradient mesh. This all goes well as long as I stick with 1 simple shape, some organic looking bow. As soon as I try to add other bows by adding gradient mesh points things fall apart. Using separate layers each using transparency seems to be the solution, but still this ain’t no walk in the park if you want to achieve the complexity as those real Mac OS X desktops. I congratulate and bow for the designer who made those. I gave up and resorted to Photoshop CS2 and hoped for a better result…

May 09

Expression Engine updates

24 comments 2006 at 04.08 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Work has been using up most of my time lately but I finally created some time to do a little work on this blog. Sometimes there are moments that you would like to drop everything work related and just play in the sandbox that this little blog is. When this blog launched in this design on March 1st I told you that I still needed to do some work. Well the first thing that I took to the drawing board are the search results and advanced search page. Before today these pages we’re still in the default look that you get when you install ExpressionEngine.

May 04

NetSquared project part 1

36 comments 2006 at 06.01 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Regular visitors will know that from time to time I write about some projects that we worked on. So today I like to introduce NetSquared. I was very excited to jump into this project because it was one those occasions that I had the opportunity to create a brand/identity from scratch. This involved creating a logo, stationery, style-guide, brochure and a of course a website. To me personally a first impression in what kind of company you’re dealing with starts by looking at the logo. Maybe that’s because of my job, I don’t know, but that’s where my thinking pattern always starts.

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