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May 02

My business site rebooted

32 comments 2005 at 12.09 am posted by Veerle Pieters

It has cost some blood, sweat and tears but it’s finally there. The planning for a new business launch was drawn 2 years ago but work got in the way of executing them. Designing your own portfolio/site is always difficult. After 6 or 7 revisions you could say that we were our own worst client :-)

Apr 26

New corporate identity and logo evolution

39 comments 2005 at 11.35 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

As promised in Monday’s post, here is an exclusive premiere for the readers of Veerle’s blog :-) Our new corporate look has been ready for a few months but the reason why we hold off official usage is because our website isn’t ready just yet. It is al little silly to use new business cards if your website still represents the former look.

Apr 05

My encounter with the artistic world

8 comments 2005 at 11.42 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Some designers see themselves as artists but that’s something that I never pretend to be. Art in general is something that fascinates me, although I must say not in a way that it takes a special place in my life nor in my professional life. So I’m not a frequent museum guest. But art and I had a brief encounter years ago. In 1996 I was asked to design the layout of a book for Paul Rouge, a Belgian surrealist artist.

Mar 31

One of our latest projects just went live!

58 comments 2005 at 04.46 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Maybe you remember my Illustrator tutorial about freshening up bad source material that I did a while ago. It’s my pleasure to show you the final result because the website went live a few days ago. The project is for patients who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and want to find out more about the disease and its treatment.

One of our latest projects just went live!
It’s a site that contains a lot of text (in Dutch) but with the power of CSS we tried to make it as engaging as possible. A few examples of graphics that had an overhaul are found here and here. In this project we had accessibility on our mind most of the time and I think the end result isn’t that bad. There is always room for improvement but this is our best effort yet.

Jan 24

Transforming bad material into suitable illustrations

23 comments 2005 at 03.18 am posted by Veerle Pieters

The past few weeks I have been finalizing a website project about MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Along the way I received drawings from the client that looked like scanned pictures from a fax… or something along those lines.

Jan 10

Designer meets brand new CMS

26 comments 2005 at 02.49 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A few months ago my first Expression Engine project* was born (update: at this moment the site is not available anymore). Looking back at it I can tell this was another challenge for me. This was actually the first dynamic business website I’ve built entirely by myself.

Nov 24

A challenging website project, part II - the design stage explained

15 comments 2004 at 02.15 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Now that we are in the vein, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give you the entire picture of the design part of this project. I know that most of you come to visit my blog to learn more about design. And from what I can hear in the comments of my previous article, it’s a good idea to tell you how things went in the design stage.

Nov 22

A challenging website project

29 comments 2004 at 02.47 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Let’s talk a little about some of the latest projects I’ve worked on. It started all with an update of the company logo, and housestyle together with a new brochure ending up with a new design of the online newsletter and website. Needless to say the website was the most challenging part of all.

May 11

Thoughts on fonts for webpages

5 comments 2004 at 05.32 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Which is your favorite font? I was wondering this this morning while I passed by Design by Fire (by Andrei Herasimchuk). Andrei wrote an article about Trebuchet and the fact that he hates it. Sure it’s all a matter of personal taste but some of them are better suited for readability. Personally I like the font, I use it a lot in Word. I find it a nicer more trendy font then Arial and Verdana. Especially Arial is so basic and lacks any personality.

Jan 25

New blog look finally online

12 comments 2004 at 07.35 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Finally I got my new blog online. It took a bit more time then I thought because of all the self-study that I needed to do to get things going. No more hassles with iBlog and it will render much faster too. I’ve used the newest techniques like XHTML 1 and CSS2 to achieve a “cleaner” result ;-)

This site follows the W3C guidelines and I’m very proud of it. It took some sweat and tears but it was all for a good cause since one of my promises to myself is that I’m going to use the CSS techniques I’ve learned as much as I can when building sites for clients. It will be my (small) contribution to a standard compliant web!

Don’t hesitate to become a member on my blog because members will get some benefits in the future ;-)

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