Category Archives: design

mom and dad

Here you go – something a bit less ranty than my last post and a bit more happy. It was my dad’s 63rd birthday the other day and we had a birthday party last night for him. It was a good time. Here is my mom with my dad. The cake had no nuts so I could eat it. It tasted pretty damn good.
I made a website for my mom – she is an artist. If you are a relative of mine or a friend of my mom, you may have heard that this website was a long time coming. It is true – ever since around 2003 I had been planning it in my head. I was ready to build it at any time, and earlier this year my dad registered the domain. That was it – I had to do it at that point since they were getting serious about it too. I designed the site to showcase her art, awards, and upcoming events as well as show a bit of info about herself and there’s also some room for interactivity in the form of commenting in her gallery. Here’s a screen shot:
I am deeply pleased that I have been able to set it up in a way that allows her to update the site herself with a Content Management System. The handwriting you see on the site is her actual handwriting – I had her scan (at a fairly high resolution) some words that I asked her to write out, and then I turned them into PNG24’s with an alpha layer to achieve a seamless blend with the website background, which I created out of a canvas pattern blended to the colour scheme that I had decided on. I also added some rollover behavior on the handwriting buttons (previous, next, more, back) so that it becomes more prominent when you move the mouse over it. I think it translates really well to what I wanted the user experience to be – professional, sophisticated, but not out of reach. A lot of effort has gone into this website from both myself and Mom and I’m glad to see that it is up and in front of the public now.
Here is the link:
Nirmala Greenwell, Artist –

inverted subject composition

What is inverted subject composition?
I made the term up to describe what I was trying to achieve in the photo above. Here’s what makes up the idea:

  • Light is on the outside portions of the photo
  • Focus is on the outside portions of the photo
  • Darkness in center of photo
  • Bokeh mostly in center of photo

What is the purpose of this?
This has a couple of applications I can think of:

  • The negative space in this circumstance is the draw – if you want to make reference to mystery or anything that is focussed on the unknown, this makes what you can’t see the item of interest.
  • Practically speaking this is not a bad thing to frame typeset against, with the type being in the middle in a column. Lack of focus in the middle provides a smooth unobtrusive backdrop to press details of type against, and darkness in the middle means you can use white type for added punch – this would be killer in a back-lit display, such as what you see on bus stops and airport ceiling-to-floor campaigns, or a website.

That’s all I can think of right now. It is odd that I am a designer but I do not have a design category on this website. Time to change that..

chlorine december

not 4.. but 5 weeks in december! it’s going to be another great month! of particular interest in this lineup is NeoFunkcian, who is going to be spinning a full set of progressive breaks — a rare treat that ought not to be missed. the only other person in town who plays them is myself. the records are kind of rare, so you really have to be on the lookout to collect enough for a set.
in the second week, we have jules / jussed / julian coming over from vancouver for his victoria debut. expect quality progressive from this guy, he’s got a solid selection.
the third week features vesfu, traditionally a funky house dj. this time around, he’s going to show off his progressive side of things. should be interesting!
the fourth week will be myself and yoseff doing the resident’s night thang, and the final week will feature the return of dj spyguy to the wheels of steel. besides the dj competition, i haven’t seen or heard of him playing out in quite some time and that’s really a shame, because he’s an excellent dj. that’s a reason he was/is an rgm resident.
zope. toku.