January 9th, 2012
Swiss Miss: The Power of Side Projects

In this video Swiss Miss, Tina Roth Eisenberg, talks about the power of the personal project. Tina a graphic designer practicing in New York, talks about how she has organically left more and more client work behind to concentrate on her own personal graphic and website design projects.

Via the Swiss Miss website.

 

July 13th, 2011
HTML5. The new website standard

We’ve posted about HTML5 on here before. But what exactly is it? HTML5 is to become the new web standard, it greatly reduces the amount of code web-designers have to use when creating and structuring pages. Perhaps the biggest benefit to HTML5 is the fact that it can handle Video and Audio in the browser, so there’ll be no need for extra plug-ins.

With the inclusion of video in the browser this may do away with the need for Adobe Flash. Apple have already refused to use Flash plug-ins in its iOS, they say its due to the amount of resources it takes up. HTML5 should bring us rich media content to all our devices.

So there are plenty of new and exciting possibilities with HTML5. And with animation techniques also being introduced it’s hard to think that Adobe Flash will be around much longer in its current state. I imagine they will change the output settings, from the standard SWF to something more like Swiffy.

Swiffy is a Google Labs project created by Pieter Senster, who was an intern working on a small project to convert SWF files to HTML5. From this Swiffy was born and Pieter was hired to work on the project full time. Although at this point in time it is still in its infancy it will convert most SWF files, it has however got problems with some Flash content.

You can check out some demos of Swiffy in action on the Google Labs website here: http://swiffy.googlelabs.com/gallery.html

We tried it on our musical Stripeyhorse at homepage and it does work. The music worked too in Safari and Chrome but when we tried it on an iOS devise unfortunately it didn’t, However, Google have already said it doen’t support all kinds of sound files.

With the introduction of HTML5 I imagine a lot of websites are going to start using it and pushing it to its limits. I can see a lot of websites going down the route of the early flash adopters. When in the mid 90′s it seemed every website was Flash based even when it was very unnecessary to be. But we’re looking forward to seeing the developments and the crazy websites which will be published using HTML5.

We really like this website: http://nizoapp.com/ The site is for a new app called Nizo. Every element animates onto screen smoothly as the user scrolls down. All of it done with Java script, so no Flash required. It’s a very clever site, allowing the user to then grab and move any object on screen. It’s this kind of website which gets us excited about HTML5.

website design using HTML5


Other readings and links to HTML5 websites:

http://pixelclouds.com/2011/03/16/25-brilliant-websites-designed-with-html5-css3/

http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2011/05/title/

http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2011/01/html5-branding-and-logo-design/

http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2011/01/html-5/

 

June 30th, 2011
More charity work and branding


As part of our New Year resolution we wanted to work with more charities, and we have done just that.

First up was Woodview Community Centre. We were contacted to create a branding package for them, developing a new logo which had to reach across their whole brand and the larger community.

Next we worked closely with Craftspace to create a new brand identity and web presence for Shelanu, a craft social enterprise for refugee and migrant women.

We greatly enjoyed working on both these projects, and wish both of them the very best of luck in the future.

To see the Woodview case study go here you can also view the logo/branding and website design.

For Shelanu we created their logo and branding and website design which can be viewed here: http://www.shelanucollective.co.uk/

http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2011/02/we-are-social/

http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2011/01/2407/

 

May 4th, 2011
Take 5 with HTML 5

You’ve probably guessed by now that we like HTML5 here at Stripeyhorse Creative. In older posts we’ve talked of its relative ease of use, given Jason Beaird a nod for his views on website design, and blogged about the new HTML5 branding and logo design.

Now we want to share the more experimental side of HTML5 and show you some really interesting projects by Hakim, a web developer and creative programmer. Hakim has worked with some big name brands including Google, BBC, Nintendo and Wacom. You really have to get onto his website to play with the experiments, but shown above is just two: Sketch and Keylight.

It would be great to see some real world application of these experiments. He even created the logo and branding for a Canadian media production company using HTML Canvas options. Some new and interesting things may start to appear in new brands and websites thanks to the introduction of HTML5.

For now, play with these experiments and more on his website.

 

February 8th, 2011
What We Learned. Motion graphics

What We Learned from LEGWORK on Vimeo.

Love this motion graphic piece by Legwork. They are a full service graphic design agency, creating motion graphics, websites and print. Their website is well worth a look, some really great and interesting projects on there.

Check out more of their work on the website, which is pretty cool too: http://legworkstudio.com/

Found via the website: http://www.changethethought.com

 

January 29th, 2011
HTML5. Icon design

Along with the release of HTML 5 (which I posted about here before), the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) have released these images of the new branding graphics.

About the main logo the say “It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write. It shines as bright and as bold as the forward-thinking, dedicated web developers you are. It’s the standard’s standard, a pennant for progress.” As a banner and signpost for HTML 5 development it works, even if it does look a little bit like a comic book hero. But what I feel really works is the Icon graphics for the different components which make up HTML 5. These icon graphics look so futuristic, they look very solid and they make sense.

The HTML 5 logo and icons are licensed under Creative Commons, meaning the user is free to use them any way they see fit. This is just an indication how W3C want the logo design and icon graphics to penetrate the web and, as there is already t-shirts and stickers available, the real world too. It makes coders look cool and it can be a streamlined brand. Now if W3C took the lessons they learned from this branding exercise, and apply it to their own brand, the world of coding would be a better place.

 

September 25th, 2010
new industry arts. website design resource.

New Industry Arts is a beautifully designed website which links to creatives in the field of fashion, photography, design and more. There is a lot of creative inspiration to be had here.

Check out their website at http://newindustryarts.com/

 

February 12th, 2010
the small print. an Irish creative and graphic blog

The blog came first. Then the Offset event. Lots of creativity and design with an Irish feel. Birmingham designers lets get something like this going!

http://www.alwaysreadthesmallprint.com/welcome/

 

February 12th, 2010
swissmiss. blog of a graphic designer

A blog about all things design. Full of inspiration and creativity. You can find all sorts on here, from small little ideas by freelance designers to weird and wonderfull creations by big branding agencies

http://www.swiss-miss.com/