The term designer is often misunderstood; a designer, in the most basic sense, is a person who creates objects. The general public regularly finds the object purely in its aesthetic form, ignoring the astounding complexity required to perform its function. In the field of software design, reinforcement of this behaviour has led to a wide disjuncture between graphic designers and software developers.
Paragraph styles in Adobe InDesign allow designers to maintain a typographic style across very large documents, while (in most cases) maintaining their sanity. Similarly, Illustrator offers a very powerful tool called graphic styles that allows the designer to define styles and apply them to Illustrator objects.
Drupal is a system that helps people build and maintain websites. It does this by offering developers an application framework to build from, and by offering content creators a configurable set of tools for the creation and maintenance of online media.
To explain the Drupal development process I'm going to use the analogy of a home cooked meal. Starting with raw ingredients you're able to create a wholesome meal; a similar process is used for creating wholesome user experiences. Let me explain:
During the time I spent working at Foster Interactive I worked on the website for a toronto restaurant called ToGo Foodbar. As the project lead I did both the design and development of the website.
Visit the live site: ToGo Foodbar
In April my good friend Steven Aston and I were really into a videogame called Minecraft. A new feature had been released that allowed users to enter a 'seed' to generate a new world. It was difficult to find a good seed, so when we found one naturally we wanted to share it.
Dominion Modern is an archive of 20th Century Canadian architecture and design. Their mission is to "to collect, catalogue, preserve, and promote public awareness and understanding of our architectural and design heritage".
The brand was redesigned with the help of John Pelo; we focused on creating a clean professional look, that will be recognizable to those in the design industry. Stefan Sarmiento assisted in the design and layout of the website.
You can visit the live site at http://dominionmodern.com
Toward the end of last semester, photographer/designer Gary Blakeley invited me to work with him on his photographic portfolio. I hired fellow designer/photographer Steve Aston to assist me in the design. The initial drafts strongly revolved around the idea of a film strip, horizontally scrolling. This idea evolved into something that I believe is truly original.
The final version can be seen at: http://blakeley.me.
This passing semester in the Graphic Design program at George Brown College I received a project for my Design Culture class that sparked some interest. The design brief was essentially to create a proposal for a design museum in downtown Toronto "to be the first permanent museum devoted to graphic design in North America". I basically used this project as an excuse to spend eighty hours on something I've wanted to do for a long time.
As it turns out, Smokey Bear is good at something other than scaring children out of camping: typography. Smokey Bear is the mascot for the US Forest Service, educating the American public about fire safety. The first poster was created by Albert Staehle in 1944. Most of the posters however, were made by Rudy Wendelin and Ad Council.