Just trying out the new blog… Making sure it works!
Soon. Very soon.
Letter T Graphics is changing. I’m adding a letter. The letter P.
That’s right, we are going to be adding printing to our list of services. Not just any type of printing however, screen printing!
My wife and I found a great deal on all the materials required to start a screen printing business and with a lot of prayer and careful consideration, we decided to make the move on it. I am already familiar with setting up print files for four color process, the trick will be learning to use the screen printing equipment.
Our plan is to be up and running by June, but that’s another post.
This post is about the new and improved website!
Going official and making a business out of my graphic design abilities means having a website that showcases our products and services. It also means having a blog that stands out. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to dedicate to learning the intricacies of building WordPress templates (as much as I’d like to).
After browsing Themeforest for far too long, I stumbled across Sidewinder.
It was exactly the kind of theme I was looking for. Something that featured a fresh design and still showcased imagery. After a rough night of trying to get it to work (another other post), I now have a fresh WordPress install, a backup WordPress install, and a working theme!
It was rough and bumpy, but I now feel I have a theme that can help me grow the business.
Looking forward to it!
I don’t know how you wouldn’t have noticed, but I thought I’d post about it anyway.
Site5 has some killer free WordPress themes and JournalCrunch was just what I was looking for to give my site a little refresh.
Of course, I have some post thumbnail/featured images to fill in and I need to tweak my logo to the dark version, but all in all, I’m super happy with the new theme.
I don’t even have the itch to modify it. Nicely done!
Was playing with posts. I had one saved as a draft that I created on Friday. I wanted it to post today, but it showed up in the blog list as being posted Friday. When I played with the schedule thingy, it wouldn’t let me cancel it. I probably just don’t know how.
Anyway, a few older posts should show up in the next few minutes.
A quick edit. Figured out how to “unschedule” a post and make it publish immediately. Pretty silly. Lesson learned!
It’s pretty hard not to notice. I finally got around to adding a picture of myself and a brief description. Not too bad for a crappy Blackberry Storm pic, in poor lighting at work, not really trying. Ha!
In any case, it helps make the site feel more complete. Now, if only I can decide on how I’m going to attack posting my portfolio here, then I can say the site is “done.”
I do. I don’t like any of them. Well, that’s not entirely true. The current theme from Site5 is okay, and it allows for a little customization from someone like me who doesn’t know .php. But it’s not my Theme. I’ve downloaded Thematic, which is pretty outstanding as a starting point, but that’s just it… a starting point.
The reason I’m theme unhappy is because none of them are my theme. They are someone else’s hard work and effort that I spend a little time tweaking to meet my needs, adding a custom image, changing the color of links, etc. To truly be happy with WordPress as my Blog/CMS of choice, I think I need to learn how to create my own themes.
Look out WordPress, here I come!
Edit: You’ll notice it’s no longer the Colorbold Theme… It’s now Thematic Power Blog, in case you were wondering.
I’ve been playing with it for a bit now, and I don’t think it’s going to work for my purposes. I can see that it would be pretty good for it’s original purpose – displaying photos. For my portfolio, though, I need something a bit different. I’m not sure what that is, but I’ll know it when I find it. Ha!
Until then, here’s a trial upload of a .png from my portfolio.
First ad in my GPO 2009-2010 series.
Slowly. Very slowly.
I installed NextGEN Gallery and am finally getting around to seeing how it works. It seemed to be the best rated WordPress gallery plugin.
The organization is a little backwards from what I’m used to, with galleries nested in albums instead of the other way around. I will be playing with things over the next week or so as I try and figure out the best organizational system for my pieces. Things will change, disappear, reappear… possibly more!
Until I’m set though, feel free to poke around my Portfolio page and see what’s already there.
Comments are always welcome!
Hi. Welcome to the new Blog portion of my website. As you can see, there are some gaping holes in this website. Why is that you ask? It’s because I haven’t filled everything in yet. Pretty simple huh?
Eventually, this space will be used to communicate to you what I am doing as a freelance graphic designer, what projects I’m working, what I’m learning about, what interests me, etc. It will be a way for you to see my process, my inspiration and ultimately, my work.
Maybe you’ll see something that catches your eye and my design style will work for a project you have coming up. Maybe you’ll read an article I found, or see a cool image I stumbled across and it will inspire you or teach you something new. That’s just as cool to me.
Design should be more than a job. It should be a passion that is shared between designers so we can keep our trade alive and keep it from being watered down by “insta-design” sites.
There’s more to come! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon.
My name is T. Design is what I do. Please, make yourself at home and have a look around. If you see something that looks off or broken, it probably is. I am in the middle of refreshing the site; I do appreciate your patience!