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Echoes – Week 14 (Nov 23, 2009)

posted by Matt Ward on Nov 23, 2009.

Echoes: Week 14 – Nov 23, 2009. This is the fourteenth edition of my weekly Echoes posts, in which I feature some of the best work that I have found on the web. Features one logo, one piece of art, one tutorial and one website.

Hey guys. Well I’ve certainly been busy the past little while. I am looking at putting the finishing touches on a client website this week, and starting to code two more from Photoshop into WordPress themes. I’m also working on a few guest posts for other blogs, and of course there’s the need for more stellar content here at the Echo Enduring Blog. Plus, somehow I have to fit all of the other commitments of the rest of my life in there somewhere too! Wow, it’s gonna be crazy!

Fortunately, there is a holiday looming on the horizon. I’m really looking forward to the Christmas break. You should too! I have some awesome content planned for that week. It should be good.

Oh, and if you visited this blog last week and found that it was moving really slowly, well I apologize for that. I deactivated a few plugins and it seems to be running much smoother now. I also did some maintenance of my WordPress database, which also seemed to help. Plus, strange things were going on over at The WebBlend (not sure what the deal was), so that seemed to be slowing things down too. So yeah. Sorry for the lag.

Anyhow, that’s enough preamble. Let’s get to what you’re actually reading this post for – this week’s Echoes!

Logo – Milou

I’m not really sure what it is that draws me to this week’s logo, but there is definitely something about it that I really like. What do you think?

Milou

Milou

I do really like the mark itself. It’s boxy and cool, and I guess I just have an affinity for anything to do with the letter M – I couldn’t imagine why (says the guy named Matt). It also reminds me, ever so slightly, of the Nintendo GameCube logo, which is one of my all time favorites.

The typeface is cool too. According to the designer’s comments on LogoPond, it’s custom, which I always appreciate. It’s always great to use custom type in a logo design, and be able to rest in the knowledge that – barring a rip off – no other logo will use the same font! Plus, the type face for this one is really cool! Very nicely done!

Art – Mushroom

This week’s artwork might have done well on Halloween. It’s a totally weird and creepy looking mushroom illustration by Anton Peck.

Mushroom

Mushroom

I’m not sure why, but I always seem to have had this weird fascination with mushrooms (and not the mind altering ones, which I assure you I have never tried). Maybe it has something to do with all of those Mario games that I played as a kid (and continue to play as what seems to pass fairly well as a “grown up”).

Anyhow, I love this illustration. It’s creepy and sinister and totally cool. This isn’t Mario’s happy little red and white polka dotted steroid (think about it – magic mushrooms are totally like steroids!). This mushroom is rough and mean, and looks like he’s getting ready to inflict some serious hurting on some poor chump. So cool.

Tutorial – How To Create A Sexy Vertical Sliding Panel Using jQuery And CSS3

This weeks tutorial is a short and sweet jQuery/CSS3 combo from my good friend, Jon Phillips over at SpyreStudios. In this one, Jon shows you how to make a cool sliding panel with jQuery and CSS3.

How To Create A Sexy Vertical Sliding Panel Using jQuery And CSS3

How To Create A Sexy Vertical Sliding Panel Using jQuery And CSS3

This is a great little tutorial. It’s all pretty simple really, and Jon doesn’t try to fill it out with any unecessary material. He’s frank and to the point about what he’s trying to accomplish. He presents the different snippets of code and discusses them in brief. Obviously, with this kind of approach, he seems to be assuming a certain level of familiarity with HTML, CSS and jQuery, but even a beginner can probably just use the code and make it work!

Check out the demo: Vertical sliding panel and open/close trigger button on the left with absolute positioning

One other great thing – Jon provides all of the code and files in one handy little download. The ZIP file contains three folders, one for each of the three different demos he provides. This means that if you want to try out his code, you don’t have to copy and paste from the site. Just download the files, have a peek and start your building a sexy jQuery slider into your own sites!

Website – Design Critique

This one has been on the list to make its appearance on Echoes for a while. From the moment I first stumbled across Design Critique, I’ve been really enamored with the overall design.

Design Critique

Design Critique

I think what really stands out to me in this one are the little things. The overall design is solid, and the use of the leather-bound header works nicely. There are, however, a few tiny details that really drive this design from good to superb.

First, let’s talk about colour. The scheme of dark grey, parchment beige and bright teal strikes me as very unique. It captured my eye immediately and lends the entire design a real sense of energy.

Second, the way they highlight their feature post is really great. They offset it ever so slightly from the main content with a fold-around effect, which is compounded by the bright teal background. Very nice.

Third, the forms also rock. I really like the subtle grunge effect at the bottom of each input, and the variation on the newsletter signup form at the bottom of the sidebar. It’s cool to see the same effect applied in slightly different ways.

Finally, there is my favorite part of this design. This may sound ridiculous, but I absolutely love their RSS button, which is just peaking out from behind a significant tear in the parchment of the sidebar. The tear is very nicely rendered, and it’s another example of the colours working beautifully together. It’s just totally great and every time I visit the site I make sure I take a peek at it!

There are other great elements to this site too, so be sure to check it out and peruse them for yourself.

Well that’s it for this week’s Echoes. Which ones were your favorites? As always, if you know of any designs, tutorials or art that merits being included in a future post, feel free to let me know about it!

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Matt Ward is a digital artist who lances freely under the moniker of Echo Enduring Media, and specializes in graphics design, illustration and writing. He is also the Creative Director for Highland Marketing, a creative direct marketing company based out of Waterloo, Ontario. You can follow Matt on Twitter

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