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Echoes – Week 30 (Apr 12 2010)

posted by Matt Ward on Apr 12, 2010.

Echoes: Week 30 – Apr 12 2010. This is the thirtieth 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.

Man, it feels like it’s been a long week, and I don’t feel that I have a ton to show for it. Last week, I mentioned that I had another tutorial in the works, and that one’s finally been published over on MyInkBlog. And when I say finally, I am totally pointing the finger at me. For a variety of reasons, that particular post took me forever to finish. But it’s up now, and if you should go have a read if you haven’t already.

I also finished another vector character pack for the guys over at MediaLoot. This one was another guy, but this time I tried to make him a bit more like an artist, and built in several extra accessories, such as a paintbrush, a portfolio, a chalkboard and a clipboard. I’m pretty happy with the overall finished product.

Other than that, I’ve just been enjoying this fine weather and celebrating with some really good friends who just welcomed the first child. That was pretty awesome!

Anyhow, let’s get on to this week’s Echoes!

Logo – Zeughaus

It’s amazing how many logos I feature here on Echoes where I have absolutely no idea what the name means. We have another one this week.

Zeughaus PPP AG

Zeughaus PPP AG

Still, this is a really nice design. The designer’s comments on this one say that the “client asked for something dynamic and futuristic,” and I think that it really does a pretty good job in this regard. I really like the way the mark itself offers an interesting treatment of what is, essentially, just a basic half-tone pattern. The bright reds, oranges and whites give the mark a real sense of energy, as does the seemingly random arrangement of the colours.

I always like to talk about how a logo will translate into black and white too, and I think this one works. At first glance, I wasn’t so sure, because a lot of the effect seems to come from the colour. However, upon further inspection, it becomes clear that some of that energy also comes from the halftone pattern itself. As such, I do think that the logo will translate well into black and white.

Art – Assassins Creed

One of my favorite video games from the past few years has to be Assassin’s Creed. I really enjoy the dynamic of the first game and have the sequel sitting on my shelf just waiting to be played. This week’s art features a really nice fan image of that game.

Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed

It doesn’t look like our Assassin is doing all that well in this particular piece, being underwater with an arrow sticking out of his shoulder, but the image is still really nice. I’m especially fond of the way that the water is rendered in this one. The blues are really vibrant and the bubbles look great.

What I really like, though, is the same thing that first drew me to the game itself – the costume. I love the design of the assassin’s outfit cloak and cowl. The bright red against the white, combined with the concealing hood, really combines to create a character who is unique and memorable, yet blends seamlessly into the game environment. This painting does a great job of capturing that costume!

Tutorial – Create Custom Option Panels with WordPress 2.9

For the second straight week, I am bringing you a WordPress tutorial. Last week, I was working on a WordPress site where I needed to set a custom option for the entire site, so when I came across this one it was really awesome.

Create Custom Option Panels with WordPress 2.9

Create Custom Option Panels with WordPress 2.9

Basically, this tutorial will show you how to go about creating your own custom options panel for the WordPress administration from within your theme (with no need for a plugin). This was incredibly useful for me, and I’m sure that it could prove equally useful to you too if you do any significant development in WordPress.

For me, I was creating a WordPress blog as an extension of a site that was running off of Concrete5. I wanted to keep the same basic design and didn’t want to upload all the same design based images again (it’s just inefficient). So, I set up a universal property which contained the URL to the Concrete5 theme, including all images and stylesheets, allowing me to very easily adapt the site’s basic theme into the blog. I’m sure you could do all kinds of similar things by creating your own options panel.

Website – Brizk Design

Some of you may have already seen this site, which has been tweeted a few times today by some fairly major players in the design community, but I thought I would feature it anyhow, for those of you who may not have seen it yet.

Brizk Design

Brizk Design

The design itself has a nice, watercolour based minimalism, prominently featuring the hand painted hummingbird as the cornerstone of the site’s visuals. Other hand painted items – leaves, flowers and a butterfly – also appear across this single-paged site, bringing a strong sense of continuity to the overall site design.

The site also has some really nice animation effects, which I would like to draw to your attention. First, it is one of those single page sites were clicking on any of the navigation items will actually cause the page to automatically scroll down to the appropriate section. Try scrolling on your own, though, and watch as the active menu item changes as you hit each new section. Very slick. Also, try hovering over the tiny little bird icon at the bottom of the page. A footer bar pops up with the latest tweet and a link to follow the designer. These are the little touches that can really turn a site into something special!

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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