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Wasting Web Design

I've designed and developed scores of websites for a variety of clients over the years. For the most part, I don't get too attached to the majority of the assignments--treating them all with great care and professionalism, of course. Yet, there are a few notable sites that have been an absolute joy to render.

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Logo intro

  • by mshelton - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 10:09

This logo was rendered a number of years ago to serve as a principal branding symbol, and I really haven't felt the need to update, modify or recreate it since it was developed. I recently displayed it in a short Aftereffects video to spark some ideas for a particular project (click here to view), and my motivation to keep it unchanged has been reinforced.

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21st Century Reality

  • by mshelton - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:30

During my humble beginnings as a designer, I would proudly park myself in a leather pneumatic drafting chair that featured a molded seat and high back—while navigating smartly about a super-sized adjustable drafting table as I worked productively throughout the day. This arrangement not only allowed for maximum focus on tasks at hand, but my posture was at no point compromised while I conceptualized, executed and illustrated ideas.

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Die Cuts & Gate Folds

  • by mshelton - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 21:27

One of the most statisfying experiences a visual designer can have is to produce a smartly rendered die cut brochure. There's something meaningful and refreshing about applying the utility of a unique trim or fold to a particular design--in order to advance a given narrative.

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The Death of "Old School" Illustration

  • by mshelton - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:54

I was last commissioned to create a published illustration in 2014 (see illustration above). In fact, it's been even longer since anyone has solicited me for editorial renderings to run in publications or advertisements of any type.

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Drupal vs Wordpress

  • by mshelton - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 20:54

I'm in the process of redesigning the SG website. The previous offering was active for several years--which is an eternity in the world of web these days. I think I fancied the site development for it's stability and overall security more than anything. Drupal, the platform I had used previously, and as you can see I'm using again is put together that way. It reminds me of an old Volvo 240 DL I owned for a number of years (in the late 80s through the 90s).

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