Archive for the 'Creativity' Category

It’s time to vote

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

The banners are here, number 1 to 11 and here’s the poll, courtesy PollDaddy

Go forth and vote!

p.s. If you’d like any of the banners customized for your site, let me know. I think my PhotoShop skills will stretch to resizing and text editing…

A quick reminder

Friday, December 15th, 2006

That the Christmas Banner Contest ends tonight at midnight – we’ve one more entry in (number 11) so there’s just enough time to squeeze one in before the bells start chiming.

There has been some muttering that the cd prize might contain (*sharp intake of breath*) tracks by the esteemed Ms Black and Mr Humperdinck.

Ah no. I’ve been studying your festive memes, particularly the favourite Christmas track question, so rest assured will be the epitome of Christmas good taste and cheer…

Meanwhile, a few Christmas links to hopefully get you in the mood for a little banner creation:

Update: I’ve now updated the page with the 11th banner. Stupid, stupid woman.

Christmas banner contest!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Right then, the Photo Matt random image script plugin is installed and working (this support forum reply by Podz of the fantabulous Tamba 2 WordPress guides was especially helpful) and there are currently 10 different headers waiting for you on each visit.

To save you hitting the refresh button endlessly I’ve put all of the banners on one page with notes on the image source and font used where known.

Where known? Oh yes indeed. Because some of those banners have been contributed by our friendly neighbourhood bloggers and I thought the creative amongst you might also like to have a go at creating one. Or two…

So you have until midnight GMT on Friday, 15 December to chew the ends of numerous pencils and come up with some lovely Christmas/holiday/winter banners. Want to know more? Read on…

Prepping for the weekend

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

We have the granddaughters staying this weekend (hooray!) so I’m on the lookout for some more online games to keep the computer addicted pair happy.

A quick hop over to Lazy Laces and there’s nothing specifically for 3 and 6 year olds but as always, plenty to keep us older kids happy.

How about creating a talking squirrel animation? Talking flowers or tomatoes? Or maybe some ninja text? Then there’s the movie clapperboard generator.

Movie clapperboard for 'Constipation, the movie'

Nathan Janes and Pop ARF

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Pop art painting of black and white dog called Button

Nathan Janes’ Pop ARF

Any similarity between Button (above) and this black and white mutt are purely coincidental.

A new banner

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Does anyone else spend hours browsing Stock Xchng? Oh good, it’s not just me then. I loved the old banner but the winter weather is getting to me a bit so I’d intended to have a nice summery beach scene up there to cheer things up.

Then I stumbled across John Rijsbergen‘s picture on Stock Xchng and the plans changed. Who could resist that cutie, eh?

Photograph of sweet dog and chasing daisy text

Of course, 5 minutes later I visited Em’s blog and found that he had a perfect banner picture. If he doesn’t mind me stealing it, that’ll be the next one.


Saturday, December 10th, 2005

cartoon of boy's hand drawing a cartoon

Cartoonster.com has free step by step tutorials to teach you how to create fun animations.

A competition, a Mac toy and an update

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Educating Tippler : Em is running a guess the song title competition. Don’t do as I did, eyes-a-shining, keyboard at the ready, a google page ready to burn – he just wants ONE song title per person. Dammit.

Flickr Savr is a screensaver for the Mac using Flickr photos. It’s still in beta and being Macless, I can’t test it but it seems that you can set criteria such as user name, tags, contacts, etc. [Via Trois Couleurs.]

An update to the paper postRobert J Lang’s delicious Origami site (from Ian) and how to create an origami cd holder.

J’ai le cafard

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

It’s always tickled me that the French phrase avoir le cafard (to be down in the dumps, have a case of the blues) literally means to “have the cockroach”. Which is a neat segue neatly into a collection of animated short films by this year’s students at the Arles Ecole d’Enseignement supérieur spécialisées en infographie [via MetaFilter].

You can watch or download the films from here and there’s more information about the students on this page. I’m trying to go back and watch films from previous years but the site navigation sucks, it hasn’t been coded for Firefox and is currently hanging and about to crash methinks. Anyway, don’t let that stop you enjoying the work, there are some gems in there.

Favourites so far are Edna by Thomas Guisiano and Matthieu Rey – Charlie Chaplin (literally) in the movies and the much darker Cafard by Paul Jacamon, Thomas Léonard and Guillaume Marques. I’m off to watch some more.

Leontine's face

Update: There’s a lovely little film called Léontine by Claire Courtois and Fabienne Mouillac which has its own website , including a gallery of stills, storyboard extracts, a lot of sketches and colour research. Excellent.

There’s also a page of links to some of the other films that might be easier to navigate.

Staying with the school site, here are links to films from previous years:

Other means of navigation: If you’re on the student page and see a thumbnail of a film that looks interesting, you can click on that thumbnail to get the names of the student filmmaker(s) in the right hand side of the screen. If you then click on one of the + d’infos buttons under each student, you’ll see a popup window. Click on the fim thumbnail there and it’ll take you to the film. I take it they’re not hoping to win any prizes for web design?

Later that night…
People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones – I’ve just realised that there’s an English version of the site too.

The one with the paper links

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Sheet of A4 paper, the detailed shape of a man cut from it

Via Pixeldiva, the wonderful paper art of Peter Callesen. This Danish artist also works in ice.

From the Times: Ultimate paper plane takes to skies

A TEAM of young scientists has created what they believe to be the perfect paper plane.

It can fly more than 100ft (30m) and remain aloft for about 20 seconds. Most importantly, it is easy to make. The plane, named Avenger, has been judged by academics to contain the ideal balance between complex aerodynamic principles and simplicity of design. Its looks may also have helped: the delta wing is reminiscent of Concorde.

Maybe you’d like to build your own or make some paper toys

For the more ambitious, here’s how to build a paper Mac, build origami dinosaurs and insects and even a blog dedicated to all things creative with paper.

Update #1: how to create an origami cd holder

Update #2: From IanRobert J Lang’s wonderful origami site.

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