Family Tree

Family Tree

Recently I created a stationary template for a client planning a large family reunion. The set needed to include invitations, personal stationary and photo page templates.  It was a blast to create, here’s a few bits of the process I went through while designing this stationary pack.

The client wanted something to resemble “family” and include an impression of it growing and having generations to come.  A family tree – what a fantastic way to illustrate a growing family. This became starting point for this stationary logo design.

Doing some research, my eye was caught by an image seen on Pinterest by Inspiring Pretty.   The digital family tree I created evolved from this and other pictures I saw.  See it here!

In Adobe Illustrator, my favorite Adobe program, I began creating this tree in one color for ease of transferring the template from invitations to stationary and for the purpose of a simple, elegant and sophisticated look.

Getting started I created the trunk and then a few leaves.  I changed the size of leave just slightly as I arranged them on the tree, adding more and more until the tree was full.  Here’s how it turned out.

 

 

I loved the simplicity.  It can go with so many titles.  Here’s an example:

 

This graphic is so versatile.  I increase the image size and fit it on a 38″ X 54″ blanket throw. Perfect for a wedding/anniversary gift or a family reunion raffle!

 

Family Tree Newly Wed Blanket
Family Tree Newly Wed Blanket
by SeptemberSunshine
I had a lot of fun creating this digital family tree. If you have any questions or to get a copy of this image, contact me at pixelthin.com.

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer

It’s the holidays!  Are you wondering what to wear for that nice but casual holiday party.  It’s a crazy time to think about your attire.  Department stores are super busy, Amazon orders don’t arrive in time.

My suggestion:  go stylishly simple.

You may even have something in your closet that a new necklace or scarf will spruce up.  Or, try this not too fancy but nice (and may we add comfy) festive sweatshirt!

This one is designed by our in house designer and ready for your holiday festivities.

Christmas Tree Sweatshirt
Christmas Tree Sweatshirt
by SeptemberSunshine
Have a great holiday!
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Cool Safari Wear

Cool Safari Wear

We love to design new and creative things.  Our latest, the safari elephant!  Simple and bold. If you are looking for a great gift for the holidays, summer or back-to-school then check this out.  We love the way this new design makes a simply fantastic outfit.

Designed by Pixelthin and printed at Zazzle — your satisfaction is guaranteed!

 

Safari Elephant Design
Safari Elephant Design
Paired with these leggings!  What a match.
Black with Torquoise Elephant Leggings
Black with Torquoise Elephant Leggings
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A2 Hosting Pop Server

A2 Hosting Pop Server

I highly recommend A2 Hosting for web hosting and domain registration.  I have not been disappointed with the service, information and ease of access.  Plus they are very secure and fairly priced.

Recently I needed to add an email to be forwarded to my client side email application (gmail) from A2 Hosting webmail. I needed port numbers and other pertinent information that in the past has been a hassle to find.  I came across a page, “How to access e-mail accounts using client applications” put out by A2 Hosting.  I was glad to find this informative and easy to follow page.

I hope you will find it as helpful as I did.  This is just one of the ways I am continually impressed with A2Hosting!

If you give them a try and let me know what you think.

Here’s the article link again: How to access e-mail accounts using client applications

 

Moto G5s Plus

Moto G5s Plus

I purchased the Motorola Moto G5s Plus phone just over a week ago.  So far it’s a great phone!  I’ve had no problems with the battery life being strong all day and I love how it works.  The fingerprint feature and the Moto Actions that can be set up are amazing!  For a great phone and a great price, options of 32 GB and 64 GB storage, this is a great phone to buy.

What is awesome:

  • My favorite thing about this phone is the swipe your notifications feature.  Swipe and they no longer show up on the screen or the notification bar along the top.  Love this.
  • Double click on the notification brings you right to the exact location of the notification you were viewing.  Other phones will take you to the app to find the notification that shows up.  It’s a hassle to navigate and find what you just saw.
  • Fingerprint sensor works great.  It’s quick and sets up to turn on/off the phone.  It can also be set up as a single navigation button in Moto Actions.
  • The camera is really nice.  Clear shots and easy to focus and use.  Dual 13 MP cameras with a flash makes this camera work wonders.  The software included allows you to edit your shots and make them really pop.  Select filters that blur the background, add another image into the background or add a new color.
  • Moto Actions are really cool.  I can turn on my flashlight by chopping twice with the phone.  Turn it off the same way.  Turn on the camera with a twist.  Flip in on it’s face for the Do Not Disturb setting. There’s more but you get the idea.
  • Moto Display can reduce blue light if and when you want it to.

 

What’s not so impressive:

  • The auto brightness is on but when I wake up it’s super bright to look at the phone.  I wish they could tone down the brightness another notch or two in darker settings.
  • The power on button is located on the side of the phone.  Sometimes I bump it when I’m picking up the phone and turn it on/off without trying to.  Just a bit of a hassle until you get used to it.
  • Camera lens surface is quite large and I worry about it getting scratched.  I searched for a case that would give the lens the most protection. Wasn’t real easy to find but I’m pleased with the Ouba case.  It has a ring around the camera lens hole that keeps the lens from touching when it’s set down and seems to protect it fairly well.
  • Cases are becoming more readily available but there aren’t a lot of options in my opinion. I chose a clear case and added decoration myself.

Overall this is a really great phone.  The pros significantly outweigh the cons.  As background, I use to have an LG G4 phone.  I liked the power on and volume button location on the LG.  But hands down, I much prefer the Motorola Moto G5s Plus.  It’s really is awesome.

 

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ASUS Zenfone 2

ASUS Zenfone 2

 

The ASUS zenfone 2 is a budget smartphone from ASUS, and it has great specs for the price. It contains 64 Gb of storage and 4 Gbps of RAM, an Intel Atom Z3580, and a quad-core 2.3 GHz processor. The battery is as 3,000 milli-amp non-removable lithium-ion battery, and it has a 13-megapixel camera.

The things I personally like about the ASUS Zenfone 2 the processor breezes through most daily tasks, and never studders on everyday tasks. The phone also has lots of RAM, which helps the processor run fast, and you can keep many apps running in the background without a problem. with 64 GigaBytes, you have more than enough storage to download whatever videos, podcasts, games, and other things to your phone with no problem, the curved phone also has good viewing angles.

However, there are also things that I didn’t as much, such as the build quality. it is plastic build made to look like brushed aluminum, but the phone still feels plasticky and can be slippery, so a case is advised to avoid breakage of your technological device. The screen doesn’t get very bright and is not visible in broad sunlight. The battery also is not up to par, I was only getting around 3 hours of screen on time. The main culprit is the big 5.5-inch screen, coupled with the lack of battery optimization, was the reason for the shorter battery life.

Overall, I really enjoyed owning an ASUS Zenfone 2, it was a great daily phone, and to me, the pros really outweighed anything I didn’t like about it, and for the budget price of under 200 dollars, it is a great deal.

Nextbit Robin Review

Nextbit Robin Review

 

The Nextbit Robin is a Kickstarter phone, but don’t run away yet, because here’s the thing, it ACTUALLY WORKED! Crazy, I know.  The phone has three Gbs of RAM, 32 Gbs of storage onboard, a 5.2 inch, 1080p IPS LCD display, a 13 Megapixel camera, with a 5 Megapixel front-facing camera, and the phone runs off of a  Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor.

The big draw of the phone is its inbuilt cloud storage, whenever you start to run out of space, the phone will scan your app usage, and upload your least used apps to the cloud, with all of their data, to be recalled at any time.

The 32 Gbs of storage is more than enough for most people, but for the mega users, there are 100 Gbs of cloud storage, so fill your boots.

The phone performs really well, with no studders when navigating the home screen, or browsing the web. And a large amount of RAM allows apps to be recalled, with no restarting.

The camera works really well in bright light but only produces mediocre lower light shots.

The screen looks really nice and doesn’t attract fingerprints, and the dual front-facing speakers are awesome.

The build quality feels nice, but the phone has a full plastic body, so you probably want a good case so it doesn’t break at an unseemly time.

Overall, I really like the Robin. The cloud storage works great, with apps being recalled easily, and the Robin skin over android is fitted to this cloud-based phone, with options to pin apps, so they don’t get recalled, and a nice looking grayed out icon for apps in the cloud.

Common Ground: Graphic Design vs Interior Design

Common Ground: Graphic Design vs Interior Design

Picking the color of paint for my front door and stair way wall is a current project of mine.  The thought crossed my mind of how similar the process of choosing a color/style for my wall is to designing the color/style of my webpage.

It can seem quite stressful to make a decision that you’ll have to live with for the foreseeable future.  Change is doable.  But, you will lose time and money if you don’t like the outcome – and it can be super frustrating! So to avoid the frustrations, here are a few tricks of the design trade that will help you in whatever design avenue you are venturing in.

First – Know yourself

Deciding on a wall color seems pretty simple.   Any color seems like it would do.  You could even just consider painting it the same color as it was previously or just white!  Realistically, if we take a minute to look inside ourselves, usually we like change, or certain moods, feelings and environments.  I tend to like a simple, light, uplifting mood and color for my wall.  Similarly, when you design a website, it needs to be something that you like looking at.  It needs to create the mood and feeling you like to see.  Even if it sounds a little giddy — it needs to make you happy!

So, do some research.  Look at all different kinds of rooms (magazines, Pinterest, furniture stores, etc) to find a mood and color you like.  Alternately, for web design, look at lots of websites and find the ones that pull you in, make you want to stay a while.  Then, note these findings.  Keep them in a journal or reference file.  And with these findings, in a small way, you know yourself.

Second – Motif

Keeping a motif  helps you to stick to a style and keep your design cohesive.  A motif is a distinctive feature or idea in design that forms a pattern or decorative design.  With a wall, this may be the texture, pattern or gloss of the paint.  In web design, this would be the theme or reoccurring patterns on your site that help it be cohesive.  For example, your site might display these preview cards on each page to help navigate your reader.  Or, your header could be displayed in the same fashion on each page.  There needs to be something consistent that blends the design and helps it all come together.

Third – Balance

Balance should be considered in every design you encounter.  Balance is affected by the lines, shapes, colors, even textures that are present.  So, to achieve balance in your design you need to understand the ‘weight’ of objects. Dark colors are heavier and should be used comparatively less then light colors to achieve a balance.  Heavy lines on one side need to be counteracted by several smaller lines on the opposite sides. This creates balance without things being exactly symmetrical.   (Although symmetrical is a good way to balance a design too.)

When designing a webpage, balance can be achieved by creating ‘white space’.  White space is actually just that.  Space with nothing in it.  Blank white parts in a design.  When there’s balance, your eyes see the design as comfortable and pleasing.

Do you want the wall you’re painting to be an accent wall?  Do you want it to lengthen the room?  All these things help to balance out the space and create the mood and environment you are after.

Fourth – Have fun! 

Best of all — Have fun!  Your design shows the world who you are.  Really. Surprisingly, it comes out in your wall color!  It comes out in your business website! It comes out in the color of wardrobe you choose to wear!  There is no reason not to have fun with it. Let design bring out your inner self and  you’ll find your design decisions make you happy!

 

WIRECONS – Arrows

WIRECONS – Arrows

We’ve created a free library of arrows in our Wirecons series of font icons. These arrows are free to download and use in your online space.

 

Download Arrow Icon Library HERE!

 

Enjoy!