New Lakazdi.com

I have finally taken some time to create a new and improved website for Lakazdi.com. It is one of the new style single page “infinite” scroll which is really popular.

Tiny sneek peak: Lakazdi graphic design website.

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Challenges:

Some of the challenges here were in uploading a theme to a server to be able to use. Customising was fairly simple but some of the CSS in this particular theme was a bit buried or in the wrong place. A big tricky thing was realising how the site builder worked because sometimes the background colour was in an element but other times it was applied to the whole row. Choosing what to keep wasn’t to hard because I knew that I wanted some icons and some small bits of text. I wanted to make sure that the website gives skills and not a list of items I can create. This is because I have been pivoting my business to help other businesses with all their various material for marketing, not just one off project types.

Fun things:

It was fun to bring in the concrete texture that I have been using in my portfolio and in mock up samples to show to people. A super bonus of having WordPress.org now is that I get to have complete full control over these types of things. New new website has a custom font and that one and singular difference makes my website look like mine. It is such a specific looking font, is part of the logo and the tittle on the i is a diamond, the diamond in my background and logo. This font was very important to have.

Made for mobile:

This is the first time that I have had a website that is made with mobile devices in mind from the start. The other websites were always mobile as an after thought. So this means that some of the content blocks were ordered so that it flowed better on a mobile phone. There is usually a left and right column in my site which works in both contexts. Also, the testimonial pages is now swipe ready which is so much easier to “digest” than one long page full of scrolling.

Contact Form:

Previously I had my contact form on a different page. All the stats collected by not only wordpress but also google showed that not a single person clicked away from my home page in the past six-months. Super annoying since all my content was not on my website, including the contact form. So now the navigation is very simple and the contact form appears in my wordpress footer, meaning it is a the bottom of every single page on my site including at the end of all blog posts. I also removed any hurdles. I used to have five questions now it is just a tell me about your project box, and a robot checker.

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new clock for sale

I have designed a clock that is for sale on redbubble.

clock design print on demand drop shipping cute butterfly leaves redbubble art for sale


graphic design mockups

It has been really interesting for me to see how much the trend of print mockups has been on the internet as a way to showcase your work. Not so long ago when I first was adding portfolio items to behance I was using just screenshots of my files and now I take the time (which is getting quicker and quicker) to make mockup images. They really do tell the story better and are instantly recognisable. It is not until I see the two side-by-side that I realise this is a trend that will not be going away and this is something I am very happy with.

It certainly makes a difference when showing spreads of a book. Previously I felt the need to show the spine and edges otherwise there is no context.

using photoshop photo realistic mockup files to showcase your printed design work

I really do not think the difference is as profound with the cover but certainly, it is more obvious that this is a book cover and not a flyer or something else.mockups2But when showing something really quite big, like a billboard, the mockups are simply wonderful because it is so much easier to understand the scale in this context.

using photoshop photo realistic mockup files to showcase your printed design work


postcard design

photo of people riding bikes wearing helmets along waterfront, island in the background, blue sky, blue water, kassandradesigns, lakazdi, kassandra, photography, sylised text postcard style, corny cheesy postcard,

A postcard I designed to post out to friends and family. I decided to make the text “cheesy postcard style” which I enjoyed creating. I am also riding my bike wearing a dress that designed and sewed.

Image

The secret with the text was the selection tool to get space inside the type and deleting the inverse from photographs. These shapes of photograph are in layers behind the black text. I also used the selection and expand options to apply a white edge on the inside and the outside of the text. This was the most time consuming part of the process.

This was a fun, simple project which only took me an hour from start to print!


email signature

I have resigned my email signature.

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old wallpapers

Putting this old wallpaper on here made me open the folder full of these old but still lovely wallpapers. These are all mostly made with photographs that I have taken or fractals I generated and multiple layers in photoshop.

The caption is the name of the wallpaper and also the foundation of what made it.

 

Bollywood - two fractals

bush gerl - photo relection

digital desert - photograph

 

skylight very funky - photograph reflected

 

mega energy bonus pack - fractal

 

my light energy - photograph and vector

 

eerie - photograph

 

portal tunnel - fractal

 

power within - two photographs

 

psy psy - two fractals

 

self portrait of duel personalities - unedited photograph

 

sun of an arvo - photograph

 

we spoilt it - unedited photograph with text