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There’s still much I need to post about that’s happened in the past few weeks, but DYBBUK’S MYSPACE LAYOUT IS DONE! :D

I’m not sure if Sam has figured out the HTML that will align the links properly in Internet Explorer yet, but it looks fine in Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome, so feel free to check it out if you’re using one of those! I don’t know if the header will look weird while he’s working on the links, but he’s an IT engineer, so I trust him. It looks okay in Opera, though the sections on the left overlap the ones on the right a little bit. There’s nothing that can really be done about that as far as I know, but at least it’s not too bad. I also wish I could find a code that actually gets rid of that annoying Google search bar, but I’ve had no luck after trying for days. Otherwise, I’m really happy with how it turned out, considering it's my first MySpace layout.



MYSPACE.COM/DYBBUKUS

Before I started designing the layout, Sam requested that he would like it to be inspired by Katatonia’s MySpace, which explains some of my design decisions. Of course, there will be new layouts in the future as the band evolves. I’ve already agreed to create some promotional graphics for the page once their EP is released this fall. Sam and Matt both like minimal design, so I tried to keep it that way by leaving out a background image. (Matt has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, but doesn’t know web design, which is why I ended up making their layout.) As long as the page is just as much aesthetically pleasing as it is easy to navigate, it’s a success. Everyone in the band likes it, so that’s all that really matters. Additional comments and criticism are still welcome, as usual. There’s always room to improve as an artist.

I created the illustration of a dybbuk with my Wacom Intuos4 tablet in PhotoShop CS3. The drawing is based off a card my sister has from Magic: The Gathering and the stylization of the figure was inspired by Japanese woodcut prints. I also wanted it to have a looser, painterly feeling to balance out the overly smooth and clean design. I took all the photos on the left side of the page (except for the one of Matt) at their show a couple weeks ago. I’ll be posting next about the show, along with a bunch of pictures I took.

Date: 2010-08-31 10:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] palovana.livejournal.com
CONGRATS!! I'm quite in love with it ;) Especially with the header. I just LOVE blue on black, heeh.

Date: 2010-09-01 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ferrumaeternum.livejournal.com
Thank you! :D I wasn't sure about the color scheme at first, so I'm really glad to hear you think it looks good.

Date: 2010-09-01 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rurouniyuudai85.livejournal.com
Haha, dude your sister plays Magic? I was just talking to someone about it earlier, I used to have tons of cards but I dunno what happened to the box of them D: I don't have any desire to play anymore but they had sentimental value and many of them had pretty awesome art.

Oh, er, as for the main purpose of this post xD the layout looks awesome and looks very easy to use! congrats! :D :D :D

Date: 2010-09-01 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ferrumaeternum.livejournal.com
Thanks! :) I'm just not a fan of some bands' MySpaces that have everything and the kitchen sink on them and it takes longer than it should to figure out how to simply add them, look at photos, or leave a comment.

Yeah, my sister's into that stuff...Magic, Dungeons & Dragons, Pokemon, Final Fantasy, anime, etc. She bought one of those huge boxes of cards on Amazon and it was like $60! D: A lot of them really do have nice artwork. I couldn't find any reference photos on Google of an actual dybbuk, so I asked her to pull out any cards that looked like they could be one. Most of the guys in the band like power metal, so I figured it would be okay to have something a little nerdy in the design. The one I used is called Nightwing Shade if you want to check it out. Hopefully I didn't rip off the illustration too much!

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