Jacana Jamboree logo

Jacana Media needed a logo for their jamboree held in Cape Town this year – which took place during the CT book fair.

Jacana_Jamboree_logo

Take a look at it here – @ my NEW updated website.

Diamonds are forever!

I’ve just received a photograph of one of a recent billboard adverts that I did that has been up for a couple of days. I think it looks great – just as good as the original visual I did for the client. Can you tell the difference? Which one is the visual “mock-up” and which one the real photo?

Diamond Billboard pic

Diamond Billboard pic

Joburg soccer, football crazy

It was great to be out and about this weekend, Joburg’s football fever has definitely struck. With the international teams arriving there are loads of press and tourists all around, the vibe is electric and it’s fun to be around.

2010 flags

Of course traffic still everywhere, leave early people that’s all I can say on that one. Sat and had a few drinks, people watched, flags and foreign accents all around. Then went to browse in Exclusive books Sandton, and walking past all the shops loved the football displays and paraphernalia in all the shop windows.

2010 sport shop window
2010 sport shop window

Some shops have really done some cute stuff, love the little football silver charms in the jewelery shop window. Socrates shoe store have a great display of hanging footballs and have even done lovely football carry bags. Of course vuvuzelas everywhere and a lovely makarapa hat in the curio shop. You have got to admire coricrafts SA flag couch, not for your house, but might look cute in an office somewhere.

2010 shop windows
2010 socrates shoe shop
jewelery shop

There was one shop that tried, but no cigar, with some not too great painted display drops (see photos).

shop window

I also like Big blues SA flag shirt, for a bloke watching the game, and they have the horn kuduzelas, I do wish they sold silent ones though. Woolies have also done a great window display cabinet in the flag colours with all their footy wares.

big blue shop window
woolies 2010 window

I must say that I’m sorry to see Nelson Mandela square with a huge Sony tent filling the space, it would’ve been great to leave it open with the fountain and countdown to 2010 cick off clock still visible, folks gathering outside in the midday sun, pity. That’s joburg, fill every space possible! The tent looks like it’s for screening the soccer in 3D, Sony have a huge 3D campaign all over the place.

2010 country foorballs

The other cute thing, the usual African figure carvings which have been done as football figures and painted in the various team colours, have been made to come apart for easy traveling. That’s football crazy!

2010 african carved figures

Yo sum yummy dim sum at So yum

We finally got to eat at So Yum in Hyde Park last night. One of my favourite things to eat is dim sum, we used to love eating them when we lived in London, so we’re thrilled there’s a new spot in town serving them up. In London once, on an early date one Sunday we had the most amazing time at DimT in Hampstead, I think we sat there for about six hours and ended the evening having one for the road with the waitress, it was a great, memorable date.

So yum is part of the Oyo, Wangthai group, Oyo also serve great dim sum (but only have a few choices on the menu). So yum have more to choose from and they were very yummy. There is nothing nicer than the prawn and celery gau dipped in that spicy mushroom soya sauce, yummm.

We also drank a really nice bottle of red, a Virnum Africa Cabernet Sauvignon and then, as you can see, finished the meal off with a divine berry meringue desert for three. A good night out, with delicious dim sum was had by all.

So Yum Telephone number: 011 325 5360


more about dim sum

Quick and easy snapshot photo for your blog or avatar pic

If you’re looking for a very quick and easy way to update avatar pics or blog photos check out seenly.com for taking snapshot of yourself from your webcam, with some photobooth like options.


It then gives you the option to email to a friend, or to copy the URL. It is not like dailybooth in that it does not show the photos on a site, it just takes the photos and supplies the link to them for you to paste into your blog posts or wherever you might need them. Very easy to use, go on try it quickly.


Lomo9 effect

Lomo9 effect




Arty effect pic

Artsy Fartsy effect




seemly photo

Three slide effect




www.seenly.com

Can you guess what we did on the weekend?

Take a look at the photo and if you can guess what we did on the weekend, you’ll get 10 points. The clues are, lots of stop starting, bending over, flicking, wacking, floeking and sweating, my butt hurts! It was fun, and we got in some exercise!

True North website – coaching website goes live

The new True North coaching website went live recently. I Was just waiting for some extra illustrations for the paths of excellence section, which I now have – and the site is complete. The brief was for a very clean site, easy to use and read because there is quite a lot of content – about all the different coaching programs and offerings etc. Take a look at the site and let me know what you think.

www.truenorthpath.co.za

truenorthpath website

How to hang odd picture frames, while making chicken soup

We’ve been collecting squared like frames for a while and had a round mirror already up on the wall where wanted the frames to go. We were struggling to find the right look for all the frames together on this wall.

I decided to photograph them all and play around in photoshop to find the best solution for the wall. We had to polyfiller the hole where the mirror hung and moved it central to position all the frames around it.

Take a look at the process involved in getting all the frames up on the wall – while we had a gorgeous chicken soup cooking on the stove.

New Schuster movie website

We’ve just finished the website for the new Leon Schuster movie “Leon Schuster Schuks Tshabalala‘s Survival Guide to South Africa” – it will still be updated as new content becomes available, but the Schuks trailer has just been released and can been viewed under previews.

You can view the site here: www.schuks.co.za

Schuks website

Also take a look at the poster design – designed for this specific genre of ‘gag’ movie.

Schuks website

Links to learning about menus with image sprites that also work in IE.

The tutorial How to create a css menu using image sprites by Chris Spooner from www.line25.com, is a great tut to get you into the concept and idea of using image sprites to create graphic menus. It does however have an issue which a lot of people have encountered with this method that appears only in IE, which is a an ugly jump or flicker. If IE is of no consequence to you and your website though, then this method is great.

http://line25.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-css-menu-using-image-sprites

I needed to consider that a significant part of my clients audience would be from the corporate sector and would often be viewing the site in Internet Explorer and possibly an outdated version of IE. Updating software in large corporations often needs to be done by the systems administrator, and I think this has a lot to do with so many old browser versions are still alive and active out there. So I then looked at A list apart’s tutorial called CSS Sprites: Image Slicing’s Kiss of death by Dave Shea. I redid my menu using this method and tested in IE and hay presto, NO Flicker or menu jumping down a few pixels. Great!

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/sprites

A List apart also makes reference to the article: Fast Rollovers Without Preload by Petr Stanicek for the basics of the technique.

http://wellstyled.com/css-nopreload-rollovers.html

And lastly for your reference Chris Spooner also has a great little tutorial on simple buttons with css image sprites. And I think once you’ve read all of them you will have a better understanding of using css image sprites – at least I do.

http://line25.com/tutorials/how-to-build-a-simple-button-with-css-image-sprites

I spent some time looking all this up to solve the issue I was having in IE so I thought I would write it down and share the tuts that helped me.

Thanks to all the articles mentioned here for the learning experience and the knowledge!