Stumbling around

Written by Verne on February 17th, 2008

StumbleUponThe one pitfall of all these social communities spawning every day is that it becomes somewhat of a chore to upkeep them. And because everything you do online seems to be publically available thanks to great tools like Google, managing your online identity, whether you blog, tweet, digg, stumble, link in, facebook, or all of the above, can get quite exhausting.

Despite this, my social curiosity (or is it ‘curiosity 2.0′?) continues to drag me hesitantly down these beaten paths, led by my ambition to stay ahead of the game, yet lagged by my lack of bandwidth to build up another social identity.

That having been said, I finally gave in to StumbleUpon and have been putting in a three-quarter-ass effort to be active in the SU community. And because it’s not cool to stumble alone in an environment that jives on social interaction, I thought I’d share my profile with everyone in hopes of finding new people to fan and possibly some new fans in return as well.

So if you’re on StumbleUpon, leave a link to your profile in the comments so I can check it out. Help support my social addiction by checking out mine here: verneho.stumbleupon.com. Add me as a friend if you like my taste.

I’m armed with the toolbar now so you can expect some good stumbles from my end. I look forward to seeing yours!

I met the walrus

Written by Verne on February 15th, 2008

I came across a website today off my Facebook mini feed called I Met the Walrus. It is a microsite for an animated short film based on 14-year-old Jerry Levitan who, in 1969, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room and interviewed him during his in-bed-for-peace phase. The film has already been nominated for a handful of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

I watched the trailer, which is available on the site, and the art work really struck me. The film is completely animated in a sketchbook art style to the spoken words of the interview. For anyone who knows Lennon’s reputation as somewhat of a literary magician in his time, you’ll know you’re in for some seriously deep imagery. The flash-based website is done in the very same style as well, with quirky but unobtrusive animations dispersed around the site. The imagery is definitely odd but filled with meaning – almost as if Lennon had written the creative brief for the site himself. Even if you’re not a Beatles or Lennon fan, you should check out the site for some kick-ass art and animation.

I Met the Walrus

Props to Dungeon for the great site work and James Braithwaite, Alex Kurina, and Josh Raskin for the art and animation.

Creative Briefing Redesigned

Written by Verne on February 11th, 2008

Having just passed the 8 month mark of this blog, I thought it was time to give everyone a fresh face to look at (the site’s, not mine). Since starting in July 2007, Creative Briefing has matured a great deal in its content and value offering, as well as in its traffic and readership. I myself have made a few leaps and bounds as well since venturing into the blogosphere so it was time to reflect all the growth that’s happened.

Lorem Ipsum in its original formThe free Lorem Ipsum theme has served me well for these last 8 months. I had picked it originally for its simplicity and cleanliness, which is an aspect that hasn’t changed in the new design. In fact, I’ve made the new look even simpler and even cleaner in order to bring the focus back to what’s most important – the content.

I’ve also been working non-stop with WordPress in the past 2 month or so and my agency and I have already pumped out a handful of WP-powered sites. Naturally, the custom theme route was the only one to take for the new design. I’m already writing a “the making of…” post to help introduce you all to some of the new features here, but for now, I’ll let you just breathe it all in. I hope like it!

Creative Briefing v1

Creative Briefing v1

Creative Briefing v2

Creative Briefing v2

Please leave your comments and suggestions on the new design! I’ll be tying up a few loose ends here and there throughout the week so it’ll certainly help to have a few extra pairs of eyes.

The Season for Change

Apparently I’m not the only one who’s been feeling the need for change these days. Check out the fresh new looks of CSS-Tricks and Wake Up Later too!

FYI

Written by Verne on February 8th, 2008

If I’m quiet, it means I’m working on something.

If I’m working on something, there’s a 50% chance that you’ll all hear about it soon.

If I’m blogging about it, there’s a 99% chance you’ll all hear about it Monday.

Do the math! :)

Two blogs are better than one

Written by Verne on January 31st, 2008

In case you can’t get enough of me here, I thought I’d direct your attention over to Simply Put, the second blog that I’ve been actively contributing to. Simply Put is my agency’s blog and outlet for creative conversations, so if you’re killing time waiting for your pizza pops to finish in the microwave, swing by and read up on what we’re saying.

If you pay attention to my sidebar, you’ll also notice the RSS widget that pulls the latest headlines from Simply Put. I just wrote a quick tutorial over there on how to vertically center content with CSS (anybody want to lend a stumble or digg?). And if you’re not a web designer, maybe you’ll get a kick out of the color-coded text. Or maybe not.

Ding. My pizza pops are ready.