V14: “Clouds” a.k.a. Make it LIGHTER!

I know that I’ve had this design iteration of my blog up for quite some time, but I never really considered it complete. In fact, I still don’t think it’s optimal, but it’s about time I post about it anyway.

Unlike the last design, the colour scheme here is dominantly white and cyan. This time around I really wanted to show that I wasn’t all dark and suicidal. That scares people away. What the lighter colours do here is invite people to come in and read (hence the dark text on white background). If you’re complaining that it makes your eyes bleed, then that’s your fault. Turn on some [more] lights and sit farther away from the monitor – you’re mutilating your eyes (glasses/contact user, here) by not doing so. Continue reading “V14: “Clouds” a.k.a. Make it LIGHTER!”

Minecraft: Pixel Crack

Like most of the internet, I have been obsessed with a quirky little game called Minecraft. I have lost countless hours to this game building shelters, exploring cave systems, and fighting against the monsters that come out at night. It’s truly a remarkable game that deserves a lot more praise.

Here are the Cliffnotes. Minecraft is…

  • A sandbox game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world
  • Set in an infinitely large world
  • A world that allows you to build the most intricate structures you can imagine out of simple blocks
  • Updated almost every week by its creator Notch (Markus Persson)
  • Both singleplayer and multiplayer
  • Profoundly addictive

That’s all nice and dandy, but I think the best way to let you get a taste of a game is through a short gameplay video… Continue reading “Minecraft: Pixel Crack”

How to Create a Letterpress Effect, the Easy Way

LetterpressMany people are adopting a new design trend where the letters are seemingly pressed into the background, better known as a letterpress effect. In this short tutorial, I’ll show you a quick, easy, and non-destructive way to achieve this effect. I’ll be using Photoshop here, but you may be able to adapt the techniques for use in any other image manipulator once you understand the two things that are required for a letterpress effect.

There are a few ways of doing this, but this way is by far my favourite because it’s so easy to modify the effect later on if needed.

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10 Shows You Should Have Seen

Kings CastPrime time television is a cruel place. If a show scores below two million views consistently, you can expect it to be cut by the executives. Sometimes that happens to truly great shows that just happen to be competing with other already popular programs like American Idol or even the Superbowl. Nonetheless, while everyone else is watching Simon Cowell in his ill-fitting shirts, there are still those one million loyal viewers waiting to see what happens in their favourite (albeit unpopular) series.

Today, I’ll be sharing some of those shows that had great potential, but a bad time slot. With all the garbage on TV these days, it might be good to shed some light on some shows that were unique, well produced, or ahead of their time.

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