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Design

A fresh lick of paint on Afrigator

MyGator LogoOne of my quests whilst in Cape Town over the last month was a few days in the Afrigator headquarters with Justin, Stii and Lester. After a good catch up and a few beers it was straight into the work with the main priority being some tweaks to the Afrigator user interface. Tweaks is probably a fairly loose and understated term for the amount of work that went into today’s launch.

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Design Link Worthy

MTV Engine Room

http://www.mtvengineroom.com/flowplayer/FlowPlayerDark.swf?config=%7Bembedded%3Atrue%2Cloop%3Afalse%2CsplashImageFile%3A%27%2Fimg%2Fvideo%5Fthumb%2Ejpg%27%2CstreamingServerURL%3A%27rtmp%3A%2F%2Fstreaming.mtvengineroom.com%2Fondemand%2Fengineroom%2Fmer%2FER1%2Fshow%27%2CvideoFile%3A%27ER1_english_europe_embed%27%2CinitialScale%3A%27scale%27%2CcontrolBarBackgroundColor%3A%270×000000%27%2CautoBuffering%3Atrue%2CautoPlay%3Afalse%7D

You might have heard? MTV and HP have teamed up to bring 4 teams of digital artists from around the world to New York City to compete in a series of creative challenges. The winning team takes home $400,000USD in cash plus HP gear.

I love the concept of this show and will definitely be following it, especially seeing it will all be broadcasted online @ www.mtvengineroom.com.

Where is Team Africa though?

Yet again why has Africa been forgotten? There’s load of creative minds in deepest, darkest Africa!

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Design Link Worthy

13 Wonderful Websites using WooThemes

Nothing pleases Adii, Magnus or myself more than to see our WooThemes dotted around the internet with a lot of people taking the time, effort and creativity to customize their theme to give it that extra wow factor.

Within our popular, registered-users only support forums we have a dedicated forum to showcase these customizations. We certainly plan to create a gallery viewable to all our site visitors showcasing the wonderful work, but before that happens I thought I would share with you some of my favourites.

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Design Personal Ramblings

I have seen the future

This last weekend I got to see Wall-E. A film I’d been looking forward to watch, after hearing from numerous friends that the CGI animation was absolutely fantastic.

I’m a huge fan of animated movies, I love all the Pixar productions – Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, as well as other animated films like Ice Age and Shrek. What I find amazing is how animation is evolving and with every new film release the possibilities of the technology become more and more limitless.

After Pixar achieved believable water physics in Finding Nemo, which must have been an incredibly difficult task, they then set themselves the monumental task of animating body language and emotion effectively and realistically. Years of complex programming and 3D modelling have created a loveable robot named Wall-E, that doesn’t speak a word of any human voice, but communicates through robotic sounds and body language.

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Design Link Worthy

I Met The Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

Link courtesy of thescott

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Design

Papercut Theme

WooThemes Papercut TeaserPapercut is the latest WooThemes masterpiece that has just been launched. It’s a grungy, illustrative, paper-stained design, with an underlying pixel perfect grid structure.

The home page effectively displays a whole heap of content without looking too crowded, whilst the sidebar can be completely shuffled around as it is entirely widget based.

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Design Funnies

The Font Conference

Some of you will probably roar with laughter, some of you just won’t get it.

http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1823766&fullscreen=1

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Design Personal Ramblings

Interviewed

Mark Forrester gets talking on Techleader

A couple days late, but just a quick note to point you in the direction of a recent interview I did with Nic Haralambous for his Mail & Guardian Techleader blog. In it I discuss my design work, business ventures and what it is that I really do.

If you are bored at work, or have no work to do, grab a coffee and have a read over here.

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Design

My Moo Business Cards

I recently designed some new business cards with my updated contact details and business ventures on it. I twittered a question asking for a good print service here in the UK and I got a few replies all saying I must try Moo.com.

Moo.com seemlessly retrieves photos from your Flickr account and allows you to use them on your business cards, mini cards, greeting cards, stickers or note cards at the click of a few buttons. You can also upload directly to Moo or retrieve photos from Facebook. It’s that easy.

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Design

WooThemes launches

It is with extreme pride that I can finally announce the launch of our all new WordPress premium theme shop and theme club – WooThemes. After months of careful planning, pixel pushing, browser testing and copywriting we are finally happy with what we have created and are ready to go public with it.

Together with my awesome team mates – the South African WordPress rockstar – Adii, the Norwegian fishermanMagnus Jepson, and the newly aquired Englishman – designer and speaker – Elliot Jay Stocks we should be a force to be reckoned with within the WordPress theme space.

As some of you may be aware we have been selling premiumWordPress themes through our rather dusty Premium News Theme shop (no need for a hyperlink as you will be re-directed to WooThemes anyways) for a while now, however it was only ever intended to house one theme there, as its name was somewhat limiting us to a niche style of WordPress themes. The all-new WooThemes is the evolution of our previous online shop that now enables us to explore all sorts of exciting theme ideas and creations.