Michelle Clark Graphic Design


Dragon Rouge

Dragon Rouge logo

I don’t normally click on ads that sit on blogs or websites (unless they’re somewhere I know is credible or relevant) but Dragon Rouge pulled me in with their awesome logo design and I had to click and find out more. Of course the design of their site kept me interested – simple and easy to use with a great color palette (lots of purples and reds, my favorite!) As it turns out, Dragon Rouge is a marketing team with six notable locations around the world, including New York, Paris, London, and Hamburg. They specialize in brand strategy with a focus on design and innovation. I was having fun just browsing the site. I was able to see who they worked for, the projects themselves and several small details of those projects, learn about their team and their principles that drive the work they produce. The site has some great photography and I love their use of organic designs and color throughout. This is one inspiring site that pulled me in and kept me interested from start to finish.

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Using WordPress As a Portfolio

Following up on the free WordPress theme up for grabs on Smashing Magazine, I found this great blog called The Ultimate Guide to Using WordPress For A Portfolio. In it contains links to all you need to know for creating a portfolio online. It even goes step by step, with the first article showing WordPress developer tools and resources, then when you’ve got a handle on that you can view the next article which  gives you some pointers and explaining some common mistakes people make when designing their portfolio. Then you can generate some inspiration with a list of 50 Beautiful and Creative Portfolio Designs. It also offers a few other good free portfolio themes. All you need to know packaged into one little post!



Portfolio Website Tips
April 29, 2009, 11:31 am
Filed under: Design, Web Design | Tags: , , , , , ,

Not to be redundant when referring to blogs with good information, but MyInkBlog dished out another interesting post today. Other members of my GD252 class and myself are working on putting a portfolio site together and I am more into the design phase now that I’ve gotten all of my links working and project images in place, so I was glad I found this post entitled Traps to Avoid When Designing An Online Portfolio. Here is a brief overview of the information in this post.

  • Arrangement: Arrange your projects so your best foot is forward. Organize them from strongest to weakest.
  • Excessive material: Quality above quantity. Less is more. Avoid grouping similar styles together, or showcasing pieces with overly similar styles at all so as not to bore your viewers.
  • Don’t try too hard: Make something simple and user-friendly. You can make use of your design skills and new web design technologies such as interactive elements or flash animation to add a bit of interest.
  • Obscure navigation: Make sure your navigation is clear and easy to understand. You should also arrange photos so they can be viewed one click at a time.
  • Decorative mess: Don’t overly design your portfolio site. Let your work be on display and don’t visually confuse viewers with a bunch of extraneous elements.


…and more type.
April 27, 2009, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Design, Typography | Tags: , , ,

I found a great typography reference from the Aisle One blog called 8 Simple Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs, an article written by Antonio Carusone for Smashing Magazine. He talks about correctly measuring your column width (this is something I found useful when editing my chocolate book), leading, emphasis, and more. He even provides code examples of how you can mark up your text in CSS to achieve better typography on the web. It’s very straightforward and easy to understand – definetly worth a look.