Design Ideas with pencil and paper

Experimenting with a new Layout/Theme

I am going to work with Bootstrap (a popular HTML, CSS, and JavaScript framework) and/or Boilerplate to develop a new theme. If I like the results I will incorporate them into my proper website to move aaway from the stock WordPress look. I like the minimalist black and white scheme I’m using now so most of the changes will be in the layout and typography.


After looking through some themes I realise the “sparkling” theme from Colorlib is the basic layout I had in mind so I will use it as a child theme and make modifications. I have already switched over to the basic theme.


I’ve changed the header colour to the same red the default scheme uses for links and accents and I’ve changed the header font to “Merriweather” from Google fonts. I also added a logo in place of the website name but it’s placement looked strange and while it looked good in Adobe Illustrator it did not look good on the website so back to the drawing board.


I’ve added a slider to the homepage and changed the accent colour to blue. I also made white the predominant colour of the website. Until I have a satisfactory logo design I am using an italic, handwritten style font for my website logo. I feel it adds a nice bit of contrast and casualness compared to the other font styles.

Thank you,



3D clock built and rendered in Cinema 4D.

Simple 3D Clock

3D Clock, CInema 4D
A simple 3D clock built and rendered in Cinema 4D.

This is a 3D clock I built and rendered in Cinema 4D. It’s a very simple design based on a real one owned by a family member. Here is the real one:

Interesting clock
A clock owned by a family member with a cool, simple, design.

The moment I saw this clock I knew I had to recreate it with a 3D program. It consists of very simple shapes which could be made with simple poly and spline modelling. I was also interested in creating a realistic light and shadow setup without using V-RAY (I don’t have V-RAY installed on my computer). The lighting and texturing took longer than building the clock.

Cinema history, Star Wars infographic

History of Cinema Infograph

A movie info graphic showing how hero's have always been instantly great.
An info graphic showing hollywood hero’s have always been instantly great.


I thought the Star Wars: The Force Awakens was an enjoyable, if flawed movie. My rating is around 8 out of 10. What really annoys me are the complaints that Rey is a “Mary Sue” (she’s perfect at everything, beats Kylo Ren, etc.). On one hand it is a slight flaw in the movie, on the other hand male characters have had uber quick learning abilities for at least a century. If someone is only noticing this phenomenon now because Rey is a woman that is a bit troubling.

I put a few movies on this graph that share the same “problem” as Force Awakens and just so everyone knows: I like all these films. The 2009 Star Trek reboot has the worst case of this trope since Captain Kirk never really grows through the course of the movie, a problem the filmmakers tried addressing in the less successful follow up Star Trek: Into Darkness.