I enjoy drinking ale and some of my favourite ales are from the Hook Norton Brewery. Hook Norton have rebranded and I rather like it, so felt compelled to blog about it a little.
I did like the old Hook Norton Brewery brand, it had a lot personality and wasn’t particularly in desperate need of a rebrand.
The new Hook Norton Brand is a great Success. The curly ornate decoration matches that on the gates of the brewery and I think the fresh typeface blends their victorian heritage with a fresh contemporary look and encompasses the Cotswold feel wonderfully.
I love the new strapline ‘Handcrafted in the Cotswold Hills since 1849’. coupled with great illustration work, which I have come to expect from Hook Norton. Also the pump clips look great and look like pints with frothy heads.
More info on the rebrand can be found here.
Today Adobe announced a free download of Photoshop CS6 Beta.
I use Photoshop everyday, so this software is a big deal for me.
New features I’m very excited about are:
Pixel Accuracy/Snap to Pixel
New Vector Layer
Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Steve Jobs will continue to inspire me long after his death today. Thank you Steve, for making the world a brighter more shiner place.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” - Steve Jobs
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs
I created this vector illustration of the 27” Apple Cinema Display, so I thought I’d share the source files. Feel free to use it as you please. The Illustration is created using Adobe Illustrator CS5.
You can download the the source file here: apple_cinema_display.ai
There are increasingly more and more devices with different screen sizes and resolutions that websites need to work on. I feel that fixed width grid layouts will have to become a thing of the past. After seeing Simon Collison’s www.colly.com and Jon Hicks’ www.hicksdesign.co.uk website redesigns using responsive web design techniques captained by Ethan Marcotte in his A List Apart article www.alistapart.com/articles/responsive-web-design, which involves flexible images and grids coupled with @media queries I felt inspired to start to adopt this new way of building websites.
I’ve been meaning to redesign my own website for a while now and experiment with these new techniques and after reading Ethan Marcotte’s new book Responsive Web Design as published by A Book Apart http://www.abookapart.com/products/responsive-web-design I’ve finally managed to make it responsive. It’s my first crack at it, so I’m sure I’ve still got a lot to learn, so go easy on me.
See the HTML and CSS here
TIP: If you are using a parent element. Make sure that the parent div has position: relative; z-index: 99; or those shadows won’t show up.
Update 9/12/10: Slightly amended the code thanks to some tweaks by Cameron Moll:http://drbl.in/GCt
Also removed the -ms filters to avoid confusion and please @Malarkey
thanks to www.ballyhooblog.com for the inspiration.