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Cartoons

Cartoons

Posted: May 03, 2012

I love to make my own cartoons for my political posts. They help to emphasize my points about what's going on in the tech world and what the possible solutions are. As an Absurdist, I exaggerate the ridiculous aspects of the Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) tactics of the intellectual property (IP) maximalists and speak as I find.

Here are some of my favourites. See them in situ on my blog at Wendy Cockcroft Web Design: News.

 

Whack-a-mole, with legislation  MAFIAA milking machine The Pirates are coming! Ah, but it's the Pirate Party. That's good.

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Gift

Gift

Posted: Dec 18, 2011

Another garish theme, it's inspired by piles of presents under the tree. I had a lot of fun with GIMP making the gradients to create a 3D effect on some of the images. GIMP also has a plugin called G'MIC which warps images. It's how I did the ribbons. The font is Rammetto One.

Get it here:

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Present

Present

Posted: Dec 18, 2011

The next of the three themes I've made as a Christmas present to you all is... Present. Inspired by wrapping paper and tags, I've made a metallic gradient for the information panels. The font is Lobster.

Get it here:

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Snowfall

Snowfall

Posted: Dec 17, 2011

I've made a new theme for you all; feel free to pick it up and use it for yourselves. I've had people ask if it's okay to play with them. Yes, it is. I started by altering the themes available here so there's not much point in getting all precious about the ones I make.

It's got an animated background which I've had to host elsewhere. The static images are hosted here.

Get it from this link:

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More Creative Hive Themes

More Creative Hive Themes

Posted: Oct 18, 2011

I just can't leave them alone. I love to play with graphics and DHTML, I'm like a kid in a toyshop when it comes to this stuff so it's hardly surprising that when the opportunity to demonstrate my skills by making more templates came along, I jumped at it.

Alex Fenton has been adding my images to the Creative Hive servers so I've updated the templates I had here already and have written the new ones with the URLs of where the images will be when he's added the latest batch. I'm going to make a couple of seasonal ones, then I'll stop. I think...

These new templates have rounded corners, text-shadows and drop shadow effects. Basically, I'm showing off my knowledge of CSS3 image and text display techniques. I've dug into the CSS of the site itself in order to get rid of unwanted borders and change the hr and the info box colours and, after taking Alex's advice on placement of the @import for the Google fonts, I've added effects to them, too. To take a closer look at the templates and get the files, go to my blog, where they're attached at the end of this post, and download them.

 

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Oct 18, 2011 : alexfenton Says:

Some more great efforts here Wendy. Really interesting to see the way you've used the technology here to provide some interesting options. Well done and thank you for expanding the CH template range, which was very much in need of some new offerings!

Oct 19, 2011 : Wendy Says:

Thanks, Alex, it feels like the sun shining on me to read your comments. I'm going to make some seasonal ones, then leave it... probably. I keep getting inspired. I've been reading up on new CSS4 selectors and how HTML5 is not going to do away with the old tags, e.g. and , entirely. Details here: http://www.splashnology.com/article/html5-new-functions-of-the-old-tags/3041/ I really do enjoy doing this, so thank you for all your support.

Oct 22, 2011 : alison-burrows Says:

Wow, Wendy, very impressive. I might play around with one if I may?

Oct 22, 2011 : Wendy Says:

Hi Alison, help yourself. :D

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Themes

Themes

Posted: Oct 16, 2011

I've made some themes for members to use. You can download them from here on my blog. There's an attribution on the bottom of each one that doesn't show on your page because it's there for the search engine spiders to read. Please do not remove it. I've added some Google fonts and they're coming out well, thanks to the advice I got from Alex. The Night theme has a Gif animated background that slowly blinks.

If you like them or you want me to make a bespoke one for you, let me know.

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Oct 16, 2011 : alexfenton Says:

Fantastic. I think you are the first person to make templates and distribute them. Its really pleasing and I think they look great!

Oct 17, 2011 : Wendy Says:

Thanks, Alex. I've taken your advice about putting the @import code at the top and the results are fabulous. I just LOVE to mess about with graphics and code. This is my idea of fun and I am thoroughly enjoying myself.

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TEDxSalford

TEDxSalford

Posted: Oct 14, 2011

When student and curator of TEDxSalford Mishal Saeed approached me by email to ask for sponsorship for this my first instinct was to say no because I'm not really in the position to give work away. Her honesty and enthusiasm won me over so I agreed to do it after all.

The first picture is the site itself. Built on WordPress, I was responsible for advising on hosting and setting it up. Mishal wanted to use the Digitalis theme and with a little help from student Vlad Jiman I got it up and running. Theme features include the three columns with read more text you see below the Nivo slideshow.

The second one shows how I worked around the theme restrictions to create multiple galleries. Lightox is integral to the theme and it doesn't like us using other slideshow programs. We could have gone for a pro Flickr account and embedded their slideshow but due to budgetary constraints they decided against it. I made a table using WP-Tables Reloaded and hid some of the rows to avoid creating a tiled mosiac. I inserted thumnail images linked to bigger ones on the Flickr account and set to open in a new page. The lightbox picks them up and displays the bigger images as well as providing us with a manual slideshow. I can have as many of these as I want and in the end there will be five.

TEDxSalford TEDxSalford Gallery TEDxSalford on Facebook TEDxSalford on Twitter
TEDxSalford TEDxSalford Gallery TEDxSalford on Facebook TEDxSalford on Twitter

Mishal wanted a nice Facebook landing page. The package I offer for my clients involves my making a bespoke landing page on Facebook and Twitter. I may or may not be responsible for setting up the accounts myself; if there's one already I need to be given administrative access so I can customise them.

The Twitter account has seen some changes. I made a background image that mimics the one on the site with its split between swathes of black and white, and changed the link colour to the bright red of  the TEDxSalford logo.

I really love messing about with this stuff and am happy to help anyone who is having trouble with it.

 

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Oct 14, 2011 : alexfenton Says:

This is a really cracking job Wendy, well done. Great effort on the new Creative Hive space - I love what you've done with it. Couple of missing images on the post though - let me know if I can help.

Oct 14, 2011 : Wendy Says:

You can -- I don't know why they're missing. Is it because we're not supposed to use .pngs in the gallery? Is there a reason why the FB option won't link? What did I do wrong there?

Oct 14, 2011 : alexf Says:

Yeah,image bank accepts JPG not PNG at the mo Im afraid. I think I deliberately didnt link the FB just in case anything changed at the FB end.

Oct 14, 2011 : Wendy Says:

Okay, thanks. I'll upload some .jpgs later on. Thanks for making the featured image visible. This really is cool. I'll let you know when the templates are ready.

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