Monday, January 25, 2010

Spontaneous Design

On Friday I was chatting with my friend Adam when he mentioned that he wanted a different image for his new serial blog, Gumshoe Casefiles. He described more or less what he wanted -- a manilla folder with the name in a typewriter font -- but said he couldn't find the right image.

I, of course, got all excited and told him how he could make a coffee-stained folder himself.

He lamented his lack of photoshop skills.

"Good thing you know a couple designers," I said.

Ten minutes later I was spilling coffee on my own manilla folder.



So far so good.



We decided the initial design looked too plain, so I took a photo of my desk, dropped it behind the folder, and added a little tilt for good measure.



He still plans to tweak the colors a bit, but go check out the final product!

Like what you see? Contact me for a custom blog head at melaniehoo@hotmail.com.

18 comments:

Stacey Graham said...

Looks great! Now I know what to do with all my coffee rings... ;)

june said...

I still can't get over how cool that came out! I love it when you can create what you envision!! I w00t you!

Melanie Avila said...

Stacey, there's a fine art to it... :P

AB, I'm excited it turned out as well as it did. And I love the way the rings look like handcuffs.

Janna Qualman said...

It's perfect! So well done.

Angie said...

Psst! You linky'd to Adam's main blog, not the Gumshoe Casefiles one that has your super-cool image on it. ;)

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Janna.

Angie, the first link was correct, but I've fixed the second now. Thanks!

JLC said...

Fantastic! I love doing creative stuff like this. Yours turned out great!

Erica said...

Very cool! I love doing stuff like that too :o) It looks fabulous - how creative!

Nadine said...

Wow, that looks great!! I'm impressed!! I'd already planned to use you if I needed anything, but now it's definitely cemented! Okay, got my book, got my designer, now just need agent/book deal. :)

Adam said...

It's awesomesauce! Thanks again, Mel, you're a design goddess! :D

Adam

(The blog owner)

Robin said...

Gorgeous! You're so talented!!!!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks everyone. :)

Elana Johnson said...

I do like what I see! I can't believe people can do that with their computers. I'm so not graphically artistically talented. Yes, those are words. :)

Allen said...

Great stains. I myself am quite a stain maker.

How are you at removing coffee rings from important files?

Melanie Avila said...

Elana, that made me laugh. Thanks. :)

Allen, that depends. Can I scan them?

poetinahat said...

Sweet!

I am not a professional, so I will not try this at home...

Melanie Avila said...

Hey! Look who's here. :)

gypsyscarlett said...

Very cool, Melanie. :)