A Thirteen7 Preview

For the past couple of days, on and off, I’ve been trying to work on Thirteen7’s website design. Since the weather went downhill I’ve been finding it harder to motivate myself. Bring back the sun!

Anywho, here’s a little sneak peek at the opening page of the website. It’s only a clip of the whole page. Don’t want to give it all away. Not yet!

Thirteen7 Sneak Peek

I was a bit nervous about the colour scheme and the direction I was going in for the look and feel. But, I’m really liking it now. I was worried about the green and red colour combination. But my fears have been abated.

There’s still a lot to do – designs for the other pages, what it’ll look like when scaled down, etc. But it feels good that it’s going forward.

Hitting the wall with designer’s block

After a couple of weeks happily being able to open up Photoshop and get stuck in, letting my creative juices loose, I finally hit that block. Designer’s Block. And I hit it hard.

Today, I’ve just struggled. Yesterday, I thought I was going to struggle to think of a logo for my upcoming freelance design company, but it just came to me and I was happy with what I managed to produced. Today my plan was to come up with the website for my new company and it just wasn’t coming to me.

Trying to work through the Block

I’d jotted down a loose brief for myself. What sections I need, what the purpose of the website is. Just by writing a few things down (with traditional pen and paper) usually helps me get into the mindset of what I need to do. I drew a rough sketch of what I wanted the homepage to look like. Time for a bit of dabbling in Photoshop.

Getting some inspiration

Again, I struggled. So I went back to the trusty Internet. Headed over to Media Queries and Dribble for a little bit of inspiration.

Finally, something helped! I re-drew my rough sketch and feel like I’m finally onto something.

(Just waiting for the inevitable to happen tomorrow – open up my rough sketch and decide I hate it all over again.)