After listening to a Hello Internet podcast episode, I thought it might be fun to attempt to re-design the Liberian county flags that were ridiculed. I’m completely unqualified to tackle any of these flags, knowing what I do about Liberia. (Which is nothing.) I simply looked at the original flags, skimmed the relevant Wikipedia articles and tried to come up with nicer-looking designs.
You can compare my designs with the originals at the bottom of this post and read about how — for a brief moment — it seemed possible that these flags could have been seriously considered by someone in the Liberian government!
The Flag of Liberia
My concept was fairly simple: To take the top half of the Liberian country flag, turn it 90 degrees and use that as a canton for each of the county designs. The Liberian flag has a fairly wide aspect ratio (10:19) meaning that the ‘earmark’ I’ve used on each of these flags could be ‘cut off’ and the remaining flag would *almost* be a standard 2:3 ratio. That gives each county the option to use a version of their flag with or without the Liberian canton.
The concept is pretty basic: A primitive tribe of monstrous folk live in the mountains and prey on several surrounding human communities for their food and supplies. They don’t have a well developed written language, so they’ve marked points of interest on their maps using pictograms and other symbols. It’s like a hobo code. They’re mostly interested in food and threats, so the symbols include bread and livestock (farmers), fish, villages and cities etc. They also mark on weapons to indicate how dangerous the people are in those areas.
It’s a small map because they travel by foot and this is basically their whole world and it lacks sophistication because they do.
: I’m happy to report that my map won this particular challenge!
I worked on the BBC’s Doctor Who website during Matt Smith’s first series. Of all the work I produced, I was most proud of this Prisoner Zero wanted poster I created as a downloadable goodie to accompany the episode The Eleventh Hour. Somewhat uniquely, it was approved exactly as I presented it.
As the disclaimer says, these aren’t all subjects I would claim to be any kind of expert in. Rather, they are all areas I consider either important or fascinating. For example I’d certainly never claim to be any kind of journalist for fear of revealing my huge ignorance of most of that industry, however I do spend a lot of time thinking about related subjects like hyperlocal news, data journalism, freedom of information and how many journalistic standards and practices should be used as a model for bloggers.
I began sketching this diagram out as a personal exercise, hoping that it would reveal to me some great insight into what kind of career I should seek out by thinking about the skills I have and would like to obtain. Then it occurred to me that it would make a fun design exercise and a blog post for here.
Other areas like photography and computer graphics are more my forte.
I still don’t know what I really want to do, but now I’ll be looking for something that encompasses as many of these areas as possible.
I made this stylised miniature football pitch a while ago to be used in an iOS game, but I ended up not being involved in that. Shame really, as I had a lot of neat ideas for different directions the game could have gone.
I was quite happy with how it came out though, especially the textures. Continue reading →
Those who have followed me on Twitter or this blog for a while may be aware that back in June 2009 I started a Flickr photography group called Thing a Week. The concept is quite simple: To take a picture on a different theme every week.
Made avaliable here as 1000x1000px PNGs, with transparency, under a CC BY-NC-SA licence. Feel free to share and enjoy, but please remember to give credit (to Foomandoonian), ideally with a link back to this page.
Originally created for the BBC Wales Music website, each of these pin badges has been designed to represent a particular decade of popular music. I'm least happy with the 60's one, but I'm pleased with 70's and 80's. Turns out I can't install fonts at work, so I had to make do with what was already on my system.
I stumbled across my camera’s long-exposure mode a few days ago – here are some of the better results. [portfolio_slideshow] Llandaff Cathedral features again, by virtue of being on my walk home. Luckily enough, there seemed to be some evening … Continue reading →