I’ve finally made proper use of my domain, LaurenVasil.com — the third project for my Photoshop class was to make a 4-page website. I decided to create a simple website to help propel me into the world of Graphic Design. A sort of virtual business card, if you will. And that got me thinking about brand identity.
See, I reckoned that if I want to be seen as a graphic designer then it doesn’t make much sense to have someone else’s photograph of me as my avatar. Why not show an image of myself that I created? So, I decided to wield my skills to create a digital self-portrait on my About page, which I can then use as an avatar across the web, including on my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
This was my first attempt at a vector illustration in Photoshop, and I’m quite pleased with the result! In fact, it’s already been featured in this informative article about Pinterest, written by Minal Bopaiah AND I’ve since had several requests to create a digital portrait of other people! (Maybe I should start offering my digital portrait services on Etsy… hmmm…)
But, back to school work, I still had to create a 4-page website, which had to also include a Gallery page — perfect for displaying my growing portfolio! I pulled the colour scheme from my digital self-portrait and set about creating a logo — an 8-pointed Moorish star, that’s roughly based on my initials, LV. From there I also created a Moroccan-style background, based on the star logo.
As with most things web-related, LaurenVasil.com is definitely a work in progress. My teacher wanted us to create an 800×600 template, which is why the site pages currently don’t fill the screen: the next update will be to create pages that accommodate a larger monitor size. I have big plans! Watch this Creative Geek space…