ColorCodes website

Uploaded a small project today that I have been working on for a while.

The site is called ColorCodes, and it makes it a bit easier to choose colors for your next web project. The site shows you about 300 different colors and shades of colors. It also gives you the name for all the colors.

With just a quick click with your mouse, you can copy the colors hex codes to your clipboard for easy pasting into your code.

Go check it out at : http://peterahlgren.com/colorcodes

You can also fork the site on github: https://github.com/ahlgren1234/colorcodes

Book Review: Work for money, design for love

I have just finished reading the book “Work for money, design for love” by David Airey. The most of you have surely heard of David as a leading graphic designer, specializing in brand identity design. Ha has also written a few other well known books, like Logo Design Love. Work for money, design for love is a book that gives the answers to the most frequently asked questions about starting and running a successful design business (so it says on the cover).

Work formoney, design for love book.

I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to read and understand. David have taken help from quite a few other designers to answer all the questions that usually come up about starting your own design firm. I believe this is very positive because you get other designers view on how to deal with clients, and projects and such stuff.  I learned quite a lot from reading this book, and it did answer some of the questions I have about running a design firm.

This is a good book to read, and have as an inspiration in the bookshelf for any designer out there.

Website for the book.

100 projects in 100 days

Whenever feeling you have a bit too much to do, start another great project.

Today I started up a new personal project of mine. The idea is that in (hopefully) 100 days, I will create 100 small(ish) projects, and upload to this website. It doesn’t matter what it is. It can be a photograph, a small website, some small experimental JavaScript code, an app, or just about anything that kickstarts my creativity.

My inspiration for this project comes from Jennifer Dewalt’s 180 websites in 180 days and the Give it 100-website.

Check it out, and I will try to have something new for you everyday for 100 dyas from today.

I’m working for free!

I have been away from the freelancing side of the web design business for too long now. That’s why I’m now offering my services for free or almost free. If you have some small graphics design or front end web design project that you want me to help you with, just contact me. All I want from you, is a good review if you are happy with the result.

I’m not going to do it completely for free if it is a larger project. But if it’s quite small, I can do it for free.

 

Design work

Although I’m a programmer from the start, I have done quite some webdesign and graphics design over the years. It’s quite fun to mix up all the coding with some work in Photoshop or Illustrator.

I have some friends singing and playing in a metal band, called Avocation. I have helped them with designing some cd envelops through the years. Here are some examples:

helpless

utopia

cd_omslag