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New website launched

Well, its been about three and a half years since my last blog post. Rather than update this website, I am moving my online presence onto richard-welch.com.

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Vintage Invitations – website launched

Although slightly late to write this post from being very busy – here is my most recent website for Vintage Invitations. They are a London based studio who create hand made vintage themed wedding invitations and a growing range of …

Vintage Invitations – website launched

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Chord & Drum holding page

Here is a holding page I designed for Chord & Drum which is going to be a social network and interactive collaboration service for musicians. I have so far just been involved in the holding page design and development. The page is built into a Wordpress theme.

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Chord & Drum holding page

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Radio Etc 2011 Promo CD

Here is the finished Radio Etc 2011 Promo CD. It was a very limited print run of 50 x custom designed CD sleeves which were hand cut, folded and glued from 250gsm matte coated paper. This can be viewed in the portfolio section. Check out the music here
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Radio Etc 2011 Promo CD

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New MySpace 2.0 Profile

I have been working on some new MySpace 2.0 profiles so I thought I would write a quick post about the new format, a few thoughts on where the social networking website is at from my point of view and what my clients can expect with it in the not too distant future.

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I have worked on a number of profiles over the last few years so I can say I have experienced a fair amount of problems along the way. In a nutshell though, profiles took longer to design than standard web pages but the end result was normally what the client wanted – a bespoke profile which fitted in seamlessly with their company or brand. The good thing about the original 1.0 profile format was that it allowed full control of the whole page with HTML and CSS. It could mean custom designed content could be layered over the top of the standard myspace page which meant the end product would mean most things were possible. It wasn’t the best method of creating a web page, but it worked quite well. Since these features were open to everyone, it gave the average user unrestricted access to ruin their profile to the point where it wasn’t accessible. This meant from an end user point of view, you didn’t need to trawl the site too much to find some awful design and inaccessible content.

MySpace has since changed. Along with a rebrand, they have made profile editing functionality easier. It’s technically more advanced too, since profiles can now be edited more directly and visually rather than having to rely on HTML / CSS. This is done using some nice new HTML5 markup which alone is a huge step forward from the previous table heavy platform which was widely regarded as a mess by most web designers. These advancements also bring some tight restrictions, supposedly to make the editing procedure easier, more accessible and less problematic. Adding custom CSS or HTML has been taken out or at least limited to using a self contained ‘HTML Box module’ rather than profile wide stylesheets. Blocks of custom content can be dropped into the layout, but much of the information on the page can only be formatted by using a small selection of styles. These are by no means exhaustive but should be a good starting point for most people. From my point of view I would much rather more control or ideally be able to overrule the current page styles by attaching my own stylesheet. Some areas of the page, such as the comments cannot currently be customised at all in terms of their appearance so for now these parts of the 2.0 profile will look generic when comparing them against other 2.0 profiles. Fonts also have to be picked from a small selection, but should satisfy most peoples needs. This means from a design and development point of view the new MySpace does not give the full access and control that it did before. Other modules can be added to the profile such as Video, Image Galleries and Shows & Events and more and arranged into the profile using drag and drop rather than CSS. The general visual design comes from a background image which can be no bigger than 1600×1600 pixels and a colour pallet of 5 colours. A marquee can be added which increases the amount of space between the Myspace header and the start of your profile. This is quite neat but has a maximum initial height of 250 pixels which is limiting (see image below).

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It is now no longer possible to revert back to the old 1.0 profile format which is annoying for my clients who have paid me money to create bespoke designs in the past. It seems like MySpace now want everyone to be using the 2.0 format – I’m looking out to see if this changes and the option to revert comes back.

So in conclusion MySpace has been improved for the average user, but some of the neat tricks are no longer possible. These restrictions make it impossible to break a 2.0 profile, but I would rather have the option of breaking things if it opened up the possibility of making it look amazing! Let me know or add a comment if I have got any of this info incorrect and I will update this post.

New MySpace 2.0 Profile

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Updated IMGD Website Online

So here it is – this is the first blog post on my updated website. Having been online for well over a month it has been a fairly slow and quiet transformation – this is mainly because it has been under construction for a while so the less attention it got the better!

The portfolio is the main focus of the website and where I spent the most time developing. Work can be viewed by Media or by Client, depending what you are interested in. Selecting Branding, Print, Websites, 3D and VFX or Illustration will quickly display an overview of all the content in that section with just a single click. Since what I create for a client often covers multiple media’s, browsing by client will list all the relevant media for that client, again as an overview of work produced. If more information is wanted for a piece of work, another click on the image will display higher resolution images and also a brief description. The plan is to give the user the flexability to choose how and what they view, and not to over face them with too much content at any one time. The site is also easy for me to manage with a CMS since I only ever have to enter the work once.

IMGD Website and Mobile optimised site

One of the new parts of the website is that it is mobile optimised. In particular the site has been designed and tested to run on the most popular current devices such as Apples iPhone (3G, 3GS & 4) iPod Touch, a whole host of Android powered phones, some Nokia and Blackberry smartphones and eventually Windows phone 7 and tablets such as the iPad. SinceI have only tested the site on certain devices it is likely that errors might occur if you device hasn’t been tested. If you notice an issue, please get in touch. I will keep an eye on this and make changes when necessary which should help me build better website and applications in future.

There are a few other ideas and experiments I wish to include on this website before I use them on client / commercial work, but I probably wont have time to do these until the new year because of limited time. Follow me on Twitter if you want to hear of these updates. Thanks for checking the site out, and watch this space for changes.

Add a comment or contact me if you have any feedback.

Cheers
Richard Welch

Updated IMGD Website Online

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Metropolis MySpace Updated

Just a quick post to say I have given the Metropolis MySpace a bit of an update. This will probably be totally client managed now so will probably only be doing minimal work on this from now on. Check it out as there are some new tracks and event info and stuff!
Metropolis MySpace update
Just a quick post to say I have given the Metropolis MySpace a bit of an update. This will probably be totally client managed now so will probably only be doing minimal work on this from now on. Check it out as there are some new tracks and event info and stuff!

Metropolis MySpace Updated

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Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

New MySpace page for the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music.

HCMF on MySpace.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

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Skulls Skulls Skulls…

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Some of the artwork for the latest release from Sustained Records;
‘The Memento Mori EP’.

Track listing
A. DJ Hidden – Earth Cry
B. DJ Hidden – Ten Direction Ambush
C. I:Gor – Plastic Axe
D. Igor – Were Not Most People

Catalogue Number: SSTD003
Format: 2×12″ vinyl double pack
Distribution by Load Media UK

Available in all decent record shops including…
Chemical Records (Buy Here)
Juno
Redeye Records
The Hardstore
…and many more

Audio clips available on www.myspace.com/sustainedrecords

DJ Hidden features on his first release on Sustained Records with two tracks which have been receiving lots interest from top names. ‘Earth Cry’ is a stodgy kick drum assault with eerie apocalyptic atmospherics and vocal samples. ‘Ten Direction Ambush’ is an all out assault on the bass line with kick drums that destroy clubs like a cluster bomb.
See www.DJHidden.com and www.myspace.com/djhidden

I:Gor returns with his second release on the label. ‘Plastic Axe’ is another chunky yet rolling track that shakes dance floors to the core whilst maintaining an element of I:Gor’s funk. ‘Were Not Most People’ starts with a charming sample about murder which sets the track up perfectly to deliver what can only be described as death by drum.
See www.myspace.com/igoradaptor

As with all releases on Sustained Records 10% of Profit goes to environmental causes.

Memento Mori – “Remember you shall die”

Sustained Digital has just released SSTDMP3 002. It features 2 tracks…
Triple Sickz – Penetrator
Envoys Evolution & Satan – Dirty Creature

Clips of the tracks are available on www.myspace.com/sustaineddigital

You can purchase these tracks and mp3s of previous Sustained releases from our exclusive MP3 store…

http://sustainedrecords.ithinkmusic.com

Skulls Skulls Skulls…

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Masters of Illusion update

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I finally got round to getting one of my designs printed onto a t-shirt. This is strictly a one off for now, just to test the quality of the print. I am looking into getting more printed along with some other designs to, watch this space! The actual print process used is direct to garment (DTG) printing which might not necessarily be used if I was to get a bulk order done. The effect is nice and sharp and the colours are nice and bright. Check the picture belows.

Masters of Illusion update

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Sustained Records Release 002 (SSTD002)

SSTD002 is in the shops now. It features 2 brutal tracks by I:Gor who has had releases on Deathchant, Suburban Trash, Low Res, Hangars Liquides, Strike, Pacemaker, M-tronic along with his own label ADHD Recordings. I:Gor built his reputation making hardcore but these tracks prove he is at the forefront of producers who are merging hardcore and drum n bass and pushing the sound into new boundaries.

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Buy your copy from herehere or here.

Visit the sustained records website here: www.sustainedrecords.com

Visit the sustained records myspace profile here: www.myspace.com/sustainedrecords

Sustained Records Release 002 (SSTD002)

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Metropolis MySpace Update (online now)

The Metropolis MySpace profile is complete.

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Click on the above image to view a screenshot, or click here to view it live. This was a collaborative project – please see earlier post for more information.

Metropolis MySpace Update (online now)

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Gangster Cat Canvas Painting

Here is a canvas painting I have created recently as a xmas present. I used a number of nice loud colours from the montana gold / shock range. That yellow looks even brighter in real life!

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Canvas 100 x 100 cm

Gangster Cat Canvas Painting

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Green room shoot

Here are a few last remaining composition shots from a project I worked on at Sunderland University before the hard drive containing all the raw footage died. The project was due to be part of an experimental promotional video for Sustained Records which looked into different extremes of climate change. Seen in the scenes below are fellow design graduates Matt Easom and Chris Winch who didn’t hesitate to join help out on the shoot – Cheers guys!

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Green room shoot

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Substance November poster

The next Substance poster is now complete ready for next months event. Incase you don’t know what it is, Substance is a brutal electronic event held in Leeds. This is the fourth event and is going to be the last one for a while, so make sure you get yourself down there if you think your eardrums can hack it. The artwork on the poster depicts a scene where hundreds of skulls create a mushroom cloud explosion.This time printed in B2 format! Check it..

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Substance Presents
The Deathchant VS Ninja Columbo Brutal Bastard Core Beatdown

SATURDAY 29th NOVEMBER @ RIOS, THE GRAND ARCADE, LEEDS

This is the last Substance for a while because I am getting out of this country for a bit. This time round iv got the top room Rios in Leeds, it’s a pretty sick venue. I have got together the biggest artists in hardcore, gabba, breakcore, grindcore and industrail dnb for the Deathchant vs Ninja Columbo Brutal Bastard Core Beatdown….

HELLFISH
(Deathchant Head Honcho)
THE TEKNOIST
(Ninja Columbo Head Honcho)
SCHEME BOY
(Ninja Columbo/Peace Off)
LADYSCRAPER
(Deathchant / Wrong Music)

ALSO FEATURING…
BROKEN NOTE
(Peace Off / Ad Noiseam / Mindsaw)
MACHEEEN BOI
(Sustained Records Head Honcho)

For more info check out www.myspace.com/substanceleeds

Advanced tickets are £12 and can be purchased from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_northeast&query=detail&event=293324

10% of the profit goes to environmental causes

Substance November poster

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Sustained Records in KMAG

Sustained Records featured in global ‘Knowledge ‘ the UK based, global drum and bass magazine.

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Sustained Records is a new label for cutting edge and experimental drum and bass. Our aim is to bring you some of the most innovative and hardcore producers the scene has to offer whilst supporting eco-activists by donating 10% of its profit to environmental causes.

More information about Sustained Records visit:

www.sustainedrecords.com

www.myspace.com/sustainedrecords

More more information on knowledge magazine visit

www.kmag.co.uk

Sustained Records in KMAG

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Sustained Records 001 (SSTD001) out now!

Finally the awaited artwork releases of Sustained records 001 are out now. Heres a sneak pic of one I managed to aquire!

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Visit the sustained records website here: www.sustainedrecords.com

Visit the sustained records myspace profile here: www.myspace.com/sustainedrecords

Get yours from here

Sustained Records 001 (SSTD001) out now!

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Substance Leeds, October – Beardyman, I:Gor, Donny…

Substance is back and it is bigger, badder and more brutal than ever. On the 24th of October ‘My House’ will be crammed full of Leeds debuts comprising of some of the sickest DJs, live sets and beatbox madness.

More info: www.myspace.com/substanceleeds

Poster I designed for the event is below:

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Substance Leeds, October – Beardyman, I:Gor, Donny…

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October Substance in Traffic Mag

As part of the promotion for this months Substance event it has been featured in the free electronic music magazine ‘Traffic’ as a half page advert.

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Inside Traffic mag – advert is the bottom half of the left page (above pic)

This months Traffic magazine is avaiable for free. Check out http://www.trafficmag.org/

October Substance in Traffic Mag

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Sunderland University Focus Degree Show

These are some images showing the design degree show at Sunderland University. I studied ‘Design: Multimedia & Graphics’. It was rather good! Me and a group of friends created the show promotional material which covered the 148 page catalogue, adverts etc.

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Close up of my work.

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Another pre-show shot.

Goodbye Design Centre

Sunderland University Focus Degree Show

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