Tuesday, August 16, 2011

this blog has moved...

...to tumblr. please visit rimareda.tumblr.com for the latest and greatest (no guarantees on the latter)

Friday, July 1, 2011

the delicate beauty of one-page websites

one-page websites are a trend i'm not ashamed to follow (clearly, as my own website has just one page).

they just make sense. in this age of overabundant information, there are far too many saturated websites: too much text, too much imagery, too much fluff.

concision is a beautiful thing, and can definitely be a case of less is more. not only that, but limiting oneself to one page forces a designer to be creative, and has yielded incredible results.

here are a few good examples (i'll post more from time to time):

1. Ben the Bodyguard

this site showcases an iphone/ipod security app. the brilliance here is that they took something that would usually be boring (security? boo), and gave it an air of darkness and mystery, with a slight sense of adventure.

seriously, how cool is this guy? keep scrolling down to get the whole story

2. Head2Heart

it's rare to see beautiful, creative, or even decent websites from non-profits and charities, as they typically lack the budget (or the insight) to commission a good site. more and more of these organizations are understanding the value of a beautifully designed site - this is just one great example.

this site flows horizontally rather than vertically - a newer style with great potential

3. Skittles

yes, skittles. the skittles crew went the "never-ending" route with their site, and added a whole lot of psychedelica. keep scrolling at your own risk/peril.

this website never ends...

4. Komrade

i love this site's unique style and light-hearted tone. i must say, their own site is infinitely slicker than the sites they design for others :/

fun, diagram-y style

5. Oliver James Gosling

this site is basically a resume for this individual. the design is really crisp and simple - a very nice execution all in all.

very clean, very slick. i'd hire this guy!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

rimareda.com is live!

finally, at long last, my website is ready and live! i'm so excited for everyone to see it - it really was a labor of love, and i'm very pleased with the result.

here's a preview of my "about" page:

"about" page - http://rimareda.com

Friday, May 27, 2011

design with integrity?

design with integrity. it is my mantra, my mission and my passion.

on my facebook page, i identify environmental sensitivity as an element of "design with integrity," but there's much more to it than that. a key component definitely is that striving to be "green," but this is about a greater goal of living and working integriously (read: with integrity - check out the integrious project for more on that).

in my work, this translates to honesty, openness, efficiency and being generally decent. this means that i will always give my best. it means everything i design is original, never "borrowed" or stolen. it means that every part of the process is approached with integrity, from the very first client meeting to handing over the final product, from using sustainable paper and other products, to web hosting with elephant-free wind power, and urging my clients to do the same.

it's the way business should be.

Friday, May 20, 2011

new things ahead

i just wanted to write a quick note about what's going on in my life right now, in the coming weeks, and beyond.

first of all, the big one: i am leaving a job that i absolutely love to stay home with my infant son and work full time as a freelancer. just over two weeks to go...

second, as i mentioned, after years of kicking the idea around i am finally launching my own design business. this is both scary and exciting... it's a huge risk, but the potential for return is great. my mind is in constant brainstorm mode, trying to come up with marketing ideas, design ideas, etc. i can't wait to get this show on the road.

so much to do! i have new business cards coming in the next week or so, and am working to get my new website ready in time for launch (details on launch to come). i'm trying out a new and different idea for my website that, if i can pull it off, might just be awesome.

i'll keep you all posted (if anyone is reading, that is) over the next couple of weeks - big changes are coming!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

spring is in the air...

i love the combination of blue and pink - the shades are just perfect to create a nice complement. the whole thing is reminiscent of cotton candy and bubble gum, and makes for a great spring ad

Thursday, April 14, 2011

the pic isn't clear, but this mall of america shop has a very nice design. check them out at www.docpopcorn.com