Monday, July 06, 2009

New 'SCAQ BLOG' Masthead: Cool or Lame?

There is an old saying that "The cobbler's son has no shoes!" - it means that people who work in a certain business like "making shoes" are so busy making shoes, that they don't make any shoes for themselves or even their own family. Sort of like the swim coach that does not swim.

So, I decided that since I do this sort of stuff for a living, perhaps my blog should have a masthead instead of dry text. Personally I am not sold on this masthead but I want to do a masthead that features a SCAQ swimmer who competes in the masthead area about once a month.

Should I use variations of this one which I would update weekly or go back to the text description?

Your call, it's your blog!

13 comments:

Rob D said...

I dig it Tony! I dig the idea of rotating the image occasionally.

I have the same problem on my site, I need to sexy it up a little bit... it keeps falling in the "next week" bin...

Trev said...

I love it!

Tony Austin said...

Thanks guys, I also want to give away wallpaper if I can find the time. Trev, when is your next play?

Ryan said...

Totally cool! Can you give us some tips on how (software, etc.) you designed it?

Tony Austin said...

thank you - :-)

I used Photoshop.

Layer One: (Cut out of me diving - "Saturation" set to "0" so it looks black and white. mild drop shadow added

Layer Two: Black graphic with white splatters fills up the whole window - layer set to "Screen")

beneath that

Layer Three: SCAQ BLOG (Font "Impact" with a teal green color) - I stretched it to make it fit. It's not very professional but I was in a hurry. Layer set to "Normal"

Anonymous said...

Very cool Masthead! And thanks very much for posting my photos, Tony.

Mark Savage

Wendy said...

It looks wonderful Tony.

(Although I am usually use my reader to view your posts. So I made a special visit to check out your handiwork.)

Swimming for ME said...

I like the idea of changing the subject occasionally. Nice way to honor your teammates too.

The Screaming Viking! said...

awesome. i want one.

Lacy said...

I love it, too!

I desperately need to make one for myself as well, but I've got the same issue you mentioned (I'm a web developer by day, so I don't really love the idea of doing this stuff on my own time as well). Maybe someday. :)

The picture in your banner is awesome, btw. I really like it.

Glenn said...

I had to double check what blog I went to... very nice. Great job!

Tony Austin said...

Thank you very much, all of you! I will send any of you the Layered Photoshop file if you like?

You have all made my day.

the17thman said...

I like it. I read everything in my RSS reader so I had to make a special visit to check it out.