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Picture Interpretation Challenge

Mon Feb 17, 2014, 4:24 AM


Welcome to the next challenge of CRTextAndTypography :eager:
This is a series of recurring, but maybe irregular typography related challenges for everyone to take part in. They will have a start and end date and each deviation must be submitted  to dA after the start date. Only deviations created with each challenge in mind will be accepted.

Please remember this is a challenge, not a contest, there are no prizes to win.

This is mostly a source of "jobs" that you can do ;) I could be more cheesy and say the prize will be finding out how awesome friendship is … but … oh well.

Here we go!

Picture Interpretation Challenge


How often do you look around your environment or at pictures and photos and think "Oh this object, its shape totally looks like a letter!" ? I am sure this happens to all of us and this challenge is exactly about that feeling!

This challenge is all about taking inspiration from a picture and create typography from it.

The Challenge


First you have to find a picture and look for hidden or obvious shapes resembling letter forms.

Once you found "your letter" in the picture, you have to think of  way in which to incorporate a word into the picture containing said letter.

The word should have some sort of relevance to the picture you choose.

And the appearance of the word should be customized in a way it will work with the picture. You can use fonts or draw/paint the letters yourself, which way you go, depends on the concept you choose to go with.

Examples


I have created two very simple and basic examples to demonstrate the most minimal way this challenge should be solved. You can also see two of the many possible directions; creating letters from scratch or using fonts.
Yosemite12 by faestock Gap Example File by pica-ae
Bus stock2 by RevoXeli Zoom by pica-ae

The phenomenon of seeing a certain shape in an image or scenery is also called Pareidolia. It is for example seeing a bunny in a cloud or Jesus on a burnt slice of toast. In our case, we are looking for images with this phenomenon in which you see a letter form in the picture.

Rules

  • Credit all stock/resources used, only legitimate images are allowed; remember to follow the stock provider's Terms of Use!
  • You can submit as many entries as you like.
  • Send a note to CRTextAndTypography titled "Picture Interpretation Challenge Entry" AND/OR submit it to the group's Picture Interpretation folder. (If you don't submit yourself, I will request the deviation being submitted to the group)

Deadline: April 4th 2014.


Any questions? Do not hesitate to ask :)

The challenge is for starters as well as advanced typographers or anybody who is curious to work with type :la: If you want to try new things and think outside the box, you are most welcome to join the challenge. No prior knowledge is necessary to take part :)

Let's get creative :peace: :heart:


Community Relations

Celebrating Diversity Hub

Thu Feb 13, 2014, 1:21 AM
Welcome to the Celebrating Diversity Hub :) This is a collection of all the articles that have been posted under this theme.

We live in a world full of diversity, every day in real life and every day on dA. And it happens so often that a work of art is "slashed" simply because it is different than others. Because someone sees it and doesn't understand it and doesn't take the time to think about it.
People who react like that to art, follow the same thought process, that so many many people follow when it comes to Racism, Sexism, Homophobia: "This is different to me, therefore it must be wrong." You may wonder if that comparison may not be too harsh, but when we open they way for people to condemn what is different in the small things, like in this case Art, we open the path to that thought process taking shape in many more places.
Instead of hating on differences, we need to embrace them! Because differences make life so great! We don't want to live in a dull world where everyone thinks and does the same and everything is dull and boring and repetitive.


Let's enjoy and celebrate the diversity of this world and this website in particular :heart:

2012



Infinite Dreams by RHADS TITANIA - FOREST FAERIE QUEEN 3 by wingdthing Golden Boy by deignis Commission for Eckohfox by Silverfox5213




A tribute to Jim Warren by SashaQ POST-APOCALYPTIC BIKERS with Filipe by BrandNewNostalgia sunset.. by SpeECc Nightlings by EvanCampbell


2013



Map of Canada by littlepaperforest Organic by IzzyLawlor Sky Viking by jcroxas Accident by KPEKEP












I am the son and heir of nothing in particular by horrorprince ONLY SKIN by roxination miniature ice cream IV by FatalPotato C'est la Vie by JTIllustrations


November


December





2014

January

February



Ready For Xmas. by andokadesbois American Horse by wolfman007 Another world, another time BLUE original version by Medusa-Dollmaker DDF 17 - Donkey Kong by pacman23


Tips on finding new, different, unusual unknown artworks




"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry

I am learning calligraphy!

Mon Feb 3, 2014, 3:51 AM


Something personal. I started a tumblr blog to keep me motivated and going :eager: I would appreciate any new follower, I need the pressure :work:
Calligraphy is great and I love to view it and enjoy it, and I decided I want to learn it, too. It is a lot of fun, if you have all the materials :stare: I lost my one reservoir. I ordered 15 new ones on saturday night. I wish I could say I had been drunk as an excuse …

You can follow me at this blog URL



Here's some of the things I have been exercising so far :)



Some literature :XD:



Logo maybe?



Typoes definetely. Or is it?



Subconscious blobs!



You may also follow my "real" tumblr blog pica-ae, but… it's a lot more random and fandom. Consider this a warning. You've been warned. If you go there, don't come back crying.

But please follow my calligraphy blog :iconcuteflirtplz:



Thank you!





OF COURSE there had to be a .GIF, srsly, did you think I would not?

Welcome to the first round up of 2014 :iconcheerplz:

Aro by likhain Supernova Arts by shelleysupernova
Decipher 3D Code by sectiongraphix 05 by Un2one
Free Your Mind by steroidart SadiqSuliman Zainab2 by sadiq2011
Quran Intro Page - (Iran XVI) (Daily deviation) by somk Magpies by 5Happy5
MacCon's Coral Branch by Merwenna Lettering Font by DarkoJuan
The break by Nio0n


Big thanks to all the suggesters and artists for being awesome :love:

And I am just leaving this here :ninja:

TypeFight



:paranoid:

Click, if you're brave :eyes:

Typography Related Groups



:icontypola: :icontypoholics: :icontypebandit: :iconcalligraphy-club: :iconcalligraphy:

:iconvicious-type: :icontypolove: :iconuber-typografie: :iconcalligraffiti: :iconword-of-art:

:iconlancrecomm: :iconarabbtypography: :icontypographylove: :icongraphicjump: :icontypo-masters:

:iconscriptlettering: :icontypographytoday: :icontypographyclub: :icontypocircle: :icontype-design:

:iconawesome-fonts: :iconpixelfontlovers: :icontemple-of-typefaces:




Interested to find learn more? Read Text Art and Typography!

You want to suggest a DD to me? Read my Daily Deviation Guidelines!

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

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Foster Creative Genius

I be tagged.

Sat Jan 11, 2014, 11:05 AM


I have been tagged by ginkgografix :evileye: so without further hesitation …

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.

Far over the misty mountains cold

I don't think this needs any further explanation, anyone who read it will sooo know what that is :lol:

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you reach?

A print out of a map I made for my fantasy story.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?

Manchester United vs Swansea City.

4. Without looking guess what time it is?

18:45

5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?

19:05

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

The oven beeping, cos bread is ready.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?

I was going out shopping to buy groceries and passepartouts for dA prints.

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?

elitedaily.com/life/motivation… – and apparently I do a lot of things that mean I am not mentally strong :XD:

9. What are you wearing?

A Live long and prosper zip hoodie from threadless, can't find the link right now.

10. Did you dream last night?

Yes, I think I was running down a hill trying to escape monsters. See #15 for why…

11. When did you last laugh?

Looking again at a .GIF of Orlando Bloom as Legolas doing a "smoldering blonde" face in the background somewhere in Lord of the Rings.

Actually it was my answer to question #1 :B

12. What are on the walls you are in?

Several dA prints, that I am too lazy to search now.

13. Seen anything weird lately?

Oh I, also, know UnicornReality so, hell yeah.

14. What do you think of this quiz?

I was waiting for being tagged since I saw it pop up yesterday :P

15. What was the last film you saw?

The Hobbit

And shit I didn't expect Gollum to be that more creepier. Martin Freeman is an awesome choice, totally channeling Arthur Dent in my opinion :XD: I liked it, I laughed a lot, I was scared, I almost cried. What else do you want from a movie? And so far it didn't feel like stretched too long, the movie had a good pace and it never felt boring. Also fuck yeah, New Zealand :meow:

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?

My freedom from work aka quit my job. And for real purchases probably plane tickets to New York :P

17. Tell me something about you that I don't know?

I assume this means the reader of this, so I gotta go with … um … I have been tagged so many times, I am lost for answers to this question. But maybe I can refer back to #2 and tell you that I am writing a fantasy story.

18. If you could change one thing about the world …

I would get rid of stock markets.

19. What do you want to learn in the future?

In the near future I want to learn calligraphy. I already got a nice Winsor & Newton set that waits yet to be used :eager:

20. George Bush:

Which one? Either way I think my answer is: eww.

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?

That wouldn't be my decision alone, but I would suggest Andrea to the discussion.

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?

I have actually not thought of that yet.

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?

Yes. Probably in the US, but there are many other nice English speaking places … maybe New Zealand … you may recognize a theme here :paranoid:

24. What do you want God to say when you reach the pearly gates?

Eh, I don't believe in that. But if God is real and I do end up there, I'd want him to say "Welcome.", but I suggest he may say "Didn't they tell you so?".

And isn't Petrus waiting at the gates anyway? Just sayin' …

25. Tag six people who must also do this in THEIR journal:

I actually don't feel like tagging people, but you're welcome to do it voluntarily :XD: Link me to yours if you do do it :la:

What's your face? And other things.

Thu Jan 9, 2014, 2:53 AM


Some updates and current fun projects.

Face your avatar

It's time to face our avatars again :eager: Check out the Face Your Avatar article by miontre and do not hesitate to show your pretty faces :meow:

From the article: "The theory is that by removing the no-face-barrier, we can make online conversation a wee bit more natural. In doing this, it will become easier to meet new people and make friendships, as well as strengthening those already established. We'll know that there's a real person chatting to us behind another screen on the other side of the world - something we so often forget."

I have joined the project in the past and I am doing it again :XD:
My avatar has been shot by KubusRubus and edited by me :la:

:iconpica-ae:

Journal Skin January


If you watch the Installable Journal Skins gallery on dA, you may have seen an increase of submitted skins again and I know the person to blame for that: bradleysays :evillaugh: Because he created Journal Skin January to kick back some life into the gallery :XD:
The idea is to create a journal skin or gallery skin for every week in January. You will be given a generous amount of prompts to work with - these will include both words and deviations. From the announcement article

This skin you are currently reading in has been created for this occasion, as has one before and I am already finished with the third skin and working on the 4th at the moment :excited:

And even tho the sign ups are already closed, I don't see any reason for someone NOT to join the band waggon still and get some inspiration from the prompts and create one or more journal skins!

Noes Hair?


Once there was a discussion about nose hair on dA… and then there was a contest about Noes Hair on dA!

There weren't that many entries, but the ones who were entered were great, so we decided to split the prizes between the two deviants who entered, stuck-in-suburbia and KitLightning :clap:

the symnosea - winter (short) by KitLightning :pull: (the great yarn) by KitLightning :HairyNoes: by stuck-in-suburbia :pull: (deflated) by KitLightning :pull: by KitLightning


I guess the topic wasn't nice enough to receive many entries :giggle:

Features




Let's start with a big THANK YOU to the community! :love: :la: :heart:
To everyone who suggested Daily Deviations to me or took part in challenges, contest, commented on the journals and the DDs (srsly, do that!) and was supportive in whatever way!

A second Thank you to the awesome team of Community Volunteers and Moonbeam13 who does such an amazing job in keeping us all sane and together. ( I suspect it works both ways, but shh!)  Also to dxd, fourteenthstar & wreckling who support the team, too! You're an amazing bunch and I am glad to know you and be able to work with you! :tighthug: :eyes:

Okay, let's dry our eyes and continue with the business :stare:

Daily Deviations


I have not done a round up in some months, there has been less to feature, so here are the Typography Daily Deviations from October to now.

decisions by SatansgoalieThe Black Book of Cards - A Typographic Deck Desig by rulerebel
A Clockwork Orange by BuckleyTypographicsWar of the machines by GraphicTravelling
life by P-BottFlow by pgizzle618
Firdaus in Khat Thuluth by firdausmahadi The Horse Arabic Typography by ragheb-abuhamdan



CRTextandTypography


On January 1st I started the group CRTextAndTypography to showcase the Typography DDs and to host contests and challenges.

The two challenges that were successfully launched this year:
The Paintbucket Challenge: Results!Today's feature is all about the groups previous (and first) challenge: The Paintbucket Challenge! A lot of deviants took part in this project and I love the outcome :la:
For those of you who are "new" to this group, here's the idea again. And don't fret, right after that you will see the results :XD:
The Paintbucket Challenge
The idea of this challenge is to create some fancy letters using only a template with a grid on it and the Paintbucket tool to fill the grid's shapes. I got this idea from betteo who hosted the original ALPHABET.CONTEST in 2009.
I thought it would be a great challenge to be part of CRTextAndTypography that doesn't require any big software or previous study of typography. A fun exercise to create some awesome deviations!
The Submissions

:thumb376265
Trajan Replacement Challenge: Results!Today's feature is all about the groups previouschallenge: Trajan Replacement Challenge! Unfortunately the participation was not much. Feedback on whether the subject was too complicated or whatever was the reason for not taking part is greatly appreciated :)
I will quickly retell the challenge and the submissions will come right after :eager:
Trajan Replacement Challenge
The main objective of this challenge is to evaluate the appropiate interaction between meaning, words, lettering and typefaces. The goal is to create a type treatment, or typographical logo, that focuses on one word or phrase as its main focus.
The idea is to find a movie or tv show logo that uses Trajan and give it a possibly more appropiate type treatment instead. You will find Trajan is used in a lot of movies and it has sort of become "The Hollywood Font".
The Submissions


:iconcrtextandtypography:

The Artist's Toolbox


Launched by projecteducate, theArtists Toolbox is a series of articles with all kinds of tips and tricks for any artform.

I wrote an article about Typography, which you can find here :)
The Artist's Toolbox: TypographyFor more info on this week, please refer to The Artists Toolbox - Schedule at projecteducate :)
In this toolbox you will find helpful tips for digital typography. For those of you new to the topic, let's start with a short explanation :la:
Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible.
Pretty simple, eh? Basically as you are reading this you are "reading typography". What I will refer to in this article is digital artistic typography, though. This is not the everday typography you see on street signs, books or on websites.

It can be anything! Which is amazing and scary at the same time :lol:
Here's a little overview of this article:
Read tutorialsGet your hands o


:iconprojecteducate:

Features


Typo Feature: AmbigramsWelcome to today's Typo Feature!
In this ongoing series each article will focus on a specific theme and showcase deviations that manage to convey the theme in a special and great manner.
This feature's theme will be ambigrams.
Ambigrams are a subform of Caligraphy, usually keeping up the style of being drawn by brush or pen, but often with stricter, more geometric forms.
The most famous kind of Ambigrams are those, in which when rotated 180° you will see the same image. Another popular form are Mirror-Image Ambigrams, which result in the same artwork when flipped horizontally or vertically.
Some artists manage to place two words in one Ambigram. By rotating or flipping the artwork, a new word can be read.  
There are many forms of ambigrams, some easier to create than others. Words can be natural rotational ("suns" or "pod") or mirror-image ("bud") ambigrams.
Ambigrams are popular elements in logo designs, as they give a high level of back detection from the
Typo Feature: SmileWelcome to today's Typo Feature!
In this ongoing series each article will focus on a specific theme and showcase deviations that manage to convey the theme in a special and great manner.
This feature's theme will be: Smile
 
  
  
    
NEVER STOP SMILING by Waterboy1992 key to happiness by Takunaaa Smile by carlabromhead 
Just Keep Smiling by SoaringTori  
SMILE by emzykin 
Typo Feature: John LennonToday, 33 years ago, one of the most creative and influential musicians of the pop music died. In honour of his life and work, I put together a typographic art feature, showcasing the creativity he still sparks into us until today.
John Lennon
* October 9th, 1940
† December 8th, 1980
As founding member of The Beatles, he, Paul, George & Ringo wrote history. The 'mopheads' from Liverpool, UK, set out to conquer and change the world. Up until their break-up in 1970 John Lennon and Paul McCartney became one of the most successful songwriter couples in history.
After The Beatles, he continued his solor career and wrote his signature song "Imagine" – the dream of a better world. He spent his last years in the USA, moving between New York and Los Angeles.
On December 8th, 1980, he was shot in front of his New York apartment.
Let's take a moment to remember John Lennon, who he was and what he did, and enjoy the art created to honour him.
Imagin


Interview


Typotalks with ~eugeniaclara!Welcome back to Typo Talks, the recurring article series with interviews by various deviants active in the Typography community on dA.
Today we have another interview with an awesome typographic artist from dA: eugeniaclara :la: She joined dA in 2008 and has since been an active artist and contributor to the community! Her mostly typographic works have a very personal and distinctive style, which always manages to put a smile on the viewers face.
You can find her not only on dA, but can also connect with her on tumblr, twitter or facebook.
The Interview!
Please introduce yourself first
eugeniaclara: Hi! I'm Eugenia Clara, mostly written in internet as 'eugeniaclara', but you just can call me Clara. I like to scribble and doodle, and most of my art-works are related to typography / lette


Typography Related Groups



:icontypola: :icontypoholics: :icontypebandit: :iconcalligraphy-club: :iconcalligraphy:

:iconvicious-type: :icontypolove: :iconuber-typografie: :iconcalligraffiti: :iconword-of-art:

:iconlancrecomm: :iconarabbtypography: :icontypographylove: :icongraphicjump: :icontypo-masters:

:iconscriptlettering: :icontypographytoday: :icontypographyclub: :icontypocircle: :icontype-design:

:iconawesome-fonts: :iconpixelfontlovers: :icontemple-of-typefaces:




Interested to find learn more? Read Text Art and Typography!

You want to suggest a DD to me? Read my Daily Deviation Guidelines!

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
FAQ #313: How can I find out if someone already has a Daily Deviation?
FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?

:iconcommunityrelations:
Foster Creative Genius

... and I really!

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 10:56 AM
Blame UnicornReality for this :stare: She blames kangel tho :meow:

What would I say? – takes what you post in facebook and generates things you may say. :eyes:

I am laughing so hard :XD:

First fight/rage of saying Hamburg then drank most non Germans have a pen onto something?
-AnneBot

the blue curvy thing on your chat bar! 1. Running around in office chair screaming Ikue 6. Locked in there
-AnneBot

Yeah… I bet you most non Germans have a long song all the fluff
-AnneBot

The dog stares at me 45 min, including train, subway and I really
-AnneBot

First fight/rage of the toilet Bobby pins in public?!
-AnneBot

yeah, but if generally you think
-AnneBot

Cos then drank most of the e_e face xD
-AnneBot

If anybody is in need that just open all the fluff
-AnneBot

The dog stares at me when I always forget he was in ear plugs!
-AnneBot

yes, Dan-Heffer & Elandria were from the music from your protection was in English.
-AnneBot

Do you could call it
-AnneBot

I like Hardest Part Song that hard in a pasta machine and rolling it
-AnneBot

This is offline...
-AnneBot

mh, some valid points… but since the spelling of trains, they deliver it… 18+ only taller
-AnneBot

I like Wild Wild West Song that was stupid.
-AnneBot

And yes, noise does that?
-AnneBot

Great start to shopping stuck in German apparently translate to take with the songs made and nobody with 5 minutes...
-AnneBot

it's time to kick some amazing when your captain walks by now
-AnneBot

It's just vanilla ice with the first reason for me tho ;
-AnneBot

I like Britain?
-AnneBot

If anybody is in need of a sudden my computer is an actress.
-AnneBot

Ireland, go to work, put on a better
-AnneBot

No news today, I'm listening to the other one
-AnneBot

wtf is going on at the volume to 20% instead of 90% and nobody else can solve this mystery I really
-AnneBot

And yes, seeing the same family… or, for British puddings are suspicious
-AnneBot

If anybody is how gargling with Whiskey works fine
-AnneBot

Sometimes… you call that thing on pens that is...
-AnneBot

lol no, our clients are only the next to me on your chat bar! 1. Running around topless singing Can't Touch This is just ask your grandma for whatever reason, next train here is another day on app always looks completely different to save; exporting as .jpg or .png works fine
-AnneBot

Beccalicious you just ask your grandma for some people just dont fucking clue who that hard in English.
-AnneBot

Beccalicious you just forget he was also before I went to ENGLAND and got rid of that italian douche now
-AnneBot

Haven't laughed that hard in a few words in German apparently we can use PowerPoint…
-AnneBot

Related people should open windows on crowded buses in the freaking Walachei
-AnneBot

if you call that thing that could call that thing ;
-AnneBot

Off to ride my bike I feel like Tom Cruise in Minority Report an image?
-AnneBot

They also yeah, he can, but I don't understand people to step out
-AnneBot

I like Wild West Song that other people on your earplugs 10m away, it's okay to be not convinced XD
-AnneBot

Some German goodies…

Das singende Kinder Schokobon oder kommt mir das nur so vor?!
-AnneBot

mal sehen was heut abend so gut wie...
-AnneBot



Patterns by Subtle Patterns | Fonts by Google Web Fonts
Layout & Code by pica-ae | Copyright 2012


Today's feature is all about the groups previouschallenge: Trajan Replacement Challenge! Unfortunately the participation was not much. Feedback on whether the subject was too complicated or whatever was the reason for not taking part is greatly appreciated :)

I will quickly retell the challenge and the submissions will come right after :eager:

Trajan Replacement Challenge


The main objective of this challenge is to evaluate the appropiate interaction between meaning, words, lettering and typefaces. The goal is to create a type treatment, or typographical logo, that focuses on one word or phrase as its main focus.
The idea is to find a movie or tv show logo that uses Trajan and give it a possibly more appropiate type treatment instead. You will find Trajan is used in a lot of movies and it has sort of become "The Hollywood Font".

The Submissions


I Am Legend by WintersRead
Castle new logo by Nameda
LOTR new font look by Nameda
The Mummy by derfs
The Lion King by graphiqual

Thanks to everyone who participated! I hope to see you again in the next challenge, which should launch in the next two weeks, so keep your eyes open for it! :love: :peace: :heart:


Community Relations

Whodunnit? Solved!

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 4:25 AM
After a long wait I can finally tell you that it was Kaz-D in the ballroom with candlestick! And the print is one by the awesomely talented anmari :heart: :love:
As a Secret Santa gift :santa: And I think I failed to notice quite a couple of clues, so despite loving crime series, I would suck at Clue :P

Paris by anmari


Thank you! :la: :squee: :happybounce:

--

Never thought I'd write one of these :lol: However yesterday I received a package from dA with a framed print. The image in question is a black and white skyline of Paris with some distressed effects, that I for the life of me cannot find anywhere on dA. It's not in my wishlist (anymore), because I actually think I recall deleting it from there? I doubt I accidentally bought it and forgot :slow:

Aaaaanywaaaaaay…

Whodunnit?!


I asked the usual suspects but none of them did it.

So, if YOU are reading this and you bought it for me, please let me know in whichever way you prefer. Because it will drive me nuts not to know.

Also, if you bought it, you have your order history and can link me to the actual deviation. And no, contrary to the greeting cards, the print does not have the deviants name on the backside. To be honest, I have not checked the papers/forms that came in the box for that.

Patterns by Subtle Patterns | Fonts by Google Web Fonts
Layout & Code by pica-ae | Copyright 2012
Let's talk about some Annes today! And we shall start with ginkgografix :la:

Calendar Project 2013


As for a couple of years now I participated into this awesome project in which members of the communits post one skin a day for the 24 first days of December. One door opens every year with a skin surprise! This year I went with the theme "hot chocolate" and this skin is the result :giggle:

Check out the group :iconcalendarproject:

Here are some of the awesome deviations so far :love:
Emerald Shadow by Ikue Gizmo (Calendar Project 2013) by marioluevanos Winter Tale Skin by Nesmaty
snowy gruser v7 by rotane Fearless Gallery CSS by SimplySilent


Every day there is a task for you to do for which you can win prizes and points! The tasks are not hard and don't take much time, so don't wait to join!



Noes Hair [Emote] Contest!


Another Anne relevant topic… I don't exactly remember how it got together, but the result was that I created a stamp:

Stamp: Noes Hair by pica-ae

And now there is a contest for NOES HAIR :noes:

Noes Hair - Contestedit: 1 1/2days left to enter!!
Once upon a time Anne and Anne (together with a few other deviants) talked about body hair. While this isn't that special in general, eventually they started to talk about the more eww-versions of body hair.
While we have the hair that grows out of the ear or those strands that take a peek from the neckline, it was the nose hair that was the main subject of this talk.
The reasons for this remain unknown until these days. Who knows what is going on in a strange mind of an Anne anyway? It could be that, because both Annes a rather small little creatures, they had to look up way too often.
And just now the memory of this came back and that's when they realized that there is no noes-hair emote!
Your Mission
Create an emote/emoticon that visualizes the idea of an "noes hair/nose hair" emote. What you do and in which way you do it, is totally up to you.
Be creative and surprise us with your entries!
Your deadline


So yeah, do join the contest and show us your best "noes hair" emote :XD: :eager:

Christmas markets…


Been to "one" in Hamburg today. I think technically it's been 5, but it's like they all merge into one big one called inner city during December :lol:
It was… crowded. To make an understatement :stare: But I've got myself some Glühwein so all is good :meow:

I also went to the LEGO store. It's madness. There are mainly only kids in there, some of which are 30 years old or older. And wifes/mothers that are annoyed :XD:
Waiting in line at the register took me longer than actually walking through the store…

I got me a Michelangelo  


… and I think that is all I hae to share today :salute:

CSS Tricks Hub

Fri Dec 13, 2013, 4:18 AM
Here you will find an overview of my CSS Tricks series tutorials :) I will post it as a journal, as I don't see it fit anywhere else.

List of the tutorials so far




Learn how to limit the width of your text to improve readabilty. It's an easy trick and solves the problem of extremely wide running texts, especially an issue on wide screen monitors.


Theory/Examples Ratio: 70/30
Size: S
Difficulty: low





Due to the many different sizes a journal can have on dA, it is a good practice to think about how wide you want your skins to be. You will find the pros and cons of "fixed width" versus "responsive" skins.


Theory/Examples Ratio: 80/20
Size: M
Difficulty: low





Learn the basics of using images in your CSS files. The technical aspects are covered, as well as best and worst practices. You will also find a big list of resources for working with images for skins.


Theory/Examples Ratio: 60/40
Size: L
Difficulty: medium





A little dive into both CSS and HTML to help you structurize news and articles more user friendly.


Theory/Examples Ratio: 90/10
Size: L
Difficulty: low





Learn about web-safe fonts, the fallback hierarchy and about the most common text-properties to use in CSS. You will find code examples and a colletion of tips for working with text in skins.


Theory/Examples Ratio: 50/50
Size: XL
Difficulty: medium





Basics about how lists work, how they are coded, what they are good for and how to get the best results out of your content with lists.
Second half is a tutorial on how to use a nested list in order to make a drop down navigation menu.


Theory/Examples Ratio: 50/50
Size: XL
Difficulty: medium - advanced




The CSS Tricks are a mix of general CSS (and occasionally HTML) and specially for dA written tutorials. Everything that works on dA, will work everywhere else; but not necessarily vice versa.


Questions and Suggestions


If you have a specific question or an idea for a future article, you are more than welcome to suggest to me! :la: You can leave a comment here or write me a note :) The tricks will be most useful when I know it is a topic people are actually interested in.

For more on CSS and HTML …


Here are some groups that offer tutorials and many other awesome things :eager:
:iconecssited: :iconcss-dyk: :icontutorialsforyou:

Browse the Journal and Gallery Tutorial or Web Design Tutorial galleries on dA.

And as always I strongly suggest you go check out and bookmark the Mozilla Developer Network as it is a wonderful go to site for help and reference!

:heart: :peace:

Typo Feature: John Lennon

Sun Dec 8, 2013, 7:00 AM
Today, 33 years ago, one of the most creative and influential musicians of the pop music died. In honour of his life and work, I put together a typographic art feature, showcasing the creativity he still sparks into us until today.

John Lennon


* October 9th, 1940
† December 8th, 1980


As founding member of The Beatles, he, Paul, George & Ringo wrote history. The 'mopheads' from Liverpool, UK, set out to conquer and change the world. Up until their break-up in 1970 John Lennon and Paul McCartney became one of the most successful songwriter couples in history.

After The Beatles, he continued his solor career and wrote his signature song "Imagine" – the dream of a better world. He spent his last years in the USA, moving between New York and Los Angeles.

On December 8th, 1980, he was shot in front of his New York apartment.

Let's take a moment to remember John Lennon, who he was and what he did, and enjoy the art created to honour him.

Imagine …

























Happy Holidays! I can has prints!

Thu Nov 28, 2013, 12:18 AM
Holidays are approaching fast, it's basically Christmas time since last monday :faint: :santa: :xmas:

In case you don't know, I do offer some Christmas related prints from my gallery. So, here comes some self advertising :la:

My Christmas Prints


Christmas Card 2012 by pica-ae Merry Christmas - Card Design by pica-ae Christmas Lights by pica-ae
These are all avaiable as Greeting Cards and Postcards; but also as Photo Prints and other Art Gifts!


You can always check out my Print Shop to look at all the prints I have avaiable :)

Keep up to date!


I'd also suggest you pay attention to the 2013 Holiday Headquarters!; simply add hq to your watch list.

Christmas Skins


You can also go forth and install this Merry Journal Skin :heart:
(Watch out tho, the skin has issues with using Rich Text Editor on sta.sh writer, so follow the instructions in the description to solve that problem.)

Or use one of these :la:
:thumb146869294: On Christmas Night: CSS Skin by BaB-Jane Journal CSS Christmas by ClaireLyxa
December 16th JournalSkin by harleshinn .:Green Christmas by ginkgografix Merry Christmas Journal Skin by extraordi-mary


Happy Holidays!



Patterns by Subtle Patterns | Fonts by Google Web Fonts
Layout & Code by pica-ae | Copyright 2012

Random.

Sun Nov 24, 2013, 5:56 AM
Making a preview on a reply you write that only contains ":hug:" is a lot like entering "1+1" into a calculator…

You are probably not doing it wrong, but it doesnt hurt to check.

Also: I am sitting on a big floppy ball. Maybe it makes my brain floppy, too :meow:

I was reminded that we own a thing like that and I thought to myself today that since I actually do not use a real office chair, but an old ining table chair from the 1960s, I may as well try the ball. I hear it's good for your back or something.

In other words!



KubusRubus got a refreshed tumblr blog – go forth and follow for jewelry updates. :la:

I may…



Now go set some DDs, hand some baboons some guns to shoot ballons or blow dry my hair :B

:peace:

Celebrating Diversity #38

Tue Nov 19, 2013, 11:00 AM
Wow, what a going :omg: This is already the 38th edition of the series and each of them did a great deal of showing how much awesome there is on dA :la:

I still think, now even more so than before, that diversity is something good that should be celebrated. Not only in art, but in every day life. Differences are to be cherished and not be pursued. Don't be scared of something new, something you don't know. Keep an open mind and take in all the wonders this world has to offer :heart:

Don't stop exploring, don't stop discovering!

Bird flying study by noiaillustrationBlossom River by Unit1707
The spring meadow by jargachPortrait of the sea by Giname
Dont Make Me Stay by ukapalaPray for Rain by Questavia
First 4 Pages of Saltwater Witch Comic 15 by the0phrastustremble by neuzheli
Commander Sam Vimes by GoranGligovicmagic kitchen by anna-v-tanke


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
- Gene Roddenberry



DD suggestions for special days

Thu Nov 14, 2013, 12:26 AM
Hi guys :iconsmallwaveplz:
A little update/addition to my Daily Deviation Guidelines.

If you come across an awesome artwork and you want to suggest it for a special occasion, like f.e. Valentine's day, Christmas, Veteran's Day, Mother's Day or any other awareness day, please mention that in the title of the note.

This could look like "Dec 24th Christmas DD suggestion" or "Feb 14th Valentine's Day DD suggestion".

Why?


Because I have no way of remembering every single holiday that there is and when it is. Especially with Awareness days, I most of the time don't even know that day actually exists. :slow: So, basically if you don't add the day and/or date in the title of the note, there is a chance I will only read it when the day has passed.
And I think with Awareness days, some of you may also not know it's coming up and send in last minute suggestions. They are likely to be overlooked by me, if I have no idea about what's in the suggestion.

This of course also goes for days relating to people and historic events. As for example birthdays or anniversaries of all kinds. Stuff like I don't know, John Lennon's birthday or the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Whatever is relevant for a certain date. 

I will add this bit to my actual guidelines as well, this is just a little… preminder? I love making up new words :giggle: I also need to update my guidelines anyway, I don't like their CSS anymore :meow:

That's already all :)

Keep 'em suggestions coming :eager:



Thank you :heart: :peace:
pica-ae

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Interested to find learn more? Read Text Art and Typography!

You want to suggest a DD to me? Read my Daily Deviation Guidelines!

FAQ #61: What is a Daily Deviation?
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[EDIT]

We got a winner! cality guessed 8,978 messages and by that she was only off 176 messages! The message count in my MC was 9,154 (53 notes) when I logged in on Saturday :D  


This means she gets the 111 points and a surprise: I won a 1 month Premium Membership in ginkgografix dAr monthly challenge and this will be added as a goodie :D 

Thanks for taking part in the guessing ;) Some of the numbers you guys guessed would have led me to have a heart attack tho… Personally I was guessing at 10,000+ but it was just below that :XD: 

[END EDIT]

… not like there is no internet in the US, but I have been keeping myself rare on there during my vacations. Except for the recurring Candy Crush Saga requests on facebook… :stare: 

I was mostly lazy during that time in all regards, so don't except any hot and steaming NYC stories.

It's worth mentioning that we created a whole new dish, when KubusRubus asked our waiter for a slice of "real New York Cheesesteak" :meow: spot the delicious mistake :P (I keep making that spoken typo, I swear there is a word for it I am too lazy to look up right now) 

Let's play a guessing game! Win 111 points :eyes:


I left with 23 messages and something around 3 to 5 notes by myself. Soooo… I did not log in to dA for the whole of fucking October. And yesterday. I doozed on the couch all day after landing at 6:30 am in Hamburg :|

What was the message count in my dA when I  logged into it earlier today?
  • Guesses are accepted until 8 am GMT +1, which is midnight in LA on sunday aka the moment the DDs are switched ;)
  • Whoever comes closest (or actually guesses the right number) with their guess of overall messages will get the 111 points. 
  • If someone guessed 5 too little and someone else 5 too much, I call that a draw and you both get 56 points.
  • Leave your guess as a comment on this journal. 
  • If you want you can try and guess the amount of notes included in that. It's totally optional, but may get you something extra if you get it right, even if the overall message count is off.
That's one month of messages, so think about your guess :faint: My own guess was off, by the way. But close enough :lol: 

Next things…


I have cleared my message center, I am mostly left with DD suggestion notes right now. So, the next thing on my schedule is to wade through them and set some awesome deviations for DDs. :eager: 

I did not read any journals or look at any of the deviation stacks I was welcomed by… So, if you can think of something I missed that I really need to see or read: GIVE IT TO ME :la: Could be anything, silly things are very welcome. 

Two months ago I apparently signed up for NaNoWriMo. I am already two days behind. I suck. And I haven't decided what my story will be. There are 3 ideas in the final round, but I can't decide. It's all stuff that I don't know has a real end yet and I know myself well enough to know that I would not be able to finish something if I have no goal to reach. Apart from 50,000 words, I mean. So yeah, let's see about that :grump:

Anyway, that's it for now. Let's see some guesses :eyes:

Yes, I joined the "win 1,11$" train, but fuck, I feel like giving away some points for my return.


Absence in October!

Mon Sep 30, 2013, 9:01 AM
Hi guys :iconsmallwaveplz:

Short notice to let you all know that I won't be around as much in October because I will be in New York with KubusRubus again :eager:

So, DD suggestion replies will be late, as well as most other replies. I am working on keeping my message center down to almost 0 today, I am at 23 :meow:

I will do the usual on my trip, try to take more pictures. I never take enough pictures :noes:

I also always promise to write a journal with details about my trip later and I always forget. So, I am afraid this will happen again this time :B

But, you're in my thoughts :heart: :peace: Take care! And have fun celebrating halloween, I know communityrelations has some great creepy jeepy stuff in store for you :eyes:



Typo Feature: Smile

Wed Sep 18, 2013, 8:00 AM


Welcome to today's Typo Feature!
In this ongoing series each article will focus on a specific theme and showcase deviations that manage to convey the theme in a special and great manner.

This feature's theme will be: Smile



Cute Notes on Paint Samples by resresres Smile by MambaDaGreat
T.G.I FRIDAY by Empath12 SayHi by keindesignerverdammt Every Time Every Where Keep Smile by EkaPerwira
Smile by samintune14 Smile by RinaElize 
Free Verse 5 by Salve-S Fake your Smile by ANDREASARAY  We all need.. by MariClorapel 
NEVER STOP SMILING by Waterboy1992 key to happiness by Takunaaa Smile by carlabromhead 
Just Keep Smiling by SoaringTori  
SMILE by emzykin Ambigram by kafe-smile 


I hope you enjoyed this selection and maybe you'll have a smile on your face, too :heart: :peace:

If you have ideas for future features you are welcome to suggest them in a comment here, on CRTextAndTypographys profile or via note to either me or the group.


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