I don’t believe in fairytales, but I want to believe in you and me

6th October 2011 18 comments

So. Instead of studying, I designed a new layout for Sky-Song.ORG. It’s nothing mind-blowingly pretty or new but I’m neutral to it, surprisingly. Generally when I spend a long time on a layout, I begin despising it (hence why I neverΒ get anywhere).Β How do you like it? I’ve also changed the content around a little bit to adjust to the new layout. And if you noticed my ‘maintenance mode’ page that I had for a few hours, I also changed the permalinks since they were pissing me off since they were so ‘ugly’.

Hilariously, I almost forgot Sky-Song.ORG’s upcoming birthday until I had to write a page on it πŸ™‚ 17th October 2011Β will mark the 1 year birthday for the domain. I’ll be too busy at that time to celebrate it, but I suppose this layout makes up for it πŸ˜€

And I hope this layout makes up for me not being here for a while πŸ˜€ I’ve got upcoming exams and therefore I won’t be able to post much (as you’ve noticed) or comment much. I’ll still be lurking and maybe an occasional post but I’ve got to focus on my studies. I don’t want any repeats of what happened last semester.

The rest of the post will be about my design process with this layout. I find it interesting to read others – mine’s not so interesting but meh πŸ™‚ Ramblings, images and tl;dr alert.

Design Process

It took me foreverΒ to find the right image. I initially wanted something cute and bubbly because I was tired of looking at the sad girl in my previous layout (even though I thought the image was beautiful). But then my mood changed, mainly because my music changed (began listening to Light’s Siberia – Flux and Flow in particular – and Goyte’s Bronte – which is so damn painstakingly beautiful and sad. I’ll highly recommend watching the music video). So I guess I returned back to my roots of something “pretty” and “ethereal” (?).

Before and After

Before and After – through selective colouring, hue and saturation, exclusive layers etc. I’ve noticed I tend to gravitate to highlighting the reds in an image. Don’t ask me why.

After colouring the image, I needed to think of a design. My “prototype” came out something like this:

Prototype Design

I obviously didn’t like it. It looked bland and something was off about it, I didn’t know what. So I experimented a bit and a few hours later, before I knew it – I had finished coding the new layout and what you see before you πŸ™‚ The changes are perhaps,Β subtle, but I think the small changes really made a difference. Or to me anyways.Β  I’ve noticed, my first attempt at designing is neverΒ what I put out. I generally scrap that idea, brood for a few days or weeks before returning back to the image or scrapping it completely for another one.

I’m also really influenced by the music that’s playing while I’m designing, as mentioned above πŸ˜€

Lol, I don’t know why I am talking about my design process – random yes? I’d love to hear other people’s.

The Comments

  • Shiki
    7th Oct, 2011 at 1:39 am

    You kidding me!? this layout kickass! oh wait.. maybe not. But it’s gorgeous! simple but gorgeous! I left my laptop opened on your blog and my mom asked me what on earth was I doing, lol. I love the header :3
    the background is common but I still love it. this is mind-blowing OAO
    ahhhhh I knew it! I knew there was a use of hue and saturation technique on the picture >A</ *I feel smart lol*
    it happens every time… ya know, the planning on how it finally turns out different yet nice haha. happens to me almost every time.. got the design blueprint but the final result is better and far from the blueprint,lol

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  • Lydia
    7th Oct, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Your layout looks so sweet. The colours are subtle and cooling to the eyes. Thumbs up! Very beautiful! And Happy 1st birthday to your domain! And all the best for your exams. πŸ˜‰

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  • rizzie
    8th Oct, 2011 at 1:54 am

    i think it’s really pretty! it’s nice and clean! i miss making my own layout but it takes too much freaking time and i’m always anal about it and it’s frustrating!

    okay so i think this is really nice!

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  • Kathy
    8th Oct, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I love the new layout! The colors remind me of autumn. My most favorite of all your designs…and the cleanest. Congratulations on your 1st birthday! Advanced and I hope the site takes a longer life in the future! πŸ˜‰

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  • Joyce
    9th Oct, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Good luck with your exams! no worries~ we all get busy but do update us if anything interesting happens on your site πŸ™‚ I’ve never been on your site before; just stumbled upon it now. I think your new layout looks good. For some reason I always like the pairings of teal with pink or reds and this one looks really good. The detailing of the banner looks really well made XD

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  • xin-yi
    10th Oct, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Your layouts are always amazing! I love the careful consideration you have placed in everything on this layout. The color choices are simple and elegant. You have a great talent for creating these simplistic, yet beautiful layouts. I can’t wait to see what other great things you’ll create in the future!

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  • Caro
    10th Oct, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I really like your new layout — I think it’s better than your old one! I love the colors scheme, and the navigation….it’s wonderful! πŸ˜›
    With a lot of layouts I design, I start with something (usually an image with textures in the background), copy the whole thing, paste it into a new canvas, and shrink it. ^^

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  • Kris
    10th Oct, 2011 at 6:58 am

    THIS IS MIND BLOWING! I WISH I COULD DESIGN SOMETHING LIKE THAT! I LIKE THE 2ND DOMAIN NAME STYLE PROTOTYPE WHATEVER IT IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL TOO!

    Just in time for your domain’s birthday! It sucks I can’t make WP themes and I’m not renewing my domain so no special layout to celebrate it. Focus on your studies it’s okay if you disappear we’ll still remember you! πŸ˜›

    I am feeling great right now because finally well rested in this wonderful weekend.

    Yeahh my brother likes American stuff I like Korean stuff I think that explains everything. He’s also outgoing and stuff, everything my mom likes. While I’m everything my mom hates. I remember your picture you didn’t look Filipino, what are people playing at? I was torn between Viet, Lao, and Thai.

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  • Janvi
    11th Oct, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Pretty! Haha I’ve read your blog several times but never commented. ;0 Your previous layout was gorgeous and simple, but this one is so earthy and perfect for (well, here anyways) autumn. This one’s fairly simple as well, but it’s got that powerful “oomph” that I like. Too much talent to take in~ Sometimes, I just stare at the gorgeousness of layouts instead of reading the posts haha. 😑

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  • Kris
    12th Oct, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Lol I’m not too scared of being alone in a house. I live in a pretty safe area so I wouldn’t be worried about outside.

    Lol it is creepy alright! My mom and her not-twin twin-like sister. My gosh.

    I don’t know what to do with owning a domain =/ I don’t want to only keep a blog on it and I don’t have time for other purposes. I might look into three-words to get hosted hehehe.

    Well if they do that stupid thing to you do it back. If the person looks Italian ask if they’re Spanish.

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  • Kris
    13th Oct, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I used to say gay about things after picking it up from some kids at school but once I met a gay person and it slipped out then I felt it became an insulting term. Which it is.

    Wow your sister an Asian girl thinks K-pop celebrities are gay? She should become friends with my mom? LOL. My mom says all Asian guys are gay that’s why she married a white guy. -_- I hate how America claims to be open to homosexuals yet act so homophobic.

    Hahahaha good thing don’t watch scary movies. They kick in your imagination! I watched Chuckie and after that ……

    I love my domain too =( but I don’t want to go through all that trouble, it’s complicated so I won’t elaborate. I’ll probably be moving in a month or so when I find some time because molla-ing expires early Dec …

    LOL who the heck can think you’re South African??? Aren’t they either black or white?

    Lol yeah you are actually. No worries your comments are always welcome here.

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  • Lixin
    16th Oct, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Your layout looks absolutely amazing!!! I love the colours.

    And all the best with your exams. Stay strong, continue to study hard, I’m sure you’ll do really well!
    Also, congrats on your site’s first birthday! Yay!

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  • amano
    16th Oct, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    MISAKI! *HUG ATTACK*
    I MISS YOU! TT_________TT
    Thank you for comforting and listening to me. I feel that I’m so useless at this time… πŸ™ Thank you so much! I can handle it, don’t worry. πŸ™‚

    This layout is really pretty. The colour scheme matches so well and I know you like soft and warm colours! πŸ˜€ This is just so your style! Before you mention it, I forgot how old my blog is! It will turn to 2 soon, WOAH! Oh oh oh, tomorrow is your blog’s birthday! HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY! <33

    My design process is like a mess LOL. I always design the header first just like you. Most of the time I play with red and cyan, I don't know why too, like you said. =3= When it goes to make a layout… That makes me headache. Since I start off with header first, I have no idea what background and what other images I want to use to make a pretty layout, this step always can destroy my layout, ahaha!

    Love your layout so much! <33 Good luck to you too! πŸ˜€

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  • Connie
    17th Oct, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Although like you said your layout isn’t all that mind blowing, but for me, I find it LOVELY. I believe that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and yours did it for me. I love it.

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  • Irene
    19th Oct, 2011 at 7:11 am

    This layout is gorgeous, Misaki! The way you treated the colouring really made a difference imo.

    And I always find that whatever music I’m listening to when I design & code influences how the final product looks like. I like that music has the ability to do that with out us even noticing.

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  • DEI
    19th Oct, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I’m a day late but Happy 1 Year anniversary Ske-Song! I love the layout Misaki! It’s so beautiful and gorgeous.

    Ah, sorry I don’t have a better comment kind of running on E right now.. @.@

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  • WYONA
    28th Oct, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Hello Misaki! πŸ™‚ I loooove your new layout, it’s so pretty yet simple. It’s very calm in the eyes, I love the simplicity so much. I want also to change my header in my site, or try something new to it but I’m running out of creative juices before I even start. HAHAHA! Great job by the way!

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  • Kris
    28th Oct, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Hmm. If you ever get a chance to blog, I tagged you in a meme. =D Should be the first post on my blog for a few days starting today, if not then if still interested just go to my archives and look for Oct 27 XD

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