It took me a while to decide what I was going to do for my final project… I considered a sort of large-scale upcycle project with reclaimed materials and wind to generate electricity, but I’m pretty sure I came up with something better.
I’m going to design a website: a personal and professional design-oriented site to aggregate my online presence in other areas like Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The first inspiration for this I suppose was Dr. Hertzberg’s suggestion that design and engineering students have a personal website to showcase their work and maintain an individual professional online source of contact and information. This makes a lot of sense and I’ve wanted to do it for a while, but didn’t really have the motivation to get it started. I think much of the work in this class has provided (and will continue to provide) the tools and habits I need to keep it maintained.
It will also be the home of a podcast I started with my brother, called Thinkly. So although I’m still in the process of gathering inspiration, comparing design elements, and obtaining a full-fledged web suite as opposed to the various free trials, I can definitely discuss my inspiration for one of the primary graphical elements of my page: the logo.
Because my first name is Luke, since I was very young I’ve received the “I am your father” -type treatment from people who meet me. I don’t think that necessarily had a hand in my affection for Star Wars (engineering minds often enjoy science-fiction), but it certainly helped contribute to one of my earliest online identities: skywalker993 in the old-school MMORPG RuneScape. I tried to be Skywalker2000 but that was taken. Skywalker1000 was as well, so I worked my way down from there and 993 was the first to be available!
Well, I had my handle selected, so I needed a good password. I thought about parallels, analogs, etc. for the game or my username, and one of the first things to occur to me was “cloud foot,” to parallel “sky walker.” This phrase (plus many other random letters and numbers, of course) became my password for many years. Later, in college, when I started putting up music and artwork on YouTube and Facebook, I decided to use that as my handle, with “studio” appended. CloudFootStudio was born.
As you can see I had a few different ideas for how to graphically represent this identity, and I didn’t really look at anything to help me decide on the final version. I guess I just like the rounded edges, the simplicity, the cartoonish and approachable nature of the imagery. The type font is based on the curves of the cloud and the close spacing of the lines, though it is definitely on the table for modifications. But this will serve as the initial icon and logo of my website, hurrah!