Welcome to Visual Arms, the freelance creative corporation of Calgary-based Graphic Designer Steve Harris.
I'll make this quick - I really love web design, and I'm fortunate to get to spend a significant amount of time doing it (all day!). Here's a quick look at some of the websites I've designed over the summer.
I just returned from Adobe MAX in Los Angeles, where I was invited to present my work with Adobe Muse and respond to community questions as part of an expert panel. MAX is an outstanding conference for designers and creative minds, and I returned home feeling inspired to create beautiful work.
Thanks to all of the folks at Adobe for bringing me out to LA for such a fantastic event!
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I was very fortunate to be featured by Adobe in their "Design Center", which is a place to explore feature stories, get inspired by fellow designers, and find out more about your favorite Adobe® Creative Suite® software. This in-depth interview explains how I got started in the field of Graphic Design, why I began working with Adobe Muse and how I built the successful online store MuseThemes from the ground up. Here's a link to the complete story.
A big thanks to the talented people at Adobe - I appreciate it!
In late September 2012, I was invited to visit sunny Carpinteria, California to record a series of courses for online training library Lynda.com. Focusing on Adobe Muse & InDesign, here's an overview of my first course, titled "Designing a Portfolio Website in Adobe Muse".
Create and publish a complete portfolio website with Adobe Muse—without writing any code. Author Steve Harris takes designers through the most important stages of a web design project, which include planning the site structure, preparing graphics to import into Muse, and working with widgets and embedded content to integrate unique functionality. The sample website shown is geared toward a creative professional such as a graphic artist or photographer who is looking to publish work online, but it could be useful for any type of image collection.
Thank you Lynda.com! I had a great time recording and hope to work together again soon.
Occasionally I forget that the reason I created this website was to display our creative work, and showcase projects that we've had the privilege of working on. That being said, here's a couple of projects that
our team recently completed.
When Sarah approached me to recreate her online portfolio (the original was done in flash - enough said), I was delighted to help. She desired a clean, modern layout with plenty of room to breathe, and was hoping to have the new site online as soon as possible. Her portfolio was so impressive that it made my job easy! We designed a contemporary layout that wouldn't overpower the photos, and went from concept to completion in three short weeks. Sarah's site was a great candidate for Adobe's new software "Muse", and using Muse was the key to designing the site so quickly.
With a powerful business name like Triceratops Brands, we wanted to design an equally powerful logo with impact and visual strength. Often it's best to avoid creating graphics that are a literal representation of the business name, but in the case of Triceratops, developing a stylized graphic of the three-horned prehistoric dinosaur was fitting for their business model (and... it was fun). A big thanks goes to illustrator Matt Low for his help on this project!
Here's a quickie - a takeaway plastic bag for The Main Dish. Killer mockup and design.
Here's a little community project that I put together for The Main Dish & Right to Play, an organization that uses sport and play to enhance child development in areas of disadvantage. The scope of work included design / printing of event posters and tickets.
Kaitlyn Harris, Decorating Life - Interior Design
Designed using only black and white to reduce the influence of color, Kaitlyn Harris’ logo is a strong mark that can stand alone on a variety of applications. Her style of interior design is very classic, modern and elegant, which is reflected in her new personal brand.
In late 2011 I was approached by the coach of “The Beasts”, a girls bantam hockey team located in Calgary, Canada. She needed assistance putting together an intimidating mark or brand that could be used to produce apparel. The beasts icon is reminiscent of a mythical creature, and was later embroidered on hoodies and screen printed on
Check out the October 2011 issue of the world's leading digital art magazine Computer Arts for my tutorial on Rapid Web Prototyping without Coding using Adobe Muse (codename). Complete with screen captures, working files and a video screen cast, this tutorial explains in detail how to transform a Photoshop mockup into an HTML website using round-trip editing.
“Sending website layouts to third-party developers for early prototyping can be slow and costly for front-end designers. However, by using Adobe Muse in conjunction with Photoshop, graphic artists of any medium can rapidly design, preview and publish and HTML site without writing code. Using a simple layout created in Photoshop and the Place command in Muse, I’ll show you how to efficiently create a working prototype of your site.”
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Visual Arms.com is currently featured on Calgary Web Design, a showcase of the best websites in Calgary!
Look for the listing under the category "Best of the Best".