Bringing Code Up To Code

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Google change their search criteria all the time. With more people now searching on their phones than on PCs, Google brought in a big new rule on April 21st: If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, you’ll suffer in search results.

I ran this site you’re on now through Google’s mobile test… yeah, I already knew what it would do.

GAH! (click for full size)

Tiny hard to read text, miniscule hard to click links, and the background image mysteriously gave up.

I can fix it!
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A Whale Of A Tale, Act 2

Box containing Moby Dick Programmes

Part 1, talking about making the posters for this show, can be read here.

A couple of months after the posters were completed, I sat down with the show’s producer to work on the programme. Having made the programme for Maskerade last year, and doing a bunch of layout work at my job, I had more experience at it this time around.

For a start, I asked the producer how many pages it was going to be, and what the basic layout was. This is the very very first draft:

Folded paper with "Director", "Plot" and "Song List" written on it

Don’t laugh, it’s useful!
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A Whale of a Tale, Act 1

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The Bradford University Society of Operettas and Musicals – BUSOM for short – performed their 2015 main show last week. Moby Dick! The Musical sees a St. Trinian’s-like girls school (complete with headmistress played by a man in drag) putting on a musical version of Herman Melville’s novel to save their bankrupt institution; hockey sticks for harpoons and all.

BUSOM’s staple poster creator has graduated, moved away, and become very busy. I was picked to work on the main show this year. That meant it was up to me to get that ‘play within a play’ message across.

First up, posters for the cast auditions. Over the post-Xmas holidays I came up with the below pic, for the production team to surround with the relevant text. This was the birth of Audition Whale, drawn with Illustrator’s standard but useful Charcoal brush.

Audition Whale quickly gained fans.

Chalk drawing of cartoon whale on blackboard

Look at its stripy school tie!

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Take Any Heart

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This year’s Valentine’s Day celebration / penance wasn’t cards for selected individuals: It was a benevolent lucky dip for everyone at work. Here’s how it came together…

The first task was learning to make an origami heart – these are the instructions I followed.
I bought a roll of red paper, cutting it into 7cm squares.
Why a roll of paper? There needed to be one heart for every member of staff present that day, plus a few spares.
I assembled 121 of the things.
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