Part Four: Expert Guest Gala
~ 16 June 2004 ~
“That Wicked Worn Look”
If there were ever a way to end a series with a stellar finale, this is about as good as it gets.
I feel confident (and humble) saying such because I didn’t write the finale. Seven expert guests did.
No joke. Seven guests. And did I say experts?
I cautiously invited each of the participants below to take part in the finale, realizing they’re all quite busy, and yet each of them accepted with enthusiastic replies.
You’re likely familiar with most of the crew below. And with good reason — they’ve all been publicly recognized in some regard over the past year.
So please give a warm welcome to Greg Storey, Jason Santa Maria, Blake Scarbrough, Ryan Sims, David Hellsing, and Dave Rau & Josh Bertrand.
Academics of Worn
Greg Storey, airbagindustries.com
Greg’s slightly worn site speaks for itself. He’s got other worn projects up his sleeve, which I hope he shares with us in the future. But for now, enjoy a well-balanced serving of Golden Age design, written in classic Storey attitudinal fashion.
Jason Santa Maria, jasonsantamaria.com
Jason’s flawless book cover design was a hit the minute it was uploaded. His Aged Aesthetic write-up is almost just as flawless. Enjoy a few smart solutions for reproducing aged print materials.
The Awesome Antiquated Look
Blake Scarbrough, blakems.com
Extending the invite to Blake was by far the hardest — I had to walk a full six feet over to his desk. He gracefully accepted (thank you, Blake) and now gives keen advice on brush techniques.
Weathered: Subtle. Restrained.
Ryan Sims, justwatchthesky.com
Ryan hearts that worn look, too. With a versatile style ranging from motion to distress, Ryan’s 2¢ are a sound investment. From V-Brush to a PSD download, Ryan contributes to the series with fanfare.
David Hellsing, monc.se
David’s impressive collection of sites, including two Web Standards Awards winners and a CSS Zen Garden entry, put monc.se on the web dev map. Here, David shares tips for producing non-virtual, authentic aging.
Dave Rau & Josh Bertrand, redlabor.com
Take a peek at Red Labor’s portfolio. Need I say more? It’s replete with aged pieces. Chime in to hear Dave & Josh impart their wisdom. Includes source file.
No Encore Needed
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who participated in, linked to, and enjoyed the Wicked Worn series. Smashing, wasn’t it? I think it’s safe to say that, with the expert advice provided above, no encore is needed.
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