Real Life Transformer

Just for Fun, Updates

Hey whats up everybody. I’m Taran Tej bringing you another exciting post of Design Playground

So what’s today’s special ? How about a guy transforming a humble car

inside_drives_bumblebee

to a real life Bumblebee

bumblebee

Thats right  – a squatting model of a robot like car. This guy made it

squallting transformer

Meet Hetain Patel, A UK based Indian who transformed a humble Ford Fiesta to a Towering Transformer . Pretty cool huh ?

You can read the full article here : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2469774/The-real-life-Transformer-Artist-turns-battered-Ford-Fiesta-Hollywood-style-giant-robot.html

Now thats what I call genuine creativity.

Here we have the old  – and  new – Ford Fiesta

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now what if this transformer was real ? what if you were on a date with a hottie and this happens ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urHCYBOdNGg

(sorry folks, wordpress doesn’t allow me to upload video )

So now that we are talking about transformers ( the movie ), we are sure to expect 3 things from the latest installment, Age of Extinction

transformers-4

The awesome battle between Autobots and Decepticons

Awesome Cars

and of course

Linkin-Park-foto-Wallpaper

Getting back to the topic, i would like to show you something that i found while googling

Megan-Fox-Transformers-1920x1200-Wallpaper

You may not notice at the first look but this pic is actually habeen brilliantly merged as one

Here are the original pictures

optimus prime megatron transformers 2megan-fox-sexy-in-transformers-2

In fact , the guy/ girl even changed Megan’s dress to match a dark color scheme . NICE!!!!

So how did the do it? With a little trick called called layer masks

Tutorial : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAKILf5I0Vw

I did a little “Layer masking” myself. Non professional of course

night-rider

Well, I hope I didnt bore you all too much. If you want to see something else, leave me a comment below and Ill see what I can do. See ya next time

Human Hyenas

Just for Fun, Updates

Humans, or man as we call ourselves, are directly or indirectly , animals. We belong to the category of Mammals. Our distant relatives include dogs, cats, cows, buffaloes and donkeys.Its true. Even though we walk on two legs, can speak our mind , have 20 fingers ( hands and toes ) and do stuff that our 4 -legged companions cant. But if you take away that mega brain you carry with so much pride but never use it, then you are no less than your primate cousins, the monkeys.


Billions of years ago monkey stepped on to the land after evolving from the fish. They dodged the jaws of dinosaurs, survived the meteorite crash that wiped out the giant lizards and learned to walk on two feet ( and also got rid of massive hair). We evolved to become better. 

Its sad to see that despite the evolution, we are still animals.

We bark , we claw each other, we lock horns over petty issues and we even fight over the female. I mean why can’t be all try to be all human for once. But NOOOOOO!!!. We HAVE to find a reason to fight and try and show whos boss. Instead of being logical, practical and reasonable , we are only trying to please our hyped up ego. Jesus Christ !

In a school, Class 10, Biology Lecture

A student is trying to study about the human reproductive system. Every animal has a way reproducing so that its species can continue. In simple terms, we need somebody to carry forward our tale and legacy after we get old and leave this world. Its natural. Probably a student who wants to become a doctor so that he or she can watch the miracle aurora – the birth of a child

Same location, 2012

He doesnt care about miracles, he doesnt care about children, he doesnt care about doctors, he doesnt care about passing school. All he thinks about is activating his pelvic thrusters and engaging into her private space
(Its kind of sick, but its the truth )

So this person is not a human. its an monster. a Human Hyena

for those who don’t know, heres something from Wikipedia

Although long reputed to be cowardly scavengers, hyenas, kill as much as 95% of the food they eat, and have been known to drive off leopards or lionesses from their kills. they are mostly regarded as ugly and cowardly, and it is viewed as greedy, gluttonous, stupid, and foolish, yet powerful and potentially dangerous.

So i think thats enough proof to beware these abominations  They are the ones who make the place a hell for women and men alike.

I am not trying to scare you, only warn you. Beware these tricksters who claim to be your “friends”. They might not turn out to be good as you think.

Stay safe



Template  – Restaurant

Template – Restaurant

Logos, Templates, Updates, Web Design

Hello and Welcome to another post of Design playground. My work keeps me busy so I’m not able to focus much on the improvement of the blog or its social pages. But I’m doing what I can to spread the knowledge I know and share my love for Design.

Today I’m going to talk about a very special template. It holds a special place in my heart.

Ladies and Gentlemen , I give you, GnT’s Restaurant

GnTs-restaurant-website-design

 

Why is this template special to me ? Because of the G in the name

G means Gurinder. He’s one of my friends from college

The Story Behind GnT’s

It was my final year of BCA. We had learnt about visual basic ( .NET seemed complicated to me back then ; still does ). So Gurinder and I decided to show a project on a restaurant. I had downloaded the project called “Rupali Restaurant” and decided to use it as the base. But things didn’t go so well. Neither the project nor the partnership. Forget the design , even the functions were all screwed up. Despite all of this, I still knew that it held a bond that I could not withdraw from. I even redesigned “Rupali’s” logo.

GnT's-Logo

Well I never could get the .NET code to work, But I spent my free hours from work making this template. This template is special for another reason. I made this template literally from SCRATCH. Sure I used a restaurant base template, But it felt like building a house or inventing something. At times frustrating, but always exciting.

I wish i could show the comparison between my first draft and this one, but unfortunately I don’t have the first draft any longer. But anyways, I’m proud of what I made.

Thanks Guri – you’re the inspiration behind this

See ya next time

Taran Tej

Template – Car Showroom

Template – Car Showroom

Templates, Updates, Web Design

Today I will showing you guys a template based on a website for a car showroom. Now before we begin some non technical, non developers people what exactly is a template and how is it related to web design ?

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A template is basically a layout of how the proposed website is going to look like.We can say our skin is our template to our flesh and bones. We all have 206 bones, muscles, nerves, a heart ( the centre of emotions ), a brain (which some people never use, sadly), a pair of eyes, arms, legs, a curvy torso etc. But it is our skin (along with our personality and attitude ) that makes us different. We all have our own design, our own template that makes us attractive to other.

So that’s why we say : never judge a book by its cover. Read it first , then judge.

So now I introduce to you the template that I made for a car showroom called Harpreet Ford. It was my homework for my photoshop training class.

It may not look that great, but hey, atleast I tried

webpage-harpreet-ford

 

So what do you guys think ? Any Suggestions ? Please do leave a comment.

Ill try my best to improve.

See ya next time

Taran Tej

 

Top web design myths

Updates, Web Design

If you are working with something or someone, you will always hear rumours and myths. Some may prove to be true but most of the time they are nothing more than a bunch of lies to distract you from your true path.

Remember : Rumours and Myths are created by losers, spread by idiots and accepted by fucking retards.

Here are the most common myths and misconceptions related to web design

1) Websites Look The Same Everywhere

Different browsers display websites different because of how they each read the coding on the website. More modern browsers can read modern age code like HTML5 or CSS3, but if a browser isn’t up to date, neither is the ability to read the code resulting in a different web page display. In an age where we can view websites from a variety of devices – desktop, tablet, and phones – it’s become crucial for developers to create sites that can be viewed on all of these devices. Long story short, websites do not look the same on all devices.

2) My Business Is Local, So I Don’t Need A Website

This is an ancient, but surprisingly common misconception. Pretty much everyone turns to the internet to find information about a specific company. If you’re a restaurant or deli, a potential customer may want to take a look at your menu beforehand or get directions to your establishment. A website represents the company personality and without it, it’s hard to decipher the vibe of your business. Having a website for a company has become the norm in today’s society and is essentially expected at this point in the game. Not having one will create negative assumptions about the business, local or not.

3) Looks Are Everything

This myth is fairly understandable – we are naturally attracted to what looks nice. Although this may be true, a user will not stay on your website very long if it isn’t usable. So having the flashy, attractive, fancy website is great and all, but if it isn’t easy to use or navigate, all of the fancy effects become futile.

4) 3-Second Rule

The 3 second rule is a myth that is still followed (to an extent) today. The reason why it’s a myth is because it is taken too literal. There’s no reason to fear that a potential customer or client will leave your website if it doesn’t load in 3 seconds, it’s a mere expression to stress that a site cannot take a long time to load. 3 seconds or 5 seconds or 8 seconds – they don’t make a difference to the user as long as it doesn’t take 5 or 10 minutes to load a page.

5) Web Design Is Subjective

People often see web design as an art, which is subjective. However, design is a technical skill that requires a great deal of knowledge and research where as fine art is based on emotion. Web design has progressed to become a process that includes problem solving and research alike. Today, real web designers do more than make a website look nice and functional; they do a lot of research so they can develop the site to fit the target audience. Most successful sites are user driven, and it’s essential for the designer to know the target market just as much as someone on the marketing team.

6) People read on the web

People only read word-by-word on the web when they are really interested in the content. They usually skim the pages looking for highlighted keywords, meaningful headings, short paragraphs and scannable list. Since they’re in a hurry to find the very piece of information they’re looking for, they’ll skip what’s irrelevant for them.

So don’t expect people to read content that seems neither easily scannable nor relevant for them, therefore long text blocks, unnecessary instructions, promotional writing and “smalltalk” should be avoided on the web.

7) All pages should be accessible in 3 clicks

Usability tests have long challenged the so called three-click rule. Contrary to popular belief, people don’t leave your site if they’re unable to find the desired information in 3 clicks. In fact, the number of necessary clicks affects neither user satisfaction, nor success rate. That’s right; fewer clicks don’t make users happier and aren’t necessarily perceived as faster.

What really counts here is ease of navigation, the constant scent of information along the user’s path. If you don’t make the user think about the clicks, they won’t mind having a few extra clicks.

8) People don’t scroll

Although people weren’t used to scrolling in the mid-nineties, nowadays it’s absolutely natural to use the browser’s scrollbar. For a continuous and lengthy content, like an article or a tutorial, scrolling provides even better usability than slicing up the text to several pages.

You don’t have to squeeze everything into the top of your homepage or above the fold. To make sure that people will scroll, you need to follow certain design principles and provide content that keeps your visitors interested. Also keep in mind that content above the fold will still get the most attention and is also crucial for users in deciding whether your page is worth reading at all.

9) Design is about making a website look good

Many people regard web design as decoration; the art of making a website look good. However, design is more about how something works than how it looks. Design is about both form and function. In contrast with art, good design is not only visually and emotionally appealing but is made for use.

The goal of design is to efficiently solve problems. Design is based on the understanding of how users see the world, how they think and behave. And the toolset of the designer is broader than just colors and font-styles, as it also includes user-research, prototyping, usability testing, and more.

10) Accessibility is expensive and difficult

To make your website accessible, you don’t need to add extra functionality or to duplicate any content. The key is simply to assess the requirements of those with different skills and limited devices when designing the user interface and your content.

To build from scratch a website that’s accessible therefore, costs virtually the same as to develop one that isn’t.

Correcting an already inaccessible site, however, might need extra effort but is always beneficial on the long run since accessible sites are easier and cheaper to maintain.

Sources :

MSM Designz

UX Myths

Let’s hope I have successfully debunked your myths so that you can develop your sites better. Did I miss something or any suggestions ? Please comment below

See you next time

Taran Tej

Happy Dusherra

Happy Dusherra

Holidays, Updates

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Design Playground wishes you a very happy Dusherra ( Ram Navmi ). Dusherra is a festival of India which marks the victory of good over evil and return of lord Ram from his 9 year exile in the forest. This day is also celebrated for various other reasons by various cultures.

From Wikipedia :

Vijayadashami also known as DashaharaDussehraDashain (in Nepal), Navratri or Durgotsav is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms, across IndiaNepal and Bangladesh.

The name Dussehra is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara literally means removal of ten referring to Lord Rama‘s victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana.[1] The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons Mahishasur. The name Vijayadashami is also derived from the Sanskrit words “Vijaya-dashmi” literally meaning the victory on the dashmi (Dashmi being the tenth lunar day of the Hindu calendar month).

Significance

As the name suggests Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar which corresponds to September or October of the Gregorian calendar. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri(Devnagari: नवरात्रि, ‘nine nights’) or Sharada Navratri (the most important Navratri) and culminates on the tenth day as Dasara.

In India, the harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate the soil. Many people of the Hindu faith observe through social gatherings and food offerings to the gods at home and in temples throughout India and Nepal.

Victory of Lord Ram over the demon king Ravana

As per Hindu religion, on this day in the Treta Yug, Rama, also called Shri Ram, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, killed the great demon Ravana who had abducted Rama’s wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Rama, his brother Lakshmana, their follower Hanuman and an army of monkeys fought a great battle to rescue Sita. The entire narrative is recorded in the epic Ramayana, a Hindu scripture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayana

Rama had performed “Chandi Homa” and invoked the blessings of Durga, who blessed Rama with secret knowledge of the way to kill Ravana. On the day of Ashvin Shukla Dashami, Rama’s party found Sita and defeated Ravana. Thus it is termed as Vijaya Dashami. Based on the inferences from Valmiki’s Ramayana, Kalidas’s Raghuvans, Tulsidas’s Ram Charit Manas, and Keshavdas’s Ram Chandra Yas Chandrika as well as common perception in India, Rama, Sita, and of Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya on the 30th day of Ashvin (19–20 days after Vijayadashmi). To mark the return of Lord Rama, in the evening, the residents of Ayodhya lit their city with millions of earthen lamps (called Deepak). Since then, this day is celebrated in India as Deepawali orDiwali.

Victory of Durga Mata over Mahishasura

Some of the demons, or Asuras, were very powerful and ambitious and continually tried to defeat the Devas, or Gods, and capture Heaven. One Asura,Mahishasura, in the form of a buffalo, grew very powerful and created havoc on the earth. Under his leadership, the Asuras defeated the Devas. The world was crushed under Mahishasura’s tyranny, the Devas joined their energies into Shakti, a single mass of incandescent energy, to kill Mahishasura.

A very powerful band of lightning emerged from the mouths of BrahmaVishnu and Shiva and a young, beautiful female virgin with ten hands appeared. All the Gods gave their special weapons to her. This Shakti coalesced to form the goddess Durga. Riding on a lion, who assisted her, Durga fought Mahishasura. The battle raged for nine days and nights. Finally on the tenth day of Ashvin shukla paksha, Mahishasura was defeated and killed by Durga.

Hence Dasha-Hara is also known as Navratri or Durgotsav and is a celebration of Durga’s victory. Durga, as Consort of Lord Shiva, represents two forms of female energy – one mild and protective and the other fierce and destructive.

For more reasons of celebration and full article of the festival go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijayadashami

May the divine blessings of the gods always strengthen you and may you always burn away the evils which prevent from you from going higher. May you rise victorious and always successful in whatever you do

What is Design ?

Updates

Now before i go into depth of my blog I would like to help with a few questions . Not all people are aware of the design field and thus it is important that they know what i am trying to tell.

What is Design ??

Design is everywhere – and that’s why looking for a definition may
not help you grasp what it is.
Design is everywhere. It’s what drew you to the last piece of
furniture you bought and it’s what made online banking possible.
It’s made London taxi cabs easier to get in and out of and it made
Stella McCartney’s name. It’s driving whole business cultures and
making sure environments from hospitals to airports are easier to
navigate.
The single word ‘design’ encompasses an awful lot, and that’s why
the understandable search for a single definition leads to lengthy
debate to say the least.
There are broad definitions and specific ones – both have
drawbacks. Either they’re too general to be meaningful or they
exclude too much.
One definition, aired by designer Richard Seymour during the
Design Council’s Design in Business Week 2002, is ‘making things
better for people’. It emphasises that design activity is focused first
and foremost on human behaviour and quality of life, not factors
like distributor preferences. But nurses or road sweepers could say
they, too, ‘make things better for people’.
Meanwhile, a definition focused on products or 3D realisations of
ideas excludes the work of graphic designers, service designers
and many other disciplines. There may be no absolute definitions
of design that will please everyone, but attempting to find one can
at least help us pin down the unique set of skills that designers
bring to bear.

Meaning

Design could be viewed as an activity that translates an idea into a blueprint for something useful, whether it’s a car, a building, a graphic, a service or a process. The important part is the translation of the idea, though design’s ability to spark the idea in the first place shouldn’t be overlooked. Scientists can invent technologies, manufacturers can make products, engineers can make them function and marketers can sell them, but only designers can combine insight into all these things and turn a concept into something that’s desirable, viable, commercially successful and adds value to people’s lives.

Misconceptions about Design

There are many misconceptions about design. Sunday supplements and glossy magazines often use ‘design’ as a buzzword denoting style and fashion. While the toaster or corkscrew being featured may be well designed, the result is to feed the belief of would be design clients that design is restricted to the surface of things and how they look, and that it’s best employed at the end of the product development process. But good design isn’t simply about the surface. Aesthetics are important, but only a part of a bigger picture. Design is fundamental. People often need reminding that everything around us is designed and that design decisions impact on nearly every part of our lives, be it the environments we work in, the way we book holidays, or the way we go about getting get the lid off the jam jar. When those things work, it’s taken for granted, but, as Bill Moggridge, founder of international consultancy IDEO, says: ‘A lot of trial and error goes into making things look effortless.’

Design and the user

Good design begins with the needs of the user. No design, no matter how beautiful and ingenious, is any good if it doesn’t fulfil a user need. This may sound obvious but many products and services, such as the Sinclair C5, Wap mobile phone services, and a great many dot com businesses failed because the people behind them didn’t grasp this. Finding out what the customer wants is the first stage of what designers do. The designer then builds on the results of that inquiry with a mixture of creativity and commercial insight. Although gut instinct is part of the designer’s arsenal, there are more scientific ways of making sure the design hits the mark. Different designers use different methods – combining market research, user testing, prototyping and trend analysis. Any product launch is ultimately a gamble, but these methods help decrease the risk of failure, a fact that often comes as a surprise to clients.

Creativity

A design doesn’t have to be new, different or impressive to be successful in the marketplace, as long as it’s fulfilling a need, but design methods do lead to innovative products and services.

Designers learn that ideas that may seem strange are worth
exploring and that the ‘common-sense’ solution is not always the
right one. Designers often hit on counter-intuitive concepts through methods such as drawing, prototyping, brainstorming and user testing. Watching users in real-world situations especially gives insights into their behaviour that lead to ideas that wouldn’t have formed had the designer simply thought about the situation, or relied on generalised market research.

Design and business

Designers, unlike artists, can’t simply follow their creative impulses. They work in a commercial environment which means there is a huge number of considerations that coming to bear on the design process. Designers have to ask themselves questions such as: is the product they’re creating really wanted? How is it different from everything else on the market? Does it fulfil a need? Will it cost too much to manufacture? Is it safe? Emphasis on the customer makes design a formidable weapon for any business. Companies have often designed their way out of failure by creating a product that serves the customer’s needs better than its rivals’. Design delivered the operating-system market to Microsoft, rescued Apple Computer and made Sony an electronics giant. A Design Council study has shown that design-led businesses on the FTSE 100 out-performed the index by 25%.

Putting an emphasis on design brings creativity into an organisation and increases the chance of producing market-leading, mould-breaking products. As the sophistication of the consumer and global competition increases, this becomes more and more valuable. Businesses are finding that they can no longer compete just by slashing prices or upping the marketing budget. Innovation in the form of design is the key to success.

Source : http://www.mech.hku.hk/bse/interdisciplinary/what_is_design.pdf

When it Began

Just for Fun, Updates

We all have a beginning. The time when we are amazed about something so much that we want to do it but don’ know the steps. It could be anything, as long as you have fun doing it and it captures your heart and mind. So what captured my soul ? Design;  the way characters are created, the way smart men and beautiful women dress, the art on the ground, the creativity of the Student Archy ( Students of Architecture and the like). But most of all : Photoshop

June 2009

A college 2nd year student has just come for his training at a company, because his college demands a project. He comes in and men and women sitting on their computers and well…working. One day a senior introduces him to the magical world of Adobe Photoshop.

And thats when it all began

ps-begins

At that time, college boy only learns a few tools but is exploding with excitement to see what he can do. Like a child with a new toy, he sets off his ideas on his first character – The Druid

beastman orignal

So what idea did this kid have ?

He thought it would cool to put an armour on him. Let’s be reminded that the idea was lame, stupid, childish. He didn’t know any techniques nor he had any idea what he was doing. He was just having fun. Then again, all great people start off stupid.

His tools :

the first tools

Yep. Thats it.

So I could go ahead and explain all the details of how these tools were used. Or maybe its better if I showed them, so that you can hearty laugh in just one moment and not like those dead people laughing in comedy shows

beastman progress

I made it like that. I didn’t know the true power of Photoshop

Present Day

In 2012, I joined the same workplace that had shown me the most spectacular magic show. My greatest moment was meeting my mentor who had shown me that world.

I learned more about Photoshop, its tools and their uses. How one software was powerful enough to set fireworks of imagination whooshing into the sky , like the Fourth of July.

Who would have thought that “lame college guy” who made something as odd as the picture above could now create something like this: gma-back

A sample design for model agency business card

But like I said, this is only the beginning….. a never ending river of dreams.

I can’t stop…or I’ll outdate. Gotta keep moving

See ya next time

Taran Tej

Welcome

Welcome

Updates

Hello everyone. My name is Taran Tej and I feel really fantastic to know that you have found my little blog – Design Playground. This blog is my sandbox, my lightroom, my canvas etc. for showing you what my ideas look like. I have been thinking about this since…. the time I don’t even care about. This blog is still new and needs a lot of flavour, so please bear with me while I think up ideas for it and also try to be regular. So that’s about it for the introductory post. I hope you all enjoy reading as much as I posting them.

Keep Designing

Taran