Category: Software

May 14

The history of Adobe Illustrator

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 14/05/2014

Back in time: the first time i created a logo (sort of) on a Mac with Adobe Illustrator was late in the nineties in a friend's studio. It was my first experience with Illustrator and since then it has captured me till today in my daily work. My friend had her own studio at that time and I was eager to learn how she made all these beautiful stuff so i asked her to introduce me to the basics of drawing on a computer. It took me some time to learn these drawing skills and i am still finding new ways to accomplish certain drawing tasks but it quickly became a tool that i use on a daily basis. In that period of time, i used Freehand and learned most of vector drawing in that tool, later on i switched to Illustrator. I was watching these wonderful short movieclips about the history of Illustrator and want to share them with you - i particularly like the story about the logo and the Botticelli "The Birth of Venus" painting in the Chapter 2.

May 04

Creating and exporting icons for mobile use

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 04/05/2011

Some time ago, i prepared the creation of some mobile icons for the Android platform. Before i started the creative process, i read the Android documentation about creating these icons. In this short tutorial, i’ll explain my work method for creating and exporting these icons.

Mar 03

Tjekkid, protecting kids cell phones

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 03/03/2011

Some months ago, i got the opportunity to design a web site for software to protect children’s cell phones.  Tjekkid (pronounced “Check It”), is software that protects children so they can’t send too many text messages, browse inappropriate web sites or call too much. The mobile software can be controlled by the parents.

Feb 02

Espresso, html editor for designers

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 02/02/2011

Months ago, i bought a copy of Espresso, a html editor designed and made by Macrabbit, a Belgian company. Macrabbit is well-known for their award winning CSS application CSSEdit, a helpful application to help you visually make up your designs with CSS.

Sep 15

Cool iPhone and iPad apps for children

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 15/09/2010

Back to school ... that means homework mostly every evening of the week for my 2 boys (9 and 7). I try to make these homework moments as pleasant as possible and as short as possible. A short moment on the iPad or iPhone with a great app is guaranteed fun for the sons. A week ago, i search and found some real cool school apps in the iTunes apps store (most of them are only available in English). I share them here in a short overview:

May 18

using Typekit with Typetogether

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 18/05/2010

Last week, I signed up for a Typekit account, the web font-service with lots of great fonts. There is also a gallery available with examples on how you can implement typefaces in your webdesign.
I experimented a bit with the design from my previous post and tested a few fonts available from Typekit.

Apr 06

iPhone tools for the webdesigner, part 2

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 06/04/2009

In the first part of iPhone tools for the webdesigner, I wrote about the tools I use on my iPhone as a webdesigner, tools that you can use for color, html, css, fonts, filesharing and printing from the iPhone. In this second part, I write about tools for social networking, podcasts for webdesigners and some handy utilities.

Mar 25

iPhone tools for the webdesigner, part 1

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 25/03/2009

From september till november 2008, I stayed in hospital and had 3 surgeries from an acute appendicitis. Sickness can never be avoided, but I can tell: it was a long period without my kids, without Tim and without my work. My stay wasn’t catastrophic for Bene, my self running business, thanks to our hospital and income assurance. It was in hospital that Tim bought me this wonderful present: a new iPhone 3G mobile phone. It was - and still is - a fantastic present: I was able to read my mail messages, visit websites, play games, read books, write notes, take pictures and so many more. The long, boring hours in hospital were a lot easier to carry since I got this iPhone. I realized what an amazing tool it really is (without mentioning battery life, of course).
Today, the iPhone is a valuable tool for my work as a webdesigner.
I sum up a few powerful tools for webdesigners for the iPhone.

Feb 07

Get insight into your website with Google Analytics

Posted by Tim Bertens on 07/02/2009

Do you really know your website and do you know what is going on? If not, this article is written for you!

Jan 14

Making a favicon with IconBuilder

Posted by Benedikte Vanderweeën on 14/01/2009

How to make a transformation of a logo into a favicon in a browser window?
How exactly do you define the area to show in your favicon? And how do you built a quality favicon, and implement the code into your document? I’ll explain in this article. I prefer to use the Photoshop Filter IconBuilder by Iconfactory.

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    We write about subjects that are related to our business in web design and the other services we offer. Mostly, I write about projects we have done for our clients, some tutorials on software we use, about creative processes and side projects I am working on when not working on client projects. We appreciate your time here on our website, thanks! In case you want to reach out, please send an e-mail to benedikte at bene dot be.