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LA – Customise a WordPress site

Good sunday afternoon!


This week has not been that great, given that I was sick  and had to learn a lot of stuff at the same time. But, fortunately I made it through. Here is the learning activity from this week:


Take your theme that you have installed on your hosting account and customise it as per this module. Then I want you to find some WordPress hacks that you can use to customise your website even further. The main thing with this project is to not just do things for the sake of doing them. I would like you to explain the tweaks that you have made and your reasoning for adding certain features. Please upload a Word doc along with your assignment, so that I can see why you’ve made certain decisions.pp

I haven’t uploaded so much content to my site yet, since I am still not finished tweaking with the code, but I have done a few things with it. Click bellow to see my website and my decisions:




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Learning Activity-Working with wordpress

It is really nice to be back from summer vacation and start learning again. I have to admit that it was hard to hold my routine and complete all the tasks this week but at the end it turned out fine.
Although it looked like it, the learning activity this week was not an easy task, I kept running into troubles with my hosting provider and found finally out that I need more databases to be able to run WordPress and other sites as well. This led to me deleting all the files I had stored in my database, to be able to use it with wordpress. The site is far from finished but at least I managed to upload it to my server!
I will leave a link down bellow where you can see what I have managed to do so far, but first, the learning activity :
LA week 32, Working with WordPress

Learning Activity – Working with WordPress

Learning Activity – Working with WordPress (6 hours)
Firstly you need to download and install WordPress. Then publish it to your web hosting account. Create a subfolder if you wish to avvoid conflicts with previous websites.

After all the “admin” is complete, you can start having some fun.
Choose and download a theme that best suits you and install it. Then customise this theme in order to create a portfolio website for yourself.

Due dates

This Learning Activity must be published on your WordPress blog by the end of the week, by Sunday midnight.

Please note

You must complete 80% of the Learning Activities in order to pass this course.

Resources and equipment

  • Dreamweaver
  • WordPress
  • Existing WordPress theme



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LA-Packaging (Best Friend Treats)

I am sorry for the late post! This was actually due for last sunday but I was really sick and was not able to finish it till then. Anyway, better late than never 🙂 


Using the logo you created in Week 1 and the brochure you designed in Week 2, think about your brand and design packaging for your product. Remember that you can decide about the detail of your product. Is it dog biscuits, meat products in a tin, dry pellets or a new and exciting product?

Do your design according to the following steps:

  1. Exploration
    Use sketching techniques to draw thumbnails and hand in your thumbnails as scanned PDFs.’

thumbnail sketches 1thumbnail sketches 2

  1. Brand integration
    Choose one of your thumbnails and refine your design. Place it next to your brochure and logo and see how you can merge your design with the brand identity. Also, what fundamentals of the brand can you draw from and use in your design?
    Hand in a picture of your thumbnails, mock-ups, logo and brochure together.

detailed illustrationplanning

  1. Design
    Now design your packaging properly, using any design application of your choice (or a combination of e.g. Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator). Export the flat design as a PDF.

Click here to view the final design.

  1. Presentation
    Make a life-size mock-up of your final design and take photographs of it. Remember that you can take more than one photo to show the different angles and sides of the packaging. Here your presentation skills are vital. How do you present the final mock-up in a photo to reflect the true essence of your design?


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Illustration, Infographic and brochure!


Use the logo you created in Week 1 and design a brochure for your product. You may use any format you like, just make sure that the format is in line with and adds to your logo design. Your brochure must contain an illustration. This could be the infographic alone, or it could be the infographic and the rest of the brochure (in other words, the entire brochure may be illustrated if you’d like).

When designing the brochure and creating your illustration, make definite use of the fundamentals of visual language as discussed in this lesson.

You must illustrate an infographic and design a brochure:

1. Illustration of infographic

The brochure design and infographic illustration should work together. Consider the format and style of your brochure and illustrate an infographic using fictitious data (or you could do research to get a better idea of actual statistics). The infographic must display the nutritious benefit of your product to dogs. It should contain the nutritional value, as compared to the necessary nutrition intake of dogs. It must also give an indication of consumption per size of dog. You may also add information of your choice that you think is relevant.

Most of the information is real but some is fake since I did not have time to keep researching, I hope you like the infographic 🙂 


Click here to view the infographic in pdf

2. Design of brochure

Design a brochure that introduces your product and includes the infographic illustrated in Question 1. You can decide on the information and format of your brochure. As a guideline, consider a brochure of A4 (lying), folding to A5 (standing). You don’t have to have more than four pages in your brochure (but it depends on your design and style). You must base your brochure design on the design of your logo. Thus, look at your logo and design a brochure that complements and blends in with it.

Click here to view the Brochure in pdf



Have a nice day!

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Presenting “Best Friend Treats”

Develop a name for a dog food product. Design a logo for this product, using full colour. The logo must contain a main visual and typography. (Use the “People Saving Pets” logo as a guide – this does not mean your design should be the same, it is simply an example.) Follow each of the fundamental steps outlined above, in that sequence and take note of what needs to be handed in as you progress through these steps:

I started by brainstorming a name and creating a brand Identity. The name I landed on was “Best Friend Treats”, I imagined this brand as a brand that promotes and helps the friendship between you and your dog by providing you with delicious and nutritious treats to give your dogs. The brand would be cute, give you a warm feeling and remind you of your best friend. Here are some scans of this process:


As you can see I started to write a lot of words that were dog related first and then I did the same with food. When I was done brainstorming,  I started to come up with names putting them together or inventing them completely. My three finalists were ” The Hungry Wolf”, “Doggylicious” and ” Best Friend Treats” and after writing some pros and cons I landed on the last.

When I had a product name, I figured out I needed to position the brand before I started sketching. So I imagined the brand and put it to life by answering a questionnaire I would give a real client. This would help me work towards a goal while sketching. ffff

With this in mind I stated sketching my  logo.


Use sketching techniques to draw thumbnails and hand in your thumbnails as scanned PDFs.


Highlight three of the thumbnail ideas that you consider the best options and state why. Hand in an A4 with visuals of the three chosen thumbnails; include reasons for choosing each of these three options.

logo ma08Artboard 1-80Construction

Use sketching techniques and redraw ONE of your chosen concept:

I actually kept experimenting with two of them because I was not able to choose one, here you can see the developement of both! 

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Experiment more with your favourite options from Step 3 and ask the opinion of a few people. Hand in examples of the logos shown to people and write their feedback or opinion on each.

Most of the people I asked had different opinion about the logos above, Most of them did like the circular one in the middle and some of them said it looked too normal. One really liked the one with the square text because it was original and the other thought it looked a lot like a competition logo. 



Choose your final design and execute it in Adobe Illustrator, along with the name of the product. Hand in your final logo as an A4 PDF.’