Designing The Brunton: 2009-2010

Earlier this year, I was asked if I would like to work on designing the front cover of The Brunton. Despite everything I was trying to get accomplished, I took this task on a way get some creative exercise. Working with the Student Activities Office (the department responsible for publishing The Brunton), I was able to come up with a pretty spiffy design:

Brunton: 2009-2010

I was also able to draw on my extensive collection of photos to pick 12 photos for display on the inside:

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Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Andrew Ferguson ’08 as an Enginerd, Mines Women’s Rugby, an Engineer participates in Engineering Days activies, Eileen Sullivan ’09 bores a hole in a rock during Engineering Days, Audrey Nelson ’07 enjoys a powder day, Lance Atkins ’09 and Nicole Zambon hiking Mt. Democrat, the Mines Marching Band during Homecoming, Ben Keiser ’07 stands in the Orecart during the march to the state capital, Blue Key member Corinne Johnson ’09 gets doused in whitewash while supervising the M-Climb, new LED lights on the M, Paul Johnson ’08 is Marvin the Miner along with Blaster.

It was a pretty fun project and didn’t take too much time. The Student Activities Office was kind enough to give me a lot of creative control, with only a few requirements. I also got a credit and a short biography on the first page of the The Brunton, which I thought was pretty spiffy:

Front cover and calendar photos taken by Andrew Ferguson, 2009 CSM graduate with a Degree in Engineering, Electrical Specialty. Front cover designed using a USGS topographic map of the Golden Quadrangle (7.5 minute series).

Over the course of his five years at Mines, Andrew amassed a wide variety of photos through his work with The Oredigger and personal projects.

After graduating, Andrew returned to the Seattle area to work in the aerospace industry. You can follow him on his blog and see more of his photos, from Mines and around the world, at http://AndrewFerguson.net.

All of the photos used in this year’s Brunton are of Mines students or places related to Mines

Update: I found some of the original designs I was working with. This was after the stage where I picked the initial photo to use on the front:

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New Site Layout

It’s been just about a year since I last updated the theme for this site, but I finally have a new design.

There are several reasons for the redesign, primary motivated by my desire to take advantage of some of the new features in WordPress 2.7: Paged comments and Threaded comments.

I also wanted to simplify the design layout of the site. This theme is what I found: Internet Music by Smashing WordPress Themes.

I modified it a bit to make it wider (I wanted more room for text) and to make it fit my style better.

I like that it’s not as visually cluttered as the previous theme, but it still manages to maintain essence of me (orange color and view of Seattle, for example).

I also took the time to update many of the pages I have. Pages are different from posts in that they live outside of the chronology of the blog. I uses pages for content that is subject to much change or is updated often. Some of the pages I moved to posts (the old links will automatically forward) and a couple pages I deleted.

I’m still tweaking the design a bit, but I think it’s pretty much there. Let me know what you think!
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