It was a good year.
South Africa holds its first interracial national election and Nelson Mandela gets elected President. The last Russian troops leave Germany. Michael Schumacher wins his first Formula One World Championship. Steven Spielberg wins his first directing Oscar for Schindler´s List. We watch Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption.
The first conference devoted entirely to the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web opens. Microsoft buys Mosaic and rebrands it as the Internet Explorer and a little company called Netscape launches the Netscape Navigator.
For me? First Contact. Passing a public computer room at the university a friend shouts “Hey Greg wanna check out some cool stuff? Funny jokes and fancy images from around the world. Take a look!”. Yep I did. And I still do.
years of experience
answer to everything
It was and still is a hell of a ride. I´m happy to say i am amongst few who experienced the web from day zero. With all it´s up and downs, the browser wars, the web bubble, the rise of the blogger, the Edward Snowden publications.
Sharks, older than dinosaurs, evolved for million of years. I am still evolving. Through all the years I have made a few mistakes But you know, you don´t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.
Oh yeah. My first website ever? Don´t laugh, it is a F-22 fan page (Mirror), sort of a technology show-off for the american stealth fighter.
Whirly Sharky Fin
You´re still here? So persistant.
I started building my website over 10 years ago. I Guess like James Cameron with Avatar i had to wait until the technology would evolve to a level where I can publish my ideas without limitations. You dont remember the 2000 flash rush? Adobe flash? One of Adobe´s biggest failures?
Well, let´s see, i hope i do remember. My logo evolved around the swimming shark fin.
At first i started to include some japanese symbol for honor, but dropped it fast, it got somehow too cheesey for my taste. Once i found the base shape with just the whirly fin, i tried different fonts. I ended up with a classic version of Helvetica, and started to mess around with colors.
I remember watching a Van Gogh docu at that time, and what he said inspired me: There is no blue without yellow and without orange. Rightey, old Vince can´t be that wrong, so i took a deep blue and combined it with it´s complementary friend this yellowish orange.
After a week looking at sharkyG something was still missing. Helvetica didn´t feel right combined with my whirley sharky fin. So i looked for a new cool font, and discovered NeoTech.
A match made in heaven, my whirl and that fancy font … dont´t you think?
CD & Co
Here you can see some more samples of my sharkyG designs. Font wise im using PT Sans and PT Serif – which got pretty popular with Google Fonts.
PT Sans is based on Russian sans serif types of the second part of the 20th century, but at the same time has a very distinctive features of modern humanistic design. PT Serif is a transitional serif face with humanistic terminals designed for use together with PT Sans and harmonized with PT Sans on metrics, proportions, weights and design. It looks clean, is easy to read and at the same time you can use it for headlines. The best part? This beautiful font family is free.
I´ve started to render quite early, fish swarms, sharks, and that steampunk compass. I didn’t want to buy someone´s stockphotos, so i modelled it after a picture i found online. Im using my compass usually for all catchy blue/yellow themed front pages.
As you can see i got two themes for my business cards, a simple white one, and a photorealistic one.
What’s blue and smells like yellow paint?
Yeah yeah, couldn´t resist.
Still not bored?
Roger that, Houston.
This is sharkyG signing off.