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Sunday, 29 April 2007

New Elder Storytelling Banner

This storytelling website has been on my mind since at least last November. What held it up for several months was lack of a good idea for a look-and-feel and eventually, I got fed up with my paucity of creativity and to get it going, I just cloned Time Goes By.

No sooner had it been launched than Norm Jenson of Mostly Anecdotal suggested in an email that the cloned banner would cause confusion among readers and separately, Mick Brady of The Blog Brothers and Dancing in Tongues made the same observation.

Mick has years and years as a web design consultant and teacher behind him and his mastery of Photoshop far surpasses mine. So when he offered his services to create a banner for The Elder Storytelling Place, I eagerly accepted.

Proficiency with software is essential to designers, but that’s the easy part. First, they must have the kind of mind that connects intention to art, ideas to image – and that had been my months-long difficulty: how to express in the banner the essence of a storytelling blog written exclusively by elders.

What you see above is Mick’s marvelous solution. He insists what we did is a collaboration and I did contribute image ideas as we worked our way through development. Also, I undoubtedly drove him nuts with tweaks and fixes through the two weeks of his work.

But the theme, the idea to represent events and social phenomena of the times elders in the early 21st century have lived through is Mick’s – and of course, it is just right.

No small part of development of a graphic theme is finding the right images to represent the idea and fit them to the medium, size and format of the design. I know. I did it myself for decades working in television and on commercial websites.

Sometimes, when you have located the perfect image, it doesn’t – particularly in this case - scale down and still be recognizable. Other times, there is an image in your mind and it just cannot be found. Such a project is, more often that not, a frustrating endeavor but all the more satisfying when it is finally completed.

So, please, can we have a big hand for Mick Brady today for giving over time and effort to The Elder Storytelling Place and doing it so well.

This is a good time to remind you that this blog is yours. It dies without your story submissions and now that there is a shiny, new banner with which to make the blog "official," we don’t want that to happen. There are some guidelines over there on the upper left sidebar under "How To Do It." If the mailto link for submission doesn’t work with your email client, just send a regular email and be sure to include Elder Storytelling Submission in the subject line.

Everyone is welcome to submit mutlitple stories (although only one per email) and if you haven't yet noticed, on the right sidebar you can track favorite authors - or your own stories - by clicking the names under "The Storytellers."

Already we have a terrific collection of stories and if you’ve missed any, Sunday might be a good day to play catchup. There will, as always, be a new story each day in the coming week.

Posted by Ronni Bennett at 02:27 AM | Permalink | Email this post


The new banner is terrific.

Beautiful! I am in awe of those of you who have skills to do this.

I've got a lovely header to put on my blog, but can't figure out how to do it.

Congratulations, y'all!

It is a lovely new addition to the site, Ronni. Is that you in the poodle skirt? Or maybe you are the naked flower child in the next square? LOL

None of them are me this time, kenju, although I did have a poodle skirt when I was a kid and I did publish a naked picture of me here.

Thanks to the collaboration between you and Mick for this new banner. I think it's absolutely perfect as I've said elsewhere.

I had no idea many months ago upon first entering the blogosphere what was meant by the phrase "getting naked on the Internet," but seems you gave even greater meaning to it long before I got here.

I recall my early enthusiastic efforts to explain blogs to someone and using that phrase. I was stopped mid-sentence by that person injecting a comment that whatever they were (blogs) it surely didn't sound good. Ah, little do they know! ;-)

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