FASHION DESIGNER: Michael Kale Profile

While most children dream of becoming doctors, lawyers and veterinarians, Michael Kale wanted to be a fashion designer. Today the Toronto native has seen his dream turn into reality as an innovative designer who is quickly becoming one of our hottest exports to the fashion world.

Michael Kale studied fashion at London’s Central Saint Martin’s before working in one of the fashion capitols of the world, Milan. There he built his skill and eye for details before returning to North America to create his own collection. For his first jaunt, Mikhael Kale collaborated on a fashion line with FLARE fashion editor Rita Liefhebber. Their Kale.lief+Hebber line was an almost immediate success. In 2007, the fashion designer went solo and has been moving forward ever since.

Michael Kale is known for his edgy and modern designs. His garments are often described as sleek and sexy. Kale does not design with a type of buyer in mind; instead the designer chooses to believe that “Every woman is a Michael Kale woman.” He says he is inspired by all of the women of the world, so anyone can find a Michael Kale design to suit them.

Michael Kale became an internationally known fashion designer when Bayonne wore his designs while promoting her I am… Sasha Fierce album. He has also made fans of fashion forward celebrities who aren’t afraid of the edgier side of fashion including singer Ciara and Jennifer Lopez.

Mikhael Kale’s Spring/Summer 2010 line is filled with mini dresses of all colours and styles. Most, if not all of the dresses, are made out of a number of different fabrics giving the dresses textures and detailing. Whether it is straps, fringe or an interesting new cut these Mikhael Kale dresses will never be called boring.

See photos of Mikhael Kale’s fashion at Real Style Network.

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The Best Web and Graphic Design Color Scheme Tools

Anyone who works on websites frequently knows, one of the first steps in developing a new web design layout, logo, branding item, etc. is to choose a color scheme.
Choosing a color scheme is vital to the success of any design. Absolutely VITAL. Don’t believe me? Let us use a horrible example to demonstrate how badly a BAD color scheme can ruin any web design:
BAD Color Scheme Example
Well, there are many tools available out there to find the best color scheme for your projects. Even artists need some inspiration! So, here are my top picks
Web 2.0 Color Palette
The Web 2.0 color palette, these tools is awesome, and I use it all the time. But, it is limited only offering a particular number of colors, which of course demonstrates the Web 2.0 philosophy of simplicity. But, for those of us who dare to venture outside the box once in a while…
Online Color Schemer
This website has been around for a while, but they have recently revamped! It is totally awesome, for lack of a better phrase, and definitely stands up to some of the newest color scheme tools out there.
They also have a library that I’ve utilized more than a few times already on projects, it’s a really beautiful library of color schemes and I suggest everyone take a look:
Color Scheme Library
Also, don’t forget to download their FREE color pix download. What are the color pix? It is this cool little light weight square dialog box that lets you run your mouse over ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING on your screen and the color pix will choose that color and give you the specs for it….AWESOME! 🙂
Color Blender Tool
This tool is truly amazing, and is probably the only one I’ve seen of its kind. You can take two colors CMYK values, choose up to ten “midpoints” and the tool will automatically calculate a nice gradual progression of colors in between the two you chose. It’s great when you’re designing a website and want some kind of gradual gradient to display with blocks, or if you’re in flash and need to change something from one color to the next. It’s also good if you’re looking for additional colors in your color scheme.
Hope this color tools helped, I always use some kind of online color tool when beginning any project. If for no other reason than to get some inspiration, ideas and feedback during the planning stage of any website.

Introduction to Web Design and Development

This series of articles is being started assuming you have a basic knowledge of computers, the Internet, and the way web pages work. However, the entire process – from typing the page in notepad to uploading your entire website with an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client – will be covered.
Before we get dirty, it’s important to note that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or download a fancy editor to make web pages. If you’re serious about getting into web design or making a clean and usable web site, you will want to be familiar with how to code the website. The best way to do that is to start off with a simple text editor. Notepad is a good program to start with while you are learning.
Of course, the first thing you will want to do is to launch notepad. That’s easy enough!
We’re going to be using XHTML 1.0 Transitional, so this is how we will start the document –
The first line tells us that we’re going to be using XHTML Version 1.0 (it says XML because XHTML is a combination of HTML and XML) and what type of encoding to use (UTF-8 is standard).
On the next line, the code tells the browser that we’re using XHTML 1.0 Transitional and where to find the DTD (Document Type Definition).
The last line tells the browser that the rest of the document is going to be coded with HTML using the XHTML 1.0 namespace.
Anything that lies between and is treated as header information and is NOT displayed in the main browser window. However, whatever you type in the second line between will be displayed at the very top of the browser. In our case, it will read “My First Web Page.”
If you haven’t been exposed to HTML code before, whenever we put a “/” right after the opening bracket that tells the browser to stop using that HTML element. So, here, we’re telling the browser that we want the title of our page to be “My First Web Page” and then to stop using the “title” element.
Another important thing to note about closing HTML / XHTML elements is that if it is nested in another element, it MUST be closed before that other element is closed. For example, we opened the “head” element, opened the “title” element, closed the “title” element, and then closed the “head element.” This is the clean error-free way of coding.
The next element we will type is –
This tells the browser that everything between them and tags will be displayed in the main browser window.
This is all we are going to put on our web page for now, so we can finish out the document by typing –
This closes the body and the entire document.
The only thing left you have to do is to save the file. Click on File, Save As and where it asks for the filename, type “myfirstpage.htm”. And, be sure to use the quotes this time! If you don’t, notepad will save the file as text and it won’t display properly in your browser.
You can test the page by opening it with your favorite browser. Don’t be disappointed that it looks so dull. We’ll build on our XHTML knowledge and be able to have a professional looking web site!

Create Christmas Party Flyers in Fireworks

Did you know that you can create your own custom Christmas party flyers in Fireworks? Fireworks are not only for web design but it is also great for creating flyers. The great thing about creating flyers in Fireworks is you can place your graphics and words where ever you want them, unlike Microsoft Word and Works. In these two programs you are limited to where you can place the text and graphics.
In this Fireworks guide I will show you how to create a Christmas Party Flyer. Look at the image that I have provided to get a general idea of how we will lay the flyer out. Open Fireworks and create a new document to work on. Create the document 540px by 720 px big. Set the background to white and click OK.
If you do not already have your Christmas graphics saved on your computer that you are going to use, you may want to go ahead and do that before we start. You can do a Google search for Free Christmas Graphics or Clipart and find some great stuff. For this guide I used graphics from kaboose.com. Save the graphics to your computer that you are going to use and then move on to the next step.
The first step to creating the flyer is adding a great border to it. I added my border by using a dotted border. To do this, select your rectangle tool from the toolbar. Draw the rectangle over the document. You will need to change the fill color to none. Click on the Fill Color in the properties window. When the box pops up, click the white box with the red line through it. Next, you will need to apply the border color. You can use any color that you want. I used # FF0000 for my border color.
Next, we will apply a style to the border. Drop the Stroke Category box down and select Random / Dots. Set the stroke size to 2. You don’t have to use this border style. You can use another one.
I like to add my text before I had my graphics. So go ahead and add the text that you need to your Christmas flyer. Changing the look of the text will make the flyer look better. You could use different colors, font styles, and font sizes. See the image that I have provided to get an idea of what I am talking about. After you have finished adding all of your text, you can start adding your graphics.
I used a couple of different graphics for my flyer. You can use as many as you want. To insert graphics into your flyer, go to the top of your window and click File / Import. Locate the graphic that you want to insert. Your mouse will turn into an arrow. Click on your document to import the graphic. To duplicate the graphic, right click on the graphic and click Edit / Duplicate. To insert more graphics, just follow the directions above.