Living in the Now!

Learning to enjoy my life more!

Projects I want to work on

The past few days I’ve come up with a few ideas that I want to do, but atm its a little impossible as I have two assignments to finish and two exams to study for. First one is a texture pack for Minecraft, replacing all the tools with knives, forks, spoons etc. The next project is making a film in Minecraft using the audio from “army of darkness”.

tower bridge and art

Village tower

Because of all the studying I have to do I am keeping these ideas for the summer holidays. I also want to go to the gym once a day throughout the summer break and brush up on Java and databases before the new term. Also if I have time I want to learn more about the level editor “Hammer”. I think its good to have a goal for the summer holidays, stops me wasting my time and keeps away boredom.

On top of this me and my wife Vicky are going to celebrate our 30th Birthday with a BBQ. I’m so lucky to have such a wonderful best friend.

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Design for free?

I’ve always been in a bind about what to do with clients when it comes to charging, I am an inexperienced designer who has a little knowledge but able to make sites. But in order to improve I take on projects and always do them for free, this is because I feel I am like the trainee dentist, I am still learning my craft and am at a base level of knowledge so to keep projects flowing and to save me from certin problems I do it for free.

A lable with free written on it.

Design for Free?

I suppose its to keep the commitment level for all those involved to a informal level, and I try to get across that I don’t come with any guarantees because I don’t always know if I can deliver on a project. And if I was charging for my time and effort then the customer would be more upset over loss of investment and time than anything else. So far I have done sites for friends and we always have an understanding that I will try to deliver a site for them but if I am unable to then I’m sorry but the project was to big and complex for my current skill level. And they leave feeling a little let down and I will still keep things. In the back of my mind incase I find a way to deliver the site (I never really lay things to rest, just put them on the back burner).

But now and again some one comes along and looks at my work and says “why don’t you charge for this?” Or “Why don’t you start your own business?” And my response is always the same! I am not experienced enough to start doing what I do as a business, also I am not business minded, I don’t know anything about being self employed. Also I feel that having to deal with a business will take quality time away from the work, so I would rather be an employee. But I lack a complete skill set to find employment as a designer (even though I do design work at the moment) or developer.

That is also why I don’t charge, if I charged for my work then I would have to pay tax, national insurance etc and that would make me self employed and I would have a business. I’m not saying I never want to do that but at the moment I prefer not to, and that allows me to devote time and effort to studying design. Now I’m going back to college I can study development, but this is why I do it for free.

Keep it open source
Neil Griffiths

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More projects

Left 4 Dead army base map
Based in a British army camp you have to work your way through a town to get there, then work your way through the base to steal a tank. That’s just a very basic out line for the campaign, I will add much more but the basic idea is there.

Apple logo with death star
Basically taking the apple logo and turning it into a Apple shaped death star from the film Star Wars: A New Hope, Return of the Jedi & The Empire Strike Back.

Just an idea I had while on my idea throne (don’t ask, you don’t want to know!) Thought it was a fun idea, struggling with a caption for it, iDeathstar seems a little obvious for my taste. Perhaps I will have a caption competition.

Desktop wallpaper
2880 x 900 desktop wall paper of fallout 3 brotherhood of steel power armour like the one on the games cover, maybe adding some interesting scenes around it. I love making desktop wallpapers and my own machine has a dual monitor setup so the width is huge so I like to span a scene across both.

Other news
I have broken my racing wheel that I use on my pc to play race simulations, not very happy about it as its my favorite way to relax. So for the moment I’m stuck in the paddock without a brake pedal, it’s even more annoying as I’ve only just got rFactor, Gand Prix Legends and GT-R so I can’t even try them out.

Any way, drive safe
Neil Griffiths

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