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These are some graphics and site templates I recently created for a music project i’ve been putting together. The robots were created in Illustrator and the plaid background was inspired by one of my shirts.

3D style arrows I created for a Flash website I made a while back. They were created in Illustrator.

DesignCrowd Logo 2DesignCrowd Logo 1

Above are two logo’s I designed as entries for graphic design competitions on If you are a graphic designer looking to add to your portfolio and possibly make some extra income then you definitely check out DesignCrowd.

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Stripes 3Stripes 4

While experimenting with a motion blur technique in Photoshop, originally used to create gas planet textures, I came up with the graphic for this “blogfolio” website. Pictured above are four
other iterations.

Web Icons

Here are some more web icons I created during my time working for National Defense as a Webmaster.

Blogfolio WordPress TemplateBlogfolio WordPress Template v2.0

This is the first wordpress theme I created. Version 1.0 (above left) was built off the WordPress Default Theme with a new banner added which I created in Photoshop. Version 2.0 (above right) is a complete redesign of the first while still maintaining the same colorful motion blur graphic.

CFHA Christmas Party PosterCFHA IT Security Poster

During my time working as a Web Master / Designer for the Government of Canada, I sometimes needed to provide print designs for posters and other internal communications materials. I have noticed that there are certain design challenges that arise when designing bilingual documents. For example, the French text translations are usually longer then the english, but making the French text smaller to compensate is not a valid solution; his would put an emphasis on the French and the two languages must appear equal on all Govnerment documents. Seen above are two examples of some simple solutions to designing bilingual posters.

The tree and snow graphics in the christmas poster I created after reading a few Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials for creating Christmas graphics. The photo of the USB stick and keychain I took at work for fun instead of finding a source image.

Negative Space Type - M.B.Negative Space Type - N.I.

Designed these two logos as a Graphic Design assignment during my studies at Carleton University. The idea was to use a technique called negative space to represent one of the two letters.

CFHA Icons

These are some icons I put together for the Canadian Forces Hosuing Agency Employee Corner website. At first glance could you tell the Health and Safety graphic was a bandaid? Is it obvious that the Policy graphic is a clipboard? Ah, the second guessing of a designer; always room to improve something…

CFHA CLF 2.0 External Website

As a webmaster for National Defence I was tasked to convert an agency website to the new Government Common Look and Feel 2.0 standards. It is often difficult to design something when there is such a strict template to follow. I did my best to design something that stands out when compared to other government websites but is also compliant with CLF 2.0 rules.


These are just some random 3D renders I made while playing with the built in Maya Brushes for the first time a couple years ago. I thought these turned out surprisingly interesting though.



While working on an animated film project at Carleton University called “The Briefest History of Time”, I created this 3D scene to signify a moment during the creation of the universe. Everything from modeling, shading, animating and rendering was done using Maya. I used Mental Ray to render these images in order to achieve the great lighting and reflection effects seen below.

When coming up for ideas for my interactive multimedia portfolio I began testing with making a semi-transparent web layout. I started with something like this.

This looks alright but its when you start testing with different backgrounds and blending modes in Photoshop you can come up with something that looks very simple and professional yet rich and visually enticing; depending on the background you choose. I chose some Photoshop work I created about a year back during my space art phase.

If you really want to get fancy you could create a switchable background control and let the user choose which they want. Even better… bring a layout like this from Photoshop into Flash and use an animated background while still retaining the layer blending modes from Photoshop. I love Adobe CS4!

I call this piece, Negative Trees.

The background was created with Maya (3D software) and the trees graphics are some Photoshop brushes.

Portfolio piece created with Maya (3D software) and Photoshop.

Does your band need some album art?

Here are a couple pictures of a website I designed years ago for a local Ottawa band. The band is no longer together so the website is no longer in use.


The trick here is excessive Photoshop brushes and suicidal shades of red. Not to be dramatic or anything.

Between the Broken band website

Cell Membrane

Testing with ocean shaders in Maya to create a cell membrane effect. This is very easy to create:

  • Build a number of sphere’s within each other.
  • Apply the default Maya ocean shader.
  • Set desired color and transparency for each sphere.
  • Important! Change the ‘wave size’ ocean shader property to create different animated effects for the texture of each sphere.
  • Add the glow effect to one or all of the spheres.
  • Use Mental Ray to render. Note, turn on reflections and final gather!


Image of a galaxy I created in Photoshop using only photoshop filters and tools.

© 2012 Matt Beaudry.