The Principles of Design: Color Harmony

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Hi bloggers! My name’s Kjell Reigstad, and I’m a designer at Automattic. This is part three in my monthly series on “The Principles of Design.” In this series, I share some of the basic tenets of design, and we explore how to apply them to your blog.

So far, we’ve discussed clarity and visual hierarchy.

Colors can be very powerful. They stir up our emotions, convey personal and cultural messages, and set the mood. A bright red can shout “Stop!” while a deep blue can be calming and quiet. While individual colors say a lot on their own, most of what we see in the world involves more than one color. The way those colors work together is called color harmony.

Have you ever noticed that a bright pink rose stands out against a green bush? Or that a blue top goes well with khaki pants? That’s basic

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Weekly Photo Challenge – ‘Close up’

Wow, it’s been a few years since I wrote in this blog. I thought about deleting it and starting over, but actually I like the older posts here, it’s interesting to see what I was writing about and what blogs I was following a few years ago.

So to kick off my blogging again, I decided to see if the weekly photo challenge was still here – and much to my delight it was! So here is my interpretation of “close up”.

” Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”

I was recently on holiday in South East Morocco and did a couple of hiking days. Now, it’s not secret that I am not very nature savvy. I have no idea if this is a flower or a weed – however after walking for a number of hours and seeing only rocks,dust roads and rivers – I was excited to see something with a little colour!

Now for something a little colder…


January 2015, the only month we saw something slightly simular to snow! One morning on the way to work. I noticed these amazing, perfectly formed snowflakes on the back of the car window! I’ve never seen anything like it!

Why not check out other weekly photo challge posts, or get involved and write one for your blog!
Found out more about the weekly photo challenge here.

Participatory development: With little govt support, people can do wonders


The poor have the potential to change their destiny and end poverty, if they are organised, save their resources and hone their skills. These three principles form the cornerstone of Shoaib Sultan Khan’s philosophy, one of the pioneers of social mobilisation and participatory rural development programmes in Pakistan.

The success of Khan’s philosophy is evident from the work of community organisations in Pakistan as well as India, examples of which were on display on Monday at the National Convention of Civil Society Organisations, organised by the Rural Support Programme Network (RSPN). The event marked 30 years of RSPN, a network of 12 rural support programmes  which engage around 4.8 million rural households across Pakistan for delivery of basic services through social mobilisation.

via Participatory development: With little govt support, people can do wonders – The Express Tribune.

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The Kabul Beauty School: Book review

I originally brought this back in 2010, read the first few chapters, then put it onto my shelf and for some unknown reason it has been there, untouched and unread up until last weekend, when it caught my eye. As we have a blanket of the white stuff, I finally got chance to sit down and finish reading.

The story:
Deborah Rodriguez lives in Michigan, USA. After attending disaster relief training with CFAF (Care For All Foundation), she was in one of the first teams to enter Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. Living with Doctors & Dentists, uncertain why the CFAF would send a hairdresser, she soon became  popular with the other aid workers who needed a little pampering every now and again.

Unlike the other aid-workers, Deborah was keen to see the real Afghanistan and fell in love with the country and it’s people and returned to share her skill of hairdressing with the woman of Afghanistan and help them to make Afghanistan a better place.

The book follows her beauty school progress, as well as personal development in learning about the cultural norms,dealing with tribal bickering, red tape, hostility and love.

Personal Perspective:

I loved this book. It shows how one woman can make a massive difference with determination and by thinking outside the box. Deborah is courageous and caring. I can really relate to how some of the cultural norms, she has trouble with being a western woman and having so much freedom compared to some of the women in Afghanistan.

My favourite part of the book has to be where she grabs a machine gun and walks over to the “bad neighbours” to have them arrested and tells the girls from the school to call the police,but know one knows how to call the police.

What I really love is the sister-like bond that is formed between women in Afghanistan. It’s something I really miss living back in the West.

22nd December 2012

So, with the Mayan end of the world prediction failure, I decided to distract myself and try to help my extremely stressed out sister with her project on Globalisation processes and facilitating modern day slavery.
Well, here is what happened…

Me: “Where is your assignment & grade sheet?”

Sister: ” There isn’t one, there is just the title”

Me: “What do you mean there isn’t one? Where’s the sheet that says what they expect you to include in the essay and what you have to meet to reach certain grades?”

Sister: ” There isn’t one!”

Me: ” So you just expect me to write a 2500 word essay based on this question?”

Sister: ” Yes..”

Me: “How the hell do you do that!”

I must of had it so easy at university. We have assignment sheets, detailing what we we’re meant to do, what to include and a grade sheet showing what criteria we had to meet to each certain grades.

Well, her essay assignment was far to stressful for me, I take my hat off to her and all the students currently at university,

Now where’s my chocolate…..