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Looking Back...

This summer has been packed with excitement, fun, and much learning. I got to work with the amazing CoolClimate team and interns, and as the graphic and web design intern, I got to work with nearly everyone. In the beginning of the internship, I only had my art skills to speak for me. However, by the end, I am glad to say that I have learned enough HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to code newsletters and webpages. I have learned more about designing for web as opposed to print. Moreover, I was able to contribute to something bigger, like the statewide CoolCalifornia Challenge.

Adobe Creative Suite or Inkscape or Gimp or...

There are so many photo-editing programs out there. Which one is the best, and which one should you choose?


The Pros


Apache Subversion (SVN) is an open source program for managing and keeping track of revisions made to files. It is extremely useful for working on and maintaining websites. Here’s how it works:

  1. You can download whatever is in the SVN database onto your computer.

Designing for Web: The Process

Designing for the web is a lot like designing a professional piece of art. You don't just dive right into it, but you have to plan things out and make everything you do intentional and deliberate. In art, you 1) start with a concept and what you want to convey, then 2) make multiple sketches, then 3) receive critiques and revise your work, and then 4) work on what will actually be the final product, with critiques and revisions along the way. In the same way, designing for the web follows similar steps.

1. Assessing Needs

Designing for Web: Web vs Print

Designing for web and designing for print share many similarities (when I refer to print, I am referring to things like flyers, posters, pamphlets, and the like. Fine art is a different matter). Both follow the elements and principles of art (unity, space, color, value, movement, flow, and so on) as well as the elements and principles of design (typography, simplicity, hierarchy, information, focus, aesthetics, and so on).

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Biomimicry: emulating or being inspired by nature in order to solve human problems.

Benyus states three things that nature is in biomimicry: model, measure, and mentor. Nature as a model means that we try to imitate nature or are inspired by it. As a measure, nature is our ecological guide to see if our innovation is on the right track: does it work, is it appropriate, does it last? Lastly, with nature as our mentor, we should view the natural world not as what we can get out of it but as what we can learn from it.

Making a Drupal Site

Note: I am still in the process of learning this, so I will update this blog post as I go.

What is Drupal?

Lydia Chang

Visual Design Intern

Bio and Research Interests
Lydia is currently an upcoming senior at U.C. Berkeley studying Earth and Planetary Sciences, specifically Environmental Earth Sciences. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, and from a young age fell in love with art and nature. Wanting to combine the two, she became interested in clean energy, environmental issues, and spreading information to others through visual means.

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