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Banner Design by Will Ringland

I made a banner.  I made 14 banners.  And I thought briefly reviewing the choices I made that got me from point A to Really, Another One? would be interesting.

I made a few major decisions for the banner, aside from the minor visual tweaks you can see.

  1. Style/color 
  2. Logo
  3. Type

Style

When I first began turning Bunny Rope into a business, I decided on an overall style aesthetic for my site which has driven most of the subsequent choices.  I’m not an especially ostentatious individual and wanted my business to reflect that.  It needed to be minimal and reflect the Japanese cultural heritage which accompanies Shibari rope.

Most Kink vendors use black as their background but I think that tends to be a little too heavy handed, even though red and black are a classic power/sex color combination.  I figure that I can elicit the sex appeal in other ways.

Logo

Designing the logo was fun and skips merrily along typeface choice.  The choices here really started with the business name which is an amalgam of thinks - rope bunnies as a phrase for shibari enthusiasts, my old internet pseudonym (AngryBunnyMan [shortened in 2008 to ABMann]), and various conversations with alyska and Lady_fox about raising bunnies and cats for extra fluffy photography. 

I feel like drawing a bunny tied up in a chest harness is both obvious and adorable.  The interesting twist was in the type face choice.

Type

I knew I wanted something rounded and flexible - something that emulated the traits of rope I appreciate - without being illegible or kitschy.  I tried a bunch of free ones from Fonts1001.com but ultimately landed on Sadey Ann, a medium-light weight script that looked good in multiple sizes.

What I especially liked was the bowl on the B and P.  So much so that I took B and used that to define the shape of the bunny in my logo which was a nifty little bit of serendipity and made the logo even cuter.

This choice became one of the harder ones to integrate longer term.  Script fonts look overly busy or immature when the only face used in printed materials. You need to offset the casualness of the script with something much less ornate but not too simple.  Too simple and you overemphasize the casual nature of the script face, too ornate and the material looks gaudy and overwhelming.

I think I tried 7 or eight fonts before landing on the first one I used, Wytherness, which I ultimately abandoned as too spindly.  Mostly.  It made a reappearance briefly later until I tried Tahoma.  Ultimately I went for Seravek which is similar to Tahoma but has a more copacetic weight for Sadey Ann.

Design

The rest of the design proceeded in a relatively logical fashion.  I modeled my banner off of nobori, samurai war flags, which dovetails nicely with the clean, Japanese aesthetic I wanted to start with.  Nobori were extremely minimal and iconic to allow easy identification of military units at distance; now they’re mostly used to identify businesses. Also fitting.

I started really simple but thought the space was poorly used that way.  I added angles and additional color blocking to add interest without detracting from each element.  

Ultimately I used a white field to separate the bunny icon from the text and some simple red bars to add interest and weight to the bottom of the banner.

I do like a few of them but think the last achieves the easy to remember, iconic imagery I want with harmony in the overall impact of the design. </buzzwords>

by Will Ringland

Build your base then make it better. As with most weekends, I spent most of it dying rope. I&#8217;m getting close to “done” where done is meeting a semi-arbitrary goal I set to be ready for vending at my first major event. I expected to be here two months from now but because of some process tweaking, I was able to nearly half the time spent at certain stages of my process. 

 And this is even with a bunch of dye color experiments which have been going well - well enough that I&#8217;ll be adding another standard character to the options at Bunnyrope.com. Just as soon as a get the hero shot for the product record. 

 So, now that I&#8217;ve gotten my basics in order, I&#8217;ve stated playing. Over the last two years where I&#8217;ve been testing and testing and testing my stuff, I&#8217;ve generated a pile if To Do&#8217;s that I&#8217;m starting to try. Things like hojo bundles (which I&#8217;ve posted a little about  here ),  Bunny Rope  marketing materials, chemistry tweaks, and knew tasked styles. 

 Pictured above are a few tassels I tried yesterday and I like most of them. They&#8217;re actually all different knots I picked out of the Ashley Book of Knots, which is the best knot book you can buy. I think one of these is going to become my new tassel; though I have to do some dye and wash testing first to see if they slip. 

 One of the first problems I encountered in my process testing a few years ago was timing of tying the tassel. If you did it too early in the process they would slip and show dye splotches which is unacceptable. These knots don&#8217;t seem move at all when tightened, when used as lengthening points for additional rope. They also tie smaller than my current tassels. 

 It&#8217;s been neat seeing everything evolve. Especially these last few months since I&#8217;ve been dedicating so much time to getting everything perfect. 

 Well, maybe not perfect. @Alyska has been good at prodding me to not spin on a problem that isn&#8217;t actually as terrible as it seems. You can always come back and try again when what you&#8217;re doing now is working, it could just be better. 

 The most important thing: 
Focus on your base first. 

 Once you have that down and consistent, experimentation is joyful and illuminating. 

 43° Cloudy 
The Bunny Rope Warren

Build your base then make it better. As with most weekends, I spent most of it dying rope. I’m getting close to “done” where done is meeting a semi-arbitrary goal I set to be ready for vending at my first major event. I expected to be here two months from now but because of some process tweaking, I was able to nearly half the time spent at certain stages of my process.

And this is even with a bunch of dye color experiments which have been going well - well enough that I’ll be adding another standard character to the options at Bunnyrope.com. Just as soon as a get the hero shot for the product record.

So, now that I’ve gotten my basics in order, I’ve stated playing. Over the last two years where I’ve been testing and testing and testing my stuff, I’ve generated a pile if To Do’s that I’m starting to try. Things like hojo bundles (which I’ve posted a little about here), Bunny Rope marketing materials, chemistry tweaks, and knew tasked styles.

Pictured above are a few tassels I tried yesterday and I like most of them. They’re actually all different knots I picked out of the Ashley Book of Knots, which is the best knot book you can buy. I think one of these is going to become my new tassel; though I have to do some dye and wash testing first to see if they slip.

One of the first problems I encountered in my process testing a few years ago was timing of tying the tassel. If you did it too early in the process they would slip and show dye splotches which is unacceptable. These knots don’t seem move at all when tightened, when used as lengthening points for additional rope. They also tie smaller than my current tassels.

It’s been neat seeing everything evolve. Especially these last few months since I’ve been dedicating so much time to getting everything perfect.

Well, maybe not perfect. @Alyska has been good at prodding me to not spin on a problem that isn’t actually as terrible as it seems. You can always come back and try again when what you’re doing now is working, it could just be better.

The most important thing:
Focus on your base first.

Once you have that down and consistent, experimentation is joyful and illuminating.

43° Cloudy
The Bunny Rope Warren