Sunday, October 27, 2013

Scandinavian Costume (A Theme for Flowering Vine)

This is one of the last themes I came up with for the Flowering Vine Live Wallpaper App.
I started out wanting to do one with a red and turquoise color scheme which I had seen in some fashion ensembles and was really liking. Once I actually got going with the colors I decided to use the linen looking background because it reminded me of folk embroidery, like you'd see on a vintage sampler or maybe an ethnic blouse.
It took me some time to come with with the name because something like "Traditional Ethnic Embroidered Blouse" not only was way too long, but it didn't flow. Finally after searching around through images on Google, as well as terms in a thesaurus I finally came up with the name 'Scandinavian Costume', which, seems to fit the red blue theme since such styles ultimately seems to have been the inspiration for a lot of the red/blue designs one sees these days. 

Designing Themes for Flowering Vine Live Wallpaper for Android

Today something sparked my memory. I was looking at my phone and realized I hadn't put a seasonal wallpaper on it for a while and as Halloween is upon us I realized I had the perfect live wallpaper for adding a spooky look to my phone. Aww, but which theme to choose?

You see, a year ago about this time my husband's company, Thor Media, was focusing on making Live Wallpapers for Android phones. My brothers-in-law, Bryce and Will who are co-owners in the company were programming and designing these Apps and I was lucky enough to be involved in testing them for bugs and offering ideas and suggestions for designs etc.

Anyway, it was about this time last year that they released a new Live Wallpaper called Flowering Vine and on this particular app they added the feature of some preset themes for people to choose from in addition to the app colors and settings being customizable.

I was one of the lucky few who got to create some of the themes to be saved into the apps presets. This was so much fun! Let me tell you! I went crazy and I think I came up with at least fifteen themes in a couple of hours.

One of the funnest parts for me, as always, was coming up with names for the themes, you can kinda tell which themes are mine because of this. Instead of simply naming it something literal and obvious like "pink and brown" or something, the names I choose were inspired by various ideas, stories or designs.

So, just for fun, I thought I'd post about the ideas behind each theme.

I'm going to post a series of blogs so that each theme can have it's own post. Links for all of them will be updated here.

1. Scandinavian Costume

2. Golden Afternoon