DIWALI 2015: New HEM festive graphic unveiled

In celebration of the festival of lights, Diwali, which arrives this year on the Wednesday, 11th of November and which coincides with Armistice Day in the UK, the Half-Eaten Mind has unveiled a special commemorative graphic. The graphic is part of a long tradition on the blog for what is termed in the business as ‘homemade graphics’. Every Diwali since 2013, HEM’s blogger and editor Vijay Shah uses his graphic designs skills to produce special edition graphics which serve as not only a bit of fun and celebration, but also as a tip of the hat to the talent that … Continue reading DIWALI 2015: New HEM festive graphic unveiled

MY JOURNEY THROUGH A LENS: New e-book by Mother Nature’s Alex Smithson

Photographer and blogger Alex Smithson is soon to release his third book detailing his blogging and photography skills and experience with his blog “Mother Nature”. The Croydon based blogger is now in the final stages of preparing his new publication, entitled “My Journey Through a Lens“, the third instalment in his highly informative series of self-authored and published e-books made available via his blog. Alex, whose previous titles were “My Journey Through Photography” and “A Year in Photography“, is currently putting the finishing touches to his latest work, which is slated for release during either this month or in May.¬†A … Continue reading MY JOURNEY THROUGH A LENS: New e-book by Mother Nature’s Alex Smithson

GAMER ART: The userbar

“Two geeks walk into a userbar…..“ Okay, so I might have completely lost the punchline to this joke, but the popularity and artistic capacity for expression of the userbar certainly isn’t any laughing matter. For almost a decade, gamers, geeks and online artists have used userbars as decorations and virtual badges of honour to announce their presence and creativity on the internet. So what exactly is a userbar?. It’s a small and slender graphic which is a really skinny version of the ubiquitous advertising banners found all over the web. The big difference though is that they aren’t ads for … Continue reading GAMER ART: The userbar

GIF MOMENT: Christmas 2014 Gifs + HEM Santa wallpaper

With only a week and a half to go until old Saint Nick squeezes down our chimneys with his big bag of goodies, the Half-Eaten Mind once again brings you a special edition wallpaper and a selection of festive animated images to outshine any Christmas tree. A good time is coming, I wish it were here, The very best time in the whole of the year; I’m counting each day on my fingers and thumbs – the weeks that must pass before Santa Claus comes. Then when the first snowflakes begin to come down, And the wind whistles sharp and … Continue reading GIF MOMENT: Christmas 2014 Gifs + HEM Santa wallpaper

NEW BLOG GRAPHICS: In collaboration with Canva

From time to time, I like to make little tweaks and improvements to the Half-Eaten Mind. As regular readers are aware, I have some fairly passable graphic design skills which I put to good use in giving a smart, fun and appropriate visual appeal to the blog. While reading a blogpost by new blogging friend Olga, I chanced across a reference to a website called Canva. This website is a simple-to-use graphic factory online that enables you to produce your own contemporary images for your website. Canva offers its own text templates, backgrounds, cliparts and patterns, many of which are … Continue reading NEW BLOG GRAPHICS: In collaboration with Canva

MOAF 2014: Mauritian Open Air Festival flyers

The Mauritian Open Air Festival (MOAF) is a yearly cultural festival held in Tottenham, north London. With food stalls, live concerts, kids’ area and a convivial ‘party-in-the-park’ atmosphere you would expect of an open air public event, MOAF is a celebration of Mauritian culture, people and music and is a must-visit event for my community in the United Kingdom. I was very fortunate to have been able to attend MOAF in 2012. You can see my take on the festival plus some photos I took of the venue and activities at the link below. LEVER MO PEP!!: HalfEatenMind at the … Continue reading MOAF 2014: Mauritian Open Air Festival flyers

UNIVERSITY DOODLES: Scribbling my way through a degree

From the years 2003 to 2006, I was an undergraduate at the University of Westminster here in London, where I was on a standard three-year Bachelor of Arts degree reading journalism and media studies. Virtually all my lectures and seminars took place at the university’s Northwick Park campus in Harrow, which shared an open-plan site with the expansive¬†Northwick Park Hospital, an NHS run medical facility. I studied under numerous lecturers at the School of Media, Art and Design, or ‘MAD’ for short and very much enjoyed my time there. Even now I still reminisce about those golden days, with my … Continue reading UNIVERSITY DOODLES: Scribbling my way through a degree

PHOTO MOMENT: New HEM wallpapers for 2014 by Alex

with Alex Smithson (image designer & contributor) To celebrate the New Year and as part of a massive redesigning of his blog, my good friend Alex has produced the latest in a series of wallpapers especially developed for the Half-Eaten Mind. Alex recently has rejigged and renamed his blog to start a new blogging experience afresh in 2014. Formerly known as “Photography-Nature”, the blog has now be unveiled under the new title “Mother Nature” as Alex places greater emphasis on his notable skills as a nature/wildlife and city-scene photographer, as well as developing his proficiency and interests in technology. The … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: New HEM wallpapers for 2014 by Alex

PHOTO MOMENT: Anjali’s New Year’s Greetings

with Anjali Shah (image designer & contributor) Hey heeeeyy!! This is not only the Half-Eaten Mind’s first Photo Moment of 2014, it is also our first article full-stop, and today it comes courtesy of piZap whizzkid, little sister and loyal contributor Anjali. I was expecting New Year‘s Eve to be a quiet one for me. The weather was atrocious, with the streets sodden with rain and a horrible wind blowing all over. Just as I had finished dinner, I got a text from one of my brothers asking me to come down his place. As I had already eaten and … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Anjali’s New Year’s Greetings