Some of you might have noticed that I'm working on revamping the website again! I've commissioned an artist to illustrate a new mascot, a new logo, and some new buttons for the InkFire site, and I have to say that I'm really happy with how it's turned out. There's still work to do, and I'll probably keep on tweaking the site for a couple more weeks, just until I'm really happy with the home page, but for now, I'd like to introduce you to our new mascot!
This little guy is Clyde. He's only a few months old, and he's very small (I'll be getting a size comparison image with the next batch of illustrations, I hope) so he's still learning a lot about the world around him.
Since he's so curious, he ends up getting into trouble a lot, but he loves learning new things, and wants to be a bookwyrm when he grows up.
Clyde may or may not show up in some narratives in the future, which I'm excited about, but one of his greatest functions at the moment is to give me a little bit of direction.
Earlier this week, I was talking about how hard it can be to find the "right direction" when you're not sure what the right direction is. You're basically feeling about in the dark and hoping what your hand is on it at least comparatively sanitary.
What Clyde has done for the website is he's given me a sort of locus, someone to focus on when things are getting out of hand. He is, for now, the center of the InkFire identity, which I appreciate in too many ways to properly elaborate on. When I get too overwhelmed with trying to make the website a functional portfolio, I can come back to Clyde, both for inspiration and as an aesthetic direction. He is invaluable to me.
He's also a little troublemaker, and upsets my tea more frequently than I would admit when I'm feeling so very fond of him.
So here's my question for you, Inklings - what do you think of the new look? Do you like the direction the site is taking?