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The Shiny Happy is finally here...and I am a happy, happy girl. Big props to my friend, Andy Van Engen, for the design & logo. You, sir, are amazing.
Andy is from Spencer, Iowa and works for F8 Creative. The man can do it all. Seriously. I'm so glad he married my gnomie & twinja - Melissa. Now, he's stuck being friends with me. If you're looking for any kind of graphic work at all, check him out...and tell him I sent ya! Also, take the time to see all the awesomeness that F8 Creative can do for you. Design. Commercial Video. Photography. They can hook you up with something super rad, if you let them.
Andy definitely helped out a lot with brainstorming the naming and branding of The Shiny Happy. We kind of found inspiration from the combination of REM's "Shiny Happy People" and a Chinese restaurant in Omaha that Andy likes called "3 Happiness Express". We both love that the name is an article and then two adjectives in a row. Not even a noun. I think it fits.
As far as the look goes, Andy incorporated the pixel look which is familiar to us 30-somethings who grew up gaming on an Atari or the original Nintendo. We remember that 8-bit awesomeness.
Andy found the background from a font called Pixel Freaks by Steven Silverwood. It includes Boba Fett, people. How awesome is that!?!??
Now that The Shiny Happy is here, be sure and update your bookmarks and links to theshinyhappy.com! AND...grab my new handy dandy button!
Stay tuned for more shiny happiness!