The eboy-esque hand-drawn pixel header for this site was something I started ages ago, probably when we first moved into the barn in 2008, I can’t really remember (I do this from time to time, there’s an almost-finished Half-Life 2 map of the barn somewhere too). The pixel image started taking longer than I’d expected and sat in its unfinished state for a couple of years… until I started thinking about designs for this site and thought it would make an ideal header.
Sadly a single image was never going to suffice. Aiming for something reminiscent of Dunstan’s header, we came up with plenty of ideas for different states of weather, different times of day etc. I’ve drawn as many as I could for now and will add to them in the future, but there’s enough done to begin with.
This is how the layers stack up
We have a base layer, which at the moment displays the current season: Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter but in the future we may add versions for special events such as project launches or national holidays.
Over the base I added a layer for weather on the ground, either puddles of rain or settled snow.
I then added layers for cars (which only show during work hours on weekdays). Over this is a layer for people, including the members of the Headscape team which changes depending on the time of year (people barbecuing in the snow would’ve looked odd).
Almost there now, a second layer for weather. This time animated gifs of falling rain and snow.
Finally I added a layer for nighttime which covers the whole image with a semi-transparent .png darkening the bulk of the image, but adding lights and lighting effects.
I’ve added a style switcher to make it easy to see what options are available so far – mainly because I quite enjoy playing with it. I’m sure I’ll be adding more layers in the future. I’m looking forward to hearing other ideas for layers and effects I could add in the future, please let me know if you think of anything you’d like to see.