Cepheid Design by Steve Svoboda

The Personal Webspace for Steve Svoboda, version 1.11

Designing for the "high score" credits


[Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles by Steve Svoboda regarding his experience with creative direction of web design, focusing on the client-designer issues, managing expectations for the project and finding creative ways to re-package content whether or not there is really content to package!]

AUSTIN - I had an epiphany moment several months ago which changed my life, and if you’re anything like me as an artsy-fartsy creative professional, will probably change your life as well.

This epiphany came as I thought about how I structure my work time, how efficient my time is, and how my old bad habits get in the way sometimes.

How do you improve

upon how you spend your time? Do you search for new tools/answers or can you find them within yourself?

I found the answer, and surprisingly, it had nothing to do with how I spend my time working... but how I spend my time playing video games.

I can’t say I’m a fan of any particular genre of video game, but the fact of the matter is, I would find it pretty difficult to separate them from my weekly routine.

So what is the common theme throughout all of these games? Why do I find them so enjoyable as a pastime? Since I seem to do so well at focusing my attention and tuning out distractions when I play


Featured Work of the Month:

MytheonGame.com Relaunch

AUSTIN - The Mytheon video game website turned out to be probably the most complex (for its relatively small size) website I've ever had to put together.

I worked on everything from slicing the Photoshop files to installing and configuring Drupal modules to implementing all of the Flash & Javascript/ JQuery components.

I was responsible for all of my own browser-testing QA & fixes, which was rough to manage at times on my own with so many moving parts. Yikes!

The end result, however, is an exciting, functional website I'm proud to have put together!

Drupal, Photoshop, CSS, HTML, Flash, Javascript & JQuery.


One of my favorite photos taken in July 2007 outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
More photos on my Flickr photo stream: http://www.flickr.com/srsvobod.

Welcome to CepheidDesign.com!


AUSTIN - Welcome back to the newly-redesigned CepheidDesign.com, the personal web portfolio for Steve Svoboda. It’s been a couple of years since I last found the time to remodel.

Designing for clients is one thing, but it’s difficult when the most critical client is often, well, yourself. I’ve always wanted my personal site to showcase ALL of the bells and whistles I like to

integrate into my web work, and to be perfectly frank: there are only so many hours in a day and I have only so much ambition


    TwitterCounter for @cepheid

    Recent design projects include:


    Flash invitations

    Warrior Epic
    (see the website)

    True Games Interactive's Warrior Epic MMOG title required both design & implementation within a Drupal-based environment. The website included promotional material like HTML emails & landing pages using Google A/B testing as well.

    Drupal, Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Flash, Javascript, JQuery.

    Hans Design, Inc.
    (see the website)

    Hans Design is a design agency based in the Chicago, IL area who wanted a new look-and-feel for their corporate site. Working from source photoshop documents, I was responsible for development and final implementation, along with SEO consultation.

    Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery.

    Flash Event Invites
    (see example #1-#2-#3)

    I recently was digging through old archives of my work and found a few Flash-based party invites I put together years ago. Even 8 years later, I still think they represent my favorite Flash projects! Included some basic HTML and styling on the web.

    See example #1-#2-#3

    Photoshop, Flash, HTML, CSS.

    Weekly Top Artists
    djcepheid last.fm profile

    my WORDLE

    Steve Svoboda is an experienced multimedia designer in AUSTIN, TX who has designed some of the web’s top 1000 e-commerce and subscription-based sites.

    Cepheid Design by Steve Svoboda

    Feb 2011: Check out Characterer.com for copy/paste special characters and alt/html entity reference.

    Mar 2001: New version of portfolio coming soon! Stay tuned via Twitter. © 2007-2011 Cepheiddesign.com by Steve Svoboda

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