End of an Era for this One

Hey guys, I’ve been going back and forth on this for quite a well, and as much as I hate to say it’s time for me throw in the reins and move onto my next project. After the new year, Firebender will be an inactive site and no longer updated. The graphics and content will be available online, but I will not longer continue to post new graphics.

For those who don’t know, Firebender and I have been around for quite a long time since June 2006. Originally, Firebender used to be called The Breakthrough but changed names a couple of years ago. I’ve seen fansites come and go—most pop up around the start of a new season and then die during a season hiatus period—now, Firebender is one of them. For years, I kept saying that this will never happen. How could a neglect something I love to work on?  To think that I could still maintain this website and then realizing the impossibility is a blunder to my ego. Nonetheless, I need to close this chapter.

Graphic and web design are passion of mine. Working on Firebender has been a great experience that opened so many doors for my college and professional career. What started as a little project for an awkward twelve year girl to keep busy during the summer of 2006 turned into something far great. This website expanded and grew into a well known Avatar fansite. It was a playground for me to experiment in Photoshop and Dreamweaver. It introduced me to the world of Design, Development, and Digital Marketing. I gained new skills and knowledge while meeting so many great people along the way.

I always wanted to get some nod of recognition from the creators, but what the hell that wasn’t why I was here. I was here to make things. To make it with the tools of my trade and group of great people who supported me even through my goofy mistakes. So, my dear friend, its time for me to take what I learned over the years and apply it to my remaining year of college and future career.

Thanks to Avatar: the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra, I was able to find what I love to do. I hope it let you found what you love.

As of right now, I finished the fall semester of my junior year at RPI and work as User Experience and UI Designer for a software company most of you have probably heard of. ;]

Best of luck wherever you go and Merry Christmas,

Adriana (Pon De Replay)

Let’s see, where are we heading to next?

Hey guys! Firebender is still undergoing an open revamp and will continue to undergo changes for the next few weeks. At this current moment, I’m still prepping the site for its fabulous makeover, but my client work has to come first. I’m currently in the midst of designing a new layout for Avatar Portal, redesigning a few club websites at my college, and building an e-commerce site for another client. And to top if all off, I’m training for a few races and am halfway through completing a short summer session of courses in New York (classes will end in roughly two and half weeks and it’s back to good old Virginia). So as you can see, there are quite a few things I have to get done, but fear not, Firebender is one of my top priorities.

A Little Clarification on the Site Name

Before I delve deeper into explaining the site’s revamp and update there is one issue that needs to be clarified. Formerly, Firebender was known as Breakthrough Designs. Although Breakthrough Designs is still up and running these two sites are completely separate. Breakthrough Designs is my portfolio and network website that houses Firebender, The Dai Li, and my other Avatar sites. The site you are currently viewing is not called Firebender Breakthrough Designs, just simply Firebender with no mention of “Breakthrough Designs” in the title. I have considered buying the old firebender.com domain but I’m a broke college student. Maybe one day I’ll buy a full domain for this site.

Graphics, graphics, graphics…

If you have been keeping an eye on our RSS feed Laforeze and I have been hard at work designing new graphics for your use and enjoyment. Once the new layout is up I’ll post a large update that details the new additions and such. Firebender will now be offering textures, panshots, and web layouts. Yes, I am working on Avatar layouts for your use. Here are few characters you can look forward to seeing in new graphics: Iroh, Korra, Bolin, Mako, Tenzin, Asami, Chief Bei Fong, Amon, Aang, Sokka, Toph, Metalbender Cops, Tarrlok, Ty Lee, and more. Please keep in mind that I refuse to design any graphics related to M. Night Shyamalallamllama’s film catastrophe The Last Airbender.

All right, well I’m heading back to the drawing board and to work on a few more things. Visit Firebender daily for the latest graphics and additions! Cheers!

Ready for Firebender 2.0?

Just a heads up, Firebender will be undergoing some renovation in the next couple of weeks so the site is going to look a little odd. Here are a few things to look forward to:

  • New Interface (Sorry, Ozai. You have reigned long enough)
  • New Content (More web layouts, GIFS, Textures, Book Scans)
  • Legend of Korra Articles & Reviews
  • Mako Fanlisting
  • Tenzin Fanlisting
  • and plenty of gorgeous graphics that you can’t find anywhere else
  • And anything else you want

Affiliation is still open

Affiliation is still open for anyone who is interested! Please keep in mind that I’m looking for Avatar: the Last Airbender and/or Legend of Korra fansites only. Forums, information sites, wikis, tumblr blogs, etc are welcome to apply as long as your site is of equal quality as Firebender and is updated on a regular basis. Please fill out a contact form  with your name, email, url, and a short description of your site.


Be the leaf and maybe you’ll float through

I have to make this update quick, I’m leaving for Boston in about an hour so gotta write this quickly! Just a heads up, this will probably be the last graphic update until finals are over and I will post more in about three to four weeks from now (probably the end of April).  In the meantime I will still regularly check email, post Korra news, and fan community events. There will be plenty of Korra graphics to come!

Legend of Korra Available on iTunes

I’m a little late in announcing this but if you didn’t already know you can download the first two episodes of Korra for free on iTunes! Also, the series should be available on XBOX Live. Later on the week I’ll post the first two episodes on Firebender.

iTunes Description: Avatar Korra, a headstrong, rebellious, feisty young woman who continually challenges and breaks with tradition, is on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar. In this story, the Avatar struggles to find balance between tradition and modernity, the bending and non-bending world, and within herself.

Cost of Season Pass: $29.99

Graphic Additions:

  • 1 new wallpaper feature Korra
  • 1 new signature featung Aang by Laforeze
  • 3 new avatars featuring Mako, Tenzin, Chief Lin Bei Fong
  • 1 new Transparent Render featuring Korra

Staff Positions are open

I’m looking for one Avatar graphic designer who would like to share their work on Firebender while still retaining full credit and authority over their work. There are a few requirements for these positions:

  • the graphics must be designed in either Adobe Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, etc. (anything aside from MS Paint)
  • only high quality work (no grainy/pixelated images)
  • the graphics must be either Avatar: the Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, or The Last Airbender movie related
  • designers can created anything of the following wallpapers, avatars, signatures,  graphics resources, banners, web layouts, and blog layouts

If you’re interested just fill out the contact form with your name, email address, examples of your work, and a very brief description of your experience with designing. Though please keep this in the mind, I’m looking for designers who will add new work at least once a month. If you have an questions feel free to send me an email or leave behind a comment.

 

When things get rough just be the leaf and float through. One more week until the Legend of Korra premiere!

Affiliation is open

Affiliation is currently open for any one who is interested! Please keep in mind that I’m looking for Avatar: the Last Airbender and/or Legend of Korra fansites only. Forums, information sites, wikis, tumblr blogs, etc are welcome to apply as long as your site is of equal quality as Firebender and is updated on a regular basis. Please fill out a contact form  with your name, email, url, and a short description of your site.

Hey! Oh! Let’s Go!

 

Here’s to another update! I have quite a few goodies for you today, but before I move on that there have been a few upgrades on Firebender. For starters we are now running on WordPress 3.3.1 which means more features and faster posting- and it’s good to say that life just go a little bit easier. Also, there were a few more design tweaks with the layout, you can know browse through all of the characters on the sidebar menu. I’m still working on a script that will allow you to search for a character within a specific graphic category (this might take me a while). Onto the new additions and graphics!

Hard time finding all the seasons of Avatar?

Look no further! You can watch all three seasons of Avatar: the Last Airbender on Firebender. Over the last week, I’ve added all of the episodes from Book 2: Earth Season 2 and Book 3: Fire Season 3 for your enjoyment. All of the episodes are hosted on Nick.com but have been collected together and embedded on Firebender for your convenience. If you encounter any broken links or problems please shot me an email so that I can fix the problem.

Still looking pretty with new graphics

Laforeze and I have a lovely batch of graphics for you that featuring Avatar: the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra. Just a heads up if you want to keep up to date with the latest graphic additions subscribe to our RSS feed. Onto the graphics:

  • 1 new signature featuring by Laforeze Aang, Sokka, and Katara
  • 1 new transparent render featuring Korra and Naga
  • 3 new wallpapers featuring Avatar: the Last Airbender & Legend of Korra

– Princess of China – features Ozai and Ursa
– Legend of Korra – Metalbender Cops
– Shake it Out – featuring Korra & Amon

I’m heading back to college next week for the start of the spring semester. This semester will be a bit harder than last’s because I’m taking mainly math, communication, and computer science courses. If I can I will try to update regularly, otherwise expect an update once a month until April. Time will go by fast and before we know it summer will be on the horizon and Korra will be premiering. Cheers!

 

Let me go over this for you (again)

We are the designers behind everything you see on Firebender, and without us none of this would not exist. We design graphics and layouts for your personal use and enjoyment therefore credit should be given to the rightful designer. Frankly, it frustrates me to see my Korra Wallpaper modified into web layouts and other graphics without giving proper credit to me or Firebender (see exhibit A). If you use the graphics and give proper credit then you are fine, and I thank you for doing that. We  have spent countless hours creating these graphics, so please show your respect and give proper credit. And never remove the Firebender watermarks on the graphics.

Called Out in the Dark

Firebender under went a few modifications and renovations this past week, I apologize for any inconvenience you might have experienced in accessing the site. There might be a few more changes made in the next couple of days so the site might look a little messy. Amongst the new features are a new tagboard, optimized search engine, the reintroduction of Music bender (located at the last tab of the footer), and lightbox.

Confirmed release date for Korra & Promise Review

For once Nickelodeon has not left us in the dark. According to Nickelodeon’s twitter page The Legend of Korra will be making a debut this year in the fall! If any more light is shed on it be sure to check back here for the latest news and press releases. As well, the first volume of The Promise has been reviewed by The Outhouse and can be read here.

Graphic Additions

Two new signatures featuring Katara and Ozai have been posted, I will design more signatures later on this week. As well, LaForeze has added a beautiful new wallpaper featuring Aang and Jeong Jeong. I am currently working on web layouts but they will not be posted for a while.

Affiliation & Staff Position is open

Firebender has three affiliate spots open. Just fill out the contact form or leave a message in either the tagboard or in the comments. Please note that only high quality. Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra website will be accepted.

I’m looking for another Avatar graphic designers who would like to share their work on Firebender while still retaining full credit and authority over their work. There are a few requirements for these positions:

  • the graphics must be designed in either Adobe Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, etc. (anything aside from MS Paint)
  • only high quality work (no grainy/pixelated images)
  • the graphics must be either Avatar: the Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, or The Last Airbender movie related
  • designers can created anything of the following wallpapers, avatars, signatures,  graphics resources, banners, web layouts, and blog layouts

If you’re interested just fill out the contact form with your name, email address, examples of your work, and a very brief description of your experience with designing. Though please keep this in the mind, I’m looking for designers who will add new work at least once a month. If you have an questions feel free to send me an email or leave behind a comment.