December Nights and Season Brights

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! These past few weeks have been hectic, I finished my college finals last week and flew home about a week ago, but I spent this week buying gifts. Now that things have settled down, I can give you new graphics. I have a good sized update for you and what any other way to celebrate the holidays with new graphics? I uploaded two new wallpapers and a new transparent render. There will be another update next week with a couple of new web layouts for you to use. I hope you enjoy your holiday!

Come at me, Zhao

Time goes by too fast, it seems like I only came home yesterday but have to leave the next day. I’m heading back to New York tomorrow for three weeks and then I’ll be home for winter break for five weeks. In the meantime, it’s time to buckle down and charge through final exams and projects, you’ll hear from be again in a few weeks. Until then, I have a small update for you.

Firebender’s layout was given a small updated look a few days ago to match the changing seasons. I changed the orange header that featured Zhao and Zuko to one dark red one featuring Ozai. As well, a new wallpaper featuring Zuko and Zhao has been added. Now if you don’t mind I’m going to go kick some ass in these next three weeks.

 

 

 

Balancing Act

Yes, Firebender is finally being updated after what being delayed for the past three weeks or so. College is in full swing and time is flying by fast, soon the holidays will be here and I’ll be homebound. I’m doing my best to balance out academics, work, social life, and the websites, but at times the websites are going to have to go on the back burner. Nonetheless, they get off the back burner.

Staff positions are still open

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.

Graphic Additions & Network updates

  • 1 new wallpaper featuring Lu Ten, Zuko, and Iroh
  • 1 web layout – I’m slowly going through the web layouts and cleaning up the coding, expect more soon.

 

 

Thunderstorms and Rain

It’s raining outside, so I’m taking this opportunity to update the site a day earlier. I have not been able to do much. Most of the graphics added in the course of the past two weeks were made before I left for college, I was only able to make a signature tonight. I’m going to do one update every two weeks, but we’ll see how that goes. Firebender and The Dai Li will continue to be updated at least once a month because the last thing I want to is have an inactive site. So before I proceed onto the update, I happened to stumble across a copy of the Avatar: Lost Adventures comic book a couple of days ago. I’ll be posting scans and transparent renders of the comics in the next coming week or so if time permits.

Consensus has been reached – Web Layouts

After leaving the poll opened for a couple weeks, 100% of you are interested in using web layouts. I plan on adding a few web layouts in the next update so be on the look out for those! I won’t be creating them as often as wallpapers or signatures because they take at least a day to create. Nonetheless, I’ll resume to design and offer them.

Graphic Additions

Be on the lookout for another update in about two weeks!

Lift Off – Massive Update

College awaits! I’m leaving in exactly two days so this is going to be the last big update of the summer. I probably won’t update again until Labor Day weekend or some time in early September. For now on updates will no longer be posted weekly but once every two weeks or so. Anyway, for starters Firebender is now affiliated with Legend of Korra Fans, a great fan site filled with latest news regarding the upcoming show. Also, link exchanges will be returning soon at the end of September or so.  In the meantime, affiliation is still open to those who are interested. Just send me a message via the contact form or at the breakthrough.site@gmail.com.

Re-adding pre made web layouts

Firebender and Piandao are possibly the last Avatar graphic sites to still be up and running. If you’ve around the fan community for quite a while you may have noticed that my old affiliates such as Trigger Happy, Avatar’s Hangout Elemental Masters and Yin Yang Graphics closed down quite a while ago. My old affiliates offered a plethora of  Avatar layouts that were used on small fansites, blogs, and fanlistings. Before I moved all of Breakthrough Designs’ Avatar content onto this new site I too used to offer downloadable web layouts but stopped after the revamp. I’ve noticed there are no pre made Avatar layouts available anywhere, and they will be in demand when new fan sites will be popping up following the premier of Legend of Korra. If anyone is interested in using pre made web layouts I will re-add the layouts and continue to design new ones. After designing The Dai Li‘s new layout in Adobe Dreamweaver, I can now create  DIV and table based web layouts in under a three hours. Plus, the layouts will be good practice for the imaging and programming classes I will be taking this year.

Graphic Additions & Network updates

  • The Dai Li has been completely revamped with a new layout and upgraded servers
  • 23 new Transparent Renders featuring characters such as Aang, Sokka, Katara, Zuko, Toph
  • 4 new Signatures featuring Toph, Sokka, a Yu Yan Archer, and an Earth Kingdom Soldier
  • 1 new Avatar featuring Fire Lord Ozai
  • 1 new Vector featuring Korra
  • 1 new wallpaper by Laforeze and 3 new wallpapers by me that feature Korra, Aang, Katara, Mai, and Master Pakku
  • Installed NivoSlider widget
  • Reorganized and updated the Avatar Season 1 Episode pages
  • Modified the RSS feed to display full posts
  • Added one new Firebender button

Designer position is still open

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.

Fanvid Spotlight

About once or twice a month I’ll be featuring an Avatar fanvid that has under 10,000 views on Firebender. If you want to submit a video please email me via the contact form. All fanvids must be PG and absolutely no Justin Beiber or Miley Cyrus songs!

I’ve might skipped a thing or two but those or the major changes and additions to the site. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed to stay updated on the latest Korra news and graphic additions! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Graphic Additions & Affiliation

I promised an update on Friday and here it is (eventhough it’s almost two hours until midnight)! Firebender experienced about an hour of downtime Thursday for maintenance. If you are experiencing any problems with the site such as a page not loading please contact me as soon as possible. Aside from that this is not a major update, just a few graphic additions and site news.

Affiliation is open

Affiliation is currently open, if you are interested please contact me using the contact form. Please note that only Avatar: the Last Airbender fansites/forums, Anime fansites, and non-Avatar graphic websites will be accepted. I’m looking for websites that are updated at least once a month and are of high quality.

Graphic Additions

Designer position is still open

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.

The Show Goes On

I’m heading off to college in exactly two weeks from now (still can’t believe it’s coming up so soon!), but Firebender should still be updated regularly. As a little treat for you guys there will two updates this week and the following week. So, just stay on the look out for new graphic additions! Anyway, I’m pleased to welcome Laforeze to Firebender, he is a great graphic designer who will be sharing his work here. Stay on the lookout for his work in the weeks to come.  Also if you are still interested there is only one graphic designer position left. If you want to become a staff member, please read the requirements and rules below:

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.

Graphic Additions

Graphics & Staff Openings

I’m heading off for college in a couple of weeks and need some help running Firebender. I am definitely going to continue creating Avatar graphics and maintaining this site but I can’t do it alone. There are two staff positions opening up for anyone who is interested.

Graphics Designers

I’m looking for two 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.

Graphic Updates

One wallpaper featuring Korra as been added along with two new avatars.

 

 

Grand Opening of Firebender

Welcome to Firebender, my new Avatar fansite! When you first visit this site you are bound to notice quite a few changes and new features: layout, content structure, social network integration, user interaction, and management. Nonetheless, you will still recognize the my signature graphic design style, all of your favorite Avatar graphics, and my beloved affiliates.

 

Rebranding and Redefining

Formerly, Breakthrough Designs was known as my Avatar fansite; however, I wanted to separate it’s Avatar identity from the site’s name. When you hear names like “Airbender.net” or “LastAirbenderFans.com” you immediately associate Avatar: the Last Airbender with the site name, in other words the website’s subject matter is immediately communicated to the user. On the other, when you hear “Breakthrough-Designs.com” you think of a design firm even though it’s Avatar website. I’ve decided to rebrand this site to avoid confusion. In addition, for the past year or so I had been meaning to turn Breakthrough Designs into a network site that housed my portfolio, fanlistings, and Avatar fansite. As of now, the Breakthrough Designs network has branched into two main sites Firebender and my portfolio.

Security, Versatility, & Flexibility

Firebender is powered by WordPress, an omnipotent content manager that is easily customizable and secure. Before I switched to WordPress all of my websites were maintained by Cutenews, a content manager notorious for its security loopholes and obsolete coding. On the old system I had to manually upload images and code each post which took about 15 minutes or more to do for one graphic entry. On other hand, with WordPress I can add new graphics in under two minutes because it automatically uploads the images, generates the links, and installs the gallery in each post. As well, I can easily manage the website without having to load my ftp program which takes up even more time. To sum it all up, less time is wasted and more time is left for designing.

Embrace the social networking sites: Firebender has completely embraced the social networking trends. You can share all of your favorite graphics by clicking on the post titles and using the shareholic feature. Go ahead and post whatever you want on your Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Google +, and every other website imaginable. If you want to say in touch with Firebender subscribe to the RSS feed located at the top of menu or to check out the live Twitter stream located at the bottom.

User Interaction: On all of the posts you can leave behind your thoughts and ideas in the comment section or you can leave behind a rating. As well, Firebender supports Gravatar!

Upgrading to WordPress is like upgrading your old Toyota Camry to a brand-new  Lexus or BMW.

Compatibility with Computers, Tablets, & Smartphones

Whether you’re viewing Firebender on your computer, iPad, or smartphone we are compatible. This site is viewable in Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome and in both Windows XP/Vista/7 and OS X Lion/OS X Snow Leopard. If you are viewing the website on your smartphone a special version of the website will automatically appear, and if you want to view the original website just toggle the mobile theme off (it’s located at the bottom of the site).

Graphic Additions

Five new wallpapers featuring Korra, Ozai, Oman, Avatar Kyoshi, and Long Feng have been added! In the next couple of days I will be adding new avatars and signatures to the collection!