Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to the revamped version of the Pink Tanpopo Designs webpage and blog.  After long and hard consideration, I decided that it was finally time to remake my entire website from ground up.    I am sorry to all of the fans of the old site.  I loved the room design, but I really wanted to do something else.  I may bring the room design back in my gallery,  but I don’t know for certain.


One of the biggest reasons for the change is that I am now using Expression Engine to power the site!  Although there are many free CMS systems out Expression Engine was the only one I found that gave me complete freedom as a designer to design my site.  It is easy much easer to use than Druple, not quite as big and buggy as Joomla and it offers you a lot more power than wordpress. 

The best part about it is that it is an extremely flexible CMS.  It is 100% free of any pre-fabricated designs (unlike Joomla with its cookie cutter system), thus allowing web designers the freedom to focus on the design, not on hacking.  You also get great customer service and technical support once you register!  That is why I am a big fan Expression Engine!

Now for some news!!


Pink Tanpopo Designs has been hired by BABY, the Stars Shine Bright to create an English version of their webpage.  As the world’s most famous brand of Japanese Lolita fashion, BABY understands the needs of catering to their overseas customers.  The site I have created for them is almost done,  I am in the process of translating all the item pages, and fixing some little things here and there. 

Overall the site is very turing out to be beautiful!!  All the Lolita brands here in Japan have their own image.  For example: Angelic is very childlike and cute,  Metamorphose is classy with a touch of punk to it and BABY is very simple and elegant.  I did a lot of research into BABY’s image before getting this job.  I looked at a lot of their advertisements, store decorations, products and so on.  I was able to then build them an English site which I think matches Baby’s simplicity and elegance, while maintaing their unique image in the world of Japanese Lolita fashion. 

Since I am officially employed at BABY for this job, I also get to wear their clothes and work in the head office!  I also get an employee discount (but those are just fringe benefits)!!! 

But I have never done anything bi-lingual before, so I am learning a lot of new things that you don’t normally have to consider when making web pages!  So this is a great job from that viewpoint.

Anyway, look for the release of the site soon!! 

Last but not least, I have many update plans for Pink Tanpopo Designs.  Please be patient!!  I will make announcements in my blog when site sections are complete!!   

Thank you again for all your wonderful support!

Have a nice day

Val,  Hungry Designer,  Pink Tanpopo Designs


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