The inspiration and ideas for new projects comes from many different places. There are general trends in design and technology. This is also seen in interfaces for operating systems, from 3d effects a couple of years ago to more flat design in recent time.
Project 1 went smoothly and was finished within the time frame. The project was published shortly after.
Project 2, the text objects are grouped symmetrically on the screen. The font Tahoma is used in general text styles and in headlines.