I was recently featured on Print Magazine's website as Designer of the Week! It's super exciting and came as a completely wonderful surprise to me. I definitely feel like there are a ton of more worthy designers out there deserving of this feature but it is such a great honor and I couldn't be happier! Look my head is on the homepage!
It's almost our one year anniversary and I'm finally sharing our wedding announcement designs! It was so fun to work on a letterpress project for myself where I had the freedom to do anything I wanted. Did I mention they have mint edging? I had them printed by the extremely talented Freshly Squeezed letterpress print shop in town. I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!
I was fortunate enough to be featured on the site PSD to WordPress last week. I was contacted to list what three design tools I use on a daily basis and why. Here was my response:
Adobe Illustrator is probably my most used design program. I use it to create everything from wireframes to site designs to logos, illustrations, and patterns. If needed it is also flexible enough to export site design boards to Photoshop files relatively easily for development. I also can use Illustrator to create Smart Objects in Photoshop where I can then edit the vector artwork in Illustrator even though it is saved within a Photoshop document.
Typography, in my opinion, is the most important design element. You can create an interesting and really well designed piece by just using type if you know how to use it. Typography can create a mood depending on the personality of the typeface you choose. It can draw attention to different areas on the page by using size to create a hierarchy to show what is most important to what is least important. I love type! You can really communicate so much with a great typeface!
Pinterest has become a really great design tool that I use with all of my design projects. I use Pinterest to create mood boards and to gather inspiration that can be used when I start to design a site or new brand for a client. I think it's a great way to stay on top of design trends. You can also create Private Boards for client work so that you can create a vibe for a project and work toward designing that personality into your piece. It also helps you keep track of designs and techniques you really like or might want to try but just don't have a need for them just yet.
Definitely check out the site and all of the other extremely talented designers' responses.
For a fun work side project I created an illustrated object study based on Suzy Bishop from the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom. Suzy Bishop is a 12-year-old girl who ends up running away with her love (an orphaned 12-year-old Khaki Scout named Sam Shakusky). I wanted to use hand illustrated type and objects to help carry through the fine art feel and approach of the film and help to portray the personality of the character.
As a fun side project at work we were asked to recreate an album, movie or book cover. Using abstract shapes and a wide range of colors, I created an abstract vector painting in Illustrator to reinterpret the album cover for Land of Talk, Some Are Lakes. I wanted to recreate the feeling of the album by making it feminine and modern. The design also ties back to the name of album with the use of organic shapes and a flowing composition that is reminiscent of nature and the flow of streams or rivers to larger masses of water.
It was nice to create something more loose and carefree. I need to continue to breakout into doing more work that is less client driven and more about trying new ideas and techniques.
This year I decided to participate in Goody Goody Gift Swap. I designed and screen printed tea towels for my swap mate. I ended up making a bunch of extras to give out to family and friends for the holidays as well. It was a fun process and I'd love to do it again next year. I hope everyone had a great holiday. Happy New Year!
I've got another RapQuote poster under my belt :)
My employer Michael Carnevale has a really fun website called RapQuote.com. He (as you may have already guessed from the name) posts rap quotes. As a fun project myself and a few other designers at the office are creating a series of prints based on different rap quotes. Below is my first RapQuote poster design that will be screen printed two color on kraft paper. I think this quote is so hilariously awesome! How can I not love my job? :)
At the request of my sister, I created these posters of her cats for her apartment. It's always fun taking on quirky side projects :)