I am excited to announce that I am not offering a practically unlimited number of color palettes on my remember the day prints and canvases! What do I mean by “practically unlimited”??? Well, when you purchase a remember the day, not only can you pick from my selection of 27 color palettes, but you can select any color palette of your choice from Design Seeds. Design Seeds is the color inspiration blog of designer and color-lover, Jessica Colaluca. Her blog is similar to my Everyday Palette blog entries, only she posts color inspiration at least once, but often multiple times a day!
Head to my *hello there, design* etsy shop to purchase your own remember the day. Then head to Design Seeds to view the endless, beautiful color palette options!!!
I have been noticeably absent from the blog lately, so instead of prolonging the silence I wanted to report that I will be taking somewhat of a blog staycation. I will still post, but with less frequency than previously and my posts will be smaller (quick little snippets of design, pet, products I love, etc…). So things may look and feel a little different!
Hoping everyone had a very nice Father’s Day, whether you spent it with your Dad, someone else’s Dad, or your significant other. We spent the day driving home from Phoenix, but I did get to talk to my Dad on the phone. And, in his honor, I had changed my personal Facebook page profile picture to this bad ass photo of him taken in 1969 in San Francisco:
I mentioned a design I was working on that was a Father’s Day gift in this post which I had to wait to share until the gift was given yesterday. Well, now I get to share it and I am excited to do so!
First a little back story… some very good friends of mine, Lance and Leslie, adopted a son from Taiwan last August. Lance was also adopted as a small child (although he was born here in this country). Lance was in a foster home and his foster parents fell in love with them and decided to adopt him. On the day of his adoption he was about a year and a half old and his Mom had taken a photo of him on the courthouse steps wearing a t-shirt that said, “Finally I am a Kirk!” (Kirk is his family’s last name).
This photo of Lance, taken in 1981 was framed along with a poem called, “Legacy of an Adopted Child”. Lance’s Mom framed the two and they have hung in Lance’s room/home ever since.
For Father’s Day, Leslie wanted to take the photo of Lance, the poem, and a photo she took of their son Caysen wearing a very similar shirt and turn it into a piece of art for their home. She wanted something modern and more graphic.
Leslie presented me with some examples of pieces of art that she liked and I set to work on her project. I started by focusing on the type involved – the poem. I played around with typefaces/fonts and layouts for the poem until we found a font and layout we liked. Then, I worked with the photos, which we decided to turn into silhouettes with the letters on the t-shirts showing. Finally, I played around with the layout of all the elements, text and silhouettes. I decided to add in the name, birth date, and adoption date information, and Leslie loved the idea of incorporating that, too.
The last thing we did was play around with color by applying different color palettes to the design. In the end, Leslie decided on a gray and yellow color palette, which I think looks absolutely fabulous. It was definitely the best choice for the design.
Here is what the final design looks like:
The design was printed on fine art paper as a print suitable for framing in an 11×14″ frame. Lance and Leslie plan to frame it and hang it somewhere in their home.
Here is a photo of Lance and Caysen after Leslie presented Lance with his Father’s Day gift:
I cannot wait to see this framed. I am so happy that Leslie loved the final project so much, as I truly enjoyed working on it and was thrilled with how it turned out myself!
A quick little note: I am always available for custom projects such as this one or something else you may have an idea for. Please contact me if you would like to discuss a special project of your own!
Remember the Mark Twain bike quote print I told you about? Well, it still isn’t up in my hello there, design etsy shop yet, but hopefully will be very soon. BUT, I did make an alternate color scheme for it and there will be a couple more color schemes available as well (yet to be made).
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Wow! I am so bummed that I have been absent from the blog for a few days. I have been quite busy with school work, some design projects (will share when the time is right), business-y stuff (trying to get *hello there, design* to grow), and with preparations for a baby shower I am hosting this weekend.
So, first things first in this little catch-up post …
School has been filled with lots of reading. I am taking an information design course – User-Centered Information Design to be exact. It is not design in the creative, aesthetic, artsy-fartsy sense. It is about designing information; organizing, filtering, structuring information so that users get the ultimate usability and understanding from it. Interesting stuff, but requires a lot of reading.
Secondly, design projects! I have been working on some very fun design projects for clients, which I will share here when the time is right. Some are business-related (for clients’ businesses) and one is a super-fun project that will be a father’s day gift – can’t wait to share that one!
I have been working to get the word out there a little more about my hello there, design etsy shop. I placed my very first ad on a design-related blog … check out my little ad on hello there friend, you are loved. If you aren’t familiar with Danni’s blog, it is a great way to whittle away some time, I must say. It is one of my favorites, and now that I have a Pinterest account, I can tell I will be excessively pinning from that blog!
Along the lines of other hello there, design news, I hope to get some photos up in the etsy shop of my remember the day canvases. I am rather inept with a camera, so I am looking for help photographing the canvases. If you are handy with a camera and want to help, please let me know! I also hope to finally get my Mark Twain bike quote print up in the etsy shop along with photos. I will be selling it as a fine art print or as a print mounted on plywood (so cool – wait til you see it).
If you saw my recipe testing in the past couple of weeks (here and here) – those were for the baby shower I am co-hosting. I will not be making either of those recipes, instead I will be making vanilla cupcakes with lemon frosting and an apple tart. And, since the shower is 99% good-to-go (which is more than I can say about some of the other projects I have mentioned), here is a visual of some of the shower plans:
So, I may be a little MIA here and there over the next week or so, but I will certainly try to check in. I am working on a pet portrait today, so I will be sharing that in a post soon. I also have some more really great sounding dog books that I want to share (and perhaps eventually read), so I will probably post about those soon too!
I created the following piece for my current class, Design and Typography. This class has been pure bliss for me, since I love typefaces. Learning about the structure and anatomy of type, as well as the proper typographic way to work with typefaces has been great; I have been eating it up! For this assignment, we were required to illustrate a saying or maxim using text (no graphics or shapes were allowed). So below is my typographic illustration of “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”; an adage I do not believe, mind you (I teach my 8-year old chocolate girl new tricks all the time!). Of course, my Mocha was the inspiration for this project to being with, as with so much creative pieces that I do.
Note: the ball is made of text, although the jpg does not allow you to see this very well. Below is an alternate version that I created so that it would be obvious that the ball was made out of text. I do not like the second version near as much as the above, original version, though.
I have started compiling my work that will comprise my portfolio into one place, namely Flickr. Having my designs on Flickr will also simplify things as I can grab those images off of Flickr for other uses, instead of having to find them on my computer every time.
Herb Lubalin created this piece for U&lc, the typographic journal published by International Typeface Corporation. As the editor and designer of U&lc, he was able to present his innovative typographic ideas. Courtesy of International Typeface Corporation.
from: the designer’s guide to professional typography 2nd ed. Ilene Strizver Copyright © 2006 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved