Hello all you wonderful people!! Did you have a wonderful turkey day?
I unplugged last week and spent the week holed up with Z and Punky - it was pretty quiet and uneventful - my idea of perfection. It is important with as much as we are connected these days to take a moment and allow yourself to enjoy the sun shine, blue sky, and family.
Did I get done all I planned and hoped to - no, but it's ok because I was able to catch up on a few things and I am not going to dwell on what I didn't do. I am feeling quite energized and with the semester end a mere two weeks away I hope this feeling lasts.
The good news is I finished my paper, the bad news is I am still about 50 steps behind were I need to be. However I decided I am going to become I shut in next week and get down to business - yep that's my story and I am sticking to it.
As I was gathering examples for my Paul Rand project I came across these pieces that he did and well that's just great design there.
If you are interested in learning more about this brilliant man check out his website, it pretty incredible!!
How was your weekend? Mine was pretty low key spent most of it trying to shake this cold that is trying its hardest to be my new best friend. I should have been working on my paper that is due tomorrow, but that is what I have today for, right? It should be pretty easy considering it is about one of my favorite designers, Paul Rand. That quote pretty much sums up design to me and well that living room is nice to look at.
The weather is suppose to be rainy this weekend which gives me a perfect excuse to curl up on the couch and watch one of my favorite movies - Marie Antoinette. There is something about rainy days that make it ok in my mind to stay in sweats and on the couch all day - guilt free!!
Sometimes you have to take a look back to find some style inspiration. I have always loved the stacked jewelry look, I owe that to growing up in the 80's and 90's where we stacked everything including socks. I fondly remember meticulously matching every color of sock that I had in my Jordan Knight NKOTB t-shirt and then happily putting on all 5 pairs of them and then squeezing into my LA Gears which had at least two pairs of laces, please don't judge me.
Anyway I never noticed Princess Diana is wearing two watches in this image. It pretty much made my day and I am positive I will be trying this look out real soon.
My bedroom is not a room that I love. Other than the fact that it is a size of a shoe box, and I mean that literally. It just doesn't get much love. I wish it looked a little like this...
That headboard HAS to be mine because well (a) that color is making me all giddy and (b) doesn't it look like a perfect place to rest against while reading? I am also pretty keen on the bedding and I'm not even a bed maker.
So I will be dreaming of how I wish this was my bedroom this weekend and also wishing I had somewhere to wear these cute Kate Spade gloves. Then I could justify buying them and then using them to quote myself.
So I have been going back and forth on sharing my class projects here for a couple reasons. 1.) I am painfully shy and pretty sensitive most of the time and 2.) I am still learning and so I know it is all a work in progress. I also know that being a designer/ creative person is about putting yourself out there - how else will anyone ever find you and how will you grow?
Our latest project will take three weeks and incorporate many different areas that as a class we will have to vote on until we have an identity built for a concept that we developed last week. We are designing for a fictional business called The Art Shack. The idea behind this place is that it would be a place where artists from different mediums could gather and rent studio space, get work printed and generally meet other people. It would have a cafe, supply store and courtyard (among other things) - pretty awesome right?
The first stop was to develop a logo that each student had to present to the class on Tuesday and we would vote on the official logo for the business. And well my logo was voted in!! The funny thing is I see things that I would like to change to make it better, but I am always pretty critical with my own work. I snapped this pic of it yesterday to share with you all. My idea was that the logo should be clean, simple, appeal to a variety of creative types, and be easily reproduced on printed materials, packaging, etc. So taa-daa...
I happened across a new graphic design journal yesterday called September Industry and spent more time than I should of taking in their collection of gorgeous design content gathered from all over the world. It is all amazing and I fell in love with so many of the pieces they featured it is silly.
These theater pieces, designed by New Zealand designer Brogen Averill is one of the pieces that struck me. Yep - sort of in awe by them.