I’m quite proud of myself. In an attempt to avoid the usual stress fest of “night before flight” packing I’ve started to slowly round up the essentials. Which realistically of course aren’t real life essentials but more Olsen twins summer movie props – but hey, C’EST LES VACANCES.
I’m about to put all my objectivity and grown up perspectives aside and recede to my inner teenage girl. You’ll want to close your eyes for the next couple sentences if you don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.
1. woven shoes to complete that summer sixties dream feel – check!
….also, impending foot blisters complete with a constant aroma of sweaty cheese feet – check & check.
2. instax mini to have nostalgic photos that’ll look cute on your dorm room bulletin board – check.
….alot of photos of the inside of your purse? also, check.
3. lolita inspired heart sunglasses – cheeeeeeck!
….some how every article of flamboyant clothing I’d never wear on a regular basis has made it’s way into my suitcase leaving no room for any practical articles. doesn’t that always happen? hmmmm. poor packing selection made up of a ton of clothes you won’t actual wear? CHECK!
I think I’m ready! Europe, here I come.
4. Guilty pleasure reading that MK & A Olsen would never be seen with? no comment.
….ok this book isn’t really embarrassing….but I also bought this one
Ok, I have to go to my last french lesson now and hope I become a linguistic genius in those two hours so my boyfriend’s family won’t judge me for not knowing french. Gah, scared.
I’m getting ready to head to Europe for a month and while that means being crushed by work to ensure I get everything done before I leave and the constant nightmares of the 16(ish) hour flight I obviously can’t help but daydream of the impending picnics and bike rides.
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I’ve had a lot of illustration work lately so it’s been great to be able to get off the computer for awhile. One project is with the mastermind behind Design For Mankind. I’m really excited about that one and will show you some bits and pieces once the project launches.
The illustration above is one I did for a college friend who is writing a comic book. The story line is pretty crazy – and really great. I’ll leave it at that though so you can form your own guesses on the storyline based on the illustrated hints.
I would definitely fall in that second category, usually. I often feel like time moves too swift which scares me because I’m still fumbling around trying to figure out the current moment and just as I figure it out – time starts up again and that moment slips to the past. When thinking about this I always picture the little sultan from Aladdin trying to hang on to the magic carpet while also trying to keep a hold of his fabulous feather hat (turban?) as they zip around the sky. It’s not necessarily an awful perspective for me since the only thing I hate more than how fast time moves is feeling stagnate – in a way I guess we all need that unseen prompter (time) to keep us moving through life. Though wouldn’t it be great to always be of that last disposition….
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After being sick the last couple days I don’t have too much to say except netflix needs better instant view movies and I’m sorry if I coughed on you.
On a more relevant note, I really liked the monochromatic look of these photos with the sole subject standing dead center. When trying to find the source for the first photo only a stream of tumblr pages popped up. Apparently on tumblr this photo has become an icon of cries falling on deaf ears (is that how it goes? I’ve never been good at colloquialisms). When I first saw this I thought it had a subtle joy to it – I pictured her welcoming someone home or having climbed the fence for a different view as the fall air swept through her hair. Though I can definitely see how it could be interpreted the other way – today I’ll choose my interpretation.
Gah! There I go again. Gotta get back to the old salt mind….old grind….? Either way, I have a lot of catch up work to do now.
You know the rare feeling you get sometimes while reading? That the words either seem to be coming from your own private thoughts – in which case there’s a small panic while you quickly check to see if your diary is still under your pillow – journal I mean. Or you feel the imaginary cameras that film your life movie zooming in because what you’re reading was obviously divinely or cosmicly placed there for you to read. Well, this morning while scrolling through my morning reads I came across this post on Design For Mankind. The topic – the increase in technology use and our decrease in physical interaction with nature and other people….and all of this prompted by the new collection from fashion designer Masha Reva. Some images of her collection above – note the loading bar on the back of the sweater.
What made this even more relevant for me was that I just watched the documentary Happy which focuses on this too. It prompted me to ask myself when have I been the happiest. I can tell you the first two memories that come to mind are college days – when I got paid minimum wage, living off of black beans and oatmeal because I was spending my money on art supplies and in a house with eight other people that was constantly filled with guests. The other, while studying abroad in europe without a laptop or cellphone and living with 16 other students. It’s a sentiment conveyed many times but somehow I keep forgetting and find myself inching down the other road.
Don’t get me wrong, my job heavily relies on technology and I think it is essential for some things and definitely appreciate it’s efficiency in certain areas. But I need to be better at limiting myself to what I use it for – some things should take time to do. I’ve realized if my goal in using technology is to be more efficient and time effect then I need to also make sure the time I’m “saving” is being used to enjoy the tangible things around me and investing in relationships.
Let’s hope this sticks.
WARNING: a somewhat more dramatic than should be post on design. Expecting mothers and elderly beware as there will be frequent rough ramblings, thought jumpings, and (personal) ethical pitfalls.
Dear Design Diary,
For the past year I’ve been in a bit of an identity crisis. As a freelance designer, whether good or bad, right or wrong, you are a daily representation of your work and thus a part of a brand. I truly hated this idea. It felt stifling and suffocating. However, being a designer and knowing the benefits of having a well developed brand – the fact that I didn’t have one also gave me an immense amount of anxiety. So after more than a year of constant changing logos and headers and the complete absence of any business card – I’ve decided to brand myself. Yikes! or Yay! ….we’ll see.
Here’s a moodboard for the look I have in mind. I think one of the main reasons I hated the idea of building a brand for myself is because whenever I sat down and gave it a try I was never happy with the result. By the end product I could see exactly who I was trying to draw in or please and for some reason that really made my skin crawl. Not that I don’t create designs to please – after all design is a commercial business but just the fact that I was branding myself in this way was unnerving.
Realizing whatever the end result would be it’d attract one crowd but maybe repel another. I wanted then to at least display my own aesthetic without my only goal being to entice a desired cliental (maybe not the best business plan but at least I’ll be able to stand seeing my logo). Yes, I enjoy being clean and minimal sometimes but I also enjoy the whimsical and quirky illustrations of my wedding invitations. I want to continue cultivating both of these sides but not as my personal brand. I’m more drawn to the imperfect, rough and bold that can be a bit too aggressive sometimes. I think I’ve found a way to tone it down a bit and give the brand more versatility – hopefully you can already see that in the moodboard. I’ve already tried doing a quick adaptation for my shop – something a little softer for the etsy crowd but that can still be brought under my personal brand. Anyway, here’s hoping my clients understand this is what I’m naturally inclined to but not a sign that I’m limited to this particular aesthetic. I’ll post the results when it’s all done.