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January 2011

1. I Love Dust's Sea Cider Packaging What's not to love about these fun colorful illustrations designed by I Love Dust for Hearts Cider. Discovered I Love Dust on Ismael's Burciaga's blog. 2. Paradise Pier's New Attraction Posters While I love Disney, I do not love to sport in clothing or decor the cartoon side of Disney. I am very particular in what merchandise I purchase from the parks and usually prefer items with a certain vintage aesthetic. Below are new attraction posters designed to align with the new look and feel of Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure. As Disney continues to makeover DCA, giving it a look of Hollywood/California as Walt Disney first saw it in the '20s, these posters will start showing up for many of the attractions just as was started in 1956 to show park visitors what these new and different attractions were in Disneyland. Found via @mantia's link to the Disney blog. 3. Simon and Jenna's Transpacific Wedding Invitation Here is some pink 'n' green, letterpress, international, illustrated wedding invitation goodness! This invitation had to not only satisfy an invite to the ceremony but also to two receptions on two different continents. This satisfies my design, print, and packing

So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23 Finally after almost three years I have reached the New Testament. I tried many different methods and systems to get myself to read my bible each day, if only a verse or two, but want to know what worked the best? Actually wanting to read. Actually wanting to spend time with God each day. Wanting to know and understand the promises in Jesus and truly understand the depth of His sacrifice. Yearning for the Word. That is what worked best. How did I get to that point? By humbling myself and seeing the greater picture. Knowing that not a sparrow falls from the sky without God knowing. Knowing I am nothing apart from Christ. Knowing that I will stumble and I will fall but without Christ, how will I rise up again? I can feel myself changing as I spend time away without God and without reading His word. How easily we are swayed without His

1. Leen Sadder's Spoonful of Sugar I love Disney and I love design so this Mary Poppins' inspired design is just perfect. Leen Sadder is a design student at the School of Visual Arts and as a part of Stefan Sagmeister’s class, “Can design touch someone’s heart?” she describes her project in her own words, "To touch the hearts of umbrella-less New Yorkers on a rainy day, I dressed up as Mary Poppins and escorted people across the street carrying a hand-lettered umbrella and a bag of chocolate-dipped spoons." The writing is inspired by the song lyrics from "A Spoonful of Sugar." So great!! There's many more photos on her school project's site, photos of her with her fellow New Yorker's and the process of creating the umbrella. First discovered on Design Work Life. 2. Andy Luce + Liz's Wedding Invites I just love an untraditional wedding invite and graphic designers who are getting married just bring out the best in wedding stationery. Andy Luce created his own wedding collateral and I love the boldness of the colors and the typography. Here's just a glimpse at the ENVELOPE! The envelope! Every piece is so detailed down to the envelopes

Have you ever heard of Evernote? It's a web/desktop/iPhone application that syncs your saved images and text across to all your computers and phones. Basically, it's my best friend at work. I also mentioned it before in this post about my design process. Anyway, I wanted to start a series each week that will showcase my top 5 images that I saved to Evernote that week, giving all my thousands (haha) of readers some access to some premium design eye candy without having to scavenge the interwebs to find it. You'll find that I have a very diverse taste and I gather images for many different design projects at once, from a photoshop heavy photo collage to a nontraditional vintage inspired wedding invitation to a detailed illustration of an elephant to a diy project that I will most likely never accomplish. I hope you enjoy this new series as I share from my over 700 and growing Evernote notes. And without further ado, here's week one, in no particular order: 1. Justin Mezell's Into the Wild Layout Design While looking for inspiration for a cover collage I was designing, I found this on Graphic Exchange. I love the contrast and the random objects