Jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down
1. Freelance Wisdom from Kristen Drozdowski
This post. Love. Needed. Loved. Read it. Once. Twice. Thrice?
Not all work is fun – and during those non-fun times, it’s important to always love and embrace the fact that you’re allowing yourself to follow your dream to do something creative for a living! Even when it’s stressful – you’ll love it all if what you’re doing is something that makes you happy.
2. 40 Reasons to Love Lettering
I love how Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge phrased this in her introduction to 40 Reasons to Love Lettering:
As technology becomes more advanced and more impressive, I find myself missing the “old way” of doing things more and more. Even though I love a great digitally printed logo or sign, you can’t beat the hand-painted signs and lettering that used to cover shops, storefronts and the sides of buildings.
I totally agree! Which is all the more reason that I love getting to create so much with lettering in my Etsy shop! I couldn’t have said it better myself! And I loved going through all 40 images of such a wide variety of lettering, from the style of the lettering to the placement of the text! See them all here.
3. Multinational Typeface
I love this new typeface an advertising company in Singapore developed. Representing the flags of countries they do business in, they each remind me of wood cut blocks on old printing presses. Really neat to see the various pieces and flags come together into one cohesive typeface. Found via DesignWorkLife.
4. 271 Years Before Pantone
I’ve been meaning to post a snippet from this book… 271 years before Pantone came out with their “standards of color,” A. Boogert painted in watercolor, variations of color that span 800 pages with handwritten notes indicating how much water diluted each specimen. Truly magnificent in detail! More info here, found via swissmiss.
5. Blossom Type
These floral letters definitely caught my eye as I scrolled through my blog feed, but then when I saw a more behind the scenes photos, I truly appreciated the minute detail and the trained hand it must have taken to assemble such a small and complex piece, times 2+10 numbers! Wow. Found via Good Design Makes Me Happy.
Stop Talking, Start Making
…Every failure is only a step to success…—Og Mandino
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. —Ann Landers
Source: Design Work Life
Love what you do—Steve Jobs
But what if I fail? —Seth Godin
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. —Pablo Picasso
1. Ticketmaster Ticket Redesign Concept
I just adore personal projects… the detail and passion behind them really shines through every time! Hey Ticketmaster! Check this out!
It is time to redesign the master of all tickets.
2. First Birthday Infographic Invitation
I’m amazed at this birthday invitation for 2 reasons… 1. How awesome would an infographic be for your baby’s first year… what a great way to remember all the little firsts and victories in their lives… and 2. how in the world did this baby’s mama have time to create this special little momento? Kudos to her! [Another find] via designworklife, designed by Misty Manley.
3. Media Kits
Great article from We Are Branch on media kits: why they’re needed and what to include in them.
4. Paper Maché Maps & Globes
5. Big Brush Pen
I’m somewhat addicted to buying art pens… like every time I see a new post or recommendation on one, I just have to have it. So it’s a given when one of my favorite lettering idols (1canoe2) posts about one, I needed it, like, yesterday!