Friday Footnotes

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1. Skillshare Class: Art of Modern Calligraphy

I finally did it, friends—I enrolled in a Skillshare class! After months—seriously—of debate… I chose a calligraphy class. It seemed like something that would have the best effects over the long term, an “investment” (haha more on that in a sec.) in myself and my Etsy shop that uses tools that I for the most part own but haven’t figured out how to use yet!

The best part, and the reason why I finally bought now, is that until this evening at 11:59, all the classes are 25% off in celebration of the New Year (code NEW25)—plus you get $10 off your first class—so this big investment that I have put off for many months turned out to only be $5 which was also bought with a giftcard from Santa. Whoo hoo!

So the class—Introduction to the Art of Modern Calligraphy—is open ended, working at your own pace—which is super fabulous since there’s no way I have time to start this class until later next month—creating a one of a kind alphabet. But until then, I will wait anxiously because I am just so gosh darn excited to get started!

2. Type Shoes

And speaking of calligraphy—how awesome are these type covered shoes? Designed by Jessica Hische, found via Mr Cup.

3. Device 6, iPhone App

Doesn’t everyone love discovering new apps? I was pretty excited to see a “best of apps” article on Design Work Life, my favorite design blog. And even more excited to find Device 6

Part novel, part interactive experience, Device 6 occupies a new space between gaming, puzzles, and books.

Now doesn’t that sound interesting?

4. Handmade Notebooks

I’ve always wanted to create handmade notebooks, but have never taken the time to do so. And after giving handmade gifts this year to many of my friends and family, this may make the perfect gift for my girlfriends next year! (Ladies, what do you think?) DIY found via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

5. Owning Original Art

Wow, did this article inspire me to go shopping for some original art pieces. I loved this line in particular:

It is my preference to have a relationship with a creative person and to live with work they’ve created.

Isn’t that true? It still amazes me how much energy and how much of my soul goes in to every project I work on, no matter how small it may be. Its time I start investing in the art around me, starting with local artists.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Creating the World of Oblivion

I know I’m not the only one who pays attention to the design details in movies, but I will be paying extra attention to these graphics in Oblivion (with Tom Cruise) now that I’ve seen this short behind the scenes flick—with the lead graphics animator, David “dlew” Lewandowski, and design director, Bradley “Gmunk” Munkowitz. Thanks Ismael Burciaga for sharing!

2. Process of a Product Photography Shoot

Another behind the scenes glimpse in this post about a product photography shoot. I am still grasping portrait photography, but product photography can be just as hard if not worse—I mean, how do you make a bottle of coffee concentrate speak your brand to your target audience? What an amazing process goes into these shoots, from the props to the lighting… Thanks V.K. Rees Photography for the glimpse into your process, via Yes and Yes.

3. How to Work with Creative People

This site was cracking me up while at the same time I just nodded along. Are us creatives really a breed of our own?

I think this is one of my favorites though:

“One of the worst things you can do to your creatives, artists, and designers is treat them like plumbers, mechanics, and janitors, held to the expectations of magicians, wizards, and geniuses.”
– Adam DeVarney, Artist

Read more here. Thanks to swissmiss for sharing!

4. Skillshare: Label Design

Oh man oh man, I really want to take this class with Lettering legend Jon Contino—whom I’ve featured a few times. Sign up for the class here! And get from Creature Comforts here.

5. Threadless features Monster’s Ince

While I may be super picky on what type of Disney “fan art” I like and don’t like, I do love so many submissions to this Threadless t-shirt design contest for Monster’s Inc, including the winner featured below. Congrats Patrick Seymour on winning!