It’s been awhile since I’ve written; but, I’ve had a few things on my mind, which I can’t help but rant.
There seems to be a colossal whirlwind of change, technology advancements, virtual adaptation, progression and digression. The concept of humanity feels more and more conceptual as technology advances and slowly takes over our lives.
Let’s be honest about what is real and what we wish was real. Being infiltrated by gorgeous vacations, impeccable interior layouts, organized workspaces, perfect family portraits, epic nights out with friends has created a competitive, comparative environment. Being an extremely competitive person myself, I know I’ve struggled with the comparative rabbit hole chase.
At the end of the day, how do I feel about my own life and experiences from an honest perspective? Are we living to impress others or enjoying our own life? There are no re-dos; this is our only chance to love, dream, hope, try, and experience life. Captured moments are an outlet of expression, emotion, time, memories…life through your eyes. Why would you want to overwrite that with other people’s experiences?
Bottom photo credit @thejealouscurator
Capturing the world we live in through a visually compelling artistic lens is no easy task. Hats off to these top ten Instagram accounts, who continually inspire, impress and create.
Denmark based photographer quit his desk job to become a full-time international photographer. His work features an eye for ‘the moment’ with high-contrast visual integrity.
Son of National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey, this 7-year-old analog photographer has made quite a name for himself with 226k Instagram followers.
Quaint and whimsical, Deb Garlick’s work features texture-heavy acrylics with an emphasis in storytelling.
Specializing in solid, simple design; Rowan Made is a small design studio that consistently inspires.
Digital artist Robert Jahns transforms the world of photography with his highly imaginative approach to travel imagery.
Founded by sisters Elsie and Emma, A Beautiful Mess features homemade recipes, crafts and inspiration from our readers around the world.
Representing from the Pacific Northwest, lifestyle and adventure photographer Dylan Furst captures the soul of the PWN with his moody color palettes and stunning scenery.
Graphic Designer and Illustrator Steve Wolf specializes in bold colorful typographic creations and brand identities.
Vancouver, B.C based photographer Jacob Riglin captures the heart and soul of travel photography.
LA based designer, Kati Forner focuses on modern brand identify and typography.
I was thinking today about the ideology surrounding the promises of a new year, new beginnings, a fresh start. It seems the perception of time and personal fulfillment are synonymous with perfection, tomorrow is another day, future versions of ourselves. The ‘Anne of Green Gables’ philosophy as it was.
I compiled the above images inspired by my feelings toward the new year. So far it hasn’t started off very perfect, and feels more like an extension of December but I think that I am okay with that. Not having a master plan, living in the moment, maybe even being spontaneous 😮
Instead of making a make or break Resolution List, I’d like to focus more on experiences and memories beginning with the following goals:
- Lean down – Lose 10 pounds
- Become more financially free – Pay off 5 credit cards
- Take on Challenges – Run a half Marathon
- Hike a 14er
- Take a Photo Journal road trip
- Start Freelancing/ Explore more personal art projects
- Travel somewhere new
Stay warm out there!
Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I thoroughly enjoyed mine as it was the first year we celebrated as adult siblings, aka sibsgiving.
With all the extra time off this week, I’ve been thinking more about personal design projects, design contests, photography, freelancing. Although still in the early stages of brainstorming; I’d really like to invest more time into side projects and promoting my own personal brand. I created a visual mood board and keywords to start off but still haven’t landed on any solid brand names. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear more ideas
Mood and Vibe
Lifestyle, Texture, Typography, Emotional Expression, Modern, Logo Design, Web Design, Creative, Illustration, Color, Expressive, Moody, Epic, Profound, Thoughtful, Soul Bound, Journey, Creation, Air, Exhale, Depth, Imagination, Tangent, Tangible, Vertex, Wander, Hand-drawn Type, Vibe, Synergy, Explore
Can you believe its almost Thanksgiving? Mentally I’ve already skipped over November in anticipation for snow, gift-giving, splurging, time with family etc. Since time moves extra quickly this time of year, I’ve compiled a gift list of unique ideas and concepts to surprise your special people with something new and different this year.
7 Gift Ideas that will Blow the Pants off Other Gift Ideas
A Planter that is a Cat. From: Barruntando | $30.47
Modern, Wall-Mounted Eternal Flame. From Touch of Modern | $165.99
Hand-crafted Artisan Jewelry. From: Story Weaver Mercantile | $26
Hand-made all Leather Messenger Bag. From: Story Weaver Mercantile | $135
Giclee print of Your Home State. From: Milk and Honey Bread | $20+
One-of-a-kind Secret Wood Ring. From: Secret Wood | $145
Customized Wine Club Membership. From: Winc | $52/month
I remember taking my first interaction design course as part of a pilot program my college was experimenting with. The class itself was very inspirational, but not all that practically helpful when it came to real world experience for new designers. It’s scary how much has changed in just 5 years since I was sitting that classroom at the largest University in the state of Oregon.
Digital design, UI/UX design, graphic design, interaction design, web design are all relevant titles floating around in the design field today and its literally impossible to be an expert in every arena. So where to start? What’s important today and what will be important 10 years from now? It can be overwhelming to try and grasp where the future of design is going and how to stay relevant but, if you really break things down, the fundamentals have never changed.
Old school concepts like typography, eye for detail, organization, space, color theory, user interaction and experience, emotional responsiveness; these are all elements that aren’t going to become outdated but merely transformed in their representation in our visual world.
“The soul never thinks without an image.” – Aristotle
It is important for designers to stay relevant with the world and to capitalize on interests and passions. Love typography? Possibilities are endless. From web design messaging and layout, app confirmations, 3D printed messages, hand drawn type illustration, signage etc. Challenge yourself, there’s absolutely no reason to be chained to your assigned title. Define your own path and be what your best at.
So Facebook was kind enough to inform me that I haven’t posted anything to my blog in 174 days. So it’s been awhile…
This year has been a much need ‘namaste’ for me and honestly it has been one of the best years as far back as I can remember. Reading through old blog posts revealed a long-forgotten New Year’s Resolution List I had made in January. Below is the list I made at the beginning of the year and today I crossed off everything that had been accomplished so far.
- Take on weekly personal art projects
- Repurpose one piece of furniture
- Take more Yoga Classes
Work out 3-4 weekly
Lose 8 lbs (not 10…8lbs) (lost 12 lbs actually)
Continue Green Juicing
Cut back on Rockstars (cut back is relative)
- Run a 10k
Attend a Meetup
Pay back one credit card
Read more (read 2 books…so technically more than last year)
Visit a foreign country (went to Mexico!)
Network with other designers (this one could be more but still counts)
- Photography trips
Cheers to making goals and crossing off lists. Happy (almost) Friday everyone.
photo credit @Simone Brahmino
Time flies when your having…fun? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been trying to escape the blizzards of Denver. I’m so ready for warmer weather, breezy open windows, birds, open toe shoes, not having to scrap ice and snow off my car. You get the idea.
Tonight I’m so excited to present a very talented local artist who specializes in clean, creative design and raw ingenuity. Meet Chris Svoboda from Denver, CO and be sure to click the links below to see more of his work.
Behance | Instagram
1 Tell us a little about yourself and how did you get into design?
Becoming a collegiate athlete was once my biggest goal, followed closely by a desire to become a top chef. As I began my athletic career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while studying to become a nutritionist, I quickly found that I didn’t feel fulfilled in either path. I started a mission to dig into my interests and find out just what exactly made me tick. While filling general requirement courses for my major, I stumbled upon a course that focused solely on advertising. Throughout the course, I developed a passion for the creative side of advertising and the idea that I could have the power to create something from nothing. I changed my major to Advertising and began narrowing down where my passions fell in the creative zone. As the youngest in my family I spent a lot of time reworking hand-me-down toys to fit my interests and filling every inch of my room with drawings. It didn’t take long to find my niche in design and I haven’t looked back since. Through countless hours of tutorials, perhaps too many coffee breaks, and an endless fascination with the Adobe creative suite, I’ve landed in my place as a graphic designer.
2 Walk us through a typical day?
As I’m currently looking for my next opportunity as a graphic designer I’ve been keeping busy by expanding my skill set, freelancing, and sending out more emails than I’d like to count. When I’m not working on my trusty laptop, I’m doodling or working on DIY projects around the house.
3 Describe your style/aesthetic and where do you draw your inspiration from?
I do my best not to get comfortable and stick with one particular design style as there are so many to choose from and grow with. My work typically has a clean aesthetic but it truly comes down to what or whom I’m designing for.
My guilty pleasure is illustration. It makes me feel like I’m a kid again, watching old school Disney cartoons and creating my own characters.
4 On your site, you reference sasquatch a few times, any backstory on your rare creature interactions?
The sasquatch is my way of saying that my style and background is different and that I don’t want to be put in a category as a designer with a single track of work. I chose the sasquatch because it follows its own path and still makes history.
5 What are some of your favorite pastimes?
I’ve always found the best way for me to unwind was through exploration. I’m always up for a hike, trying a food truck, or even a drive through the mountains. I like to live life a little off the map and off the wall.
Photo credits: Chris Svoboda
It’s March already can you believe it! I have been a little distracted and pre-occupied as of late with life, work, play, so its been awhile since I’ve posted. Today, I wanted to share some older work of mine; but, still very reflective of who I am as a designer.
As projects often go, my original thought process was to create something edgy, dramatic, moody and dark executed in a thoughtful, mysterious package. Throughout the brainstorming and drafting process, I slowly drifted away from my original mood-board but still managed to capture the mythical playful oddity and wonder of the piece.
Always an important concept to learn throughout art and design that its not about forcing an idea, but letting the organic creativity take a direction of its own in a controlled, directed environment. Allowing ample time for the “brainstorming phase” which is so often rushed in the modern workload. Cheers to letting ideas blossom on their own! Forgotten Tales is my magna opus of such a lesson.
I wanted to share the inspirational work of artist Said Dagdeviren from Istanbul as he shares a powerful message of nature, wildlife, and preservation. We all leave a footprint behind, what’s your legacy?
Photo Credit | Said Dagdeviren