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10 Refreshing Instagram Designers to Follow

April 23, 2017
Photo credit Robert Jahns

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.

Mortenordstrom

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.

 

Sunday’s in Copenhagen. Stepping in to an alternate universe

A post shared by Morten Nordstrøm, Copenhagen (@mortenordstrom) on

 

Hawkeyehuey

Son of National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey, this 7-year-old analog photographer has made quite a name for himself with 226k Instagram followers.

 

 

Debgarlickart

Quaint and whimsical, Deb Garlick’s work features texture-heavy acrylics with an emphasis in storytelling.

 

 

Rowanmade

Specializing in solid, simple design; Rowan Made is a small design studio that consistently inspires.

 

 

Nois7

Digital artist Robert Jahns transforms the world of photography with his highly imaginative approach to travel imagery.

 

 

Abeautifulmess

Founded by sisters Elsie and Emma, A Beautiful Mess features homemade recipes, crafts and inspiration from our readers around the world.

 

My new favorite mural!! 🍦💜 @rclayton #ABMlovesmurals

A post shared by Elsie + Emma A Beautiful Mess (@abeautifulmess) on

 

Fursty

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.

 

Waiting for the perfect salmon to swim by

A post shared by Dylan Furst (@fursty) on

 

Stevewolfdesigns

Graphic Designer and Illustrator Steve Wolf specializes in bold colorful typographic creations and brand identities.

 

Part of a big project in the works. #revelstoke #illustration #typography

A post shared by Steve Wolf (@stevewolfdesigns) on

 

Jacob

Vancouver, B.C based photographer Jacob Riglin captures the heart and soul of travel photography.

 

 

Katiforner

LA based designer, Kati Forner focuses on modern brand identify and typography.

 

 

 

Design Inspiration

Brainstorming 101

November 27, 2016
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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

Personal Brand Moodboard

Brand Tags

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

Design

New Portfolio: Lang Tools

January 7, 2016
Lang Tools Packaging design

I’m excited to present new portfolio work this evening adding to my ever evolving collection. I love the raw texture and vibrant aesthetics this project emotes. Very much my style, which is hard to say for many commercial projects! Let know what you think!

As a disclaimer, the Lang Tools logo was provided, the art direction, packaging design and photography are all my own.
Credit: Lang Tools Logo

Lang Tools Packaging Design

Lang Tools Photography

Lang Tools Photography

 

Inspiration

How to Be an Instagram Legend

October 14, 2015
photo credit @brahmino

Hey all! I wanted to address a topic that’s been pressing heavily in the back of mind. Almost like a guilty presence haunting my daily interactions – I’m speaking of course of my lack-luster efforts reflected throughout my Instagram account! I know October is classically observed as an acceptable space for hauntings, but I am ready to put an end to my insta-nightmare.

Alright, enough of the theatrics. I wanted to share some tips I’ve recently learned on building up and expanding your Instagram empire.

1 Pick a Pattern:

By this, I mean consciously choosing a theme for your Instagram feed. This could involve a variety of things; dark and moody, texture, minimalism, architecture, color palettes. It’s up to you to decide which direction you want, but remember to stay consistent and view your feed as a bigger picture. Here are some enviable accounts who have owned their theme throughout!

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Photo credits @andrewknapp

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Photo credit @Kellywearstler

 

2 Lighting does Matter

Just because your using a phone, doesn’t mean that traditional photography rules need to fly out the window. For starters, begin taking photos during the “golden hour”, the time of day shortly before sunrise or sunset. Being conscious of good lighting will elevate your photography from meh to amazing.

Avoid using the actual Instagram application to take pictures; instead, shoot with your phone’s standard camera in landscape view. Since most phones have decent camera technology, the resolution and overall quality will be much higher than with the condensed processing of the app itself.

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Photo credit @ravivora

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Photo credit @brahmino

 

3 Better is Better

Long gone are the days of standard filter options; instead, download some decent editing software. Here are few apps that will make life much easier and prettier during editing.

VSCO Cam
This one is actually free (so no excuses).

Camera+
This is an OS exclusive but allows for a wide range of editing exposures, angles, not to mention a broad selection of filters.

Diptic
For 99 cents you and your cam can access new photography heights.

 

4 Shoot for the Square

This is exactly what it sounds like. Since Instagram is unique for its square formatting, it is important to plan your shoot instead of having to crop back an amazing rectangular shot. To rock a square, it helps to center or pick a focus point which fits clearly within the frame without any threat of cropping. Play with angles, backgrounds, color contrast to help move the eye to a focal point. Here are some more examples of unbelievable artists to drool over.

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Photo credit @Kellywearstler

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Photo credit @brahmino
I hope this was helpful and inspiring, and now I’m off to build my own insta-empire!

 

Interview

Guest Artist Interview – Dave Hamann

October 7, 2015
Photo Credit@ Dave Hamann

Hello good people! I have some very exciting new interviews to share this month in continuation of local artist/designer spotlights. Tonight, it’s my privilege to introduce local photographer Dave Hamann from Colorado Springs, CO.

Take a look at our interview together and feel free check at more of his work from the links below.

Website | Behance

Interview

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how did you get into photography?

Like many photographers, my interest in photography started when I was young.  My grandfather was an amateur photographer who seemed always attached to a camera.  He bought me my first camera, a Pentax ME SE Super.  From there, my desire to capture great photos and master this new craft blossomed and I quickly found myself devouring the photographic series by Ansel Adams, The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. Invaluable reading for the novice photographer.

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2. When did you start freelancing and how do you like it compared to industry work?

I started freelancing soon after graduating college.  Initially I began as a food photographer for local chefs.  I loved it!  I love a good still life and food photography is about as complex and challenging as they come.  I turned nearly full time art photography when we moved to Colorado. The landscape draws you in!

 

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3. Walk us through a typical day.

A typical day is unfortunately not very exciting!  If the weather is cooperative, by that I mean moody and brooding with great clouds and the hint of a threatening storm, I will grab the camera and head outdoors (kids and wife permitting!).  Otherwise, I’m in the studio arranging some awesome looking vegetables or fruits I found on a run to the grocery store in some vain attempt to emulate the still life style of the old Dutch Masters!

 

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4. Describe your style/aesthetic and where do you draw your inspiration?

Landscapes I’m 98% black and white.  I come from a black and white wet darkroom tradition and still believe that the absence of color in an image makes the viewer “see” the scene.  We see color all the time and removing that reference makes one rely on the line, texture, shape, and tones of an image – makes one “see”.  For my still life work I’m all “Dutch Master”, XVII century still life.  I am also a fan of photographer Paulette Tavormina’s work.

 

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5. What are some of your favorite pastimes?

I love photography.  If I could, I’d love to hike into the backcountry for two or three months somewhere in Montana or Idaho, or even here in Colorado and just photograph!  That being said, I do like cooking and watching cartoons with the kids!

 

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Thanks again!
Photo credits: Dave Hamann.

 

Inspiration

Fresh Favorites

August 2, 2015

Hope you all had a great weekend! I wanted to share some fresh finds of absolutely stunning photography and mixed media artwork.

I love the ghostly, vibrant energy surrounding the impressionistic compositions of Riccardo Magherini. I have no idea how the artist gives each image such a painterly quality, but the chilling after tones of captured big city life is awe-inspiring!

 

Fine Art Photography by Riccardo Magherini

Fine Art Photography by Riccardo Magherini

Fine Art Photography by Riccardo MagheriniCheck out more of Riccardo’s gorgeous portfolio at www.riccardomagherini.com.
*Photo Credit: Riccardo Magherini.

Inspiration

Let your Dreams have Wings

July 26, 2015

What inspires you? Recently, I’ve been inspired by the idea of letting your dreams have wings by tackling that someday list one check box at a time. Easier said than done.

I’ve been staring at my unchecked ‘start a blog’ entry for quite some time now. It’s been a passionate drive of mine to create and share heart-striking art, DIY projects, gorgeous photography and amazing typography to inspire others and myself.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

I like to imagine myself 5 years from today. What advice would your future self give to you now? It’s a great way to put life in perspective and a nice little push to start living in the present rather than the future.
I look forward to sharing more – On that note, follow yours dreams and inspirations!
*Steps down from pedestal*