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Here’s a quick image that I did for my church. “Stories From Vietnam” is an event to hear from long term missionaries. I’ve been pretty swamped with work lately, but I still wanted to help out, so I gave myself about 45 minutes to come up with something for it. All in all I’m pretty happy with the results!
I was very encouraged by this article on A List Apart, about banishing your inner critic. I know it’s something that plagues all of us as designers and artists. I wanted to share it with you and hope you would be encouraged too; the ideas in this article were a much needed breath of fresh air for me.
Especially intriguing to me was the thought that your inner critic actually intends to protect you rather than tear you down. While it is obviously a fear response and incredibly misguided, this simple thought was enough to disarm the inner critic for me.
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As some of you may know, Michael Deal and I have been working for months on a site for designers to learn about color theory and find color palette inspiration. We recently released our first version to the public, and we are already hard at work on the next round of upgrades and features! I’m so excited about the new direction that I couldn’t wait to share a preview with you.
Soon we will be adding a 5th content type: images. You will be able to upload images for the inspiration of your fellow designers, and extract color palettes from those images to help show the colors you love about it. This will add depth to the site and a deeper way for you to engage with the colors. Seeing a palette in action is the best way to realize the possibilities. And with a new content type comes an entirely re-imagined browsing experience. Attached is design comp that should give you a good idea of what’s to come.
I would love to hear what you think!
Another in my series of quotes 80’s pop stars. This time from Michael Jackson. Ok, technically, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough was a song from the 70’s, but I’d say it still fits the spirit of the project in my mind.
Don’t ask me why, but this graphic popped in my head during my regular morning shower. I’ve never listened to Journey, and I didn’t even have “Don’t Stop Believin” stuck in my head at the moment! But either way, I have to admit they were on to something :) And seeing as all things 80s are currently roaring back into style, I figured I’d throw one more shout-out into the mix.
I have to give a shout out to Paul Venuti for a great and easy tutorial on running JSLint through a shell command. It was a real lifesaver, after wasting time with other approaches that weren’t working for me.
This is hardcore. Not design related, but good motivation for anyone with dreams.
When you wanna succeed as bad as you wanna breathe, then you’ll be successful.
- Eric the Hip Hop Preacher (Via Wanken)
Better get to work!
* Bonus points go to the video creator for using Explosions In The Sky for the soundtrack.
The early bird get’s the worm, but the 2nd mouse get’s the cheese.
- Author Unknown
Here’s some love for you procrastinators!
This is another in my series of typographic studies, where I create type treatment based on my favorite quotes. This one made me laugh and I had to share it with you. My main trouble designing this was that I just wanted to fit too much imagery in there. It was a good lesson in ruthlessly editing yourself, which I probably should have taken a few steps further.
I also wish I had a lot more time spend working on the mouse trap illustration, but my goal is to only spend 1-2 hours on each of these, so I had to call it quits. Enjoy :)
Here’s a great video of John Jay, Weiden + Kennedy’s creative director. W+K is one of the greatest advertising agencies in the world, who have created many innovative, beloved, and legendary advertising campaigns. It’s great to hear more about life in creative services from such a distinguished perspective.
There were a lot of wonderful quotes in this. Here a few that really stood out to me:
The greatest thing we can offer [in creative services] is be great listeners… to understand what is the truth.
Our job is to never let anyone define who we are by their terms.