July 25-31, 2010

July 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

017 – This week, I Stumbled along and fell Upon some beautes. I found some fantastic sites in concept, design, artistic ventures, creativity and technology.

Have a little stumble yourself…

(via @stumbleupon)


Show who you are by what’s in your pockets (or bag)

FACE YOUR POCKETS says to place your trusty objects on the scanner, along with your face… aaaaand scan away! Then, just email the picture – per their ‘technical requirements’.

Aaaaand… here I am. Along with my designer’s notebook, crayons, keys, glasses, ear buds, my beloved iPhone and then some….


THE ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN WORLD OF ZACH JOHNSEN is stunning, vibrant and a little bit scary.

If you only have a bit of time to spare with this click, go to SKETCH….

It’s worth it – in all it’s doodly graffiti goodness.


The selected works of Denmark artist PETER CALLESEN explores the relationships between two and three dimensions in a magical and delicate manner. You’ll find a ballet dancer about to encounter on the impossible meeting; an avalanche about to take out a home; a skeleton pondering his former life… and then some.

Callesen’s art is “…a complex thought-process as an imaginative landscape filled with details and fairytale stories.”


Vandelay Design pulled together an array of 25 EMBOSSED BUSINESS CARDS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION for your viewing pleasure.

The showcase proves (once again) that the simple business card can be anything but simple.

(via @vandelaydesign)


Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ::
“Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.”

~ Freeman Thomas

TAGS: illustration, doodles, sketch, scan, pockets, paper art, business cards

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July 18-24, 2010

July 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

016 – This week brings the color of summer…

The colors of summer hold a solid design in itself. They bring warmth, sweet flavors, team spirit, patriotism, fun in the sun, peaceful coziness, and nostalgia.

So, this week’s post is about is all of those things in one… a week of my fun summer photography.

It’s been a big month…


California State Fair
iPhone: Camera


Oakland Athletics vs Chicago White Sox
iPhone App: Hipstamatic


Mare Island, California
Canon EOS Rebel XSi


Muir Beach, California
Canon EOS Rebel XSi


San Francisco Bay
Canon EOS Rebel XSi

… and, yes, I get that this is a somewhat lame post – but, as you can see, I’ve been busy….
Happy summer to one and all!


Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ::
“Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it”

~ Mark Twain

TAGS: summer, colors, sweet flavors, team spirit, patriotism, sun, nostalgia

July 11-17, 2010

July 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

015 – This week, brings color, code and chocolate. The three C’s. What more can a gal ask for?!

DESIGN INSPIRATION ::

I’m in love. With MULITCOLR SEARCH LAB FLICKR SET. Oooooo…. so pretty. Oh so clever.

Click on a color in the palette to the right and pics from Flickr (in that same color) magically appear. Ooooooo.

And, if that tickles you silly, you simply need to click on over to Idée
where you can be wooed with their VISUAL SEARCH LAB and BYO IMAGE SEARCH LAB

The photo finds can inspire, guide, give reference, and go weak in the knees for.

I feel like I’m being courted.

I found this link through a MASHABLE article…. which is always a worthy resource. Oh, Mr Cashmore… behave yourself.

(via @MASHABLE)


“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”
~ Lucy Van Pelt (Charles M. Schulz)

With Lucy’s help (and a love of chocolate) I was lead to SHOWCASE OF SWEET CHOCOLATE WEBSITES. Mmmmm… delish.

This showcase promises both traditional and unique design layouts. Both rich and subdued colors. Both yummy and yummier imagery.

Delish.

(via @SMASHINGMAG)


IMPRINT posted this wondrous first parter: THE WONDERFUL COLOR WHEEL.

Besides the great insight – the hightlighted art is magnificant. And, I want that book.

Plus, now we know how many ways you reshuffle the rainbow… three! I also salute the color giants of centuries past.

(via @PRINTmag)


FACEBOOK/FBML DESIGN ::

This week brought a freelance project building FBML for a client. Which now leads me to check out what other capablilities are available with Facebook.

There are templates out there that can get your Fan/Business Page all setup – and a designer or two can be found, who can create pages for you (Hi… have we met?). Basically, the FB page creation is designed with FBML – a writeup language that is similar (read: same) as HTML minus a few nasty coding needs.

In short, you can make your biz look exactly as you wish – minus the FB look that you started with… matching your brand and marketing strategy. After all, a good business model should emcompass designs that match across the board – including social media.

Plus, you can still throw out your thumbs-up with a ‘like’. It’s a win-win.

To get a grand idea of the possiblities, check out these the templates over at: FlashMint.com

And, be sure to check out Web Design Blog’s recent tutorial HOW TO CREATE FACEBOOK FBML TEMPLATE (and don’t forget Part II while you’re in there – along with any other tutorials that tickle your fancy.)

(via @FMINT)


Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ::
“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

~ Lucy Van Pelt (Charles M. Schulz)

TAGS: color, color wheel, palette, chocolate, facebook, fbml

July 4-10, 2010

July 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

014 – This week, I studied history, a few places to create my own online art, and I learned that Darth has a whole different dark side that I wasn’t privy to.

Oh, Darth.


PHOTOGRAPHY ::

CHRIS MCVEIGH feels a FEELS A DISTURBANCE IN THE HORSE. Yep – Darth is up to his ol’ tricks again.

In case you’ve missed it, you need to check out McVeigh’s photography. It encompasses unique creativity – showcasing action figures in ‘everyday poses’. You know – Chewbacca at a kissing booth; a Storm Trooper daydreaming by a lazy river; Darth Vader having a sleigh ride. You know, everyday stuff.

I love it… it’s a silly yet truly thought out prospective that will be fun to watch grow. The photography is dead-on too – with perfect angles and lighting.

And, on top of all of that, McVeigh’s marketing design is clever too… teasing one and all with sneak peaks via his FACEBOOK PROFILE.

Because of this, it wouldn’t be bad idea to keep your eye on FB and MCVEIGH’S FLICKR PHOTOSTREAM – because his creativity is simply wacked and off-the-wall.

And, I mean that in the very highest regard possible.

(via @actionfigured)


DESIGN HISTORY ::

I took a lit’l history lesson via Smashing Magazine. They wrote a dandy of a piece about THE EVOLUTION OF THE LOGO – covering semiotics, symbolism, the evolution of identity design and then some.

There is way more in the article and I wouldn’t want to rewrite all of their footwork… so just check it out… because, in short…
“logo design is not dead”

(via @smashingmag)


DESIGN YOUR OWN ::
Moleskin (and the like) sketchbooks are becoming more popular everyday. Slow down and spend a few in the many SKETCHBOOKS FLICKR GROUPS alone to see what I mean.

With this in mind, I searched and found a handful of fancy-schmancy online sketchbooks that will not only keep you busy but also ignite your creativity.

So, get out your clicking finger and interactive paint brush and spark away…


DRAW MY THING is an interactive game between random players online.

If you guess mine – I’ll guess yours.


Art.com offers the ARTPAD – where you can view a Digital Art Masterpiece or create your very own.

Apparently, this curious fella was created for Angela.


JACKSONPOLLOCK.ORG is a fun paint splattering mess. Okay, not so messy since it’s online – but still.

Not sure if it’s a browser problem but, despite the tips they offer to change colors, I could only seem to get new drip colors (only) via a mouse click.

Regardless, I love the Jackson Pollock style that I don’t have to clean up after.


And, of course, if you’re into these and you have an iPhone, be sure to check out the SKETCHBOOK PRO: “the industry standard for digital sketching”. (via the iTunes Store)


Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ::
“The painting has a life of its own.”
~ Jackson Pollack

TAGS: sketchbooks, Darth Vader, Pollack, photography, painting, palette, history

June 27- July 3, 2010

July 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

013 – This week, I decided to try the click-by-click approach again… starting with one item that inspired and see where it leads me.

This time it lead me to yellow.

YELLOW DESIGN ::

Starting at FLICKR’S LAST 7 DAYS, I closed my eyes and hit reload thrice. The first image that came up was a beautiful sunset. The compostion is soft, inviting and peaceful. Lovely.

WATCHING THE SUN GO DOWN photographer, ESBEN BØG JENSEN, also placed this photo in Flickr’s MAGIC MOMENTS GROUP POOL, which is chockful of inspiration.

“MAY THE MAGIC STAY WITH YOU LONG AFTER YOU LEFT OUR VIRTUAL SPACE”

(via @EsbenB)


The first found yellow scheme made me look at other yellows in MAGIC MOMENTS… and this ROPE WALKER AT THE MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, is a beaute.

Once again, the pale scheme combined with the silhouettes and perfect placement is simply enticing.

Photographer, JEFF MEYER, was also placed in the 100 MOST INTERESTING group pool – which is determined by Flickr themselves.


And, the 100 Most Interesting photo group brought me to SEASONAL NEEDLE LOSS where the bokeh detail of the tree’s needles and dew is once again peaceful.

It makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea — and I don’t even drink tea.

Have a great week…
~ Jennifer


QUOTE OF THE WEEK ::
“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
~ Pablo Picasso

TAGS: yellow, flickr, photography, top 100, magic

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