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

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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

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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

June 20-26, 2010

June 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

012 – This week, well, I find my design choices to share just plain fun and silly. They make me smile.

DESIGN INSPIRATION ::

Don’t be a spaz and let me give you the skinny. Here’s the lowdown: you can feel that funk of the groovy seventies over at the Behance Network where you can take a step back in time and check out these primo designs.

Do me a solid and check out ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME TRAVELERS. It’s a coolie and retro look at modern technology – where I personally would be stoked to find this time machine and rake in the mulah too. Stone groove.

Peace, Love and Granola, baby. Can You Dig It?

(via @behance)


This week’s ‘Shooting Challenge’ over at Gizmodo brings 75 CAPTURED CANDIDS. People were asked to “capture moments without all the posing and pre-planning.”

The results are downright interesting, observant and personal.

(via @gizmodo)


I came across this great article that I whole-heartedly agree with:

WHY GOOD WEB DESIGNERS ARE LIKE GOOD PLASTIC SURGEONS.

These are a few of my favorite points that the designer and surgeon have in common:

  • You consider your job to be producing functioning works of art.
  • You like to trim the fat, performing liposuction on your CSS and HTML to get the most concise code.
  • You understand that the end product is going to be seen by masses of people.
  • You appreciate that your end product needs to be loved by the clients because they have to live with it day in, day out.
  • An unhappy customer is a reflection on a misunderstanding of requirements.

What wonderful insight. Where’s my needle?

To add to the insight, I feel, one of the few differences of the two professions is that while a web design and it’s structure never stop evolving, I do feel that too many lifts can turn a gal into cat-like appearance. And, not in a good way (no offense to all you cat-lovers out there).

After then a closer look, I found that I enjoyed a lot of the DESIGNEDBYNATALIE articles. Natalie provides an interesting look on different aspects of design.


APPLE CARVES OUT A SPECIAL APP STORE AREA FOR “AWESOME IOS 4 APPS” for all to grab. This list is a great go to list to start with. I have a handful of apps that I personally love love love – and aren’t featured on this list. But, considering how many apps are out there, I suppose that this should be thought of as a great starting point.

Having said that – this post mentions 36 apps that have been focused on. But, only a couple days later, this section in the App Store now boasts 42 awesome apps to be grabbed. Which means, that this is obviously a section to keep an eye on and it will be updated often.

We’re watching you Apple (two fingers to my eyes; two fingers pointing at you; two fingers to my eyes; two fingers pointing at you; two fingers to my eyes… )

(via @techcrunch)

Catch you on the flip-side
~ Jennifer


QUOTE OF THE WEEK ::

“I see graphic design as the organization of information that is semantically correct, syntactically consistent and pragmatically understandable.”

~ Massimo Vigelli

TAGS: retro, photography, candid, shooting challenge, apple, apps, web design

June 13-19, 2010

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011 – This week, brings Fathers Day inspiration and all that good stuff. Okay… some other stuff too…

DESIGN INSPIRATION ::

IT’S NICE THAT is a wonderful resource for people looking for their daily fix of inspiration and reference – allowing to get a glimpse into the minds of some amazing talents that cover the boards of digital media, photography, film, sculpture, illustration, edible art… you name it.

From it’s online home, IT’S NICE THAT has evolved into some broader ventures, including a biannual publication, as well as a curated series of talks and a weekly podcast series.

All of which creates a gorgeous array of pure art. Good fun.

(via @ITSNICETHAT)


Digging deeper into IT’S NICE THAT, I came across a few specific designers that made me slow down and look closer…….

London designer, MIKE LEMANSKI, who showcases an eclectic range of styles.

My personal favs are the geometric enriched posters that hold strong angles and colors. The London poster, in particular, holds information-based structure-esque qualities… which is probably why I really like it.

(via @MIKELEMANSKI)


ANDREW LISTER who is currently in his third year of Graphic Design at Northumbria University, has some fresh and bold designs.

I love the vibrant yet subdued colors that are playing with the typography and photography. And, I’ll tell ya, it took a little while to pull my thoughts to words on Lister’s graphic style… and I hope I did it justice.


CARL KLEINER of Stockholm has wonderfully bizarre, odd, sick, funny and beautiful art. All in the same. How he makes such unusual pairings work is inspirational. Kudos, Carl.

And, no, I don’t know why Valerie is wearing a lampshade on her head but she makes it work and I’m getting jealous.


PHOTOGRAPHY ::

The FREE SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO OF THE WEEK is a moody landscape stock photo.

Besides the surreal imagery, the colors alone make me wonder when the fairies will arrive.

DOWNLOAD DEADLINE: Monday, June 21, 2010

(via @SHUTTERSTOCK)


FATHER’S DAY ::

With Father’s Day tomorrow, what could be better than the traditional design of a tie? Or, considerably better, an untraditional design?

UncommonGoods offers THE DADDY’S TIE kit where the baby’s hand or footprint (or both) can be saved forever.

Yes, I’m sure Dad’s are sick of the ties and wrench sets but this unique personalized gift is pretty awesome and since it’s designed by the child (hands on, so to speak), it will be sure to tug a few heart strings.

(via @UNCOMMONGOODS)


Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ::
“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”

~ R. Buckminster Fuller

TAGS: digital media, film, sculpture, illustration, photography, Father’s Day, Dad, tie

June 6-12, 2010

June 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

010 – This week, design brings us maps, searches, and even dating.


DESIGN IN DATING ::

It’s official. The new Apple-fans-only-dating site, CUPIDTINO, has launched it’s beta on June 7th and is ready for some lovin’. It’s the first ever (and only) “Mac-inspired” dating site for fans of Apple products by fans of Apple products.

And, because of that alone, it’s so very wonderful, warm and fuzzy.

“Why? Diehard Mac & Apple fans often have a lot in common – personalities, creative professions, a similar sense of style and aesthetics, taste, and a love for technology. We believe these are enough fundamental reasons for two people to meet and fall in love, and so we created the first Mac-inspired dating site to help you find other Machearts around you.”

With the ease and beauty of the Apple design at its core, Cupidtino is both creative and innovative. So far, my only complaint is that it’s pretty slow on the move. But, it is beta, so those types of bugs should be amended soon enough. After all, where else can you show off your Apple gadgets and look for love in the same place? Besides the APPLE STORE, that is.

So, whatcha waitin’ for? Go meet an APPLE fanboy or girl.

(via @cupidtinoca)


DESIGN THROUGH SEARCH ::

With Toy Story 3 in theatres next week, WOODY AND BUZZ STAR IN A GOOGLE SEARCH STORY that debuted on June 8, 2010.

The Google Search Story videos have been around since September 2009 and they now have over 21,000 subscribers. My personal favs are PARISIAN LOVE (Awwwwww!) and OUT OF OFFICE (Ha!)

And, of course, you can create your own Google Story with the SEARCH STORIES VIDEO CREATOR. Write seven search terms, add music, preview (change if wanted) and upload. After all…

“Every search is a quest. Every quest is a story. These videos show that anyone can do anything when paired with the power of search”


PHOTOGRAPHY ::

Eric Fischer’s photostream LOCALS AND TOURISTS is not only filled with useful info but also incredibly beautiful – in a very ‘Jackson Pollack’ sort of way.

“Blue points are by locals; Red points are by tourists. Yellow points might be by either but are probably tourists but might just not post many pictures at all.”

The overall concept can be incredibly useful – get ideas of where all the hot spots are if you’re visiting a new city or, of course, keep the hell away from those areas if you’re a local. But, then again, if you’re a local in a hot city like San Francisco, you probably already know that folks are lined up to snap photos on Lombard Street and Alcatrez.

Regardless, with these things in mind, Fischer created a wonderful, creative and unique piece of useful art.


500px has a simple premise… to help photographers get greater exposure.

“The mission: 500px is a daily photodigest, devoted to bringing together the brightest photographers in the world. Upload photographs, vote, get reviewed, socialize with others and get promoted!”

There are a few sections to be inspired by and FRESH, in particular, offers hundreds of new photos added weekly. Hundreds of beautiful compositions that hold all the rules of photography – and, even better, ones that break the rules and look even more incredible.

(via @500px)


Have a great week…
~ Jennifer

QUOTE OF THE WEEK ::
“No one ever discovered anything new by coloring inside the lines”
~ Thomas Vasquez

TAGS: Cupidtino, dating, apple, fanboy, fangirl, google, search, google search, toy story, search stories, map, google maps, photography

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