Entries in graphic design (94)
Join us Wednesday, April 13, 2011
8 am - 9 am at E Street Café in Encinitas, California
Kick off the day on a positive note with other North County graphic designers. No major agenda, just say hello and get to know each other and share some great coffee. If you’re really not a morning person or are just plain cranky until the caffeine kicks in [ahem… me], then just “nod” and take time to adjust to the morning sunshine. We look forward to seeing you!
R.s.v.p. by leaving a comment on this blog (or on the LinkedIn thread or email Kathy or I directly). To join our LinkedIn group: do a GROUPS search for “North County Graphic Designers” on LinkedIn to join.
I hope to see you all there. All creatives welcome.
USA map infographic by Haley Nahman
Have I ever mentioned how much I love Twitter? I do. The tweeps over at Knock Knock shared a link to this map & it made me giggle all afternoon. I asked the illustrator, Haley Nahman, if she could tell us a little about it. She says,
“I love to doodle and play around with words, colors, and whitespace. One day, when reading an article about some unnamed mid-west state, I grew distinctly aware of the fact that I knew very little about some of my fellow states. I decided to draw the country, mapping out each state with common stereotypes in the eyes of Californians. I’m sure the map would look different from the perspective of a Colorado or New York native — but I suppose that’s why I found it funny, if not blatantly teasing our ignorance. Either way, it’s just for fun, and I promise not everyone in the state of Kansas is a serial killer.”
Haley is a senior at Cal Poly (which is on the central coast of California in San Luis Obispo, and is, apparantly, where the party is).
Just a reminder: you can click on just about any image on my blog to see it larger.
It’s been a strange month, hasn’t it? The tragedies in Japan have weighed heavy in my heart. My entire family came down with the flu. For the first time in 11 years of living in Southern California the weather was not predictible (it actually hailed here). Deadlines have been piling up, exciting contracts have been signed, and I decided to travel to the National Stationery Show after all (and am co-hosting a NSS Meetup). Oh, and I started a new blog with fellow North County Graphic Designers (it’s not quite ready for public view yet, but I promise I’ll share soon).
I feel busier than ever (did I mention our studio is hiring design interns??). I’m slightly overwhelmed, but it’s mostly good stuff. I figured it is time for a fresh start, so I redesigned this blog’s logo and updated the layout a bit. What do you think?
How cute are these vector icons? When I’m designing a site for a client the last thing I feel like spending loads of time on is designing icons. Usually I’m too busy tracking down content from the client ; ) So I was really excited to get an email from Tehkseven letting me know that they’ve released 475 free vector icons! This is going to save me so much time.
They have several sizes available, as well as the .svg files, so you can adjust the size and edit the art if you’d like something other than their standard sizes. The best part is they’re FREE! Visit Tehkseven.net to download the files.
I do hope you’ll join us for our next North County Graphic Designer MOVIE NIGHT, which will also be our very first DESIGN DECLINE show. We’ll meet Thursday, March 31, 2011 / 6pm at Clients & Profits in Oceanside.
Here’s the scoop: print and bring a rejected logo (or other project) that was rejected by your client, but you secretly loved, along with the design the client eventually approved. (If the logo was a rebrand, bring the original if you’d like). In addition, write a brief blurb about the brand you were designing for (i.e. industry, audience, etc.) to put the design in context. The designs will be voted on and the winner will get a prize!
FYI: no need for fancy formatting, mounting or anything crazy. We’ll just tack up copies on the whiteboard.
Oh, and we’ll also watch a short film about graphic designers and have a good chat.
Many thanks to our friends Mark and Chris of Clients & Profits for generously hosting movie nights! We’ll have snacks and cocktails, so RSVP via email, leave a comment here on the blog, or on our LinkedIn Group, so we can be sure to have enough to go around. Looking for our LinkedIn Group? Do a LinkedIn “group” search for “North County Graphic Designers.”
I first spied Domestica’s fabulous logo via a Tweet. It’s difficult to make a little 50 pixel square stand out, but they’ve done it for sure! After I saw their avatar I HAD to click through to their website. It was love at first sight, and their logo has been sitting in my inspiration folder on my desktop for about a year now. I love the color palette, the use of transparency, the perfect font choice. So fresh and retro at the same time.
I emailed the shop owner, Chrissy Jensen, for a little more info about the logo and was surprised to hear that she came up with the concept herself. It looks like it was commissioned by a fancypants agency, right?!? Here’s what she said:
Photos courtesy Domestica
ADORE what Chrissy said about the logo opening doors for her new business. I whole heartedly agree that a good logo inspires confidence and helps get a new venture off the ground. This is something I’m constantly telling my clients.
Needless to say, I have a huge crush on the Domestica logo. Isn’t it lovely? Don’t you wish you lived in Des Moines so you could go visit in person? If that’s not convenient, you can shop online for modern home décor, paper goods, art and gifts. Check out their cool blog, too, for some fun inspiration.
Images via Pinterest
I’m working on a new logo project for a client who is planning a private cruise around the Med this summer. Here’s a time I would seriously not mind working for trade! I was doing some cruising around Pinterest and started noticing fun nautical items, so I started an inspiration/mood board for my client. Normally this is something I do in a sketchbook — which makes it difficult to share with a client who lives thousands of miles away. How I ever lived without Pinterest is a mystery to me now! It’s so convenient for sharing images with clients.
Four logos shown above can be seen on my Project Marina inspiration board. Top left: distressed anchor logo by Jon Contino (via Grain Edit); Top right: Mustard yellow anchor logo also by Jon Contino; Bottom Left: Sea Salt Society logo by Trademark Trademark; Bottom Right: Vintage label found via LovelyPackage.
I do hope you’ll join us for our next North County Graphic Designer MOVIE NIGHT.
We’ll be watching Milton Glaser: to Inform and Delight on Thursday, February 24, 2011. Lets meet at 6pm at Clients & Profits. We’ll begin the film at 6:15. Many thanks to our friends Mark and Chris of Clients & Profits for generously hosting movie nights! We’ll have pizza, treats and drinks, so RSVP via email (or leave a comment here on in our LinkedIn Group, pretty please) so we can be sure to have enough to go around.
Although my shopping cart was already completely overflowing, I HAD to buy this amazing looking chocolate from Trader Joe’s. Isn’t the packaging marvelous? I love the bold graphics. Although they didn’t need to, they carried the design inside the package, to the inner wrapping. Little surprises and attention to detail like this are part of what make this store so special. (By the way, the chocolate is pretty amazing, too.)
Sometimes when I’m seeking a quick, “sure thing” jolt of design inspiration I head to Ranch 99, our local Asian food market. It’s full of visual treats like the restrained packaging of these fish strips. (So restrained, they held off on using a “s” in the word Fishnacks).
Some of my other go-to spots for inspiration are the beach, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, my back yard, indie boutiques shops, and my local park. I just noticed that none of these spots are plugged in. Where do you go to get a quick fix of inspiration?
Morning Coffee Meetups return!
Join us Wednesday, January 19, 2011
8 am - 9 am at E Street Café in Encinitas, California
Kick off the day on a positive note with other North County graphic designers. No major agenda, just say hello and get to know each other and share some great coffee. If you’re really not a morning person or are just plain cranky until the caffeine kicks in [ahem… me], then just “nod” and take time to adjust to the morning sunshine. We look forward to seeing you! All creatives welcome.
R.s.v.p. to email@example.com, or leave a comment on this blog. Join our LinkedIn group: do a GROUPS search for “North County Graphic Designers” on LinkedIn to join.
Discussion will be open, with a focus on what everyone would like to see happen within NCGD this year. What type of schedule would you all like, how many meetings/what type, should we pick back up with movie nights? Field trips? Seminars? Speakers? We’re open to all suggestions.
Danny would like to teach a WordPress seminar next month, and there will be more info about the seminar at the meeting.
I hope to see you all there! All creatives welcome.