Category Archives: Weekend Adventures

What I’ve Been Up To

This weekend was my ‘fall break’; a little mini-holiday from school. I’ll be returning to classes tomorrow, and back to more in-depth posts (apologies, apologies).
I’ve been on ‘vacay’ – but I’ve still been busy!
Things I did this weekend:

  • Added to this blog/website! The ‘home’ page is now a static ‘welcome’ page, and all of the blog content is under ‘Blog’
  • Added a contact form to the ‘Contact’ page! So great! You can try it out here.
  • Worked diligently on my 2011 ‘brand’ – i.e. what all of my different output will look like for next year (business cards, logos, favicons, text, etc. etc.) (Scroll down for the new color palette)
  • Started to re-work some old projects for my portfolio (the Vim project is first on the list for new additions)
  • Practiced some new Illustrator skills (like this and all of these)
  • Got a flat tire fixed
  • Bought a wig for my Halloween costume; I’m going to be an Egyptian!
  • Organized files on my computer (very therapeutic)
  • Started watching season #4 of Dexter

Emma Thea Hoop 2k11 color palette

Pretty, right? I’m trying to use more bold and ‘lively’ colors for the new year. And I’m leaning in a much simpler and geometric direction.

new Vim logo - much improved!

So fluid! So full of motion! So much improved over the first ‘final’ logo idea!
I think this insinuates ‘motion’ and ‘bicycles’ and the ‘brand message’ much much much better than the original. I also plan to make a lot of website improvements, add on some interesting and fun new features (customizable page for bags, galleries and other cool built-in functionality). I also want to (at least) think about point of purchase display for stores and how/what the packaging and tags and tissue paper and what-have-you would be needed for shipped products from the online store.


Weekly Start Up?!

Another week! Woo! I’m slowly, but surely, getting the hang of more regular posting (again). Lot’s of exciting stuff happening around here – many new projects to start, many old projects to keep working on. My ‘Math + Design’ series is debuting this week (watch for it on Wednesday) – it’s taken me a long time because I have to make all the ‘math’ words more creative and to ensure I really really know what it is I’m explaining. Art Education will be back this week, too after a very brief hiatus this past week (yay, Roman art!).

Over the weekend, I found out about a ‘visual internship’ at a store I really like. The design team there works 40 hours a week making cool stuff for the interior displays. It sounds like an amazing opportunity, and something I’m really interested in! I’ve been working hard on a new resume and cover letter over the weekend. There is, as with everything ‘professional design’ related, a lot of discrepancies about The Best Way to make a resume. I don’t understand why ‘designers’ are so critical of one another; a lot of articles I read were really downers – “If you’re using Times New Roman, then how can you call yourself a designer?!” Ugh! Geesh!

Anyway, resumes and cover letters and being professional is tricky. But I know that with more practice, the easier it will become!

Now you can feast your eyes on this strange and wondrous project from Duth designer Sjored Vroonland called “Kapstokstoel” from his series “Revised Craft” from designboom.

Happy Monday & hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

PS. Did some new graphics and fiddling around with my tumblr theme! I’ll probably be using what I did there to make changes here in the near future.


This weekend I:

  • bought a tripod for $15! Yay!
  • organized the ‘home office’
  • cleared my desk off and am currently using it 🙂
  • bought a white quilt for $15! Yay!
  • enjoyed some time with friends
  • spent some fun quality time with the boyfriend
  • watched Helvetica, which was incredibly interesting (mostly to hear how some people want to use as many fonts as possible, some designers say “4 or less” and some only ever use Helvetica only!!!)
  • met the new next-door-neighbors

So, this week, I am busy with school and I have a test on Friday. I am, however, really inspired by something someone said in the movie Helvetica when he said his dream design job would be to design all the details of an airline – seats, uniforms, little trucks, etc. I think that’s what I’ll do for myself this summer – the branding and design of an airline just for fun! Sounds wacky, but awesome.

And of course, I need to start posting my own beautiful pictures of all the house work and progress I’ve been making with The Cure – easier now with my tripod!

Weekend Adventure!

Ah, the first official ‘weekend adventure’ post – how exciting! It’s been busy and a little crazy here at the Hoop Haus pretty much the whole summer. I spent the weekend in Tennessee, which was a nice, quick little vacation. On Friday I went thrift shopping and dollar store shopping – I had forgotten how much I LOVE cheap things 🙂
Recently, though, I’ve been troubled with car trouble and it’s no fun.

On a lighter note, I made some clouds out of polyester stuffing for animals and pillows last week! However, ‘made’ might be an overstatement since I just grabbed handfuls out of the bag and TA-DA! Clouds! I haven’t decided where to put them up at yet, but I like how fluffy and dreamy they look. I bought some fabric stiffener in case the clouds start to fall apart – not really sure how they’ll hold up if I hang them without trying to ‘set’ all the fibers together in a lump some how?!

At the thrift store I found, and bought, a fantastic umbrella holder with a wise owl on it; so far it is a convenient paper holder (wrapping paper, craft paper, vellum, etc.) – well worth the $9! I’ll get some pictures of it and the rest of my recent home creative ventures up soon!

All in all, my weekend adventures were great and tiring and now I am trying to recover for another week of summer school. I completed my degree petition yesterday with my adviser, so I guess that that’s exciting. I’m not really as thrilled as everyone else; I’m still in the mindset that graduation is pretty far off still (6 months! half a year!), so I’m trying to keep a level head with all the tests that keep cropping up. Focus! Focus!

I’m hoping to schedule myself some time to work on portfolio things in the very near near future; I really don’t think I can wait very long to get the portfolio sorted out if I want a job when I graduate (because I do think that once fall semester starts, it’ll go by much quicker than this summer semester has so far)!

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