Creating Color: Cyan and Friends

[from top to bottom hex code #s: #008CBF, #AFA498, #03314C, #B81E47, #710F17]

The bright blue in this room is practically cyan, and I am fine with that! I love the balance and contrast found in the shades of blue used in this room. The bright red couch is a really bold choice, but it looks so lovely in the space. I think the elegant, patterned wall paper really neutralizes the space with it’s beige background and blue pattern. What a wonderful overall effect! Now I’m green with envy wishing I had a more exotic couch color.


(picture from LivingEtc)


Halloween is Near!

Halloween is roughly a week away, so I thought I’d round up all of my favorite Halloween decorating ideas from the Internetz and present them here for you! I am one of those people that likes rather macabre, creepy-cool things all year round (like anatomy charts and taxidermied anything) so IF I’m going to buy or make something for Halloween, I probably want it to be something I wouldn’t mind having around my house forever. I also think that if your Halloween decorations can do some double duty for your fall/Thanksgiving decor – then they’re even better!

Branches – are (usually) free! You can find some wonderful, knobbly branches in your own neighborhood or backyard. But how to style them? Let me count the ways!
You can spray paint, glitter-ize, or even add some little fall-colored pom poms for some home-made pussy willow branches (or even some ‘bittersweet’ branches).

1. pussy willow branches 2. branch centerpiece 3. bittersweet

1. Betz White pussy willow branches 2. EAD branch centerpiece 3. Bittersweet

Paper Crafts – there’s so many easy things you can do with some simple black or orange construction paper! How about decorating all the art in your home, and giving them Halloween masks? What about some adorable bat or spider bunting for your doorways? Or maybe some flying bats to greet you at your front door? Country Living has an amazing gallery of some cheap-o paper crafts!

paper craft ideas from Country Living

Lanterns – beautiful and practical in the fall when it gets dark earlier at night. Lanterns can be made out of things you have around the house, like milk jugs or paper bags.

1. spirit jugs 2. paper bag lanterns 3. skull light

1. FamilyFun ‘spirit jugs’ 2. Design* Sponge paper bag lanterns 3. Martha Stewart papier-mache skull light

Terrariums – are a really big knick-knack trend this year, and you can easily adapt this to make spooky miniature scenes or even pretend specimen jars of creepy-crawlies and animals. Glass cloches and apothecary jars are easy to find at craft stores and decor stores like Micheal’s and TJ Maxx.

1. jar terrariums 2. cloche 2. apothecary jars

1. Country Living jar terrariums 2.Pottery Barn cloche 2. Martha Stewart ‘potion display’

And finally, last but not least, RAVENS! Feathered ravens are available at almost any store you can think of – from the Dollar Store to CB2 and Pottery Barn. They come in different sizes, and some have positionable wings. I think that they’re perfectly creepy-cute and I’m excited to get some for my house!

caw caw!

1. no source 2. Pottery Barn crow 3. Halloween house tour from Apartment Therapy

I’ll let you know if I end up doing any of these crafts! Enjoy your weekend!


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Planetary: Loyal Loot Log Bowls

What a title, eh? Loyal Loot Collective is a collaboration of four different, talented designers. My very most favorite of their products is their beautiful log bowls.

Look at all those vibrant colors! And all that wonderful, makes-me-wanna-touch-it bark texture left au naturel on the sides!

The bowls vary in height and diameter (from 2 – 10 inches), and they’re hand selected and turned from reclaimed wood (hooooray being green!). Surprisingly, they aren’t terribly expensive; I’ve seen them listed for anywhere from $34 – $100 to $60 – $120. I think that they look great in a grouping, as shown, on a mantle or shelf – or maybe even hung on a wall!


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New Endeavor

Another new endeavor?! What? Yes! I had another brilliant idea today, and so I’m going with it. I read this post this morning and felt inspired (re-invigorated, jazzed, caffeinated, you get the drift). I’ve done 365 photography projects in the past, but they usually fizzle out when I get too busy with other things (school, homework, designin’). So now I’m going to do a 365 “creative” project – simply making something every single day! My goal is to spend about 30 minutes to an hour max to simply make (new) stuff . The first project is posted up here on a new tumblr-log for viewing pleasure. I’ll be adding to it every day.

For today’s thing I used this tutorial as a guide to make a simple (yet stunning, right?) rainbow path. Then I fiddled with some transparency and brush settings and TA-DA! Pretty thing!

rainbow path

I think these Spirograph graphics could be easily transformed into really amazing space-themed things. Being able to inspire yourself with your own work is an interesting feeling.

Hope you’re just as excited and productive as me this week!


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.


Creating Color: Orange and Gray

[from top to bottom hex code #s: #DB6F27, #D6D5C9, #A4B1C0, #7A7C79, #EEEA8B]

Grey is a really beautiful neutral because it can have so many different colored undertones. I’ve featured a lot of greys so far that have blue undertones, resulting in a sort of undefined lavendar-grey situation. I’m not surprised – my favorite color is blue, so it seems logical I would be drawn to bluey-greys. The grey in my living room is actually more of a strange purple color than a ‘grey’.

The purpley-bluey-greys compliment the BRIGHT pop of orange in this picture beautifully. ALSO, not surprising since blue and orange are complimentary colors – meaning they’re opposite each other on the color wheel.

I can see this color palette as being really useful for website development or print layouts because of the variety of bright, stand-out colors and the subtle changes in neutrals. Also, I want to paint my door.

Happy coloring!


(picture from Apartment Therapy)

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Planetary: Jim Denevan

What’s more ‘planetary’ than a guy that makes Earthworks art?

Jim Denevan makes temporary drawings on sand
earth and ice that are eventually erased by
waves and weather.

Amazing photography! You can scroll through his galleries and click on the ‘explanation’ links at the top for more in-depth information about his individual works. All photos from this post are his, btw.


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Still Working On…Alphabet Cards

Remember the alphabet cards from this post and the inspiration for the entire project from this post? Of course you do! I just wanted to give a little status update; I’m still working, but 26 letters feels like a lot. So far I’ve completed A, D, I, O and S. Here’s A:

Beautiful, right? I even 'shaded' this bad boy! Look at those screws!

The main issue I’m running into isn’t making the ‘letters’ but deciding what size card and what orientation to choose. It seems that the alphabet will be split half horizontal and half vertical orientation, so I’ve been toying with the idea of doing squares instead of a rectangle in one obvious orientation.

A + O - are squares going to reign supreme?

I also bought a rounded corner punch from Micheal’s on sale for $7. What a steal!

new, fantastic rounded corner punch

It’s out of this world! (Get it? Yeah, you do.)

So, as my newly accomplished letter cards spell – A-D-I-O-S!
More to come, as always.


ps. Apparently my t-shirt submission did not win fame, glory, and the opportunity to be on 150 different student bodies. Alas! I guess I’ll have to seek fame from something besides iDSA 😦

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Creating Color: Greens & Blues

[from top to bottom hex code #s: #0F1E23, #95A93B, #1D96B3, #3D414B, #BBA988]

This bright, green and blue kitchen is really energetic and beautiful. They pair their vibrant greens with equally bright shades of blue – and keep it all evenly composed by using different shades of the same color. The rest of the kitchen is neutral – a light, tan wood floor paired with a blue-toned grey wall. My favorite touch is the suspended collection of various, brightly colored kitchen utensils. Not to mention, those chrome-tipped light bulbs are to die for, if you’re a fan of what I call the ‘romanticized loft aesthetic’.

Don’t fear color!


(picture from design*sponge)

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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.


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