So Far…

Since quitting my job and moving to Ventura life has ceased to feel real or regular, but finally this week a ‘routine’ has been developing and it is a welcomed friend. Even though I have all day to get some class done, any chores, dog care, and maybe even a workout, the day can still manage to fly by. It was finally this week when I started to make a list first thing in the morning of all that I wanted to finish that I actually feel a little more together.

Mostly the superficial things have been the biggest changes, meaning no more smart-casual work clothes (that never felt like me anyway – time to clean out the closet and revisit that) and no more loads of makeup or time spent trying to de-fro the hair. I am still spending my whole day on the computer, either working through some freelance design projects, brainstorming some ideas of what this ‘Ryann Moore Design’ life would look like, either the short or long term, and hammering through some classes.

Jenny’s life (the dog) has pretty much remained unchanged, except in that any time I move, she does too. She might be sleeping all day, but gosh darn it, if she isn’t going to do that right next to wherever I am, which I can only imagine is exhausting but it does make me feel lurv-ed. Every once in a while I can’t stop staring at how cute she is when she is sleeping and I just pounce on her for some mid-day cuddles, which she might find to be more annoyed by than anything, but it is a good time for me. It has been a VERY nice thing to have her with me all day. Whether it ends up being me working for myself full-time or finding something more conventional, it would be the coolest if I could keep that part of my life these days consistent – although I do understand it is pretty rare to find a job where you can have your pup with you.

Anyway, that is the update. I really do have some stuff I want to share with you but I am still trying to figure out a suitable way of taking photos as the tablet’s Instagram shots have just been disappointing:

Jenny Sweepy copy

(It’s horrible quality but thankfully Jenny is so cute that it kinda saves it. Kinda)

In the meantime, here is my song of the day:

And a project that has me totally inspired – Israeli pianist and conductor Arie Vardi website by Sasha Firs via Behance:

Arie Vardi Website Design by Sasha Firs

And an outfit I wouldn’t mind adding to the wardrobe (to replace one of those silly smart-casual gettups) – from the ever talented Kelli Murray‘s Blog:

Kelli Murray Outfit 2012

Last but very much not least, happy birthday to this handsome devil, my daddy:

daddio jimbo

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An Illustration

Thank goodness it’s Thursday  — and almost Friday, am I right?

On this almost, almost weekend I thought I would share my first assignment from one of the classes I am taking this semester – a self portrait fantasy caricature. It’s a fantasy in that I fantasize about my arms being that tiny or my neck being that long. Or at least I am hoping the professor buys that..

And as Jenny is my very fuzzy little shadow and a general source of my happiness, adding her seemed more than appropriate.

Ryann and Jenny Characature

Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday evening, fantastic Friday, and a splendid weekend.

 

Semester’s Passed

As the next semester fast approaches, I am trying to keep calm as I imagine my already busy schedule getting … well, nearly impossible. As an attempt to subdue my extreme anxiety, I have spent some time today looking back on projects from previous semesters and it made me realize there are a few of my favorites that I haven’t shared on here. While I know it will be great to be generating more work again, even these fun pieces aren’t battling the anxious-butterfly-monster party-ing it up in my stomach regions, too well.

Would love some extremely encouraging comments (stay away you poo-poo-ers!) and/or a care package of mountains of coffee, no-doz, tissues – for late night homework-induced sobbing fits and two of these lamps from One Forty Three (not because they have anything to do with doing homework, combating stress, or staying awake, but just because they are beautiful and I would like to own them and I can only assume the happiness they would bring me would distract me – at least briefly – from the undoubtably huge list of to-do’s I will have).

You guys are DA-BES.

“SATURATE,” Typography and Graphic Design Magazine

SATURATE CoverSATURATE Magazine Spread“Save a dog, save a friend,” PSA

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“Cocoa Coffee Company,” Logo and Stationary Design Business_Card_Front_Coffee

  Business Card

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Final Assignment Semester Two

Tomorrow will be my first Wednesday without three hours of class. I already anticipate some serious withdrawls. So in preparation of such, I figured it would be an appropriate time to share my final class project, a Specimen Book that I did for Helvetica.

If you are not familiar with what a specimen book is, basically it is a book that illustrates explores different sizes, cuts, and alignments of a typeface. In this case, Helvetica. The idea is that this will give a client a better understanding of what the typeface they are considering would look like in a real life application.

The particular assignment was to select a group of quotes, ideas, words, idioms, dog breeds, etc. to utilize for demonstrating the typeface. I chose a selection of quotes from a number of books by Tom Robbins. I wanted to incorporate some imagery or photos, because let’s be honest, the typography class had us using type – and type alone – pretty much the whole semester and I was itching for some added artistic elements. Rather than choosing random google images to pair with each of the quotes (which wouldn’t be legit anyway since I wouldn’t own the images – tisk, tisk) I chose to use family photos. I took my long list of Tom Robbins quotes and imagined which, if any, my particular family members might be caught saying. Thus the cover page explanation: “Helvetica, a specimen book, as inspired by family through the words of Tom Robbins.”

Anyway, if you are all still there, here is what I came up with:

Specimen Book1Specimen Book2Specimen Book3Specimen Book4Specimen Book5Specimen Book6Specimen Book78Specimen Book9Specimen Book10Specimen Book11Specimen Book12Specimen Book13Specimen Book14This was all put together in an accordion style book form (pages 6 and 7 are a spread which folded in half.) It was quite lovely, if I do say so. I definitely plan to take some photos of the printed project, sometime, someday. In the meantime, I hope you like what you see so far.

I will miss you, classes. Well, maybe not so much the homework or the lost hours of sleep, but loves all the same. See you in a couple months.

WEEKLY LA TYPOGRAPHY and MoMA POSTER

As I have previously posted, my Typography class has a weekly assignment for designing an all type, all black and white, Los Angeles based quote. As per usual, please find below this week’s quote using the assigned Futura and this Barbara Kruger quote:

 

What I may not have mentioned before is that in addition to the weekly LA quotes, we also have a different, unique assignment each week. Most of these have been focused on exploring a letter, a word, or a paragraph, however (finally) this week we were assigned a poster design for a MoMA, Museum of Modern Art event. Here are the two that I came up with – please note in the second design, I actually used two different computers, one of which that didn’t have the font I used for the event title and I needed to make changes to “Conversations”, hence the two different fonts. I will be cleaning this up for the final. Also the color of the blue circles will be mellowed out a bit. In the meantime, the perfectionist little leprechaun that runs operations in my brain is crying.

LAST WEEK’s and THIS WEEK’s TYPOGRAPHY POST

I have some real posts coming (finally made some real progress this weekend), but for now, enjoy some typographical quotes from this week and last.

NEW – WEEKLY LA QUOTE TYPOGRAPHY

I am taking a typography class this semester and each week we are given a quote and a typeface/font family that we are supposed to use to design a 10X16″ typography poster, which is limited to black on white or white on black.  I thought this might make for a fun weekly post.  There will be a total of 10 posters with one final week where we make corrections/improvements upon the 10 posters.

Here is week one, an Andy Warhol quote.  You gotta love it – the quote that is; the typography you can feel however you would like about it.

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