Trying

So the theme of June and July (so far) has been – DISTRACTION. I hope I get to tell about why, soon, but for now that is all I can share.

I am kind of a negative, dark and stormy person. This is just a fact, not hot-of-the-press news, but the reason I bring it up is that it is particularly hard to function like a “normy” (that is all of you, sorry) when you are a dark and stormy person that is totally distracted, ALL of the time.

Another thing about dark and stormy persons is that inspirational quotes generally annoy before they inspire. I mean, I want to be the kind of person that is all about ‘Keep calm and carry on’ or whatever the latest fueling motivational is, but I am not, and therefore I am just full of eye rolls and whatever other pretentious, judgemental expressions there are. That being said, every once in a while, every leap year, maybe, I find one that I don’t hate so much and might actually resonate with, a bit.

I’m on Twitter (sorry, my writing skillz aren’t stellar today, I promise this all comes together) and I follow Bob from Biggest Loser. I don’t watch the show, but I used to work at the Starbucks that he frequented and basically he is EVEN MORE fabulous and kind in person than he seems on tv. Also he has great shoes. Anyway, he is the kind of person that loves those sunshine-in-your-coffee kinda quotes. Generally, I am my normal ‘meh’ sorta person about all of that, but today he actually posted one (from @dailytherapy [can I get an eye roll?]) that said the following, and more than making me feel all warm and fuzzy, it was actually something I think I needed to hear and take in:

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you’re still way ahead of anyone not trying.”

I think I haven’t really been trying.

More than being the kind of person that gets pumped up by some silly words, I want to be the kind of person that tries. So, I am going to get on that.

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th, celebrating ‘Merica, and all that. Turns out the country we live in is getting cooler and cooler every year – I mean DOMA’s dead, and that alone was worth (much more than) this hangover I am rockin’. That, and, my dog somehow didn’t commit doggie suicide due to the fireworks just outside our door which is incredibly awesome. Being a (dog) mom is the most stressful of jobs.

Also, this is pretty great: dog stash!

And now is when I eat all of the quesadillas!

 

*Patience for the randomness of this post is appreciated.

** Picture-less posts feel really weird.

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.

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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