Working for the Weekend

Although the week has started and I am already well into my crazy schedule, my mind is stuck on my weekend. In my mind I am still bike riding along the strand or sipping mimosas with a good friend after finishing our 10K.

Only a few more days before we get to enjoy another little life break.

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For some extra fun-timez, here are a few great things the internet has introduced to me today:

  1. I just can’t quit watching the NPR tiny desk concerts, here is a great one of Swell Season.
  2. While I was considering just making some myself, these coasters may have changed my mind.
  3. Last chance to vote for Homies on Apartment Therapy – everyone should vote! (If you are dying to know who I voted for, here is a hint: rhymes with Ranhattan Fest)
  4. I think I could literally listen to Amy Winehouse singing Valerie for the rest of the week, straight.
  5. Booked our flights and our rental care for our spring break, Europe trip. Countries will include Belgium, Germany, and France. Send any must-see’s my way. (So far I have taken about 20 pages of notes from Oh Happy Day’s Paris posts)
  6. My type-friends will appreciate this: Kern Ring Set. I also appreciate and want to own them.
  7. Two favorite recent (crazy stylish and beautiful) blogs I have found: Sweet Thing and JASPR.
  8. My web design class meets for the second time tonight and I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite classes of all time. Big plans, huge goals, and exciting future – here I come.
  9. This Design Sponge, Bri Emery of Design Love Fest and Blogshop feature is so inspiring and motivating. Repeat – big plans, huge goals, and exciting future – here I come.
  10. This vegan paleo recipe posted by Jeremy and Kathleen has me wanting to go vegan paleo.

What are your weekend plans? What are your huge goals?

**Don’t forget to immortalize your favorite pet or loved one in a DIY cell-phone cover, either for the Hallmark holiday around the corner, or just because.**

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

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“Cocoa Coffee Company,” Logo and Stationary Design Business_Card_Front_Coffee

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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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