Friday, November 20, 2009


these may find their way into the mail sometime in the next few days! They're cards for belated occasions that I concocted last week. The envelopes are upcycled magazine spreads. Finding colorful and interesting pages was fun, and I really like how they came out.
If Anna and I ever get our crafty shop going, maybe I'll design similar prints. Or maybe not. What do you think? Worth it, or skip it?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A sneak peek...

at some of the items the will be going into my and Anna's vintage shop, Ollie Wins! I think I can speak for us both when I say we're pretty excited about this venture. I'll be sure to post an update when we get some things listed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Doodle Substitute

I made this a while back for a friend's geeky weekend event.
It was a fun little project!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Image Heavy

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a few exciting images within one of my favorite areas of design: book covers. I believe I came upon designer Mikey Burton through ffffound, which I mentioned a few entries ago. After seeing this image of book cover concepts he developed, I had to see more...
I love that he designed these covers as a cohesive series. All of these books remind me of middle and high school, when I was just beginning to learn about literature and the world around me. How appropriate that these works should come together in one beautifully designed set (that I would love to own!).
He also design posters and bookmarks to include in this thesis project.
If you visit his flicker page for this project, you can also view some sketchbook and process pages.
When I poked around his website further I found even more goodies, including multiple Wilco posters. I've been seeing a lot of them in design imagery recently, and I think the band is making some great choices in designers and promotion, aside from them being great musicians and all.
I really love the texture and bold color he uses. Many of his images use simplified shapes and icons with just the right amount of detail.
When I saw this series in his body of work, I was pretty excited. Not only am I from the Cleveland area, but I saw some of these posters in town and remember thinking how neat they were. If only I had investigated then! I've been trying to write things like that down so I remember to do some research later (and maybe write a blog entry!), since my short term memory has been a little lacking lately.
{images from Mikey Burton}

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Veggie Doodle

I decided to play with my food this weekend while making some fresh salsa (Texas caviar!).
Hello Salsa.
I like the rings and color of the onion against the vertical wood-grain.
Final fresh ingredients.
Find the Deelicious recipe here. And if you're not feeding an army, definitely halve it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lost and...

Ffffound! If you haven't bookmarked this site, you probably should, or at least take a peak. Ffffound is an image bookmarking site where users share their favorite images on the web. I keep up with the image flow and other blogs in google reader, but if you somehow get a hold of an illusive invite, you can also subscribe and build a personalized account that recommends images based on others you like. If you do get an invite and would like to share, feel free to let me know : )

These are some of my recent favorites...

If you click on an image from the main page, the next jump will show other recommendations below the main image, and I've discovered some awesome images in that section that don't show up on the main page. Seeing what these other artists create/compile/dig up helps inspire me, so maybe the site will be helpful for you too, whether it be for art, design or writing. If you sign up for an account, you can "♥" specific images, and future images will be tailored to your preferences (kind of like google ads, from my understanding).

I really enjoy clicking through the additional image on the bottom to see what other results they will lead to, kind of like those books where you select what happens next to see where that event will lead the plot.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

A photo day.

On the way to work - Arizona
Giant piggy banks in Old Town, Sandiego
Dog on the street - New York
Flowers by the sea - Bar Harbor, Maine
Sedona, Arizona

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Whaddup buddies!

I'm still alive still!
Here is a list of things that interest me lately:
1. Saying Yo (with a slightly longer O)
2. This blog, which my dear friend Anna shared with me
3. Cooking vegetarian/vegan dishes for my lovely roommate homeowner
4. Doing projects! In the real world! Not the blogosphere (obviously). Like painting an awesome library table for a night stand!
5. Decorating cookies (I'm an idiot and forgot to take picturrreeesss)
6. Living cheaply
7. Working at an airline (Yes, they gave me a job!) (And we sometimes ship DOGS! Like Bernese Mountain dogs!)
8. Figuring out how to use inkscape because my brother doesn't know how to keep a deadline. Inkscape is very capable and cool, but all of the controls are different then illustrator, so it's a challenge adjusting.
And, I'm about to go on a walk with my roommate, Erika, and return some redbox and make some salsa (Texas Caviar to be exact. Beans Beans Beans).
P.S.- Doesn't that dog picture look like it belongs in a 12-months of Bernese Mountain Dogs calendar?