Breath puffs ahead of me, envelops my face,
fogs my lenses and my brain.
Clarity finds me in the chill of a February morning
as I look up, down, ahead.
My shadow stretches across the glitter
of the frosted grass, music in my ear,
the sky dressed in its best blue.
Perfect, and happy.
Breath puffs ahead of me, envelops my face,
Well, we got through Christmas for another year. Hooray! And relatively unscathed, too. These are a some labels that I spent an hour whipping up for a couple of jars of gifted preserves.
We spent Christmas Eve hanging out at my aunt and uncle’s country place, hot tubbing, learning to play dice, and watching the horses. I want to photograph them every time I’m there, they’re critters that I don’t get to be around that often, and they’re gorgeous and huge and full of personality. I went out in the morning with the last of a roll of Impossible Project Color Shade First Flush polaroid film. It took a full 24 hours for it to develop enough to make out the horses, and even so, it’s incredibly smokey and different from what I’d expected. But that’s the thrill of it. These shots feel so wintry, too. I wonder if they will develop even more over the next day or two?
I almost forgot to make a Christmas card this year, but was threatened with buying a box of them to get them out, and I just couldn’t be okay with that, so I managed this. I’m satisfied. Hopefully the recipients were as well.
This has really been an incredible year, full of opportunities and big changes. I’ve been looking back quite a bit over the last few weeks at what I’ve learned and created, and I’m so excited to see what the next year has to offer. Merry everything, ya’ll.
We decided to throw a tiny little New Year’s party this year, so I threw together this little logo/invitation for it. The version on the right is the result of a happy accident I discovered when I previewed the native file, which shows all the layers, even the hidden ones. I love when stuff like that happens.
I also just photographed samples of a very exciting project that I worked on this summer, which has been in the wild for a while now, but I haven’t had a chance to tell you. Look for that soon!
I’ve been a bit under the weather the past couple of days, so I guess I should take advantage of the few hours at home to post about some fun stuff I’ve been working on. I was fortunate to have Michelle Miller (Fickleknitter Design) contact me to design a postcard and trade show banner for her booth at TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) a couple of weeks ago. Michelle is a fantastic knit designer, who specifically tries to create pieces that can be made with one skein, which is great, because I know had a habit of falling in love with luxury yarn and purchasing only one, for which I never find a good. I’m sure I’m not the only knitter who does that. Plus, it’s just nice to make something small out of fiber that is fancy and luxurious, without breaking the bank to get 8 skeins for a giant sweater.
Anyway, she wanted to go in a more typographic direction, with pink and gray being her booth colors, so design-away I went, and this is what I came up with. I hear it got a great reception at the show. Shortly thereafter, she asked if I could put together a logo based on a similar look as the banner.
I’m really pleased with how these pieces have turned out, but I’m even more excited to be designing her first book! I can’t wait to dig in and show it off!
One of the things I like most about being a graphic designer is that I sometimes find myself in situations where I am either learning a whole bunch of stuff about something that I never would have learned about, just for some project, or I have to figure out how to get something made that I’ve never made before.
I have been working with my hair stylist for a couple of months on some printed materials for her new business, Cuture. We did business cards, and then some postcards to mail to her clients announcing the change. Turned out she also needed to get a vinyl sign for the glass door of her studio. She had been referred to a company that makes these things, but it turned out that they were really more marketed toward people who want to put words and photos on their home walls, not businesses with logos. We couldn’t customize the sign to match the graphics that I’d designed for her, and that just wasn’t acceptable.
So I grabbed the reins. I’d never had something like this made before, so I did a bunch of research on them, and then found a few places to get quotes from. Turns out, people have these things made all the time! Go figure! So a sign printer in town quoted me out and I had them printed.
I picked it up and brought it over to install at Cuture’s studio. The sign printer gave me instructions on how to install this thing, but it was nerve-wracking. I followed everything they told me, and it didn’t seem to be sticking. Even after an hour of drying, the circumstances were the same. So I decided to leave it overnight and check on it the next day.
That’s when I had an anxiety-fueled dream about the whole thing, which involved me going over there, pulling the backing tape off, to have half the sign peel off the door, and I couldn’t fix it.
Luckily, that was only a dream, and when I went back in reality, it had dried just fine and adhered just like it was supposed to. Big sigh of relief, though. And now the next time I have a client who needs a custom-cut vinyl sign for their window, I know from experience that it’ll need 12-24 hours to dry, but that everything will be fine, and I don’t have to have scary dreams about it again.
Wow, a month. 3 weeks of that was me slacking, or rather, doing a million other things, not including cleaning off my computer to have room to process photos to add to blog posts, and working many many hours at ye olde day job, and not posting. I’m not gonna lie, I abandoned this place in favor of twitter. The last week of that my host server blew up, apparently. And now it’s finally back, but I had to reupload everything, and goodness only knows where I stowed my header and sidebar images when I built this thing, because apparently it wasn’t anywhere logical or safe and the design is all jacked, and now I’ve lost them and have to spend a whole bunch of time figuring that all out again. Which is a pain in the ass. So, no header or sidebar images for a little bit. (Please soon!)
In the meantime, I ran a marathon! And it was awesome! And hard!
I hope you’ll stick with me, while I process what to do with this space, how to get it fixed back up, and try to find a rhythm here again. I really want that.
So hi! What’s going on? I’m backlogged to the maxx. And my computer is running on fumes. 8 gigs of free space, I mean, and that’s not much to attempt running about 20 programs and design a giant magazine at the same time. I need to backup and clean and cull some files. And get a new computer. That would be nice, too.
Here’s a sneak peek at the summer issue, though. A few photographs and a bit of design. Although I make a mood board for every issue, I don’t always know what direction it’s really truly going to go in until I start laying out. And starting is always the hardest part for me. But once I start, I usually roll. And I’m rolling, now.
I’ve not really shot much non-KC photography in the past few weeks, so I’m trying to give a little bit of brain power and time to next week’s Words To Shoot By. The theme is habit, and I’ve got a few habits that are chomping a large hunk of my life. Also, there’s an open call for entries over there. Check it out, there’s still time to shoot! Even when you’re swamped, it might be a nice moment of respite. And an excuse to fulfill your habit.
That title will get the dirty-minded web-bots flocking here, won’t it? Hm. Not exactly my intention with these business cards, and those bots’ll be sorely disappointed. I picked these up from the printer this week and am damn excited about them. They turned out just as sexy as I’d hoped. They are for a hairstylist, MY hairstylist, who I’ve known for over a decade, and who is striking out on her own. We didn’t have the budget for a full-on logo development for her business, but she needed some hot cards, so we decided to go in a fun all-typographic direction, and printed them in metallic silver ink on dark blue heavy stock. There are some postcards and a door graphic on the way for her as well.
I’ve been a busy bee around here these past couple of weeks, with hardly a moment to breathe, and I’m hoping to settle into a more regular routine. I’m officially training for the a full marathon, scheduled at the end of May. It’s been a ton of running so far, 17 miles this past Saturday, and it’s only going to increase. But I did get some screen printing done, and there’s more to do, and have totally reignited the flame for it. I’d forgotten how much I love it.
I once had the opportunity to see Frank Chimero speak, and it was profoundly engaging. It was the best presentation I’ve ever seen, because it was more than just some dude standing in front of a room talking about what he’s done, it was someone who had really thought about what he wanted to say, and about what his audience wanted to listen to. It kind of changed my life a little bit, and so did this video. And I can’t wait for this book.
The best thing I’ve done all day, maybe in many days, is take 12 minutes to watch the Oscar-nominated short animation Madagascar. It’s so beautiful. I love the variety of illustrative techniques combined into one motion, and the sketched-scrapbook style story-telling. Even the credits are beautiful.
I urge you to go watch it, it is so worth your time. A few other nominated short films are available here as well.
**images are screenshots from the film.