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Thankful For…Part 2


Posted By on Nov 28, 2013

Here’s the rest of what I’m thankful for below [continued from part 1]. Obviously, this is just a snapshot of a never ending list. The freedoms [to vote, choose health care, etc.] that this country has Our military, armed forces, police, firemen, and all the people that are involved in protecting and uplifting our great nation The choice that my dad made to join the U.S. Navy [go Navy!] because he brought my family to the U.S. Modern technology; I love the era we live in My health – even though it’s not perfect (because of my eating!), I’m alive and kicking Being married; I am blessed to have an amazing husband The desire, practice and ability of baking, cooking, designing, creating and crafarting! Pop Culture: Star Trek, DC comics, Sherlock BBC, Jane Austen, Chinese, Korean and Japanese romantic comedies, action films with great stories, sci fi tv and films, films with realistic plots/stories, zombie tv and films, James Bond films [Sean & Daniel], Joss Whedon, Marvel films, Thrilling Adventure Hour,¬†Mew, Cocteau Twins, the Autumns, Starflyer 59. Jesus, who continues to show me grace, love, mercy, peace, patience Happy Thanksgiving...

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Thankful For…Part 1


Posted By on Nov 28, 2013

So I decided to do this as well, but mainly to realize and remember ALL my blessings [good, bad and mixed]: A temp job – it’s a job, I should not complain, it’s related to what I do, and it’s a paycheck A roof over my head – sure, it’s our last debt, and we are able to pay that monthly mortgage Our paid off cars – they smell and sound their age, and they still run Thrift store clothing because I still get compliments when I wear them; and they’re still ‘timeless’ to me My family for putting up with me / vice versa ūüôā My local and global friends The ability to work freelance and full-time; I know one of these days I’m going to have to stop sitting on this fence because it’s going to get uncomfortable soon. AND, I love where I am right now More to come tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving Eve all! [This was supposed to post last night, but it...

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Here’s some bizarre Christmas gifts I’ve compiled, for you eclectic folks, from some of my favorite sites [ThinkGeek, Uncommon Goods, Fast Company, Dodeline, Whispering Willow, Moma]: 1. Fried Chicken Candles 2. Kinetic Light Newton’s Cradle 3. Whispeing Willow Flax Pillows 4. DIY Lip Balm Kit 5. Andy Warhol magnet set 6. Bacon Soap 7. Rewined Candles – local wine flavored candles, made in recycled wine bottles. Made in Charleston 8. Letterpress Postcards 9. Paper Junkie Stationary membership – for anyone who loves receiving stationary, like fan mail! 10. Godiva Chocolate of the Month Club¬†– need I say more? More to come...

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Friday night’s takeaway from James White //¬†Signal Noise was this: You don’t know where your work will end up if you don’t put it out there. He also went on to say: Do it. Do it today or do it tomorrow, because no one is ever going to know your work, if you don’t put it out there. I would gladly post notes, but I actually found a video of his presentation that was quite similar to Friday night. Of course, you should’ve been...

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Tonight’s post is a quick rant about my recent discovery of my current job title and how I’m feeling about it. So even though my elevator pitch is “graphic designer”, I’ve come to recognize that for the last 15+ years, I’m more of a production designer. I produce someone else’s creative ideas – at least by day. By day, I mean by the companies that I’ve been employed by. Sure, some of the elements I’ve created or any input I’ve given might make it to the final design but in the end, it’s still a production that wasn’t entirely produced by me. Sometimes it’s a team effort or sometimes it’s someone else’s decision (upper management / client). But even looking back through these years, I still call myself a graphic designer because by night (or during day breaks) is when I get to create my own designs. So what’s really my point? I was feeling self-conscious about my job title so I wanted to justify the different kinds of designers out there. However, it is almost midnight so I will have to continue this post...

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Design Resources Global


Posted By on Nov 21, 2013

Since yesterday’s post was about local design resources, I wanted to share some of the global design resources I use and often visit. I’ve included some web design links as well. Coroflot¬†– design link that posts jobs and articles CreativeBloq – cool Core77¬†– industrial design Behance¬†– online porfolio site that brought 99u 99u¬†– awesome resource that encourages ACTION, especially for creatives who tend to procrastinate, like me Red Lemon Club¬†– designer that definitely knows his stuff and shares awesome articles 37 signals – more of a productivity site, but definitely inspiring and encouraging ReadWrite¬†– everything about the web and more Alistapart – mainly web related, but a great simplified resource Technorati – more tech and web Design Observer – great site that showcases anything design related; great app too ¬† HowDesign¬†– graphic design resource Harvard Business Review – great business resource FastCoDesign – Fast Company’s take on the design world FontSquirrel – free web and print fonts DaFont¬†– free fonts [be mindful of the permissions] GirlsWhoWearGlasses [their site is temporarily down, but they do have a Facebook page]. the Sartoralist – awesome photo blog by a former graphic designer turned photographer htmlgoodies¬†– html goodies w3c – world wide web consortium shuttersisters – awesome expressive photography site ourcollective – related to shuttersisters, now has the photo calendar on their site, as well as other creative photo...

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