A beautiful bookmark is a loving addition to a good read. As a book lover, I jumped at the chance to design a bookmark for a client to use to promote their business. I started by researching what great designs are already out there, looking for what is exciting and unconventional. What might make someone want to gift a bookmark, or use it themselves? Continue reading
DIY Extra Large Birthday Card
Extra large birthday cards can be extra hard to find, and extra expensive. So when a friend of mine was having trouble finding a really big card for a special birthday, he ended up asking me for some help. I’m the type who hates to spend money on cards, they get looked at for a couple minutes and tossed in trash. I’d much rather spend a little time and make one myself. If you’re looking to make you’re own big birthday card, this post’s for you! Continue reading
Texture is something I love and envy in other people’s work. I decided it was time to look more closely at what it is about texture in design that is so appealing. Why are certain designs more pleasing than others? How are designers using texture? What are the effects of using multiple textures and layers? This is a look at how surface pattern designers are using texture in their work. Continue reading
Bring on the fireworks!
Summer is here, and that means it’s almost time for Independence Day celebrations to begin!
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite July 4th patterns to help you get in the spirit of the holiday.
Fireworks, popsicles, bathing suits, stars and stripes, it’s all here. Enjoy these fifteen patriotic patterns from the talented designers at Spoonflower.
Happy 4th of July!
I stumbled on some major eye candy while researching food pattern design trends on Pinterest. Apparently, felt food is like a competitive sport of awesome. The delicious-looking-ness of this stuff puts my ikea felt food toys to shame. Continue reading
It’s been awhile since I ventured beyond the typical stores and restaurants I always visit, and when you’ve lived in the same area for an extended period of time, things can start to get pretty boring. It can be difficult to feel inspired when you’re seeing the same stuff day in and day out. Continue reading
Dick Bruna was an illustrator, graphic designer, and children’s book author best known as the creator of the little rabbit, Miffy. While loved around the world for children’s literature, he also created a wonderful collection of book covers in the 1950s -1970s that are truly inspiring. Below is a sample of just a few of the over 2,000 covers he designed. Continue reading
The Rijks Studio announced their top 75 designs for the 2017 award, and I am blown away by the creativity and variety of the submitted work. If you aren’t familiar with this award, for the past three years, the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam has had an open call for artists and designers to use the Museum’s collection as inspiration to create a personal masterpiece. Continue reading