Posts tagged Design
{To inspire} Invincible Summer

As the days grow warmer here in South Africa, I have been thinking of a well known quote by a french philosopher:

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus

I love the idea of having all that you need at hand, and simply realising it makes it accessible. No one is born shy or afraid, we develop negative traits through influence and knocks. Ironically, it's often a really difficult experience/hard knock that helps you tap into that internal strength out of pure necessity. The trick is to hold onto that strength and carry it forward, knowing that you are capable and great instead of accepting thoughts of inadequacy and being surprised when you achieve something.

I know this seems awfully deep for a Friday, but my own experiences, as well as seeing friends doubt themselves lately, led to recurring thoughts about how wonderful they are and how unfounded those doubts are. Claim your greatness guys! Go forth and conquer :)

On that note, here are some rather pretty typographic designs and illustrations to delight and inspire as Spring moves into Summer.

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A quick side note, if you haven't see Anna Rifle's look book yet, do yourself a favour and check it out here.

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{Lettering Love} BMD Watercolour Lettering and Logos
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I really, really like this work. BMD is a graphic design studio that has taken a different approach to design and lettering and do it oh so well. They excel in illustration and lettering, particularly in watercolour, and have produced incredible pieces like the ones below by hand. The raw edges and detail are amazing. To the talented persons over at BMD, I salute you, and you inspire me.

{Lettering Love} Erik Marinovich and inspiration

Erik Marinovich wows us again. This is one of 7 pieces the Friends of Type did in chalk markers for BBDO's New York Office cafe: an "Assemblage" series of 7 panels paying homage to Lou Dorfsman’s Gastrotypographicalassemblage. He's part of the awesome guys at Friends of Type so check it out if you haven't already. This is another reminder to not get stuck in set methods of finding inspiration. It can be found anywhere if you are looking for it.

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To see more of this artist's wonderful work, go to his site www.erikmarinovich.com

A reminder and a beginning
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We all need to remember this. I'd like to focus on lettering this week, starting with this awesome piece by Molly Jacques. I took part in a great Skillshare course on drawing illustrative words with Neil Tasker (I say took part because with work pressures I haven't had a chance to complete it.) I'm really enjoying learning and challenging myself and having always loved typography, it's been so great to learn the differences between the arts. I'm going to share some work I find inspiring (like this) and if it works out, perhaps lettering can be a regular column here. Happy Monday, readers.

{Inspired} Thank-you belly, for allowing me to meet Jessica Hische

Yep. Yes you read that correctly.I had an incredible week of inspiration, attending the Design Indaba Young Designer's Simulcast,where they stream the live speakers in the main auditorium and it is 3 days of pure awesomeness. I left each day feeling completely exhausted but buzzed with all the amazing presentations. Truly fascinating people spoke, and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. To be honest, it was much needed as I have been feeling rather creatively flat of late.

Anywho, I digress. My absolute type-design-hero, Jessica Hische spoke with fellow epic designer, Marian Bantjes on day 3. Having planned to rush upstairs in a nerdy attempt to meet her, I lost my nerve and carried on with the day, eating lunch, wandering around the always wonderful Design Indaba Expo and listening to other speakers. Come 4pm, I went on a hunt for food. Like a starved panda searching for bamboo I rushed into the expo with only 15 minutes until the next speaker. The juice bar was closed for no apparent reason so I headed for where I thought the Woolies food stand was.. When I passed a girl with an American accent, I didn't think twice about it... until I looked down and saw them... the cat tights! When she had started her talk, she had joked that she was "basically wearing the internet". In a true design nerd moment I scrambled around in my DI free issue backpack, and pulled out my Moleskine and a marker. Walking up to the two ladies, I sheepishly asked JH to sign my book. Instead, she did this:

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So. Awesome? And a kitty!? A girl after my own heart. I cannot fully express how incredible this moment was for me. She was so friendly and easy to chat to. I went from fan to Superfan in a day :) Hence the thanks to my dear, predictably grumbly belly. It's not every day that your favourite designer comes all the way to Cape Town. *Happy Stace*

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I'm going to end with some of her gorgeous work. She spoke about obsession being crucial for success. Her amazing work didn't come from no-where... this chick has put in the time and effort. Inspiring indeed.

All images from her site: jessicahische.is/awesome

{To Design} Daily Dishonesty Type

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you have seen these, but if not.. y'all are in for a treat! Lauren Hom is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in NYC. I have such admiration for designers who can do hand-drawn type well, and this girl has it nailed! Plus, she has created a super quirky, wonderful site called dailydishonesty.com where she publishes awesome illustrated type designs with sayings about just that... things we lie about, to ourselves or to others daily. It's one of those things where you can relate to nearly all of them and so it evokes a lot of chuckles and sighs. "Yeeeup. I also that say I will go to gym before work tomorrow."

The caption on her site is Lovely little lies from a hungry graphic designer, and she has a page where you can send in your own lovely lies for her to make into little works of art :) I think it's a fantastic way to practice her talents daily, and to promote herself as a designer. Nice one ladeh! Here are some of my favourites, but go have a look for yourself.

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