Archive for December, 2010

December 27, 2010

Hey Sprout

Hey Sprout

December 23, 2010

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from I Ain’t Got Time! 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from I Ain’t Got Time! 

December 23, 2010

I hope I can say one day…

I hope I can say one day…

December 20, 2010

Decoratin’ and Stuff- Slowly but surely….

Part of this weekend was spend drinking Limoncello and other booze, but after we recovered, we painted!

My office is becoming my favorite little space of heaven because it is totally experimental and based solely upon what I want. I chose to use colors I normally wouldn’t. I’m having a love affair with Turquoise,and I plan to use it along with splashes of red in order to break up the color a bit. I get nervous just saying the word red, even though it seems to be frequently used with blue in design. My Pier 1 Peacock curtains have red in the center of the feathers, so I feel it is justified. Damn it.

I am debating on whether or  not to get a red colored rug, one that is perhaps textured, to add some fun to the room. It may be a bit much so I may settle upon a red chair (pictured below). The rest of the room is white and quite subdued. I want a shocking room, not one that makes people vomit.I need just some finishing touches, like wall art, to make it just right.

In the living room, we used another Benjamin Moore color called Maple Leaf. I really loved this color! We have a theme of earth tones going through the room so I am looking forward to decorating the rest because there are SO many options.  I think we have settled on a pair of curtains from Pier 1 that fit the color group nicely. We have white, gauzy curtains up for the moment, but those will go to our bedroom when we get the new curtains (below. 

December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays, You Triflin…..

Happy Holidays, You Triflin…..

December 7, 2010

My fav [ thus far]

My favorite assignment this semester was to create a three page travel magazine spread on Tokyo, New York, or Paris. Since I seem to have the least interest in Paris, I chose to work with it in the hopes I could spark my interest in the city of lights.

Doing this project made me really put Magazine Layout at the top of  my interests in terms of career choices. I found it to be somewhat of a creative puzzle. You need to create this image, make it fit with the words visually and artistically, and that creation needs to hold the attention of a specific audience. Our instructor, Megan Rhee, told us that there is ALWAYS a targeted audience that a designer has in mind. No publication is just geared toward everyone.My target audience was a young traveler between the ages of 25 and 35 who were interested in viewing the given city through a different lens. The magazine, Playground, would feature offbeat paths to places that are normally tourist traps. I wanted it to feature places, people and things beyond what tourists normally explore in the city, encouraging people to see it in a different light.

Hence, Playground was born. Playground Magazine would look at the city of Paris at night, when it becomes sensual, seductive, mysterious, but not in a tawdry way. It’s nightlife reemerging, it should show tourists the best places to experience that nightlife and enjoy experiences that actual Parisians may enjoy.

I was very pleased with the outcome of the layout, and I received a great grade. Ahhh, the cherry on top 🙂

December 4, 2010

Narnia Zoo Poster after some revision. Will it make the cut?!?? 

Narnia Zoo Poster after some revision. Will it make the cut?!?? 

December 3, 2010

Someone commented, Sia is like Lady Gaga with Crayons. I agree.

Someone commented, Sia is like Lady Gaga with Crayons. I agree.

December 3, 2010

Things to Touch on, Part One: [Color Palette]

One of the things that attracted me to design was color. I love color, and what can be accomplished with it. I enjoy opening magazines and seeing colors go together that I would normally suspect to clash. I think part of my [slight] obsession with interior design is primarily color related.

Early in the semester we talked about finding inspiration for color palettes, but I think I never really went beyond my desktop looking for it. For many of my projects, I would use the eye dropper to take a color from somewhere inside a photo or graphic and use the color to complete the text or whatever.I tried to venture over to ColourLovers ( www.colourlovers.com), but as nice as all the options were, they were overwhelming. And I didn’t feel inspired by blocks of color alone.

Now that I’m going to have a bit more time, I am excited to create my own color palettes. I have to admit that Holly Becker’s Blog, Decor8 (www.decor8blog.com), has given me the inspiration to get going on this task.

I’m sure I’m late on the bandwagon, but how cool is this?

Photos- Anders Schønnemann

December 2, 2010

This was probably the most difficult assignment yet. As a apart of our final project, we had to

This was probably the most difficult assignment yet. As a apart of our final project, we had to create a logo, stationery, envelope, business card, and soon a poster for either a fictitious transportation museum or “narnia” zoo. Naturally, I chose the zoo.

I found this to be quite challenging because of the limited color choices. I could only use 2 colors- black counts as a color, although white does not, and the 2nd color should be fitting to the logo. I kept thinking of the Smithsonian while I worked on this project, but I’m falling short in some areas. Aside from that, my lack of technical knowledge has me very frustrated when trying to resolve certain design issues in my project. For example, on screen, the Logo looks just the way I want it, but in print, a mysterious line keeps popping up around it, as if I didn’t select the no stroke option around the object box. I thought perhaps I had over-set the image, or maybe it was a color conversion problem, but  after checking both of these, I was WRONG. Where the hell is this line coming from ? Ugh….

I can’t say that I am super confident in this project. Unfortunately, an academic personality trait of mine is that when I am not connected to the subject on a personal level, I have a hard time relating to it enough to make something of it. This is the case here. There is no Narnia Zoo, I know this, and so I keep building a wall around my own imagination. By the time I take that wall down, brick by brick, the deadline has come and I have to turn in what I’ve got. I never feel like I have enough time.

Waah, Whaa. This is the nature of the design field, so I better get over myself.