Artistic people have restless hands. Give us a pen and paper and we scribble away. We are constantly figuring out how curtain shapes work, how lighting is supposed to fall upon an object and what different textures are supposed to look like. Don’t forget it is a fast and easy way to work out your ideas. It makes us think about elements we can not (easily) erase like we can on our computer screens. It forces us to start over: the ditch and redo method. We can see the process we have made over time. It is very educational and the result can be incredibly stunning.
Do you use a dummy to work out your ideas? Do you have the feeling you need to draw when there is pen and paper near? Tell me in the comments down below.
Your bathroom can really be a beacon of relaxation. When we were little, we used to sing and play in the bathtub. When you grow older, you start to solve problems in there. In any case, it is the place to be calm and relaxed and be surrounded with the nicest smells.
A friend of mine has always been obsessed with bathrooms. Every time we went somewhere, she’d go to a bathroom and tell me all about the decor when she came back. Every time I step into a public restroom, I think about what her opinion would be: ‘Oh, she’d really love these towels and flowers!’, or ‘She would be so upset if she saw this!’.
Your grandmother may remember the time when they potted their food. They had potted ham and potted… well, anything really. They used to slay an animal and put the meat in a glass preservation jar along with a lot of salt so it wouldn’t rot. Back then, they used pottery in the form of earthenware or stoneware or simply glass jars. Not many people still do this, since going to the store and buy fresh food is much easier and arguably much tastier. I did manage to find some very nice looking jars that reminded me of our neighbor in France: a 86-year old woman, who brings us pâté in a preservation jar when her son has shot some wild animal. It makes me hungry already. Enjoy!
The last couple of months designers have been really busy with flat design, which is being called one of the design trends of 2014. But it has come to my attention that among these flat icon designs still are some very handsome designs that are Skeuomorphic. I’ve found some very life-like food related designs that make you hungry by just looking at them. Enjoy and bon appétit!
Kelli Anderson is a very talented designer from Brooklyn, America. She is very crafty with paper. She not only pushes the boundaries with designing, she also tries to fully explore every aspect involved. In this incredible TEDxPhoenix talk, she talks about the ‘disruptive wonder’, a mechanism for revealing the extraordinary talents of ordinary things.
Paris for pleasure seekers
Her latest project is a map of Paris, in collaboration with Herb Lester. With great use of texture, the illustrations are very well made. With 30 locations highlighted on this map, it covers everything that Paris is known and loved for.
The record player wedding invitation
Another great project of hers, is the wedding invitation she did for her friends Mike and Karen. This wedding invitation is a record player, which plays an exclusive song, made by the bride and groom. The record player is made entirely out of plastic, paper and a metal needle.
What I really appreciate in Kelli is that she values the craftsmanship of design. She has a letterpress in her home, which she uses for various projects. She is very curious and is willing to give everything for her projects.
Sérgio Almeida is a designer from Aveiro, Portugal, who is focussing on animation, illustration and design. As a promotion to the d&da students awards 2012, he made the ‘My Design Is’-project. For this project he made illustration cards, which describe his designs. Along with the cards he made a video where you can see him making the illustration poster. The illustration is a self-portrait and every part of it portrays a visual description of what design is to him. In the end the illustration reads:
It took me some time, but it is finally here. When I started blogging a couple of years ago over at the CRD website, I mainly made inspiration galleries, like most blogs do nowadays. But I soon realized that that wasn’t enough. I wanted to meet new people and ask them about their experiences. So I’ve interviewed a couple of designers and developers and they told me their insights. Due to some site difficulties I stopped writing over at the CRD website, but I did wanted to keep on blogging, only this time on my personal website. So that is when I developed this site.
Currently I’m working on a book and a documentary for my graduation project. I’ve interviewed a couple of people from the Netherlands and from England and I have to say that it is tremendously interesting to hear different opinions on design. The book I’m writing is about the perfect portfolio for freelance graphic designers and will have chapters on design for screen and print, marketing, communication and social media, technology and applications and of course content. The documentary is an addition to the book and shows different people from different fields in the design business.
More news is that I’ve also been offered to write for Other Focus, which I gladly except. The articles there will show some overlap with this blog, but I will keep this place for my personal posts. There will always be topics that just don’t fit on Other Focus, so that is why I have this place.