Organic Farm Website

So you’ve probably noticed that much of the design work I’ve done has been for people/organizations/businesses that are “earthy” or “green.” Trees, plants and the colors green and blue are common elements of much of my work. I like designing for stewards of the earth and of healthy living, I suppose, because I aim to be one myself. I guess that’s one of my niches as a graphic designer.

One of my current clients is Accomack Organic Feed. I’m currently in the final stages of designing and developing a website for them. The website is developed in WordPress, and the logo design is by Hannah England, a graphic designer and good friend of mine. The site is live and fully functional, but there is still some content that needs to be added. Here are some screenshots. You can view the live site at accomackorganicfeed.com.

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Consignment Designs Continued…

This is an illustration I did for a blue jeans promotion. Your Stuff Consignment Boutique wanted to encourage consignors to bring their blue jeans to sell, so I was asked to create some designs with the simple message “we buy jeans.” This illustration is for online promotion. The store shared the image on Social media along with a description providing further information about consigning jeans.

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Consignment Boutique Designs

I’ve been so busy with website projects lately that I’ve neglected this blog. I have four websites I’m currently working on, so hopefully I’ll be able to share some of those soon. I also have a few new print design projects I’ve done that I need to share sometime.

I’ve been doing graphic design for Your Stuff & Kids’ Stuff Consignment Boutiques for so long, it’s crazy that I haven’t shared much of that work. I’ve done some really fun stuff for the store. It’s really late right now and I actually need to go to bed, so I’m just going to quickly share some graphics I’ve created for email campaigns. I’ll aim to share some more stuff later this week.

Here’s an animated gif I made this past week. I only wish I had more control over backdrop and lighting for the photography. I like creating animated gifs for emails – it’s a great way to make them a bit more eye-catching, and when emails are consistently rewarding (fun graphics, coupons, helpful info), subscribers are more likely to actually open them.

prom_emailHere’s another animation I’ve made for an email:

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Happy Birthday to Me!

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images via WSSS | RSCHN, Cluttered Gypsy, and The Skopeo Project

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Wish List

Saturday is my 23rd birthday (I’m turing 23 on the 23rd :D ). Many years ago, my family made a collective decision to just have family time and good food in lieu of Christmas and birthday gifts. My siblings and I buy most of our clothes secondhand, and we save up and purchase things we want when we want them. The delicious food and time spent together are the most enjoyable parts of celebrating, so why support holiday consumerism if we’re a-ok not doing so? I still enjoy giving, though, so I’ll normally put together little homemade gifts for my close friends and family (art, a handmade trinket, a card). One year I donated to Mercy Corp the money I would have spent on gifts, and I gave each friend a card telling them about the cause the money went to.

That being said, I still have a wish list. Just think of it as a general list of things I’d like to save up for, not things I specifically bookmarked with my birthday in mind. So here are some items I’d get for myself if I had a few spare dollars to spend.

  1. Letterpress necklace – I LOVE letterpress printing. As much as I’d like to own my own press and equipment, it’s not in my near future. This necklace would be a cute little reminder of that passion and would hopefully motivate me to keep chasing (saving up for) that dream.
  2. Colorful bowler hat - I always want hats. They’re definitely a weakness of mine.
  3. Quilting fabric – I took a fiber arts class in college, and my last project was a 25″ x 25″ quilt. I loved quilting, and I really want to make a bigger one. I already have it planned out in my head, I just need to buy the supplies. This is one of the fabrics I’d like to use.
  4. Phaidon Design Classics – These books are basically a chronological encyclopedia of timeless objects that have helped shape our society. This set is probably the thing on that list I want the most right now. I’m looking forward to spending hours on end completely absorbed in these books whenever I get my hands on them!
  5. Lensbaby SLR lens - Their lenses and optics looks like they’d be a lot of fun to experiment with. I’d like some more standard lenses for my Canon, too, like a 50mm (I’m just using the 18-55mm my camera came with), but the Lensbaby products just look so irresistibly fun!
  6. Timex Weekender watch – Not too girly, not too sporty, not too colorful, not too boring, and most importantly, not too expensive.
  7. Hiking shoes – I have one of the best rated pairs of hiking shoes out there (Patagonia Drifter A/C), but after several wears, the toe box became too roomy and now they’re terrible unless on level terrain. My brother has the same shoes and also had this problem. I’d really like to replace them.
  8. Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them - Well, the title explains it all. A book that combines two things I enjoy (decorative arts and DIY)? Sounds like a win.
  9. Eames rocker – I’m an avid yard sale/estate sale goer, so fingers crossed I’ll eventually find an Eames chair. I’d be happy finding ANYTHING Eames, but I’m particularly fond of these rockers.
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Be So Good…

It’s always nice to be recognized for good work and dedication. I was recently recognized for my work by two different sources and I want to share!

Yesterday, the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) announced the winners of the 2013 BEA Festival of Media Arts. My website for the Valley Crop Mob won first place in the solo interactive multimedia category. BEA is an international organization, so that award is definitely exciting news! The Valley Crop Mob website is one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on and I’m thrilled that all the passion I poured into it shows.

In mid-January, DesignFollow, a blog that posts about inspirational design, published an article titled “10 New Places to Gain Graphic Design Inspiration.”  I was listed as #4 in that list. DesignFollow has thousands of daily subscribers, so I’m excited for that bit of exposure and recognition!

My brother and I were having a conversation this morning about the difference between knowing how to do something and being able to do that something well. Our local PBS station was airing an interview with Ping Fu, the founder of software company Geomagic. They were discussing 3D printers when a comment was made about anyone (even a child) being able to design things themselves, everything from greeting cards to 3D objects, with the current software and technology available to us. “Anyone” may have the ability to learn the technology and do it themselves, but that doesn’t mean they have the talent, training, time, and passion to do it exceedingly well. When I learn new skills, I don’t just learn them out of necessity and I don’t just haphazardly slip that new knowledge into projects. I learn because I have a desire to know, I study as much as I can, and I carefully consider how I use that new skill and I don’t “finish” a project until I feel it is top-notch work.

As Steve Martin says, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Or at least strive to be so good. It’ll pay off, I promise.

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Check This Out!

Design*Sponge posted an interview yesterday with Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest. Bri is a passionate, energetic, talented designer with an online personality that truly shines. She started freelancing and blogging full-time a couple years ago, and she also started Blogshop (a Photoshop class for bloggers). Her blog is one of my daily reads. You can read the interview here and check out Bri’s blog here.

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Success…

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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