Tag: design


Valentine’s Day cards for your dumplin’

If the way to your heart is through your stomach, then your heart is in exactly the right place.


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Your second annual Valentine’s Day cards made by your favorite heartless hermit.

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Valentine’s Day cards for your techy someone

In a flash of inspiration, I made these Valentine’s Day cards.

Airdrop the love to the apple of your eye ;)


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Thanks also to my clever friend, Matt. Team work makes dreams work.


Process: Digital sketching

I’ve been teaching illustrator this past few weeks and even though I’m pretty sure my students are still scrambling on the learning curve with bitter thoughts, Illustrator is my favorite tool (like it is for most designers, I imagine). I have been working on sketches for a diagram and wanted to transfer them to illustrator to see how the bits and pieces of my idea look together. While I was working I was thinking about my woe-full students and decided that it might be interesting to record my screen to see how long it takes me and kind of reflect back on my own struggles through the process.

First, I should mention that I already had an idea of what I wanted to do for each of the illustrations:



Then I just dove into illustrator. If I record stuff like this again in the future, I probably won’t use such a long session. Never fear, I’ve sped it up about 20x the normal speed. It even features me troubleshooting a circle that keeps aligning to the pixel grid.

Fun? Boring?

It was a lot of fun and pretty neat to look back on! This is the entire process. None of the design work is cut out. The only think I excluded was a part where someone called me to schedule something and I had to pull up my calendar.

Anyway, the final design verdict for me is that I probably won’t move forward with this diagram and will probably only keep some of the icons, but it was really fun to take a break from grad school readings and design some stuff!


Victore, or Who Died and Made You Boss?

I just finished reading James Victore‘s book this weekend and it was truly a pleasure to read Victore’s background and description of his work and inspiration.

I had the pleasure of taking a week-long workshop in 2011 from James while I was studying at UW. The book was still in-process during our workshop, so every once in a while he would pull out a little notebook and jot down our really terrible ideas and say it was going to be in the book (to my knowledge, they weren’t, but that’s not to say there won’t be a Book 2). On the first day we all sat quietly circled around a gigantic work table at the center of the room and he rolled in like an urban cowboy (complete with boots and a worn jean jacket). He talked for a bit and we all stayed mute except for the odd nervous laugh until he said this quote Hafiz. Then he said it again. Then he said it again and demanded we write it down and wouldn’t continue until we all got out our notebooks and copied it, dammit.

Whether or not you like Victore’s design, he’s authentic. The same guts, grits, and passion that comes through when you meet him in person is present in his design and I love it. It took me forever to get the book and read it because I didn’t know what to expect. In my head, I imagined it would be like other art books I’ve encountered: a glossy pictures and humdrum descriptions.

I should have known that Victore’s book wouldn’t be like every one else’s — if the full-bleed black pages weren’t a give-away. It was really his story and thoughts more than just emphasis on his work.. It was was really interesting. He’s is a great communicator, he’s written tons of articles and does a weekly Q&A spreading the good word. Victore is basically your prototypical design hero who drops out of art school, does what he wants, and sticks to it so stubbornly that his clients are eventually charmed until he becomes A Big Deal—and I mean that in a good way.  It’s what we all hope will happen. He designed what he was passionate about and wasn’t afraid to challenge his audience, and…never stopped. To me, Victore represents someone who has the courage to succeed and the courage to fail. I love it. Gusto. Panache. And all that jazz.

Recommended for any fellow design idealist.