What Color is This?

As you all may be able to tell based on the colors of this website, I love the color purple/pink. I love how vivid, unique, and rebellious it is. It is the color that defines vivacious audacity. It questions the status quo. It brightens a gloomy day. Paired with black there is little else that says “Badass”. Since I was about 5 years old I have been fixated on painting a Volkswagen beetle that bold raspberry color. It is humble, yet daring.

PurplePink

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Ideas of March

Chris Shiflett recently wrote a post in hopes of reviving the web industry’s blogging habits. I am taking this as my kick in the pants to finally post something.

You see, I have written many articles since my last post. The problem is, I always feel like I should give some sort of explanation to why I haven’t posted… like a catch up. I then realize that there is just too much to catch up on and I freeze like a deer in headlights.

Over the past year I have been blessed with an overwhelming number of opportunities to do what I love. I have taught new classes, traveled and spoken at new conferences, and designed some of my favorite websites to date.

I am also getting married in May to Jim Jones, my longtime partner in crime who happens to also be an amazing designer. Planning a wedding has turned into the biggest collaborative design project I have ever taken part in. It has provided some great material for blogging. At the very least I  promise to share with you some of the things I have learned from DIY designing a wedding over the next month via this blog. I pledge to blog more in 2011.

In Chris’ post he talks a little bit about how twitter is the culprit for many not blogging as much. While I am not positive that is the case for me, I do love blogs. Blogs provide meaningful insights that twitter just can’t. Please blog more. Take the challenge.

Join the Blog Revival.

•    Write a post called Ideas of March.
•    List some of the reasons you like blogs.
•    Pledge to blog more the rest of the month.
•    Share your thoughts on Twitter with the #ideasofmarch hashtag.

Gifts for Designers ’10

When I first started blogging I had a Thanksgiving-time tradition of posting my favorite gifts for designers. I stopped a few years ago because there are entire blogs dedicated to design-y recommendations. However, I recently had a couple of requests to bring the tradition back. If you are a designer looking for things to add to your list or a person looking to give the gift of creativity to an artistic friend or relative this list is for you.

Holiday and Birthday gifts for designers.

Typographic Hierarchy

Because the web is interactive, establishing a visual hierarchy through typography is essential in guiding the user to the information they are seeking online. Visual Hierarchy is the arrangement of elements in a gradual series in order of importance, enticing users to interact with a web site through visual cues. Typography online is less an element and more an interface, where characteristics such as size, weight, style, color, and location help the user to navigate the site through emphasis.
Typographic-Hierarchy

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Letter Treasure

When I found out that I will be teaching two typography classes this summer at CDIA Boston University I got really excited and began to dive into some type research. In my intro to graphic design class I talk about the evolution of letters and we do a project that revolves around illuminated letters. Some of the students end up coming up with some really fun stuff.

oldschool caligrapher drawing letters

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Design for America: Design for People

For a little under 3 years I worked on the US Army’s web team. The entire experience could be pages of blog posts in itself, I learned a lot about design, the web, our government, our military, friendship, talent and about life. We were responsible for the design and maintenance of Army.mil at the height of the Iraq war, and as a designer I found myself feeling pretty rejected by other designers and the design community.

designForAmerica

Sure, maybe I was a little self conscious. When you are in design school you are programed to design for big brands and big ideas, but I would show people my portfolio full of army history sites and sites that featured guns and find myself having to defend the reasons I chose to design for our nation’s military. Despite the fact that I worked with  talented designers and developers  and the fact we were doing amazing design it went unnoticed and sometimes even scoffed at by other designers.

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