Spanish illustrator Raquel Aparicio. http://www.raquelissima.com
What a beautiful display of craftsmanship and imagination. All those textures and watercolour work has got to get you salivating. Gentle complimentary colour and subtle line work sets the perfect mood in each piece.
What a beautiful gift!
What is it about Letterpress printing that makes designers froth like so?
There’s something about the impressed lettering in a full cotton stock that nothing displayed in pixels could ever come close to.
It’s graphics you can touch and feel. We’re experiencing graphics not just with our eyes. Maybe this has something to do with it.
Check out these tasty pieces available for purchase from Studio On Fire!
Thinking of using 99designs.com.au for your next branding job?
An excerpt from my original post on Styletreads branding crisis. Written in the earlier days of doing design business.
Here I explain why sites hosting design contests like 99designs.com.au and designcrowd.com.au devalue the graphic design industry and leave businesses with incredibly weak brand direction.
Hey! Let me speak for the entire graphic design world, okay. If there was anything in the universe I wanted to talk to ‘non-graphic aware’ people about, it would be this.
How much do you care about your company? What kind of people do you want working for you? Do you believe in fair trade, and do you respect high work ethics?
You’re an accountant. You’ve been working in your position for 15 years. A high-school student, Joey, is crammed into your workspace. His number work is sloppy and he talks to you a lot about how his uncle’s best friend was an accountant so he knows what he’s doing. It’s easy. It’s just numbers.
He hasn’t had any training or experience to be making justified decisions or to churn out trustworthy work.
Design contests include THOUSANDS of Joeys. Exhibit A.
As an experienced accountant, you’re working your ass off to provide your family with a meal. But you don’t get paid this week because Joey scored your project. Your experience tells you his standard of work is much too below par. Why is it that I get handed the short stick and no dollars? The client has chosen Joey’s sloppy Mc-Sloppiness because the decision was made by a non-accountant educated individual, unaware that this kind of untrained work may just be the end of his business.
Design contests are bad for your business and worse for the industry.
For further insightful reading, here’s a top article delving further on the matter by Logo Design Love:- a much trusted resource for designers worldwide.
And another, stating why design contests are bad for your business.
Besides, you never know where your contestant has gotten their design from.
I could link to hundreds of articles here, but you’ll probably get sucked into the chain of reading ‘Related Articles’ for half a day as I do.
Enjoy, my friends. And read and expand your knowings.
Do you have time?
If there is something Stephen R. Covey taught me, it’s that this is almost always a lie.
"I don’t have time".
You always have time.
And let me tell you why.
"I don’t have time".
A statement like this gives us the impression the speaker is poor at time management, or has had responsibilities forced upon them by others. Maybe they’ve accepted more tasks than they can handle. Is that what they mean?
Let’s talk, for a moment about the power of choice.
You always have a choice
You have a choice. And you actively choose to do things. People don’t make you do things.
You choose to do them.
For example; you might hear yourself say, “I have to go to work”.
No. You don’t have to.
You have the choice to stay home.
But you know this would most likely give negative consequence.
You choose not to face those consequences.
You choose not to stay home.
You choose how you spend your time
When people say ”I don’t have time”,
more often that not, they actually mean;
”I choose not to make time”
When we make time for something, we assign, what feels like a chunk of our lives to it. Like a blocked out diary. A schedule. If we are always operating on a schedule we’re limiting ourselves to that schedule.
So, when you’ve filled all the spaces in your diary with responsibilities and tasks, this is how we have a feeling of having ‘no time’.
If you want to make time for something;
How to choose to make time for one thing over another
Sometimes we can afford to sacrifice a task we need to do for one we want to do. And it’s determined like this;
How does the activity I ‘want to do’ compare with the ‘consequences of not doing’ the other activities?
If the consequences are powerful, chances are, we will forget about doing that activity we only want to do.
If the consequences are low, we choose to make time for the activity we want.
Let’s say that again.
to make time for it.”
(and here’s the lightbulb moment for you)
The activities you choose to sacrifice or satisfy are entirely up to you.
You always have a choice.
You always have time.
You have all the time in your life.
Every second is a choice made by you.
So, what will you choose to do today?