Hitting Pintrest Hard

So I’ve been giving Pinterest a smashing lately and after a long stint of inactivity, I’ve added a shit-load of new inspiration and content.

Honestly, I’m not sure if amassing such a massive amount of ‘stuff’ will be a help or hinderance but I’m sure time will tell.

I suppose that’s where it pays to really take the time and make sure things are categorised well, so that you can find them easily enough when you need them.

Anyway, feel free to visit my Pinterest and have a look through the stuff that tickles my fancy.

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Isolation Can Be Strange

It’s been almost 5 months since I’ve posted anything up here on this blog and while that does kind of shock me, I’m not really all that surprised to be honest.

Lately it’s seemed to me that I’ve been producing nothing but assignments for school with the very occasional client piece. Okay, maybe client might not be the right word yet but I’m building up to it.

I think that I’m a little frustrated with the amount of stuff I would like to create but just haven’t had the time or opportunity to get to yet? It feel weird to be built up to see everything as inspiration yet, have so little time to actually follow through with it.

How can you see the potential through the assignments?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here just to have a rant… well maybe a little rant but in the end I’m happy with the way things are progressing.

I do need to focus more on creating and actually sticking to a schedule but I can recognise that I’ve made some progress in that regard.

One thing I have noticed from doing this online course is that I actually miss having the people around me to bounce ideas of and in turn, this makes me wonder if being a freelance designer is going to make me feel more empowered or more isolated?

Time will tell I suppose but until then, it’s time to get back to work.

Rediscover

I’m trying really hard to just give myself permission to pick up a pencil or something and just let my hand go wild. Of course, sometimes it is hard for me because I seem to thrive on the detail and finished product but I’m getting there.

Along the way I’m also rediscovering something I kind of disregarded a while back and that has been Pinterest.

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It’s been a good way to store a lot of the things that catch my eye while surfing around the internet. I guess that’s what it’s meant to be used for though right? Anyway, I’m all over it now and I’m trying to add stuff on a kinda semi-regular basis.

You can find my Pinterest feed right here if you’re interested.

The other website/app that’s become a daily habit for me is Instagram and I don’t think that will change any time soon.

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I don’t think there’s much to say about this one though because I’m sure 99% of the planet is using it for exactly the same reason.

My handle is @a_slow_hell and you can check my stuff out right here as well.

The Exploration Continues

It seems that I can’t get enough of Aaron Draplin at the moment. I’m strangely fascinated by his no bullshit approach to things and in some weird way he appeals to me as a friend would in the real world and I also find myself comparing his mannerism and forwardness to my grandpa (even though we are basically the same age).

I guess to you could say I admire him and relate to him on a similar level?

Oh yeah, and his work of fucking killer as well. Lets not forget that right? The guy’s got skills that’s for sure.

Anyway, that’s enough man-crushing for now. What I’ve been pondering today is something Aaron mentions in an almost off-hand way a couple times in his videos and it clearly indicated his fondness/love for the font Futura Bold.

Or, the ‘working man’s font’ as he calls in during his Tedx Talk.

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I might not have noticed it otherwise but do you know what? He’s right and I can understand why it is that he likes it. It’s a no bullshit font right? I mean just look at it for a few minutes. Hell, that’s a beautiful thing.

So I have been working away on some branding for myself, again and I was going through some ideas of what I wanted and along the way I came across this font called Langon and I really liked it.

To be honest, I couldn’t stop looking at it and the more I looked at it the more I could see that being a font that I’d be happy having my name written in. At least it wouldn’t hurt to try it out right?

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So I slapped together a little business card design in Photoshop and just left it sitting on the screen for a few days. The idea was that I would just see it briefly on and off a few times a day when I would wake the screen up and I never once got tired of seeing it pop up.

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I’m not saying this is my final result, there’s always something to tweak but it’s getting close.

At some point I’m just going to have to leave it alone and move on but now I’m actively looking to see what other fonts, fonts that I would call ‘working man fonts’ are out there.

It’s an interesting topic because there is just so many to go through but the idea is to just find maybe a dozen or less that I would call my go to fonts.

Futura and Langdon would probably be the first two on my list at the moment but it’s early days yet and there are so many to look through.

The exploration continues and I’m still smiling.

Jon Contino Designs A Cool Bandana

 

Last night turned out to be a late one for me because I was just finding all of these awesome videos to watch on YouTube. In the end I had to turn everything off before I fell asleep at my desk and I think that I turned in around 2am. Crazy.

I found this video by Jon Contino, a NY based designer and I was smiling the whole time I was watching it so naturally, I’m adding it here so that I can find it again easily.

As you can see, my world is opening wider every day.

Aaron Draplin Makes It Look Easy

Admittedly, I’m not all that familiar with the work of many designers yet but I’m discovering new people and their work almost daily.

You have to remember that I have been a photographer for ten years and that’s been my world but now my world is spinning, things are changing and I am discovering all kinds of new stuff to be inspired by.

Frankly, it’s an incredible experience.

Aaron Draplin is at the top of my list at the moment. I love his style and his no bullshit approach to it all. To be honest he just seems like the kind of guy I could have a beer with while talking shit.

Still, this video gives me hope that I will be able to get Ai under control. He just makes it look so easy, it’s ridiculous.

If you’re not familiar with Aaron or his work, head over to his website and have a look.

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OMG, Adobe Illustrator.

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A big part of doing this design diploma is learning how to use Adobe Illustrator (Ai) and OMG it’s fucking hopeless!

I’m never going to understand it well enough to use it professionally and I’ll end up having to stumble along trying to fake it for the rest of my life.

Okay, so clearly I’m being a big fucking drama queen and I know that it’s just a matter of time until things start coming together and even though I do have an advantage of knowing Adobe Photoshop (Ps) like the back of my hand I think that could be both, a blessing and a curse.

Of course it’s a given that it’s going to take some time to master Ai and because I don’t always have to play around with as part of my diploma course I have decided to try to spend an hour or two on it a day if I can.

I’ve found that it always helps to have ‘something’ to work on though instead of just fumbling around blindly so I flipped through my sketch book and decided to have a crack at making myself a monogram.

As you might expect, I have questions about this blasted application so I thought listing them here would be a good idea and if I end up ever figuring out the answers then I’ll come back and cross them off, or answer them for the next poor unlucky soul trying to learn this.

  • How can I snap object together or side by side so that I don’t have to zoom in like an idiot to see if there is  a gap the width of a hair? This can be done quite easily in Photoshop so I might be assuming this is something that can be done in AI as well. I could be wrong of course.
  • Additionally, if I can somehow get objects to snap together, it would stand to reason that I could then get them to snap to a ruler/guide/grid right?
  • I’m in the process of creating a monogram with lots of pointy bits which I need to bring together and so far I must look like an idiot trying to make this happen. Surely it can’t be that fucking hard right? What am I missing? Is there a secret combination of buttons I need to hold in order to make this magic happen?
  • What’s the purpose of having the black selection arrow and the while direct selection arrow other than adding extra mouse clicks to ever project I’m trying to do?

Believe me, there are a lot more questions where these came from but this will do for now.

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I’ll keep blundering my way through the monogram project though and see if I can come up with some intelligent answers though before adding more.

I must admit that I feel like a duck out of water at the moment and it’s doing my head in but that’s half the fun right?

I’ll just keep telling myself that I think. It seems like the safe thing to do right now.