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Thursday Inspiration: The New Yorker, Jan. 31, 2011

The New Yorker, January 31, 2011

“Mental Landscape” by Frank Viva (The New Yorker, January 31, 2011)

My roommate and I have been subscribing to The New Yorker for about a year now. At first I was reading them every week. Then I was only reading the film and theater reviews. Then the unread copies began accumulating on our little “bar” counter in the kitchen and simultaneously decorating our apartment and making us look good when we had visitors. Yeah, I read every issue. Wait. No. No I don’t. (kicks rock)

It’s become routine to find The New Yorker in the mailbox and just leave it on the counter, but not this week. I was totally taken aback by the cover. Most of the covers are beautiful, but this week’s cover was exceptionally striking. Amazing typework – just an amazing work of art really. Also, the color scheme is perfect. La-la-love it.

Adventures in Poster Design: Santa Makeover

Happy Sunday, hot people. I’ve been a little MIA lately due to holidays and things that keep me busy and away from sharing my deepest, darkest, crafty secrets on the interweb.

Anyway, awkward self-reintroduction aside, I work at a financial institution, and every year we are lucky enough to have a visit from Santa Claus. Yes. That’s right. And it’s my job to spread the word to the community to bring their kiddies (and dogs/puppies) to visit him and tell him what they’d like for Christmas (or sometimes Hanukkah). Anyway, we wanted to give our poster from last year a little makeover:

We wanted to make the poster less text heavy, a little more accessible and present the information so members can digest everything within a few seconds when they’re either riding the elevator, or walking through the lobby. Also, I wanted Santa to look a little more magical, so I thought that isolating his image from a background would get the job done. The feather gradient below also assists in creating this magical and light feel.

I tend to always gravitate towards Photoshop since it’s the first program I learned and feel the most comfortable with, but over the past 3 years I’ve become a little more fond of InDesign, and used InDesign for this poster. When it comes to designing larger pieces, InDesign is a great tool. The file sizes aren’t as large. Illustrator also works well for large pieces, but it’s all about the scope of the project and what works best for you. I’m really happy with this poster makeover, and must say, Santa’s visit was a lot of fun. I was his “little helper” and ate way too many cookies. ‘Tis the season!

Fun with Hang Tags

Getting “real” hang tags printed has been in the back of my mind for a week or so now but I’ve been too busy to design and get them printed. So instead, I just took some business cards I made a while back to promote my shop, crocheted a flower, sewed a vintage button on (I got a box of them from the Long Beach Antique Market for $6! Bargain) and, voila! Not only is it a hang tag, but it’s also a key chain. (Raise the roof).

Ok, I should probably get out of my pajamas now. :P

R.I.P. Gloria Stuart (July 4, 1910 – September 26, 2010)

“I think that’s the important thing, if you’re full of love, admiration, appreciation of the beautiful things there are in this life, you have it made, really. And I have it made.”

When I heard about Gloria Stuart’s passing on Monday, I thought… hot damn, it’s unfortunate that she’s ‘known’ for playing the role of the 100-year-old woman in Titanic (Cameron, 1996)… but maybe it isn’t so bad. She was nominated for an Academy Award, and finally gained the attention and fame that she deserved way wayyy earlier in her career. read more »

SF Renegade Craft Fair: This is my Comic-Con

Last week, hundreds of thousands of comic book geeks traveled far and wide to Comic-Con to meet their respective idols. This past weekend hundreds of craft and DIY geeks traveled far and wide (or maybe like 2 miles if you’re me) to SF Renegade Craft Fair to meet some of the best crafters and artists in the DIY scene.

Above: Jaime of Sparkles and Sticks, Elsie of Red Velvet Art and Lil Ol’ Me read more »