Category Archives for Inspiration
With all of this crazy winter weather, I’ve seriously been in need of some new desktop wallpapers to spruce up my life. In looking for myself, I decided to grab a collection of my favorites (and there are LOTS of them) and share them with all of you! Click on each image to be taken to the download destination. Enjoy :-)
For those of you who enjoy calendar wallpapers, would you be interested in seeing a collection that gets updated every month? Let me know in the comments, and I will be happy to make one!
So…who watched the Oscars on Sunday? Although, I must admit I didn’t watch the entire show, but nonetheless, I was thoroughly impressed by the fantastic graphics for the nominated films in the various award categories. Mill+ created the nominations package for the top nine categories. Each customized poster was specifically designed to echo the concept and tell the individual story of each nominee. In my opinion, they were the highlight of the whole show. What were some of your favorite Oscar moments?
Check out my favorites below: Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay.
Best Picture Nominees
Best Costume Design Nominees
Best Makeup and Hairstyling Nominees
Best Production Design Nominees
Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees
Best Original Screenplay Nominees
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” – Charles Dickens
Although I sincerely hope that what’s in between the covers is inspiring too, sometimes the mastery of the cover design overtakes the writing. Being a designer, I’ve purchased an insane amount of books based purely on their design. I mostly purchase tangible books (since now I read everything on my Kindle) purely on their aesthetic appeal to me. I continuously use them for inspiration when working on projects, and in an odd way they lift my spirits when I am sitting at my office desk and looking over at them on my bookshelf. Below, you can check out some of my favorites over the past few months! What have been some of your top book designs over the past year? Sound off!
I love finding projects where an artist has the discipline and dedication to create a piece of artwork 365 days in a row for an entire year—it’s such a monumental task to produce something creative and challenging for so many consecutive days. My favorite part of these projects is seeing the constant growth of the artist’s abilities. If you take something that was produced on day 1 of the project, and compare it to the final piece on day 365, the progress seems truly incredible and inspiring. I’ve contemplated a 365 day project, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to devote myself so vehemently for a year, so my 52 week typography quotes project was my attempt at growing and nurturing my skills as a typography addict. But never say never…so maybe one day I’ll finally take the plunge!
So…now that I have rambled on for a full paragraph, lets get to the main subject of this post—Tim Bontan. He is one of the brave souls that I discovered on Instagram dedicating himself in 2014, to what he calls, #Project365. Inspired by Scott Biersack’s Project365 (whom I interviewed for a post a few months back), Tim is setting out to push himself to a higher level with his hand-lettering by producing 365 consecutive pieces of work.…
Almost two years ago, I posted several time-lapse videos of some pretty Incredible Typographic Chalk Drawings, and they were a huge hit with many of you! This enormous positive response left me searching the web for more spectacular chalk drawings by some fantastic illustrators. Check them out below, and I hope they act as a source of awe and inspiration!
and although this isn’t hand-lettering related, this time-lapse video of Morgan Freeman’s face is AMAZING, and too good not to share!
It’s been quite a while since I posted The Comfort of Thingy-ness Vol II, so I’ve been compiling a list of some of my favorite book covers, and I’ve finally been able to narrow the list down to 24! I just love going to Barnes and Noble and getting lost in the beauty of all the book covers. I can walk around for hours, just touching and smelling (yes, I am one of those people that LOVES the smell of books) everything in sight. Although, as I mentioned in my previous posts I buy my books on the Kindle, it’s nice to sometimes get lost in the world of the tangible. What are some of your favorite book covers? Sound off!
One year is a long time…and it feels like an even longer time when you take on the task of creating something every day for those arduous 365 days. However, with great dedication and the desire for betterment, excellent things can come to fruition. Designer Scott Biersack, created Project 365 as a way to do just that! Check out my mini interview with Scott, and view some of my favorite pieces from the project below!
Q:How did you get into hand lettering?
A: I got into hand-lettering after seeing Zachary Smith’s work all over Tumblr. I’m sure you, and many other designers have probably heard of him, or seen his work. Especially now that he’s been hired on by Sevenly! Anyway, I saw his work and thought to myself, “Hey I could do this”. And from that point forward, I knew I wanted to practice, practice, practice until I could actually consider myself a “letterer”.
Q: 365 days is a HUGE commitment, what motivated you to take on such an endeavor?
A: Indeed, 365 days is a ton of work! To be honest, I didn’t think it would be that hard to complete a piece every single day for an entire year. Boy was I wrong.…
Some days we are all in need of a little inspiration! The lock screen on my phone is usually an inspirational quote (besides the few times I have the Vampire Diaries hotties gracing the screen), and some mornings it really helps to put me in a good mood. Yesterday, as I was in the process of getting my Etsy store set up, I came across The Motivated Type page, and found some pretty awesome typography inspired inspirational quotes (available for $19). Check out the vintage inspired designs below, and head over to their Etsy page to pick up your favorites!
p.s. I am hoping to launch the typography quosters Etsy story in early May. Stay tuned…
On April 10th, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, turned 87 years old. The original cover designed by Francis Coradal-Cugat, depicts a disembodied face floating in the night sky (top left). It is one of the prominent images in literature, but that hasn’t kept book cover designers from trying to outdo the classic. Below, check out just some of the many published variations of the book, not to mention the various different versions created by design students (which are floating all over the internet)! It’s absolutely intriguing to examine which part of the story each designer took to be the pivotal aspect which they explored in their cover design. What are some of your favorites? Was the original cover the best? Sound off!
Pierre Chavez, a graphic designer from Qatar, developed a series of eight typographic posters titled, World Peace Heroes, a collection of famous quotes from past icons that have shaped and inspired the world we live in today. Check out the collection below, and purchase your favorite prints (for just $14.56) at Pierre’s Society 6 store.