Damn, you caught me

July 30, 2008

(via frank chimero)

Ouch, definitely guilty of this. All the “inspiration” in the world doesn’t mean anything if you never do anything with it. But on the less talk, more action front, I finally sucked it up and bought one of these:

and I’m hoping to get my photography bug moving again. I have the 35mm version, but I’ve been finding shooting with film a lot less satisfying lately without easy access to a darkroom. (Another one of those perks of being in college.) And there’s just something about that instant feedback. Though I know getting myself back into photography is going to result in a “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” scenario. (“Give a girl a camera, then she’s going to want some new lenses…”)


I like this.

July 20, 2008

via frank-c on flickr

“I never thought there would be a place for me. I was always in a mild panic because I couldn’t see me in anyone around in the places I worked, and I couldn’t see where I might end up. It’s part of the challenge for creative people…to feel comfortable with where you’re going. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer other than to perhaps try to be sensitive to where you are, what works and doesn’t work for you, and what brings the best out of you. Learn from it and use it to work out where the next step is. If you fix on objectives too far ahead you might discount opportunities that arise along the way, openings that could take you somewhere much more interesting and much more “you.” This of course can leave you a bit vulnerable to the “what do you want to be when you grow up?” question, but I’m afraid not having a good answer is something we just have to get used to living with.”

Nicolas Roope, Poke

I found this poking around Coroflot, and it’s exactly what I needed today. The rest of the interview can be found here, and he gives some fabulous advice.

Considering that the above image has been gracing my desktop background for the past few months, I figure it would be good to give Right Brain Terrain some love. (Not that they necessarily need more love, as they certainly get plenty).

Full disclosure, I tend to be a complete sucker for a well done inspirational item. I love a good graduation speech (Most recently this surprisingly touching commencement address by Mike O’Malley, of GUTS fame. I know. But seriously. Read it. It’s good.)  One of my favorite albums right now is the new Weepies. So I’m a bit predisposed to like these. But I do so love them. If I didn’t have such a bad track record of getting posters and not hanging them up, these would definitely be adorning my walls. Maybe once I decide to stay in the same place longer than a year, they will.


June 21, 2008

Wordle Cloud

Wordle makes text clouds out of any text you provide.

I’m having the worst urges to splurge on fun display fonts. Some of these are a bit trend-of-the-moment, but I kind of love them anyway. I feel like I should be sick of this retro/throwback thing, but I’m still enjoying it. Maybe because I haven’t had the opportunity to play with it yet? However, I do know that if I started buying fonts without a clear plan of where I wanted to use them, I would run out of money very fast.

Feel Script

Candy Script

Billy Sans



A great example of how design can have a real, immediate impact. The IntelligentFirstAid Kit uses color coding and icons to separate supplies and instructions (diagram and audio) to treat common injuries. Nice!

via coolhunting