I was so honored that I got to design the flyer for my team’s game this past weekend! This was our second to last home bout of the season against the lovely ladies of the Jerzey Derby Brigade.
A closeup to see the details of the textures! I set out to create a poster that had an old-school vibe. A couple of fonts I used came from Lost Type– A big shoutout to them and their awesome vintage-inspired typefaces (I used Mission Script & Deming.) Photo in the design by Joanna Pan.
Photo by Eddie Lynch
We ended up taking home the win. I’m so proud of my Strong Island teammates for being stronger than ever in this game & staying focused.
That’s me with the star on my head.
Mixing design with one of your hobbies/passions– what more could you ask for? :)
Okay, okay, this is a photo of books– but this list is about places to find graphic & web design inspiration around the web. I left out some popular ones like Pinterest, Behance & Designspiration. Don’t forget to avoid overloading yourself with inspiration on the internet and enjoy frequent real-life sunshine and visuals.
I frequently find myself browsing the gallery of submissions on popular t-shirt site Threadless. Downside is you do run into a few duds since everything is user submitted, but it’s still a great resource for graphic design & illustration.
Even if you don’t have a Dribbble account, you can browse the site! You see nothing but top talent on here. I especially love the color filter.
Mailchimp’s gallery of email designs is not just to get inspiration for making an email blast–Check it out when you just simply must look at beautiful things to kickstart your next web project.
This site is so great. With a focus on typography, Typewolf showcases inspiration from around the web and tells you what fonts are being used!
Inspiration Time is one of my favorite sites that feature solely web design. Browse by color, style, industry, and elements–very useful.
Niice is new to me, and an absolute necessity. The site is unique because it pulls images from Dribbbble, Designspiration, Behance, and more. I like how there is next to no whitespace, and the search bar rules.
Graphic Design & Tattoos
A Tumblr blog filled with–you guessed it, graphic design & tattoos. Nothing more to say about it other than if you’re a designer and tattoo lover, you should be adding this to your daily reads. Just be careful viewing it at the office!
Browsing GigPosters makes me wish I was an illustrator. Browse by band or designer, or just the latest. Even if you’re not into music (is that even possible?) there’s so much gorgeous art to be seen here.
What would you add to this list? I’d love to know your favorite sites!
Happy August! This has been such a long time in the making– I wanted to share that this past weekend I finally launched my little print shop on Etsy! [I talked about it here back in February] It’s small right now, but there’s much more to come soon including hand screen printed shirts.
I wrote a song back in college when I played guitar a whole bunch called ‘Chin Up’ and I noticed that it seemed to fit the vibe of my designs. The majority of the first series of typography prints I have up right now were created on long train commutes while daydreaming about the future.
I have a little link to the shop sitting above my portfolio in the sidebar now & i’ll be posting updates from time to time here on the blog about this new endeavor.
I’m spending some time figuring out and reading about how to get more actual views on Etsy in such a saturated market of graphic art prints! Any suggestions Etsy pros?
Phew! I’ve been slowly coding this new layout in between freelance projects & putting together my new Etsy shop. I’m super satisfied that it has the feel I was going for, I’ve been craving a look that was a better representation of my design work. I spent quite some time gathering inspiration of what I wanted to achieve–clean and organized, subtly vintage-esque, professional but unique. I wanted it to be easier to tell what the blog was about.
While gathering inspiration, strangely, almost everything I had saved & pinned featured the color orange [I don't even own anything orange?!] I ended up trying a tangerine shaded orange and that’s when it started to all come together. It feels slightly summery too, which I like. [Are you tired of hearing me talk about summer yet?]
Some changes are a new about & design services page, search feature, footer, better organized categories and tags, and social media buttons. Just wanted to pop in and give an update of the new look and to say thanks for following along!
P.S.– I don’t know how I managed to steer clear of pulling my hair out before using this WordPress plugin.
Those lists that I see on the internet of ‘Best cities for designers’ almost always mentions the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. This has always really puzzled me because i’ve been through parts of Bridgeport many times and have never gotten that vibe in the slightest. When I used to go to college in CT the Bridgeport ferry provided me with a quick trip to and from my home of Long Island. The drive through downtown to get to the ferry is definitely not the nicest looking…a lot of it is run down and underdeveloped. I had to be missing something.
So after accidentally learning that one of my favorite pizza chains happened to have a location in Bridgeport (Two Boots!) I mentioned to the boy while in the nutmeg state last weekend that we should check out some of the rest of the city–besides the south end near the ferry. If there’s a Two Boots there’s gotta be other neat things!
While walking around, I was super excited to see an installment of “Before I die” by artist Candy Chang. She uses public space in amazing ways to make cities better. Design that changes things at it’s finest. Makes me happy…which I believe was one of her goals :)
Unfortunately there was no chalk around!
I found that Bridgeport may not currently have the gritty charm of Brooklyn or Asbury park but it’s definitely worthy of exploration. Don’t judge a book by its cover. There’s a large part of the city that we missed, including a feminist bookstore/cafe that we’ll have to check out next time.