The changing seasons always get me in a crafty mood. Luckily, I can now go to Renegade Craft Fair each year: Chicago’s event is perfect timing for some fall inspiration. This year, witty sayings, type-nerd tees, and sewing projects all really caught my eye:
Wow: a lot has happened in the past month. After finding out I was accepted to a special opportunity (more on that in a later post), I spent almost all of May preparing for a big move to Chicago. I have now been here for almost a week and can finally consider myself settled in for the summer. So aside from my Social Networking Duties for AIGAKC, I took a break from blogging, etc. When Linden tagged me on her 8 Things Post, I thought it would be a great way to get back into the swing of writing and let you know what’s ahead for the summer. You can expect to see a lot more from me again…both here and on S&D.
Without further ado, my 8 Things:
8 Things I Am Looking Forward To:
- Exploring Chicago. While here, I fully expect to take advantage of being in a big city, and plan on blogging my finds. First stop is Lincoln Square later today.
- German Culture. Chicago has a lot more German restaurants, places to get ethnic foods, and German sections in a lot of the bookstores. I’ve already found myself some German honey and nutella: yum!
- Personal Projects. While here, I’m hoping to have more time to devote to several personal projects, including…
- Site Redesign. It’s long over-due, but I finally have the resources to put it in action.
- AIGAKC Leadership Retreat. I’ll have to attend from afar, but I can’t wait to hear what everybody learned out at Portland’s Leadership Retreat several weeks ago. I’ll be sure to share any thoughts both here and over on AIGAKC’s Discussions.
- June 22. More on this in the next post 😉
- July 15. The next Harry Potter movie comes out…what can I say? I’m a nerd.
- Mid-July. The family is taking a vacation to California: you get to come along with me and my camera. I’m especially looking forward to the redwood trees.
8 Things I Did Yesterday:
- Continued letting friends/colleagues know I was in Chicago. (Are You, dear reader, here? Let me know!)
- Contacted people about freelance opportunities.
- Updated my Creative Hotlist and AIGA profiles to say I was in Chicago.
- Ate a delicious PB&H sandwich with deutsche Honig: yum! (not sure why German honey tastes so much better than our’s…)
- Took a brief look at Lincoln Square: made note to come back.
- Added to and checked things off of my Monstrous-Summer-To-Do List.
- Took the Brown Line downtown.
- Went to Bluesfest with my cousin and friends.
8 Things I’d Like To Do (just a handful from the MSTD List):
- Finish putting together all of my photo albums
- Redesign this website
- Finish sketches/designs for gocco projects
- Finish designs for embroidery ideas
- Take my sketchbook to Millennium Park for a day
- Read Watership Down
- Upload new work to Flickr and blog about it.
- Locate the German sausage shop my friend mentioned and have a cook-out
8 Shows (and Podcasts) I Watch/Listen To:
- Pushing Daisies (so mad they cancelled this show…but at least they are airing the last of the last 3 episodes tonight)
- Samantha Who (again: why did they cancel it??)
- Dancing With the Stars
- Gestalten.tv (video podcast with interviews and documentaries with current artists/designers)
- Paul Rand Lecture Series (video podcast hosted by Steven Heller on graphic design art history)
- Design Matters (podcast hosted by Debbie Millman featuring interviews with designers)
- Animation Podcast (podcast featuring interviews with legendary animators)
8 Blogs to Read:
(ok, I switched this from tagging since I just really wanted to make recommendations)
- Linden’s Pensieve (everything from marathon training to German living to techie insight)
- Sarah Jo Austin (techie insight, crafts, and the other half of the brains behind The True Beginner’s Guide to Twitter)
- Carina’s Craftblog (crafts and diy culture)
- Celestina Carmen (crafts, book rec’s, diy culture)
- The Design Cubicle (articles on freelancing/client issues, great inspiration and links)
- Raw Toast Design (blog of fellow Missouri State grad, Jesse Kuhn, featuring his illustrations)
- Design Work Life (new favorite design inspiration blog)
- Anything Goes (great inspiration/new work from art director, Kat Black)
I just blogged today on S&D about all the things you can do while being unemployed. (Because without a job, there’s just tons of freetime…that’s a joke, son, a joke!) But seriously, building onto the Passions posts, unemployment is a great time to pick up some new hobbies/skills. These were just a few of the ones I thought others might enjoy. While twittering for AIGA the other day, I also found a great article by Kevin Fullerton of Springboard Creative: Take the Long View on Your Job Search has some great tips for job hunting in this economy.
I just finished uploading all of the photos I took at the A5 Awards Gala on Saturday night. The event went fairly smoothly from start to finish, and we’ve even gotten some good press.
I included shots of the show featuring this year’s winners. Some of the photos of the work aren’t the best shots, but trust me when I say everything looked fantastic. You can find the albums on our Facebook page or just scroll through the Flickr set on the slideshow below:
I ran across Amy Sol’s work a while back and loved what I saw. She has such a nice, soft color palette and her style is just serene and whimsical at the same time. Apparently she has a new show opening next Friday. I wish I was geographically able to go. Since I’m not, I’m just enjoying her latest posts which talk about her process for each piece. (I dig the woodgrain backgrounds.)
It makes me want to pick up some watercolors.
I just ran across this via QBN (Newstoday). MSNBC has launched a fascinatingly beautiful way to visualize the news: Spectra. Choose the news categories you’re most interested in, and Spectra will add the latest headlines to the visualizer.
Pure eye-candy and my new favorite way to view the news. Move over GoogleNews…
Time Magazine has a new interview with illustrator Mary GrandPre online discussing her latest work on the anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Although most famous for her work on the Harry Potter series, GrandPre has also illustrated many other children’s books, as well as a lot of editorial work. I simply love her illustration style: it’s so soft and geometric, and I love the jewel tones in her color palette. It makes me want to grab some pastels myself…
Check out more of her work on her site…(perhaps a bit out of date?) Enjoy!