Dirty Sink Design is currently under-construction, gathering info, and exploring the outdoors: be back after a while.
The New Year is coming this weekend, and it’s time to reflect on goals for the next year.
With a little work experience under my belt, I know that I would like to know more about web design. Lynda.com has helped me tremendously in my learning of new software. School has taught me the elements of design and Lynda is teaching me how to use the tools.
I am exploring the world of package design and looking for people and places who are as interested in it as I am. I slowly wander down the aisles of Whole Foods admiring the showcase of excellent packaging. Lovely Package is one of my favorite blogs to admire packaging as well as graphic-exchange.
I’m not as connected with the Dallas Art Community as I would like and I have a goal to see more galleries ans shows. If you have any advice for breaking in to the art scene here, I’m all ears. Otherwise, you might see me soon, volunteering at the DMA.
I wish you a Happy New Year!
- lynda.com Founder, Lynda Weinman, Announced as 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year (eon.businesswire.com)
- Arts Blog: Design on Dragon (smudailymustang.com)
Here is a cheaper way to make glittering Christmas Decorations. I simply found things in the yard, flattened them for a few days in a book (If you don’t then they might curl up in a few days), sprayed them with glue, and sprinkled glitter. I made them first to decorate the apartment but now I’m thinking they might end up on a Christmas card.
- “Believe” Christmas Banner (organizeyourstuffnow.com)
- How To Reuse Christmas Cards: The Wreath (Video) (thegreengirls.com)
- Projects ” How-To’s ” Recycled Tp Roll Christmas Ornament (cutoutandkeep.net)
I would like to start a discussion about following trends.
I was reading a chapter of AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design which was saying that the champions of design have signature styles and it is tragic that often companies want what is trendy and not what is truly artistic.
As a young designer it’s hard to not copy trends. Trends flood design annuals and competitions for us to see and get inspiration. Whether college taught me this or I just did it to pass, I tried to learn design by copying trends. I wanted to be versatile, so instead of focusing on my style, I learned several different ones. So here I am with several different styles in my portfolio, and trying to look like I understand the trends of the industry.
Trends seem to sell. In the last season of Project Runway, Gretchen won the competition partly because she had an eye on fashion trends. Companies seem to like trends and they hire designers; therefore, shouldn’t I be somewhat trendy?
Are trends really that bad? Perhaps they can kill our own creativity and voice. I came across Mitch Goldstein’s blog. He is getting his MFA at and writes, “Design should not be about regurgitating trends, having a cool studio, or being an AIGA member. Design should be about how the designer relates to the world around them, and how they translate that into interesting stuff.” His statement reminds me of my studio art roots. I believe that fine art should be an expression of the human experience in the world. By following trends, designers seem to lose their ingenuity.
Successful designers have a balance of understanding trends and having his or her own voice so they can sell and yet still be themselves. When you design, do you worry about good design or something original?
After graduating college with my BFA in Graphic Design, I had a leave behind booklet for interviews and a self-promotional item that got me an A in the portfolio class. However since college, I haven’t really used either concept and after talking to a few seasoned graphic designers and employers, I will leave those projects in my portfolio. When I asked employers, “What would you do with a self-promotional item?” Several said, “Truthfully, I would throw it away. I have no place for it and if I did, I would forget it was there. It’s much easier for me to bookmark a website or resume.” Some of us are pack rats and won’t throw away something cool or inspirational, but others have no problem clearing out the unused objects. So as you hunt for a job, look for ways to get your name on the web and in emails.
- Advice for design students (davidairey.com)
- Tips for Staying Focused in a Cubicle | Orphicpixel (orphicpixel.com)
- Web Designers and Graphic Designers (encourageblogging.com)
I first discovered Lush on a little street in Oxford, England. The black bottles tell me it’s chic, while the small signs remind me of a garden centers, and the handwritten font makes me feel like someone made these soaps by hand.
While I thought I had found a small local shop, turns out it’s quite international. Check out lush.com and visit different countries’ sites. Each one reflects the culture. I find it interesting to see how Lush molds its identity to cultural context.
As far as Lush product, by far my favorite is the bath bombs. I recently tried the Twilight Bomb and enjoyed a silky purple bath with iridescent glitter.
- Lush Launches ‘Gorilla Perfume’ (stylelist.com)
- Top 5: Gifts for the Hostess (beso.com)
- Eco Soaps: Goat Milk Bars (brighthub.com)
- Sweet Dreams! 3 Beauty Products to Help You Sleep at Night (collegefashion.net)
Paper is the mat and frame for your designs. Just like there is variety in paint finishes, there is variety in paper. Choose from mat to glossy, white to cream, 90 lb. to 180 lb, textured to smooth. Should you round the corners? Should you use recycled paper?
Take a look at your favorite magazines or catalogs or store’s brochure. The paper they choose should reflect their brand and their message. How many eco-friendly products aren’t printed on something recycled or at least look like they do? How many cutting edge magazines don’t have a sheen to them? If they don’t, should they?
Local print shops can have expand your knowledge in paper. If they are knowledgeable, they understand how ink reacts to the paper which affects your design. They also can have a variety in paper as well as stores like Paper Source and Hobby Lobby.
Paper Companies can have the best sample books for not only indulging in the product but also in the design of presenting it. Check out French Paper Co. and Clampitt for ideas, products, and education.
Related Articles Of Creatively Using Paper
- Fantastically Creative Examples of Paper Art That Make You Say Wow (mt-soft.com.ar)
- Book Review and Giveaway – Creative Paper Jewelry (beadinggem.com)
- In East Village, One Store, Five Floors, 6,000 Papers (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- DIY- Making Paper Lanterns (brighthub.com)
- Ways to Recycle Scrapbooking Paper (brighthub.com)
- Choosing Sustainable Paper Made Easy (livingprinciples.org)
I’ve absorbed some good web design recently. I found some resources to share. If you want to start your own website but don’t want to start from scratch, I would suggest using cargo collective. If you want to start blogging, I would of course suggest Word Press. Both look great, are customizable, and have people willing to help you out 24-7.
Bellow are links to generate ideas for the look you may want.
6 Links to Browse what you like and take you several places.
6 Websites of my hand-picked favorites:
- A Design Is Only As Deep As It Is Usable (smashingmagazine.com)
- Expressive Web Typography: Useful Examples and Techniques (smashingmagazine.com)
- Beautiful Vintage Design: Showcase and Resources | Vandelay Design Blog (vandelaydesign.com)
- Showcase of Fresh Texture-Based Web Designs (noupe.com)
- Simple, Cheap, Yet Elegant and Useful (proniit.co.za)
This logo is based on a sink in my grandparents home. I think it works well in a large format but I am thinking I need to simplify the smaller one, similar to what Potbelly does for their logo. I like the sink in my favorite colors. I’m open to any thoughts about it or how to improve it. Is it readable, does any area confuse or bother you? Thank you for your opinion.
Related Articles and Websites:
Logo Design Love Logo Blog
Brands of the World Vector Logos
Logo Designers Take a look at people behind the logo.