This post was meant to be written some months ago, but it’s better late than never!
Back in May I had the opportunity to travel to Kona, Hawaii to help brand a health care start-up. The point of bringing me to the Island was so I could experience the culture as a local, and get in as many outdoor activities that could possibly fit in a single day. Or atleast that was the goal of the amazing family I stayed with.
In between days spent relaxing at the beach, driving the kids to soccer practice, and working, I was able to really soak in the Hawaiian aesthetic. It’s very different than, say, Swiss design is with its minimalist approach and color. The one thing I really noticed was that Hawaii loves its flourishes and bright, bright color, These not only represented the experience of living in the constant beautiful sun, but also the people, who were so laid back and welcoming.
Illustration was also huge. There was not a place I could go where I didn’t see Malolo fish, coconuts, waves, volcanos, or surfboards represented in some manner of creative digital brush work. These were seriously everywhere, but I never got tired of seeing them. Every one was different from the next, and, being the tourist that I was, I absolutely adored them all.
Another thing the designers do well is working with overlapping patterns and colors. It was my pleasure to be on the same Island during the Iron Man triathlon, and with it came an incredibly vivid and exciting Iron Man identity created by locals. Imagine bright blues, greens, pinks, and oranges all over-lapping in simplistic block type. Throw in a few palm tree and turtle icons and you’ve got one awesome design. I LOVED it.
I’ll have to continue to write more about Hawaii later, but I’m really looking forward to my next design adventure!
* The picture above was taken during my family’s (Todd and Karolina) Swim, Run, Paddle race. These are their two adorable boys, Karsten and Fynn.
Letterpress and wax seals and kick ass typography and textured paper! It’s everything you need for an awesome wedding invite. And it just so happens that one of my best friends is engaged. Congrats to the love birds Stephanie and Cory!
Stephanie gave me the honor of designing their invitations so i’ve been doing a little research to get ideas. I may be a little over a year ahead of schedule, but I was never one to waste time. :)
As I’ve mentioned before, Steph is amaaaazingly green and pushes to reduce her use of plastic each month. She loves the outdoors, gardening, recycling. I’m starting to form a picture in my head of the initial concept and it’s all revolving around recycled everything and invites that can be repurposed for another use once the wedding is over.
I’ll continue to post more ideas once the date gets closer!
A beautiful watercolor map.
A new favorite from Things Organized Neatly.
I’ve been thinking this past week about how the Summer doesn’t really mean as much to me as it did when I was a student. I suppose it’s mainly because the work schedule doesn’t change when you enter into ‘adult world.’
But that being said, it’s really amazing what such extended amounts of sunny weather can do for a person. It may be difficult to deal with the heat at times, but mentally i’m feeling really alive this Summer. The sun is out and people are super active and social. I’m motivated and wanting to wake up early so I can be productive as soon as possible.
When I was in Finland this last year I learned how short the days could be during the winter time. That’s when stores and restaurants bring out special fluorescent light bulbs that trick the brain into thinking it’s not as late as it looks outside. I imagine it would be incredibly difficult to live in a place with such a lack of sunshine and such an increase of depression from having to stay indoors.
I suppose that’s one of the perks to living where I do and having the opportunity to move around to places where there’s an abundance of healthy sunlight.
It’s been so long since i’ve had the time to post about anything designy that i’m really passionate about. I have tons of drafts in line at the moment (many from the previous month) that I’ll hopefully be posting this week, but for now, enjoy.
Packaging has always been of enormous interest to me. There’s really no wrong way to do it, and with the strength behind the eco-friendly movement people are finding so many creative ways to repurpose materials. Beautifully wrapped gifts don’t just come in standard cardboard boxes any more, and it’s all for the better. When I was little I ALWAYS saved the packages my birthday gifts came in, regardless of the shitty quality. But now that my tastes have been refined a bit, I can better appreciate when something is contained within a piece of art and (because I’m most likely a partial hoarder) display it proudly.
So what’s my favorite type of packaging? OMG CHOCOLATE.
If there’s one thing on my ‘I will definitely design this one day and become world famous’ list, it’s chocolate packaging. Chocolate has the ability to take childhood memories of running around and playing in the mud and combine it with luxury and elegance. It’s young, sexy, delicious, and it makes people happy. Bring me into a high class chocolate store, and I won’t be leaving without first looking at, touching, and taking pictures of the various packaging, while annoying the staff probably.
I found this awesome photo example to represent my rambling: This beauty is from a cafe in Kyobashi, Japan called 100% Chocolate Cafe. I’ve been doing a lot of traveling this past year so I thought the concept would be appropriate. They have 56 different flavors of chocolate from around the world! Each square contains a numeric value for each chocolate, the location of its birth, and basic details about its flavor. So…chocolate, typography, nerdy information, bright colors, and a simplistic design. Perfect.
With the warm weather fast approaching….I want to do this.
Sometimes designers need a push to create, or atleast conceptualize, something new. And there’s really no limit to what you can dream up as long as you don’t limit yourself to what you think can or can’t be done.
For example, it’s been a dream of mine to be able to copy and paste sound into another location. Literally take the sounds from a busy city and input it into a quiet suburban street. Or take the sound of a paper bag crumpling and replace it with dripping water. Too idealistic perhaps? It doesn’t matter. Thinking about potentially impossible things (atleast for the now) can unlock an unlimited number of opportunities.
Anonymous said: How many licks does it take to get to the moon?
Th-three and a half?