Friday, February 29, 2008

Here's something to make a mom feel good

Love the packaging. Love the product. Worth a Friday mention!

"Inspirational sass for your fantastic ass"
Found it here

Thursday, February 28, 2008

I met a girl yesterday and she is an independent consultant for Once Upon a Family. This is a new one I hadn't heard of. So I checked out her website today and I think maybe I should host a party. They have neat little keepsakes and such. I think it is a great idea to capture memories for your kids. And if you can believe it, I do not scrapbook. I know, I know...I should. People are shocked that I don't actually. But this may be an easier way for me....just throw a bunch of memories in a box. I thought the Letter to Santa pillow was cute, too.

Quote of the Day

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.

-Lois Wyse

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Speaking of Logos...

Speak Up's Under Consideration has a great analysis of the Obama logo, along with examples. ( I also like the Obama website. well done.)

Even the typography is lovingly handled, with each segment changing ever so slightly and unified by the use of Gotham in most of the applications, and using other typefaces as fitting — even the "kids" typography looks finessed, despite the looming pitfalls of faux child-drawn typography. This kind of playful flexibility is typically reserved for the likes of MTV, VH1 or Nickelodeon and the breadth of this kind of brand architecture for global corporations with endless divisions.

The Evolution of Tech Companies’ Logos

Neatorama has a cool article on the evolution of logos.

Your DailyRX

A little girl tells her mom what she would do to monsters....

What's your marketing IQ?

Kind of fun.

Quote of the Day

A good friend knows how you take your coffee.

A great friend adds booze.

Logo Design

Logo design I did for the Bismarck and Minot YP

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Obey the power of Photoshop

I run a little side business manipulating images in Photoshop. It serves its purpose and provides a great example for people who are unable to visualize things in their head. It is just a great way to take advantage of a very powerful tool.....our friendly little psd.

On the other hand, being a graphic designer and having the ability to use those tools as I wish may frighten some...and it has. Some of my friends have been terrified to give me a photo of themselves, just for the fact that someday I may get bored and play. (insert wicked little laugh here) I admit, I've done it before. I've added a few curly afros to the best of them. I've meshed faces seemlessly onto bodies they only wish they had. Oh, I've played, people...and it was damn fun.

But, today I got an email titled : What celebrities would look like if they lived in Wisconsin (hence the nice little photo of Jennifer Aniston below) It was one of the best things I've gotten in awhile. This guy takes the power of Photoshop to a whole new level. Love it!

Check it.

And remember folks...never, ever fork with a graphic designer.

Quote of the Day

Beware the sleep-deprived Mom

Holy Logos Batman

Here is a great compilation of Web2.0 logos, thanks to this guy

Monday, February 25, 2008

It's good to be in ND

We went to visit my brother and family this weekend in Devils Lake and I finally got to see my son experience a little ND winter! We haven't had much snow in Minot, so this was actually the first time we dressed him up in snowpants and boots. How cute are little ones waddling around in their winter gear? I love it! Anyway, his uncle Curt gave him his first sled ride with the snowmobile. It was the perfect winter day.

Which got me many people are convinced that we are crazy for living in ND. I say they're crazy. I CAN'T IMAGINE not having winter and snow and even cold. Have you ever seen the pure joy on a child's face from romping around in the snow? I think of all the memories I have as a kid building snow forts, sledding, riding snowmobiles, ice skating, throwing snow balls, making snow angels and climbing (and climbing and climbing) up those hills only to experience the one minute rush of racing back down.

Spending the weekend with my family was just another reminder of how lucky I am and how excited I am to give my son all the same moments that I had growing up. As we sipped hot chocolate afterward, I thought it was a Norman Rockwell moment.

I know we curse the cold and blizzards seem to change our plans sometimes, but on a day like Saturday, I'm sure glad I live in North Dakota!!

Take that

Ok, one more....

You go, John Stossel

Quote of the Day

This too shall pass.

NOW would be good.

When I grow up....

A little long, but still a classic.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Quote of the Day

There is no problem we cannot ignore, confront, plot against, drown in
chocolate sauce, or run over with the car.

Me and YP

So, as some of you may know, I'm really involved in the start up of a Young Professionals Network here in town. It's something I'm really excited about. I've been on the Leadership Committee for a few months now, and there is a lot of work to do!! But I really believe this is something great for Minot.

YP is a network of young people in Minot, ages 21-39. We've already had some great events and have plans for much more. Currently I'm the marketing/pr person for them and I'm also a co-chair of the Ambassadors Team. I'll be designing a website, email newsletter and other collateral.

Here's a flyer I designed for the upcoming Meeting/Social.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Now THIS is my daily rx

This is my son laughing when he was a baby. This is all I need to make it through the day. Everyone should start their day with the sound of a child's laughter!

Why not comic sans?

So, I received a comment to my previous post inquiring, "What's wrong with comic sans?"

I'm not really saying that I want a complete font banned. I told my intern the other day that comic sans was not allowed in this office. ;-) But, then I had to back-up and admit that there is a time and a place. Yes, good 'ol Comic Sans does have an appropriate use out there somewhere.

It is more about making a statement. How do you explain typography and how important it is in the world of graphic design? How do you teach how a font can communicate to your audience? says it best:

Like the tone of a spoken voice, the characteristics of a typeface convey meaning. The design of the typeface is, in itself, its voice. Often this voice speaks louder than the text itself. Thus when designing a "Do Not Enter" sign the use of a heavy-stroked, attention-commanding font such as Impact or Arial Black is appropriate. Typesetting such a message in Comic Sans would be ludicrous. Though this is sort of misuse is frequent, it is unjustified. Clearly, Comic Sans as a voice conveys silliness, childish naivete, irreverence, and is far too casual for such a purpose. It is analogous to showing up for a black tie event in a clown costume.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mildew and mayhem

I liked the quote today. I guess I'm not successful. Have you ever done that? Left something in the wash only to discover it a few days later? OMG, that is the worst. And it is usually towels. What's up with that?

Speaking house is driving me nuts lately. I never seem to catch up. How do people do it with 3-4 kids? And single moms. Man, do I have a new appreciation for single moms!! Anyway, between the piles and piles of paper and the dog hair....BLA!

I think it should be a new law that there is only a four day work week. Fridays are for cleaning and catching up and Saturday and Sunday is for spending time with your family.

Just my2cents

Quote of the Day

SUCCESS is just getting the wash into the dryer before the mildew sets

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Quote of the Day

Obviously, since I sell Uppercase Living, I like quotes. Here's one for the day.

Just take it one GIGANTIC earth-shattering CRISIS at a time

Typography dos and dont's

So, we have our annual meeting the other day at church. They present us with a lovely little booklet summarizing the year; budget, church council, etc. I open it up and what do I see? Comic sans. An annual report in comic sans. With a little Times New Roman thrown in for good measure. If it was going to be bad, couldn't they at least make it consistantly bad?

Just my2cents
Ok, so I've wanted to do this for awhile , but that little thing called TIME gets in the way. Alas, an 'assignment' came my way, so in my mind I can legitimately screw off at work and not feel guilty. Or at least maybe I will have a Job Number to assign my time to. As my co-worker puts it, RESEARCH. Nevertheless, I'm not a writer, but who cares. I'm a designer. I like a whole lotta different this is where I can share my thoughts with you.

By the way, do I use too many commas when I write?