Friday, May 27, 2011

Total Awesomeness from Volume 25

Oh. My. Goodness. How awesome is this? Volume 25 has shared the process of remodeling their vintage motorhome. (another lover of birch trees, I see!) I'm so jealous of this right now. Do you think I could convince hubby that we need a retromoblie, too? Although with the price of gas, I think we'd just have to enjoy it in our driveway.

image snagged from the Volume 25 blog and if you notice, it's another 'eyecandy'...her shop provides digital overlays...very cool!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bottle Brainstorming

The other day as I was finishing up another of my Monavie bottles it occurred to me that I should be doing something crafty with these things. I can't believe I haven't come up with something clever to do with my empties. Should I modge podge them with colorful paper and use them as vases? Should I use them on my patio somehow?

Help me brainstorm! What would you do with these beautiful bottles?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rainbow Birthday

Here's a sneak peak of the invite I designed last night, which is pretty astonishing considering we had a double header of soccer and t-ball to go to! But it's for a very beautiful 3 year old who's mommy is planning a special rainbow themed party. This took me back a few years to my rainbow-obsessed youth. Pictures of rainbows, stickers books full of rainbows, heck, I even had rainbow wallpaper in my bedroom! I'm looking forward to designing some fun printables for this party!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Speaking of swimsuit season...

I just received these great tips from my UBC newsletter.


Tip #1: Eat breakfast every day. Breakfast-eaters tend to consume more nutrients and fewer calories than people who skip this a.m. meal. Plus eating in the morning helps boost your metabolism at the start of the day.

Tip #2: Make smart substitutions. Use vinaigrette instead of ranch dressing, eat a whole wheat English muffin instead of a bagel, and try mustard instead of mayo. You'll save 250 calories each day. That adds up to 5 lbs. in just 10 weeks.

Tip #3: If you can, exercise in the morning. More than 90% of people who exercise consistently have a morning routine. This ensures that other things during the day won't get in the way of your workout goals.

Tip #4: Keep a water bottle with you all day. Many times when you think you're hungry, you're actually thirsty. Drinking water can help prevent you from eating extra snacks throughout the day.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Swimsuit Company Keeps It REAL!

Dear Mommies, you will appreciate this...

Swimsuit season is fast approaching and as we all start digging in the bottom drawer for last season's suit, it weighs on us what we are NOT looking forward to. I HATE swimsuit shopping. Mostly I hate it because the suits look adorable on the models, but are nowhere near that cute on an average mom's body! I have never found a suit locally that can do a normal body justice. A few years ago I discovered Cyberswim online. They know how to make a suit for REAL bodies. It is worth the few extra bucks you'll shell out to suck and tuck and lift in the right areas.

I visited their site recently to check out anything new this year and found the Real Life Makeover gallery. HALLELUJAH!!!!!! No stick thin models, no Photoshoping...just REAL women showcasing their Miraclesuit swimwear. BRAVO Cyberswim!

Even More Student Web Design

Monday, May 16, 2011

More Student Web Design!

As promised last week, here are more designs from the digital design class! 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Student Web Design!

I had the pleasure of team teaching the Digital Design class this semester at Minot State University. What a talented group of students! I just had to showcase their final projects. I'm so very proud of them all!!

The project consisted of branding a 'new business' in town, Doorstep Deliveries. The business model was to provide a grocery shopping service online, local delivery and additional interactive features throughout the site. Once the logo was developed, we explored site architecture and developed our site map.

Each student took it a different direction and it was great to hear their rationale behind their concept. Their solutions to the creative brief and site architecture were all solved in a variety of ways, each visually communicating appropriately.

They designed (Photoshop) and developed their sites, everything from color, photography and font choice, to slicing and development (Dreamweaver). Some used HTML while others used CSS.

Our last step was to market the new site through banner advertisements. (not shown here)

Take a peek...I will showcase more next week!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When the tail wags the dog by Seth Godin

When the tail wags the dog

By Seth Godin
(from Before & After)

Actually, it doesn’t matter one bit to me whether you’re any good at design.

If you’re reading this magazine, the odds are you are. You’re probably very good. It doesn’t matter.

What matters is whether you can sell design to your clients. What matters is that you’re able to implement the great ideas, instead of settling for the mediocre stuff that clients insist upon.

Have you ever seen an incompetent extension cord? An incorrectly mixed jar of mouthwash? An inferior gallon of gas?

Just about everyone thinks that we need to focus on the stuff we make. Just about everyone is wrong. The stuff we make is fine. We have everything we need, and everything is good enough.

On the other hand, have you ever been in a building where the architect did a bad job? Have you ever decided not to enter a restaurant because the lighting and look didn’t feel fun? Have you ever bypassed a magazine because it looked boring?

It turns out that design has too long been a poor stepsister. Design — (graphic design, product design, space design, interface design) the freelance work that you can get without a degree, that doesn’t pay enough, that has not nearly enough status — is no longer just a nice plus. Design is all we’ve got!

If you want someone to switch from a product they like, the only choice is to make a product they love — and that’s the work of the designer. Designers make things that create emotion. Designers create boxes and ads and brochures and buildings and steering wheels that we love.

So why do designers go last? Why aren’t you invited to chime in before the dies are cast (literally) and the budgets are set? Why doesn’t the board send the CEO to a design seminar at Parsons so she can understand how to make things people will love?

For too long, people who are passionate about design (that would be you, Before & After reader) have accepted their lot. They’ve assumed that they should shave their hours, discount their fees, do their work as journeymen and then move on.

It’s completely acceptable for designers to grumble about lousy clients. We apologize for our work, saying, “Well, it’s the best the client would let me do.” You should be ashamed to say stuff like this. Great design is not a luxury, and a compliant (even enthusiastic) client should not be a rarity.

We now have an obligation to sell our very best work.

No excuses. Go do it.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Display Your Child's Artwork

Here is a cute way to display your child's artwork and all available through Uppercase Living! I used the MDF board with pre-drilled holes, Shoreline Blue paint, a set of bulldog clips and finished it off with a custom expression!

I also found this great idea from A Soft Place To Land blog the other day if you have a larger area. Too cute!