As promised in this post, here is a shot of this beautiful old, recently-restored sign near my house. The first time I posted a shot of this sign, I used color film in my then recently-acquired Olympus OM-10 camera. This time, I used my trusty original silver Canon Digital Rebel. I shot in RAW, which is something I don’t normally do because I don’t like having to fiddle with my shots if I don’t have to. This is the result of my first attempt at RAW developing with Adobe Lightroom, and I have to say that I was impressed with the ease of making adjustments and pleased with the quality of the result. I may have to get this one printed and framed.
I don’t watch much TV. But lately, when I get the chance to sit down in front of the tube, it’s usually “A Chef’s Life” that I am watching. I enjoy cooking (if I wasn’t a designer, I’d probably be a chef), and it is my dream to someday open a restaurant. So, the ongoing story of chef Vivian Howard and her husband, Ben Knight and their adventures opening not one, but two restaurants in eastern North Carolina really has interest to me.
Recently, I was perusing the web site for the show, and ran across this post detailing what went in to the retail branding and design for Howard’s Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, done by New York firm Damashek Consulting. The combination of food and design is right up my alley, and although it’s a little short on details, it gives a decent glimpse into the process of branding a new product.
Check out “Bottle That Word ‘Dream'” on the A Chef’s Life blog.
You can find a lot of things on Craigslist – a car, a sofa, a slightly-used copy of of Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo Gamecube, maybe even true love. But did you know that you can also find abundant design inspiration there?
Much has been written about the pros and cons of constantly seeking out inspiration as a designer. Some say that the continual search for creative spark in other’s work will make our own work stale and derivative, simply parroting the prevailing design trends. Others counter that there is truly nothing new under the sun, and everything comes from something else, the trick being to take inspiration from something and make it your own.
I tend to fall into the latter camp, maintaining a sizable Evernote notebook of web clippings that have struck me as particularly interesting. I don’t, however, limit my inspiration mining to the typical places like Dribbble, ffffound, and Designspiration. One of the more unusual places I find things that inspire me is Craigslist. Continue reading