Logo feasting–all night long

September 16th, 2011 | Blah Blah, Creative | | 0 comments

LogoLounge

Truth be told–I hate designing logos.  I know, that sounds like a chef saying, “I hate cooking.”  And why the heck would you want to eat something from a chef that hates cooking?  Confession:  logo designing is challenging.  When I design logos, it’s about that spark of inspiration, and trying to get that spark to ignite on demand (say, on a client’s timeline), can be stressful.  One step of the process is finding inspiration from other logos.  And “finding inspiration” is not a euphemism for copying (shame on you!).  My process used to involve combing through multiple books, flagging and xeroxing the ones I liked.  As much fun as it was to take a break from staring at my iMac screen, it wasn’t something I looked forward to.

Then yesterday as I flipped through my 2008 LogoLounge book, I happened upon a short paragraph written in 8pt text that said I could go online to http://www.logolounge.com to search over 100,000 logos.  Whaaaaa???!

Long story short, the LogoLounge website is my new best friend.  Membership cost money, but I’m totally happy to pay for it so I can say good-bye to my xeroxing process.  Why didn’t anyone tell me about this earlier?  Anyway, my good design deed of the day is passing this tidbit on to my fellow logo-loathing designer (don’t pretend you all “love” making logos—you know who you are).

Since we’re all being honest here, I’ll also like to confess that I love watching Storage Wars.  Barry Weiss, if you’re reading this, call me.

Do you love color? Us too.

November 16th, 2010 | Blah Blah, Creative | | 0 comments

You don’t need to be some, square-glasses wearing, artistic fool to love great color combinations. If you’ve ever color coordinated your throw pillows to your lampshades or your shoes to your messenger bag, you’ll appreciate this Colour Lovers Website (and no, I’m not British, that’s how the URL is spelled).

Get lost in color trends for your wedding, home, fashion, crafts… whatever.  It’ll make you want to get up and repaint the living room.  Ok, maybe just buy some new curtains and bed sheets, but still!

Got my Sean Kane button!

August 8th, 2010 | Blah Blah, Creative, Fun | | 0 comments

Sean Kane, Illustrator, buttonIllustrations make me happy.  And one of the biggest advantages to being an Art Director is having an excuse to be acquainted with totally talented illustrators, like Sean Kane.  Another thing that makes me happy is free stuff.  And the fact that Sean was giving away free stuff with his work on it, well, sign me up! (Not to mention that I love smart promotional ideas.)

One e-mail and a week later, I got my free button!  Happy day!  Thanks Sean!

Sean Kane creates his beautiful illustrations from his studio in Canada, and we’ve never met in person, but he’s always been extremely kind, friendly and sharing– much like his work.

Make movies without actors or cameras

July 17th, 2010 | Creative, Fun, Technology, The Web | | 0 comments

Xtra Normal FilmmakingI already don’t have enough time to splice together family vacation footage in iMovie, and here comes along an extremely cool (and potentially HUGE time sucker for me) new service call Xtra Normal. What is it? Well, have you ever had a great script idea, but no friends willing to act it out for you? And forget about multiple camera angles because you don’t even have a video camera. Problem solved (sort of). Welcome to Movie Making 101 with multiple camera angles and built-in actors (some of them are very cute too).

The service is currently bogged down and runs a bit slow (probably due to recent influx of traffic), but the possibilities blow my mind.  If any of you aspiring filmmakers try this out, please share!  I’d love to see what you come up with.