Smiling is Key

Perfect complement to Motivation Monday! Great picture.

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Smiling is Key

Happy Monday! It’s the beginning of a new week everybody. Here’s a little tip for those who haven’t been feeling like themselves lately, or for those who need a simple “pick-me-up”.

“Whatever makes you feel bad, leave it. Whatever makes you smile, keep it.”

Try it! I’m sure a smile will not only lighten up your day, but it will make others smile with you. You never know who’s day you’ll be brightening up today. Remember that happiness is always contagious, so start spreading some smiles! 😉

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Motivation Monday: Paris and its Neighborhoods

Take a look at this video made by Havas Worldwide working with Flying V to produce this animation of Parisian neighborhoods through typography.

I should note that I found this video not through their Vimeo account, Havas Worldwide, but through Hypebeast‘s article, Depicting Parisian Neighborhoods via Typography.

The level of thought and work put into this video is impressive and should motivate anyone. I really enjoyed the Champs Elysees part, which then transitions to the Eifel Tower. This movie uses two colors – black and white – and solely utilizes typographical animations to say so much more. If you know Paris and its districts, you’ll enjoy the video. Take a look and appreciate the work!

Web Design (Sundays): Navigation Part 1

Navigation Part I. It’s so important and should probably be one of – if not the – most important features in a website. Navigation has two parts: the front end and the intrinsic (or built-in) end.

The front end is what the consumers see. In other words, it’s what we see. We call up a site and we see the buttons/links/images that will lead us around the site.

A very quick and very brief look at the creation of website navigation.

A very quick and very brief look at the creation of website navigation.

The front end is what the consumers see. In other words, it’s what we see. We call up a site and we see the buttons/links/images that will lead us around the site.

I’m calling the back-end of website navigation intrinsic because it’s easiest to think of being built-in to the site. If the concept of the website doesn’t focus on ease of use for us, you can bet no one is hanging around long to figure out how to get around the site.

Navigation needs to be a focal point in a site from the get-go. When the developers are drawing up the site, the first step is to brainstorm what pages and content there will be. The next step is how it is all connected either by using charts, webs, maps – you name it. Then the front-end navigation needs to fulfill these back-end plans.

It’s a tall order certainly. But there are some basic things to think about if you’re creating a webpage or things to take in next time you’re web surfing. Continue reading

Motivation Monday: Do What You Love

Take it from one of the greatest inventors and business leaders of the modern-day technological industry: Steve Jobs. It’s as simple as this – to do great work, you must do what you love.

Poster I designed to embody Steve Jobs quote.

Poster I designed to embody Steve Jobs’ quote. The background is Chicago font, which was named after one of Jobs’ favorite cities.

My motivation for this Motivation Monday’s poster has come from Jobs and his appreciation of type. As I pointed out in my first post, Jobs spoke to Stanford’s graduating class of 2005. His appreciation of type and his pivotal role he played in pioneering the introduction of different typefaces on Macintosh computers in 1984 forever opened the gates for digital type. Continue reading

“Talking Shop” – An Interview with designer Holly Gibbs

I caught up with Holly Gibbs, a visual designer at Smart Media Creative. Her blog, The Cre8ive, and her personal website, Holly Marie Gibbs, showcase her work.

Gibbs’ background is in communication and began her design career through communication design. From there, she dabbled in web design and soon immersed herself in the industry. Today, she spends her work time – and her free time for that matter – designing. She tackles all kinds of design from branding to invitations. The field is an ever-changing learning experience, and it’s what she loves to do. A couple of her answers to my endless questions are below. Enjoy!

Q: What do you suggest for people tackling their own design or image? Do you have any helpful guidelines to share with those whose backgrounds are not in design?

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