February 9, 2014

Inspiration and Design

From a young age I've been creating and designing. There wasn't much to do in Punta Gorda Florida other than fishing, swimming, and boating. Chasing iguanas gets boring after a while, believe me. Instead of becoming a professional animal catcher or olympic swimmer, I focused my energy into my education, art, music, dance, writing, and other creative activities. I'm quite grateful for the training and knowledge that prepared me for my life and career in the concrete jungle of Manhattan.

From a very young age I have adored computers and technology. A budding artistic creative geekess, I was very excited when my Dad and I built my first home computer back in the dial-up internet days of my youth. It was a Mac (before Apple computers were so proprietary, it was easily upgraded with memory cards and such...)  Alas, I've been in love with Apple products ever since.

Basic HTML coding was self taught when Myspace was still the "cool" social media platform. Avoiding medocrity, my best friend Krista and I made our pages fascinating and hilarious with amazing photos and animated amusing content. GIF images have been around for a while! I can't help but giggle when GIF images are posted now as though it's the latest craze of internet content.

Building and designing websites has required a lot of learning, trial and error, along with hours of tinkering and loss of sleep combined with beautiful frustration that never reaches perfection, sorta like my songs that are never finished. The most recent frustration is adjusting sites to be mobile friendly. People are more commonly surfing the 'net utilizing their smart phones and tablets instead of computers. I imagine there will be an entire generation of people with horrible posture from slouching their necks to stare at their mobile devices. (That reminds me... gotta make appointment with my chiropractor ASAP.)

I strive to improve upon my tangible creative skills. Nurturing my knowledge has been a rather fun process, designing my modeling composite cards using Photoshop and assisting clients with their websites and promotional materials. I highly recommend Moo.com for comp card and business card printing services. My creative consulting services are available, schedule allowing. Send me a message to discuss concepts and ideas.

You never know where or when design inspiration may hit you. My next idea of brand promotion is to venture out into the real world and have a traditional rubber stamp made of my logo. I've always been fascinated by rubber stamps... and beautiful wax emblems to seal documents and letters. I'm going to a place in the East Village that has been making custom stamps for years. I like to support businesses in my 'hood, especially before they close due to rent increases.

My logo randomly appeared from my mind's eye when I was doodling in my kitchen with a Palomino Blackwing pencil. (Best pencil EVER.) It looked pretty awesome, so I scanned it. The design is based on my initials written on a dollar bill I stuck to the ceiling of a infamous dive bar in Austin, Texas a few years ago. I'm sure it's still there along with other bucks covering years of yellow cigarette infused bills. You never know where and when inspiration will appear.


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