Category Archives: inspire//research

I MOVED

Hey guys. I am not dead. and i am stilI going to continue to blog. Woohoo. I WILL NOT BE POSTING HERE ANYMORE THOUGH!! YAY YAY YAY!! I will now be posting here: 
promisetangemanblog.com
or click the photo below.

head over to my new blog

head over to my new blog



I hope you decide to continue to follow my blog and the community happening here. if you could be so kind as to change your links that would be GREAT!! Let me know how you like the new set up.

THE TING TINGS

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I LOVE IT when my buddy, Nathan Braceros sends me links, textures, websites, and other design resources. I wish He had a website or blog that i could give him credit at. booo. He works with the big dogs in seattle at Hornall Anderson, the biggest design firm up there. Nathan is a the real deal. Although i wish he would move down to az. hahaa. anyway. This video is awesome. check it out.

thanks Nathan

CHECK THIS OUT: custom picks

So i have been trying to figure out what our favors should be for our guests. I am thinking of something that combines both Brian and my interests and personalities. I came across this website that you can upload your images to guitar picks. Haha how fun is that? Here is a quick showing of it in action. Its super easy to use and actually fun. I am not going to use this exact image but it gives you an idea. So do you think its a GO?? Yes or no. I am gonna base my decision off of your answers. Everyone must put their two cents in. YES or NO

you can go to: claytoncustom.com and mess around on their website uploading images. have fun

FAVORITE WEDDING IMAGES AND IDEAS

birds and feathers

birds and feathers


Considering I have never been a girl to dream about my wedding, I had no idea where to start or what the etiquette was for wedding situations and themes. I loved these images. I searched on all wedding websites for fun unique images that represented brian and I. I love researching fun ideas compiling them together to see how it can really be done. That is so fun. I hope you can enjoy these images. I know not everyone is planning a wedding or will.. but i thought these were fun and inspiring non the less. Any thoughts on the headbands, or feather boutonnieres?
twigs and urban outdoor vibe

twigs and urban outdoor vibe


i love the urban shabby chic fabric

i love the urban shabby chic fabric


handmade paper string butterflys

handmade paper string butterflys


rich monocrome layering

rich monocrome layering


shear flowing fabric creating an inside intimate environment

shear flowing fabric creating an inside intimate environment


fabric made flowers

fabric made flowers


urban makeshift backdrop

urban makeshift backdrop


ooo pretty

ooo pretty


shabby chic on a budget

shabby chic on a budget


guest seating chart

guest seating chart


i want a bike.

i want a bike.


earthy goodness

earthy goodness


oo paintings

oo paintings


effortless

effortless


invites and patterns

invites and patterns


high contrast vintage apple farm

high contrast vintage apple farm


sweet//vintage and sleek and modern

sweet//vintage and sleek and modern


headbands for bridesmaids? cute

headbands for bridesmaids? cute

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! a recap of 2008 favorite projects

This past year has been great. I have learned SOO MUCH and have gotten the opportunity to design and do some amazing projects. I appreciate you all for trusting me to make you beautiful creations. i hope i get to do many many more. Keep me in mind for your creative projects this coming year. I listed a few of my favorite projects in 2008. take a look. dont forget to comment. -loves
 FAVORITE DESIGN PROJECTS

Cornerstone AD mailer to 140,00 people

Cornerstone AD mailer to 140,00 people


Cornerstone marriage series graphics

Cornerstone marriage series graphics


Shelly Moore Music Merch T-shirt design

Shelly Moore Music Merch T-shirt design


Cornerstone starfield tickets design

Cornerstone starfield tickets design


mat weddle album cover design

mat weddle album cover design


Cornerstone women's black & white christmas print design

Cornerstone women's black & white christmas print design


above the golden state merch designs

above the golden state merch designs


cornerstone shear perfection series graphics and branding

cornerstone shear perfection series graphics and branding


cornerstone shear perfection series graphics and branding

cornerstone shear perfection series graphics and branding


cornerstone series campaign promo materials

cornerstone series campaign promo materials


wedding save the date design

wedding save the date design


cornerstone womens magazine design

cornerstone womens magazine design


cornerstone series graphics and branding

cornerstone series graphics and branding


cornerstone business cards

cornerstone business cards


cornerstone young marrieds branding

cornerstone young marrieds branding


cornerstone small groups

cornerstone small groups


year of the word. win a car promo

year of the word. win a car promo


cornerstone jr. high branding

cornerstone jr. high branding


mike minter football

screen image: mike minter football


mike minter promo material

mike minter promo material


cornerstone series graphics logo

cornerstone series graphics logo


matt maher merch t-shirt design

matt maher merch t-shirt design



PERSONAL OR COMMISSIONED FINE ART PROJECTS

brian's gift last christmas

brian's gift last christmas


inspired by a matt maher song

inspired by a matt maher song


inspired by a matt maher song

inspired by a matt maher song


for jason and jess.

for jason and jess.


for the flood art show

for the flood art show


art exhibit downtown phoenix

art exhibit downtown phoenix


art exhibit downtown phoenix

art exhibit downtown phoenix


for the flood art show

for the flood art show


for the flood art show

for the flood art show


PHOTO SHOOT FAVORITES

model

hannah: model


model

hannah: model


kim, john, mono, and edgar.

kim, john, mono, and edgar.


engagement

engagement


maternity

maternity


maternity

maternity


senior

senior


senior

senior


family

family


seniors

seniors


engagement

engagement


wedding

wedding


wedding

wedding


wedding

wedding


wedding

wedding


personal

personal


personal

personal


personal

personal

I LOVE ME SOME “URBAN RENEWAL”

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URBAN OUTFITTERS stole my dream crafty business idea. ahaha. When i was in high school i dreamed about starting a boutique clothing line that was made out of already existing clothing pieces. Urban outfitters takes old vintage clothes and re-creates them with a modern flair. I love what they have going on. This is a great section to check out and then make your own stuff. You can find this small line at the urban outfitters stores and online. click the image above to check it out. As far as i know, right now i only see this line in womens. 

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DESIGN PROCESS & CREATIVE THINKING INTERVIEW

I recieved an email from an art student this past week wanting to interview me about my career so far. I thought I would share with you my answers. Some may find this intriguing, some may not. haha. here it is anyhow.

0111. What is a typical day like? What kinds of problems and decisions do you face in an average week?
I, currently, work at Cornerstone in Chandler, Arizona in the Creative Arts Department as a Graphic Designer. I also do freelance photography, fine art and design on the side. A typical day for me might have things like creative planning meetings for up coming series, big events, campaigns, concerts and all kinds of creative processes. I design promotional materials, website graphics, stage designs, logos and branding. I usually design between 3-4 projects on an average day. Unlike normal design firms, we turn around logos and graphic images faster and less perfected. Every Sunday is like designing for an art show and our graphics have to be prepared in a short amount of time. During the day I answer emails, research for design concepts, organize files, gather material and design, as well as, problem solve by fitting pieces of the design and graphic elements together so that they have harmony. Lots of good coffee helps me in this process! I really make it a priority to try and refill my creative spirit. Having to be ‘creatively ON’ everyday is really hard and is probably one of the things I battle the most. I have been on a LONG journey of learning and teaching myself how to SEE the world through creative eyes. I have worked on my creative thinking when it comes to beginning projects and tried to be intentional about this process, but, in the end, this is still a HUGE challenge in my work.


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2. What do you especially enjoy about your work?
I enjoy creating something beautiful from nothing. I enjoy the challenge of designing elements to meet the communication needs of people and the church. I enjoy listening to the ‘client’ give vision towards the design and the challenge of taking what I’ve heard to create designs that have both emotion and functionality to meet their requests.


033. What is your design set-up like? Computer, software, etc. Camera?
At work, I have a G5, two 23 in. cinema displays back to back, adobe creative suite 3, a subscription to communication arts, a cup of coffee, a cannon scanner, paper and pencil, my E scale ruler, and a leopard print pillow. At home I have a nikon d50 (getting a new cannon soon), and a mac pro 15 in. laptop. I am stoked out of my mind to begin to design my very own home studio coming soon. woohoo.


peoplecamera4. What are some of the important factors that have contributed to your success?
I have asked a lot of questions, worked really hard, got to work alongside some really talented and skilled people and I have done a lot of low paying and often free work to get experience and opportunities for my portfolio (which one friend of mine will disagree with for sure, haha).


0145. What were the jobs that you had which led to this one?
I had a lot of really cool projects in school which, ultimately, helped me build my portfolio. I did freelance design, photography and fine art while I was in school and I also worked along side a vintage clothing and costume designer for movies. The woman who owned the vintage store encouraged me to have the confidence to incorporate everything that I loved into my career.


086. What are your favorite resources for images, textures, brushes, etc.?
I love Communication Arts Magazine, Juxtapose Arts and Culture Magazine, Urban Outfitters, fffound (new favorite website), I love people’s art blogs, flickr.com, istock.com, cg textures, dafont.com, and Starbucks designs. I also love finding images and patterns wherever I can (coffee shops, art venus, thrift stores, etc…) and scanning them in to make my own textures. I research by collecting images from anywhere and everywhere on the internet and saving them to my desktop. I keep them in an inspirational folder and refer to it when I am designing.


097. What is your printing process? What outside printers do you use? How do you choose paper?
I choose paper by thinking through the design and how it should look. For example, if I am using distressed graphic elements I may choose an earthy card-stock to print on and choose a matte finish instead of a glossy finish. That choice gives my design consistency and thought. There isn’t a formula to choosing paper, however, I do my best to think each project out from start to finish. I usually print online at overnightprints.com, psprint.com or even your local Staples for quick short print runs. If I am doing package design for a series of work I usually get price quotes from different printing vendors to get the best price for my project.


108. What school did you graduate from and do you recommend any schools in the Northwest to continue my education?
I went to Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, Washington where i graduated with a bfa double majoring in graphic design and fine art. I really liked the school and I learned a lot. It was a small school focused on the arts and we critiqued each other OFTEN, but, at the end of the process, school is what you make it. I worked hard and took everything I could from my experience there. If I go on to further my education I’d really like to pursue a school that is known for its design and connections. The next step, in my opinion, is getting stellar connections. First, I had to learn design, the basics, the programs etc, and NEXT is the connections.


drawings9. What is your normal design process, start to finish?
WOW, this is a loaded question! When I first get a project from a client I ask them tons of questions. I want to get to know them, their style, their reason, and their purpose for the design request. It’s important for me to understand what they want the design to DO, as well as, what they want as an end result goal for the project. I need to know the deliverables and the printed pieces / finished product. I usually ask them to explain their main focus, as well as, what idea they want me to focus on? I then go research. I research competitors, design directions, looks and feels, color palettes, etc. I, typically, draft up a couple hand sketches of some ideas to get started. Within the entire process I’m always thinking of ways to pull different patterns out of ideas. I then pick the best comp and start at it on the computer. I do a few different versions and push the design a little further and then decide where to go from there. I NEVER start on the computer. IT NEVER TURNS OUT GOOD. I always have an idea first and then go design it on the computer. The computer and the programs should be your resource to get the project done NOT your design solution. The computer is not going to design it for you, unfortunately.


11. Just a tid bit from me:
I believe that design should be very functional. For the most part the design needs to have a reason for looking the way it does. For example, some people put lines and arrows in just because it looks cool. You don’t need that extra stuff if it doesn’t support the direction or function of the design. And I am learning in life, as well as design, that LESS is MORE (and harder). My last thought is that our DNA is creative from inception. You and I have been uniquely designed for a creative purpose by a VERY creative God. Whether you’re a graphic designer, painter, plumber or an aspiring accountant you have been uniquely made with unending creative possibility. Let the creative process be a part of everything you do and the lens you see life through!