Creativity

Everyday Inspiration

I love Pinterest. I could spend hours looking through the visual candy that I see there all the time. I love going through images and getting inspired. It makes me want to do more more, do better and push my creativity. A perfect example is this photo that I found today. An ice cream sundae created from colour swatches! How brilliant! Its not that I want to create it myself but the fact that sets off a multitude of ideas in my head. It could be for some design work that I am currently working on, ideas for my art or ideas for my home. Further proof that I love good design, good ideas and collaboration and really appreciate when people come up with fantastic ideas. If you are on Pinterest, check out my boards

 

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Pantone Colour of the Year> Radiant Orchid

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Pantone recently released the Colour of the year for 2014 – a beautiful purple fuschia. I have long been attracted to this colour

Curating Beautiful Spaces – Colourfield Salon

Although I have never actually written it down, a great part of what I do is to connect artists / artisans to opportunities to show their work and introduce their amazing talents to the world out there. It is something that I very strongly believe in. As an extension of what I do, I will now be curating spaces and events. Be on the lookout for great talent, ideas.

Chocolate Pantone Temptation

Sensing a theme here? well you wouldn’t be far from the truth! But eh! its not my fault, people are coming up with delicious ideas for Pantone chips! Wouldn’t it be great if we could order these? I’ll take one of each please!

 

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Not Just a Goat – CPAR Initiative

What started out as a simple illustration as part of the Donate a Day for Africa initiative that is organized by Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief has turned into a full blown campaign to support goat farmers in Malawi.

Initially, the goat was added in as a simple visual so that the postcard would not be so text heavy as well as a nice illustration to bring home the importance of these animals to the farmers who depend on them for their livelihood as well as the milk they provide. It took a bit of convincing to “trust the goat” as I kept saying jokingly. From this simple goat, a great many other tools were created to help in raising funds for the initiative.

I eventually created a more elaborate illustration of the goat’s head as well as its body to be featured in various tools as well as its own website notjustagoat.com . CPAR also created a video to help educate about the initiative. You can check it out here.

Knowing that something you design is part of a tool to help out families and people in need is truly a good feeling.

 

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Pantone Food Matches

Another neat little Pantone matchup created by David Schwen – I have posted my favourites. To see the rest of the matches, check out his site Pantone Pairings

[via DesignBoom]

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A graphic designer’s journey to a logo

I have recently started perusing Pinterest

Innovative packaging ideas

I recently landed a packaging job designing a logo and bottle design for a new drink coming out in The Bahamas. I usually do research before I start my projects and came across this post by Design Swan > 20 Creative and Inspiring Package Design for Drinks

a dress after my own heart!

Check out this dress created through a collaboration between Mattel and Pantone! The article mentions that PMS219C is actually owned by Mattel.

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the making of an iconic logo

Interesting article to read by Sagi Haviv, a partner at Chermayeff & Geismar. Basically a brief explanation as to what makes a good logo with some illustrated examples of some of the work that has been done by the firm. I had the chance to take part in a webinar presented by C&G and although I know the process, it still amazes me to see where our creative process as designers takes us.

[via Businessweek.com]

Jean-Paul ! J’adore!

When I saw the article about Jean-Paul Gaultier’s involvement as Creative Director for Coca-Cola Light, I had to smile. JPG is the epitome of what it is to be french. From his use of the sailor stripes, to his bold bleu / blanc / rouge use of colour to his very very french accent. He is “le frenchy” to the bones and he makes this french girl very happy.  His recent limited-edition bottle designs for Coca-Cola light are absolutely fantastic and thoroughly JP and I, being a sucker for good packaging, already have family back in the motherland scoping out the shelves for the exclusive coffret that is offered for sale. Unfortunately, being in North America, we will most likely never see the commercials or print ads but thank goodness for the internet non?

check out Episode 1 and Episode 2 of Jean-Paul Gaultier/Coca Cola Light >>  LOVE!

[via DesignTaxi]