Be Happy

This is a design I created for a Mother’s Day gift this past year. I created the design in Adobe Illustrator and had the piece printed on canvas. I was inspired by a list of happiness habits I came across on Etsy and thus decided to create a piece of art that could be hung in our home and serve as a daily reminder of little things we can do to feel better each day.

Radiant Orchid

I finally made the plunge and updated my iPhone to the 5S (I had been rocking the iPhone 4 for quite some time). This meant I needed a new case and so I decided to be on trend, for once in my life, and go with the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. According to the Pantone press release, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates joy, love and health.” What more could I ask for?! 

This is the new OtterBox Symmetry Series iPhone 5S case. It comes in many other colors and patterns as well.

Paul Rand on Design

“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.” Paul Rand

This quote was introduced to me by one of my graphic design professors near the time of our graduation. I find it to be incredibly inspiring and a nice reminder as to what design is capable of. I hope you find incentive in it as well.

Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

I came across this novel as I was browsing Barnes and Noble and it quickly became my favorite book that I have read this year. In brief, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore tells the story of Clay Jannon, an out of work San Francisco designer who currently finds himself working as the late-night sales clerk at a bookstore. But this is no ordinary bookstore as the customers are few and far between and never make purchases but rather check out single volumes full of unreadable code. The story goes on to follow Clay as he tries to unravel the mysteries behind the bookstore and its patrons. While the average reader will find the plot fun and suspenseful, I think this book would be truly appreciated by those in the graphic design field. The story is told through a designer’s mind and thus there are many inner dialogs appreciating the beauty and details of typefaces and hand bound books. The story also manages to weave in elements of letterpress printing as well as new technologies in development at the Google campus in Silicon Valley. I found it to be a refreshingly modern and relatable novel. If you have some spare time, I would definitely recommend adding it to your summer reading list.