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08 16 2017 - Inspired By

Today I’m inspired by the illustrations of Rosie Harbottle. I love her folk-art inspired style and her chosen medium of watercolor, (side note: I ALSO love her paintings on leather jackets. Now officially on my wishlist). Featured below are some of my favorites, from her portfolio and her Insta feed. Enjoy!

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08 15 2017 - Color Story

All imagery used in the Color Stories are found via Pinterest. You can follow me here.

I know I’ve posted art from this artist several times before, but I can’t help but post again here. Her colors and moods are so beautiful. This one is my absolute favorite. Madalyn Print by Hayley Mitchell Art.

Rose Quartz Decorative Object

Oil Slick Stemless Wine Glass

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08 08 2017 - Color Story

The image in the center of this mood board is by Lauren Hom, You might have heard me talk about her before, (I adore and have written about several times before- here, here, here and here). She’s an illustrator, letterer, author, and mentor to creatives (like me!). Lauren just relaunched her popular online course for creatives, Passion to Paid, which I just had the pleasure of taking. It’s ten weeks of training and support for creatives who want to launch a passion project to take their creative career to the next level.

If you know you want to grow an online following around your work + start getting paid for it, you should check it out here.

Enrollment is only open until August 11th & this is the last session for 2017, so if you’re ready for that creative push, don’t miss your chance! Hope to see you in class 🙂

P.S. I’m a proud graduate and affiliate of this class. If you decide to purchase this program, I may receive a commission in the future, which will help me grow my creative business. Thanks for your support!

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08 01 2017 - Color Story

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Happy August 1st! I sort of can’t believe it.

I came across this quote the other day that pretty much sums up how I feel all the time these days:

How did it get so late so soon? –Dr. Seuss

 

This color palette was inspired by the feelings Summer evokes for me… a slow simmering dry heat, warmth, mixed with the abundance of plant life and blooms.

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07 27 2017 - Resources

I’ve been really into playing around with sacred geometry, alchemy, and all around magical symbols when it comes to my personal design work these days. I’ve found that Creative Market is a great resource for this sort of thing, and today I’m sharing some of my favorite graphics from the site.

Triangle Alchemy – Vector Set

Sacred Geometry Generator

Alchemy constellations vector set

Line Badges

Sacred Geometry Vectors

Sacred Geometry Social Media Pack

Sacred Geometry Font

Sacred Geometry Vector Set Vol. 2

10 Sacred symbols

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07 26 2017 - Just My Type

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07 20 2017 - Pattern Play

I’ve been toying around with the idea of using geometric shapes and patterns as the basis for a current branding project I’m working on. Creative Market has an amazing array of Geometric pattern designs- all of which I’ve been pouring over the last week or so. Below are some of my favorites at the moment.

30 Geometric Backgrounds

Geometric Triangle Backgrounds 118

175 Geometric Backgrounds

Triangles Galore

Geometric Bundle 5 IN ONE 

50 Geometric Patterns | Grey

Grey Low Poly Backgrounds

70 Geometric Backgrounds

12 geometric triangle patterns

Triangles Galore 2

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07 19 2017 - Recent Work

This project will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first project I took on, upon moving to California this past March.

 

When I moved from the East Coast, I also had a career pivot in mind. Less fashion and beauty work, more work focused on branding, innovation, and technology. Situating myself in the heart of Silicon Valley, I hoped the work would just come to me… and it did!

Pinnacle Peak Advisors is a full-service tax advisory firm offering tax preparation, planning and consulting services to wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs, and executives. What makes them unique is that they bring a dose of Silicon Valley’s innovative spirit to an otherwise tired and dull industry. Many of their clients founded and or lead amazing technology companies and they are using these technologies in our business on a daily basis.

What I loved about working with this client, is that they knew right away what made them unique, and already had a vision in mind about how they wanted to visually represent that. When I met with co-founder Garrett, he came prepared with all kinds of swipe. My favorite, of course, what the inspiration he drew from the Patagonia branding. As it so happened, at the time I had just started reading Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard. I love those synergetic moments in life. 

1.  The Exploration

After I reviewed all the client’s inspiration and asked them to do a brief questionnaire to help me understand their business goals, I then created a mood board that captured both the visual information from the swipe, as well as the written information from the client questionnaire.

2.  The Design Process

Once the overall mood and color palette was defined, I then began to explore various logo marks. I knew from our explorations, that the logo would have an illustration of Pinnacle Peak (a real place that has a special significance to my clients!), so that was a great grounding visual for me to start with and build upon.

During the design explorations, I researched classic, outdoor equipment, and camping graphics, and practiced some iterations, searching for a balance that spoke to adventure, but in a chic, and elevated way.

3.  The Outcome

The final designs are using a mixture of modern and classic typefaces, and a more minimal take on the icon.

Brand Colors

The chosen colors are a mixture of subdued and electric, equally balanced the classic, chic approach with a hint of adventure (the cobalt blue).

Brand Pattern and Texture

The two patterns also represent the balance of classic and adventure. Marble is chosen for its association with financial institutions, and the speckled pattern is reminiscent of patterns found on camping equipment.

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07 18 2017 - Color Story

Welcome to the 200th Color Story on Design Quixotic! I can’t believe it! This is my favorite column on this blog, and from the emails and comments I get, I have a feeling it might be yours as well! Thank you for all the kind words and support over the years.

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You can check-out archived color stories on this blog and also follow my Color board on Pinterest.

Gaia’s Ark Small in Mother of Pearl

Staccato Rug

Ambeur Brushed Metallic Carry-On

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