Favourites – March 2017

Lola Berry - Food to Make You Glow

The BEST recipe book I’ve bought in ages!

Gooood Morning 🙂 How are we all today? Aside from the strange feeling that I don’t have an assignment I should be working on, I’m pretty good 🙂

I really liked putting together the little ‘Favourites’ post at the end of last month so I’m glad I decided to make it a ‘thing’ and do it every month.

It’s been really good taking time throughout the month to think about the things I’m liking or enjoying. Maybe it’s like a little gratitude practice perhaps? Hmm… Seeing as a lot of the things I write down are ‘material’ type things, then maybe it doesn’t count as what other people would call a gratitude practice… but, anyway, going slightly off track there, haha!

So what have I been loving this month… lots of things!

  • Lola Berry‘s new book – “Food to Make You Glow” – OMG – I have cooked probably about 10 or 12 recipes from the book so far and every one has been awesome! So. Good.
  • The sitcom series ‘One Day at a Time‘ on Netflix… I’m not usually a huge sitcom fan, but I loved this and binge watched the whole of Season 1 in about a week!
  • Cashews + Maple Syrup + Cinnamon + Pinch salt + frypan for about 5-10 minutes = amazing-ness! I ate a lot of these over the month, so much so that I had to stop making them for awhile, haha 🙂
  • Magda Szubanski‘s memoir “Reckoning‘. I remember watching Magda when I was a kid on Fast Forward and Full Frontal, and of course in Kath & Kim, but I’d never really given her as person too much thought. This month though Magda was the Guest Speaker at the International Women’s Day event I went to, and hearing her talk made me download her book. And wow, from her family history, and her own personal struggles, it was such a moving book.
  • The Being Boss Podcast. I’ve been listening to this for awhile, I think almost since they first started, but it’s been getting to feel more and more relevant as I’ve been nearing the end of my course and starting to think about what I’m going to do next 🙂
  • Halsey – “Castle” – awesome song!

Have a great day!

Wow…

 

Surf Gypsy (2017)

Part of one of my last assignments – I really enjoyed this one 🙂

 

Ahhh, sooo… I’ve just submitted the last assignment for my course!!

Wow!!

Three years of study – done! I can hardly believe it! It’s been such a long process and there’s been so many life changes along the way… like moving house four times, my 9-5 job constantly changing, going through all the sickness in the build up to the autoimmune disease diagnosis – just to name a few…. but I made it! OMG!

So now what?

Apart from deleting the 4:45am ‘wake-up to study’ alarm, I’m going to give myself a few weeks to do nothing except read and catch-up on my Netflix list lol 🙂 It’s going to be a really strange feeling to not have that little voice in the back of my head telling me I should be studying!

I may post on here in those few weeks… but I also might not and you might not hear from me till later next month – I’ll see how I go.

Have a great day every one!! 🙂

Online Finds

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‘Morning Sunshine 🙂

Morning All! Hope you are well, just dropping by with Online Finds for you this morning. A bit of this and a bit of that… Enjoy 🙂

Color Matters

Etsy – Six Tips for Beating Burnout

Virgin – Who Wants to be Average

Erika Brechtel – Fueling Creativity: My 5 Offline Sources

FIDM Digital Arts – What Designers Inspure You? Read About T-Shirt Apparel Brand, Johnny Cupcakes, by FIDM Graphic Design Student

The House That Lars Built – Lessons Learned: Your First Idea is Not Always Your Best

Nubby Twiglet – Walking the Fine Line Between Inspiration and Imitation

Chris Guillebeau – Imposter Travellers

The Design Files – Hamish Blake

Creative Bloq – Why Choosing Fonts is a Battle Between Form and Function

The Nostalgia Machine

Creative Women’s Circle – Advertising Tips for Small Creative Businesses

The Learning Curve – A Reflection on Nearing the End of my Course

As I’m getting down to the last couple of months of the Graphic Design course, I’m having to look back on some of the projects I’ve completed over the last couple of years to put together a bit of a portfolio. It’s been really interesting to see the amount and range of work I’ve gotten through!

For some of my assignments I remember how excited and proud I was of getting them finished but now I look at them and think of all the things I could do to improve them – thats the learning curve I guess.

Then there are other projects – like the one I’ll get to below – that I wouldn’t even really know where to start to replicate them now. I’d have to go back over my notes and run through them step by step. I think that’s probably just because I’ve gravitated towards certain parts of design and am less drawn to others so I don’t utilise some particular tools. When I think about it though if I were to try and put together this fruit bowl now, I would be more familiar with the software tools and instead of it taking me three weeks to do, it might take me maybe a day. I guess that is progress.

The project I’m referring to is this one, the “Fruit Bowl”:

We had to draw a fruit bowl that contained four different fruits, using Adobe Illustrator.
I remember I wasn’t 100% happy with the pineapple, but all in all I was pretty stoked with myself that I’d managed to pull it together at all. I struggled so much at the beginning with using the software that everything took me about 10 times longer than it should to complete. I still prefer using pen and paper now, but I do admit I’m much better with the software than I used to be and it’ll only improve the more I use it.
When I’m getting through assignments now, it’s difficult to remember how much I’ve learnt over the last few years, so it’s good to go back and see how far I’ve come. Bring on graduation!! 🙂
If anyone’s interested I went through my old notes and these are some of the online tutorials I used to make the fruit bowl:

 

🙂