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‘Morning Sunshine πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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

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Unrelated to the links below… but out in bloom everywhere here at the moment so they’re on my mind – Frangipanis – just make me think of the beach… πŸ™‚

Even though I had a huge break from posting on here the last couple of months, I was still online and did manage to get through a few links thatI hadΒ saved in my ‘Reading List’. I have a really bad habit of just seemingly ‘collecting’ links and never getting around to actually reading the articles! Does anyone else do that? I’ve got about a hundred things on there at the moment so I’ve put aside some time each week to work my way through them… for now though, here are a few that I got to recently – enjoy πŸ™‚

Maggie Whitley – 5 Ways I Continue MY Creativity While Living in a Small Space

CNET – Google Aims to Make Street Art Last Forever

Creative Women’s Circle – My Advice: Going Freelance

Messy Nessy Chic – All Aboard the Mortuary Railway (and other Secrets of Sydney)

Dazed – Anna Wintour Has Some Harsh Advice for Fashion Students

The Great Discontent – Molly Crabapple

99U – How Death Motivates Us All

Branch – What Does Your Brand Stand For? Define it with Pillars

Gala Darling – My Best Piece of Advice for Writers

Nubby Twiglet – Media Kit Insights: The Who, What and Why!

Collectors Weekly – Is Our Retro Obsession Ruining Everything?

Mark Manson – 10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s


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A bit of colour for this morning πŸ™‚

Morning πŸ™‚ How are we all today? I’m…. okay.

Not really in the mood for super long chats today, so lets jump straight in to the interesting bits and pieces I’ve come across online lately…

Creative Bloq – Kick-start your creativity with self-imposed constraints

Badass Lady Creatives [in History]: Cipe Pineles

Gala Darling – You Don’t Have to be Perfect to Inspire Others

Creative Bloq – 10 Buzzwords Every Creative Should Know

Nubby Twiglet – The Comparison Trap: Your Real Life Isn’t a Highlight Reel

Chris Guillebeau – “Don’t Have Dreams: Have Things To Do”: Mark Krause’s Long Walk Across Turkey

Penelope Trunk – Leaving Your Options Open Sets You Back

Freelance to Freedom Project – How Freelancing Has Made Me A Better Person

Jessica Hische – Non-Creepy Networking: Party Etiquette

Business Chicks – What No One Tells You About Being An Entrepreneur

Breanna Rose – Kick Those Excuses to the Kerb

Psychology for Photographers – The Fastest Way to Bankrupt Your Dream (And How to Avoid It)

Enjoy πŸ™‚



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Pic from last years October long weekend… Fingers-crossed this one is just as relaxing πŸ™‚

Hi All, How’s things? I’m not too bad at the moment. Yesterday was a pretty good day health-wise and so far today is going well too, so minimal complaints from me πŸ™‚

As we eagerly anticipate this coming long weekend, I thought I’d share a few online finds I’ve come across lately to keep your mind off the count-down till Friday afternoon lol πŸ™‚

The Art of Non-Conformity – “3 Encounters That Changed My Life”: How a Corporate Employee Gained a New Perspective through Travel

Digital Photo Secrets – Visual Design: Enhancing Your Photography With Patterns

The New York Times – Old Masters at the Top of Their Game

Smashing Magazine – When A Thousand Words Is Worth A Picture

Creative Women’s Circle – Visual Merchandising for Markets

Sarah Lynn Design – Beginner’s Guide to Website Design: Giving Feedback

Flying Solo – Excuse Buster: Dealing with the Word ‘How’

Embracing the Divine Sensual: The Body Sacred – Starting a New Art Form? A Letter to the Beginner Dancer

New Jersey Graphic Design – So You Want to be a Graphic Designer

Rock n Roll Bride – How to be an Artist

The Wonder Forest – 5 Ways to Make Money as an Artist

Bustle – What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening, Or My Entire Life Is A Lie


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Sunrise from where I live now… pretty darn nice hey πŸ™‚

Hi All, how are you going? Is it strange that I often start my posts like that? I think it is a little, but it also feels a little strange just jumping straight into talking… who knows whats right nowadays… annnnyway… I’ve been okay, having okay days and not so okay days with the auto-immune/IBD… yesterday wasn’t great and today is a not so good a day either, but it’s better than others… one positive is that I had planned an annual leave day today to work on some assignments so I knew I didn’t have to go in to work today, or work from home – much less stressful, and I’ve still been able to knock off a bit of study work. It’s all just a bit of a lets-see-how-it-goes at the moment…

I thought for today I’d do another round up of what I’ve been reading and checking out online lately…

J6 Design – The Principles of Design

Braid Creative – How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Collective Hub – In The Kitchen With Flour and Stone’s Nadine Ingram

Design School – Graphic Design for Print vs The Web: 15 Vital Differences You Need To Know About

Creative Bloq – Top tips for selling your designs online

Penelope Trunk – The entrepreneurship craze is over. Now what?

Creative Market – The Designer’s Guide to Gestalt Psychology

The Art of Non-Conformity – The Snake in the Road

Unearthed Beauty – Self-Care for Self-Worth

Design Mom – Call It A Day: Kirsten Jackson

Creative Womens Circle – How to quit your day job

Fast Co. Design – How To Find Your Design Superpower

Texture in Photography

An example of texture in my own photography…

In a Learning Activity I had to do a little while ago I had to choose one design element and discuss how it could be used to engage an audience and create meaning… and give two examples.

In the readings leading up to the activity I came across Ted Forbes and started following him on Pinterest… and discovered the photography of Ansel Adams!

After checking out his work, I picked texture as my design element…

Texture as a design element is often used to engage a viewer through dramatic effect. In a medium such as photography where a 3D scene or environment is turned into a 2D image, clever use of texture allows the viewer to imagine the 3D scene.

Two examples of great uses of texture are two photos centered on sand, by Ansel Adams. In β€œSurf Sequence #2” the texture of the sand stands out and allows the viewer to sense the graininess of it, whereas in β€œSand Dunes, Oceano, California”, Adams is conveying the texture of the ripples – peaks and valleys – of the sand on the dunes. Adams uses sharp focus and high contrast to help convey the textures within his images.


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Don’t forget to look up – So many great cloud patterns lately πŸ™‚

Another day, another sick day :-/ Ahh, so last week’s doctors appointment has me seeing another specialist tomorrow – hopefully then I’ll have some answers. I’m still slowly working my way through my course, but as you can imagine it can be pretty difficult to concentrate when you’re not feeling very well, so today I haveΒ another collection of online finds for you… luckily I have a whole stash of these to share πŸ™‚

Creative Bloq – 24 pro tips for creating inspirational mood boards

The Art of Non-Conformity – “Busy is a Bullshit Word”: How 16 Days Rafting the Grand Canyon Changed a Life

Creative Womens Circle – Creative Blues: Five common fears and how to beat them

Creative Bloq – 11 things they didn’t teach you at design school

Mashable – c. 1910-1920: Fashion at the Parisian Races

Harrington College of Design – Graphic Design: How to Tell a Story Using Graphics

Life Instyle Blog – Be A Good Digital Citizen on Instagram #createorcredit

Escape the City – Dear Corporates: Thousands of Your Workforce Are Escaping

de Bono Thinking Systems – Six Thinking Hats

Collective Hub – A Blooming Success

Design*Sponge – Life & Business: Julie Pinzur of Mokuyobi

Blog Society – 3 Simple Ways to Finding & Fueling Inner Creativity