Friday, October 31

It's never too early...

I may be jumping the gun on this one… but it's never a bad idea to start thinking about the dreaded Christmas shopping season.  Yes it is still October, but I want to bring this up for a couple of reasons. First, with the economy hitting an all time low since the Depression we need to start shopping for the best prices, sales, and bargains. Second, it is much easier on your bank account to do a little shopping here and there throughout the year, instead of taking one big hit during the holidays when people typically need it the most. Third, who wants to scramble around trying to find the "perfect" gift while fighting against crowds and traffic.

Below are suggestions of gifts for designers to give or receive.  Hopefully, some of these strike your fancy:

Inexpensive, personalized home decor.
Send a high-resolution photo to this seller on Etsy and she will customize your photo on canvas

All Designers Must Have Coffee
Why not get a Color Matching Guide Mug for you favorite designer or printer from Suck UK. This web site has slapstick gifts and accessories for the home.

Also try W2 as resource for the Pantone Mug . W2 is a Products Website that sells innovative gifts for the home.

Designers can never have enough of these. Enough said. 
Try these:

Wine Lover

Other cool ideas

Good luck shopping this season!  I will continue to post new ideas as I find them!

Wednesday, October 29

My "Dory's"… My inspiration

Inspiration. What does that mean? Where do we find it? How do we propagate it? Can it be generated? Is there a formula? A blueprint? A recipe? ? ? ?

For me – a designer – I am always searching, scouring, and scraping for inspiration. I look for it even when I'm "not looking for it". And then… it usually hits me, like a ton of bricks. There is a saying that "Everything happens for a reason", well, Inspiration is kinda like that, it happens for a reason. You may not be able to identify why it happens at that moment, but it happens. There is no straight answer.

Today, it [inspiration] happened for me. Let me share: First you should know that my short term, current goal as a designer is: to increase my presence on the web and in social media.

Inspiration 1
A couple of weeks ago, I spent two hours in the car with my cousin, Brittany (an amazing designer with innovative ideas and a bubbly sarcastic personality to match - a true delight). We talked about design and blogs and shared ideas and our experiences for almost the whole ride and the conversation could have kept going and going had she just stayed at my house and called in sick the next day. Well, this was awakening for me, because I had never talked so much about "design" in one sitting and I never knew that I had so much to share. This was my first real clue that I need to start a my own blog.

Inspiration 2
Today, my friend Karina (a recent grad of Plymouth State, a fabulous designer, colleague, friend, and author of ) e-mailed me to say that she had started a blog of her own. Now, I have worked with Karina for about six months now and prior to our work history together, I don't think Karina had that much experience with social media or blogging (I am sure she will let me know if I have quoted inaccurately :). But Karina is a "sponge" - so enthusiastic and motivated. She really embraced the new ideas and concepts related social media, blogging, etc. – always keeping me on my toes with new links or connections – that alone is inspiring.

This got me thinking… as designers we are do-ers, we make things happen, we INSPIRE… so why shouldn't we all be taking an active role as designers and creators to do the things we say we want to do – enlighten, provoke, trigger, and execute new ideas. So today, I am taking an active role in my own design destiny – instead of "saying", I am doing! I am acting on all of the opportunities that will lead me to great things - so today marks the day that I begin my adventures in blogging!