Everyone Is A Designer

Added on by Kyle Stearnes.

To all those who are actually designers and to those who are not or think they are, this link will explain a day in the life of designers.  It give an email conversation from a designer and someone who needs his help.  Below is a sample from the link, which if you want a good laugh I suggest you go to and read in its entirety.

From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am

To: David Thorne

Subject: Poster

 

Hi

I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

 

This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.

Thanks Shan. From: David Thorne

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am

To: Shannon Walkley

Subject: Re: Poster

 

Dear Shannon,

That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone... possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out "Shannon, where are you?" Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.

Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am

To: David Thorne

Subject: Re: Re: Poster

 

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

 

From: David Thorne

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am

To: Shannon Walkley

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

 

Dear Shannon,

I never said I don't like cats. Once, having been invited to a party, I went clothes shopping beforehand and bought a pair of expensive G-Star boots. They were two sizes too small but I wanted them so badly I figured I could just wear them without socks and cut my toenails very short. As the party was only a few blocks from my place, I decided to walk. After the first block, I lost all feeling in my feet. Arriving at the party, I stumbled into a guy named Steven, spilling Malibu & coke onto his white Wham 'Choose Life' t-shirt, and he punched me. An hour or so after the incident, Steven sat down in a chair already occupied by a cat. The surprised cat clawed and snarled causing Steven to leap out of the chair, slip on a rug and strike his forehead onto the corner of a speaker; resulting in a two inch open gash. In its shock, the cat also defecated, leaving Steven with a wet brown stain down the back of his beige cargo pants. I liked that cat.

Attached poster as requested.

Regards, David.

 

 

Some Nice Label Design

Added on by Kyle Stearnes.

Designed by CREATIVE TRADE MARK, DELIKA is a handmade product from the oldest cannery in Lithuania. These set of unique sauces are were created for foodies and gourmet enthusiasts. By using bold typography and simple illustrations, each bottle is represented by their flavor and united with the same muted color platte.

Freelance Work Donations

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I've made a commitment I intend to keep, that for every freelance project I do, I will donate a minimum of 10% (more if possible) to at least one of a few different charities.  Those charities I have chosen so far are as follows (with links to each should you like to donate to them as well).

A few others will be added once I get good military charities that help our troops whom I can rely on that the money goes to where it should, the troops and / or their families.  I have a friend who is a veteran that is getting me some good options I can trust.

Once I have everything ready to go, I will either let the person for whom I am doing the project for choose which charity to donate to, I will choose or a combination of each will be made if funds allow.  And I will keep record or show proof that a portion of your money for the project went to a charity like I said for reassurance in case that is why you choose me to do your design work.  I feel strongly about donating to these charities so I want to do it right.

More To Come

Added on by Kyle Stearnes.

Sorry for the lack of content here recently, we have had someone in the family with a serious health issue not to mention I have been busy with freelance work.  Hopefully I can get some more things added to the "Work" section and also the "Blog" in the coming days.

Too Much Stuff

Added on by Kyle Stearnes.

Today while at work I opened my drawer in my desk to find I have way too much stuff to take  photos of and put on here.  The first sign to that should have been when I have it stacked so full it barely closes.  Some of my designs from my regular job I didn't get samples of unfortunately so I'll just have to use the art itself.  I can only imagine how long this will take, but it needs done.  Looks like I have a big project for this weekend and then some.  Stay tuned...

Unraveling the Mystery of Vivian Maier, One of America’s Great Street Photographers

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By Kristin Hohenadel

When John Maloof bought an unmarked box of some 40,000 negatives at a Chicago auction house in 2007 for $380, he had no idea he had stumbled upon a body of undiscovered work by Vivian Maier, a French-American nanny born in 1926 who has posthumously become recognized as one of the 20th century’s greatest American street photographers.

One of the photographs taken by Vivian Maier over nearly half a century before her death in 2009.

One of the photographs taken by Vivian Maier over nearly half a century before her death in 2009.

“At first I didn’t know that this was great street photography,” Maloof told me in a phone interview. The photographs he subsequently posted online and which have now been exhibited around the world and collected in a handful of books are “a tiny, tiny fraction of her work,” he said. “Every photographer has an overwhelming amount of horrible work, so you have to go through a lot of negatives. Even if you pick up one and it’s great there will be a ton that are not gonna be great.”

 

Nevertheless, Maloof said that as he unearthed more of Maier’s best work he was inspired both to start shooting himself and to find out more about photography. In 2008 and 2009, he spent another $70,000 or so purchasing what he estimates is 90 percent of Maier’s body of work from others who had purchased boxes from the auction house, and he is now the custodian of some 100,000 negatives.

Continue reading at Slate.com

How Do You Know When a Design is Really Done?

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Should you move fast and break things, or methodically research and develop? Mobile design expert Luke Wroblewski weighs in.

David Fincher did 99 takes of the first scene in The Social Network. James Dyson made 5,127 vacuum-cleaner prototypes. Meanwhile, Paula Scher sketched out what became the Citi logo on a napkin on the first try. How do you know when a design is done--neither over-analyzed nor too facile? It's a question that doesn't just apply to product designers, as our latest advice-seeking reader knows:

"When you're making something (whether it's a family Christmas card or a consumer product), how do you know when you've done enough testing? Or too much? Put another way: How do you balance a thirst for data with your gut instinct?"

The tension between form and function, taste and testing, is unavoidable in design. Skew too far in one direction and you get Google splitting hairs over 41 shades of blue; too far in the other, and you get the Mac Cube. Finding the middle way can...

Continue reading at FastCompanyDesign.com

Try This Again

Added on by Kyle Stearnes.

I've decided to try this again.  Every time I got around to building a site for myself, I got side-tracked with work or freelance projects.

Other than a place to put my design work for prospective clients, I plan to use this site as an outlet for my creative ideas.  From time to time I will have so many different things I want to do it becomes frustrating because I had no outlet for them, now I do.  My works will primarily consist of design work but you will also find some art projects and photography from time to time.  And should I come up with anything I want to sell, you will be able to find it in the "Shop".  Currently the "Shop" is empty but give it a bit and I'll have something.

You might also find that I will post articles I find interesting on design, photography, printing or art from various places.

And if you haven't noticed, I'm not the most literary person in the world... I just like to make things look pretty.