Journey | Manifest Destiny: The Designer Edition

So for anyone who follows me on social media, you probably have already heard about my next great adventure. Next week I will be moving cross country to sunny San Diego! Its such a huge leap going from the east coast to the west coast, but I’m super excited about it.

A couple of weeks ago, I flew out to San Diego(my second trip) to interview at Digital Telepathy. First before I go on, let me tell you… they have an AMAZING office! Back when I was in San Diego in early June for Valio Con I met an awesome guy by the name of Dustin LaMont, who works at DT. We simply chatted a couple of times here and there over the very long conference and followed each other on twitter. Now, I’ve always believed in networking but I’ve never thought that just this simple interaction would lead to me moving over 2,000 miles cross country!

I won’t be the only one making this long journey to California. My mom and two of our dogs will be braving the long drive from Savannah to San Diego. Its going to be exciting making the trip out there with her and the dogs. We are all each other has really, and I couldn’t just leave her here in Savannah alone. (:

Currently we are in the process of packing up and getting ready for the big move. As I’m writing this I’m surrounded by boxes(I guess the new studio photos will have to wait for when we get to California). Its going to be a long and stressful journey and I only hope we don’t go completely cuckoo for coco puffs along the way!

Well I guess I will wrap up this blog post and get back to work! Hope you all are having a great week so far and that you have an even better weekend!

Journey | Manifest Destiny: The Designer Edition was originally published on Rocky Roark


Reflection Field

American artist Phillip K Smith III (Previously) for this year’s Coachella festival, created an installation of shiny cuboids that by day provided a series of mirrors, but by night were transformed into neon towers of light

Currently | Unsplash Website

Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been working on a fun little web design exercise. Some of you may know the blog, Unsplash(if you don’t go check them out! They are freaking AWESOME!). Well, I decided that it was time that they have their own website instead of just a tumblr blog to host their amazing photographs. As some of you know, I’ve recently started to branch out into web design and thought this would be a great way to really test my newly developing skills.

Since I started on this project, there have been two awesome guys who have helped me by critiquing my work and giving me pointers along the way, Peter Deltondo & Dustin LaMont. Definitely go check out their work on dribbble! They both have been a huge help for me since I have struck out on my own. Looking forward to working with them more in the future!

Below you will see some of the full web pages that I’ve created so far for the website. I’m still not finished quite yet but I wanted to at least show everyone what the website looks like so far. If anyone has any suggestions, tips/tricks, critiques, or anything like that please feel free to leave a comment. I am always looking for feedback on my work, especially things like this!

Thanks for stopping by and reading this and I hope you’re having a great tuesday!

Currently | Unsplash Website was originally published on Rocky Roark

This weekend I’m going to breeze through this book here. #creativity #creative #imagination #imagine #confidence #design #designer #problemsolving #innovation #ideo #unleash #book #books #reading #read
This weekend I’m going to breeze through this book here. #creativity #creative #imagination #imagine #confidence #design #designer #problemsolving #innovation #ideo #unleash #book #books #reading #read

This weekend I’m going to breeze through this book here. #creativity #creative #imagination #imagine #confidence #design #designer #problemsolving #innovation #ideo #unleash #book #books #reading #read


Latinotype Pack of 9 Fabulous Font Families.

This is simple awesome, Mighty Deals have released a bundle of one of my favourites type-foundries: Latinotype. Latinotype is a type-foundrie based on Chile with a team of very talented designers, many of their fonts have been featured here on betype, like the Trend Family which was on of the best fonts of the past year (and is included in this bundle), another one is Four Seasons made it in the list of best fonts and is included in this bundle. Just the normal price of one of this font families is more expensive than the whole bundle. Now you can get 9 beautiful families for $37 (almost 90% off). Even you can take the webfont version for extra bucks.

Get it here: http://bit.ly/latinotypepack

Food for Thought | The Importance of Side Projects

A couple of weeks ago I started this illustration series. Its been a fun exercise that I’ve done late at night or during the day when I’ve had a little free time in between projects. When you put aside time to create things just for fun, you really get to stretch your creative imagination a lot more than just working on client work. That is one thing I have found recently. If I have a little bit of creative block on a project, I will just switch over to a quick little side project like this one here. After I finish the piece I find that my creative block is gone and I can really get back into the groove of things!

I’m not saying that something like this can help everyone or even help every time. Its just something that I find works, at least for now. As creatives we are always pushed and pushed and pushed again to squeeze every little bit of creative juice that is floating up there in our grey matter. Sometimes we need a little something, something that helps to stimulate our creative minds. We need to do something that is fun for us. Its important to refill those boilers of creativity with fuel.

Sorry I know I’m kind of ranting now. Haha

I guess before I end this post I will leave you with this.

There is always going to be a struggle for people like us, whether they are designers, illustrators, photographers, writers, etc. To create on demand for a client or boss. Sometimes we just have to step back create for ourselves. We have to release the creative flood gates on our own side projects or else everything else will dry up like the Sahara.

Food for Thought | The Importance of Side Projects was originally published on Rocky Roark

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