Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
In true AIM fashion, I had quite an adventure putting these bad boys together. If you want to know more about the experiment go on over to my blog where I will bore you with the details (and photos.)
In other news, who wants some to hand out? Send me your physical addy, how many you want, and I'll send some your way.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
So today I worked on drawing up some cute vintage arrows for a new Camp Smartypants card. I want to add a saying, but am needing help coming up with ideas.
Alison came up with these...
"May all your dreams strike swift and true."
"A little to the right."
"Congratulations on your bullseye."
"to my arch-nemesis..."
I'd love to hear other ideas before choosing just one! What do you think?
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I am discontinuing my Friends Forever Card & Bracelet set from the Camp Smartypants line. But, friendship bracelets aren't going away completely! I want to remake this product into a diy craft kit! I've been wanting to create some crafty kits for Camp Smartypants for some time now. This will be the first, of hopefully many kits I plan to create.
So, what the kit includes is: an instruction booklet, a Friends Forever card (which is perforated down the middle so that if can be torn in half- much like those "friends forever heart necklaces"), two safety pins, and embroidery floss.
What I'm mainly looking for feedback on is the packaging of this kit. Take a look at the photos below. I want it to be both visually appealing while also showing what the kit contains. I also want it to fit into my Camp Smartypants brand.
I plan to sell this for $10.00 (retail). What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
That's right, I am getting ready to push this site like mad! I am so excited about all you followers.... but you are so quiet. I want all your silly questions right here, right now.
Would anyone like Adventures in Making business cards to hand out? The more people looking and talking, the better the community will be.
REMEBER - Silly questions, right here, right now. (I'm looking at you...)
Friday, October 15, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
The uneven quality means that it is not any good at the things I love doing with a pencil- shading, varying stroke weight, messing around. I'm really not sure that it is good at anything. I will check it out to see how permanent it is tomorrow.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Early on in the web, programmers and designers wanted to start using photos and other images for web content. However - these files were big and typical connections were slow, and compromises had to be made. Programmers and mathematicians have been working on these problems for years, and the result is a field known as image compression. In short, some data is thrown out, the file size shrinks, and web browser guesses at what used to be there. These are typically referred to as "lossy formats" because some of the original data is lost, and it's gone forever. Once the data is gone, you can't get it back. There are no magic tricks in existence that can make a blurry thumbnail look as clear as a professional photo. This all sounds bad, but luckily the lossy formats such as JPEG, GIF, and PNG were each designed to cause the least noticeable distortion for their specific purpose.
(Keep in mind that data will be lost when working in these formats. When you are working on master images or on images for print, you should use lossless formats such as TIFF, PSD, .AI, or .EPS that keep every pixel of the original file there.)
Here are some examples of the same images - compressed 4 different ways.
Click on the image below for an HTML page of examples.
In conclusion, web graphics have a lot of complexities behind them. However, in most cases, using a PNG is the right thing to use today for everything except photos. JPEGs were designed specifically for photos, and remain the best solution for photos today.
If you would like to research the topic further - Lynda (of lynda.com) wrote Designing Web Graphics, one of the earliest books on the subject. Most of what she covers there is still relevant today, and she has some excellent tricks to get the best quality out of your graphics.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I'm really happy with these new scarves. I have these few now available in my shop and will have more for sale at Tender Loving Empire, a retail store in Portland.
Monday, September 20, 2010
I am going to admit that I love animals in clothes, whether they're drawn, animated, or real-life adorable. I don't know why, but I do. They inspire me to be whimsical.
Thus the subject of our first craft club meeting - "Quite a Fashionable Animal." Doodle, paint, photoshop, knit, draw, and collage your heart out. Send an image of your creation to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (max size 1000px).
Sunday, September 19, 2010
One of my goals this summer was to learn how to crochet granny squares so I could work on them during the colder months. As a complete beginner to the world of crochet, I find that it is easier to learn by watching others rather than staring at confusing diagrams, and thanks to this video by Mikeyssmail on YouTube, I was able to pick up the process rather quickly. In fact, his entire channel is dedicated to a wide scope of useful crochet how-to's.
Do you know of any other great online resources for granny square information or inspiration? If so, leave a comment below.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Do you know a good how-to/resource on the trendy vintage filters people are using lately in their photographs? I have some new jewelry that use vintage beads and charms and want to experiment with some different ways to photograph them.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
If it is completely broken, is there a way to turn it's hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a way to get what he needs off of the hard drive?
Monday, August 30, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
- This is a fall/winter product. I've wanted to create some new products that didn't scream tie-dye. Most of my current product is very loud (color). I'm worried that I am narrowing my market. The base of the feather is still created using leftover scraps from my tie-dye shoulder bags, but I wanted to incorporate other elements into the design to make it different enough to appeal to people who aren't necessarily attracted to tie-dye.
- It has to be made from at least 50% recycled materials. I recently became a member of Trillium Artisans, a local nonprofit that supports people with small crafty businesses. So far, the only product they are currently helping me sell are my God's Eye Pins (because they are over 50% recycled). I submitted these headbands to their product review board last week and they did not pass. Below is the feedback they gave me (click on image to enlarge).
The fabric and thread used are all scrap/thrifted. But the suede lace and elastic is new (which they say makes it only 30% recycled). They also didn't like how I finished the leather braid with fabric and glue.
They also didn't like that the edges of the feather are raw, and will eventually fray. I actually like this about the design. I think that some fraying fits with the idea of an actual feather and would still look nice.
So... what do you think? Here are some possible solutions I've been thinking over:
- Change the leather braid to a scrap fabric braid. (I don't have a clue as to how I'd find a source for enough scrap/thrifted suede lace).
- Change the fabric/glue on the ends to string wrapped around tight?
- Use better elastic (also try to find as much thrifted elastic as possible)
Any other suggestions? What do you think of the design as a whole? Would you wear one? Do you think that the fraying of the feather over time would be bad? Any help/feedback would be great! Thanks
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Welcome! I thought a good way to start this Adventure was a review of the blog design. True to everything I've written here, I am now sick of staring at it. Do you see any bugs, spelling errors, or things that can be improved upon?
Adventures in Design is here to address the fact that…
Sometimes you are too close to see that something is just a tiny bit “off.” Sometimes you might have overlooked a minor detail, or a huge one. Did you misspell a word? Leave out a letter? Miss a stitch? Break your template?
Sometimes you just don’t know how to finish a project. What tool should you use? What’s the best glue? Is there a program or code to do it easier?
Sometimes you are busting to share a finished project with people who can appreciate it. Sometimes you find something great in a place no one would think to look.
You will make this site (and each other) better by-
Sending your questions, problems and inquiries of all sorts.
Sending your projects to be looked at by the group.
Giving your feedback on each of the things above in the comment section of each post.
Sharing your resources for better answers, information, and inspiration.
Whether you are just getting started (with a project, a business, or a concept) or you are already in the throes, we are here to help and support you along the way. Please don’t censor your questions and suggestions– we want to see it all.
As I have said, this blog is an experiment, and it’s the addition of new topics and people that will make it a success.
Adventures in Making will always be “Design Mommy” in my head, and it will always be spoken in the voice of Rachel B. It all started long ago (I am an older sister and programmed to give my opinion) but what you really need to hear about is the seedling. I apologize for all the personal pronouns- but until this site it launched it's just an idea in my head. It is y'all who will make it great.
I was an avid critic in my design courses. I don’t think everyone appreciated it. I always got the most excited about projects that had obvious merit and just needed a little tweak. Outside of school I worked in jobs that would allow me to interact with people and give suggestions. I preferred creative outlets - fabric and paper stores for instance.
Finally, I was called “Design Mommy” by coworkers at my design job because of my willingness to give criticism and advice.
All of this implies I’m pretty perfect.
Well, here’s the secret. Every time someone asked me a question, it was like a puzzle. They had the pieces, and all I had to do was put them together properly. They did most of the work, and all I had to do was a little creative thinking, research, or opinion giving. (It’s cheating really.)
The best part: I learned a little something. I got a little inspired.
When I left my job about a year ago, I immediately missed the day-to-day interactions with creative people of all sorts. It’s easy to sit at home doing freelance and independent projects and forget that you need that daily infusion of outside help and inspiration. It’s easy to get stuck on those projects and end up with something you really don’t like.
So I came up with the idea of a blog community filled with all kinds of creative minds who are willing to look things over and address challenges while inspiring and supporting each other. Each time we help each other we are helping ourselves become more rounded and more inventive.
This blog is an experiment, but I have a feeling it could be great.