Sunday, June 30, 2013

Free Phone Background

Hello! I'm experimenting with patterns and I've made a free phone background. Chevron is insanely popular so I thought it'd be a good place to start. Let me know what you all think because I'd love to do more or these.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Student Planner Sneak Peek

Hello lovelies! I've a big announcement! I'm creating a 2013-2014 school planner. I'm one of the most organized people in the world and I'd like to help you to be too. It's not ready yet but I've started the etremely long process of creating...

  • 12 Monthly Calendars ranging from August 2013 to August 2014 
  •  52 pages of weekly planner pages 
  •  a "Special Dates" page for birthdays and stuff 
  • A range of "To Do" pages 

It'll be a downloadable & printable planner that's especially tailored for students. It'll be free the month of August so be sure to download it soon as it's up.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Quote: Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak wrote my all time favorite book The Book Thief. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone! I'm not really feeling this one as far a design but I've been sick the past few days and felt like I needed to get something out there. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Free Downloadable Fonts

Hello! Here's a list of fonts I use a lot. Links to download each are below. Please note I've changed kerning (spacing) of most of the fonts in the image below.

Quote: Harper Lee

I did more work with filters in Photoshop on this one. I've noticed I'm doing simpler designs and getting the main focus of my posters from Photoshop, For example this one is heavy on the texture of the background and on my last one the colored shapes on the tree photo.

Typography Games

     Hello everyone! I found these two really nerdy but very cool typography games you might enjoy. 
     The first is a Kerning game. Kerning is simply spacing between letters. The point is to see if you can eyeball the proper spacing of different words.
The second is a "shape type" game where you try and eyeball the proper shape of letters using a pen like tool. I found this one a lot harder than the first but try it for yourself.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Quote: Dan Brown

I was completely done with this project when I realized I spelt a word wrong. So frustrating! Anyway I used a lot of stylizing filters on this one, I really like the effect.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Photo Editing Project: Making a GIF

This is one of my all time favorite band's covers!

Hello! Here's the first ever gif I made! It took me a while to find a solid tutorial to do this, I actually didn't follow one tutorial completely but just figured things out myself and went to tutorials when I had questions. If you're interested I mostly used these two: Video from YouTube & Gizmodo. The Gizmodo one I used for how put it together, unlike the one in the tutorial I only used pictures and the one from youtube I used to figure out how to save and format. I'm really excited to learn more with gifs and CS6.
               Edit: I just uploaded this to tumblr and there was a problem with it only going through the       slides first. I had to go back and save the gif with the "Looping Options" set to "forever" which makes sense. It seems to work fine for blogger though. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Quote: Coco Chanel

Each of my designs are taking more and more time as I learn new things in InDesign and Photoshop. I was literally in the process of uploading this one and hitting publish when I changed my mind and went back to change the layout of this entirely. I'm looking into how to make gifs in the coming week which should be interesting.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Quote: Dalai Lama XIV

Here's a quote from Dalai Lama. Creating the hearts was really challenging. I think I got the balance of the colors right (rule of thirds anyone?). I'm really happy with how this one turned out.

Michael Dean Designs

Hello everyone! My co-designer for newspaper next year has just started up a blog of his own. He's a very talented designer and such a fun person to be around. Here are a few examples of his work. Please be sure to check him out!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Quote: Scott Westerfeld

This one's very minimalist which I sometimes have a problem with planning. This quote is from Uglies one of the books I read as a kid. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Quote: Malcolm X

I'm not sure how I feel about these colors. According to Kuler they're complementary colors but the more I look at it the more it reminds me of Barney. Maybe they're just to harsh for my taste, but I've a bad habit of only doing gloomy designs, I figured this would brighten things up a bit.


Good morning everyone! Here's a sort of Calendar page I made. If I had any sort of programing skills it'd be cool to turn this into a clock.
I couldn't find a proper credit for the photo because it's all over the internet.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Quote: John Green - The Fault in our Stars

Another John Green quote. Can you tell he's one of my favorite authors? This is also from The fault in our Stars. 

Quote: Picasso

This is a really quick one. I used a lot of the techniques from the photoshop tutorial I posted earlier. Mostly dodge and burning and some filtering things but no real skin editing. Link to original image is below.

Photo Editing Project: Skin

This was my first photoshop project where I edited a picture. I found all these pictures from google images but links for the originals are below. I followed this tutorial by pstutorialsws, it was really easy and I learned a lot. If you're interested be sure to check them out.

This was my second one and I think it turned out much better. I use a picture of an actual model this time so I don't feel as bad about critiquing their skin. I used the same tutorial but skipped the parts I remembered. Hopefully I'll be able to do all this without any help at all soon.

Thanks for letting me use your pictures, I only used them for the sake of improving my Photoshop skills. I had no intention taking credit for your photographs and your images were not in need of editing.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Quote: Mark Twain

This one is really cute and quickly done but I like how it turned out. I'm trying to experiment with colors and overlapping font.

Game of Thrones

I don't think this is one of my favorite projects but It's the first I've done using mostly photoshop. Its Tyrion Lanister from Game of Thrones.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


This is one of those random pictures that's famous on tumblr. I couldn't find any photo credit, if you know it please let me know.

Quote: Thomas Fuller

Quote: Oscar Wilde

This was my first typography project and I really liked how it turned out for the most part. I'd like to start doing more with color and distortion for my future ones though.

Quote: John Green - The fault in our stars

John Green is one of my favorite writers and vloggers (DFTBA) this quote is from the fault in our stars. If you haven't read it I highly recommend it!

Happy Summer

Even though I'll be stuck inside all summer for college classes doesn't mean you have to be. Get outside and enjoy the holiday!

Happy Birthday Kelsey!

Happy birthday to one of my very close friends! Check out her tumblr here and wish her a happy birthday!

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