Thought of this yesterday, decided to illustrate it today. Enjoy.
I got nothing.
It happens every now and again. You feel it starting to take hold. You try to resist but once it sets in, it leaves you with nothing.
I started this blog not only to inspire others but to keep me creatively sharp. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and that can only mean one thing. I am suffering from creative block. Apparently there is no known cure. It’s one of those “ride-it-out” things.
I haven’t posted a Free Inspiration in almost 3 months. Honestly, I haven’t been inspired by the free photos that Shutterstock has been giving away. It’s not their fault.
A trickle of creativity hit me last week with this free photo.
I felt it was unworthy of its own post, but it made me laugh.
I can not stand this client. He know’s exactly what he wants but can’t put it on paper. He is demanding, impatient and belittling when it comes to my work. Did I mention he is also me.
I’ve always believed that the hardest client to please is yourself. I mean, I couldn’t even design my wedding invitations that my wife asked me to do. I was lucky that one of my designer friends was more than happy to do them for us.
Sitting down to design something for myself includes: procrastination, tons of revisions, beating myself up because, “it’s not good enough,” and eventually compromising by creating what I think is mediocre work.
I know the reason I do this is because when I design something for myself it will represent me. It’s just like when you want to look your best when you go out. I think this is a never-ending battle and it just comes with the territory of being an artist.
In all the years I’ve been doing graphic design I can only think of two projects that I designed to promote myself (with the exception of this blog heading). That’s right, two. These are just the finished projects. There are several more that I deemed to horrible to be viewed by the human eye.
Final thought: designing for yourself is torture.
After joining the Data Flow in March I was asked to design a few marketing ads. Data Flow is in the middle of changing its image from a business form provider to a full service graphic design company, offering a wide variety of print and promotional products. The first ad ran in the Amarillo Country Club directory. I used vintage and modern elements to create a simple typographic ad.
This ad introduced our new custom clothing and apparel services. We offer everything from tshirts to dress shirts with you custom embroidery or screen print. I stuck with the theme of the first ad but brightened it up with a fresh blue. This ad also has our new logo where we dropped the “DF” circle.
Below are envelope stuffers that are enclosed with every invoice we send out. I resized our ads and printed them on 14 pt. glossed coated covers.
With these fresh designs it will be easy to get the word out about the new face of Data Flow.
I got the chance to design a shirt for the 3rd annual Amigo’s Car Show. A quick google search will show several shirts featuring flames, metallic letters and multi-colored cars. Thats not exactly my style and I tried to get away from that.
The challenge what to design the shirt using only one color. So I went retro and tried to rise above all of the auto show design chaos.
Summer is a big time for Children’s Parties. I’ve been busy creating birthday Invitations for a number of them.
Invitations are probably one of my favorite things to design. I am always surprised at how much creative freedom I get when it comes to designing invitations. Almost anything goes. Below are just a taste of my most recent work.
The boy’s invitation is centered around the fact that he loves Goldfish Crackers. The girl’s invitation is as girly as you can get without going overboard. Both designs worked great and the customers loved them.
If you have a Birthday party or any party coming up I would love to design your invitation. Please check out my contact page to get in touch with me.
Last week I introduced Free Inspiration. A series on getting inspired by free stock photos of the week. Here is the latest free photo.
Anybody that knows me knows I love free stuff. Whatever it is I’ll take it. I might not know what to do with it, but believe me, I’ll find a use for it. This might lead to a hoarding problem if my wife didn’t say no to a few things.
Being a designer my company uses a stock photo website. Every week the website offers a free image or illustration. I thought about downloading each one every week and building up my own stock pile hoping I’ll need it for the future, but I don’t have the time to organize them all.
Cherries. 2 Cherries. So much for getting the creative wheels turning. Gotta admit this isn’t something I would be drawn to. I think cherries are very retro. So I went retro grocery store. $0.35/lb. is wishful thinking.