New DIY Blogs

I just started some new blogs! This is quite bold of me, I know, but it gives me a virtual warehouse to stockpile my creative ideas. I will be sharing interesting and useful design concepts and craft projects that I find online, and in the future, posting my own tutorials and projects for inspiration.

Design & Style Inspiration for You and Your Home:
www.designerdiy.blogspot.com

Craft & DIY Projects:
www.athomediy.blogspot.com

Marin Handmade, a blog for our group art shows:
www.marinhandmade.blogspot.com

Surfing for Art

Surfing online one day not too long ago, I came across an artist from Santa Cruz. Jim Denevan is I guess you can say, a performance artist, creating massive, “temporary drawings on sand earth and ice that are eventually erased by waves and weather.” His perfect geometry and trickery of the eye is something to behold. If I knew where he was working next I would love to watch him at work. See his Sand portfolio and other work on his website, www.jimdenevan.com. Denevan is also involved in an elaborate international traveling project called Outstanding in the Field, inspired by farm to table dining. Read more here. Find Jim Denevan on Facebook.

Save the Date

Some of you already know about Roots Collaborative, the brand-new gallery/gift shop in Mill Valley, CA. Roots opens its doors next weekend, and there will be two Opening Events, April 30, and May 1. The shop features the work of about 40 artist, including myself!

I will be there on Saturday, May 1, from 5-8:30.

I hope to see you there to celebrate!

 

Happenings

Thanks so some great connections at MAWS (@maws_org on twitter), I am working on their new identity and new website graphics. MAWS is a nationally recognized organization for preventing domestic violence, in San Rafael, California.

Aside from these, and other graphic design projects, I was invited to sell my new handbags at Roots Collaborative in Mill Valley, CA. This will be my first retail shop, and I am very excited.

I’m making some  inquiries for a new project. I’d like to get a gaggle of artists together to design graphics for a collection of semi-permanent decals for interiors. I have seen some great designs out there and think I/we can contribute to the market.

Fancy Facebook

I’m offering customized Facebook Profile Pictures at $50. See an example live on one of my Fan Pages at: http://www.facebook.com/GstudioStyle. When you go to my page, you’ll see that I used a secret little trick that makes the image seem to extend up into the blue area. Cool, huh? Contact me for more info. [Note: this article is out of date, and my Facebook graphic has changed on the link provided.]

Customizing your profile picture is a good way to make your company, product or service on Facebook stand out, and look professional. You can also have a custom picture for your personal Facebook page… why not? No one’s stopping you from getting Fancy on Facebook!

By the way, if you visit my Facebook page, you might like the handbags I make. If so you can click Become a Fan for news and updates on my upcoming designs. Thanks!

2010 Resolution: Buy Indie!

Happy New Year!

As 2010 rolls in, a new resolution rolls out: Buy Indie!

The Buy Indie! Project is a graphic campaign I created in support of independent artisans, including those who design indie clothing labels, hand-crafted works, make music, foods, fresh local produce – and the small businesses who carry them. I can see infinite possibilities for this graphic campaign, but for now I am offering several versions of the logo, printed on a variety of T-shirts and gift items, available at my online shop at cafepress.com.

Wear one to support your creative friends and colleagues!

Buy Indie! shop and news:

NOTE: This blog is no longer active, but you can now go to THE BUY INDIE! PROJECT BLOG at www.thebuyindieproject.blogspot.com.

Its Like Christmas!

Fresh Out of the Box…

Gstudio Business Cards

I’m excited this evening because I came home to find that the UPS driver dropped off a special package for me. My new business cards for my bag-making biz, Gstudio – yippee!

Design Tip

I got them done at www.PSPrint.com, they often have great sales on business card printing (40% off this week) and other products. So far I have used them for two jobs, and have not been disappointed.

Put Your Face on Facebook

Facebook offers limited options for customizing your page, graphically speaking…

The only area you have to work with is the photo area in the upper left corner of your profile page — but there are ways to put a more personal stamp on this small piece of real estate. Here are a few examples and tips:

AllFacebook.com: “How To Create An Irresistible Facebook Photo That Turns New Visitors Into Fans”

Something’s Happening

Its been a while. I’ve been doing my thang — designing graphics, creating pretty social networking pages, tweeting… but this time, its all for my new venture, Gstudio — and I simply have not had the time, nor the mojo to write about it. A list will do:

  1. Decided to get back on track with making more of the handbags I designed earlier this year…
  2. Opened a new shop on Etsy.com where I am listing the bags, and hoping it will fly!
  3. Started a new Fan Page on Facebook for my new bag business. People can sign up there to receive my news about new designs, sales, events, etc.
  4. Make sure I Tweet once in a while about bags or bag-related business…
  5. Designed and built a website for my new handbag business, which is, at the moment quite small, but will grow in my spare time.
  6. Just today set up a much-better-than-it-was studio in which I can make these magical items!

So, as you can see, not many thoughts on blogging about graphic design, but I will tell you that all of the above items are completely related to branding, so I’ll just ask you go to each of the links up there to see how I integrated my graphic identity throughout!

Hi-ho, hi-ho, its  off to work I go…