Pardon the Interruption

So, long story short: I killed my old laptop. (RIP Old Faithful, you’ll always be my first Mac love!) This meant I had to prematurely by a new MacBook Pro. (RIP savings, it was fun relying you for my font addiction.) I was without a computer for about 3 weeks, so having already fallen behind on my “Better Designer” Challenge, I decided to abandon it. To be honest, I’m already a good designer and probably didn’t need it. Yeah, shameless humble-brag right there…In all seriousness, though, there’s always room for improvement.

Once I got my shiny new laptop and re-installed my collections of fonts, textures, actions, styles, patterns, vectors and brushes, I got the motivationĀ from my best friend and on/off ex-/not-ex-boyfriend (it’s complicated, sheesh!) to start a small stationery business on Etsy. Maria (my bff) inspired the shop and gave me a lot of encouragement. Anthony gave me the inspiration for my shop’s name – Pen and Pilot – and the idea to eventually consolidate my freelance “business” and stationery business into one entity, which will be named Pilot Designs. Plus, he and his stepdad own t-shirt & printing shop, so I’ll have connections down the line.

My shop’s logo! So, pretty! šŸ˜€

So, because of those two knuckleheads (really, I love them), I’m becoming a small business owner! Hooray eternal poverty (just kidding, I’ll be a success…watch out Hallmark!) I never thought I’d ever become a business owner…EVER! It’s freaking scary as hell! Not to mention stressful… But as soon as I make my first dollar, I’ll be unstoppable! I’m excited but scared to death, which according to Ted Mosby is a good thing. (If you don’t get that reference go watch How I Met Your Mother!)

Shameful self-promotion: check out my Etsy shop. There are invites (baby showers only, for now) and a few posters, eventually I’ll have holiday & special occasion cards and wedding suites up. There’s something for every body.


Mood Board, You Say?

So, day 5 of my “Better Designer” Challenge dared me to create a mood board. First of all, WTF is that, and second WHY?!Ā I have never (intentionally) created a mood board before, so I had to do a quick wiki search of it. Wikipedia describes it as:

… a type ofĀ collageĀ consisting of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition. They may be physical or digital, and can be “extremely effective” presentation tools.

So, with this knowledge in hand, and being the visual learner that IĀ am, I journeyed to Pinterest for assistance. I recommend the following page/board for inspiration:Ā Great Examples of Mood Boards. Then, I realized back in high school I made these all the time out of magazine cut-outs and taped them to my bedroom door (only to have my brother’s bratty friends rip them off, jerks!).

Two (ok… three) glasses of wine, MC Solaar radio blasting on Spotify, and a vague idea of how I was feeling ATM at my disposal I began my foray into Mood Board Territory! I know it’s not my greatest composition, but it kind of accurately depicts my state at that time (don’t judge!)


Now, if I was creating an invasion for say a Sweet 16 or and 30th birthday celebration I think this would be the perfect theme, depending the client, of course. Will I use this version of brainstorming again? Maybe. I can see how it can help one establish a theme or identity. If I were decorating my house or planning my wedding, this would be useful. But for designing a logo, or website, I don’t think it’d be too beneficial. What do y’all think?

Intents & Purposes

This is my first design-themed blog, so bear with me. From time to time I’m going to post about my latest project, what inspires me, maybe try a tutorial, or just a mood board. I may even update y’all on my job status…dun dun duuuuunnn!

So, why even start a blog in the first place? Well, first, this isn’t my first rodeo; I had a blog about recovering from my spinal cord injury that I kept up-to-date for a few years, but when I got busy with living life. Three years ago, when I started my graphic designer career I knew that eventually I would re-start my blogging, but with a design-focused theme. I wanted to gain a perspective (and enough experience) before I started blabbing. Then, about a week ago, while checking my Facebook feed I saw this post about a 30-day “Be A Better Designer” challenge (pic below). Being the always-improving, self-criticizing badass that I am I thought to myself, “Hell yes, let’s do this!”


Today is day 4. Procrastination has caught up with me, and now I must adhere to this calendar’s demands. This why this blog has been created (for the most part). I plan to keep up with it, though. I hope to update ever other week or so, should my life allow it. šŸ™‚