This week, our projects are all about photographs and photography! This is similiar to a challenge we ran last season, and it was such a hit - we decided to bring it back!
You have a couple options here. You may choose to do a photography project. Keep in mind, cell phone cameras are amazing nowdays, and with several FREE photo editing apps, you don’t necessarily need a fancy, expensive DSLR camera to produce quality pictures. (Of course, if you have one - feel free to use it!) If you choose this option, we would like to see at least 3 finished, edited pictures in your final project.
OR! You may choose to create a project from photos you already have. It could be framing and matting, creating a scrapbook, build a gallery wall.... the only limits are your imagination! Everyone has special photos lying around - put them to good use and make something amazing!
As with all projects, there is a $10 budget for new supplies. Projects due at 5:00 EST on Tuesday. And you’ll have a judge buddy to help you out again if ya need it!
Next round is a DOUBLE ELIMINATION, so we’ll have our first two jury members!
Good luck everyone!!!

Okay, for this week's challenge, I was in a time crunch. I will actually be without internet/phone service for an entire week and I had only a few days to work on this, and am actually writing this blog post Saturday night.

Given this disadvantage, I'm not going to let it deter me or to make me stressed out or not put as much thought and effort into my past projects. This week is also a double-elimination as aforementioned and I'm not ready to go home yet!

I'm also going to not give up on anything this season - even if it makes me nervous or uncomfortable. I'm not much of a photographer but I have worked a lot with photography being a graphic designer. I'm pretty well-versed in computer editing software and decided to use that to my advantage this round.

Even though I wouldn't consider what I do necessarily "crafting"...I'm on the computer almost 8 hours a day and when I come home from work, I like to step away from a screen and just MAKE with my hands. I didn't want to shy away from using technology, but I didn't want to use it as a crutch this season. When I first started working as a professional graphic designer, it was oftentimes challenging to create personally. I would be SO BURNT OUT every day that I found it hard to be creative in my own time.

I think I've mentioned before that participating in these challenges has awoken personal creativity within me - I've learned to LOVE actually MAKING things in my spare time, and what's even better, I'm actually MAKING SOMETHING FOR MYSELF. Not a client, not an art director, not designing some boring form titled "REMOVING A CORPSE FROM A BUILDING" (which, no lie, is a real thing I've had to work on.)

When I design, I actually have a different process, which is why you won't see any inspiration board for this week's challenge. I usually have to work as quick as I can on projects at work because I'm often given very quick turnaround deadlines (not unlike this project!) and there really isn't time for a mood board, and if there was, clients would refuse to pay for it. (typical, biggest pet peeve when it comes to people's attitude towards graphic designers is when they say "it's easy! it should only take 15 minutes!" Right...)

For this week's project, I decided to create a triptych digital collage series. I'm not too much of a stranger to collage art - its probably one of my favorite mediums to create in, and when someone asks me what kind of art I make, I usually tell them I make "mixed-media art collages". Although, I've only recently been creating them 100% on the computer. I usually physically cut/paste images from fashion magazines and use acrylic paint.  To create these, I used photos from Unsplash and have given credit to the photographers below for the use of their beautiful work.

This series is untitled, and it's meant to be as such. It's more artistic and up to interpretation by the viewer. Art should be arbitrary and mean different things to each person - it should help you feel something you haven't or connect to the artist some way. You should be able to learn something or have questions, or maybe just be really confused.

Maybe you could write a comment below and let me know what this triptych means to you?

Motivation (Errr...maybe...not-so-much...)

Yeahhhhh....I'm a really bad blogger.  I say it's one of my passions, but I have not posted or updated anything in such a long time and I don't need any mouth from anyone about how much of a slacker I am. 

In relation (err...maybe not-so-much) to my lack of motivation, I have a special treat...motivational posters for you to print out and hang in your workspace to keep you on track.

I made these for my co-worker Cindy - these sayings help her get through her workday, so I thought I woud share them with you too. Enjoy!


Linky Links 2.5.2011

  • WTF is happening in Egypt? A simple and understandable explanation can be found here.
  • Ever wanted to purchase an innocent, uneducated Indian girl off the black market? Now you can! Well, not really. An organization called Nanhi Kali created the website The Girl Store, which allows people to purchase uniforms, school supplies, and shoes to provide an education for Indian girls. The marketing scheme of the website is shocking, but effective.
  • Blogger Brenna of Suburban Snapshots compares living with a toddler with being at a frat party.
  • Beautiful minimal posters curated by edit. Artists were asked to represent a musical genre using one shape and one type.
  • A list of 12 regional foods compiled by Women's Day. First time I've ever even heard of a top-sliced hot dog bun!
  • Designers: Check out 7-Up's new branding. Thoughts?

(Mille from Freaks and Geeks by Katie Rice of Funny Cute Blog)

Linky Links 11.18.10

  • Wanna learn something about Generation Y? Check out this cool infographic by Flowtown. For those readers age 18-28, how do you compare to these statistics?
  • Meet Luis Soriano and his donkey, Alpha. The story of the Bilboburro is so inspiring. Reading is awesome.
  • This is why you should never date a writer.
  • A new bike attatchment created by Korean designer Eungi Kim called "Horsey" makes me want to ride off into the sunset on my Schwinn. Her design is one of 3000 that were entered in the 2010 Seoul Cycle Design Competition, organized by Designboom in collaboration with Seoul Design Foundation.
  • This toy camera store has many fun cameras at very reasonable price. (The Four Corner Store ships from Delaware, a great state that has no sales tax!) Plus, a portion of the profits are donated to local animal shelters. I'm in puppy love! My favorite? The Digital Biscuit Cameras. They look good enough to eat!
  • Think about all the possibilities of life if we all persued the Art of Being a Goofball.
  • Look at these maps of racial integration in American cities created by Eric Fischer. How do you think your city is segregated? How is it unified or divided?
  • Dark, dangerous, and sexy photography doesn't always have to involve people. Check out Thomas Allen's Pulp Novel Art. "He begins his process by cutting figures and images out of illustrated pages of old books and vintage fiction novels. Allen then cleverly rearranges and juxtaposes the forms to create three-dimensional scenes. Next, he carefully lights his subjects and photographs the scenes. When separated from their original stories, the figures take on fresh roles in entirely new situations. Yet they retain their intended purpose of storytelling." -
  • My new designer girl-crush.
  • An haunting and beautiful comic by illustrator Emily Carroll.
  • Are you a woman? Cool! Do you love gay men? I do too! Lucky for us, Street Carnage's Ryan O'Connell has compiled a list of rules for this mutual love and adoration fest that often occurs between a straight woman and a gay man. Bring it on Will and Grace.
  • The new LED nightclub room at Smack that will have you saying HELL YES! And dancing on the bar before you fall onto a guido because the lights blinded you.