As a creative person, there are a lot of people I admire. Being a creative person in Kansas City, I am surrounded by a plethora of talented people. Kansas City is the home of a major amount of midwest ad agencies, amazing startups, and an insane amount of people making a huge mark in the culture. Some of these people I am blessed to call my friends. One such person is Andrew Chen.
Andrew and I have never actually met. We’ve worked on the same projects through third parties, and we’ve emailed a few times in support and admiration. The dude is super cool, has great skills, and a super talented wife who has a gorgeous voice. It’s an honor to live in the same city as talent like this. If you have the time, check out his work.
He’s also participating in a #365Project with illustration! He posts updates on his Instagram.
I’ve been a huge fan of the #365Projects for many years. One year, I did a photo project where I made myself take one photo a day that I’d be happy to place in a frame. Another year, I did an illustration a day. This year, I took myself out of my comfort zone and tackled lettering. I’m not all the way through the year, but I already have decided this was my favorite project. Lettering art is so beautiful, and the artists I admire are so inspirational and talented.
Bonus points: I got to meet one of my favorite lettering artists, Jessica Hische.
I’m not the most technical with my learning, and I really should start forcing myself to become more structured in my learning. I can see improvement, and I can’t wait to see the before and after at the end of the year. You can see my progress here.
Finding inspiration as a creative can be hard… Sometimes we’re inspired by imagery, fellow artists, or even the world around us. I find myself drawing inspiration from color, lately. Below are a few of my online discoveries this week.
Sometimes you just need a little pick me up… #rallycry #getit #igotthis
There’s this thing I like to do at work…
I like to share inspiration sites with my creative team via email. I try for once a week, sending out a fellow creative’s website, a design blog, or even a tutorial. It forces me to stay on top of trends, and keep my mind in a good creative space. So, why don’t I do this on the blog? Enjoy…
I tried… guys, I tried. I tried not falling under Beyoncé’s spell… I tried not to let the hype get to me. I told myself I was too old to get hooked by a musician such as herself…
#failboat • ALL HAIL QUEEN BEY!
I love a good product design. Even something simple with clean lines, simple surfaces, and minimalistic use can be admired if there is good thought and concept in it’s production. This might be why I’m a HUGE fan of the 99% Invisible podcast. Roman Mars talks about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. If you haven’t listened, I highly recommend giving it a try. My favorite episode is ‘Coin Check‘.
That being said, I like to pin lovely products to my pinterest from time to time. Consider it a dream board, or just a combination of gorgeous visuals, but I often find myself revisiting it from time to time.