What Does It Take To Be You?

Original poster image from FreeVintagePoster.com, "Rosie the Riveter"

Original poster image from FreeVintagePoster.com, “Rosie the Riveter”

Just read another great article about “talent is persistence” theme [which also reminds me of Seth Godin’s “Linchpin” chapter on  shipping it (putting your stuff out there!)]. Pardon the f- bomb at the bottom of the article, but this really is a great read from the 99u.com.

It brings me back to my decade’s old  question: “what does it take to be you?” My intentions for today’s blog wasn’t going to be about goals [or resolutions], but after reading the aforementioned article talk briefly about measurements and metrics [as much as I hate taking metrics for work], it’s a necessary task. We need to see where we came from and where are we going.

In my next post, I will be posting my 2014 SMART goals!

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The Creative Group 2014 Salary Guide

The Creative Group’s 2014 Salary Guide is here! Check it out, especially if you’re in a creative field [such as: designer, web designer, web developer, interactive marketing manager, digital project manager, user experience (ux) designer, web content writer, etc.]. I love the coffee theme of the guide too.

Crazy Cool Christmas Gifts Part 1

Here’s some bizarre Christmas gifts I’ve compiled, for you eclectic folks, from some of my favorite sites [ThinkGeek, Uncommon Goods, Fast Company, Dodeline, Whispering Willow, Moma]:

1. Fried Chicken Candles

2. Kinetic Light Newton’s Cradle

3. Whispeing Willow Flax Pillows

4. DIY Lip Balm Kit

5. Andy Warhol magnet set

6. Bacon Soap

7. Rewined Candles – local wine flavored candles, made in recycled wine bottles. Made in Charleston

8. Letterpress Postcards

9. Paper Junkie Stationary membership – for anyone who loves receiving stationary, like fan mail!

10. Godiva Chocolate of the Month Club – need I say more?

More to come tomorrow!

You Don’t Know Where Your Work Will End Up If You Don’t Put It Out There

Friday night’s takeaway from James White // Signal Noise was this:

You don’t know where your work will end up if you don’t put it out there.

He also went on to say: Do it. Do it today or do it tomorrow, because no one is ever going to know your work, if you don’t put it out there.

I would gladly post notes, but I actually found a video of his presentation that was quite similar to Friday night. Of course, you should’ve been there! 

Design Resources Global

Since yesterday’s post was about local design resources, I wanted to share some of the global design resources I use and often visit. I’ve included some web design links as well.

Coroflot – design link that posts jobs and articles

CreativeBloq – cool

Core77 – industrial design

Behance – online porfolio site that brought 99u

99u – awesome resource that encourages ACTION, especially for creatives who tend to procrastinate, like me

Red Lemon Club – designer that definitely knows his stuff and shares awesome articles

37 signals – more of a productivity site, but definitely inspiring and encouraging

ReadWrite – everything about the web and more

Alistapart – mainly web related, but a great simplified resource

Technorati – more tech and web

Design Observer – great site that showcases anything design related; great app too  

HowDesign – graphic design resource

Harvard Business Review – great business resource

FastCoDesign – Fast Company’s take on the design world

FontSquirrel – free web and print fonts

DaFont – free fonts [be mindful of the permissions]

GirlsWhoWearGlasses [their site is temporarily down, but they do have a Facebook page].

the Sartoralist – awesome photo blog by a former graphic designer turned photographer

htmlgoodies – html goodies

w3c – world wide web consortium

shuttersisters – awesome expressive photography site

ourcollective – related to shuttersisters, now has the photo calendar on their site, as well as other creative photo resources

AIGA presents James White at Blue Ion

The AIGA SC Chapter is bringing artist and graphic designer James White, to Blue Ion this Friday, November 22nd for FREE from 5sh to 9sh [according to Blue Ion’s blog]. All you have to do is RSVP! Here’s a little blurb from RefreshCHS. My favorite images from him are his DRIVE movie poster, Green Lantern “Blackest Night” poster, The Smuggler, The Scientist, and Elle. The time is from 5sh to 9sh, according to Blue Ion’s blog.

2014 DIY Photo Calendar Project

Usually at this time of year, I attempt to do next year’s calendar using Shutter Sister’s template. However, I just discovered that they haven’t updated their 2014 template. So this puts me at a dilemma for a quick solution. This actually means I’ll have to create one. However, since my time is limited, I decided to search online, which would be quicker! 🙂 Here are some options below:

Here’s an awesome pc-based InDesign script from Scott Selsberg

You can create your own template from this generator

Here’s one from Photoshop Elements

I will post an update if Shutter Sisters does have a 2014 one, because I love the simplicity of their template.