The Vampire Test

I’m reading this creative book called Show Your Work (Austin Kleon) and the writer talks about this “Vampire Test” that can be used on people, jobs, places or hobbies, etc.

“It’s a simple way to know who you should let in and out of your life. If, after hanging out with someone you feel worn out and depleted, that person is a vampire. If, after hanging out with someone you still feel full of energy, that person is NOT a vampire. Vampires cannot be cured. Should you find yourself in the presence of a vampire…banish it from your life forever.”

This obviously made me think of 1 to 2 people and a few activities¬†[watching too much tv! and Facebook]. How about you? What vampires do you need to “banish”?



Thankful For…Part 1

So I decided to do this as well, but mainly to realize and remember ALL my blessings [good, bad and mixed]:

  1. A temp job – it’s a job, I should not complain, it’s related to what I do, and it’s a paycheck
  2. A roof over my head – sure, it’s our last debt, and we are able to pay that monthly mortgage
  3. Our paid off cars – they smell and sound their age, and they still run
  4. Thrift store clothing because I still get compliments when I wear them; and they’re still ‘timeless’ to me
  5. My family for putting up with me / vice versa ūüôā
  6. My local and global friends
  7. The ability to work freelance and full-time; I know one of these days I’m going to have to stop sitting on this fence because it’s going to get uncomfortable soon. AND, I love where I am right now

More to come tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving Eve all! [This was supposed to post last night, but it didn’t]

Design Resources CHS – local

Tonight’s post is about local design resources that I wanted to share. Since I live just outside of Charleston, SC, everything below is within proximity. Tomorrow’s post will about global resources. Thanks for reading!

RefreshCHS – is a local quarterly meetup organized by Karl Philips.

BarcampCHS – the annual fUNconference of the year

Dig South – another annual weekend conference, in the similar vein of SXSW.

Ted X Charleston – similar to TEDX.

Charleston Digital Corridor – is a “a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming”

Charleston Flagship – premier co-working facilities, one of the resources of CDC [Charleston Digital Corridor]

Charleston AMA – American Marketing Association, local chapter

AIGA SC – closest meetup is Columbia.

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.

Cards & Pockets Invitation Design Contest

Cards & Pockets are having their 5th Annual Invitation Design Contest! You can only enter one of your own designs, in either of these categories: DIY or Professional. The invitation must be an actual event this year or 2014.  Contest ends 12/1/13.

Here is a link to their Design Blog for inspiration, and to check out a few of the previous years’ winners.

Prizes include Crate & Barrel or Cards & Pockets Gift Card, 1st place Р$100, 2nd place Р$75, and 3rd place Р$50.

A side note: I’m all about design contests, but I think I’m sitting this one out this time. 1) I don’t have any events coming up that would include having invitations, 2) I really don’t have the time to do it this time of season [seven weeks left of the year!]. ¬†How about you? If you were to enter, what would you design? Comments welcome!

CupcakeCamp Charleston

CupcakeCamp Charleston

CupcakeCamp Charleston Flyer

I forgot to upload the poster that I worked on for this year’s CupcakeCamp Charleston.¬†It’s this Sunday, November 10th from 3 to 5 pm, at¬†the Alley, 130 Columbus Street, Charleston, SC. It’s a FREE foodie event and all monetary donations will go to this year’s selected charity: South Carolina Advocate Program. We actually had a few more sponsors that aren’t featured here, but they are at CupcakeCamp‘s Sponsors page.

For the design, I decided to go with an actual bowling cupcake that I found from these awesome bakers,¬†Pink Cake Box from Denville, New Jersey. I wanted to keep the focus on the cupcake, so I found a free vintage illustration of a female bowler [of course] illustrated in black and white. I wanted to keep the font vintage too, and used good ol’ Courier [hey, at least it wasn’t Papyrus or Comic Sans!].

Since I’m a sponsor this year [3+ years running], I decided to go with an actual theme this year.¬†I am baking “Star Trek” cupcakes. I’m not a fondant fan [taste or creation], so I decided to buy a Star Trek ice cube tray from ThinkGeek¬†to make dark chocolate toppers. These Star Trek chocolate toppers will be placed over Vanilla, Nutella or Buttercream frosting. Time permitting, I will try to incorporate TNG [that’s The Next Generation, for you non-Trekkies], TOS [The Original Series] or VOY [Voyager] paper toppers [that I will design with (hopefully) fun catch phrases]. ¬†I will definitely be posting pics on my Twitter feed and on here as well.

For those of you local CHS folks, I hope to see you this Sunday! Please keep in mind that the Alley does not have a very big parking lot. And, even though parking is free on Sundays, remember it’s still downtown Charleston and it can be limited. However, the Post and Courier are gracious enough to let the Alley use their parking lot, which is conveniently across the street from each other.