Archive for February, 2011

The Papyrus Project

February 28, 2011

I‘m excited to announce this new project: The Papyrus Project! I see Papyrus everywhere and I finally snapped and decided I needed to make a record. Papyrus is not original anymore and should never be used for logos! It should also not be used for anything else. This project will show how overused Papyrus is and hopefully serve as a warning to any who think of using it. Papyrus drives the Graphic Designer in me crazy!

This is the moment when I decided to record Papyrus: at Peachwave Frozen Yogurt at Cedar Hills Crossing.

Shortly after I went to Eugene and found this gem in the UO Career Center.

And in my Eugene hotel room I was bored and flipping through the dining guide….little did I know I’d find this!

I have a few more Papyrus finds that I will share later.


Learning WordPress

February 25, 2011

The time has come again for a change. I want to move off Blogger and fully integrate my blog into my portfolio. Unfortunately, it seems the only real way to do that is to learn to create WordPress themes.

This is a whole new ballgame for me. I know limited HTML and CSS through working with DreamWeaver. But the biggest problem is I’m still stuck in the table era. A professional designer once commented that he was surprised I used tables, as most people my age never did. Well, that’s because I started designing websites when I was about 12, when tables were all the rage! At some point I did learn about divs, but to me those were boxes you floated inside the tables so you could have scrolling content. So trying to think outside of tables is a challenge. Personally, I’m still not so sure what’s so wrong with them. Anyone care to enlighten me?

Anyway, I’m using this tutorial. It’s very basic; a little too basic since I do have an understanding of code. But since I know nothing about WordPress, it’s great.

Here is what my new layout will eventually look like.

Snow Day!

February 24, 2011

In Oregon, snow is pretty rare. I’ve always loved snow, so it was kind of exciting to wake up to a blanket of snow. Of course, being Oregon, it’s not so bad that the roads aren’t clear. By the time I ventured out to walk to the store, it had mostly melted; but I managed to take this photo of a secluded area.

It’s interesting to note that my enjoyment level of snow has changed a bit since I was a child. Snow always meant school was closed and the day could be spent building snow forts. Now I have a more adult perspective on snow. Working at a hospital, the world doesn’t stop because of snow. Instead, my higher-elevation co-workers call in and I am called instead.

When Nick and I traveled to Paris, it snowed the morning of our return flight. My first reaction was joy, quickly replaced by fear that our flight would be canceled. While we had joked about getting stuck in Paris before we left, in reality, work would not be pleased. Another adult problem with snow. In fact, our flight was almost canceled, but that’s a story for another time.

Last month we also had ice, but no snow. Ice is a problem of its own. Tonight, Disney movie night has been canceled because of snow/ice (What was I saying about being an adult?). I took this photo of MacDo’s fountain encased in ice, another rare sight for Oregon! I enjoy that there is also a plamtree in the background.

Regardless of adult problems it causes, I still love the quiet beauty of snow. I just wish I could still have snow days.

Label Again

February 23, 2011

None of those text options really did it for me, especially at print size. More options…

Pam & David Labels

February 23, 2011

My Uncle and future Aunt are getting married! She asked me to design some jam labels to go on the favors. She wanted heart-shaped strawberries, and I ran with it.

Here are a few variations in text. I have yet to hear her thoughts!