About danadejdesigns

I am a Graphic Design student in the Chicagoland area and this is my blog I created for the purpose of sharing my chaotic ramblings and inspiration. I some how balance college, running a campus design organization called Visual Voltage and annual design conferences along with other activities on campus, work, freelancing, a social life, being a wife, and a pet owner to three animals that drive me nuts and I love them for it (which I consider the closest thing to parenting).

The Season For Making Should Never End

Awhile back around the holidays I pulled out an old box full of craft supplies from my childhood. It brought make memories of my mother and I spending time making anything and everything we could.

Have you ever notice that when you are a kid the greatest Christmas gift you could give your parent was something you made? Why now, when we are older, do we think that changes? I would rather someone spend their time on me than money. Time is something you can never get more of and it costs way more than any dollar. Today the DIY bug is going around but I still feel that people are more willing to shell out their dollars rather then give their time. The next time someone gives you a homemade gift appreciate it because when people are gone it is not their big screen TV that is cherished with their memory but the hand made stand it was placed on.

So I decided to make my close friends and family gifts for the holidays. I also wanted to be Greener and reuse things that most people might just throw away without hesitation.

Here are a few gifts I’ve made for the first time this year and would recommend giving again. 

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This is made out of a spagetti sauce jar and yarn.

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The front ones are made from ice tea bottles and the back are from wine bottles. My idea was to have them as flower vases but depending on the shape they can make good pencil and supplies holders, as well as coffee table or book shelf pieces.

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These are made from old light bulbs. I changed a bunch of light bulbs in the house and thought what can I do with these other than throwing them out? They are pretty easy to turn into ornaments. I honestly don’t really like getting ornaments because they always look so factory made. With these you can customize them any way you want. In a past holiday I made personalized Christmas balls for my family but the shape of the bulb allows for some cute creatures.

Hope someone out there enjoys these and gets inspired to make a gift!

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Unplug & Unwind

There was a time when mankind had no wires. We were tethered to anything but daylight. Then we began to wrap ourselves around technology as though it breathed the life into use. Our wires maybe at times invisible but they are still there. We live on cellphones and computers, barely taking our eyes off the screens that stimulate our brain waves. Cut lose. Unplug the things you think you need, just for a day. Sit outside and let your brain unwind. If you live by the cord, you won’t know how to survive without an outlet.

 

Letterpress On Fire

Lately letterpress has become more and more popular. Personally, I have a deep love for wood type, embossing, carving and presses. Letterpresses have a type of beautiful elegance. They can be simple or highly defined. Either way it is hard for me to resist them. Letterpressing might be becoming over used but I am not sure I care! I came across Studio On Fire, a company that specializes in letterpress printing. I found a poster I enjoyed way too much. I think this shall be my next blog topic. Enjoy!

Studio On Fire

Infographic Inspiration

Awhile back I took an Information Graphics class. Truthfully, in the beginning I did not care for it all that much. I had to grasp the concept of why and how we use data visually. After the class was over I began to notice how often we use it and how important is to us.

Have you ever looked at a research paper and gone “Uh that is just too much to read”, then skim through it and not really soak in anything? Of course you have. Let’s admit it, society today has a short attention span and a “wall of text” is just not that appealing. To solve this problem we turn to infographics. Infographics are the visual representations of information. They are a way for people to quickly process and commonly understand data. Remember your schoolteachers’ using bar graphs in their lectures, they may not have been that attractive but they got the job done. It was a heck of a lot better than reading all those statistics. At least you could stare at something and pretend to pay attention.

Visual data has come a long way from its pie charts and line graphs. Today, there are limitless possibilities for displaying data and a big boom of creativity has taken over. A well-done infographic, for me, displays a solid balance of readability and simplicity with aesthetics. Information Graphics are everywhere and I have a newfound love for them!

Here is a website I found that works wonders for infographic inspiration. visual.ly

One of my favorite examples:

Reconstruction

I haven’t had much time on my hands to keep up with the design exercises. For this I am sorry. So I have decided instead I shall turn this blog into a collection of my design inspirations. So stay tuned for a flow of inspiring thoughts, images and concepts!

Been Missing

Due to a back injury and heavy pressure to complete finals, I have had to put my daily exercises on hold. I hope to start back up again next week. There is a lot of projects I would really like to get done and only time and physical restraints are holding me back. =/

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Poe