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Font Friday 5.8

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Happy Friday! This weekend, I will be sequestering myself from the world so I can get a TON of things done, which made this the perfect word for this week’s Font Friday! My to do this for the weekend includes:

-Finishing up a logo for a client
-Branding design for another client
-Web layout + design
-Adding the finishing touches on my Alt Summit talk on Photoshop + Illustrator for bloggers!
-Organize my apartment

What will you be up to this weekend? Whatever you do, enjoy!

(The font, Tryst, can be downloaded from here.)

Font Friday 5.7

Font Friday

The world lost a very wise and special woman this week, Maya Angelou. For today’s Font Friday, I chose a quote from her that reminds all of us to be nice to those around us. Always try and be a bright spot in someone’s day :). The font, Roboto, can be downloaded from here. Not only does it come in various weights, it also has an italic version for each (a huge bonus for a free font!). Enjoy!

Currently Reading

Currently Reading
I love finding new books to read. Recently, I have been splitting my time between reading books, magazines (and of course blogs). Here are a few I’m currently loving:
1. The Lost Girls: A true story about three girls in their late 20’s who quit their jobs and opt for a year of traveling around the globe. Their adventures, and self-discovery make this book enjoyable and mentally relatable.
2. Creative Confidence: Written by the founder of IDEO and his brother, this book raises the point that we are all creative, we just have to exercise those muscles. Talk about inspiring!
3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette: Based in Seattle, a young girl looks for her mother once she goes missing.
4. June Vogue: Gotta stay up to date!

Color My World 1.2

This past weekend, I flew up to Seattle and got to spend some time with my family. While on a walk, I snapped the photo below, and couldn’t help but notice all the gorgeous shades of green. I decided that this week’s Color My World would be a tribute to the Emerald City.
Color My World, Seattle

Font Friday 5.6

Font Friday From Rain to Shine
Happy long weekend! I hope you can get outside and enjoy your time. I’m loving this font, and these retro Venice Beach images. Too cool. See you next week for an AWESOME post I am so excited about!

Currently Pinning

Been feeling super inspired lately (apparently by the color pink), and have been using Pinterest to keep all of my random ideas in one place. Sometimes, all it takes is an image to give you that lightbulb! moment. You can follow along my Pinterest adventures here!
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Color My World 1.1

Today’s color combo is inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid,  and one of the secondary colors, Placid Blue. Enjoy!
Color My World
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Font Friday 5.5

In honor of 25 years of digital type design, Adobe has offered a free font, Source Serif Pro. It is a serif font, and since it is designed by Adobe, you know that the kerning is going to be good. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.
Free Font Friday
Adobe Source Serif Pro can be downloaded from here. For more information, check out this article.

Featuring: Asia Pietrzyk

A few months ago, I came across Asia Pietrzyk’s work + portfolio and fell in LOVE. Her work is so playful, unique and creative, it’s like a visual candy land. I contacted her because I knew she would be a perfect fit for my From Rain to Shine Features. Asia is a designer, illustrator and creative who lives in Stockholm. I picked her brain about her creative process and what she does in a dreaded creative block. Thanks Asia!
1. How long have you been designing + illustrating and what sparked your interest in this field?
Growing up I knew I wanted to become a creative but I didn’t know what to focus on. I loved to draw, read, write. I was struck with literature, film, art or even poetry. My parents were a little bit skeptical about my passions and kept telling my that living life as an artist may be interesting but pretty hard. Back then, I didn’t have enough strength to follow my heart and eventually I ended up with a Masters degree in German literature. I realized two or three years later that I didn’t want to be a teacher or interpreter. I went back to drawing and painting, invested in a few books about graphic design, lettering, illustration and I knew that it was the right path to go down. It’s been over 4 years since that happened. Today, I am very happy and I truly love what I do.
2. What is your creative process like?
It depends on the project. If I’m working on a completely new subject, I always start with a lot of notes and stickies. I write down all my thoughts and ideas, the good and the bad ones. Sometimes, I make very rough sketches, but usually I go straight to Illustrator where I work a lot with colours and shapes. I also will visit Pinterest or ffffound to get inspired. Looking through great projects and feeling a bit jealous (in the healthy way of course) always motivates me.
3. How would you describe your design style + aesthetic?
I’d say it’s simple, bold and sometimes a little bit quirky and naive. I focus on contrast, colours and simple shapes when illustrate. I admire Scandinavian design and its simplicity & minimalism especially since I  live in Stockholm. Every thing mid-century catches my eye, and recently I discovered very old Japanese ink paintings to be very inspiring as well.
4. How do you handle creative blocks and where do you find inspiration?
Well,  first of all, I don’t panic. If I feel stuck and can’t come up with any ideas, it is a sign that I need to take a break as soon as possible! We are not machines, everyone has good and bad days. If you don’t have a tight deadline, stop staring at your screen, chill out and take it easy. Watch a silly movie, clean your kitchen, just do something that doesn’t remind you about the block. I get inspired a lot by old Polish movies, reading biographies of people I admire,  good stories and music and, of course, by nice food. Recently, food has been my number one inspiration. I do love pinterest and ffffound. Another website I visit often is Freunde von Freunden. I think that other people and their amazing stories are the most inspiring.
5. What is your life motto or phrase?
Make mistakes and learn from them.
6. Is there any particular project or design you did that you were exceptionally proud of?
Yes! It’s the Hooray Bag from the new ban.do collection. I was SO happy last year when Jen Gotch, the creative director, contacted me and asked for help with some new products. She wanted me to play a little bit with hand lettering and word “hooray.” I hadn’t worked too much with lettering, but I do love letters and always admired Jessica Hische’s amazing work. She is so good! I wanted to do something simple, and decided to use my “clumsy font” that was created about three years ago for a personal project. I sent it to Jen and she loved it. If someone told me a few years back that my hand lettering would be printed on ban.do bag I wouldn’t have taken it seriously. Now, I feel so flattered to see how many people bought this bag and actually love it. Seriously, it’s every designer’s dream.
7. Favorite city in the world?
I guess Berlin and Stockholm. Berlin for being such a multicultural, crazy place and Stockholm simply for everything. I am very lucky to live here.
Asia Pietrzyk Feature | From Rain to Shine
Thank you to Asia for answering the questions and providing the images!
[Interested in being featured? Contact jessica@fromraintoshine.com]

Color My World 1.0

As a designer, I am constantly inspired by colors. Color can add emotion, and change the meaning of a design. I have decided to start a new weekly series: Color My World, to explore various color palettes and combinations. I love bright colors, and finding interesting or happy mixtures. Hope you enjoy!
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