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Design Hunger Blog

Design Hunger - Inspiration for your hunger brain

I started Design Hunger in 2009 as a place to help me keep all of the great inspiration I found on the web in one location. Over the years I have had readers from all over the world come drop in like Argentina & Indonesia. I hope you find some inspiration here.

 

Hand Lettering: From nothing to something - Baby Step 1

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Over the past few months I have tried my hand at learning to hand letter with brush pens. Here is a look into the journey of learning this new skill.

Baby Steps

Before you can walk you must crawl. I have the natural handwriting of a doctor. Sorry doctors, but you have the worst handwriting on the planet and I am in your group. I can prove with this shot of my notebook.

What does that say?

What does that say?

I am aware of why I write this way. It comes down to rushing and trying to write quickly. I jot things down as fast as I can and move on. I know you can relate to reviewing notes and not having a clue what that heck you wrote down. What the heck does "Pineapple #1" mean?!

Step 1: Slowing down and practicing.

I am aiming to not only improve my handwriting but create beautiful planned out lettering pieces. I know what I want I just don't know how to get there. The best way is copying. Find pieces or individual letters you love and replicate it over and over. You will develop muscle memory eventually and develop your confidence. Here are a few pieces I found that I love. Dribbble and Instagram are great places to find inspiration.

I found myself practicing on everything and all the time. The fun-ness of practicing never wore off. I also noticed the pen does not make you great. No matter what pen I bought I still sucked. Practice is the only way to be any good. Here are a few of my early pages of practice. I focused on ligatures. When looking for inspiration the interesting ligatures where what stood out to me and made me like a piece. I beat myself up over how bad I am at this. Geez, does everyone suck this bad in the beginning?

But, I keep practicing as much as I can. I mimic styles and copy forms. I add my own flair and keep trying. I need to practice control and a smooth line.

More to come on this as I learn over the next few weeks. Stay tuned and check Instagram for my progress.

Adobe Max 2015

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I am going to the Adobe Max conference which starts Monday, October 5th in Los Angeles. My first time going to the Max conference and going to L.A., this should be interesting and exciting.

So far I have an agenda jam packed with sessions, labs, and creativity workshops. I will be brushing up on my Photoshop painting skills and learning more about typography. There will be so many great speakers this year like Louise Fili!

If you are planning on attending, send me a message. We could design geek out together and get lots of Adobe freebies. I hope to see you there! If you will not be attending, I am sure I will have plenty of photos on my Instagram to make you feel like you are right there with me.

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The DSVC

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I am honored to be a member of The Dallas Society Of Visual Communications for over 5 years. This organization has been around since 1957 and is for all professionals looking to be apart of the creative community at-large. This year I am a board member! Whoo Hoo! Just call me lady fancy pants.

This organization is filled with so many talented professionals and students and if you happen to be in Dallas the 1st Wednesday of any month stop by the Angelika Film Center at 6pm and prepare to be amazed. They bring in a featured creator from anywhere in the world to talk and answer questions. You also get a bad-ass poster to take home with you. 

So, if you are in the DFW area check out the DSVC site and poke around a look at past events. I am sure you will see a piece of work or creator that you recognize. Here are some of our past speakers. We have some very exciting events to come this year so stay tuned.
 

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me and I can get you an answer. Follow the DSVC on facebook, twitter, instagram to get all the latest news.