Nope, I did not complete NaBloPoMo, and I can’t say that I’m all that upset about it. I have to say that posting that much with a three year old running around in my life drained me quite a bit. I’m not at the point where I can post daily, and maintain my sanity. After the new year, I will start posting again, just not quite as frequently. It will better, as I will be able to post for content, and not just post for the sake of posting. No more lazy posts for me! I will also be working on an actual website showcasing my work in January. Stay tuned here for that announcement!

I really love the beauty of this mural.

Every year, I consider designing my own Christmas cards to send out, and as the holidays get closer, my desire dies out. I like the idea of designing one, but don’t necessarily want to commit the time to do one.

I’d like to say this year will be different, but it’s not. So, instead, I’m looking to other sources. Currently my favorite place is a company called Paper Culture. I absolutely love the designs there. They speak to me, and inspire me. Perhaps one day I’ll actually get some cards made there.

Here’s an interesting article on the 8 worst fonts in the world, and I have to admit some of them are really horrible. I totally agree about the Olympics’ font. I think it’s really ugly.

A while back I pinned a logo on my Pinterest account for the New Bedford Whaling Museum (17 weeks ago, to be exact). At the time, I didn’t realize it was for the museum, and only recently found its origin in the book I talked about in my previous post, Logo Design Love.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

I love this design. I love the simplicity of it, and I love everything it conveys. The negative space forming a whale tale within the ships sails (or is it mast?) is immediately identifiable. This, to me, is beauty and genius in logo design. The designer has created an iconic image that captures the identity of the museum, and has done so in a way that is immediately accessible and recognizable. I love it, and I hope to achieve the same simplicity in my own designs.

This is totally another throw-away post, but I want these!

Pantone Christmas Ornaments

Pantone Christmas Ornaments

I’m currently reading a book called Logo Design Love by David Airey. So far it’s a really great break down of design logos – they’re importance, how prominent they are, etc. If you’re looking for an introductory to logo design or need a refresher, this may be a good book for you. I’ll post more on it when I’ve actually finished it though. So far though – pretty good.

I have always wanted to learn how to screenprint, because I love the results. I stumbled upon this tutorial for mini silk screens over at the Craft blog. I love it, and I can see lots of different applications for it. I’m going to have to do some for myself.

I have to be honest in that this is a hard week for me to do any serious design writing. My husband is in Europe until next Wednesday, and I’m home taking care of my three year old. My brain is complete mush, and the only things going through my head concern my child.

Finding ways to maintain creativity around a child is sometimes difficult. I try to bring creative things into our life, but he’s not really interested. He mostly wants to play with cars, and he wants me to play with cars with him. It’d be nice if he was into art projects. Then I could at least get some sketches done while he was doing his own stuff. But it’s cars. Cars, cars cars.

All this is to say that my posts may be a little, well, lackluster for the next week.

I’ve started using Pinterest, and a while back I posted the wichcraft logo. Someone commented to ask me what font was used, and so, I took some to study it. I eventually fell back on What the Font to answer my question for me, as I am apparently tragically out of shape identifying fonts. (In case you are wondering, What the Font identified it as Ionic MT, and I have to agree with their assessment.)

I have to admit, I had a hard time deciphering it, and the thing that was causing me the most difficulty was the lower case ‘f’. I couldn’t, for the life of me, understand what was going, because I kept looking at it as simply the letter f with a section of it cleverly carved away. I stared and stared, wondering why the top (or the serif on the ascender, as I would explain it in design geek terms) of the f didn’t match the other letters. It ended in a line instead of a ball. It wasn’t until after studying it, that I realized the f was simply and upside down ‘t’! Now, whenever I look at the logo, it’s perfectly clear to me what is happening, but before, I was most definitely stumped.

This is another example of how a good designer can do something really wonderful and unique with a logo when they go the extra mile. The use of an upside down ‘t’ to create an ‘f’ gives wichcraft a truly unique and beautifully crafted logo.

Who am I?

I am Chrissey Trainello. I am a freelance graphic designer and a mother living in Durham, NC. I enjoy walks on the beach, ice cream, and good movies. My dislikes are writing bios and coconut.
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