Tonight I shall be attending Breaking Borders with a couple of the guys from work. Breaking Borders is a great bi-monthly event held in Park House on the beautiful University of Reading campus (my home from home). The theme tonight is Pushing the Cascade, with Kaelig talking on ‘Bridging the Gap Between Developers and Designers at the Guardian’ and Stu Robson on ‘100% Pure Sass’. Although I’m not exactly an expert yet in coding I do try, when I can, to get a grip on the basics and hope to one day be an expert! Breaking Borders definitely helps with this and it’s great to socialise with those with common interests.

I’ll try to tweet during the event and perhaps write some bits tomorrow :)

Expressing some love

As part of my job I create intranet designs. These can be either mockups for sales meetings or for the final product, this means I often get the chance to explore a large variety of brands and adopt their design guidelines. Sometimes these can be quite strict which is never a problem, I love a challenge! But sometimes a company will want something very different to what they use as their customer facing brand.

For a mockup I’m currently creating I have needed to explore current web trends as they are a very design focussed business. This is something I LOVE being able to find the time to do. Obviously it is essential for me to find the time to know current trends in design but I’m sure other designers can relate with the fact this can’t always be a daily activity.

But yes, I just wanted to express some loves with you today :)

The websites I’m currently using are: http://www.webdesign-inspiration.com/ and http://www.awwwards.com/

typeverything:

Typeverything.com - Shut up I’m dreaming” hand embroidery by @maricormaricar

typeverything:

Typeverything.com - Shut up I’m dreaming” hand embroidery by @maricormaricar

UPPERCASE in design? Discuss…
For a while now I’ve had a constant fight with myself whether it’s okay to use all uppercase. Whether this be for logos, headings or menus. I totally get that uppercase shouldn’t be used for body text because its a proven fact that all uppercase is less ledgible than sentance case. Take the redesign of british road signs as an example where sentance case was proven to work better. But what about, like I said, for logos, headings or menus?
I’ve been told by someone way more experienced and better at design than me (yes there are those better I hate to admit) that all caps is lazy design and that they look shouty, but I can’t help but dissagree. One reason because you find all caps in so many places now . Okay okay, I know you shouldn’t follow the crowd and just because others are doing something ‘wrong’ doesn’t mean we should all be ‘wrong’. Surely if all caps are being so widely used that it is kind of proof that they are becoming more acceptable?
There are alot of sources that could help me with this and I don’t really have enough followers to really get this conversation going but it would be nice to hear some opinions on the issue?
#HELP
img source: http://designshack.net/articles/typography/7-quick-and-easy-to-jazz-up-your-headline-typography/

UPPERCASE in design? Discuss…

For a while now I’ve had a constant fight with myself whether it’s okay to use all uppercase. Whether this be for logos, headings or menus. I totally get that uppercase shouldn’t be used for body text because its a proven fact that all uppercase is less ledgible than sentance case. Take the redesign of british road signs as an example where sentance case was proven to work better. But what about, like I said, for logos, headings or menus?

I’ve been told by someone way more experienced and better at design than me (yes there are those better I hate to admit) that all caps is lazy design and that they look shouty, but I can’t help but dissagree. One reason because you find all caps in so many places now . Okay okay, I know you shouldn’t follow the crowd and just because others are doing something ‘wrong’ doesn’t mean we should all be ‘wrong’. Surely if all caps are being so widely used that it is kind of proof that they are becoming more acceptable?

There are alot of sources that could help me with this and I don’t really have enough followers to really get this conversation going but it would be nice to hear some opinions on the issue?

#HELP

img source: http://designshack.net/articles/typography/7-quick-and-easy-to-jazz-up-your-headline-typography/

Don’t you just want to grab it?! Or is that me being weird?
**Extra blog** Saw this and had to repost and seeing as I missed a day (much like my previous post) I hope this helps to make up for it. It’s just nice and I really want to grab it. It also reminds me of screen printing during art and design at college… I miss my art <3

Don’t you just want to grab it?! Or is that me being weird?

**Extra blog** Saw this and had to repost and seeing as I missed a day (much like my previous post) I hope this helps to make up for it. It’s just nice and I really want to grab it. It also reminds me of screen printing during art and design at college… I miss my art <3

(Source: wellmadestudio)

So I realise that my aim to write a blog a day has already failed 3rd day in after missing day 2, but I had a day off from work yesterday and I simply forgot. Not a good enough excuse I realise. To make up for it I have am giving you a link to ‘The 90 best Tumblr blogs for designers’ put together by Creative Bloq. After I have got used to this blogging malarky I will probably compile my own list. Seeing as I haven’t given you any reason yet to trust my opinion I hope this will be okay :)

(NOTE to readers: you may notice my english may not be top notch, probably not recommended my blogging experts or anyone really, but I write as it spills out of my head. I hope this doesn’t cause anyone too much of a headache but I’m sure I will improve along the way)

Dress your tech

Today, for my very first daily post, I have decided to share my favourite source of desktop wallpaper. Every few months I decide I need a change of scenery at work or on my home laptop and go on the hunt. I always I end up back at the same place Design Love Fest, Dress Your Tech. Whether you’re looking for some cutesy quotes to inspire you or just some beautiful imagery this is the place to go, so go. Now… http://www.designlovefest.com/?s=dress+your+tech

From tomorrow…

I doubt it will continue for long or work but, from tomorrow, I plan to start posting daily. I will post something that I like or have found inspiration from that particular day. Here goes…

#designgood #createandcontribute have recently become one of my favourite design websites. This may have been a little something to do with the cute stickers that came through my post box (I won&#8217;t deny that I&#8217;m easily won over), they know what they&#8217;re doing and they&#8217;re good at it. A recent post that caught my eye was a story on Portland artist Jessica Swift, I scrolled down and my heart swooned. There&#8217;s not much else I need to say, just please check her out for yourself – http://designgood.com/jessica-swift/

#designgood #createandcontribute have recently become one of my favourite design websites. This may have been a little something to do with the cute stickers that came through my post box (I won’t deny that I’m easily won over), they know what they’re doing and they’re good at it. A recent post that caught my eye was a story on Portland artist Jessica Swift, I scrolled down and my heart swooned. There’s not much else I need to say, just please check her out for yourself – http://designgood.com/jessica-swift/

I reallllyyyyyyy want this

graphicporn:

Full-size reissue of the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual - Kickstarter

I reallllyyyyyyy want this

graphicporn:

Full-size reissue of the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual - Kickstarter

dose-of-design:

Hummm…
new name and visual identity for a line homemade jellies
More on: chefel.cc

dose-of-design:

Hummm…

new name and visual identity for a line homemade jellies

More on: chefel.cc

(Source: ashortinspiration)

unirdg-collections:

Another #autumn shot from the MERL garden #universityofreading #museumofenglishrurallife #fall #pink #flowers #garden #bright #rdguk #readingengland #readingmuseum http://ift.tt/YggE1k

unirdg-collections:

Another #autumn shot from the MERL garden
#universityofreading #museumofenglishrurallife #fall #pink #flowers #garden #bright #rdguk #readingengland #readingmuseum http://ift.tt/YggE1k

I miss my beautiful campus, will need a visit soon

unirdg-collections:

moniquedoeslondon:

University of Reading law building

Did you know this was designed, built and lived in by Alfred Waterhouse? He’s my favourite Victorian architect (as well as a lot of other people’s).
Manchester Town Hall. Manchester Museum. Natural History Museum, London. Cruciform Building, UCL. Reading Town Hall. Museum of English Rural Life, Reading.
He had such an affect on this country and Reading in particular - we did a blog on it too!

I miss my beautiful campus, will need a visit soon

unirdg-collections:

moniquedoeslondon:

University of Reading law building

Did you know this was designed, built and lived in by Alfred Waterhouse? He’s my favourite Victorian architect (as well as a lot of other people’s).

Manchester Town Hall. Manchester Museum. Natural History Museum, London. Cruciform Building, UCL. Reading Town Hall. Museum of English Rural Life, Reading.

He had such an affect on this country and Reading in particular - we did a blog on it too!

typostrate:

Beach Calligraphy

Like the egypts had their sticks to carve in sand the first cuneiform inscriptions, Andrew van der Merwe, freelance designer and calligrapher is drawing designs into this very ephemeral medium. Over ten years of practicing and learning he has developed his own instruments and tools to do his sand lettering. Anja Wiehl documented this process in her pictures and above you can see the results.

(Source: writtenword.co.za)

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