Archive: May, 2011

My little brother is graduating!

Isn’t he cute?? My lil brother, Drew, is graduating tomorrow. I’m old enough to remember the day he was born and have watched him grow up so fast! I couldn’t be prouder. Congrats, Drew, on a job well done!

Ira Glass: Push Through It

A fantastic video from Ira Glass about pushing through your worst work to get to the good stuff. A nice little motivator for the 3 day weekend ahead. See parts one, two and four on youtube as well.

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Nice Digs: Colonie Restaurant, Brooklyn Heights

I love these shots from Colonie Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. The wall greenery, wooden planks on the ceiling and vintage style desk chairs is such an authentic mix with their rustic branding. More photos are available on Knstrct and if you’re in the mood for all sorts of other gorgeous interiors, check out the rest of their site as well!

Great work: Anna Garforth Art Installations

These projects from Anna Garforth have me inspired to get my hands dirty.

“With a strong background in design and illustration, her nifty fingers work moss into beautiful lettering, cookie dough into edible posters and rubbish into typographic wonder.”

Her site is full of her hands-on works and sure to have you baking, gardening and taping in no time!

CSCA: Jay Grossen, Frog Design

The CSCA April event was such a success! Jay Grossen of Frog Design spoke about “Staying Uncomfortable” and how we have to change and develop our roles as designers throughout our work life.

As designers we often find ourselves stuck in a role that we can’t get out of. Trained as thinkers, we find ourselves straining to understand a client better, find a solution and grow in our knowledge of the problem and how we can solve it. While Jay held many different jobs, his knowledge about his clients and projects grew from the different hats he wore. I asked him if he planned to take this many different directions or if they fell into his lap and he said “I’m not one to plan for how things go in life. They came to me and I took them.” Here are some of my other favorite quotes from the night:

• [Today,] you’re not just designing one system. You’re now designing an ecosystem.

• Things are changing. We [as designers] have to change.

• Expand outside of your comfortable circle and make new friends. Learn new things.

• Be humble. When you’re doing research, you can’t walk into a situation like ‘Hey, I’m the designer. I know what it’s gonna be.’

• We (Frog Design) are about making sure there aren’t boundaries in a job title.

• You have to understand boundaries to understand how it will work for someone.

• Expand what you think is necessary to do great things and deliver the best experience.

• You have to think about the breadth and depth of a problem. You’ll deal with different ‘languages.’

So many great morsels to take away and help me stay uncomfortable every day. A big big thank you Jay! Come visit us again any time!

a vaca away

This is a picture of where I’ll be for the next week, enjoying sand, surf, thinking about new goals and getting a tan (well, as much of a tan as an irish girl can get). I’m excited to step away for a bit with my beau and enjoy what Ohio has been lacking… sun!

Enjoy your week and I’ll see you when I get back!

Simplicity

Life happens. You take on too much, too little, too often, and find yourself asking, are these steps taking me in the right direction? 2011 has brought a lot of amazing opportunities my way, but definitely complicated my life in both good and bad. When my computer died last week, I realized that I needed to take a step back and reassess my projects, my time and my goals and put energy where it best suits them (I’m starting to sound more mature already, right?!).

Since January, I’ve been a co-president for CSCA, continued my blog, took on freelance work and personal projects, as well as my full-time job. I’ve learned so much in 4 months, but I’ve also learned I can’t keep up! I think having to step away from blogging and freelance when my computer went kaput helped me realize that much of my busy life comes from personal goals that I have the power to change.

I leave Friday for a much needed vacation and while on the beach, I plan to take time for myself and reassess what I really hope to accomplish for the rest of 2011. While I expected this year to be a learning curve, I never expected to learn more about myself than new design skills! I’m excited to take a week away from everything and set a new direction for my personal goals.

So, for the time being, I’ll be posting a little less and focusing on quality versus quantity in both work and writing and taking some time to get back to basics. If you too are feeling the same way, there’s some great advice on Zen Habits and Becoming Minimalist for making life less complicated.

Man, I feel liberated already!

quote via Becoming Minimalist via 99%

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