20 Tips to Overcome that Creative Block

A post like this seems appropriate for anyone with a case of the Mondays.   We’ve all been there before, the seemingly impossible task to get the creative juices flowing.

Take a look at these 20 tips and perhaps there’s one listed that may do the trick for you.

How to overcome creative block: 20 brilliant tips | Creative Bloq.

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Designing for Print in a Social Media World

Everyone is using social media…it’s a staple for any start up especially.  So much of what I do for clients lives online…Facebook, Twitter, eBlasts, Web banners. Ads….not to mention gB after gB of photos.

Even with all the digital work out there, people still need to print things.  From the conversations I have with clients, a misconception is taking shape…that designing images for print is the same as designing images for the web.

Don’t get me wrong, designing imagery for the web is no simple task.  Dimensions, formats, pixels, file size, images matching across multiple platforms, …it can be a challenge.  But designing for print carries it’s own challenges and risks.  If you aren’t careful you can end up costing you and your client a lot of time and money…not to mention resources.  (You can Ctrl + Z a mistake of a digital design with relative ease….but Ctrl + Z a mistake after a print run of 10,000 pieces is a little tougher)

That’s why I found this write up from Creative Bloq (@CreativeBloq) so helpful…and yes I do mess up from time to time.

“10 questions you should always ask your printer” is a helpful guide to keep even the most experienced designers from making a rookie mistake when working with a print house.

Print media and Social Media aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  It’s important as designers that we stay sharp on the fundamentals for both.

10 questions you should always ask your printer | Creative Bloq.

Branding the Presidents: An exercise in political design

A fun exercise I found in political design…which is your favorite? Mines the Kennedy one.  Be sure to look through them all, although the author left out Obama down through H.W. Bush.

Branding the Presidents  http://brandingtheuspresidents.tumblr.com/

Game of Thrones Sportswear: Which House are You?

I have yet to read the “Game of Thrones” collection.  However, I am one of the biggest fans of the HBO series.  So naturally I think that these custom design t-shirts are amazing.  The designer, who goes by the name  Vanadium, created a line of “sports” themed shirts depicting the nine houses of the George R.R. Martin series.  

The shirts are reminiscent of a post I wrote earlier in the year regarding modern takes on old movie posters.  Vanadium has done an exceptional job transforming the houses from Game of Thrones into believable logos for sports team…or at least an intramural kick ball league….hmm..

These designs (and many others) are available for purchase at Society6 

If you are looking for a Night’s Watch, I’m sorry to inform you that you are out of luck.  Perhaps in a few months they will have a line of long sleeve tees and jackets, because after all…Winter is Coming (yes…bad joke I know)

A big thanks to Wired Design for revealing this little gem for me.  They always have great articles, highlighting truly creative minds doing astounding things.  I’m rarely if ever disappointed.  Game of Thrones Sportswear | Wired Design 

Remarkable Graphic Design from the World of Beer: Oh Beautiful Beer

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I admit it.  I’ve bought beer strictly based on the label.  Guilty as charged.  Running into the store with a limited amount of time, looking for the first thing to catch my eye…that’s my plan.

But who hasn’t?

It’s all about marketing really.  As a graphic designer much of my time is spent in promoting a brand or entity.  Print, web, logos, social media, event fliers…it’s all about catching the audiences attention, and engaging them enough to want what I’m presenting.  So it should come as no surprise when I say I “window shop” for beer from time to time.  If I like the label, I’ll probably like what’s inside.

Now to the point of this post.  Oh Beautiful Beer.  Oh Beautiful Beer is a site that “celebrates remarkable graphic design from the world of beer”, a site showcasing the creative energy that goes into marketing beer, and the amazing designs that result.  It’s a work of art on a six-pack!  I’m a huge fan and I think you will be too.

Here is their site
Oh Beautiful Beer.

Check em out on Facebook
www.facebook.com/ohbeautifulbeer

And follow them on Twitter @ohbeautifulbeer
twitter.com/ohbeautifulbeer

Enjoy!

Camden Town Brewery

Bogus Brewing Hard Guy Label

Dominoes and Art – Starry Night – Vincent van Dominogh

I played with dominoes as a kid, sadly I never had a Domino Rally.  That being said I would never have thought to recreate a famous work of art.

Check out this domino creation by Flippy Cat as he recreates Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.  I’ve always been impressed when people use unique mediums to create art.  This example is no exception.  He’s got a Mona Lisa too.

Enjoy!
Starry Night – Vincent van Dominogh – YouTube.