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Moxie Sketch Up!

Posted on June 5, 2012

This was a little ditty created for a local animal shelter. The caricature was drawn from a photo provided by the shelter, and we put our spin on it while staying true to the original German Shepherd.

Projects like these keep our drawing skills sharp and, let’s be honest, are just plain FUN!

 

Post written by Cristy Wiza.




Creative Habits

Posted on February 22, 2011


Photo by Pamdora’s Box

“I’m just not feeling very creative today.”

As a creative person, having an “off” day creatively is going to happen, whether because stress or pressure or even the occasional migraine. It is especially difficult to mumble these words when a deadline is looming and your canvas is as blank as the day you created it. This sets in a panic that will only further hinder those creative juices. (Eww!)

But there ARE things we can do to help prevent (or, at least, lower) these creative blocks.

Answer: Creative HABITS!

Now, you’re probably thinking one of two things. Either “I already read all the creative mags/blogs/tweets. I’ve got my creative bases covered!” –OR- “What’s a creative habit?” If you’re subscribing to PRINT and HOW, reading smashingmagazine.com or click on any interesting links in your Twitter feed, you’ve probably found an article that gets your creative wheels turning. Ideas pop into your head for a random logo or website design. A new font spurs a whole list of ideas for how it can be used. Suddenly you feel a little more ALIVE!

But this is only where it starts. You need to DO SOMETHING with this sudden creative energy.

It doesn’t have to take long. Draw up some quick sketches for those logos. Download that font and play around with some creative ideas. Heck, even create a quick layout for a new website. Get your ideas out of your brain and onto a piece of paper or your computer. This pushes your creative process from short and sporadic to actual creation of a design. The act of actually DOING takes your thought process to the next level.

The more times you take these random bursts of ideas and create something concrete, the easier it will be to “be creative” when deadlines are looming and clients are calling. The habit has been formed. Just remember, the “creative brain” is like any other muscle—the more you work it, the more easily it performs. So go out there and WORK IT!

Post written by Cristy Wiza.




Learning to Sketch All Over Again

Posted on July 10, 2009

The last two weeks have been devoted to working a brochure for a new customer. This is the first project we’ve done with this customer, the product is brand new and the sky is our limit. Normally when I begin a new project, I typically do one of two things. I browse though design annuals for ideas or I take a trip to Barnes & Nobel or the local cool flower shop hoping that the new environment will spark an idea.

But this time around I decided to try something new. Sketching. I know, it’s a ground breaking idea. But over the years I found myself getting further and further away from sketching. It seemed quicker to just jump on the computer and start design away. Everything is at your finger tips after all, stock photo resources, fonts, etc. Who needs to sketch when you can do it all on the computer?

Well, what I found out is that I need to sketch. And more than that, I enjoy it!

I was skeptical at first. I thought it would add MORE time to the project, just like stopping at Starbucks on my way to work adds more time to commute (but it’s totally worth those extra few minutes!). But to my chagrin I found that it made the entire process faster, more efficient, and – dare I say it – resulted in better designs. Why haven’t I been doing this all along?!?

Thinking back, I used to sketch ALL THE TIME. It was drilled into me in college. Before we could even look at a computer, we had to submit sketch books for critique. I think that being forced to do it for so long, my rebellious streak too over and demanded ”NO MORE SKETCHING!” And so I stopped, and it seemed to be working. That is, until I went back to it.

All of a sudden sketching opened up this whole new world. It was like I was living in a pitch black cave and suddenly the lights were turned on to reveal that the cave is actually a stunning rain forest. Before I even got near a computer, I picked up my pad of paper, some design books, competitor literature, my thoughts and went to work. And an amazing thing happened. Instead of using only what was available to me on my computer, I thought more closely about the project and what the best solution for it was. Not just what would look good, but what would be the most effective way to sell the product and reach the target market. And I sketched…and sketched…and sketched until my mind was empty, my body was exhausted and my creativity was tapped out. But it was worth the effort because I had tons of ideas and I was able to quickly weed out the ones that would not work. So when I finally did make my way over to the computer, the comp-ing stage went much smoother and more efficiently than before.

What did I take away from this experiment? I’d like to say that I will never again begin a project without first sketching. But let’s face it, habits are hard to break and sometimes you have a clear enough picture in your head that going straight to the computer will work. The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is sometimes you have to take a little more time at the beginning of a project to produce better work, and to sometimes it even saves time in the end. So many times it’s “go, go, go!” without stopping to question is this the best solution that I can come up with? Is it the best solution for the project at hand? I’m going to slow down, spend more time brainstorming, researching, and especially sketching. And if I’m working away at the computer, struggling with a layout or logo concept and nothing is working, I’ll step away from the computer, sketch book in hand, and see what ideas start to flow when I spend some quality time with the project.

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