It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

…and we’re definitely not snoring!

It’s our first night in Orlando and we’re enjoying an incredible storm from our hotel window. We actually got to see the storm roll in after our (delicious Brazilian) dinner and have been enjoying the lightening display ever since. If you look closely at the photo, you’ll notice the lightening is hitting almost directly over Universal Studios. Talk about a light show!

All I want for Christmas is…

All I want for Christmas is… my two front teeth? Not anymore Mom! There are so many great things out in the world, it can be hard to decide what I really “want.” But, if I had to narrow down the gadgets and gizmos on my list, here’s a few that would definitely make the cut:

1. Ona Bags The Union Street – camera and laptop messenger bag all in one.

2. Freehands ~ gloves with thumb/forefinger hoods for iphone(ing) in the cold…

3. Life Calendar (how was your day?) where you can fill in the emoticon of how your day was.

4. Kinect for Xbox 360 brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways without using a controller.

Manitou Springs

I had a whirlwind vacation with friends and family in Manitou Springs (Colorado) this past weekend. We were visiting the area for a wedding, but, managed to check out the lovely downtown area for a few hours of fun beforehand. The downtown area was not only beautiful – but also had some tasty signage I just had to share. If it’s carved in wood, hand painted, or made out of a unique material – my heart starts to flutter.

Bilingual Design

An interesting aspect of my first trip to the Middle East was the extensive bilingual branding and typography found throughout Qatar. I was struck by the many creative and innovative solutions to the challenges of designing in the two languages of Arabic and English. From large scale signage, to rows of alternating product placement in the grocery store, to the business card of a vendor at the Souq – bilingual design in Doha is ubiquitous.

With the mass availability of American products in the backdrop, the prevalence of Latin-to-Arabic logotype conversions was consequently no surprise. I paid particular attention to design solutions that seemed to capture the spirit of the English counterpart using similar scale, weight, color, and curvature of the forms. I understand that my Western-eye and lack of Arabic knowledge cannot fully embrace the beauty (or meaning) of each solution, but I have to say I was more than inspired. With that said, I plan for this to be the beginning of many posts that will lead me through the exciting and growing landscape of bilingual communication and design.

Babytastic

We had a lovely baby shower for my friend Courtney this past Sunday filled with good friends, good eats, and some designerly fun. We based the decorations around a family of woodland creatures we painted in her nursery a few weeks earlier (scroll down a little further to see) and although it was a little tough matching the colors with my crazy orange walls, I think we pulled it off. In lieu of shower gifts we were proud to support the Rex Special Care by donating to the NICU.

The “woodland theme” you see throughout the nursery and the baby shower banner was inspired by a sheet-set and shower curtain Courtney purchased from Target a few weeks earlier.

We had a fabulous Saturday painting the nursery and I was glad to include the same elements from the room in the invitations that went out for the shower.