Anyone fancy a cocktail to celebrate post 52 of 52? Well here you are then, here is this week’s post. I found a few miniature playing cards on the roadside whilst walking to work this week and as luck would have it there was half a 10 of diamonds and a 2 of diamonds. By my reckoning that makes 5 and 2, perfect for my 52nd post! I don’t think you will have any trouble seeing the 52 in the image. It’s a simple design that could form the basis of a logo using negative space. I’m feeling all designed out now and I could do with a stiff drink (mines a Mojito – who’s buying?)
So there we have it, 52 posts in 52 weeks – woohoo! We’ve had everything from textures to typography and illustrations aplenty, I even gave blood in post number 20! That’s as far as the poetry goes! I’m a designer not a wordsmith…
I have learned so much from each of these designs and I know that I am now a better designer and a far more creative thinker than I was 52 weeks ago. The weekly challenge of coming up with something creative and different no matter what presented itself, has been a tough and many times I really struggled to find the will and the ideas to complete each design. The thing is though, even when I was at my most uninspired, I never once wanted to quit! And for that I am proud of myself. I think what kept me going was the thought that this design blog was for me, by me and I was playing by my rules. I knew that other people might see the blog and even check back now and then to see what I had been up to, but I was never really doing it for them, primarily it was for me. Although I do appreciate everyone’s comments and support!
The funny thing is though, lots of people did seem to check it out and, as luck would have it, I managed to get a design job out of it all! Someone saw my blog, was impressed with the creativity I was showing each week and offered me a job. Stranger still is the fact that the employer was not interested in my portfolio of design work from previous design jobs, it was the 52 designs in 52 weeks blog that got them interested in my work.
My initial aim was to turn life inspirations and discarded rubbish into something beautiful and I think that for the most part I have succeeded in giving the world 52 new interpretations. So have I changed the world one design at a time…? Well I don’t know about that, but I have had my blog viewed in 51 different countries and that’s pretty impressive in itself (Hello to my new friends in Kazakhstan, Togo and Belize!).
I got the idea to do keep this blog when I saw someone else’s. I would love to think that in a least one of the 51 countries my blog has reached, there might be someone publishing post 1 of 52 right now. If they are, then good luck to them and I hope they achieve all they set out to and get as much out of it as I have.
What’s next then? 52 recipes in 52 weeks, 52 walks in the countryside, 52 restaurant reviews or maybe 52 origami animals… or perhaps just 52 weeks of living my wonderful life with the odd blog post thrown in now and then. I’m taking a much-needed design break, but look out for more posts in future.
I think that’ll do me for now. Thanks for checking in.
Papaya Graphics – changing the world one design at a time.
Design 51 of 52 takes the shape of my Archery score sheet. I have recently taken up the sport and hope to pass the course next week. I have always wanted to be prepared in the event of zombie apocalypse, judging by my shooting skills, lets hope there never is one!
I thought it might be interesting to represent the score sheet more graphically showing all my arrows at once and highlighting the colours of each ring using a paint splatter graphic. I can see that my arrows mainly landed in the red ring – perhaps I could do with some more practice. The circular nature of the target would have leant itself nicely to a pie chart infographic using the target colours to represent sections of the pie.
Right I’m off to grab my bow as I hear zombies approaching, or is it my other half snoring?!…
51 designs down 1 more to go, the countdown begins…
Yesterday was my Birthday – yay! I went out for a rather posh lunch with my magnificent husband and beautiful Daughter. I decided to forgo the usual tea we normally get and try something a little stranger and far more exotic. The lovely waitress recommended the Kwazulu Tea. Lovely it was too – strong and aromatic. The teapot arrived with the circular tag shown in the image and it seemed like a wonderful starting point for a design challenge.
A simple typography design this week that brings some ordinary text to life. I checked out the origin of the tea and it turns out its manufactured by a chap called Jeff working out of a garden shed in Clacton on Sea… no not really, its from South Africa, hence my choice of colours in the design of the tea in the cup (they’re all colours in the South African flag).
Well another design down and just two more to go until I have reached my target of one a week for a whole year. I think that deserves an extra slice of birthday cake before I go up to bed? No, I’ll be a good girl…. and take it with me instead!
I’ve had a really busy week this weekend filming a promo video for work, but still had time for a dinner party. I was privileged to have my old (in age too) University Mentor, visit with his wife and son. As always we had a great time and it was wonderful to have a catch up. During the meal we pulled a few mini crackers and as is customary with crackers we had some pretty awful jokes. My joke provided me with the perfect inspiration and set me thinking about how to visualise the punchline.
Technically this was quite a simple challenge but did require a little bit more thought about the illustrated content. Sometimes designing a striking image is all about the simplicity of bringing iconic shapes together to create new meaning. It would be great to create a series of these for the crackers we will pull this Christmas. Giving people the graphic and have them guess the joke – sounds more interesting than playing charades anyway!
So here it is then, challenge 48 out of 52 challenges. I am so excited to be almost finished that I have had a party to celebrate!
… Ok then not really. It was my little girl’s 2nd Birthday this weekend and she had a party at the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Farm surrounded by all of her friends and family. We had a great time and all the kids had to wear the purple wrist bands to identify them as members of the right party. I decided to keep one and see what I could do with it as my latest challenge.
There’s not too much to go on in terms of inspiration; just the purple band and two lots of text. Still, I like a brief with restrictions as it makes you be creative with what you have. I decided to try out some more 3D text and found a tutorial that looks at creating a cartoon style of text using 3D, highlight, and stroke effects.
I am pleased with the result and feel it could work as the titles for a kids TV show or perhaps a cheesy late night game show?
I know what you’re thinking.. “Is that the remains of that bread recipe?” We’ll no it’s not. This week I found myself making a chocolate cake for my daughter’s Birthday party (well it’s a practice cake really in case the recipe doesn’t work, but don’t tell any one!) and the plate of crumbs is all thats left of the cake. I suppose that you can say its been a great success judging by the lack of cake on the plate. Anyway I digress. I saw the plate of crumbs and it made me yearn to illustrate them in a different way. I have for a while fancied doing something a little more illustrative and wanted to combine this with some text. So here are the results.
It gave me the opportunity to use the Blob brush for the first time though in future I would like to work a little more on utilising the pressure sensitivity of my pen and tablet to influence the hierarchy of each line. For now however, I am very pleased with it. It reminds me of the header on a comic strip, perhaps ‘Crumbs’ the story of one girl’s slow progress to crumb by crumb piece together some semblance of a career in design!
Earlier today I was dragged kicking and screaming (or was that skipping and dreaming) to the best fish and chip shop in the whole of Britain, perhaps the world. The food was yummy and I thought “why not have a go at a little redesign of their logo and drop it into a new business card for them?” So above are the results of my toil. Their old business card was the sauce of my inspiration and proved a great starter. In my design it might take you a few looks before you see the hidden fish and chips or is it a fork?
I wonder what Mr. Murgatroyd would have made of this? I reckon it would something like
“There’s nowt wrong wi that!”
This week I’ve cooked up a rare treat! With a pinch of creativity and a light sprinkling of inspiration I think I have got carried away and may have just over cooked it!
I have been making bread for a few years now (more people should try it) and thought I would put a design together based around my trusty battered old recipe… its the yeast I could do!
I kneaded to explore more typography tools to prove it could be done! It’s a great way of discovering new fonts that can be part of a later project. Taking the key elements of a recipe and illustrating them textually and graphically creates a more beautiful representation and makes it easy to digest. Ok so I spent longer than 2 hours on this one but think I have risen to the challenge quite well!
Now I’m off to bread… I mean bed. Roll on next week!
Another week and another design goes flying by. This design is fuelled by a trip to my favourite yummy tea room Pickles in Baildon. On leaving the delightful place after my lovely cuppa, I picked up a flyer for a new range of ice creams they have been selling this summer. I have been wanting to create a pattern swatch for sometime now and thought I would use elements of the flyer (Pickles, Tea and Ice Cream Sundae) to incorporate into a design for one.
I can really see the power in the techniques used; I could make wallpaper, note paper or even a design for some fabric in this way (tea towels perhaps!) I would like to see how much further I can take this, perhaps incorporating more detailed elements into the repeating pattern. For now though I think that we shall call this another yummy design ticked off!