Moodboard – BrewPrint

I’m finishing up gathering the results from my reader survey, and one of the most frequent requests was that I post more of my design work and more of my process. Ask and you shall receive!

Here’s a moodboard for a project I’ve been working on for the last couple months developing the branding system and UI for a 3D printing app. You may have remembered me post a similar board for a similar company. Welp, this is the same company, except they’ve decided to take an entirely different route with their model. Rather than introducing a new 3D printer to the market, they’ve instead developed 3D printing software. We stuck with the same general vibe of the previous design concept (energetic, people friendly, and approachable – technology with the human element) but this time, played off the name BrewPrint to bring in some fun stylistic elements of craft beer.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little sneak peek! I’ll be sharing more from this project next week!

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Halloween Pinspiration – The Mad Naturalist

As much as I absolutely love Halloween, I loathe most of the tacky decor that starts popping up on my Pinterest feed when October rolls around. In past years, I was inspired by the sophisticated appeal of a shabby-chic-all-white Halloween. This year, I’m feeling something a bit darker. Admittedly, my house already looks like this year round. But I wanted to lend some inspiration your way for those looking for a change of scenery from all the orange and black.

✳︎ Dusty Books

Try decorating with tattered books. Not all of us live in a library of antique vellum bound books, so instead take some old reads, scuff up the covers, and stain the pages with tea. Line your shelves with them or stack other spooky items on top with the stained pages turned out.

✳︎ Mysterious Bottles

Tell me I’m not the only one obsessed with old bottles? Authentic antique medical bottles can cost a pretty penny. Save glass around the house (wine, liquor, jars, etc) and make your own props by painting them matte black, rolling ’em in dust, and maybe even printing and distressing your own labels.

✳︎ Scientific Illustrations

I love love love the Victorian charm of vintage biological illustrations. The Biodiversity Heritage Library has a plethora of high resolution zoological, botanical, and entomological scans available on their Flickr. Print out some creepy crawlies and frame them on your mantel, or even decoupage them on a pumpkin.

✳︎ Cobweb-covered Curiosities

If you’re a collector like me, then you know how easy it is decorating for Halloween. Stretch some cobwebs thinly over your curios and call it a day.

Happy decorating everyone! I’d love to see any of your Halloween crafts and displays, so leave a link in the comments. :)

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Moodboard – Friendly Techie

I’m part of one of the raddest schools, and the ideas that come out of this place are mind-blowing. Some of the students here have engineered an innovative 3D printer and the Zahn Center is teaming up with our design studio to develop their branding and identity system. Their goal is to make 3D printing accessible and affordable to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Unlike most of the other hi-tech companies out there that have very cold and sterile corporate designs, this new startup wants to employ a fresh approach that’s energetic, people friendly, and approachable – technology with the human element.

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Moodboard – Spirit & Spices

This semester is going to be full of self-initiated projects, and I’m eager to start working again on designs I’m passionate about and inspired by. This moodboard is for a very old project of mine that I’m redeveloping for my portfolio class. I’ll be creating a complete branding and identity system and packaging design for a hypothetical chai cola company with an earthy/spiritual vibe. The main logo is a mandala and from there the project evolved into a much bigger idea that I’m excited to share with you soon!

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Dreamboard – Woodland Wedding

Today Dave and I are meeting with our photographer, the incredibly talented Tyler Branch, and I could not be more excited! As a wedding photographer myself, finding the right photographer who I can entrust with my creative vision is one of the most important tasks on my wedding planning agenda right now. I’ve been a huge admirer of Tyler’s work for a while now, so I have full confidence in him and can’t wait to work together!

As we enter into full-fledged wedding planning mode these next couple months, I’m gonna go ahead and warn: Yeah, I’ll be talking about wedding stuff A LOT. So strap yourself in. I’ve got moodboards, awesome bridal party gifts, self-shot engagement photos, plans for designing our wedding website and all of our stationery, and oh-so-much more fun stuff to share. So I hope you’re excited.

This dreamboard is a quick summary of some of my ideas for the look and feel of the big day! A rustic mix-matched, vintage-inspired vibe with woodsy accents and upcycled collections. And of course, lots of babys breath and antlers. ;)

Our venue is an old woodsy resort atop Palomar Mountain, surrounded by trees, wildlife, and fresh air. But what completely sold me on the place? The antlers and deer skulls everywhere, of course! I’m gonna try my very hardest not to go overboard with my affinity for skulls and taxidermy in our wedding decor, but expect maybe a few on the tablescapes (and our backdrop, and my bouquet, and maybeeee the cake). Who am kidding? Put antlers on everything!.

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