Inspiring Design Quotes

Graphic Design, Humor, Life

Found this the other day and thought some of the quotes were just so great!

My favorites:

Make things as simple as possible… but not simpler. -Albert Einstein

A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. – Douglas Adams

15 Inspiring Design Quotes
15 Inspiring Design Quotes by Glow New Media


Breakfast Ham and Egg Cups


I’m usually not one of those people that needs to have a huge variety of foods and flavors in their diet. I guess when you’re eating mostly healthy stuff that gets a little boring because well, I’m bored. I used to have a fruit smoothie for breakfast every morning. Now, don’t get me wrong- I love fruit. I could pretty much live on a fruit diet but after awhile my smoothies starting loosing flavor and well, I got bored. Then I moved to greek yogurt and a banana and then oatmeal and blah blah, I got bored. So I wanted to add something new.

Now, I’m also one of those people that has 7 alarms in the morning and snoozes every one of them- hence the 7 alarms.. So I’m also one of those people that doesn’t have a second to spare in the morning. So making an elaborate breakfast just isn’t worth it to me, I prefer the extra sleep. I’d rather not eat breakfast (which isn’t good for you) or stick to the old boring stuff.

But I discovered these cute little breakfast cups and decided they would help my problem a little. Freeze and microwave in the morning. Hey, I can even do that at work.

what you need:

a dozen eggs
grated cheese
12 thin slices of ham

what you need to do:

1. Prepare a cupcake tin- spray each with a little non-stick spray. Place a slice of ham in each cup like a cupcake liner.

2. Beat all 12 eggs together and add water or milk if you’d like. Add some S&P.

3. Sprinkle a little cheese into each cup. And then fill each cup with egg. Its a little bit of a guessing game depending on how big your cupcakes cups are. Try for one egg each cup. It should make 12. Top each egg cup with some chopped scallions.

4. Make 350 for 20-25 minutes or until eggs are set.

Breakfast Ham and Egg Cups via Design with Influence

Now, I made double this recipe and put two cups into individual snack bags and then put all those baggies into a big freezer bag and frozen them all. So at night I take a baggie out and put it into the fridge and in the morning I microwave the two cups (and sometimes put them into the toaster oven for some crunch) and make a healthy unboring breakfast that didn’t cause me to wake up any earlier than I had before (which was the main goal of course.)

Ham and Egg Breakfast Cups via Design with Influence

Great Design Resources

Graphic Design, Typography

I’m going to count this as a “Free Font Friday” post because there are free fonts in here but I also found some other really awesome resources for designers:

Appmaker– A drag-and-drop mobile app developer. Currently in beta stage.

Hiro– An online notepad that syncs across your devices

WP Test– A place to test WordPress plugins and themes

UICloud– A database of user interface elements.

DiagnosticCSS– A simple way to detect invaild HTML markup.

Formstone– jQuery plugins for interface structure and customization.

And one that’s a little bit funny but I’m sure plenty of designers can relate to and probably use to convince some clients.

NoJPEG– a fun way to explain to your clients why jpegs are the wrong file format for logos.

And a whole lot more including a lot of free fonts.

Advice from Pixar

Graphic Design, Life, Selling Yourself

Got some great advice the other day from Emma Coats. Well not personal advice considering she is a former Pixar storyboard artist and unfortunately I don’t have those kind of connections. But I found an article about a few rules of storytelling that she tweeted. The one that stood out to me was this one:

Emma Coats Tweet

Emma Coats Tweet

There’s something I have wanted to start for awhile that I’ve been putting off, well this is my kick in the butt, I’m putting it down on paper tonight so I can share it with everyone in the future.. far, far future.

Pineapple Curry Chicken Salad

Dinners, Humor, Life

A few years ago I took some time off from college and moved up to New York (not NYC, for some reason when you tell people you live in NY they assume you live in NYC, like that’s the whole state or something..) to be a live in nanny. It was probably one of the best journeys I’ve ever had. My main goal in taking a year off from school was to “find myself”, so cliche- I know.

But I learned a lot in that year and fell in love with two of the cutest boys I’ll ever know.

Lucas making pizza via Design with InfluenceChristian making a pizza via Design with Influence

It was hard to get them to cook with me without shoving something in their mouth.. but hey isn’t that every little kid. Plus they loved cheese.. again- who doesn’t..

I did the cooking for the family and sometimes had a little help =) Unfortunately I didn’t realize then, how much I really did like to cook. They had a few “family favorites” that I cooked pretty often and a few of them became my favorites as well. When I was preparing to leave after a year I wrote down some of the recipes I liked and then, of course, I lost the piece of paper I wrote them on. But at least some of my favorites I made pretty often so I’m pretty sure when I tried writing them down eventually that I was pretty close. I made one of these recipes a few days ago and, well it was just as good as I remembered.

Pineapple Curry Chicken Salad

what you need:

3 boneless skinless chicken breast
1/2c mayo and greek yogurt mixture (see directions)
1 can pineapple chucks
1 can water chestnuts
1c halved green grapes
1/3c crushed almonds
1Tbsp curry powder
1Tbsp lemon juice

Chicken Salad Ingredients via Design with Influence

Forget to include the almonds in the picture.. whoops.

what you need to do:

1. I crock potted my chicken but feel free to boil it or whatever you like for chicken salad. Crock pot the chicken for 4-6 hours on low or 6-8 on high. Once the chicken is done, shred it and let it cool

2. The rest is pretty easy, its mostly just throwing everything in together.

The mayo and greek yogurt is up to you. The original recipe I made this with had no greek yogurt but I’m trying to be healthy remember.. I added more mayo than greek yogurt this time because I wasn’t sure how it would taste. I’ve made chicken salad with just greek yogurt before but added hummas too so I was afraid to go all greek this time. Next time however, I think I’ll change the portions up a bit and add more greek yogurt than mayo but in total I would stick to around 1/2 cup.

To this mixture add the lemon juice and curry powder. Throw the chicken in and give it a mix. Drain your pineapple, cut your grapes in half and give your water chestnuts a chop so they aren’t full slices and add them to the mix.

3. The final step is to add the almonds. I buy sliced almonds and throw them in the blender for a bit. These are what makes the whole dish. It gives it the crunch factor. You can add them all at once or you can add them per serving when its eaten.. up to you. Also feel free to add as much of these as you want- it really is the best part.

Mix it all together and enjoy. This is so good you can just eat it by itself, no bread or anything. But be careful. Its addicting!

Pineapple Curry Chicken Salad via Design with Influence