The Urban Dictionary of Design Slang

Graphic Design, Humor, Interior Design, Life, Photography, Selling Yourself, Typography, Uncategorized

I had a call the other day with a potential client, where I used the words “wordmark” and “logo”. As a designer, we all know that these are 2 different things and we can define each one separately. As a client, not so much. After a short period of time discussing it, he let me know he was currently googling the difference because he didn’t know what I was talking about.

We sometimes assume that others know what we know. Not everything of course because well, we all know how “not smart” some clients are. For example, we all know not to assume that a client knows the difference between an image on their computer screen and an image that can be printed or the difference between a image pulled from facebook verses the original image. See the first and last pictures on “What Not to Say to a Graphic Designer”.

It’s all design speak, right..? And how we see things as designers. Like when you (the client) wants to be trendy *designers across the world shiver*. Trendy is not a good thing; trendy is ‘a dirty word in the design world, referring to a solution that appeals to the short-lasting whims of society. The opposite of timeless.’ We want timeless

And then there are the things that our clients say that they hope is covering up what they really mean. For example, “I showed this to my (insert important person in client’s life) and he/she said…”. Which we all know means “I don’t like the concept, but would rather attribute the criticism to someone else, so you don’t think I’m the one who thinks this is shit.”

We’ve all heard them all… and this person put together a dictionary of them some really funny ones. Its a little lengthy but its definitely a good read if you have some time.

The Urban Dictionary of Design Slang

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Vertical Hong Kong

Graphic Design, Photography

Check out this photographer, Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze. Some awesome shots of Hong Kong that will make you dizzy.

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #84

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #84

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #43

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #43

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #16

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #16

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #24

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #24

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #95

Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze: Vertical Horizon #95

The Legographer

Graphic Design, Photography

Why didn’t I think of growing up and playing with toys. I love the creativeness behind these. Check out more from Andrew Whyte.

“I love to document everyday things and build them into mini-series, but quite often there’s nothing cohesive about what I shoot from one day to the next. As soon as my kids discovered the camera accessory at the Lego store, which fits in the hand of a mini-figure, I worked out a way to start placing the character in my day-to-day shots and he became a cohesive element. For the whole year, I really never left home without the figure.” – Andrew Whyte

By Andrew Whyte

By Andrew Whyte

By Andrew Whyte

By Andrew Whyte

Snow, snow go away and take the potholes with you!

Graphic Design, Humor, Life, Photography

For a person who loves winter, I sound a little depressed by it, don’t I?

This winter needs to end for the sole reason of they need to fix all the damn potholes, everywhere! Sorry, did I say potholes? I meant craters..

Well if there is anyway to make the best of a pothole I guess this would be it…

Claudia Ficca/Davide Luciano

Claudia Ficca/Davide Luciano

This couple (Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano) take the horror that are potholes and turn them into something fun.

Mr and Mrs Smith

Graphic Design, Photography, Selling Yourself, Typography

On September 21, 2013 my beautiful cousin, Jennifer got married at Font Hill Castle in Doylestown, PA.

Jenn and Sean Smith Photography by Emad Hasan

Photography by Emad Hasan

I was not only lucky enough to share in her special day by being there to see her and her husband, Sean get married but I also got to help do her invitations and other pieces for the wedding. Here is some of the work I did:

Mr and Mrs Smith Invitation via Design with Influence

Mr and Mrs Smith via Design with Influence

At the wedding:

Wedding Place Cards via Design with Influence

Photography by Emad Hasan

Wedding Thank You via Design with Influence

Photography by Emad Hasan

Wedding Thank You place settings via Design with Influence

Photography by Emad Hasan

The beautiful couple

Jenn and Sean Smith Photography by Emad Hasan

Photography by Emad Hasan

Congratulations Jennifer and Sean!

And because I had some extra invitations to cut up and experiment with, I crafted this for their first christmas together. A great and EASY keepsake.

Wedding Invitation Christmas Ornament via Design with Influence

Directions

  1. I bought glass ornament balls at Michaels. I think I bought a pack of 6 for like $5. I couldn’t find anywhere that sold individual glass balls (only plastic- Michaels does sell individual plastic if thats what you want, I preferred the glass) so I figured I could save them for the next wedding..
  2. I cut each line of type from the invitation into its own strip first, and then cut strips out of the remaining invitation area- all various thicknesses. Jenn’s invitation also used a red envelope to hold the 3 pieces so I cut up some of that to throw in some color.
  3. Roll each strip around a pencil (you can experiment rolling a few strips at a time, so it doesn’t take so long) and hold for however long it takes to hold the curl. Because of the weight of her invitation paper, I only had to hold the strips around the pencil for a few seconds for the curls to hold, you’ll need to experiment. Do all your curling first.
  4. Once all the pieces are curled, take the top off the ornament and start fitting pieces into the ball. This is kind of a guessing game. You want to try and shove the type strips to the outside so they are more visible (I happen to get very lucky and a lot of the words are perfectly placed.) You can use a pencil- not the point side 😉 to move around some of the strips but its a little hard to control.
  5. Once you have all the strips in, do any adjusting you need and you’re set to go.

A great gift for any newlywed couple!

15 Pinterest Users Every Designer Should Follow

DIY, Graphic Design, Humor, Interior Design, Life, Photography, Recipes, Selling Yourself, Typography

Pinterest has easily become one of the most popular social media outlets ever and a huge addiction for myself. If you follow me regularly on here you know I’m a pinterest-holic. Not just for recipes, or crafts but I visit pinterest almost daily for general design inspiration. It’s a great resource for all things design. So here is a list of 15 designers that every designer should be following on pinterest.

Touching Strangers

Life, Photography

I hope the title of this post is what drew you in because it in no way crosses a line into the “creepy.” Touching Strangers is a project by Richard Renaldi in which he asks people on the streets of New York City to pose with strangers as if they were lovers, friends or family. These people were asked to show a brief amount of affection but the effects of the experiment were amazing. Their facial expressions and body language show much more and you would never be able to guess from the final piece that the subjects had know each other for less than 20 minutes. Check out this video as well.