Designer to Know: Amber Asay

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

If you need a little design inspiration look no further than the stunning graphic design portfolio of Florida-based Amber Asay. I found Amber on Dribbble recently and she quickly became one of my favorite accounts to follow. Her work is always inspiring; I especially love her use of vintage type, but it never feels over the top or too kitschy. I recommend checking out all of her work and getting a little inspiration of your own.

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Color Study: Yellow

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

I’m a huge fan of yellow, it might be my favorite color. Yellow is always so cheerful and inviting I can’t help but be drawn to it. Its versatility is also one of the reasons I love to use it in my design work. A light buttery yellow can be sweet and romantic without being overly girly. Neon yellow is so fun and can make your design feel a little more modern. And mustard yellow adds depth and character. Whatever you use it for, yellow can be a great unexpected design choice that I highly recommend.

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Moodboard: Wandering Outdoorsman

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

When starting a project I always find it’s really helpful to create a mood board. It’s a key step that helps me brainstorm ideas visually and create a cohesive look. It can be especially helpful when planning for a wedding or event, it’s a visual guide that you can go back and reference so your event comes together seamlessly.

This week’s theme is all about woodsy ruggedness, drawing in elements of nature, camping, hand-drawn elements and moody photography. It would be a wonderful look for a casual mountain wedding or summertime dinner party outdoors.

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Designer to Know: Missy Austin

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

I’m totally smitten with the design work of Missy Austin, maybe I’m a little biased because she’s fellow former Wisconsinite, but I think it’s more likely because her work is awesome. Now calling the Twin Cities home, and working for award winning design firm Zeus Jones, Missy’s design style is so fun and colorful. With an eye for typography and iconography her work includes those special touches that take a design to the next level, which I love.

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Color Study: Coral Pink

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

As a graphic designer I don’t use a lot of pink, partly because it usually is so strongly feminine that it can be a little limiting especially for a brand. But lately I’ve found myself very drawn to the perfect shade of coral pink. It’s so fresh and fun for summer and when paired with really strong graphic elements I almost forget about the colors girly characteristics. Below are a few examples of coral pink done right, not to sweet or feminine.

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Design Inspiration: Dana Tanamachi’s Chalkboard Art

By Maia McDonald of  Design Conundrum

I’m sure many of you have noticed there has been a huge hand drawn type trend in design the past several years and specifically chalkboard art has been very popular. I personally love the way chalkboard type looks and it can be the perfect way to add a very artistic and independent vibe to whatever it’s used for, I especially love it as installations at weddings and special events. And the queen of this type style, in my opinion is Dana Tanamachi. A Brooklyn based designer and artist, Dana creates some of the most stunning chalk installations for clients ranging from Google, West Elm and Adidas. Below are a few of my favorite works of hers…

 

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Designer’s Workspace

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

As a freelance designer who spends the majority of my time working from home, it’s important for me to create the most visually stimulating environment I can. Whether you work from home or not, your workspace can make a huge impact on your life, since, if you’re like me, you tend to spend a majority of your time at the office. So I thought I would round-up a few of my top picks for office supplies that serve double duty as beautifully designed objects to keep you inspired.

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Designer to Know: Eva Black

I always really love the clean and whimsical designs by LA based graphic designer Eva Black. Eva clearly spends a lot of time getting to know her clients because each project looks so organic and effortless, which as a designer I know is not easy to do. She also incorporates a lot of handmade details like hand-drawn type or watercolor backgrounds, which always gives a more personal feel to a design. Her work is a good example of how just a few simple elements are all you need for good design, so next time you need a little inspiration take a peek at her site or blog.

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Design Inspiration: This & That

One of my favorite new tumblr’s to come around in awhile is This & That from the creative mind of Austin based photographer, Emily Blinco. I think the ampersand is one of the most beloved characters for most graphic designers and the way Emily recreates classic food combinations using it is so creative and fun. Check out all her creations on thisampersandthat.tumblr.com.

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Designer to Know: PTARMAK

Lately I’ve been loving the graphic design work of Austin based design collective PTARMAK. They do beautiful branding with great attention to detail and not at all pretentious. They also have a beautiful blog that offers endless inspiration that I highly recommend perusing.

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