Had a pretty good week and felt productive but didn't overwork myself. In a world of constant pressure, it can be easy to get tied up in the social media and client work rat race. Lately though if I had to choose one app to focus my energy into it has been twitter. I have been using the bird app as my main platform lately so feel free to connect with me over there:) @permanentglue
As you may have seen with some of my recent personal design work, I have been experimenting a lot more with collage. One of the hardest yet most rewarding parts of collage is finding good source material. Recently I took a trip to the antique circle in orange county and pick up some gems. some vintage life magazines, Time, nat geo, and my favorite THRASHER! I used to love flipping through thrasher mags as a young kid who was in love with skateboarding. Now I don't do much skating but skateboarding photography makes for great subject matter. Above is a fun little experiment, these thrasher mags and old cocktail-making books were a match made in heaven. I was thinking of maybe creating a series of skaters and drinks with fun backdrops, what do y'all think?
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
About a month ago now I posted a video on YouTube about "a day in my life as a graphic designer" The whole process of filming, editing, and publishing this video made me very nervous. The enemy side of my brain automatically assumed the worst and I started thinking things like "Why would anyone care about my life" "You're not a vlogger, stick to tutorials". Basically, I was afraid to step out of my comfort zone. However, I pushed through those thoughts and ended up putting the video out there and to my surprise, it was a success. That video now has 30k views and is my most successful video yet! This experience really gave me some confidence to step outside the box more with the channel and create more Vlog/human-centered content. Not only did it give the channel a boost, it boosted my decision-making with my design work. When we try things we are afraid of and succeed it is one of the most rewarding experiences there is. Thank you all for watching that video and thank you all for supporting my creative pursuits in general, much love.
Onward and Upward!
Speaking of YouTube my channel recently crossed over 7500 Subscribers!! This is insane to me, it literally took me over a year to get my first 1000 subs. I am not trying to brag I just want the people who support the channel and read this newsletter to know how grateful I am. The work I put into the channel basically hasn't paid me anything for over a year and a half besides the generous support on Patreon and now the hard work is starting to compound. I get so many nice messages and comments about the channel (and some really shitty ones lol) but either way I'm just happy people care enough to check my stuff out. I am excited to keep it moving and grow the community with all of you in 2022.
Bersletters Collab #2
I recently finished up a Collab with my friend and fellow designer Emma Bers. Working with Emma is always a blast, you may remember the Turnstile Poster we made a while back. Anyway this time we decided to switch it up and make something for Jpegmafia. Emma's fun typographic style blends so well with the stuff I like to do that it's always so frictionless. The reason I want to share this with y'all is that it's important to collaborate. Design can sometimes feel like some solitary thing that can only be created in our own little bubbles but that really isn't the way. I encourage all of you to collaborate with your fellow designers or people you look up to. At the very least share ideas, get feedback, and step out of the echo chamber.
Stuff I currently like and stuff I'm looking forward to!
Tweet of the week below by Julia Fletcher
"If you don't produce, you won't thrive. No matter how skilled or talented you are."
Much Love, Glue.
Weekly Wrap Up
New Tutorial, fun podcast with Stvccs and some collage work!
Long Awaited Heatmap Type Tutorial
Podcast With Stvccs
Blast Off Collage
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