To Stretch Or Not To Stretch?
This week has been eventful. Finished up some collabs I was working on with other designers (coming soon), onboarded a new client, and finally wrapped up Christmas gift shopping. The end of the year always gets so crazy but I'm up for the challenge. If you need gift ideas for designers here is a list of books:)
Out of The Box
Lately, I have been experimenting with a lot more analog stuff in my design work or "out of the box" as my homie Miguel calls it. It's very rewarding to manipulate designs with your hands. I think I have just been getting so bored of seeing the same analog textures and asset packs used in the design community so I want to branch out. It can be scary trying new things but that is the only way we can grow. I am even working on a Youtube video about it that will come out soon.
Would you spend 96k to make 3.4 million?
The above images show the types of ridiculous messages I get from all these NFT spammers. Don't get me wrong I think NFTs and crypto have a lot of potential but the communities surrounding them are awful. Every day I either get spammed with messages like this or bombarded with images of people claiming "NFTs saved their lives". It's cool in theory but the whole vibes around Crypto art just feels very culty to me. I think this has been another driving factor behind me pushing my Prints so hard. I don't want the physical art and design space to die.
To Stretch Or Not To Stretch?
The whole Spotify stretched type made a big stir in the community this past week or so. I honestly really liked it and was surprised by how polarizing it was. I understand the side that wants to keep the integrity of the typeface or whatever, but this is how we push the needle. Even if I don't like something specifically I love all design that takes risk. When something more avantgarde hits the mainstream it only benefits us as designers to further stray from the norm in our own projects. Above with Spotify is an example of stretched type I really like, It was from the rebranding of pirate studios you can check it out here.
I recently went to the Broad museum in Downtown LA and it was super inspiring. I had to grab some pics of the GOATs work Roy Lichenstein. I've always loved his work so much because it felt so modern and retro at the same time. Looking back at some of these older pop art style artists like Andy Warhol and Lichenstein give me so much inspiration for modern design work. The stuff was so ahead of its time and is only done justice in person. If you ever are out in LA I definitely recommend checking it out.
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10% Off At My Online Print Shop
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Patron shoutout at the end of my YouTube videos
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Stuff I currently like and stuff I'm looking forward to!
Olivia Rodrigo Tiny Desk in a fuckin DMV
Demonslayer Season 3!
Artwork by Vangoathe
Tweet of the week below by one of the best Safehaven
Thanks for all the love as always. I hope you all are in good health and fortune for the holidays. Let's finish the year off just as strong as we started.
Much Love, Glue.
Weekly Wrap Up
Had a great week for content: Julia Fletcher was back on the podcast, I dropped my design video using Photoshop CS1 and did my first influencer type post thing for this vintage company haha.
Designing A Poster In Photoshop CS1
Podcast with Julia Fletcher
Julia Fletcher 2.0 - Graphic Designer - Ep.51 — open.spotify.com
Music Industry Design, NDAs & Expensive Office Chairs with Julia Fletcher