Tag Archives: creativity

Tea Time with Design

About a year ago I did a post about creatively designed tea infusers. People do a lot of awesome design work with tea pots, infusers, coffee mugs, coffee pots, and a whole mess of over beverage related items. Most recently on my radar are wonderfully and uniquely designed tea bags. If you haven’t seen any, be prepared to be blown away. I think anyone would drink more tea if they had these, sadly I believe all of these are only design concepts and not available for purchase.

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Soothing origami with soothing tea. A perfect combination from Russian designer Natalia Ponomareva.

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A tea bag that folds out to an origami boat and floats on top of your tea. Adorable. (Found on Swiss Miss)

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The Tbag uses the pronunciation of tea quite literally.

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This is one of my all time favorites. I found it a long time ago and find it incredibly clever. Designed by Soon Mo Kang

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Fancy Desktops with Free Wallpaper

I think making your workspace inspiring is important, and your computer is often a big part of that. Having a bland and basic desktop background does not equal inspiring space in the least. And if you are me, you no longer have time to make your own desktops like I used to (that was actually how I first started learning to use Photoshop, hurray for being self-taught!) Fortunately there are a great many fantastic and free downloadable desktop wallpapers around the webisphere. I have collected some here. Hopefully they can contribute to your inspirational work spaces:

Fossil often comes out with fantastic wallpapers and this one of their best

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Lucian Marin is gracious enough to offer up fantastic wallpapers on his website. This one is superb for designers.

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This is just one of many inventive wallpapers from the Desktop Wallpaper Project.

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Smashing Magazine always collects fantastic wallpapers every month from various artists. This one is nice and simple and lovely.

Bad Decisions Make Great Stories Desktop wall paper

This was originally from 55 Hi's but appears the original file is gone. I found it on Chic-Type.

 

 

 

 


Design Quote Posters (Etsy)

I still spend a lot of time searching for really great prints about being creative, and often specifically about design. For Christmas I received this wonderful print from etsy about creativity:

8x10 "Creative Life" Print
Wonderful, yes? But I keep looking for the inspiring poster that are everywhere on the web. I may be looking for creative inspiration, design inspiration, or something that will make me work as hard as I can on my project. Here are a couple of other ones  I’ve come across on Etsy:

Design - Quote Print Limited Edition 3/5
Good for those long nights when you wonder why you started designing in the first place.
MAGIC poster print
Scribbles!
In addition I had to share this great print from The Heads of State. How wonderful is this:
Hegel quote poster
This last is my favorite for now. Hopefully I will have more to share sooner rather than later!

A New Resume (part 2)

A while back I did a post about graphically designed resumes. The fact is, a resume may be the first impression a potential employer gets of you. If you are applying for a design position, or if that is just one of your skills, having a resume that can show a hint of your design abilities is important. It’s doubly so if you don’t have a web portfolio they can just link to and see your work.  However, your resume needs to be easy to print as well as visually appealing. Take a look at some examples:

This uses a unique logo and white space effectively for a visually appealing resume
(akashrine on deviantart)

The vertical design here is superb. And this looks great and is a good example of good document design (littlearashi on deviantart)

typo-resume-design by keiwai
This one really pushes printability, but it is very unique and visually stimulating.
(keiwai on shadowness)

The orange probably wouldn’t print the best, but otherwise it looks great!
(Roland Martial on Behance)

I will keep an eye out for the other ones and I will share if I find anything great! Please share if you find anything amazing.


Inspired By Prints

I am constantly finding new and fabulous prints that I want to hang everywhere, especially around my computer where I tend to do most of my creative work. Since I find them so inspiring I thought I’d share a few and perhaps inspire some of you (did you catch the rhyme?)

Don't Forget To Be Awesome Inspirational 11x14 Print
If someone insists I must, I must.

Etty Hillesum Quote - Digital Color Print
Perfect for the days when you are so frustrated you might cry. (we’ve all been there)

This one doesn’t require any additional comment.
Acidfruit | Mohammad Awwad
Just for fun. I have yet to find this actual print, if anyone knows where I can get it or one like it PLEASE let me know. I would love to have it.

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