Jeanine Falhman writes a blog called THIS not THAT, where she discusses the fashion mishaps of everyday people, and what can be done to remedy them. It’s hilarious, and definitely worth a read. As part of our Web Publishing class, we’re working on collaborative posts. And so, we figured, what better way to collaborate than to produce some hard-hitting, this-not-that Christmas journalism?
You can check out Jeanine’s post, about Santa hats as toques. I know, the horror.
As for my THIS not THAT, I chose to address one of my biggest grievances come holiday season: gaudy Christmas decorations. I grew up in the suburban nightmare that is Northwest Calgary, Alberta. I’ll preface this by saying that Calgarians take their Christmas lights very seriously. I’m talking Christmas-with-the-Kranks overdone, save for Frosty. But actually, I’ve seen worse. Life-size inflatable Christmas carousels, snowglobes, nutcrackers, Santas, Grinches… I could go on, but I’ll gander you have a pretty good visual.
Here are my thoughts: why so many lights? Their energy bill must be crazy. Does the carousel really need to spin? How much did these people spend on inflatable lawn ornaments? How do they have enough outlets for all of them?
And so, dear readers, I show you my alternative: a clean, white-lights-only trim on your house. Granted, I’m totally biased – this is exactly how my mum decorates the outside of our home. Oh, and we have one of those tree-shaped wire things with the lights wrapped around it. It’s cute, trust. But, in all seriousness. No one loves Christmas more than I do. I get the excitement, I totally do. So my suggestion is to channel that excitement into something else – I propose Christmas baking. But for the sake of the environment, and the drivers blinded by these ostentatious displays, let’s collectively step away from the 6ft blow-up Santa.
I had the pleasure of meeting Robynne Redgrave McPherson in my web publishing class this semester (also the reason why I’ve been posting relatively frequently), and I thought I’d share with you her most recent project: Rooms In My Mind. Rooms In My Mind is one of those rare tumblr blogs that actually produces original content. Each week Robynne posts a new “room” – an illustration of a space that exists in her thoughts. Her illustrations are beautiful and discordant in the best way – you can’t look away.
Robynne answered some questions for me about her blog, the creative process and inspiration.
How did you come up with the idea for your blog?
Rooms in My Mind started with my love for designed interiors, strange objects and illustration style. I wanted to create a blog with contained themed “rooms” that I would like to imagine myself in.
The illustration process starts with pencil to paper. Next I scan the drawings and render them digitally. Choosing color combinations is the most challenging part, the drawings take only a few minutes.
There’s been a lot of love so far! I hope it continues as the blog grows. I like having side projects like this to work on.
I’m working on my final year thesis where i’m exploring data visualization. I plan to finish the project May 2014.
A lot of ideas come to me in dreams. I keep a dream diary that I write in each morning. Dreams are great because they don’t always make sense. I like to convey that in my artwork as well.
You can check out Robynne’s portfolio here.
The three images above comprise my final project for my Art Direction for Photography class. The assignment was to shoot a 3-image ad campaign for an established fashion house. I chose to do the Fall 2013 menswear collection from Saint Laurent Paris, because, in a perfect world, that’s what my boyfriend would be wearing. Currently accepting resumes for the position if you fit that description.
Shout out to the people who made this project possible: Michael from Spot 6 for being such a badass model, Chelsea Asher for her styling input, and Haley Koehn and Natalie Brennan for assisting on-location. All of you deserve a thousand high fives, or a fancy latte. Your pick.
Let’s talk inspiration. As someone passionate about design, I’m constantly looking at images and two-finger tapping > Save As…-ing them for future reference. But sometimes you hit a dry spell, and that’s especially true for those seeking inspiration solely online. Constantly looking at a screen is eventually fatiguing, even for the most dedicated of device users (me). It’s times like these, when nothing on Tumblr or Pinterest – or even Reddit – tickles your fancy anymore, that it’s time to bring it back to the real world. Enter the topic of this post: my non-digital sources of inspiration lately.
CK be Calvin Klein campaign from Elle US September 1996
Experimental type exploration
Firstly, design-related things. I stumbled upon this Calvin Klein campaign while browsing some 90′s magazines I’ve been hoarding for a few years. Nothing like a little pre-millennial minimalism, am I right? Something about white Helvetica on black. On the opposite end of the spectrum, one of the many experimental type exercises I’ve been working on for a class. Our professor insisted we get off our respective computers and intuitively put colour, texture and type to paper. What up, Yeezus?
Ever since I came back to Toronto in June (post-Europe), I’ve been getting nearly everywhere on foot. While I at first considered this an incredible nuisance, the past two months have been oddly inspiring. Maybe it’s just the turning of leaves that has me feeling sentimental, but I’ve come to appreciate Toronto’s beauty – never something I thought I’d say. I’m currently fascinated by the deliberate lines in architecture that exists out of necessity.
See? It’s, like, totally okay to drag yourself away from your computer and pick up a print magazine, or – gasp! – go outside. Just don’t forget to Instagram it.