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I Designed My Very Own Font! You can too!

EEEK! I’m so stoked about this!! Yes, thats right…I said YOU can design your very own font, and be able to use it on your computer in just minutes. All you need is an iPad, and $6.99. Go to the App store and download the app “iFontMaker“.

This app was so easy to use, you don’t even have to have any artistic talent, just your finger and tracing skills. The best part of this app is no 2 fonts are exactly alike because its YOUR handwriting. Adjusting the fonts and editing mistakes, uploading, everything is so incredibly easy. From downloading the app to typing with my font on the computer, was 30 min. I give it a 9/10 for best apps!

“Calligraphy for Reo” is the first font I created using the app, check it out (you can also download it here):

Calligraphy for Reo

 

Here is the App interface:

iFontMaker

 

Below is the UI after I’ve finished all my letters in the alphabet using their guide, you can see the light grey template for me to use and then my white font I used on top of that layer. Above the writing area, you can see my font with a phrase I typed to see what it looks like. I can go back and make edits, if letters aren’t connecting correctly or I change my mind on the way I drew out a letter. EXTREMELY user friendly!

 

Preview of font

 

Here is a video tutorial that Eiji & Tom (creators) did to show you how the app works, and all the neat things you can do to make your very own font! I’m addicted to this app now, and I hope you try it out and enjoy it as much as I do! Way to go Eiji & Tom!!! You guys kick-ass!!

Are YOU on the NEW MySpace?

I got invited to the New Myspace yesterday. I have 7 invites available for those followers who are interested in checking it out and dying for an invite.

So far Im loving it. The best feature has to be the Mixes you can make for yourself. Any song you want, title the mix what you want, personalize it with photos and share it! Its great. The interface of the design is pretty gorgeous. I love clean and “non-traditional” looking social media sites.  There are a few drawbacks I’ve seen like:

1. It’s not super easy to find friends and add them.

2. There is no photo-gallery ALBUMS. I like to organize my photos into folders, so this is more Tumblr.-like or Instagram like.

3. It’s new…so there is obviously a learning curve. But it’s so unique you WANT to learn it. At least I do. But I’m still trying to figure out things and I’ve had it for almost 24 hours now.

MY new MySpace.

Book Cover Release: “Elements: Kingdom of Aqueous” by Kate Fuentes

I just finished my 2nd book cover design for YA author Kate Fuentes, which is the 3rd in her series “Elements”. I think it turned out pretty amazing! His veins definitely look like they are being emerged with the water he is in. And those abs! AMAZING! This was not a hard cover to have to work on with eye candy like that! hehe. This is a fun series, and like before, Kate is an amazing client to work with. And I am excited that in about a week I get to hang out with her and meet her in person in San Francisco! It’s going to be great!

iPhone UI Sketches

In my daily full-time job I design a lot of user interface elements for iPhone. I know it’s hard to find sometimes the pieces you need for good sketches for mock-ups and sometimes its just faster to create them yourselves. But I know when I find ones I can use its helpful. So I have started to create my own Adobe Illustrator graphics for quick black and white sketches. This is just 1 of a few I’ll keep adding on here. If you want the original illustrator file please just e-mail me at nimbiportland@gmail.com. Free of charge. :)

WHOA there!

Where do I even start? So much is happenin’ with Nimbi this month, and TODAY, that I’m like overwhelmed. So exciting though!

So here I go:

My shop and work is featured starting TODAY on Papernstitch.com.  So go check it out…and you’ll see I’m having a promotion right now on the site, but you can only get the secret code and details if you click on my shop via Papernstith.com! So click above!! :) And spread the love!

Second:

I am a featured artist on RAW: Portland’s facebook page, so check it out HERE. And also don’t forget if you want to help support me, and Nimbi, to click on this link: http://www.rawartists.org/portland/fusion  and BE SURE TO choose “Nimbi Design” in the pulldown on the right (where it says “General Admission” when you buy a ticket to the show. This shows that your supporting me and my work. Even if you can’t make it, the donation of buying a ticket helps. I know a couple friends have done that, that live out of state, and I REALLY appreciate it! This is how it becomes a low-no cost to me, by getting friends to support me and buy a $10 ticket to the event. Here are more details about the upcoming show!!






(Thats me!! ^ up there! Check out this link to see my Artist page on RAW: CLICK HERE

THIRD!! This is my 100th blog post on Nimbi!! And I must say a good one at that! What a way to celebrate!

So much fun stuff!! Im in the process of getting SOOO much more ready for both my Etsy shop, and for the show. So be sure to check it out and if you can I’d appreciate and ReTweets or facebook share’s on this!!

Thanks for all the love!! Excited to show you more, and all thats coming this month!!

Design + Craft + <3

Books are out and Covers Done!

I wanted to share the website and the images of the final book cover designs I did for author Raine Thomas. It was such a pleasure working with her, and Im so excited to share the final designs. Be sure to check out her link and read her blog about me here: http://rainethomas.com/books/becoming/

Book 1: Becoming

Book 2: Central

Book 3: Foretold

“The Pitch”: A game for creatives.


My friend came across this link on Kickstarter, and I wanted to share with you all this awesome idea, that I personally would LOVE to see out in print. First, if you aren’t aware, Kickstarter is a website that allows the public to help fun people’s creative projects by donating any amount they like to help people get an idea or business off the ground. I’ve had a couple successful friends use this program and it’s completely helped them move forward, so I am a big supporter of it, and recommend those with the funds to help out even $1, can go along way, you should definitely check out kickstarter.com.

So back to the idea. The Project: The Pitch. The Creator: Fatimah Kabba, a designer and recent graduate from SVA in NYC. The game looks completely fun for creatives in design and marketing. To visit Fatimah’s Kickstarter page for this game, CLICK HERE.  Check out her images below taken by Nick Bologna. Here is the game description from Fatimah’s website:

 

Concept:
All great design begins with one thing: a great idea. This idea is the root of every well produced, beautiful, or savvy execution. Whether it’s the representation of a brand by understanding the audience, the consideration of a books content when creating a cover design, or the basis of apolitical campaign that goes on to influence millions. As designers we have the ability to influence a world that is more aware of and impacted by design than it realizes.

 

Objective:
Communicate the premise of graphic design and make it accessible to everyone, especially non-creatives, and create a product that helps us form a community, collaborate, and invent, exactly what I believe design intends to do.

 

Solution:
Create the game of graphic design. A game that allows everyone, not just designers or creatives, but your younger brother, your grandma who can’t click a computer mouse or your best friend who’s an economics major, to better understand and engage in the creative process.

 

 

The Adventures of Alice and Toby

I started this back in 2008, it was my thesis project at PNCA (Pacific NW College of Art) in Portland, Oregon. I created initially what was the concept for a children’s sustainable television show. I created all the characters and the background behind the story of each kid, what the show’s about and the entire brand. I even worked with a talented singer/song writer, Mel Kublik, of the Shanghai Woolies. She helped me write and produce the theme song for the show. It’s coming back, and I’ve been working on the blog and the marketing of getting it out there. Check it out at :  aliceandtoby.com

 

Ohhh Android…

So I’ve been working in UI/UX (User Interaction/User Experience) design for the last several months, creating mock-ups for apps and re-designing apps. It’s been really enjoyable, and exciting. But the world of iPhone iOS vs. the Android device is completely different. For some reason finding resources for Android is super difficult. I am a Apple user (obviously, I name my Boston Terrier after the computer, Mac.), so I KNOW their product and OS (Operating System). So for me, designing for their iPad and iPhone devices is just natural to me. Besides the fact that Apple has very clearly written out the “UI Manual” that provides developers and designers with the basic knowledge they need to know when creating and design an app. MobileHIG is the name of the PDF (Click on the link to read it).

So Android…you have HOW many different devices out there, screen sizes, resolutions, etc. Consistency is the biggest problem. I’ve come across a few reads and I kinda just wanted to put them all here, hoping that I can help someone else maybe in the same spot with designing for Android devices. Here are my recommendations:

MobileTuts  http://mobile.tutsplus.com/tutorials/mobile-design-tutorials/how-to-get-started-in-android-app-design/

Android’s “Manual” http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/ui_guidelines/index.html

A decent PDF that actually is helpful : MM_Android_Design_Guidelines

I also have been reading a few blogs online, that are just beneficial in UI/UX design in general…no matter what platform you’re really working in…My favorite is Johnny Holland Magazine :

Officially Obsessed with UX Design

I have finally stumbled upon the secret hidden and hard to find world of UX Designers. I see books and read things here and there, but I finally came across a ton of websites, blogs, tv, radio and video of amazing UX Designers and information. Including relevant books. At work I’ve been moved towards working in this world, which is a bit of a transition from my traditional background of print and Pantone. But I’ve loved it so far, and am feeling like a sponge that is anticipating its first use of soaking up all the information it possibly can. I finally feel like I’ve gotten in on all those articles and tools I’ve been looking for. I will share these in time with reviews and such…but I first wanted to start off with these awesome I <3 UX Design videos from lyle @ iluvuxdesign.com

I luv UX Design Part I

I Luv UX Design Part II

Paper Record Player = Awesome Wedding Invitation!

I came across this completely awesome wedding invitation designed by Kelli Anderson for her musical friends wedding. A wedding invitation that needs a video to show the fantasicalness of this creation. She designed a manual paper record player. Her friends Karen and Mike (the wedding couple), wrote the lyrics and performed the music themselves. You can see more and learn more about her completely clever and fantastically designed invitation on her blog by clicking here.

Browsing through the rest of her awesomely designed website you can see some more of her work and other awesome invitations. She has a great collection of work and is definitely and amazing designer! I’m a fan. LIKE!

Letterpress Wedding Invites

I recently purchased a Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress Machine. I’ve been really excited to start letter pressing away on it, but after a few test runs, kept coming across things that were making the idea less “fun”. Seemed like cleaning the ink off of the tools was hard, especially with it being so tacky in texture. I purchased the wipes that you can use to clean, but it still took a little bit of elbow grease. Getting a clean consistent press every time was also frustrating, because you weren’t completely sure how to get an even amount of ink on every time for consistent presses. It’s also limiting on the size of papers it can take. For example…you can put a 5×7 card in the machine, but you have to protect the inside of the card from being pressed which can be somewhat difficult. I was determined to learn this tool, and figure out how to make it work. I found a great “how to” blog written by Boxcar Press, in Syracuse, NY. They have a full Letterpress and wanted to see how this little machine compared. They offered suggestions on ways to make it better, and I followed and was pleasantly surprised.

Boxcar will take your own designs and turn them into plates as well. Which is awesome because it allows for custom designs, so you don’t limit what you can do and offer with Lifestyle crafts options (though they have some greats plates). I ended up doing some wedding invites recently with my machine, and did just that. Custom ordered plates for them. It was my first attempt with new plates, and I highly recommend using Boxcar, and plan on using them more myself.

Here is a few shots of my process:

1. Placing the paper and guides where you want so the press will be on the same spot everytime.

2. Placing your plate in the correct place…only thing i’ve noticed is the presses don’t look good on top of each other. So I recommend avoiding layering, unless its the look your going for. Depending on your plate, I recommend taping the edges down to make sure the plate stays in place. The adhesive on the back has a tendency to pop off, and you dont want that to happen.

3. With your brayer, recommend replacing your kit brayer that comes with the machine with a bigger 6″ at least SOFT rubber brayer. It lays the ink nicer and helps with consistency, and help prevent too much error. (Boxcar also provides guides when you order you plate just ask, it can be helpful too). If you make a mistake outside of the plate, use the L Letterpress wipes, or baby wipes and just wipe it off.

4. Then close your plate. Then insert it into the Epic machine and turn the crank. I recommend going through twice…put in through once, and then take it back the opposite direction.

5. Lift the top and your press is done. You’ll want to put it to the side to let it dry. I recommend at least 24 hours.

Here is a shot of the final invites. I did a matching RSVP card, rounded the corners and lined the RSVP envelopes with matching paper I purchased, using envelope liner templates from Paper Source.

All in all I think they turned out great for an “at-home” letterpress production. My biggest advice to help with the best prints:

1. KEEP your kits brayer…use it as your blender…Apply your ink to the clear ink palette, then use your red small brayer to roll the ink out. You want to spread it out as well as possible so that it looks completely even on the palette. THEN use your new soft rubber brayer (run about $17) and use that to roll it out even thinner. It will work perfectly when you roll it on your letterpress plate.

2. BEST solution to clean your ink off your new brayer and the palette…GOO GONE! So quick and easy. It breaks up the tacky ink so well. After that I use the L Letterpress Wipes to clean it all off, and then you only need to go through 1 wipe verses 10+. I went through tons of time cleaning with just the wipes and started to get cramps in my hands and it took forever. Then I thought of using GOO GONE, and it took seconds. No pain, and quick!

3. Totally recommend using Boxcar Press. They are amazing, friendly, and quick! Completely worth it!

Have fun Letterpressing!