Design Dreams: Neutrals

This piece from the Society6 shop WEAREYAWN is this week’s thing I wish I’d designed. A big reason I picked it is because Friday afternoon I’m leaving for a quick camping trip to Canyonlands. There aren’t a ton of trees or mountains down there, but the spirit is there. (EDIT: The reason I never posted this was because I was too busy getting all my belongings together for said trip and it was absolutely lovely and mind-blowing.)

Design doesn’t need to be bright and ostentatious and maybe a little in your face to be good. That’s the beauty of neutrals. It lets the design speak for itself. It lets you take in the design as a whole as there is not one particular color drawing your attention to a specific aspect. Sometimes that’s what should happen and one color should draw people in. But other times it’s nice to have something understated, at least when it comes to color choice. And with a piece that this that is nature-centric, the neutrals remind me of, well, nature. And that feels like I’m getting a hug.


Design Dreams: Distressing

My apologies for not posting last week. I was a little preoccupied organizing and packing my belongings for a weekend trip to California for the USA/Mexico CONCACAF Cup match.

The art I’m featuring in this week’s Design Dreams could also fall under the umbrella of minimalism (I just love the basics), but this is really all about distressed designs.











The worn concrete look these have is awesome. It’s used with subtlety, but it still makes you think if you put your hand up to the computer screen you’d actually feel old concrete or brick. That’s when you know someone has done a good job with a texture.

The thing you have to be careful about when creating distressed designs is overwhelming the actual content. Sometimes there’s so much “texture” that anyone looking at it won’t pay attention to the rest of the design. As you can see, these minimalist NWSL logos have incredible balance between texture and content.

The only issue I have with these is that there isn’t one for the Houston Dash. (Shout out to my defender role model Meghan Klingenberg.) Granted, these were made two years ago, meaning the Dash didn’t exist yet.

Sadly, the designer of these hasn’t posted anything new in multiple years (at least on that blog). But check out her tumblr anyway.

Design Dreams: Centered

As summer winds down I can’t help but think of baseball. And when I think of baseball and summer I inevitably think of a beloved movie from my childhood: The Sandlot.

This poster by I AM CRIME is a perfect example of why I love when text is not only centered but also justified. Blocks of text, when they have the appropriate tracking, kerning and leading, are quite pleasing to the eye. Justifying text is something I wish more people would do when creating designs that rely on central alignment. It’s such a simple adjustment that can totally change how a flier, poster or announcement feels. It really helps to make things feel less amateur and, well, not as boring.

Blocks of text like this also remind me of art by Piet Mondrian. (Seeing his work in real life at MoMA? That was by far one of my favorite parts about living in New York for an internship. And I did some pretty cool ish while there.)


My other favorite aspect of this piece is how the bottom of the “triangle” is A) reminiscent of a baseball diamond and B) pointing to the quote. It inherently and naturally draws the eye to the text. I love when pieces include this type of direction.

Check out more work from I AM CRIME on their Society6 page.