I’ll Be Back
September 3, 2008, 7:44 pm
Filed under: Art, Blogging, Blogs, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Informal, Life, Personal Work, Work

Everyday I find myself lost in the endless abyss of blog posts coated in a sweet flavor of inspiration and I think to myself, I could do this all day! I typically save images, organize them in folders to one day post on my blog for nearly 300 readers a day and I then ponder, is this the most productive way I could be spending my time. My traffic stays fairly consistent and I’m not getting paid to do such a thing. But really, what should you expect from sitting on your ass and surfing the web all day?

It’s a realization of mine that I’ve become increasingly more accustomed to “viewing” brilliant design rather than “making” it and that should be a huge red flag. At what capacity do you try to balance inspiration and the act of designing? What I thought was a fairly even balance has slowly transitioned into an unhealthy craving to view outstanding pieces of work rather than making it and it’s an interesting to me. I believe a large part of this has to do with the progression and improvement of the internet and I could only assume that there are many other creatives falling into the same dilemma, almost a “internet addiction,” if you will.

So, I always wonder how I would prosper from a separation from the web and a step back to the days of pencil to paper? With that said, I would like to mention that I plan on taking a hiatus from blogging. I find it so addictive and extremely entertaining, but I have multiple projects I’ve had on my plate for a while now that aren’t being touched.

I appreciate the support of my readers and I assure you that I will be back soon enough along with a snazzy new blog layout. Please do me and yourself the favor of jumping around the archives of this blog as there are plenty of links that will most certainly interest you. Feel free to contact me as well! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter of the introduction of the World Wide Web and its effects on your own personal creative work. Even with a slightly busy schedule, I’m very open to freelance work, please e-mail me at ryhaigh@yahoo.com if you’re interested and take a look at my Coroflot profile to get a better sense of my work as well.

Warm Regards,
R



Art & Design Carnival #4
September 1, 2008, 11:27 pm
Filed under: Art, Blog Feed, Blogging, Blogs, Design, Entertainment, Graphic Design, Informal

It’s been quite a lengthy amount of time since my last blog carnival, but to my amazement there was a HUGE response to the newest installment of the Art & Design Carnival.  Have your trigger finger ready, since there are a handful of beneficial links within this post that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Broken Closet presents:

Buy Websites presents:

Define presents:

Greg Laden presents:

I Love Anuschka Handbags presents:

Kevin Potis | The Inhouse Creative presents:

    Patricia Twitchell | Just Bears and Stuff presents:

    Patti Arnold | The Undiscovered Artist presents:

    Sally Huss | Addicted to Happiness presents:

      Simply Pretty Little Things presents:

      Small & Big presents:

      The Design Nest presents:

        The Pinup Blog presents:

        The Mega Sears for Everyone! presents:

          The Stickely Museum at Craftsman Farms presents:

          Thursday Bram presents:



          Behind the Design
          August 15, 2008, 12:09 pm
          Filed under: Art, Art Direction, Design, Informal, Sculpture, Technology, Uncategorized

          Ever wonder how a car comes together in the sense of form and structure. Who really decides what curves go where? The BMW Blog features a wonderful post showcasing multiple pictures of BMW designers shaping the car by manipulating a life-size clay model.



          Typographic Individuality
          July 18, 2008, 3:48 am
          Filed under: Art, Art Direction, Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Informal

          So often we’re dragged into the mesmerizing glow of our desktop’s LCD screen, the hum of our laptop’s cooling fans, and the sophisticated technology that allows us to manipulate typefaces within Adobe’s glorious creative suite. I’m just as guilty as the rest. However, I’m curious at what point do we lose a sense of our individuality due to technology? Let’s take a step back from the computer and appreciate the ideas that come out of our head and hand, rather than those which manifest from our keyboard shortcuts and mouse clicks.

          Ray Fenwick supplies a great source of inspiration when we as Graphic Designers decide to return back to basics. His illustrative typefaces emit personality far beyond any personality our FontBooks can supply. If you’re a Graphic Design and you haven’t heard of Ray Fenwick, then be ashamed and amidst that shame, be sure to enlighten yourself with his playful typographic/illustrative work.

          I would love to see some interaction on this subject from my viewers. Do you agree, disagree or want to voice your opinion as well? Please, don’t be shy! I look forward to your reactions.



          Save Polaroid

          I think all of us fellow creatives felt a sharp pain in our chests when we learned that Polaroid film’s existence would soon cease to exist. I’ve practically lost count of the number of times I may have cried myself to sleep over this sad spectacle, however there is a decent amount of action we can all take to save the precious little rectangular photos we love most. Thanks to the Save Polaroid website, several options are offered to help make a stand and inform film companies that there is money in the Polaroid film product. So get to it people, start a Polaroid revolution!



          Invisible Creature

          Since I just mentioned Grain Edit in the last post, I thought it might also be nice to note that Grain Edit featured a fantastic interview with the insane talent over at Invisible Creature. Their creativity and execution is of the highest caliber so it’s interesting to read about their creative processes and how these gentlemen came to be. Check out the interview here and their website here.



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          ^ Grain Edit truly seems to appreciate typography and modern design as well as they provide great interviews with fresh yet incredibly successful designers/studios of today.


          ^ Change the Thought has a great balance between design, photography, illustration and plenty other aspects that pertain perfectly to the creative mind.


          ^ Design Milk appears to appreciate furniture and industrial design while accompanying those likes with design and fashion as well.

          To accompany my increased efforts to update my blog I’ve taken a few steps to check some of my favorite blogs I haven’t checked in a while as well as familiarize myself with some other blogs I was unaware of, thanks to the help of some friends.

          Above are three links to three blogs that I found both entertaining and inspiring, so be sure to click around and enjoy the websites provided up above.

          *Thanks Paul Stonier & Ryan Moore.



          White Bicycle
          June 24, 2008, 12:00 am
          Filed under: Art, Art Direction, Design, Graphic Design, Informal, Life, Music, Work

          Most recently I had an interview with the gentlemen at White Bicycle, a design studio located in Buffalo, NY. With hopes to add me as The Bike’s third designer, along side of Brian Grunert and Kyle Morrissey, I shall be lucky enough to work with two designers responsible for Grammy Nominated work.

          They have a fantastic collection of CD work that is accompanied by a .pdf portfolio online worth a look.

          For any of you recent graduates who possess a job you’re excited about or proud to be working for, do not hesitate to send me the link to your company’s website and I’ll be sure to post a link to their site as well.



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          *Caution: The following links contain offensive language. If you are easily offended or don’t believe you can experience the following project with an open mind, then DO NOT bother clicking on the above images.

          This project started off as a fascination with the profane. When was it created? How did vulgar language ever originate? Who is to designate the combination of a few letters as offensive? Upon further research it turned out that there were various stories behind the words we regard as profane. Whether it was an acronym or a term placed upon those of lower class value by a King or Queen, there were multiple stories (whose accuracy may be argued) that accompanied each word.

          The fascination with these words began to evolve and eventually took shape within my Senior Projects class, a senior graphic design class at RIT that was designed to let the students focus on a project they wished to add to their portfolio.

          It must be understood that the focus of these projects was not to offend or stir up any bad attitudes. I simply am questioning the level of offense and the strength of each word’s meaning according to different contexts. Just the mere viewing of the word raises various reactions, but it may be safe to say that the majority of reactions circulates around shock and awe.

          By taking profanity and placing the words within a different context than is expected, we realize that these are just words, a simple combination of letters from our alphabet that take upon dual meanings.

          These words are only as offensive as we make them.



          Dopest Designers (New School) Part 4: Plastic Kid

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          I’ve loved the work of Plastic Kid (aka Jakob Printzlau) for a long time now. He has a great sense for graphic elements and an effective utilization of these elements throughout a piece of work. He also offers some step-by-step images with certain projects so you can view the process. It’s a nice extra that many designers/artists don’t typically feature.




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