I am a web designer from Toronto.
(Wow, three posts in a week? I think I’m getting better at this!)
Yesterday was my birthday and though I hate to make a big deal out of the day, it always amazes me how…amazing and thoughtful people are. I am so incredibly lucky to have such great and loving people around me. Thank you very much, merci beaucoup, and muchas graçias. You know who you are.
Aside from it being my birthday on November 2nd, it is also All Soul’s Day a.k.a ‘The Day of the Dead’. This always FREAKED ME OUT as a kid because my mom told me that back home, families actually visit their deceased relatives in the graveyards on this day and stay the whole night. Now, I just find it supremely ironic that I was born on a day devoted to all the departed…Isn’t that kind of fishy?
Though I can’t claim to be Luxirare, scroll down my friends, and bear witness to my closeup shots of food! And other stuff!
These colorful French macarons, given to me by Amanda, are from a Japanese-inspired patisserie called La Bamboche which makes unique, exotic desserts from Japanese ingredients such as yuzu, ume & sake, and roasted yam. The four macarons below are Spicy Cocoa, Yuzu, Mint Chocolate, and Lavender.
I’m sure we’ve all heard this adage before. And I’m sure we’ve all nodded our heads in unison and vowed to uphold this trite maxim multiple times (and then failed to do so in the end). But recently, I’ve begun to realize—really realize—the importance of ‘less’ in my creative life.
Illustration by Carolyn Sewell
The pursuit of ‘less’ is not just a matter of being more productive; it’s also about honing one’s creative ability and reducing the urge to imitate another designer’s work.
“To a degree, these things help with our creative juices, but they mostly have the bad habit of distracting us. Seeing too much can simply overload you and lead you in to making decisions that aren’t right for a particular brief.”
Picasso’s words are also relevant here:
“Good artists copy; great artists steal.”
Essentially he’s indicating that most artists have a tendency to recycle a previous artists’ work which, in the end, produce cookie-cutter results. But a great artist will take much of the same elements to a whole new level and make it his own. I believe it’s often the case with designers also.
THE GOAL: Stop using boring clichés! Be creative! Don’t be a good designer, be a great designer!
Since it’s impossible to produce original bodies of work when you spend most of your hours drooling over other people’s masterpieces, in order to achieve my goal, I need to refrain from visiting so many ‘inspiration’ sites/galleries/blogs and reduce other forms of distraction.
So far, I’ve diminished my Twitter following to 45, my Tumblr follow list from over 100 down to 80, and my Google Reader subscriptions from almost 300 down to 150 (I’m working on it).
In addition, I think I’m going to take more showers.
Halloween this year was…kind of disappointing. I guess it’s mostly due to the fact that I no longer dress up and go door-to-door to get candy. Don’t get me wrong—I would’ve LOVED to have done just that! I’m getting pretty good at feeling shameless about certain things. But most of my neighbors usually refuse to give candy to anyone they consider “too old” (I call BS on this!!). And apparently my younger brother (who is in 8th grade) didn’t pass the test this year. It’s depressing because he’s our only source of candy for this particular holiday, and now he’s “too old”! And becoming taller than me! This is not right! This is the first year we didn’t do any post-Halloween candy trade-offs, and I think it’s saddest thing of life.
On the upside, we learned how to make cool lightstreaks in the shadows of our dark living room using only a DSLR and a flashlight. I tried writing my name but it was way too hard.
Speaking of Hallowe’en aka “Hallows’ Eve”, here’s something to commemorate the upcoming Harry Potter film: THE DEATHLY HALLOWS!!