design

ILLUSTRATION

#FreshFinds Daniel Aristizabal

If you’re looking for somebody to inspire you with pencils, tennis balls and glass eyes then look no further. This week’s #FreshFind is Daniel Aristizabal, a graphic designer and image maker who never fails to impress with stunning pictures and mind bending designs. He is one of those artists who could make you feel inadequate and uncreative just by photographing your junk drawer on a pink background. This being said, just looking at his Instagram page will inspire as his modern aesthetic mixes with bold colors.

I mean dang! This guy knows how to draw you right in and keep you hooked on his art no matter what your personal aesthetic is.

BUSINESS

Thank You 2016

As I reflect on this year, I am immensely thankful. Thankful for my health, family, friends and 30th birthday celebrations. This year was trying, exciting and full of unexpected adventures. I learned so much going full-time freelance and moving away from the 9-5. I learned so much about being a husband and small business owner. It was a wild year but I am thankful for each moment that brought me here.

With that said, I am excited to announce that I joined businesses like Patagonia by pledging one percent of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. 1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment. They understand that profit and loss are directly linked to its health, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of industry.

If you're a business owner (or have any influence over your boss), please consider becoming a member of this socially and environmentally progressive group. By contributing one percent of total annual sales to grassroots environmental groups, members of 1% for the Planet affect real change. Members also receive other benefits: the satisfaction of paving the way for more corporate responsibility in the business community and the recognition, support and patronage of conscientious consumers who value serious commitment to the environment.

As you spend time with loved ones, opening presents, skiing waist deep pow or enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, I ask you to reflect on what you are grateful for this year. Share your gratitude and start the New Year asking yourself what you can do to make a difference.

Let's go 2017!

CAMPAIGN

THE GOOD STUFF

Goodness gracious.
Don't get me started.

Have you ever seen projects that stop you in your tracks? Seen presentations that leave you in amazement straight up drooling at the mouth? Agencies, people, and companies that put out quality projects over and over again...

Well these guys are all that and more. I have watched W&L put out projects such as View From A Blue Moon, Transworld Surf Redesign, Crosby Square and now this beauty of a brand approach, execution and delivery for Upton Belts. Being a big fan of finding inspiration to push yourself in your own craft, design approach and project presentation; do yourself a favor and look through their work. Try not to think of how many people they had working on these projects, the amount of money they probably made and all that nitty gritty jazz. Just focus on the beauty of the goods and put that in your back pocket and go be better.

DESIGN

INSPIRATION FRIDAY

I have always been amazed by what web designers and coders and developers are able to do via a screen. The way they are able to tell shapes and colors and type to do things with commas and periods and semi-colons is straight up madness.

FWA announced their 2015 Site Of The Year and People's Choice Award Site and they are definitely worth a look. Be sure to have some time to play around with everything they have to offer. You can definitely tell that the creative team that worked on these puppies really had creative freedom. One of my favorite parts of the Because Recollection site is all of the interactive bells and whistles that are simple but amazing.

Take a look and Happy Inspiration Friday!