Tag Archives: typography

Friday Quote No. 10/2014

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my latest quote poster to send you into the weekend with inspiration.

Be the best you can be.

This week’s quote was inspired by this post from calligrapher and illustrator Molly Jacques on Perfecting Your Skills. Perfecting your skills is what’s going to make your work stand out. Take a class from someone you admire. And practice because practice makes perfect.

Hope you are inspired by something or someone this week. Enjoy your weekend!


 Font used: Sketchbhook and Great Vibes.


Friday Quote No. 9/2014

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my latest quote poster to send you into the weekend with inspiration.

You can fail at what you don’t love,
so you might as well take a chance on doing what you do love.
• Jim Carrey •

I was so inspired after watching this one-minute video with Jim Carrey giving a commencement speech. He gives such great advice:

  • Don’t choose your path in life out of fear disguised as practicality.
  • Dare to ask the universe for what you really want!

Hope you are inspired by something or someone. Enjoy your weekend!


 Font used: Langdon and Ostrich Sans.

Friday Quote No. 8/2014

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my latest quote poster to send you into the weekend with inspiration.

Work hard quote poster

I was inspired after reading this article, an interview with Bari J. Ackerman, artist, illustrator, pattern designer, and fabric designer. I’ve always admired her beautiful work!

This quote reminds me of advice I often received from my mom as I was growing up. It continues to apply at any age, no matter what I’m doing.

Enjoy your weekend!



Photo taken by me of the weigela shrub in my backyard, Madison, Wisconsin.
Font used: Carrington and Please write me a song.

Friday Quote No. 5/2014

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my latest quote poster to send you into the weekend with inspiration.

Cherish Your Dreams

This quote is a good reminder to embrace and treasure the person you are and pursue the life you want to live.

Enjoy your weekend!


Photo taken by me at Garrett Bay, Door County, Wisconsin.
Fonts used: Please Write Me a Song Medium

Friday Quote No. 4/2014

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing my latest quote poster to send you into Mother’s Day weekend with inspiration.

Quote Poster Mom's hug

This quote is a good reminder to savor the moments you have with your friends and family when you’re together, and cherish those moments when you’re apart. Just like that sunset pictured above, the light and the glow last long after you can’t see the sun anymore.

Enjoy your weekend! Happy Mother’s Day.


Photo taken by me in Garrett Bay, Door County, northern Wisconsin.
Fonts used: DayPosterBlack and Sister Corita.

Final Project for Typography Class

The final project for my Typography class was one of my favorite graphic design projects to date.

Our mission was to make up a name for a font company (called a font house or font foundry), and design a logo.

Then we had to make up a name for a typeface that already exists, and create a direct mail marketing piece for designers in the field. I chose a font that had an Art Deco style, called Parisian, which I renamed BessieSmith Typeface. Bessie Smith was a famous African American blues and jazz singer in the 1920s.

As soon as our teacher introduced this project and showed us marketing examples for inspiration, my brain was flooded with ideas.

I chose to design what I am calling a Typeface Toolkit. Since the typeface I picked was Art Deco style, I wanted to keep the designs clean and simply by using a black and white color scheme with pops of red. I usually gravitate to bold colors, but I wanted this to look as real and professional as possible.

-Fabric swatches, which I designed in black and white versions, and then sewed into zipper pouches, with hangtags describing the contents.

-Postcard booklet. I designed postcards for each letter, and front and back covers, and then stitched the book together using a hemp stitch Japanese stab binding method. I made the postcards perforated so they would be usable.

I designed the postcards to show each letter of the alphabet in uppercase and lowercase, and to show the typeface in action with a positive word on the front and the definition on the back.

-Stencils of a couple letters.

This project was a lot of work to design and pull together, but I had a lot of fun doing this. I hope I get the chance to do more design work like this in my future.

Design Projects on Typeface

In my design class, we worked on several projects related to the study of typography and fonts.  I think I have always taken fonts for granted because I use Microsoft Word a lot, so I learned a lot about letters in this section of our class.

Our first project was to pick six word pairs that are opposite each other, and then choose a font that portrays those words and contrasts each other.

word pairs study(so many fonts to choose from!)

Our next project was to pick one letter from a couple fonts – I chose a “T” in Esprit Bold – and render it in six ways: black letter on white background, white letter on black background, enlarge a portion of the letter, take apart the letter and reassemble (I did a mosaic with shiny paper), experiment with texture (I used gold embossed paper on maroon velvety paper), and 6-experiment with color (I used green grass on camoflauge paper).

Letterform Study

(letter forms all mixed up!)

Our last project was to think of a word we could portray graphically and render that using any media.  I chose the word “Stitch” and rendered it using needle and thread in the Justine font on a quilted background.

Stitch word play

(“Stitch” word play)

It’s so fun being able to combine my writing and sewing experiences for this design class!  I am also loving learning how to think outside the box with these projects.

Our next section was Value, so I will share pictures of how we designed with value in mind.