Michelle Clark Graphic Design

My Résumé
May 31, 2009, 6:53 pm
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My 108 KB downloadable PDF résumé.

My Résumé


Albums of the Week
May 16, 2009, 11:34 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Lifestyle, Music, Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Albums of the Week 05/16/09It’s that time again. Wow, what a crazy week. Deadlines have been catching up with me, with deadlines along the way to even larger deadlines. So, that called for lots of work time which translates to a lot of different music. Here’s some of the most popular picks for this week. Some of the albums are for pure nostaliga since I’m fastly approaching a pretty big milestone in my life. Others are there for their raw energy that helps keep me up and going through the long hours. I’ve also been visiting my neighbor more often these days and borrowing his player to listen to some of my vinyl. Oh, and there seems to be  a monster theme this week.  Here we go, top to bottom:

The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.
Dr. Hook – Pleasure and Pain. Awesome album art.
Garbage – Version 2.0.
Heart – Dreamboat Annie
Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster
Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power (how appropriate)
Holland – Little Monsters

Annalema Magazine
Cover image courtesy Annalema

Cover image courtesy Annalema

I may very well have a newly found love for this magazine entitled Annalema. It’s a twice yearly publication of short stories, artwork, and photographs. I found this post on BOOOOOOOM earlier this week that shows several spreads of the inside of the magazine. As a perpetual right-brainer, I was instantly attracted to spread after spread of nothing but photos, and each layout is unique yet nicely uniform. At only $15 a year for both publications to boot. I’ve made it a goal for myself to read more magazines, specifically, more affordable, attractive, literary and art magazines (the best kind) and I think this fits the bill. What kind of magazines do you read? Right now I haven’t done much recreational reading and don’t expect to until next month, but for very good reason. Check out the website if you’re interested. They’ve got information about the magazine as well as options to either get an annual subscription (twice yearly) or you can buy issues separately. They also have their own blog.

A Somewhat Coordinated Kitchen

Photo by me

Photo by me

I enjoy collecting things, not that its a time consuming hobby of mine, but I do like finding obscure items that appeal to my tastes specifically. My Alice in Wonderland kitchen items collection is one of those instances. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite books and films since I was little. I even got a chance to be in an Alice in Wonderland play – I was the caterpillar.

My mom started the figurine obsession when she found me the coolest cookie jar in the world somewhere online. I will never sell or get rid of it. After that I found these salt and pepper shakers, yes that’s what those are and I use them every day. The Drink Me bottle holds my salt and the mushroom Nibble holds the pepper. Don’t be fooled into thinking these are my only figurines. I have many Alice items sprinkled throughout my little apartment. I also have an Alice teapot, a stuffed Cheshire cat, little stash boxes, Alice art posters (2 in my living room), coloring book featuring illustrations from the original story, a t-shirt and hoodie. and Cheshire and Alice figurines in my windowsill hiding in the ivy. And sometimes I wonder how I accumulate so much stuff….

I Could Live Here

Image courtesy of Design*Sponge



I almost wanted to crawl back into bed once I spotted this cozy, inspired living quarters of artist Dan Funderburgh of Brooklyn, New York. I felt instantly comfortable when browsing through photos of his pad. He has such a wide variety of tastes that he integrates into his home decor. Notice the abundance of books present in every single photograph. I thought to myself, how many books does he own?! and, is this heaven? Having lived with a few artist-types myself I’ve shared space with both the extremely neat and tidy Interior Designer as well as a more cluttered and disheveled illustrator, but this space looks like a happy medium. I especially like how he uses the colander to hold knick-knacks. Images are courtesy of Design*Sponge and Dan Funderburgh. Check him out. He has some neat pattern-based artwork.

Color Psychology
Photo by me

Photo by me

I’m going to start out this post with a poll, so please vote for your favorite color before proceeding. Think about not only what color you find the prettiest, but also the one that always creeps into your daily life. Maybe you always buy a certain color notebook or pens or electronic device or maybe it’s a color you’re always wearing.

My favorite color is obvious – Purple. The photograph above is a picture of some of my supplies I always have on hand. My purple binder, purple pencil and pens, my purple pouch to hold them, and yes up there in the corner is my purple stapler. I’ve been told it takes a brave person to sport purple. I often wear purple eyeshadow and lipstick, I’ve dyed my hair purple several times, and I like to buy purple clothing, handbags, and shoes wherever I find them. Color Psychology tells us that colors have certain meanings and the color you choose as your favorite could say something about your personality and character. It can also give you insight as to how to communicate and idea or emotion using color. Below is the list of colors on the poll and some key words associated with them.

  • Red – Attention, Stimulate, Energy, Passionate, Exciting, Powerful, Dramatic.
  • Orange – Joyful, Daring, Flamboyant, Spontaneous, Bold, Adventurous.
  • Yellow – Optimism, Enlightenment, Intelligence, Wisdom.
  • Green – Peace,  Security, Ecology, Tranquility, Flexibility, Self-control.
  • Blue – Trustworthy, Calming, Committed, Cooling.
  • Purple – Uplifting, Stately, Humble, Regal, Spirituality, Respected.
  • Black – Dignified, Authoritative, Powerful, Mysterious, Sophisticated.
  • Brown – Organic, Reliable, Stable, Approachable, Wholesome.
  • White – Purity, Cleanliness, Fresh, Neutral.
  • Gray – Business-like, Urban, Neutral, Versatile.

Resource: Dutch Boy – Choose Wisely – Colors


How Writing Can Help Freelancers

One of the blogs I subscribe to is FreelanceSwtich, since it has tons of information for creative types who are working for themselves. I figure that if I want to extend my art and design services to anyone in the future, this blog would be a beneficial tool for me to use.

Art and design are not my only two passions. I am also a writer, and I was happy when I found this article on FreelanceSwtich about how the simple task of writing, or writing exercises, can help all types of freelancers. During my interview process at various colleges I was surprised at how little people were interested in my writing skills when I expressed interest in being a Graphic Design major. I brought some short samples but they were glossed over and tossed to the side, never to be seen again. However, the more design projects I undertake, I often find there to be a large amount of copy writing involved. This is where my good spelling and grammar comes in handy. When you need to get a design down fast that involves a lot of writing, it helps if you can edit yourself along the way. Also, if a client needs copy writing in addition to design (such as in a brochure) you can extend your services to them and earn more money so they don’t have to hire an outside copy writer.

As part of a daily agenda, I frequently find myself making lists of words and phrases as ideas for design projects.  Just one word can spark a great concept. Also, with all that freelancers have to do, it’s a good idea for them to write down their tasks, keep day planners and to-do lists so they don’t forget anything. My freebie planner from my college has been a life saver for me during the hectic time of getting ready for graduation. It helps if I sit down each morning, open up my planner and sort out and write down the day’s tasks so they don’t seem quite so overwhelming.

For more information on how writing skills can help creative professionals, read this post on FreelanceSwitch.