Michelle Clark Graphic Design

My Résumé
May 31, 2009, 6:53 pm
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My Résumé


Music is Inspiration
May 10, 2009, 10:18 am
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Music From the Other Room

Image credit FineLine of Deviant Art

I came across this article from Smashing Magazine this morning and I have to share it with everyone. Called, Drawing Inspiration From Music, this post covers the author’s difficult process transitioning over to being a designer and how hard it was using abstract concepts to come up with design solutions. It then goes into how this can be accomplished by listening to music while you work. This way, you can use music to get into the heads of your audience. There are also some lovely pictures, each with a short excerpt explaining how music can specifically bring design inspiration. I know I have found that listening to music helps me better capture the spirit of my audience or objective behind my design. When designing a Jazz CD, what else should one be listening to while they’re putting together some cover art? Likewise, when designing a zine, its time to pull out the alternative rock and dust off those obscure indie folk tracks. Just knowing, or guessing, what sort of music your audience is listening to can open many doors while designing. I definetly recommend checking out the full article.

Dragon Rouge

Dragon Rouge logo

I don’t normally click on ads that sit on blogs or websites (unless they’re somewhere I know is credible or relevant) but Dragon Rouge pulled me in with their awesome logo design and I had to click and find out more. Of course the design of their site kept me interested – simple and easy to use with a great color palette (lots of purples and reds, my favorite!) As it turns out, Dragon Rouge is a marketing team with six notable locations around the world, including New York, Paris, London, and Hamburg. They specialize in brand strategy with a focus on design and innovation. I was having fun just browsing the site. I was able to see who they worked for, the projects themselves and several small details of those projects, learn about their team and their principles that drive the work they produce. The site has some great photography and I love their use of organic designs and color throughout. This is one inspiring site that pulled me in and kept me interested from start to finish.

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.

This Is So Rad
May 4, 2009, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Design, Inspiration, Patterns | Tags: , , , , , ,
Go Media Zine - Seamless pattern

Image credit Adam Wagner of GoMediaZine

I saw this awesome pattern and had to read more about it. It turns out that Adam Wagner from GoMediaZine takes you step by step through how to create a seamless pattern using vector shapes. You can pen tool your own swirly pattern ingredients, or just use his that he provides and LiveTrace in Illustrator. I’ve never made a digital seamless pattern before so this tutorial was interesting to me. I made one once in a basic Design course and it involved drawing my own pattern shapes with a Sharpie, re-drawing that pattern about 30-odd times, alternating positive and negative space, then cutting them all out with an Xacto, squinting my eyes and placing pieces together by hanging them off one another. A much more painstaking process, but I did really enjoy that assignment.

Using WordPress As a Portfolio

Following up on the free WordPress theme up for grabs on Smashing Magazine, I found this great blog called The Ultimate Guide to Using WordPress For A Portfolio. In it contains links to all you need to know for creating a portfolio online. It even goes step by step, with the first article showing WordPress developer tools and resources, then when you’ve got a handle on that you can view the next article which  gives you some pointers and explaining some common mistakes people make when designing their portfolio. Then you can generate some inspiration with a list of 50 Beautiful and Creative Portfolio Designs. It also offers a few other good free portfolio themes. All you need to know packaged into one little post!

Links of Interest
April 15, 2009, 3:27 am
Filed under: Design, Inspiration, Lifestyle | Tags: , , , ,

These are some links I ran across this week that I enjoyed and found somewhat inspiring. Two of them are design blogs, one of them is a couple’s blog, and the other is one by a book cover designer. I like his projects and his attitude (see the side note about How to Design a Book Cover). The last link is information from the Harvard Business Blog about how you can increase productivity when you’re on a deadline. Applies particularly to people who are self-employed or do freelance work.