Sometimes I spend a ton of time carefully drawing a million details for a fabric or illustration…and sometimes I get a really simple idea that just works on the first try. “Bandage Stripe” was definitely the latter – it came together really quickly, but the colors make it special.
I can see this fabric making great scrubs, an ice pack cover or a fun pouch to hold your first aid supplies – because every 5-year-old will tell you that boo boos feel better when you have a cool bandage (or bandage-themed accessories!).
Sometimes the cobbler’s children do get new shoes! Spring is in the air and it seemed like the right time for a little brand refresh – check out the new Lellobird logo!
I’d actually been thinking about making some changes for a while; like many of the clients who come to me for a logo update, I realized as my company grew that the original logo needed some tweaks to grow with me. The old all-yellow logo didn’t work well on light-colored backgrounds, which affected how I set up labels and letterhead and other things. The rectangular shape of the bird meant that on social media sites my little bird’s beak and tail feathers were forever getting chopped off to fit in the circular profile pictures. And I struggled with how to use the logo in one-color or black-and-white situations.
The solution was actually pretty simple: I created an outline version of the bird, with some wing details mirroring his angled legs, to give him some definition in both color and black-and-white uses. And I shortened up his tail and changed the angle of his beak and eye to give the logo a more circle-friendly aspect and a slightly cuter appearance. Then I put a yellow fill behind the outline for when I need to add color, just slightly offset from the outline for a playfully retro feel.
I’m really happy with the big change just a couple of edits made! And since I keep referring to my logo as “he,” now I’m thinking that little bird needs a name…
If Spoonflower’s Winter 2018 Magazine doesn’t make you want to start a sewing project, nothing will! Check out all the project ideas and luscious fabrics, including my Time Travel Map (pg. 57) and Significant Otters (pg. 63). (There are fun DIY projects featuring wallpaper, too, for those of you who don’t sew.) Now get crafting!
Being a one-time Nebraskan and an all-time tinkerer-with-things-to-make-them-better, from logos to household appliances, I was super excited to see that Skillshare is hosting a contest to redesign the Nebraska state flag.
Kaye’s first rule, “Keep it simple: The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory,” especially resonates with me – I always strive to have logos I design be something you could sketch out with a pen on a napkin and still recognize.
So I got to thinking about Nebraska – I haven’t been there in 20+ years, but in some ways I think that’s helpful when designing a flag, because it’s easier to distill a place down to its essence when you’re not right in the middle of it.
The number one thing I remembered and loved was the sky – wide and blue, crossed with clouds that cast far-reaching shadows across the open land, filled up with storm clouds and once a gathering tornado I wasn’t allowed to watch, being banished to the basement. So I knew right away the top half of my flag would be blue for sky.
When I think of Nebraska, I also think of fields of yellow – goldenrod dotted with red-winged blackbirds,
corn tassels, prairie grass, the Sandhills. The current Nebraska flag is also blue with a gold/yellow state seal (like 23 other state flags!), so I liked that these colors refer back to the historic flag.
Looking at maps of the state, I was struck by how the Platte River makes a graceful swoop across the state, which is almost rectangular, and decided to use that swoop as a distinctive and place-specific way to divide my blue and gold sections. After I went through a few iterations of color and line width, this is my final product:
Having seen other flag re-design missions falter, including Mars’s campaign to revamp San Francisco’s city flag, I’m not sure if this one will officially go anywhere (change is hard, I know). But I’m eager to see what other people come up with!
My Boxy Foxy fabric came in seventh in this week’s Spoonflower Tangrams contest – thank you to everyone who voted! It was fun and a little bit challenging to work with tangrams – they’re easy to draw, because they’re just geometric shapes, but I tried a few different ideas before I found a way to make them visually interesting. I enjoyed seeing how many images I could build with just simple shapes.
So it was fun to study old wooden spools and come up with my own take on them, combined with stitched leaves, for my Thread Garden design. This was a limited-color-palette contest, using Pantone’s Greenery color of the year, plus black, white and tan. I really like the fresh, spring green of Greenery.