Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Art With Heart

When you find something you love you don't work for it you live it and it becomes everything you need. The skill is developed out of the need to create.

Truly amazing and inspiring work...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Simple Truth Series

My wisdom for you this week. Creativity does not accessorize it reveals. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Creating Individuality with the language of Design

This weeks healthy dose of inspiration comes from a broad topic – Styles and Movements in Design and Art.

Much of the trends that cross multiple disciplines like art, fashion and interior design typically draw from a pallet of different styles or art movements. Individually and socially we explore these styles, from the clothes we wear to the cars we drive.

Graphic Design often draws from other types of design and art styles to achieve a look that is recognizable as being more formal, informal, casual, trendy, grungy, professional, sleek, rhythmic, or humorous... to name a few. The language of graphic design provides a vehicle for the message to be delivered regardless of style. Use of the wrong style inspiration can mislead the audience to what the service or brand is advertising so style should be chosen carefully.

When I say that I create content driven design it means that the language of graphic design isn't self referencing, it doesn't use the style as a crutch. Great design uses the appropriate design diction so that the ideas remain main ingredient, the star, and focus. You walk away remembering first what you saw or read, feeling why it was important, and responding to how great it was presented. You remember them In that order rather than just how cool it looked. Good design never outshines the content, it makes the content shine!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Metro to Mesquite

TGIF! As we gear up for sunny summer weekend days and warm starry nights I anticipate returning on Monday filled with color and life. One of my most favorite sources of inspiration as of late is the great outdoors. Almost one year ago I moved to sunny southern Utah and It has brought me so much closer to nature. Having lived in concrete jungles for 36 years it was always a gritty and playful juxtoposition of nature and the city. Trees and flowers growing out of cracks in the sidewalk always put a smile on my face. Nature at the edge just waiting to take back the city. I needed open air. I needed to feel the sun and see the stars and feel small again.

I never thought I would like living outside a big city but here I am in this vast dessert landscape, at home in a small town carved into a valley that was once the bottom of an ocean! Its July so i'ts HOT but DRY. Surrounded by majestic mountains and forrests, ancient petroglyphs, and dianosaur tracks, animals, insects at every turn from beautiful bright blue dragonflies to the occasional mooing cow, lol but thats a whole other story.

Get outside friends! Get your nature on and have a great weekend!

xo —elie

Friday, July 22, 2011

Simple Truth

I love this's a perfect example of how you don't need smoke and mirrors to make a point. Simple truth is powerful and unquestionable. It sparks clear thoughts and strikes a realness in the message that you just can't get no matter how stunning decorative design are.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The secret to finding great design...

...dosen't start with the click of a mouse. It starts here...with whatever writing implement you can get your hands on ;)