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Last summer, I announced a "win a free logo contest."
I wanted to walk the lucky winner
through making their own logo, but by the time
I got around to selecting someone,
I was so excited, that I decided to design the logo myself.
Katherine of the blog Becoming Crow Lady won me over.
Here's part of her email to me:
There were 3 reasons I chose her:
1) It's rare, that even my paying clients give me such
personal and beautiful descriptions of their businesses.
2) I felt connected to the project, in that my parents had
so through osmosis, I know alot about the industry.
3) I still feel EXTREMELY indebted to all of my labor & delivery nurses.
(that's a story for another time.)
As I began, the universe cooperated.
I started to see crows everywhere:
Here is the first round of sketches, in black & white:
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I realized, in reading Jean's New Year's post,
that I've been remiss in posting about the special qualities of
cell phone pics,
not just for graphic design purposes,
but also for surveillence ;-)
In this one, I captured a moment that could have been
snatched at any point in a 60 year span.
My cell was ready, the timing was perfect, and 1 second later
(fishing for my camera) would have dated the pic.
As Bonbon commented, [when I originally posted it
over a year ago,] it has an Edward Hopper quality to it.
A couple of months later, we re-used it for a varmint diorama.
It was a community project, and the diner pic made the perfect backdrop.
Here's another classic, taken at a TGIF's.
The camera would have totally blown my cover on this one.
To make sure the cell phone was still, I balanced it on the table,
framed it perfectly, & looked elsewhere when I clicked.
My advice to anyone interested
in catching great cell phone pics:
Don't be afraid to shoot! Shoot risky, and shoot often.
In a similar example, below,
the lighting was seemingly too dark to shoot without a flash,
but was completely salvageable by playing with
the brightness & contrast in Photoshop, later.
The other thing I'd like to say is that there's
nothing like the pure convenience of emailing your pic
straight to your computer, instead of going through
the motions of hooking it up to the usb, downloading, etc.
I was inspired by this view of my home office,
and again, the lower quality here gave it more mood.
The pic was snapped by phone,
sent up through space, and beamed back down
right into that computer, over there.
I also usually have the cell out & ready
on the train, which enabled me to snap this one:
In these next examples,
the ability to capture a varmental moment is key.
And in these, the natural light at that very moment screamed
So when you see light like this,
don't waste time running for the professional camera.
Who cares if it's not perfectly focused?
In a matter of seconds, the subject might be gone...