Finally – after getting used to being a freelancer again – I’ve embraced my old dusty blog and my sketchbooks and started putting together words and doodles to make a newsletter.
Why a newsletter?
I’m an avid newsletter subscriber.
I get way more mail than I have a need for, but I love getting stuff delivered to my mailbox.
I always misplace bookmarks, am getting horrible at remembering website names, worse at saving bookmarks – so getting a regular newsletter from folks I am interested in is nice. They are nice reminders of where I have been, and they usually contain nuggets of info that I manage to gobble up pretty quickly.
During the summer I designed a logo and poster for my old collegue, Katrine, for her and her husband’s new venture: a Bed and Breakfast for cyclisyts – on Mallorca: Casa de Bicicletas.
Nice. The place looks beautiful!
I took the “House of Cycles” literally- and put a cycle in a house for the logo. Figured it would make it stand out from the other cycle-rentals on the island. They all seem to use clipart cyclists or cranks as logos.
Sometimes some of my illustrative whimsy just doesn’t cut it for the designs we work on.
Like these fellas. I wanted to illustrate AM/PM, but – turns out we have a 24 hour clock. Don’t need AM/PM at all.
So I made this conglomeration –
just to illustrate that it could be either night or day – depends how good you are at reading a 24hr clock;)
Over the past few years, I’ve been using Bookbinders Design’s very nice square formatted hardcover sketchbooks. I even got a case for the trio. These were great books. I loved the format, and the hardcover, but the paper didn’t have a great bit of tooth to it, and they weren’t handy for sketching on the go.
Once they were filled with doodles I thought about getting another set, but they are awfully expensive. I had a Moleskine notepad a while ago, which I really liked, very handy – fit right in a jacket pocket – but small for sketching, really. I had been given a lined journal from my sister an even longer time ago – bigger; but lighter paper – not so good for sketching. The size was perfect.
So I opted for a 3 pack of Cahiers – light, portable, nice paper. Slide in a jacket pocket, and I’m good to go. They even have a pocket in back page (I use it for receipts). And they are inconspicuous enough that they don’t fill my tiny desk when i’m not using them!