Friday, July 31, 2009

crochet doodles

I've been working on some crochet designs using fine silver (.999) wire. It's interesting to see how differently the same pattern will work up with different gauges of wire and crochet thread. Even though the wire is much finer, its rigidity means that the same design with the same hook will end up a lot larger with more body and negative space (fancy word for "holes").

Thursday, July 23, 2009

design tasks

In preparation for my store opening, I thought I would work on some administrative tasks. I finally filed for a seller's license and got down to designing some business cards. I think MOO cards are cute, probably because they are mini and have nice print quality, so I downloaded the templates and got to work choosing images to put on them. I wanted to choose images that would be reflective of my design aesthetic and would showcase my more unique products. Since many of my photos are blurry or grainy and my photoshop skills could use some help, this proved to be kind of challenging. The myriad of design options also became daunting, but fortunately, good friends were around to talk me down and review some of the designs. When it came time to upload, the website made me crazy by saying that my images were smaller than the specifications. I'm not sure how that could be the case since I used their exact template, but whatever. I ended up resizing the images so they were a few pixels above the specs, just so the annoying error message would go away.

Here is what I ended up with: