Welcome Back Designite!

Designite ~ matches for the mind has returned!

Welcome to those new to this design blog, and a big hearty hug to those returning to the site!

I honestly have to give credit to reubenmiller over at typepad for the inspiration to go back to the keyboard, I do miss the great big world of design.

The purpose of this site is to give inspiration not only to you, but to myself – a freetime designer.

I’ve been doing some planning, and there will be a few new projects on the horizon, which of course I will let you know about. My writing feels clunky, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. So bear with me as I gather myself together, and enjoy the new content.

much love.
Joey (Joe) xx

Gardens and Design – enclosed by walls of green

God, there are one or two things that I simply hate in life. One of them is Gardening and the other is the feeling of something under your fingernails.

Somehow, My lovely mother managed to recruit me into turning her yards wasteland of dead plants, and weeds into something resembling a garden.

In between mumbling profanities, and planting frangipannies I managed to actually see how people enjoy gardening.

Though I prefer paper and pen, some would forgo this indoor pursuit for caloused hands, a sweaty brow and a nice row of tulips.

It might be dirty, and somewhat restricted to the over 40’s age group,
but its really just a different form of art.

while I pick the dirt out from under my fingers with a breadtag (1) (2) have a look at some Vertical gardens.

verticalgarden

verticalgardentitle

verticalgarden02

verticalgarden04

verticalgarden05

verticalgarden06

verticalgarden07

verticalgarden08

verticalgarden09

And before I start thinking about posting pictures of gnomes have a look at

greenfortune

Apparently europeans have been into this a while now
check out there streamgarden – under products.
officially added to the wantlist.

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Wordle Typography – A picture paints a thousand words

Or at least a coupla hundred!

Wordle was created by a mr.JonathanFeinberg. a Master of Java. (IBM RESEARCH)
In short wordle scans a site or text, provided by you for keywords and metadata.
and then using the words creates a giant colorful word cloud.

example I wrote a quick… well maybe not so quick description of myself, and…

wordleme2

Fun huh!??!

wordle

Ps. I’m a little in love with the font expressway free right now. I’m off to find the filezzzz. =)

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Design & Development

I have had a lot of time not having a job as of late, and one of the best things about it has been that I have had my hands surgically attached to my mouse and keyboard. (they are wireless, but still manage to hinder making tea, and greeting people)

Now, I know I haven’t spent time writing to you my beloved, instead I have been catching up on a lot of design and development that I had a giant pile of in my to do (later) box, and never actually got around to.

10+ logos, and a couple of websites later. I had a look at my work and decided that it was

ME GOOD.

for those of you that can’t interpret my cave mindspeak
“I really think my designs are good. but they all look the same.”

Something that I find as a free time designer, is that unless I am continuously learning new design techniques and looking at other peoples designs, my own quickly get boring and predictable.

a designer I once worked with often spent extra time on projects coming at them from a completely different angle.
so instead of creating something with his style he would try to put someone elses style on the peice.

Not encouraging copycatting of course, but this is a great idea to start developing your own style.
its time to evolve! something I would encourage is spend time looking at other peoples portfolios.
and sit down and do a few tutorials. you’d be surprised, you might actually learn something!

sixrevisions.com – some advanced Text effects

six revisions
psd tuts+ Some nice advanced tutorials available.

psdtuts

also here are some designers/designers you might or might not like.

alvin chan
http://www.alvinchan.nl/

alvin_chan

ASYLUM
http://www.theasylum.com.sg/v3/

asylum

Christopher Allen
http://www.christopherallen.ca/

christopher_allen

Studio David Hillman
http://www.studiodavidhillman.com/

Studio David Hillman

Draught Associates
http://www.draught.co.uk/
draught associates

James Warfeild
http://www.jameswarfield.com/

james_warfield

Luciano Marx
http://www.lucianomarx.ch/

luciano_marx

Metagramme
http://www.metagramme.com/

metagramme

Micah Lidberg
http://micahlidberg.com/

micah_lidberg

Nitrocorpz
http://www.nitrocorpz.com/

nitrocorpz

Playoff
http://www.p-off.ru/

off

Socio
http://www.sociodesign.co.uk/

socio

Studio 1500
http://www.studio1500sf.com/
studio_1500

Studio Round
http://www.round.com.au/

studio_round

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Suck UK – Novelty has migrated to the internet

Suck.UK.com offers a surprisingly large range of stuff you want, but most likely don’t need.
You remember the days of novelty stores? selling gags, and junk for your house?
Well Suck.UK does it with a lot more style, (and quality)

Some of my Favorites are..

The Door “STOP”

4791_stop1_yellow
4793_stop_colours1

The London Tube Mirror

tube map mirror

3917_tubemapmirrorcontext1

Carve your own Postcard

carve scratch key postcard

tit-carvecard2

Solar Powered Clocks
solar clock portraitsolar clock landscape
Picture Book Frames.

picturebook frame insert picturebook book frame

Everlasting Calender Tape

calendar tape
calendar tape

Give them a visit
suckuk

Coffee and Oranges

Okay, so I’m having a really rough day, and am a little busy fighting for my Job, So instead of what I was going to write enjoy this.

for all the budding photographers here is a really cool way to develop your film….

Coffee & Oranges

make sure to check out the caffenol flickr group at the bottom of this page.

Cassette Purses.

cassette wallet purse

I’ve always wondered what happened to obsolete technology.
Often they break the items down, and recycle them into all kinds of clever things, like astroturf for childrens playgrounds… (tyres not mobile phones!)

Why recycle, when you can ”REDESIGN”

marcella foschi, (italy) has come up with a great way to keep your cash safe,
but I just want it to put my nano in!

officially added to my Iwant account
most of which are italian tapes, but there are english ones
added everynow and then.

You can pick one of these puppies up from DESIGNBOOM

cassette wallet purse

Cassette Wallet Purse

Cassette Wallet Purse

Cassette Wallet Purse

Cassette Wallet Purse