Word a Day (okay, at least a few times a week…)

ImageWell, hello there. It’s been awhile. I get it… are we still friends? Hope so. The last few months have been a whirlwind of Young Blood Designers’ Markets, a visit from my best friend — aka. my missing limb — and then work, work, work! It’s been great, and as a result, you’ve been neglected. Sincerest apologies. But I’m back with an initiative that may just keep me honest: The Word of the Day.

I spent yesterday at this amazing day long course run by Wayne Thompson of The Australian Type Foundry, which was just about the most fun I’ve had since… well, the gem setting course I took the week before (more later!). Anyway, it has inspired me to do *try* to write a word of the day, to stretch my little brain to do something a little different with my calligraphy and writing skills and maybe, just maybe, discover something new. Consider it a visual diary of sorts.

Given how long it has taken me to write this, and the last two days of stress and work on a particular project, today’s word is apt: Dogged. Not only have I been doggedly pursuing a huge list of things, but I will need to be dogged to pursue this goal.

Anyway, keep in touch via Instagram (@thesmithonline), Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

See you soon?!

x d 

Alphabet Soup

A beautiful example from the 19th century.

I’ve been thinking a lot about letters this week. This is probably not that surprising, given what I do. However, it’s been really interesting to think about letters in a different way: from the point of view of the letter as a work of design, not just a letter. What got me started on all of this was a meeting with the fabulous Tara O’Keefe, of De La Mod, a company that specialises in boutique stationary and corporate identity. Tara has developed this fabulous concept where you can go online to design your own wedding invitation, in real time, and without the hassle of hours spent either gluing your fingers together or meeting with endless people to get just the right thing.

Anyway… we were chatting about how we’ve noticed a move back to a more personal approach to design, and weddings in particular, which we, as designers and makers, are pretty excited about. Gone are cookie cutter, straight from the bridal mag weddings, in favour of bespoke services, ranging from jewellery to menus to invitations and design. And so we got to chatting about monograms, and thus letters as design.

My job this weekend is to get started on some letters as a design. So I’ve taken a look at some illuminated manuscripts to get me started. Imagine using quills and inks to create art like this! Amazing. It seems that I’ve got big shoes to fill, but I’m pretty excited to get started.

Have a great weekend,

x d