New Look, New Site

Well it has been a long time coming. Iteration after iteration, I have finally found the new look for inesdes.com. One of the most difficult things for a designer, or any creative really, is being satisfied with her own work. After nearly one year since setting up this personal website and blog, I am happy to say it is settling into this new look for a nice long while… Continue reading “New Look, New Site”

Tech: Olympus PEN E-PL7

I am so excited about this! Choosing a camera is easily one of the most difficult shopping decisions. There are hundreds of options. Even if you’ve decided you don’t want a regular point and shoot or a big D-SLR, you’ve got tons of options in the mirrorless category. This was the category that I focus on, but like I said, there were so many options, I ended up sitting on this decision for months.

I finally set my sights on the Olympus PEN E-PL7. I can’t wait to create with this camera!

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*Note to Self: Check out this post from Stylonylon, 15 Tips & Tricks For Your Olympus Pen E-PL7

Brian Wildsmith

Just as I was about to leave a small Gastown bookshop, I spotted this book sitting in the window: The Circus by Brian Wildsmith. Of course, it’s a children’s book but what a stunning illustration on the front cover! I couldn’t resist.

Circuses have always captured my imagination. They seem like fantastic and magical places. Of course, in reality they had their problems, but I like to romanticize and dream of them as they would appear in novels like The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, and Brian Wildsmith’s illustrations.

This book was published in the 1970’s (including this particular copy I think) and features brightly coloured circus scenes. Hardly any text necessary! It’s so simple and yet so full of detail. I love his work!

I foresee brighter colours appearing my humble sketches and scribbles. The circus has already appeared in my sketchbook…

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Time Optimist

I couldn’t resist playing with a little type and colour combo. Randomly, it has led to a surprising revelation! Confession: when it comes to stepping out, I tend to run late. I’ve finally discovered why…

Cheers to all my fellow time optimists! 😉

Entrepreneur’s Envy

That moment when you are browsing Instagram or reading articles and you see someone else’s feed or story. It’s a story of success and they are doing what they love, sharing their skills with the world and getting paid for it. They’re photos are smiling back at you or their first book is shining out or dream collaboration with clients are propped up for you to see. That’s when that confusing moment of frustration, sighs, and confused determination kicks in. This, my friends, could be a sign of entrepreneur’s envy.  Continue reading “Entrepreneur’s Envy”

The Ups and Downs of Working from Home

 

Without a doubt, the decision to jump into the entrepreneurial life is both my most wonderful and my most frustrating decision I’ve made in my working life to date. But that’s another story really. What appealed to me most when I reached that career crossroads was the the flexibility to create my own schedule and work from home. However, working from home is not all it’s cracked up to be. It has its perks, but those perks come with pitfalls. Continue reading “The Ups and Downs of Working from Home”

Dealing with Writer’s Block

It’s funny. Once a upon a time, I was a daily blogger and now when I am faced with my first post in this new space, I have no idea how to start or what to talk about! So it seems the very first thing I am faced with is the dreaded writer’s block.

Writer’s block can be a major set back and productivity killer. I have absolutely no time for that! So what to do when that big blank page decides to park itself in your brain? Continue reading “Dealing with Writer’s Block”