Pinterest Find of the Week: Mary Kate McDevitt

Alright, guys.

As has been the routine lately, this week’s Pinterest Find of the Week is a tad behind schedule. Things have been pretty busy at my day job, and I’m simply exhausted by the time I get home. I know, I know- excuses, excuses. Anyway, let’s get this thing rolling!

This week, I chose to feature Mary Kate McDevitt, who is an illustrator currently located in Portland, Oregon. She also just so happens to be phenomenally talented at hand-lettering. I’ve come across some of her designs a few times now, and I can’t remember when I had actually seen any of her work first.

Here’s the inital pin that I found this week, which is a logo for a vintage clothing and accessory boutique:

I love this design.
Love it.

I love the dream-like quality of the lettering, and the swirls and curves they produce. I think it fits well with the idea of Wanderlust, by itself, and I think that’s pretty cool. It helps move your eye around the logo, and the whole design just gives you a good feeling as it’s very pleasing to look at. I also really enjoy the choice of colors. Just a simple mint and salmon (salmon? sure!) working together to create that vintage, retro appeal. I’ve been on a huge mint kick lately, and I really like seeing it used in different places.

I looked around Mary Kate’s website, which is also beautifully designed by the way, and discovered she had designed the cover for this book:

I have this book on my Amazon wishlist! Mary Kate designed the cover! How cool is that?! When I started researching ideas for Ruby July, I looked at a bunch of different books supporting various techniques, and this one honestly caught my attention right away. It absolutely made me want to learn more about hand-lettering and to try to study and execute it for myself. I like the appeal of pen-on-paper designing, as I think it takes you back to classic age of design and advertising. Everything was created and drawn by hand, and nothing was computer generated. I really like this approach to design, and I do plan to challenge myself with a few projects utilizing only a pen and paper in the future.

For one final image for this post, I looked around Mary Kate’s site a bit more, and discovered that she does illustrations as well.

This particular image was used for holiday cards, which she sent out to family, friends, and any internet strangers who requested one. That’s pretty cool. I wish I had known then, because I’d totally (hopefully!) have one of these guys hanging on my fridge now!

Mary Kate has built up a beautiful portfolio of work in just a few years, and she gives me a lot of hope for my future in design, whatever that may be. I think once you can figure out what you’re good at, you do it and you do it well. Mary Kate does hand-lettering and illustration very, very well. Check out her website here, and hopefully you’ll be as inspired by her work as I am!

Pinterest Find of the Week: Zeus Jones

Alex Register, from my previous post, is a local artist to the Twin Cities area. He works with Zeus Jones, a creative agency located in Minneapolis (literally blocks from my apartment, actually!) that centers around modern branding.

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I did a little digging through their website, and I loved it.

All of it.

With my getting reacquainted to the world of design, it is really refreshing to see what kind of agencies are out there. And for this one to be so close is pretty amazing. THIS is what I wanted to be a part of when I moved to the Twin Cities. You don’t find many companies like this in small-town-Wisconsin.

They work with big name clients, like Google and Cheerios, and they also work with outside designers. Zeus Jones kind of gives me that large family feel. They have a lot of staff, and they’re proud to showcase every one of them, but they also work with a variety of other artists. It’s like a huge, wonderful family, that I would love to someday be a part of.

Zeus Jones also worked with Tad Carpenter, who is an illustrator that I discovered awhile back. For some failure of a reason, I haven’t pinned any of his designs yet, but I do follow him on Twitter. Weird. Anyway, here’s a poster he designed as part of a collaborative project for Purina ONE beyOndยฎ, with other designers and with Zeus Jones.

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All in all, I really like what Zeus Jones has to offer. They have a great creative team, and a fresh mindset that is so important to have in this wonderful age of social media. And it seems like a really cool place to work. (Methinks I will be creeping around their employment site… hey guys, ‘sup? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So go check out Zeus Jones’ website here. While you’re at it take a look at their blog here, for tips, links, advice and everything that is definitely worth your time to check out. I will probably be spending the rest of my night browsing and looking around as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pinterest Find of the Week: Alex Register

Alright, we’re back at it. After a lengthy bout of laziness and some employment rejection (hooray… :/ ), we are back at it with the Pinterest Find of the Week. Since I didn’t do one last week, this one just so happened to work out to split into two lovely posts. Here we go!

So I did some perusing today, and came across this pin, by designer Alex Register:

I liked the retro kind of vibe it was giving off, and the simple, clean design style. As usual, I clicked through to Alex’s website, where I discovered even more great design. He has everything from wedding invites (his own!) to screenprints (love!), and even a giant 4×8 foot woodcut print.

Yes, 4×8 FEET. Huge. Either way, I gotta love me some of that Midwest. ๐Ÿ™‚

I liked Alex’s style with all of his work. It is all very clean and precise, which I appreciate as a designer myself. I think sometimes it takes more skill to know when you have enough, than it does to keep adding and adding until you have something totally cluttered that kind of works. I lean towards simplicity, myself, and I am always drawn to this particular style. I think Alex does it extremely well, and I think he’s another designer you should definitely check out. Click here to view his website, and check out some of his other work!

I did a little more digging, and discovered that he is actually a local artist, and that is AMAZING. I love seeing the work of other creative people in my neighborhood, and this leads me to the next Pinterest Find of the Week: Zeus Jones.

Pinterest Find of the Week: Helen Dardik

Go figure.

While I was nice and ambitious last week, this week I super-slacked off. I didn’t have time to search through the treasure trove of pins this week, so I figured I’d look back on some of the things I already pinned. Give them a second chance and all. Generous. …Right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, here’s this week’s Pinterest Find of the (Last) Week.

Looking through my earlier pins, my eyes stopped on this one of a pattern by Helen Dardik, that I had discovered a few weeks ago:

I was once again impressed by the pattern and colors used in this design, as well as the whimsical quality of the illustrations. I clicked through to Helen’s blog, Orange You Lucky! (which you can find here!), and was just as happy to see it as I was the first time.

All of her illustrations fit a similar style, with the wide eyes and I think, a kind of retro child-like appeal. I’ve been on a big retro kick lately, and it’s something I want to challenge myself to try. Helen’s designs make it look so pleasing and fun. The colors are so bright and happy, and the illustrations are just wonderful to view.

She has a variety of patterns posted on the blog as well as some centralized designs, like this one, which I loved:

And really guys, you are super. I hope you know it!

Helen’s super too, and I really think she’s worth checking out. If you take a look at her blog, and look through the designs, you won’t be able to help but have a smile on your face. What are you waiting for? Go take a look!

Pinterest Find of the Week: Seven Swans Wedding Stationery

Alright. So usually when I think of stationery companies, I just think of a company that sells pretty paper. When I came across Seven Swans Wedding Stationery from Cape Town, South Africa, I thought it might be some of the same.

I was wrong.

These guys don’t just sell paper, but they straight-up create. Looking through their samples on their website, I fell in love with nearly everything I had seen. Their invitations are incredible–each one is thought out and executed perfectly, and some are even the product of collaboration with other artists and designers.

Here is the initial pin that I came across:

I really enjoyed the choice of colors they used, as well as the owl illustration and especially the typography. I think sometimes a clean typographic layout is difficult for designers to master, and here, Seven Swans excelled. It’s something that often gets overlooked, but they placed just the right amount of emphasis on the right information. I noticed this, and appreciated it.

Looking through their website, I discovered they have worked with everything from designing wedding websites to laser cut invitations (whaaat?!). I think that’s pretty awesome. It’s easy to see that Seven Swans give each client an impressive amount of attention and care. They design invitations that are simple and stunning, all at the same time. The typography is bold and beautiful. And more importantly, each design is unique. Their clients are getting exactly what they want, and more.

If Seven Swans Wedding Stationery impress you as much as they impress me, check out their website here. They also work with clients that don’t happen to be in South Africa, so they are able to reach a very broad clientele. Look into them, you definitely will be glad you did!

Pinterest Find of the Week: Steve Simpson

This week, we have a Monday post, solely because I was too lazy over the weekend to get around to posting last night. Whoops! Even still, I came across some pretty great stuff for this week. Mostly, I leaned towards finding exceptional illustrations, and I found just that in Steve Simpson’s work.

Steve Simpson

Even from his main logo on his website, I could tell that this man has talent. Looking at little more around the site, I quickly discovered my positive opinion was not left alone. He has dozens of awards, and has worked with many well-known clients, from 7-up to Guinness, and everything in between.

Steve specializes in packaging, advertising and children’s books, and his designs have a very creative feel. He uses a similar warm color palette throughout a lot of his designs, which unites each of his illustrations.

I came across this pin of a poster today, which intrigued me and made me want to see more: 0d7b20f4eafa91679c32bd0cb433a202I always admire fine illustrations, and this one in particular reminded me of a books I read as a child, The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Maybe it was the color scheme, maybe it was the distorted face of the man on the bike balloon (that works, right? “Bike balloon”?), but I was taken back to my childhood, and I loved it. I also really love the handwritten quality of the text on the balloon, as it’s something I’ve been looking towards practicing in my own work.

The more I looked around Steve’s site, I appreciated his unique style of illustration. Each image is at its core, uncluttered and simple, yet they all have such strength and boldness. I even came across this packaging for Chilly Moo yogurt, which I had actually pinned last week:

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This packaging uses a brighter color scheme, but the characteristics and quality of the illustration remains very in line with Steve’s general style. I had no idea I had pinned two completely different illustrations from the same designer, but in retrospect, I probably should have noticed.

Check out Steve’s website here, and admire this man’s work as much as I have. His illustrations are truly something to appreciate, and they give me a great amount of inspiration to better my own techniques.

Pinterest Find of the Week: Botanical Paperworks

For my first Pinterest Find of the Week, I came across this pin from a company called Botanical Paperworks in Manitoba, Canada.

Botanical Paperworks

I liked this pin for a variety of reasons. The illustration is beautiful in its simplicity, and the colors chosen blend well together. The packaging is clean and very pleasing to the eye. This is something I would love to receive as a gift.

I clicked through to their website to find this design is actually printable (and free!), which I liked. Then I discovered this company not only has printable designs, but plantable as well.ย This was something I had heard of before, but had never actually seen.

And I think it’s amazing.

Botanical Paperworks offers a wide range of products, from wedding invitations to notebooks. All of these are made of plantable, recycled paper. Throw it in the ground, and you’ll have a batch of wildflowers in return. They make each sheet of paper by hand, and it’s all recycled paper from local schools and offices.

I really enjoy what I’ve read about this company, and I wish more were like this. I’m worried that people won’t realize the impact we have on the environment until it’s too late, and it’s great to see a business with this in mind. Instead of adding to the problem, they are adding to the solution with each sheet of paper and each product sold.

Even with of this environmental greatness, they even have fantastic designs. This is why I chose to post about Botanical Paperworks for my very first Pinterest Find of the Week. I look very forward to purchasing something from them in the future. Check them out! ๐Ÿ˜€