David Airey takes over the NO!SPEC Campaign

David Airey Redesigns NO!SPEC

After long last I found someone to take over as project manager of NO!SPEC – the wonderful David Airey. A perfect choice, David has been an unwavering supporter of the campaign for years.

My buddy Jay Wickham will continue to back the campaign as programmer (thank goodness). And I will give what support I can.

And hey, all you other designers out there – you can help too! Tweet. ReTweet. Write posts. Comment on forums. Send spec experiences to share on nospec.com. Whatever. Every little bit counts.

BTW: If you’ve signed up for the feed at no-spec.com switch to nospec.com. The no-spec.com url will (eventually) point to nospec.com.

So long and… thanks for all the fish…

Catherine (Former Project Manager: NO!SPEC)

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You Look Like The Right Type

You Look Like The Right Type
You Look Like The Right Type

Due to annoying spam, awhile back I shut down DWB’s contact form and pointed people to my Facebook account instead:

Facebook.com/catherine.wentworth

My FB has been noticeably Thai related lately, but that just might change.

This morning I woke up to a message from Mark Addison Smith, a graphic designer and educator working in Chicago.

What my blog is about:

Each day, I listen in and write down dialogue I hear spoken around me from honest-to-gosh real folks. At the end of the day, I turn my collected text into a stack of illustrations. I post one a day on my blog: YouLookLikeTheRightType.blogspot.com. Twenty-four hours later, the cycle begins again.

I’ve been recording conversations and illustrating dialogue since November 23, 2007, when a young lady stopped me one evening in the Chicago loop and asked me for a cigarette. Apologizing for not being a smoker, she snapped her finger and said, “ahh, you look like the right type.” I went home and illustrated her words, and now have over 2000 drawings to date.

It’s interesting to me how non-related conversations suddenly find connections and start speaking to each other from drawing to drawing. The extension of the digital blog as a curated space for many of the illustrations contrasts with their hand drawn, hands-dirty conception; it sort of speaks about our need for “just the basics” amidst all things complex.

Check it out to see if you are taking mental notes of similar stuff as well.

My favourite?

You Look Like The Right Type

Enjoy…

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Dezign Matterz

Dezign Matterz
Dezign Matterz

Hilarious. This rainy Saturday while waiting to wake up, I stopped by FB to see what was happening. Two of my friends favourited (liked?) severals photos in Mia Pallas’ album, and the one that struck me as wickedly funny was titled: Just when you thought your Life Sucked…

Dezign Matterz - Life sucks

To see if your life is suckie lately too, check it out.

Anyway… While I was at Mia’s FB page, I checked out her bits. Not too shabby. And there was enough going on to get me off my butt to write a rare post on DWB.

Web: Dezign Matterz
Tumblr: Miazoe
Youtube: VEGAGIRL5
Facebook: Mia.pallas

Welcome to DezignMatterz, where Design Matters a great deal.

The overall focus of this site is to feature & bring you all things pertaining to Web & Design.

You are invited to tune in for the latest Inspiration & Design news and articles on some of the best Web Designers inhabiting & recreating the www. As well as the latest featured articles on all of the New Up & Coming Artists who are emerging in the cyber sphere; with features on some of the most Incendiary Photographers, the Arts & Media News.

Tune in to meet the Webs Best of the Best. Lets Rock & Roll & Rock the Code!

Enjoy your stay.

Ok. A bit corny. But even I was that sweet age once…

Dezign Matterz is broken up into inspiration, photography, typography, and web design. Clicking on each link fakes you into thinking you are seeing the home page over and over again. But you are not. So while it’d be great for Mia to add code to bounce us to the real goodies, just be patient and scroll down.

If I were to bookmark posts from Dezign Matterz, I’d go with: Exploring the World of Caricature Art (inspiration), Exceptional Photo Manipulation Photography (photography), Custom Fonts Without Writing Script (typography), and Fully Customizable Contact Forms without Script! (web design).

Enjoy…

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Creative Opera

Creative Opera
Creative Opera

Manda Szewczyk
Manda Szewczyk

There is nothing quite like opening an email from a talented blogger. Especially when they sharing a blog of the quality of Creative Opera.

Creative Opera features creative advice and inspiration for graphic designers and web designers.

Creative Opera is a blog for new designers, future designers, and anyone who loves design. Creative Opera posts are full of useful information, creative inspiration, and professional advice.

Because Manda spent years teaching design, many of her posts are targeted toward students and new designers. It is fantastic, however, when experienced designers stop by to add to the discussion by sharing their own experiences and advice.

Manda is hoping that Creative Opera will continue to grow as a collaborative environment where designers can find inspiration, lively discussion, and the advice and motivation needed to help them succeed in the design field.

Manda covers many subjects on Creative Opera, so I wasn’t sure whether to put her. In the Web design category, or in the Graphic design category? So Design it is.

Looking through Manda’s Popular section we have some beauts: Design Trends: Self Portraits, Beautiful Design Resumes & their Matching Portfolio Sites, and 7 Reasons Why All Designers Should Twitter.

So now we know that Manda twitters. And of course I twitter. Do you?

Enjoy…

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