Calm Down Young Designer

Staying consistently creative is easily one of the most difficult tasks as a designer. Constantly trying to pump out one “edgy” idea after the other can take it’s toll on your brain rather quickly. You often lose track of how long you’ve been staring at the same blank sketchbook or empty art board. In fact it can get to the point of frustration where you are longer able to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time. Or perhaps it’s just me. Regardless, I’d like to share with ya’ll a few tools I find especially handy for keeping my mind intact while trying to be creative.

An Exit to Stage Right-On

After 3 and-a-half years of post-secondary education, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on the world of advertising — and I did, but unfortunately it was limited to the world of big brand advertising. What I didn’t know is that there is a whole market of medium and small businesses who also need to advertise. It’s because of my introduction to this world, through Derooted, that my interest has been restored in the entire industry.

Board Game Love

Today marks my first week at Derooted and I figured I should take this time to tell you about one of my passions: board games. I know it sounds pretty nerdy but it’s something that I truly enjoy playing especially when I meet up with a bunch of like minded friends. Last month, my friends and I trekked down to the board game mecca, Snakes and Lattes, where we spent around three hours playing games. For someone who has well over forty board and card games at home, this was truly an amazing experience.

YOHJI YAMAMOTO: THIS IS MY DREAM

Beginning with the finalization of the collection and styling for the show in Tokyo, followed by his arrival in New York City to oversee the final touches for the presentation of Y-3’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection, the documentary turns an intimate eye on Yamamoto during fittings, model castings, guitar-playing, philosophical musings, and interactions with his staff and the global team bringing his ideas to life.

In the Pursuit of Inspiration

With this being my first blog post for Derooted I thought that it would be best to share one of the most important things I’ve learned as a design intern. Find ways to always be inspired, whether it is reading a book, going for a walk outside, or doing some random sketches, it is a quintessential thing for anyone in the creative field to take that into consideration to be sure that their work doesn’t become repetitive.

A battle of branding proportions

As academically tenderized fresh meat to the copywriting world, I’m finding it extremely difficult to brand myself. I have all of the necessary information, so I really should be able to distill myself down into one all encompassing message. I’ve had no problems coming up with a logo and tagline for my roller derby persona; a little medic symbol here, a hearse style ambulance there and bam! there’s Anne Bulance.