30 November 2010

My Two Loves {Design}

Being the tea lover that I am, I got my morning tea from Good Earth this morning. I headed off to class, drinking my tea. I don't know what made me look at the tea bag tag, but when I did, I saw some things that were really good information design. Firstly, the string of the tea bag is stitched and knotted, so that the tea doesn't drip off from it. Also, on the actual tag itself, they tell you how long to steep the tea (4 minutes). I have drank a lot of tea in my day, but never knew how long to steep it. Problem Solved!

Birds {Dwell}

I found these cute birds (I think they are anyways) this weekend. Now normally I am terrified of anything with a beak and wings, but these are just too cute! I guess you could say I have started Christmas decorating. In November. Never thought I would say that!

29 November 2010

Office Workspace {Dwell}

I am obsessed with this workspace! I love the colors and simplicity of it.

Exam Stress Infographic {Design}

In class we had to create an infographic poster for high school students. I chose "Ways to Manage Exam Stress."

 (sorry it's kind of hard to read, but you get the jist!)

Short Rationale
The main purpose of this project was to create a poster that depicts a certain topic
relevant to Calgary high school students, while at the same time, keep a balance between typographic and graphical elements. Overall, the design decisions are as follows: I chose two fonts, Myriad Pro for the “body” text and Designer Notes for the title, headings and other “supplementary” material. I chose to use illustrative images to enhance the light hearted feel of the poster. The colors are bright enough to attract attention, yet muted enough to still be calming. The circle you see in the middle of the poster, serves two purposes: 1) a color legend and 2) representing the process of managing stress. Finally, the layout of the different elements creates continuity and flow of the poster. Overall, the typography, images, grid and layout of a poster have to work together to create a piece that will be successful in educating high school students on ways to manage their exam stress.

Our next assignment, is to create an iPad app based on this topic. Stay Tuned!

25 November 2010

Baked Bananas = My New Favorite Snack {Eat}

Lately, I have been eating plenty of these. They are yummy and quick snack and great to warm you up on a cold day! I found this recipe from Ginas Skinny Recipes.
Baked Bananas

1 Medium Ripe Banana
2 tsp Honey or Agave
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel and cut bananas in half lengthwise.
Arrange banana in an oven safe dish or on tinfoil.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and honey.
Cover and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how soft you like them.

16 November 2010

Snow {Live}

Last night was the first real snow where I live. I though it was in order to share some photos of Winter/Christmas pasts. Enjoy!

p.s. Do you like the new look for the blog? I thought it was about time to get a winter theme up.