Making of Monday [v.16]

January 25, 2016

Hey there! This week, I'd like to share the inspiration for (and images behind) a couple of recent non-book cover designs: On Top of the World and Validity.

The inspiration:

I particularly appreciated the juxtaposition of vintage illustrations with a modern design aesthetic in Ascend and the geometric styling/bold colors of Creative Set. Using these two works as inspiration, my goal was to design a loose intersection of both styles by melding public domain vintage illustrations with modern, "techy" design elements.

This design, On Top of the World, is currently available on Redbubble in a variety of formats (as are Ascend and Creative Set!).

After finishing On Top of the World, I wanted to create a second design that, like Ascend, features a color-blocked circle, (mostly) neutral colors, and keeps the vintage illustrations front and center.

(Still debating the merits of the white square...*sigh*)

The resulting design, Validity, is also available on Redbubble in an equally splendid variety of formats.

Exploring this whole other world of graphic design has been wonderful. I'll post more about my latest Redbubble designs in the coming weeks—for now, I'll shower you unceremoniously with some of my favorite product images.

I may have ordered this...

...and this...

(For the uninitiated: "Savage AF" means
"savage as fuck," i.e. something that's
awesome/hilarious in its brutality or offensiveness.
For example...)

...and this...
...possibly even this...
...hell, I just want 'em all. 

A few Redbubble shopping tips:
  • If you buy six+ stickers, they'll discount them all by 50%.
  • Greeting cards and postcards are discounted by 20-30% depending on how many you purchase (8+).
  • Low on funds? Consider ordering 4x6 postcard versions of the designs you like—they're generally around $2 each before bulk order discount/promo codes kick in!
  • Watch out for sales. They have 15-20% site-wide sales semi-regularly, and I'm pretty sure that applies on top of all previously-mentioned discounts. Sweet.

Style Your USB Drive for NaNoWriMo (2015 Edition)

October 19, 2015

This is a re-hashed version of my 2013 NaNoWriMo USB drive post (which was, awesomely enough, featured in NaNoWriMo's procrastination station. Whoa!).

Back up your work.

Every year, too many writers lose the one and only copy of their novels due to computer malfunctions, unfortunate accidents, and novel-stealing gnomes. Fortunately, you can avoid losing your manuscript by frequently backing up to multiple locations. (Use two or three from this post for maximum security.) Today, I'm going to show you Mac users how to set up a snazzy USB drive for NaNoWriMo. (If you're using a PC, follow this tutorial instead.)

Making of Monday [v.15]

July 13, 2015

It's been almost six months since I've done a 'Making of' Monday post—say whaaaaat?!

Available here.

In retrospect, I think the ornate lettering of The Lunar Chronicles' covers and the overall aesthetic of Insurgent subconsciously inspired this design. Storm Fall was definitely out of my comfort zone, so mission accomplished! (I'm making a point of branching out into new genres this year.)

Cover sales have also surged this year, which is continually mind-blowing for me because I am being paid to do something fun. I even found a copycat who ripped off some of my stuff on Etsy, which was equal parts flattering and rage-inducing. Milestones, y'all.