September 19, 2014

website overhaul

Big News! 

I am working on a very exciting project. A long-overdue website overhaul! Hooray! 

The good part is that I'm really excited about it. It's going to be mobile and tablet-ready and gorgeous. 

The bad part is the blog. I am unsure if I will be able to bring content over from this blog to the new site. This makes me sad (but not sad enough to be a dealbreaker). I will see if I can find a solution. Otherwise, I will start again with a clean slate on the new site.

Keep your eyes on www.leafprintdesign.com! It's going to look so fabulous.

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May 8, 2013

Mandela sculpture

This is a sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli of Johannesburg. My dad sent this link to me. The photos below are from the site.





South African artist Marco Cianfanelli has constructed a monument to recognize the 50 year anniversary of peace activist and politician Nelson Mandela's capture by the apartheid police in 1962. Mandela's profile spans 50 steel columns measuring 21.32 and 29.52 feet (6.5 and 9 meters) high, each anchored to the concrete-covered ground. The shape and form of the sculpture are representative of the leader's 27 years behind bars for his efforts to bring equal rights and governmental representation to the once racially divided nation. The statue of the nobel prize winner has been erected in Howick, a town located 56 miles (90 kilometers) south from the city of Durban in the countryside of the southernmost African country.

Unbelievable!! I am blown away.

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February 1, 2013

baby colors

Did you know that Pantone published a book for babies about color? So brilliant! It is blatant self-promotion but it's executed so beautifully.




Lovely illustrations and (of course) colors. Well done!
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December 21, 2012

comfort

What is more comforting than a chocolate chip cookie?

I know this is a design blog but hear me out. I'm kind of an expert in chocolate chip cookies. They are my go-to treat for parties, gifts, and general consumption. My life changed when I saw a design mom post on the nuance of the chocolate chip cookie. Adding extra flour has made my usually flat (but extremely tasty) cookies into little works of perfection. I exaggerate but yesterday was cookie baking day (for teacher presents and santa, of course) and they turned out so beautifully. All thanks to a shift in the brown-white sugar ratio and a little extra flour. Perfection.

Also of note, my oven (in my new house which I love!) has a cancel button next to the timer button. More than once I pressed it to turn off the timer and, in fact, turned off the oven. Not that easy to bake cookies when the oven's off. Especially if you don't know it. Suffice it to say an emergency trip to get more butter and chocolate chips and extra hours into the night to work on batch #2 is what really made this endeavor a success.

Please remind me next year that gift cards are the way to go. Except for Santa. He needs chocolate-based fuel for the long night.

Happy Holidays everyone!
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November 2, 2012

skeuomorphism

I just read a great article on Slate about the debate at Apple over skeuomorphism (Steve Jobs was a big fan, so was Scott Forstall who was recently let go). 

Who knew there was a word for this - skeuomorphic design is interface design that references elements in an older device that were necessary for that device to work. There are many Apple designed apps that use this technique. Some more successfully than others. 


For example, I greatly prefer the calculator design by Apple (on the right is Microsoft's stripped-down version). Am I comforted by the illusion of 3D buttons? 



The problem with replicating older objects in modern UI design is that things can quickly get hokey. I'm not a big fan of the tape-deck imagery on the podcast app. It seems outdated and unnecessary. 

What I'm getting at is this... design is hard.
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