If you've been to CourseCraft this week, you'll notice that we have a bit of a new
look! We changed the logo, the colours, and the style of the buttons. Working on CourseCraft this year has
taught me so many things. I always thought I had some design talent. I can make a mean wedding invite, I've
been through a million Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials and I'm always trying to learn new things. But
you know what? Turns out designing a whole web app is a bit different than some floral party invites. The
design process has been a constant struggle for me. Not to say it hasn't been fun, because it has! I'm
learning new things everyday. But I feel like a lot of what I do is trial and error and learning by doing.
I thought you might want to see my process for designing the new CourseCraft logo. I recently took an amazing
course at Alt for Everyone taught by Laurie Smithwick. She walked us through her process for creating a logo
from scratch and I borrowed a lot of her techniques. I don't claim to be an expert, but here ya go!
Sketching is the first obvious step... you might think. But it's not where I started. As per Laurie's amazing
advice, I took a few minutes (literally) to browse Logo Pond to find logos I liked.
I scrolled around and makd quick judgements. If something caught me eye, I quickly took a screen shot.
Once I had about 10 logos collected, I put them all in front of me at once. Then I took a closer look at each
one and tried to put it into words why liked it. I came up with a list of words and right away started noticing
These are the phrases that were most common:
- line drawing
- two tone
- low contrast
- logo on top, name on the bottom
Then I set that list aside and went to work on another list of words. I wrote down words that (to me) described
CourseCraft or what I wanted CourseCraft to be. These were a little harder to come up with and kind of abstract:
- bringing people together
- building blocks
Ok now let's get to the sketching! With those 2 lists in mind, I started drawing. The kind of drawing where
you just put down on paper anything that pops into your head with no erasing. If I liked something I tried to
build on it and come up with more iterations. After a few days (yes days) of slow sketching I had this.
What did I do next? You'll have to come back next week to find out! I'll show you how I went from these rough,
ugly sketches to the new CourseCraft logo.
Hey remember when I wrote about my New Year's goals and one of them was
how I wanted to fill
a sketchbook page every week? And then I started doing that and posted a photo every week of
my sketchbook? Well if you don't, it's probably because I did it like 4 times and then totally
gave up. Gotta love New Year's goals that last only for January...
Well, I've been following Jessalin Beutler on Twitter ever
since I bought an adorable and beautifully painted dress from her
online shop and she started this project called
Art Everyday where she (as you may have guessed) makes art every single day.
For some reason,
even though I couldn't manage to put pen to paper once a week, making something everday seemed
attainable. I still don't understand the logic, because there is no logic in this, but I find
setting aside a few minutes everyday just to play around in my sketchbook so much easier than
"filling a page each week".
Art everyday (in my opinion) is about feeling free to just
scribble on a page one day, make giant ugly mistakes the next day, and maybe even create
something you're proud of the next day. When you experiment and make something you're feeling
blah about, there's always tomorrow to start fresh. I felt a lot of pressure with the
sketchbook page per week to create something good every week. Afterall, I had a whole week
to complete it. Now, I love being able to experiment with my tools and not think of it as a
While I haven't managed to stick with making art literally everyday, it's definitely art
almost everyday. Turns out I've been managing to fill way more than one page per week too! So
I still feel like I'm sticking with my New Year's goal.
What about you? Have you stumbled on any goals this year and what are you doing to get back
I'm fully into all things summer now and just loving this warm weather! I've been stocking
up on summer dresses and cute new sandals. Also, my main mode of transportation has been
my bike. I really wish I could bike everywhere all year round. This week I might even try
my hand at a little veggie garden on my deck. We'll see how long those poor plants last.
My next post might be titled "RIP Zucchini" so watch out.
This month I made a beachy, summery desktop background to celebrate sandal weather!
Hope you like it. :)
There are 4 sizes to choose from depending what kind of computer/lappy you have
so there should be something for everyone's situation, plus a patterned iPhone
background. Just click one of the buttons below to get the full size image. Then
just save it and set it as your wallpaper.
Download the Backgrounds
1440 x 900 //
1366 x 768 //
1920 x 1080 //
2800 x 1880 //
I know it's summer and the last thing you're thinking about making is sweater, but this
project is too cute to wait til winter! Don't worry, your pencils won't mind a little extra
This craft is great because it will probably cost you $0. I rinsed out a can and a small jar
and used leftover yarn I had laying around.
Both of my pencil holder cozies were made with
Bernet Handicrafter Cotton.
It's a light weight cotton yarn that comes in some very pretty
colours. The blue one is "Mod Ombre" and the orange one is "Mango Madness". You'll also need
a yarn needle for stitching the ends together.
For the knit cozy, I used a US size 7 set of knitting needles and cast on about 36 stitches.
This will of course vary depending on the yarn you use and how you knit. Just knit a couple
rows and measure up against the can before you get too far. To get the classic little v's just
knit one row then pearl one row.
For the crocheted cozy, I used a J/10-6.00mm hook and 2 strands of the cotton yarn. I made
a chain of 28 stitches and just did row after row of single crochet using 2 strands. Again,
the number of stitches will vary depending of the size of the jar and type of yarn. After
the pieces fully covered the height of the jars, I stopped and with right sides together,
sewed the ends together to form a circle. If you're a better knitter than me, you could
also just knit in the round and then wouldn't have to worry about the sewing!
Keep those pencils warm everybody!