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May 8th, 2014 :: text by

:: Grow Through Design – The Process ::

Hey guys!

We recently decided that we needed to update our social media graphics, especially with the new twitter update. Our previous graphics were a little dated and didn’t really match what we’ve been up to lately. I decided to go with a more custom look for our pages and thought using some handwritten type could be fun!

eeko uses the phrase “Grow Through Design” quite often so I thought this would be the perfect quote for this project. I decided to take the idea straight to my Moleskin notebook to draw out some ideas. I’m quite the “noob” if you will, when it comes to handwritten type. I know I’ve got a lot to learn but wanted to challenge myself to create something a little more organic for the eeko team. The first sketch below was what I initially had in mind.


Originally, I wanted to try and create a circle with the text by using “swashes” to fill the empty space. As you can see above, I had some ideas but I just couldn’t get it to where I wanted. After multiple revisions to these swashes, I still wasn’t happy with where they were going but decided to take the design into illustrator. Below, you can see that I had a rough version going but again I wasn’t digging the swashes.


I liked the direction of the type so I decided to axe the swashes and hone in the type.


I took off the swashes and started to refine the type. I went through a few variations and asked for some feedback from the team and finally ended up with this:


I still liked the idea of having this within some kind of circle as I feel like it helped complete the overall look. So, I added a circle around the piece as well as some texture to finish it off. And this was the edit we used for our new social media pieces!


This project tested my patience over the course of trying to refine it but we are all really happy with the final result! I learned a few new things in the process and hope to use it on something similar in the future.




March 28th, 2014 :: text by

:: Why Skillshare is awesome and why you should be using it ::


I’m always looking for new things to try or new things to learn. I’ve spent countless hours browsing online for decent tutorials, watched poorly recorded videos on YouTube and have read a fair share of not-so-thorough blogs; trying to learn a new technique or find a solution to a problem.


Recently, I found out about a website called Skillshare. This is a great resource for designers of all different skill levels. Courses range from Beginner to Expert and the range of programs is even better. You can find tutorials for the whole Adobe Creative Suite and more. Each Skillshare class is taught by incredibly talented people who are there to help answers questions and get you the help you need along the way.


Another cool thing about Skillshare? It’s not only for designers. There are even classes for writers and photographers who want to pick up a thing or two.


Lettering Class


There are two ways you can take a class on Skillshare. You can either pay per class, where prices can typically range from $15-$25 or you can sign up to be a member for $9.95 a month. The nice thing about being a member is you have access to all of the “Membership Video” classes at anytime and you can sign up for as many as you’d like as long as they are listed as a Membership class.


Skillshare classes have a  “learn at your own pace” style. This means you can sign up for your class and watch the video tutorials as you please! Usually, the class has some kind of student project that is focused on the skill you are leaning in that class. Again, there are no due dates on the student projects so you can work at your own pace. As you work on your project, you can post your progress in your student projects dashboard where other designers and the class instructor can give you feedback.


Lastly, after you’ve taken a class, you can write a review about your experience and you can let fellow peers know how helpful the class was and if it was worth your time. All around, I find Skillshare to be a great resource to learn more material as well as a place to meet designers, share your projects and to walk away with something new that can possibly help you on a project down the road!


Check it out for yourself: skillshare.com