I rediscovered the secret bonus level sketch from the Daily Color Block series I did last August.
It’s so crazy to me this illustration side project happened the week when I first dyed my hair turquoise and madly prepped for my talk. Productivity is a weird beast which fuels itself on other productivity hence this infinite loop state of über mad productivity!
I can’t wait to be there again.
Every year I’ve felt like I haven’t really lived life until each past year. This year is no exception. It feels like after much guidance, lack of knowledge, catching up, and sometimes serenity disguised as misfortune, I have a little bit more idea of what I’m doing with myself here.
During the beginning of the year, I challenged myself to do more things which scared me. Between all of these moments, I met new friends and reconnected with old ones, some life changing ones from both buckets.
The highlights definitely include — Shipping a major project. Doing a bunch of side art and design. Traveling out of the country on three occasions. Moving to the city. Giving a public talk! Starting to see someone new.
Maybe I’ll have to consider this a success.
And I do have ideas of how top 2013, but it warrants a post of its own.
See you in 2014!
When I added a new line to my internet bio today, I thought of this little project. Based off of Earthbound Mother 3 sprite style. Don’t be fooled by the pixels, 40x30 and 2 hours of work!
True size on Dribbble!
With all the discussion around this, I thought of penning this one down. The bottom line is, I’ve always struggled with my stance on being a girl in geek worlds.
Growing up, I was always alone. My bullies of 7 years were girls. I was an easy target as one of the few smaller, quieter girls. The pressure those bullies exerted on me caused all of the other girls to not have anything to do with me.
Boys were still afraid of cooties, so when they were too kind to me, they would face the wrath of their peers. I spent many after schools as a child with my imagination, and later my machines.
I’ve gone to geek events alone where I’ve purposely dressed down in a hobo outfit to draw less unwanted attention to myself.
Even in these hobo outfits, many of the interactions I had networking there were an awkward mix of people trying to hire me or ask me out. Sometimes both at the same time.
At some point, it was so much hassle I stopped going to events alone. Soon enough, with the dependency of having to have a buddy every time, I stopped being interested in said events.
Raising a voice means having to continue to stand up.
I’ve only told these stories to friends, because saying something out loud instantly gets a girl labeled.
In the spirit of yearly resolutions, this is going to change. If I could make it so a few more girls feel less alone and more welcomed growing up into the geek world, it’ll all be worthwhile.
Meta – What prompted this…
This amazing article on Marketing to Female Geeks and this hashtag.
Three set San Francisco sketches! Drawn in Illustrator with the Charcoal Pencil brush, 1 – 4px weights used, minimal amount of 15% opacity shading for the depth.
Pretty pleased. Planning to set myself up to do this a lot more in the future.
P.S. You can Like it on dribbble, ;)
My Mom's Buns on Exposure -
I posted a few photographs of my mom’s bunnies on exposure.
In 2013, we spent a lot of time flattering the web.
Based on a silly conversation with JD.
Once upon many times, I was on the other side of the table selling, selling, selling. Not as many times, I was on this side of the table armed with nothing, but eagerness and a whole hell lot of I have no idea what I am doing.
It’s so important to have a philosophy if you aim to build great things. And even if I’m never hiring manager, writing this is a step towards figuring out that philosophy.
This is, as always, a work in progress.
Thanks to all my friends who unknowingly seeded this post recently, because all of these tenants are not completely my own, <3
Sass—Style Guide -
COPY / PASTE
The fact that the sass-lang site has a (really nice) living style guide inside of itself makes me wet my meta-panties
Reading about Sass @2:30am in the morning and writing sassy tweets about it. The colors and the use of open source typography is quite nice in use on the sass-lang site.
'Glad I didn't listen.'
'Do it for yourself.'
'Live a quiet life and work with your hands.'
'Live Simply' — I have this note called mantras. It’s where I put a quote if it really speaks to me—It’s usually something I stand for or something I need to remember. These are the four on it today.
Svbtle Network's Typography -
While not open source fonts, I really like the use of typography on the Svbtle network.
Updated the visual design of Hologram, Trulia’s open source Ruby gem which generates style guides – http://trulia.github.io/hologram/
Also, cute owl logo which helps conversion *
(I know, mega repost. Shh, this is more for my records.)