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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they always say; however, sometimes beauty may be hidden to the naked eye. Sometimes it may only appear briefly. Photographer Guy Tal shows us just that in his series, The Good BadlandsThe Badlands, a national park in South Dakota, is a harsh landscape where one could easily miss the beauty amongst its cracked, barren ground. It can be years before the brilliantly colored wildflowers grow from the desolate landscape. So we may not be able to view The Badlands’ wildflowers for ourselves, but thanks to Guy Tal we have the next best thing. Below are some examples of his work that show us that there is delicate and subtle beauty in abundance for any viewer with patience and desire.

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A Perfect Morning

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Rare Beauty

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Awash in Color

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Early Purples

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First Blooms

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Everyone needs a small pop of color in their life and what better way to do that than with design. I have had a long time love for abstract art and a rather recent love for Britt Bass‘s work, thus I had to make her Hello Little One’s pin of the week. Her juxtaposition of medium, texture, color and shape make each design truly unique and make each print perfect for your home or office.

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I have this print hanging above my desk in my studio office at home.

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What the people here at Hello Little One love the most is her art of layering, adding, and omitting paint to create these abstract pieces. Her work is a huge area of inspiration for me as my own type of artist. Britt Bass Turner is the definition of art awesomeness.

Photography by Jen Siska. Check out more of Hello Little One’s pins here.

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Awhile back, I designed the following invitation for Wedding Paper Diva’s Wedding Invitations Collection. As a stationary designer, I love the simple elegance of the invitation for the bride whom does not want something too dramatic but still wants something classic.

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I was very excited to be able to share this design with The Original PhotoBooth whom used the elegant frame design in this bride and groom’s photo prints. The Original PhotoBooth specializes in photo booth photography for weddings and special events. These prints came out great!

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Aren’t they a cute couple?

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The countdowns have officially begun! Soon incoming college freshman will begin packing up their hometown bedrooms, moving away from home and starting a new life taking classes in big study halls that could probably fit their entire graduating class. It will be exciting. It will be overwhelming but one thing that you do not have to worry about future-design-children-of-the-world is what supplies you will need to begin your career as a designer.

 

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1. MACBOOK COMPUTER — Your computer will be your life. Protect it as if it’s your first born child. Put a case on it. Clean your screen whenever there are fingerprints smudges and for god sakes, keep it away from coffee cups at all times. I recommend a MacBook Pro, not just because I drank Apple’s kool-aid a long time ago, but because the screen resolution is perfection when creating your digital artwork.

As a young designer, your school might just be nice enough to provide the programs you will use. If not, you will need to purchase (at least) Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, but it will be worth every cent.

2. SKETCHBOOK — As a graphic design major, your artwork will move to the digital sphere. This does not mean you still shouldn’t abandon your sketchpads. A sketchbook is a simple creative tool to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper (a critical first step in the creative process). They are relatively cheap and you can get them anywhere — an art supply store, your university bookstore, CVS, or Staples.

3. SHARPIE PENS — I believe this is one the greatest pens out there. It doesn’t bleed like a regular sharpie and it is perfect for the creative process (in your new sketchbook of course).

4. PAPER CUTTER — If you plan on printing anything at school (which you will), you’re going to be thankful for a paper cutter that will cut perfectly straight edges. You don’t have to thank me now…. you can thank me later.

5. LYNDA.COM — If you can afford it (or if your parents can afford it after your hefty tuition bills), get a subscription lynda.com. After all, you are a beginner just getting your feet wet in the field of design. If you sign up, you’ll receive unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. I could watch videos on lynda forever because there is always something new to learn in the Adobe Creative Suites.


Side piece of advice — You do not need a nice, fancy camera (unless a specific class requires it). With that being said, it helps to have one or to have a photographer friend. This way your won’t have to spend hours on Google, Tumblr, and Pinterest searching for photos that probably aren’t high enough resolution for your projects and that you probably do not have the rights to use anyways. Plus, your designs will look more original.


The folks here at Hello Little One wish you the best of luck with the start of your new school year and in your career as a designer!

Photo credit: Macbook | Sketchbook | Sharpie Pens | Paper Cutter | Lynda

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While surfing the web, I stumbled upon this awesome pin of the week. I’ve always been drawn to designs with dark backgrounds. I believe it creates contrast and makes the typography pop, which is exactly what it does in this packaging design. Beatrice Menis, an independent Swedish design studio, is responsible for the awesome design for a product called It Pops!

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The reason why they combined the handmade typography with the photography was to communicate the tradition and the natural ingredients used in the popsicles. Pretty cool!

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