Atomic Age Revisited Proof

I received the first round of proofs from the printer for the Atomic Age Revisited series catalogue. All-in-all I am happy with the reproductions of the paintings! Most of the changes I will make are typographical. I have a tendency to make text too large and I often need to reduce after I see it printed. I will be adding about 8-10 more pages with additional text written by outside sources, and expanding on my text as well. There will also be a couple of behind the scenes images added!

Universal Camera Strap - A Camera Strap for Any Camera

I have bought a lot of used cameras over the years and most of them are missing camera straps! I like to let go of my camera after shooting and let it dangle from my neck or wrist. This way I have my hands free to do other things and I don't have to worry about dropping my camera. It is also easily accessible when I need to take a quick shot!

Many vintage cameras don't have a place to attach a strap and rely on a case that wraps around the entire body of the camera. These can be very bulky, uncomfortable in the hands, and frankly make shooting more difficult, at least for me.

One of my go-to straps is the small wrist strap, like the one in the video. I use it on all of my point and shoot cameras and usually have an extra in my purse in case I need a backup. It is small, comfortable, lightweight and does not cause my wrist any stress. It is also easy to transfer from camera to camera. What makes this strap so universal is the fact that it screws into the tripod mount of the camera body. Most cameras will have this feature, even vintage and point and shoot cameras!

You can purchase these straps on Amazon (affiliate link). They have options for wrist and/or neck straps and normally come in packs for a really great price. They are not super fancy, but they get the job done!

Magazine Collages

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the local hospital for Art in the Lobby. I was setup at a table in the hospital waiting room and people could join me in creating art while they waited for their loved ones. My typical mediums were instantly taken off the table (oil paints are too smelly and photography is not possible due to privacy policy) so I turned to something atypical and easy to do, collages.

Collaging is a great way to practice your design skills, create interesting narratives, practice color theory, explore interesting compositions, explore new themes...on and on. A finished collage could also function as a mood board, or inspiration board, for future work you might create! It is great for all ages and does not take an "artistic" person to make one. As long as you can tear paper and use a glue stick, you can collage! 

I was able to get 6-8 magazines from the local Goodwill for a whopping $0.49 each! I went through each page and cut out things that caught my eye. Once I had a stack of imagery, I spread it all out and grouped images/colors that worked well together. Lastly, I arranged a composition and glued down each piece once it was in the perfect spot. Below are the pieces I created while at the hospital. Click to enlarge!

Atomic Age Revisited Catalogue Design

One of the reasons I chose graphic design as a major in college was a slight obsession with book design, art and photography books mostly. I enjoy designing with grids, images, and typography to create an easy-on-the-eyes layout. It is like a giant puzzle where you must put all of the pieces together in just the right place to create a story.

My first job after college was at Marquand Books (now Lucia|Marquand). I was always impressed with the design of their publications, and it was great to learn a few things firsthand. I wish I could go back in time and learn much more. I was young and had yet to come out of my shy shell. I could have gotten a lot more from that experience if I had the balls to ask more questions! Live and learn.

Recently I have returned to my love of book design and have been putting together a small art catalogue for my series, Atomic Age Revisited. These 12 mixed media paintings have since found a home with a collector, but I wanted to share the work with more people. Having the paintings on my website is great and all, but being able to produce a physical object, like a book, has a greater impact than the 20 seconds someone may spend online looking at the same work. In the future I may remove the series from my website and this book may be the only way to see these pieces! Tragic, I know.

I will keep you up-to-date on the progress of these catalogues as I plan on ordering a couple of proofs from the printer before the initial release. Feel free to contact me if you would like to preorder a copy for your bookshelf. It will be 8x8in perfect bound, approximately 20 pages, and will sell for around $15.