April 24, 2014
Well it’s been about a year and half now of learning the ropes of owning an online business. It has been difficult to say the least, but super rewarding! With this post I thought I’d share with you my journey of how Design Different all got started.
My story started out designing my cousins wedding invitations in September of 2012. Little did I know at the time that this would be a life changer. You see, what you probably don’t know is I’m actually an interactive web designer but initially studied in print. So the thought of going back to print never appealed to me. It was Archaic! Yes I’ll admit it, I often snubbed my nose at print because I just knew how much more thought and detail went into interactive work. I mean there’s layers upon layers of wire-framing, de-bugging and functional specifications, what’s the big deal with print! It’s just an image and some copy! This minimalist view on print is precisely why I switched my mindset. I forgot how freeing it was. Sitting there designing printed invites was such a massive design exercise, I loved every second, hour and day of it. I realized I missed just designing with a piece of paper and pencil. It released something rooted in me that I’ve done all my life, and that is to just create. After all that wedding invite excitement settled I began thinking that if I spent this much time and energy on my cousins wedding invites, perhaps I could devote time to create my own work and even sell it. Crazy eh? That’s when I did some research online looking for outlets to sell some work. I eventually landed on Etsy. They offered an easy to use interface, no upfront fees, and they had a major following where my work would be seen by hundreds. So October of 2012 I began designing right away. Since I had a full time job as a web designer I had to find free time at lunch and in the evenings, often staying up till 1 or 2 am. A few weeks went by and I initially launched with 3 prints in my store. After a few days of waiting, and waiting, I finally got a sale! That feeling of someone actually liking my work and wanting to purchase it to hang in their home was a total high. After that I was hooked. That sale pushed me to create even more designs and by mid November I had almost 20 pieces in my shop. At this point I realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. After 13+ years of working for Ad agencies I finally found my passion. Took long enough! I now create work that I love and want to share with other people. To me that’s the primary reason I’m doing this, to share. I create art because it’s what I know. I’ve lived and breathed it since I was a child. In fact I often say the feeling you get as a child, that excitement of rushing over to show your parents the drawing or painting that you worked on all day is the exact feeling I get today when I release my work online to the public. That’s what I was missing being an interactive designer. That feeling of pride and excitement, creating something personal of my very own and sharing it with the world.
April 24, 2014
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April 6, 2014
If you are new to this square planet you would know LEGO is HUGE right now. With record breaking sales in the U.S. and Canada the LEGO brand has exploded, mostly due to the blockbuster movie debut ‘Lego Movie’. All this LEGO mania has lead us to scour the web to find some amazing and clever LEGO items. So here they are, our favourite LEGO inspired everything list, in no particular order.
via – folksy.com
Lego Star Wars Abbey Road Shirt
via – thinkgeek.com
Lego Minimalist Cartoon Characters
via – thesuperslice.com
LEGO 1TB Drive
via – Etsy.com
LEGO iPhone case
via – Storenvy.com
LEGO Poster Quote
via – designdifferent.ca
March 30, 2014
You are strolling into your favourite store passing the extremely overpriced line at Starbucks and something catches your interest out of the corner of your eye. Or perhaps you are walking through the park and spot someone holding one. Or maybe you are in the grocery line checking out and it’s looking you right in the face. You don’t know why it catches your eye but the colours, photos and fonts draw you in. Unique book covers can be anywhere. Which brings us to this weeks Blog post showcasing the best in book covers!
March 30, 2014
We’ve been working hard trying to come out with some new work. We recently stumbled across this great quote by Napoleon Hill.
“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
For some reason the first thing that came to our minds was space exploration. Really, what greater accomplishment has man made? Nothing else was really that ground breaking, well beside my iPhone;)
Below are some great detail shots of the printed work. Also you can purchase this in store by Clicking Here
March 23, 2014
We’ve been working on making a list of amazing book shelves. Places where our favourite friends sit, but not for too long;) Here they are:
Floating Bookshelf by Tokyo based design studio YOY.
“READ YOUR BOOK CASE” Book case by Italian furniture and interior design company Saporiti
The Quad by Nauris Kalinauskas
Leather strap book shelf. By Rockett St. George.
Wall of books by – interesting bookcase,
Magnetique Shelf designed by Nils Holger Moormann
Quote bookshelf via – www.urbanladder.com
March 15, 2014
We just released a new Einstein print inspired by our all time favourite kids toy. LEGO!
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
– Albert Einstein
This fun and original print was inspired by Albert Einstein’s famous quote. See the print in store
March 4, 2014
We’ve recently stumbled across a great quote by Albert Camus and just had to make it into a print. Lucky for you we captured the whole thing. Check out the Time Lapse Video below.
Title : TRAVEL
“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.” – Albert Camus
It really took a while to build this one. We tried several different approaches at first, face on, sideways, angled, but in the end liked the side of the luggage bags. They offered more detail and more variation between them all. We also played a lot with the composition as you can see in the video. Originally we envisioned the print symmetrical, but in playing with the staggering of the bags and the one tilted bag we thought this added more fun to it all.
February 26, 2014
Just wanted to share some news. Just got a great feature on Quipsologies. For those of you that don’t know, it’s a pretty well respected design site. Thanks Armin!