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“Am I filling my life with design, or my design with life?”

A friend sent me a link to this blog the other day, and I thought it was worth posting/discussing.

Growing up, I always loved doing D.I.Y. craft projects at home for fun…that could be the reason why I found graphic design such an appealing career for me. I still enjoy looking at blogs with “how-to” D.I.Y. projects, especially the “before and after” photos (such as Design*Sponge). I think it’s important to practice design in everyday life, not just for work and projects for class. As a designer, I am constantly thinking about design. I mean, it surrounds us, literally. We really can’t escape. I find these D.I.Y. projects to be a fun and refreshing way to practice design without the pressure of deadlines and grades, and even clients. Create a greeting card for a friend or re-vamp your room with some crafty window treatments.


(via design*sponge)

Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s because I’m a girl and love this kind of crafty “stuff,” but design really is everywhere, and you won’t get better if you don’t continue to practice it every single day. It doesn’t have to be a portfolio piece, just do it for your own personal benefit and growth as a designer. Who knows what will inspire and motivate you for your next big idea or “Ah-ha!” moment. Sometimes you find the most creative ideas in the most unlikely places.


  1. LindseyMarie wrote:

    Emily, great piece. I absolutely love your title and even more – I fell in love with your image. I sat in front of my computer screen looking at this whimsically designed children’s room for at least three minutes before actually diving into your piece. Great work capturing the attention of your audience of creatives. As for your title, “Am I filling my life with design, or my design with life?” – wis this your own saying? With a little tweek, Fill Your Life with Design. Fill Design with Life, this BELONGS on a t-shirt and I’ll be the first to purchase one!

    Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 8:58 am | Permalink
  2. Jung wrote:

    The title was interesting and I enjoyed reading this article. I agree with your last sentence that finding the most creative ideas in the most unlikely paces.

    Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink
  3. Marzia wrote:

    “design really is everywhere”: it is very true. It is around us and inside us. I always wonder if we pay more attention to it than most people because we are trying to get in the field. In a way or another, design affects everybody’s life.

    Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  4. mphillips wrote:

    Nice blog, Emily. I already bookmarked a few of these sites and can’t wait to get crafty. Exploring our creative sides in many different avenues is refreshing and definitely important as designers.

    Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
  5. mandy sorenson wrote:

    i am such a crafty nerd and have always been. my mom is an artist so i was the kid at christmas time with the art sets or craft kits…anyhow, love the image! and nice boost of inspiration to get us all back into thinking of design outside of school/work…

    Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Permalink
  6. doolmin wrote:

    yeah i see design is everywhere even in the house room. design makes everything looks better and nicer

    Friday, March 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Permalink