graphic design

You may recall a website I made for Skata Products about a year ago. It was a lot of fun creating a website for such a cool product. This time around the client wanted to add some videos to their site to help convey how their Decorative Wall Stamps can really transform an interior space. [click to continue…]


Thursday Inspiration: Vintage Cartoon Typography

by tatiana on February 24, 2011

What’s up, doc[s]? I’ve decided to start throwing the inspiring image-stuffs I find online, print collateral I scan, or photos I take of things I stumble upon into a Flickr set called Graphic Design Inspiration. Here’s my first image in the set. I found it while perusing Molly Crabapple‘s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School site (which is amaaazing). Definitely check it out. Inspiring image lies below!



Adventures in Poster Design: Santa Makeover

by tatiana on December 12, 2010

Happy Sunday, hot people. I’ve been a little MIA lately due to holidays and things that keep me busy and away from sharing my deepest, darkest, crafty secrets on the interweb.

Anyway, awkward self-reintroduction aside, I work at a financial institution, and every year we are lucky enough to have a visit from Santa Claus. Yes. That’s right. And it’s my job to spread the word to the community to bring their kiddies (and dogs/puppies) to visit him and tell him what they’d like for Christmas (or sometimes Hanukkah). Anyway, we wanted to give our poster from last year a little makeover:

We wanted to make the poster less text heavy, a little more accessible and present the information so members can digest everything within a few seconds when they’re either riding the elevator, or walking through the lobby. Also, I wanted Santa to look a little more magical, so I thought that isolating his image from a background would get the job done. The feather gradient below also assists in creating this magical and light feel.

I tend to always gravitate towards Photoshop since it’s the first program I learned and feel the most comfortable with, but over the past 3 years I’ve become a little more fond of InDesign, and used InDesign for this poster. When it comes to designing larger pieces, InDesign is a great tool. The file sizes aren’t as large. Illustrator also works well for large pieces, but it’s all about the scope of the project and what works best for you. I’m really happy with this poster makeover, and must say, Santa’s visit was a lot of fun. I was his “little helper” and ate way too many cookies. ‘Tis the season!


Fun with Hang Tags

by tatiana on November 13, 2010

Getting “real” hang tags printed has been in the back of my mind for a week or so now but I’ve been too busy to design and get them printed. So instead, I just took some business cards I made a while back to promote my shop, crocheted a flower, sewed a vintage button on (I got a box of them from the Long Beach Antique Market for $6! Bargain) and, voila! Not only is it a hang tag, but it’s also a key chain. (Raise the roof).

Ok, I should probably get out of my pajamas now. :P


InDesign = Digital Interaction

by tatiana on August 10, 2010

Apple’s iPad + Adobe InDesign’s forthcoming interactive e -Publication Capabilities= BFFs

Who would have thought that sweet interactive elements from web/flash design would sneak their way into our sometimes a bit stuffy InDesign program? The idea never really crossed my mind, but when speaker Diane Burns discussed it today at the Mogo Media InDesign Seminar in “San Francisco” (really, San Bruno) my mind was BLOWN.

Within the next month or so, according to Ms. Burns, Adobe will be releasing an application for InDesign users that will allow us to develop interactive e-publications that will be able to be viewed on the iPad. As it is, tools already exist that enable us to design our InDesign documents in such a way that when they’re viewed as pdfs on an electronic device (whether it’s the Kindle or the iPad), they can be read vertically as well as horizontally while still looking well put together and pleasant (i.e. using anchored objects to keep graphics where they should be in an article). We are also currently able to incorporate Flash and SWF elements in InDesign for a true digitally interactive PDF experience (i.e. sound files, video, buttons, ANIMATION… yes, I said it, etc.), but are only viewable on a Mac or PC.

This is really exciting and ALMOST makes me want to buy an iPad. For now, I’ll just bogart my boyfriend’s whenever I visit and think about all of the work that went into the New York Times and his free copy of Moby Dick.


As Russell cleverly asked in the episode of Six Feet Under I watched last night, “How can you grow as an artist if you don’t have the freedom to fail now and then?”

As I may have mentioned in the past, I love working on side projects here and there. I currently work as an in-house communications designer for an organization in San Francisco and I love it. The fun thing about working on side projects is that it gives me a chance to exercise the muscles that I am not using on a daily basis at my day job.

Not every side project goes as planned, unfortunately. We’re all human, right? Sometimes one area of your life becomes incredibly demanding and it effects other areas, which is fine. That’s the way life works sometimes.  That was my issue with this project. And as a result, I fell behind on my deadline and whipped this flyer up faster than I’d like to admit. Not at all my best work or as sexy as I would have liked it to be, but the client loved it. Was I lucky? Am I just a great mind-reader? Maybe both. Or maybe neither. I think it’s just as important to document failures (or, failures according to me) as it is to document successes. Regardless, I learned a lot from this experience. Anyhoo, on to the next project!


Recommended For Mature Audiences Only

by tatiana on May 8, 2010

It’s that time of year again… but this time, my good friend Richard will be turning the big 2-5, so naturally that calls for big celebration. I whipped up this invite this week for the par-tay and I can’t wait to be in So Cal in two weeks to dance to some good ole’ Elvis Crespo and see everyone. Yay, road trip!


Adventures in Identity Design: RVG Events

by tatiana on January 31, 2010

My good friend Richard, who is practically family, asked me to develop an identity for his new event planning company, RVG Events. So I started with the logo and then created the business card. Next on the list is a website, but I’ll update again when the site is live!

He explained that the logo should be: “Clean. Classy. Elegant. Fun… you know, like me!” You got it, dude. Here’s what I came up with… [click to continue…]


You’re So My Type: Memoriam

by tatiana on January 21, 2010

I’m not the biggest typophile, but I do appreciate a good typeface when I see one. I religiously read I Love Typography and today they highlighted their fave fonts of 2009. Scrolling through I could not get past Memoriam when I saw it… it just, kinda blew me away. Breathtaking. Take a looksy.

Beautiful, classy and funky with a hint of retro flare. This is a great display typeface… sized any smaller than 48 point and a lot of information is lost. So delicate! I’m tempted to purchase and play. It’s fascinating how a font can be so inspiring. Ah, the possibilities for Memoriam!


Music as a Visual… and Maybe also as Decoration

by tatiana on November 10, 2009


Antonio Ricci (played by Lamberto Maggiorani) glues posters on a wall. (The Bicycle Thief, Vittorio De Sica, 1949)

One of the perks of living in a city such as San Francisco is the fact that there are so many creative concert posters to be seen just about anywhere. So many venues, so many shows, so little time. These posters piqued my curiosity and I decided to take a moment out of my day to peruse the web (specifically here) for some of my favorite band posters. Enjoy!
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