Salt and Straw in Portland, OR

Salt & Straw

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Last weekend I had the chance to visit Portland, Oregon for a fun day in the city. Oregon is famous for a couple things — lush green trees, delicious Pinot Noir and the University of Oregon football team. However, the most famous and also infamous aspect of Oregon is its rain. During the months of October to May, the downpour of rain in Oregon is constant and unbearable. Wearing a rain jacket and rain boots underneath your umbrella does not guarantee you getting to class dry. There were many occasions where I contemplated curling up in my blanket and not go to class because the weather was disastrous outside. But in the summertime, Oregon is hot, sunny and absolutely gorgeous. The sun radiates its heat across the state and daytime temperatures get up to 95°F. To bask in the warm sunshine, my boyfriend and his brothers and I decided to walk around the Nob Hill district in Portland and we came across a charming ice cream shop named Salt & Straw.

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Facebook Tests a New Profile Look (Again)

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I am a huge technology enthusiast. Some may call it geeky but it is a huge passion of mine. I browse through Wired, TechCrunch, and Gizmodo on a daily basis to stay updated on new technology trends and products. Today, I came across an article on Gizmodo stating that Facebook is testing a new profile look… again. If you have a Facebook, you are aware that Facebook switched the design of its standard profile to a timeline where it represents a visual history of your entire life. Many embraced it but there were also many that did not like the change and wanted to revert to the original iconic Facebook profile. I am one of those who embraced the change and switched my profile to a timeline during its beta testing days using the developer tool. Now, they are changing the Facebook profile again. It is not as drastic of a change in comparison to the switch to the timeline but there are a few changes.

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Alexis Marcou’s Illustrations for Hewlett Packard

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Alexis Marcou is an illustrator doing freelance work for clients such as Cisco, Hewlett Packard, and Nike. In this post, I am focusing on Marcou’s work for Hewlett Packard, where he created three desktop backgrounds for their brand new 2012 notebooks. The backgrounds had to reflect elements of earth, fire, and water. In his notes, it states that Hewlett Packard wanted a light, faded, and minimal design for the backgrounds. Marcou responded to their request perfectly by creating illustrations that showcase his famous multi-layered approach, where he creates a simple yet visually complex design.

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UO AD NYC Experience

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I am going to live in New York City at least once in my life. I want to stroll through Central Park with my daily morning coffee-to-go, stop by a local bagel shop and grab a plain bagel with fresh salmon, silky cream cheese, and sour capers, and hop on the busy subway to go to work. Ideally, I would be working as a designer at a well-respected advertising agency coming up with innovative designs to ‘woo’ my clients. I don’t think this dream is far-fetched and I will make it happen. I have the drive, tools, and skills that I need to land that job and live that lifestyle that I always envisioned myself having.

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The Most Valuable Brands in the World

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WPP, the world’s largest communications services group, recently came out with their BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2012 list. BrandZ is a database run by WPP and they collect raw data about brands every year by interviewing consumers and brand professionals. The database holds over “60,000 brand results in over 200 categories including consumer packaged goods, retail/e-commerce brands, long purchase cycle brands, service, and corporate.” The data is reliable for all the opinions gathered in the database are of those from people who know each of the categories very well.

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The Man Behind the Steve Aoki Album Covers

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Steve Aoki is the founder of Dim Mak Records, a record label that have launched careers for acts such as Bloc Party and Dada Life. He’s worked as a producer for many years but recently stepped into the limelight himself as an electronic dance music DJ. Aoki gained popularity when he released his debut mix album, Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles in January 2008. The electronic dance music scene embraced his music, style, and energetic presence at shows. He then created an Essential Mix that aired on BBC Radio 1 in August 2008, which solidified his career as a DJ.

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Inspireous – What inspires you?

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Inspireous is a project conceived by my team, Kelsey Dettman, Megan Russell, and I for my Journalism 456 class, The Creative Strategist, at the University of Oregon. Our project is based off the concept that inspiration is all around us and can be found anywhere in any shape or form. What inspires each individual is unique to that individual but the outcome is the same for everyone; it provides a moment of clarity that makes you see something in a different way. Using Twitter as a platform, our team hopes that Inspireous can be thought of as an outlet for individuals to share what inspires them. The submissions will go into a book and will be presented to the rest of our class at the end of the school term.

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Idea Book Prompt Three

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In the previous post, I focused on Patrick Seymour’s use of line variation to create fantastic character designs. In this post, I will focus on Seymour’s typography creations. It was only normal that Seymour created his own typography for he has a keen eye for detail when it comes to lines and symmetry. In typography, line length, thickness, and spacing matters. Seymour created these wonderful fonts using his skill in line art.

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