In this day and age of technology and fancy gadgets, I'm still inspired by print. It's a joy to thumb through magazines and find myself drawn into a page or section of beautifully crafted design: the use the space, color and type. Sometimes I'll cut out an advertisement and tack it to the inspiration board that I have on a wall in my office, or keep a magazine because overall it's a gorgeous interpretation, or buy a tabletop book because I'm moved by the talent of the designer. I continually pick up these items when I'm stumped in a design process and am struggling for inspiration. Often I'll have an "Ah ha," moment which enables me to move on in the creative process.
Several years ago when I decided to design my print portfolio as a magazine, my inspiration was a magazine published by Somerset Studio called Artful Blogging. The layout was exactly what I wanted for my portfolio. As I worked through the process I re-interpreted it to the look and feel I wanted as a professional piece I'd leave with prospective clients.
Last fall I finished my second volume which showcases my wide scope of creative and beautiful work: check it out here. I publish through a company called Blurb.com. I feel their magazine pricing is reasonable and the finished product is something I'm proud to leave with a client. The cover for my magazine was inspired by Pete Collins' article in the October 2014 edition of The Adobe Photoshop How-To Magazine. In San Diego we were still in the midst of a record-breaking HOT season and the idea of being immersed inside an ice cube, while eating an ice cream cone, was something I could wrap my arms around!