Today a dear friend of Circadian Creative has passed away. This friend is Juliet of The Grannies. Juliet is a 22 year old cat and when she and her sister Kate were rescued from a shelter in 2010 things were about to change for senior pets everywhere.
The very kind person who rescued Juliet and Kate decided to publish their story on Facebook. Their page quickly grew in popularity as so many people were warmed by Juliet and Kate’s sad story. Today the page has over 5000 fans. During the past year and half their story has translated into a community of people working to save abandoned senior cats and dogs from certain death as so many seem to be given up by their owners and put into shelters that will eventually euthanize them. The person who rescued and cared for Juliet and Kate in their final months has founded an organization dedicated to the cause of abandoned pets, and seniors in particular. A year ago we mourned the loss of Kate on March 25th 2011. Juliet passed away earlier today, March 24th 2012. Since this is a Leap Year they passed away exactly one year apart.
During Circadian Creative 2010-11. I designed a logo for the Grannies Facebook page and ever since I’ve been following Juliet and Kate and the cause for abandoned senior pets. One thing that Juliet loved was sitting at the window and gazing out into the yard at the garden. In particular she loved the bumble bees that buzzed around the flowers. This was a trade mark of Juliet and was often the topic of her daily posts. So in honor of Juliet and the difference she has made in the world I offer this Bumbly Bee as today’s daily design. Rest in peace Juliet.
I don’t know what to say about this one. My favorite little glyph as of late becomes the background pattern. The font also contains a scimitar shaped glyph and I thought it was kinda cool so I threw it in as a bonus? Have a good evening everyone and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. 🙂
I’ve been wanting to get back to this little glyph from Fun With Ornaments 5. Something about it is really neat to me. This particular creation is not exactly what I was thinking about, so we may see this little guy again in a future post. Hope you like!
We all know how cheesy and inappropriate animated gifs are for any web design project. Right? Well, actually the other day while working on a web project I was compelled to created one. I needed to create an image that would showcase several products within a small space, so my immediate thought was to use an animated gif and I did and it looks lovely.
For those of you who do not know what I am talking about, a gif file is a small image file format used for web graphics. the name gif is an acronym for Graphics Interchange Format. One of the neat features of gif is its ability to contain multiple images in frames that can be displayed at a predetermined frame rate, much like a video.
Tonight I thought “I should defy the principles of good design and create an animated gif.” Then I thought “how about a new theme where I try to design cool animated gifs? Yeah!” My goal is to design some animated gifs that could be appreciated in an artistic or design sense. It’s probably not going to be easy, but it should be fun. Here is my first one to get me warmed up. I call it Countdown.
I illustrated this sakura blossom (cherry blossom) early this morning while working on a retail advertisement for a local furniture store having a “Cherry Blossom Sale” in the coming weeks. I used the blossom image throughout the ad to give it some atmosphere. After creating it I decided that it was also going to serve as my daily design today. I love it when I can take care of two tasks in one sitting!
By the way. The cherry blossoms are already blooming here in the D.C area. Quite a bit earlier than usual and it looks like the annual Cherry Blossom Festival may be too late this year.
The sakura blossom also has special meaning to Circadian Creative. The first design for the 2010 challenge was an illustration of cherry blossoms on the branch created in Adobe Illustrator. I ended that challenge with a similar illustration using the Wacom tablet. So in keeping with tradition I will be illustrating another sakura inspired design on April 1st for this challenge!