Friday Design

Happy Friday, dear readers! I hope you’ve had a good week and that you have lovely plans for the weekend. This is the last week of classes before final exam week here so it has been a bit of a crazy rush and I’m glad for a couple of days off. But before we hit the weekend, I wanted to share some fun design sources with you that may inspire you to finally clean up your photo organization or go take some beautiful photos this weekend.

This article by Lifehacker on 10 ways to improve your messy photo collection is chocked full of great tips to get a handle on your digital photos. As an archivist, I can’t tell you how much I dread getting digital records that have no coherent filing system. For your own piece of mind and for your own ability to access your photos, find an organizational system that works for you and clean your photo files. For me, I still love printing out photos and putting them in albums to share, but I’m old fashioned that way.

Also in the realm of photography, check out Gizmodo’s article on how to take better photos using your camera’s mode dial. While I love the convenience of the camera on my phone, nothing beats having a DSLR for taking photos. Also, while it can be intimidating at first, it is also a lot of fun to learn and don’t let anyone ever make you feel bad when you are learning. (Last bit because I unwisely looked at a few of the comments and was annoyed at people being rude about beginners learning photography.)

I have to say that I love having new desktop backgrounds and so I’m always excited to see the new crop of designs over at Smashing Magazine each month. Check out the June 2015 desktop wallpaper calendars to freshen your desktop. I love the owl one. 🙂

Finally, because most things I design aren’t complete without some use of type, I had to share this month in typography by I Love Typography. So much inspiration in this post!

I hope you have a lovely weekend full of inspiring things to do and people to see. I’ll be back soon with more. Allons-y!