Olympus PEN Light

Long time no post!
I had to go back to Indonesia for some urgent visa matter, and I’ve been busy since.

I’ve been wanting to buy a new camera for a long time. I want a camera that works better than a basic pocket camera, but smaller and lighter and more simple than a dSLR. I’m sick of carrying my stupid dSLR wherever I go, and I can’t even maximize the use of a dSLR camera, so why bother. Plus, I’m going to New Zealand soon, I really don’t want to bring my dSLR. I’m basically just… not that into photography, but I still want to be able to take nice enough pictures.

So when I went back to Indonesia, I had a camera in mind. I wanted to buy in Indonesia because the price is obviously so much cheaper. I wanted Nikon J1, because I saw a blogger carried it around during the Nuffnang Blogopolis 2012 and I fell in love with the white one. Nikon J1 is so cute and sleek, and takes good quality pictures.

However, long story short…. someone gave me a totally free (as in, I don’t have to take part in some competition or lucky draw, and I don’t have to ask or beg someone to give it to me, and of course I didn’t steal it from anybody!) brand new Olympus PEN E-PL 1 !!! How lucky am I? Well sure, it’s not the latest in the Olympus Pen Light range (the E-PL3 is out already), but it’s free, so that’s so much better than spending money to buy a new one. Plus my photographer friend told me that Olympus PEN is still the leading mirrorless camera brand, and the pictures quality is better than Nikon J1. Well, to be honest I don’t really know if that’s true, but I’ve decided to believe him.

Anyway… it’s free. What more can I ask for. I’ve been so attached to it ever since. I brought it everywhere and take pictures of anything or everything. Although the LCD is so much worse than Nikon, but the result on my computer screen is pretty good. However, I haven’t go out much since I got the camera so I haven’t take anything interesting. I’ll post some test shots by the end of my trip!

Love Birds Theme Wedding Invitation

I created my own Wedding Invitation, and I love it, so I thought I’ll share.

It was printed on 270 gsm Coronado Warm White stock, Double Sided because of the de-bossing (the opposite of embossing).

For the envelope it was printed on textured local (Indonesian) paper. I forgot the name but you can see the texture on the first picture. Most Indonesian local paper are not very nice, but I think this particular paper works well for envelopes because it is not too thin, and not too thick either. Also the texture gives the envelope nice look.

Bookmarks

On this very cold and rainy day, I’ve decided to clean up my bookmarks. I use two types of bookmarking. One is the bookmark library on Firefox, and the other one is an plug-in called Speed Dial. I don’t use bookmarking sites because I’ve used it once and I didn’t like it. I don’t like the fact that I have to open a website to open websites, you know what I mean?

I use the bookmark library and Speed Dial for different purposes. My bookmark library contains important websites that I need to go to regularly and articles from websites that I want to read or refer to again and again. My speed dial contains blogs and blog-like websites (not a particular article) because speed dial has the ability to refresh on its own (you can set how many times in a day/week you want the page to refresh). Blogs content tend to change very often so having refreshed image of the blog gives me a reminder to check it. However, I also put VERY essential websites such as gmail, facebook, wordpress dashboard on the first page of my speed dial, because that’s the page I see everytime I open my firefox.

So this post is going to be a graphic designer version of fashion bloggers’ “what’s inside your handbag” post. I’m going to share with you what I bookmark, and hopefully you will find something that you would want to bookmark for yourself.

Let’s ignore the Shop, Mozilla Firefox and Food & Recipes folder.

1. WeTransfer

I found this website when I was trying to send 100-something megabyte file to a client in Indonesia. The maximum transfer size for We Transfer is 2 gigabyte, and they’re free! Well, unless you want to have your own channel. What you’ll get for $120/year is your own personalised WeTransfer website (eg. witapuspita.wetransfer.com) and the file will be kept up to 4 weeks. Samsung is one of the many companies who advertise and have their own channel at WeTransfer. The site is simple and so easy to use. You don’t need to sign up, orĀ  pay to receive premium upgrades. You just have to write your email so that the recipient knows that the file is from you. So simple, so easy, zero dodgy-ness.

2. Lost and Taken

Lost and Taken is one of the website that have helped me a lot through out my years designing. Caleb Kimbrough is the man behind the website who creates high-resolution textures for free use. I felt that his website have helped me a lot for so many years that I decided to donate a few dollars to the website hehehe. It’s not big money, but I just want to show my appreciation for the website, and hope he’s still going to run it for a long time. Even if he doesn’t, all the textures he has posted is suffice for a lifetime designing resource.

3. The League of Moveable Type

This is not just another website with downloadable free fonts. Sure, they don’t have as many fonts as 1001 free fonts, not even close. But they have quality fonts. Fonts that you can actually use. In fact, I use Blackout font for this blog header.

4. Design Crowd

I bet a lot of designers have heard about Design Crowd. It’s an online design marketplace. People can post project briefs on the website, and freelance designers like me will try to create the project. If yours is chosen, you’ll get paid. I just recently became a member because of their design your own banner competition. So I haven’t really participate much.

5 & 6. Not design related. Willow park nursery is the place I want to buy hydrangea plants from, and book depository sells cheaper-than-australian-stores books with free shipping worldwide.

7. Home Life

This is not graphic design related either, but I feel like I have to share this awesome website. Ever since I became a home maker, I like browsing for home making blogs and websites. Home Life is based in Australia, so the houses are more similar to mine. Other than looking at their awesome decorated homy homes, they also give tips and DIYs such as “how to fold a fitted sheet” (that is a hard one. I still can’t do it) or “How to prune roses”. Yeah, 3 years ago if i hear about this kind of website I would be thinking “why would I read about all those things??” hahaha. At the moment this website really come in handy for me.

8. an article I found in Miss Design blog showcasing a swedish apartment interior.

9. Ekenstam.se

No, I don’t read or speak swedish. But by browsing this site, I came into conclusion that Ekenstam is a property selling/buying website in Sweden, just like allhomes or domain in Australia. Well, I can’t justify that I’m right. So if there’s any Swedish readers, could you please tell me if I’m right? Hahaha. I bookmarked this website because it’s a very cool website. If I’m right about this website being a property selling/buying site, look at the layout! It’s sooo cool. And the photos make me want to buy all the houses they advertise. Hahaha. Actually I found one house that cost pretty much the same as my home. Should I sell my house and move to Sweden? : P

10. A Tutorial on Spoongraphics blog on how to crate a cute baby monster using Adobe Illustrator. I bookmarked this just in case I want to do a tutorial on my blog in the future, because I think his tutorial was pretty easy to understand. So basically this is my tutorial on how to do a tutorial.

11. A List on Walyou for graphic designers who wants to make more money online. It links them to websites such as Design Crowd.

12. Graphic Designer Blender wrote an article on how to stand out and get noticed as a designer. One of the thing that I would love to do is “send holiday cards” to my clients and previous clients. The cards would be designed by me, of course. I think that would make them happy, and I could promote my recent work at the same time. Graphic Designer Blender has lots of business tips for designers.

13. A website called Hongkiat.com showcased Beautiful & Creative Single-Page Portfolio Websites. I found this a long time ago when I was trying to create my portfolio, and I eventually gave up and did it using facebook instead. Hahaha. Well, I’m not saying I will never try again. Maybe one day. I’d love to create a portfolio iPad app, though.

14. iDiY

A website I used during my wedding planning because they have lots of easy DIY wedding projects. The blog, however, is not updated anymore.

15. A really entertaining and funny story about a graphic designer called David Thorne and his secretary who lost her cat. I laughed like crazy when I read the story, for a few times in a row! Haha, yeah it’s that funny. Well, I don’t know if it’s funny for everybody, but I guess for most designers, who have experienced something similar like what David Thorne has in this story, will laugh. The website also have other stories related to graphic designers and their…. “wonderful” clients. But I have read nothing funnier than the cat story.

That’s all the bookmarks I have in my Bookmark Library. Maybe one day I should share what I bookmark on my speed dials.

Share with me if you have bookmarked something interesting, especially design-related, in the comments below!

 

The Avatar Kitchen

Introducing my new hobby that turns into a business: The Avatar Kitchen!

I have created a web page (created using wordpress blog because I have no idea how to make a website) for it. Visit please : )

So, what is The Avatar Kitchen, and how did I start doing it?

Well, it started off when I was creating a logo for myself, Wita Puspita Design. After trying to design logos that doesn’t really reflect what kind of designs I do, I finally decided to create my own personal avatar. I’m an illustrator, and I love creating characters. So why not create the character version of myself. So as you can see, on the right side of this blog, I created my personal avatar, complete with my red-dyed hair and my favorite shirt! yes, I do have a shirt like that from Dorothy Perkins.

So, I put it up as my blackberry messenger avatar picture. Two of my best friends bbm me and asked me to create avatar of them. So I did. Seems like many people love my avatar and asked me if I could create avatar of them, so I thought why not make it a business (yes, in the end it’s all about money. You know why? Because we need money to live)

So please visit my new blog to read more about it, or visit my Facebook page.

Here are some samples of avatars that I have done!