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Collage No. 46 // The Hippie Days

Collage No. 46 // The Hippie Days

So today it was time again to work with flowers and typography. I seriously have to admit that I got quite addicted to 'The Collage Series' because every time it is such a challenge to create something new out of material that already exists. I have loved creating collages ever since I was a little kid, somehow playing around with different materials and combining them into a new visual had always fascinated me...and as we see, it still does. Of course when I was younger, I made collages with paper, scissors and a glue stick. I would cut out photos from magazines and make a collage out of whatever I found and liked. And through the collage series I just realised that I still absolutely love doing that - even though I do it digitally these days but I also plan to go back to creating collages the way I did it when I was younger. It should be fun and super relaxing, and I can also play around with ink and pens then, draw on the collage and all that jazz. So, another project to come soon ;) 

I work in Adobe CC Photoshop and Illustrator when creating the collages. But, I don't think that anyone who just knows how to work with a graphic design program is a designer. What comes first is your concept, your idea and the graphic programs are the tools that help you to get your projects done. Of course when working in the creative industry you should know the software and be able to work with it but it is not the key element of your work and your projects - that key thing my friends is your creativity, your aesthetics and your good taste - these things help you to create beautiful visuals. I think it is important to mention that from time to time because sometimes people think coming up with something pretty in Photoshop and Illustrator is what a designer does and that we charge too much for something that you could also do at home super quickly if you only knew how to work with a graphic program. That thought is wrong because it takes us years to get good at our craft and also to become confident in what we do and to constantly improve our skills. Working in the design industry requires you to be willing to constantly learn because design evolves, software changes and of course it is also important to pay attention to current design trends and to sort out for yourself and for your clients which trends might work for a brand and which ones do not in case you want to jump on board when it comes to trends or you decide not to dive into them and instead to stick to something classical that never goes out of style. 

Ok, so I shared a few thoughts about design and design thinking since I promised that longer blog articles will follow again sometime soon. At least I made a beginning here and I hope that I get the chance again soon to write more longer posts in the near future again. 

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images found on Pinterest, graphic design by me

Collage No. 47

Collage No. 47

Collage No. 45 // Lana

Collage No. 45 // Lana