You’re probably sick of the commercialisation and soppiness of this corporate love day, so here are 5 unconventional things I’m loving this Valentine’s day.
Before the introduction of live corners into Illustrator CC v17.1 you would need to do all sorts of workarounds in order to get the desired corner effect. Now, by simply using the subselect tool and dragging the corner radius you can shape and tweak the corner of any shape, and apply multiple styles such as round, inverted round and chamfer. It’s perfect for finalising an object and I love it.
In a world of digital print runs and PDF portfolios, it is hard not to swoon over a bit of truly tactile classic print.
Letterpress is the oldest form of printing. In this method, a surface with raised lettering or design is (usually) inked and pressed to the surface of the printing substrate to reproduce an image in reverse. Typically, metal type has been used but other possibilities include carved wood or stone blocks.
The letterpress effect somehow exudes elegance and ruggedness at the same time. The aesthetic and tactile quality of a nice heavy card stock with a lovely letterpressed design is hard not to love.
The term brutalism is derived from béton brut which is French for raw concrete. Brutalist architecture, especially of the 1950s and 1960s can be characterised by the stark, utilitarian design and typically the use of steel and massive concrete blocks.
Brutalist buildings are unapologetically ugly and often a grim reminder of the post-WW2 economic depression, but their bare, uncompromising, and ultimately honest aesthetic have a pleasing sculptural quality.
There’s not much to say about this one. Seeing Arnold’s gurning face is enough to brighten any day and they are often sent around the office, much to the delight of the happy recipient.
I personally love to scribble down the days tasks, then tick them off one by one as I complete them, underscoring the fact that it is done and I can mentally and physically move onto the next.
I’m also a bit of a collector of noteworthy lists by noteworthy people. Looking at a list is like looking into a person’s mind, from magnificent to mundane, a list reveals the persons’ goals, things to remember, or important advice written for their future self in times of struggle. I love a good list.