No idea what I was thinking for today’s card. The last couple days have been a bit crazy and the next couple weeks will be even crazier in my work world. So many projects, so little time. They are just projects though and it hopefully will be over soon, hopefully, so “Whatever!”
There is no place like home! I am finally back. I spent last Wednesday – Sunday in hot hot hot Phoenix, Arizona attending the AIGA National Conference: PIVOT. It was fabulous, great fun and including lots of learning. There was lots of socializing in there too. I was so happy I went and I encourage any designer to attend the conference in the future, but I am so glad to be home in mountains.
“Ich liebe dich” is German for I Love You.
If you have been to Oktoberfest or have seen any of the traditional goods from the festivities, these fun cookies are everywhere! They come in all sizes and usually are worn around the neck. Our friends said usually you buy your lady or wife a cookie to show you care. My fiance got me one, but in small form made of felt. Yes felt! It lasts a lot longer, decorated in puff paint and is a cute necklace that I wore while there. It is very fun and a great thing to have to remember the ridiculous that is Oktoberfest and how much he loves me.
Ring, ring…. it’s Danny!
Danny is one of my really good friends. I met him while at Cal Poly. We have very similar taste in design and became instant friends and I am pretty sure it will last forever! I giggled a little when I got Danny’s postcard, because we rarely talk on the phone. Which is what came to mind first. We used to live together and see each other regularly before that, but now that I live in Truckee and he Pleasanton until a move to San Francisco, we are chat a lot via text message and iChat. It’s the modern way. It may seem like an impersonal form of communication to some, but I always know just how it would sound if I were really talking with him in person. Anyways, hope you enjoy Danny’s postcard check it out below!
Guest Artist: Daniel Triassi
Designed and Mailed from: Pleasanton, CA
Words from Danny:
“You can’t frame a phone call,” may seem like a silly phrase.
Recently, I was watching an episode of Mad Men which was the inspiration behind my postcard. In the scene, two copy writers, Peggy and Paul, are pitching ideas to their creative director, Don Draper, for a telegram campaign. They talk to Don about the impersonal and fleeting nature of a telephone call compared to a telegram. Phone calls happen everyday. When your friend or family member gets married, a new apartment, a new job or any number of events happen it is common course to just give them a call (or in todays age an email). You call someone, you hang up, and it’s gone. Poof! It’s different with a telegram because written correspondence is permanent. And to me that is what makes mail special, because it can last forever, captured in time like a family photo or souvenir. In my opinion, this is the basis of Amanda’s Wandering Poste project: creating lasting memories with a personal touch. Ultimately, you can frame a postcard, but you can’t frame a phone call. Take the extra effort to make it memorable.
Just a few more guest artists left! Only three acutally including today’s. I will be back, drawing up a storm starting Thursday to round out the week.
Kicking of the week is Katie Sinclair from Memphis. I was super excited to have Katie draw a postcard. Like some of the other artists, I have never met Katie in person. We found each other via Twitter after both of us applied for AIGA’s Command X competition. Sadly, neither of us made the cut (BOOOO), but we found each other and maybe cross paths someday. Check out Katie’s postcard below, the mail man beat it up a bit in the top corner, but her hand painted postcard survived the mail system beautifully!
Guest Artist: Katie Sinclair
Designed and Mailed from: Memphis, TN
Words from Katie:
The quote is, “Reach for the stars because stars don’t have arms and they can’t reach for you.” I first heard this while Zach Galifianakis was hosting SNL. It’s a funny saying but there’s a lot of truth in it too. I try to remember that if I want something to happen, it’s up to me to make it happen.
The type on the back of the card reinforces that idea. The image side of the postcard is hand painted with watercolor and acrylic.
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