Local Flair

Local Flair

I’m excited to announced that I’ve won an instagram photography contest with Local Flair magazine of the Poconos. They’ve chosen the photo below to be on the cover of their August/September issue (the food issue) which is going to print today! I’m so excited and can’t wait to see it in print.

They also asked me to submit a few sentences about myself to go in the publication. I was happy to have the fire lit and here’s what I came up with, thanks to Kerilyn and Dave (for helping!):

Kyra Dosch-Klemer is a web designer and artist striving to expose the natural beauty and simplicity found in ordinary moments. I seek to illuminate the sublime elegance often concealed within the mundane in order to heighten awareness of the moment through the beautiful stillness and magic that is present in most moments. This is realized through emphasis on the natural state of things. I aim to honor the purity in my art as well as in life, whether it is in the music I listen to, the items in my home, or the food I feed my family. Purity, as a concept, permeates my life. You can view some of her design work at www.whykyra.com.

A fix to web fonts not displaying correctly

A fix to web fonts not displaying correctly

Just a little tip in case anyone is having a similar problem. For the past few weeks I’ve had issues with several websites (er, many) not displaying fonts correctly. Usually, only the titles, but at times all of the text on a site.

Here’s an example of how one site was displaying fonts for me (google chrome on the left, firefox on the right):

I came across this extremely useful and quick tip for fixing (at least for now) the issue at N7 Studios.

In a nutshell,

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Type in atsutil databases -removeUser
  3. Type in atsutil server -shutdown
  4. Type in atsutil server -ping

This worked for me. I just had to restart chrome before the fix worked. I hope google will come up with a solution to this though because it’s happening with many of their own fonts! Hope this helped.

Old clients, new designs

Old clients, new designs

I’m so happy to present the latest site for Earthsongs: Works in Clay! You can visit the site at claysongs.com.

Linda and I have worked together for years. We first “met” about six or seven years ago and we have been working on the various iterations of her site since then. It’s been excellent working with a client for this long and I sincerely value the relationship we have. It’s been a process that has allowed us both to witness each other’s businesses growing and changing which I can definitely appreciate.

Thanks to Linda! I hope you’re enjoying the new site!

 

Is a resumé outdated? For designers?

Is a resumé outdated? For designers?

Usually I get my jobs through people (think “word of mouth”) but lately I’ve been searching online and connecting with people who are looking for designers in an attempt to boost my business. I came across a few opportunities that requested resumés and the requests gave me pause? Isn’t my portfolio enough? Can’t people see my experience and connections on linkedin? In 2012 is it really necessary to provide possible jobs/contracts/partners with a résumé? I was going to ignore these opportunities but one of them seemed very interesting so I sucked it up and got to work on a resumé.

What happened? Well, it happened to be one of the most fun projects that I’ve worked on in several months! It’s still a work in progress. I’m still rewriting and tweaking the design but I will prematurely present you with…. my rewritten, redesigned résumé:

Design for Social Change

Design for Social Change

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about doing work that matters. I love doing design for small businesses and artists! Love, love, love it! But it would be nice to also be able to incorporate some socially responsible design projects that makes a positive impact on people’s lives; design that raises awareness, that makes individuals THINK. Especially now, when design is so embedded in our culture and everyday lives, designers have a responsibility to be ethical and mindful in what they design, who they design for, the message(s) they are portraying. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to incorporate all of this AND pay the bills? I started researching a bit, joined a few groups online, and came across Impact! Design for Social Change intensive workshop at SVA. Wow! This seems like such a great program, and so important. I have no idea who is accepted into the program, and at this time it doesn’t even seem feasible but I’m so happy to see that this program exists! It’s on my radar and I plan to follow the progress of the program and the designers who are involved. I’ll keep you posted!

Side note: The day after I told my husband about this program he found out that one of the instructors is going to be organizing a workshop in his department (he’s an art professor at East Stroudsburg University)! I’m definitely hoping I can get in on it!

The ideas and practice of ethical and responsible design were sparked while I was listening to a Design Matters (with Debbie Millman) interview with Alissa Walker, an inspirational design writer and blogger. She does a lot of work for GOOD Magazine (if you live under a rock and don’t know what GOOD is, please go immerse yourself in it out NOW!) as well as many other interesting and creative endeavors. During the interview, one of the things that she focuses on is how designers can make a difference and how much of an impact they can have on society and the way we all view the world around us. I really recommend listening to the interview! I also came across a page on the AIGA site which is fabulous and I can’t wait to really explore the links they offer. It’s a page called Design for Good: Ways to Get Involved – check it out! There are tons of design resources for non-profits and the like. I’m off to go dig in right now!