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Writing Prompts #5

 


Got writer's block? Or maybe you're just looking for something new? You've come to the right place. Welcome, and I hope you'll find at least one or two of interest! There's only five this time around, but you can't pass them off as easy. Get crackin'!

 

  1. Take your phone and open Spotify/Apple Music/whatever music streaming service you use and put it on shuffle. Take the plot/meaning of the first two songs and make a short story.
  2. If you were given the chance to become an incredibly famous Youtuber from the start, what kind of content would you put out (that will make your channel different from others)?
  3. Let's say you're the President of your country. What would be your first course of action? What bills would you pass? What do you want to be known for at the end of your term?
  4. Recall the earliest (or first, if possible) dream you had as a child and describe it with as much detail as you can. 
  5. What are 5 things you wish you could've said to five different people (one statement for each)? Why couldn't you tell them?

 

Hope you liked this post's prompts! These are posted every Friday, every week. If you've got suggestions, or any comments in general, leave a comment below! Ciao, and enjoy the weekend!

 

Past Prompts:

Prompts #1 | Prompts #2 | Prompts #3 | Prompts #4

Writing Prompts #4

Got writer's block? Or maybe you're just looking for something new? You've come to the right place. Welcome, and I hope you'll find at least one or two of interest!

 

  1. Take your favorite color, then your favorite fruit, then your favorite taste (sweet, sour, etc.). Mix these 3 things to create your own fruit and make up its own health benefits. (Ex. Pink Banana that's sweet)
  2. You wake up one morning to find yourself living another person's life. Whose life is it and what would you do about it?
  3. Coffee, Tea, or both? Explain why.
  4. Pretend your body parts are alive and talk to one another. Choose 3 body parts/organs and create a conversation they'd have.
  5. If you could change your name, what would you want it to be and why?
  6. Turn ordinary animals into ferocious, blood-hungry monsters (ex. tiger-sized roaches). Give them intelligence and let them loose.
  7. Describe your perfect island. What would it have? What animals would it be home to?
  8. Create your perfect alcoholic beverage. What would it contain and what would you call it?
  9. If you could only live in one place for the rest of your life, where would that be? 
  10. You only have one hour left to live. Detail how you would divide your remaining time on earth. 

 

More to come in future posts so stay updated!

(P.S. Prompts will be posted every Friday of each week!)

3 Creative Software I'm Digging Right Now

I think it's not far-fetched to say we're all familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite - especially Photoshop and Illustrator. Regardless of your background, you may have heard these words being tossed around at conversations, and talk of how one is easier to use than the other.

As a designer, I have my own favorites, ones that I use on a regular basis at work and for other projects. Today, I'd like to list three creative tools I'm super into at the moment. 

 

1. Sketch App

What It Is/Does

Calling my fellow UI/UX peeps! Sketch was designed to make creating web and mobile interfaces with ease. You can create prototypes via integration with InVision, and even view your creations directly on your device with the free Sketch Mirror app (iOS). Sketch is currently only available on the Mac (OS X 10.11+). 

What I Use It For

Aside from doing UI/UX designing, I use Sketch to create posters, logos, and vectors. It has replaced Illustrator for me, and it's quite lighter than the Adobe app. I also use Sketch to create PDFs, Flyers, and other documents where I need full control of the layout. I also use it to create memes, hahaha. If I need to design something quick, I open Sketch instead of Photoshop.

How Much Is It?

It's priced at $99 - and yes, it's worth every penny. It might look like a steep price to pay for a software at first, but once you realize the amount you can do with the app (and the awesome resource library available for you to download), $99 won't seem so bad. 

I've been using sketch for almost two years now, and I don't regret anything. It's SUCH a good application. If you're still skeptical, Sketch offers a Free Trial to help you decide. 

 

2. Adobe XD (Experience Design CC)

What It Is/Does

Adobe XD was created for UI/UX Designers who want an all-in-app solution, from design, to UX, to prototyping. People have hailed this as the long-awaited competitor for Sketch, and for good reason. With Adobe XD, you can prototype right within the app, something Sketch is yet to offer. This is still in Beta, and is currently available for Mac and Windows. Like Sketch, you may also preview your UI/UX project on your Android or iOS device.

What I Use It For

Strictly UI/UX, for when I want to test my design but have no internet access. The internet connection at home is sometimes unstable, and if I use Sketch, I'll need the internet to sync my design to InVision. I originally designed the Liza App in XD when it was still in its early stage (with less functionalities), then switched to Sketch to finish the process and sync with InVision. 

I've updated Adobe XD on my Mac and it's going very well. Adobe is doing something awesome and I can't wait until it's fully completed.

How Much Is It?

Since it's still in Beta, Adobe Experience Design CC is free for download as of now. Once it's done though, it'll be included in the Creative Cloud, in which you'll have to pay the monthly or yearly subscription service to a suite of Adobe apps (like Photoshop & Illustrator).

 

3. iShowU Studio 2

What It Is/Does

This Mac app by Shiny White Box is amazing. Their tagline states that iShowU Studio 2 is "screen recording & video editing for mortals", a description that is incredibly accurate. It allows you to record the screen, it's audio, use your Mac's camera to record your face, and your mic's audio. Simply put, iShowU is the software for gamers and people who upload tutorials/how-to videos. Once you're done recording, you can directly edit from the application itself, so there's no need to import it into a video-editing software.   

What I Use It For

Apart from being a blogger and graphic designer, I also game. So, I tend to use it for recording my play-throughs (though I don't really post them online, haha). I also record tutorials and song covers using iShowU. I love the fact that it's very versatile in the editing department as well. 

How Much Is It?

IShowU Studio 2 costs $79 for the Standard edition, and while there are other software that could easily compete against the price, it's still a really good software to invest in. I'm not sure if they offer a free trial, but you can download iShowU Studio 2 here

 

I hope you get the chance to try at least one of these out for yourself. Maybe you could try Sketch or Adobe XD for your personal projects? If you do, please let me know what you think. I'd love to hear what you think!

Writing Prompts #3

Got writer's block? Or maybe you're just looking for something new? You've come to the right place. Welcome, and I hope you'll find at least one or two of interest!

 

  1. For post-grads: Would you change anything about your time in College or High School?
  2. Talk about your clothing style. Do you stick to neutrals, or go crazy with color?
  3. Write a magic spell. Be specific.
  4. Pretend you're a spy who's just arrived from a recent mission. What happened? Where did you go?
  5. If you were a color that doesn't exist yet, what would you name it and what shade would it most resemble?
  6. If "flying cars" existed, what would traffic rules sound like? Write them down.
  7. You just received a severed finger with a diamond ring in the mail. Write what happens next.
  8. What theory about the universe do you mostly relate to?
  9. Would you rather be able to read minds, or be able to influence people? Why?
  10. Have complaints about anything? Take this time to be free and just let your mind dictate your words for you. Just let it all out!

 

More to come in future posts so stay updated!

(P.S. Prompts will be posted every Friday of each week!)

5 Free Handwritten Fonts for your Design

Hand-drawn and handwritten elements became a thing last year, and once it caught on in your side of the globe, everyone wanted to get on the train. I'm willing to bet that this year, the demand for human-created elements will grow more than ever - more hand-drawn flourishes and doodles on everything from posters to websites. 

For this post, I've gone on a search to look for five really nice handwritten fonts (free, mind you), to help with your personal design projects when you don't have the means to do them manually using a digital medium (like a Wacom or iPad). Enjoy!

 

1. Shorelines by The Branded Quotes

© The Branded Quotes

© The Branded Quotes

 

2. Bromello by Alit Suarnegara

© Alit Suarnegara

© Alit Suarnegara

 

3. Sunrise International by The Branded Quotes

© The Branded Quotes

© The Branded Quotes

 

4. Lemon Tuesday by Jovanny Lemonad

© Jovanny Lemonad

© Jovanny Lemonad

 

5. Shellahera Script by Ryan Prasetya

© Ryan Prasetya

© Ryan Prasetya

 

These fonts are so good! I'm a font hoarder, more than I'd like to admit, haha. Which one do you see yourself using? One? All? Each font has its own type of license, but they're all safe for personal use. One or two of these need attribution for commercial use, but that's fine. Happy Sunday! 

Writing Prompts #2

Got writer's block? Or maybe you're just looking for something new? You've come to the right place. Welcome, and I hope you'll find at least one or two of interest!

 

  1. If two movies were to cross paths, which pair would you pick? (Live-action only)
  2. What language would you want to study and be fluent in? What would you use it for?
  3. Pretend you're an expert in the culinary arts and you're expected to write a recipe on 'love'. What ingredients would it have?
  4. If you could choose to live in any period in time, what era would you pick?
  5. You've just been given a million dollars to spend for a week. Write in detail how you'd go about doing that.
  6. If your phone could talk, what do you think it would say about your usage of it?
  7. Would you rather be able to see but be crippled or can walk but have no sight?
  8. Pretend you're the opposite gender for one day. What would you do?
  9. Think of 5 adjectives and a name (boy or girl). Write them immediately as they come by. Then, write a story around these words.
  10. Create a secret code or alphabet only you can decipher. Write a short paragraph using them.

 

More to come in future posts so stay updated!

(P.S. Prompts will be posted every Friday of each week!)

Writing Prompts #1

Got writer's block? Or maybe you're just looking for something new? You've come to the right place. Welcome, and I hope you'll find at least one or two of interest!

 

  1. Recall a recent dream you had and make a story out of it.
  2. Imagine yourself doing a regular house chore (ex. laundry or dishes). Now, write about it as if you were an outsider, watching you from afar, noting down your actions. (For an extra twist, write it Shakespearean style, or another author you emulate.)
  3. Pretend you have the job of "Official Word Creator". What word would you come up with and what meaning would it have?
  4. How would you want others to see you?
  5. You wake up one day and realize you're living the life of someone else. Whose life did you wake up to and what goes on during his/her day?
  6. If your alarm clock could talk, how do you think it would wake you up?
  7. Pick a song you like and write a short story around it.
  8. If you could pick one talent you'd like to have (that you currently don't), what would it be and why?
  9. Write from the perspective of an inanimate object found in the bathroom and relay its experiences on being used.
  10. Open your favorite audio streaming service and head over to the "Discover" tab. Shuffle play it and write something about the first song that comes on.

 

More to come in future posts so stay updated!

(P.S. Prompts will be posted every Friday of each week!)

7 Skillshare Classes to Fuel Your Creativity

Let's have a show of hands: Who here loves learning and honing their craft through videos? If you're one of those people, this post was made especially for you! (This isn't sponsored, by the way, but I hope they'll tap me in the future, *wink wink.)

I'm a Skillshare subscriber (and addict, haha) because there are a ton (and I mean heaps and heaps) of classes to join and learn from. I know you're dying to get on with the post, so let's begin! 


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1. Hand Lettered GIFs by Jamie Bartlett

Class blurb:

In this class we’re going to be making a fun doodle-styled lettered gif that you can send to a friend or post on Instagram. The process is super quick, easy and fun! No need to be an advanced letterer, even simple handwriting can create an awesome gif. 
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Sign up for the class here!

 

2. Confident Watercolors: Brushes by Amarylis Henderson

Class Blurb:

As the first part of the Confident Watercolors Series, Amarilys opens the conversation about brushes. These simple, mystical tools don’t need to seem so mysterious. From wide to long, sharp to floppy, cheap to exhorbatant, brushes abound in variety. And yet they all hold several linking characteristics. Know the basics about your brushes and you’ll feel more confident approaching your paintings.

Sign up for the class here!

 

3. Pen & Ink Illustration by Yasmina Creates

Class Blurb:

By the end of this class you should feel more comfortable working with ink and excited to try out all the fun stuff we learned. The techniques will take your pen and ink illustration to a whole new level! :)

Sign up for the class here!

 

4. Hand Lettering by Erik Marinovich

Class Blurb:

Want to learn hand lettering? Join acclaimed designer Erik Marinvoch to learn a step-by-step process for crafting graphic, hand-lettered envelopes — and tons of lettering basics along the way!

Sign up for the class here!

 

5. Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design by Bonnie Christine

Class Blurb:

This course is designed specifically for the Illustrator looking to incorporate painted artwork and watercolors into their designs, using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you’re a budding surface pattern designer or licensed STAR, you’ll learn tips and tricks along the way that will help build your career (or hobby!) as a pattern designer.

Sign up for the class here!

 

6. Hand Lettering by Mary Kate McDevitt

Class Blurb: 

Join lettering artist Mary Kate McDevitt as she shares her step-by-step process for creating a final hand lettered piece of art. This class focuses on digitizing your drawings, adding color, and creating texture. The result are breathtaking lettering illustrations with final, professional polish!

Sign up for the class here!

 

7. Character Illustration by Matt Kaufenberg

Class Blurb:

In this class I’ll be taking you through my process of illustrating a character, starting with the concept, then moving into Illustrator to create the shapes, and finally, rendering it in Photoshop. I’ll also talk briefly about texture and color adjustments.

Sign up for the class here!

 

What are you guys waiting for?! Let's get cracking! There's so much more to learn and to do with our mundane lives. Best do it with style - literally. 

XO, OLIVIA