Goodbye, Adult Crib: Part Two

Recently, when the calendar flipped from 2015 to 2016, I decided it was time for a bed upgrade (see, Part One). My original strategy for the big purchase was to spend the majority of my budget on the bed frame. I already had my eye on a mid-century number from West Elm. It made sense for me to spend more money on something visually awesome and of good quality.

My approached changed soon after I was introduced to Casper mattress. What—a mattress company that prioritizes design and the user-experience!? A company after my own heart! I was instantly swayed that the surface I was sleeping on was more important than the frame itself. You're welcome, spine.

Seven days after ordering my big-girl, full-sized mattress it arrived for pick-up. It took two UPS guys and a dash of my anxiety to fit it in the car, but it eventually made it. I’ve had the Casper mattress for a week now and love it.

Hello, upgrade!

Goodbye, Adult Crib

Prior to moving into my post-college apartment 2.5 years ago, I learned that my mother had donated the twin bed I had been using in college. My budget kept me from buying new, so the options I had left for sleeping surfaces were my sister's old day bed or my brother's old futon. Ultimately, the daybed seemed like the more flattering choice for a recent college grad, so it made its way with me to the Iowa City area. 

Visually, the bed is just one gate away from acting as a crib. It has three high, black bars that keep me from crawling away at night and one less-than-comfortable IKEA mattress for support. Also, my 25-year-old self hated that I was still sleeping on a twin mattress. It was time to grow up and buy a new bed.

More to come — my shipments are enroute!

Designing for a Designer

A year ago my sister asked me to help her with her identity. Being the helpful, younger sibling that I am, I happily agreed. Theresa, my big sis, had just finished the UX Designer program at General Assembly. She was ready to start applying for jobs, but needed an identity that would help her stand out among other creatives. 

The first thing I did to start the process was outline a calendar of the project. There were key dates we needed to hit, so this allowed us to stay on track.

The kick-off meeting was the next step. That meeting allowed me to understand her audience and narrow in on the style she hoped her identify would emulate. "Sophisticated-Edgy" were the attributes my client/sister wanted in her identity, so I began to pull together images within a moodboard that I felt had similar characteristics. The moodboard was also a way to confirm that I was headed on the right path visually.

After discussing the mooboard, we were able to narrow in on a few examples she liked. I also looked at wire frames, a common tool of user-experience designers, as a source of inspiration as well. Below is the how the final design took shape:

The final design (image below) was a success. The client/sister was happy with the results, and in the end earned a great job.