The happy jar

This is such a lovely idea! I came across it via the Homestead Survival blog.

Start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen. On New Years Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year. Today is August 9th, but hey there is no time like NOW to start my jar.


Posted: August 9th, 2012
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How I decided to start drawing an Animal Alphabet

I’m a HUGE fan of Charley Harper and his animal illustrations. His work is just wonderful! He made an adorable book for children called ABCs. About 4 weeks ago, I started practicing illustrating again and decided to share one new drawing every day to my facebook page facebook.com/NadjaDesign.

Besides my commitment to dedicate 2+ hours a day to this craft, it’s actually really difficult to come up with new things to draw. This time I didn’t want to go back to my sketch books, but instead draw new things. So when I recently looked at Charlie’s ABCs book, I figured I’ll do my own animal alphabet series for a total of 26 new illustrations – it seemed like a no-brainer.

For the most part I am using different animals than Charley did for his book and I am taking requests from people as they ask me to draw specific animals for upcoming letters. But I did make some exceptions where I am just so much in love with the animals Charley picked that I decided to draw a few of the same ones but in my own style.

It’s been really fun so far and I thoroughly enjoy the process!

Charley’s wonderful illustrations:

And below is my alphabet – so far I am at D for Dolphin.


Posted: June 15th, 2012
Categories: Animal Alphabet, Featured Artist, Nadja Design
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Listen… this bird is tweeting a love song!


Posted: June 6th, 2012
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DNA inspired pattern

Having fun with repeat pattern design.


Posted: June 5th, 2012
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Okavango dreams

In 2004 I spend a magical week on Safari in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. A good friend of mine is friends with a couple from South Africa that own a safari company. We were able to get the friends and family package during off season. This meant that we could actually afford going, but it also meant that it rained a lot. The rain turned out the be a perfect break for creativity, as I filled almost an entire sketchbook with illustrations of birds, trees and more inspired by that magnificent nature while waiting for the rain to pass.

For the last 8 years, I just left these sketches in my sketchbook. A few weeks ago I decided to bring them back to live, translate them into digital files and color them. Here are the first two of what I hope will become a large collection over time.


Posted: June 3rd, 2012
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Bixby beans

These are Bixby beans. I drew them 2 years ago at a baby shower for a little girl called Bixby to print out and iron onto onesies. Since they look a lot like Jelly Beans, I figured they should come in a variety of colors.


Posted: May 29th, 2012
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Has it really been 15 years already?

I can barely believe how quickly time goes by. Fifteen years ago today I graduated from CCAC (now CCA) with a BFA in Graphic Design. I still remember how happy I was when I got to shake the director’s hand and walk away with a degree.


Posted: May 24th, 2012
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Woot! Two for one art, how could I resist!

The lovely and talented artist and surface designer Jessica Swift is packing up her house and studio in Atlanta to move across the country to Portland. Today, she announced a one day only buy one, get one free print deal. These art prints are from her vibrant paintings and I’ve had my eye on them for a while. So today I took advantage of her offer and bought one and got the other one for free. The two I picked remind me of fairytales; I can almost see the sentence: “Once upon a time…” jumping out of the paintings. Thank you Jessica for the generous offer today, I’ll find a special place for them in my house.

If you’re interested in getting one (or really two) of these prints yourself, check out her blog post.


Posted: May 24th, 2012
Categories: Featured Artist
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Simple flower patterns

A few days ago my mother sent me a link to this awesome blog that features beautifully vibrant color schemes almost on a daily bases.  The site is called Design-Seeds.com. These color schemes inspired me to play around with some simple patterns to see how color can change the mood of a design. Here are a few of my favorite ones.


Posted: May 23rd, 2012
Categories: Nadja Design
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Eames + Polaroid = Awesome!

The Eames were such multi-talents, great designers and amazing storytellers. This ad, created by Eames in the 70′s describes the Polaroid SX-70, a Land camera with complex optics and advanced features that brought immediate-results photography via the Polaroid system.

My dear friend Natacha Salamin, a very talented photographer in Switzerland used the SX-70 exclusively for almost a decade for her photographic artwork. You can see some of that work on her website. A few years ago when Polaroid stopped producing film, she switched to iPhonography which you can check out on her Instagram page.


Posted: May 22nd, 2012
Categories: Featured Artist
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