More t-shirts and products on the way! Stay tuned! Follow @rayoflightdsign on Twitter for updates.
If you weren’t already aware, I have a shop on Creative Market, where I sell things like fonts and clip art. But I am excited to announce that I now have a second, completely different shop on RedBubble!
My RedBubble shop is where I am selling physical items (such as t-shirts, stationery, mugs, etc.) designed by me!
Introducing my first product — these cool notebooks!
Hardcover Journal — comes with either ruled, graph, or blank paper
Spiral Bound — either ruled or graph paper
I can’t wait to get one for myself!
Stay tuned — more is coming soon!
Ray of Light Design is now on Twitter!
The Paper 3.0 Update may include some missteps, but even with the unpleasant changes, I still believe that it’s the best digital drawing app out there. Point being, it’s going to take a lot to stop me from using Paper.
The update’s biggest flaw is the way they rebuilt Mix. Technically, the Mix service is not even called “Mix” anymore, but I don’t know what else to call it. It’s not as fun as it used to be, but fortunately, there are still ways to remix and post ideas like before. While I’m extremely disappointed with their handling of of Mix, some new features in the update have opened up a whole new world of possibility. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:
Making use of the new photo import feature, I posted this cool template where you can design your own t-shirt. See it here on Mix.
I posted a tutorial on how to make a banner using Think Kit (I guess you could follow these steps in real life too, if you have a pencil, an eraser, and a straight edge.)
Photo import lets you share your real life drawings on Mix, and after sharing this one, another Mixer wanted to know how I drew the hair. I was inspired by Joanna Andersson’s tutorials, but here you can see what I did.
As a huge fan of Johanna Basford’s artwork, I placed a photo of a page from her book The Secret Garden into a new idea and traced/colored it with Paper’s tools. I then deleted the photo and was left with this. If you want to color it, it is here on Mix. One of my favorite Mixers, Robin B., kindly provided a lightened version of the image, which is easier to trace over.
Here are some fall-inspired palettes I created by another mixer’s request. I’ll probably add these as exclusives to Color Hex soon.
Before the update was released, I was actually very busy. In celebration of 1K remixes, I posted a free request form as a gift to my followers. I was a little afraid at first, because I’ve witnessed other Mixers get overwhelmed in the past. I received a lot more requests than I anticipated, but I also got around to fulfilling a lot more than I expected too, and actually had fun with it. What you see in this gif (above) is just a sampling — you can take a look at my profile and see the sixty names I hand lettered. Free requests are now closed, but if you want me to hand letter your name, commissions are always open! Check out the requests page.
Sketchnoting on Mix
Finally, I just wanted to spread the word that mixer Mauro Toselli is creating a Sketchnote Workshop in Mix! Of course it’s free, and it sounds like a great idea. If you don’t know what Sketchnoting is or if you do and you’re a fan, you might want to join in! The ideas for the Workshop will be posted starting Monday, September 21. Stay tuned! In the future I plan on posting an article all about Sketchnotes.
If you have an iPad, give Paper a shot! It’s free!
Recently, 53 released Version 3 of Paper, and the app has undergone drastic changes, so it’s due for an all new review.
First of all, Paper used to be an iPad-only app. The update makes it compatible with both iPhone and iPad, which is great. I prefer to use Paper on iPad because of the bigger screen, obviously, but it’s definitely nice to have it on your iPhone if you ever need to jot something down or sketch something quick.
Fifty Three added some new features. The original tools and Think Kit are all still there, but now the toolbar has three little tabs. The first tab is an all new text feature, which I love. You can make checklists, take notes, add captions to your drawings, and easily talk to other artists. You can swipe to change the style from regular, title, subtitle, checklist bullet, and regular bullet. You can also double-tap a section of text to change the style to italic, bold, underline, or strikethrough.
The second tab is photo upload. Like other users of the app, I have mixed feelings about this feature. There are some benefits: you can annotate and spotlight parts of an image, add your drawings to photos, etc. The problem with photo upload is that it could potentially add a lot of spam to Mix, and it blurs the line between what people drew in Paper and what they just uploaded. (In case you were wondering, the third tab is the old tools.)
That brings me to Mix. Mix has been around for a little over a year now, and it has always been fun and easy to use. If you don’t know what Mix is, this is the summary I wrote in my previous Paper review:
“In September 2014, 53 added a new service called Mix that works within the Paper app. It has over 1 million creators as of March 2015. You can sign up and share your creations made in Paper, as well as see what other artists are making and follow them. Not only that, but you can “remix” their work. You can draw on it and add to it, color it, change it, whatever you want.”
53 has completely changed how Mix works, including getting rid of the name! What used to be the Mix section is simply “People You Follow.” They removed some of the best features it had (such as the popular replay button) and it is considerably more difficult to navigate. 53 doesn’t seem to be featuring art from the community anymore, which is really unfortunate. That was one of my favorite parts of being on Mix. Despite having over one million creators, Mix really did feel like a community. It doesn’t feel like that anymore. The changes were unnecessary and disappointing. (My profile is still there though! I am now Ray of Light on Paper instead Ray of Light on Mix.)
The notebook interface has been replaced with “spaces.” These spaces are like folders, where, if you click on them, you see all of your ideas laid out. It’s kind of like a collage or a mood board, and if you watch their new intro video you will get the idea.
As far as changes to the drawing mode, they modified the way the rewind and zoom features work, which I am not too happy about. There are a few other kinks too right now, but I’m sure the little bugs will be gone in future updates.
I still love Paper. I used to love everything about it, and now I love almost everything. I’m unhappy about the demise of Mix, but otherwise, I’m okay with the update. It’s going to take some getting used to, but in the long run, I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of the new features.
Ray of Light Design is now on Instagram!
Google’s new logo was designed to represent how far they have come as a company and how Google is more than just a search engine. You would think that maybe this means they would go for a more modern look. Wrong.
I love sans serif just as much as the next guy. Actually, I probably love it more than the next guy. If you haven’t noticed, 80% of my September Fonts of the Month are sans serif.
I love Apple’s aesthetic. Minimalist, sophisticated, and contemporary. It’s well-suited for a technology company. Which is what Google is. If they decide to go sans serif, then that is the polished look they should be striving for.
Google’s serif logo was beautiful. It was iconic. They’ve made some retouches over the years to keep up with the trends. It’s had gradients and shadows, and most recently, flat design. This is all good. But now this? When I first saw today’s “Google Doodle,” which showed a hand erasing the old logo and drawing in the new one, I thought it was an announcement of Doodle 4 Google, which is a contest for kids. Then I realized the horrific truth: Google had traded in their classic logo for kindergarten letters. I got really mad. Usually I don’t care that much if a company has a bad logo, but I use Google every day which means I’ll have to see the logo constantly. I might have to switch to Bing!
Below are two alternate logos I designed:
The top one is a different version of the new logo. I made it less bold (the thickness of the letters is what made it so elementary). I made the G look better too.
The bottom one is what I would imagine a sans serif Google logo to look like. I don’t think I like either of my re-designs better than the logo they always had.
The new logo is changing more than just the homepage:
These dots are the new loading symbols. Not bad.
Here’s what all of Google’s apps look like now.
You can also check out this idea on Mix.
That’s what I think. What’s your take on Google’s logo? Love it, or hate it? Share your opinions in the comments below.