Posted on April 14, 2014 by designquixotic
It took me about 8 years of living on the East Coast to realize that the most necessary time to go on vacation is in the middle of winter, and preferably somewhere warm. Last year it was Tulum- which was amazing (I was fantasizing about moving there by the end of my trip), so this year I wanted to continue the tradition… but I was craving something more than margaritas, massages and pool time. I wanted to have a more meaningful experience, (not that there’s ANYTHING wrong with margaritas, massages, and pool time!).
So, when my friend Patricia, (an amazing yoga teacher and a big inspiration to me) mentioned that she was going to lead a yoga retreat for the first time (!!!!) I was totally on board.
This is Patricia showing us how to do a pose on the beach. Miss that day.
The timing was perfect, (last week in February), and, although I hadn’t taken a yoga class in over a year, I was excited by the idea of meditation, two yoga classes a day, and surf lessons- all while staying halfway in the jungle, near the beach, in Costa Rica- a country I’d always heard amazing things about.
From the minute I landed, I could tell Costa Rica would live up to everything I’d heard (we landed in the middle of majestic mountains). Wild, jungles and beaches, not too touristy or commercialized.. oh, and AMAZING beaches for surfers. A few other tidbits about the country that I adore: Costa Rica has a long history of environmentalism and sustainability (long before it was trendy), and is the only Central American country without a standing army (peace!).
We stayed at Vida Asana, an eco lodge situated halfway between the ocean and the jungle. A little more rustic than most of my travel accomodations, I quickly embraced my new life: 6AM meditation, 7:30 AM yoga, a breakfast of fruit and homemade juice, pool time, surf lessons, hammock naps…. no tv, music, computers… just great company. After the final yoga class of the day (around 7PM) and a vegan dinner, I usually fell asleep by 9 PM.
No filter needed… the sky in Costa Rica was often this magically bright turquoise color…
Jacob, the other retreat leader, catches some sun after discussing Buddhism with me by the pool. Such a great afternoon.
Nancy, our awesome (and patient) surf instructor. Yes, she WILL be doing a fitness video soon on how to get that body… (sold!)
All photos by me, (except for the one of me, above) taken with my iPhone 5 and edited with VSCO cam.
Posted on April 9, 2014 by designquixotic
I discovered the work of Himanshu Sharma via one of my favorite fashion illustrators- Katie Rogers, who mentioned on Facebook that he designed her (beautiful) identity. Everything about his work is perfectly executed to me- perfect typography, perfect illustration, perfect color and energy. What a talent! Below are a few of my favorite projects from his site. Enjoy!
Posted on April 8, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on April 3, 2014 by designquixotic
Mike Smith is an amazing designer who got into the field through skateboarding (and a desire to make gig posters all day long), and has since become a pretty fantastic print and branding designer. But, I’m not going to show you any of that, (you’ll have to head over and take a look for yourself!). Instead I’d like to share with you his street art- which really captured my imagination. Enjoy!
Posted on April 2, 2014 by designquixotic
Today I bring you the work of Oat Creative, a design studio with a focus on identity design. As they describe, ”We style collections of ideas and human experiences to inspire an authentic connection between our clients and their audience” I particularly loved the identity they created for New York based Lafayette restaurant, (which has a great brunch, if you’re ever in downtown Manhattan).
Posted on April 1, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on March 28, 2014 by designquixotic
Posted on March 27, 2014 by designquixotic
With a few upcoming projects on the horizon, I’ve had logo’s and branding on my mind lately. I came across the work of Andrew Colin Beck via Dribbble, and was really impressed by the work he’d done with logo’s. Andrew describes his process as such, “Creating a mark is one of my very favorite challenges. A great mark requires a balance between the simplicity of lincoln logs, and the diplomacy of the gettysburg address.” Enjoy!
Posted on March 26, 2014 by designquixotic
Happy Wednesday! Today I bring you the work of Wendy Brightbill- a painter and digital pattern maker whose work caught my eye this week. Wendy’s story is pretty amazing too- she began painting after a brain injury, and she believes that you paint what you need most in your life. As she describes, she painted joy back into her heart, and depression out of her life. That is so lovely, just as lovely as her work itself. Enjoy!