Archive for 2012


I'm really hoping this next school year pumps me up and throws me hardcore into design. I'm eeking closer and closer to my personal style- which seems to be one part simplicity, one part color- I just finally want to make something that I find Pinterst worthy!

I love seeing other people's sketches and how they record and grow ideas. Seeing their 'in the box' habits help me expand my own box. 
And seeing sketches from a Bauhauser is just inspiring in its own right.

love, rudi

There's really nothing better than the last 5 hours of a rainy day.

love, rudi

Design Crush

I've completely fallen in love with web designer Heath Waller. I can tell you how badly I wish this first site was my own. I physically hurt with envy.

Summer is really hurting my designer identity. I have my hand in a project right now, but I have to drive across town to a library computer lab to work on anything, and that's just if my mom doesn't need me to babysit or if she doesn't already have plans for us. I have to say I'm really missing the structure and late nights of school, plus the deadlines and constant input from other people. It's a little defeating to realize how dependent I am as a designer on other people's critiques and input- designing without that crutch is just less. Less of everything.

But anyway, I'm in love with Heath Waller.

love, rudi

Look at it this way...

I'm starting to look for ideas for my publication design class next semester. I love the idea of laying out the ingredients like this- it makes the food look so great, and I like that it shows how complex making a meal can be, or how creative it is on the chef's part to look at round or square ingredients and envision how they'll blend together.

love, rudi

All About Food

Today we went to Durham's Flea Market  to see what all the hype was about. I keep talking about food, but buying handmade mozzarella cheese and locally raised sausage really makes me smile. I might have found a mini-passion here. Plus check out the gorgeous colors on these veggies. North Carolina plants seem to really love flashing their peacock feathers.

We also had a great lunch at Toast, an Italian Sandwich shop downtown. It was so wonderful- I love how creative Durham-ers are with their food! I'm so in love with this place.

love, rudi

Durham, My Love

Mom, Sadie, and I have been spending our first few days in Durham exploring and getting used to this amazing new town. I love it here! There are so many great restaurants that focus on being healthy and use local food. At the grocery we get our milk, eggs, and bread from local farms and bakeries, and there's a festival we're trying to get tickets to entirely based around locally grown cuisine. This might be pretty normal for bigger cities, so I may sound silly to some of you, but after growing up in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere for the past ten years it's such a luxury to be able to have choices like this.

This whole town is full of gorgeous little shops and wonderful restaurants, adorable people who always seem to have something interesting to say- I'm not exaggerating, this town might be my soulmate.

 My mom with some Carolina Crunch- homemade ice cream from the 
same local cows we get our milk from! There was a clown making balloon animals for all the kids there, too. We all really got a kick out of that.

The best meal I've had in a long, long time at Parker and Otis. I don't even like tomato soup, but I scooped up all of Sadie's leftovers.

 This is our new backyard, and you can see one of our new cats in the distance there. I made waffles this morning and Sadie decided to eat hers outside.

I'll show you all our new house when we get another sunny day. I truly love rainy weather, but it's not the best for photos sometimes.

love, rudi

Jumping, Falling, Flying

   I heard this quote during one of the most important and exhilarating experiences of my life. It was in the middle of high school, and I was right in the crux of deciding what sort of person I was going to be. I ended up decided to be an artistic one, and it was a real risk that ended up making high school pretty difficult. In the end, though, it turned out to be worth it.

  I've loved this quote since I first heard it, but I keep forgetting that jumping and taking risks doesn't always mean I will fly. Today I got some disappointing news- I ran for PR Director of a club on campus but found out that I didn't get the position. It's hard to be confident and ambitious. When you really work hard at something and truly believe in yourself, the failure is just more disheartening.

   But, while I have to remember that jumping isn't always flying, I have to also remember that it isn't always falling, either.

love, rudi

Easter means New Beginnings!

   I've been on a self-examining hiatus for the past couple of weeks, submersing myself in my own life and forgetting to share anything with anyone. Sometimes it's really great to be introverted and know that I'm able to have a steady, healthy conversation with myself.

  But now it's Easter, which I've decided will be my wake-up call to re-energize my voice and dust off my camera. I've been working on my resume, portfolio, and personal blog (with an attempt at *eek!* personal branding) for summer job plans. Oh- that's related to a great piece of news! 

  I've been nagging my parents for the past five years or so to move away from the small town I went to high school in. After several of our closest family friends moved away, my parents have finally started considered relocating as well. I'm so very proud to say that, after months of planning and searching and waiting, they finally signed some papers for a beautiful little cottage in North Carolina!!

   I'm completely ecstatic about this, as is my little sister because of the swing set in the back yard. I was expecting to spend this summer digging through all my childhood stuff for a super large yard sale, but now I get to spend it helping my family settle in to their new life and discover the quirks of their new town. Oh- and another great part? After just a few days of looking over classifieds and websites, I've found several great design, marketing, and writings internships in the area- for bakeries, local magazines, and design firms. So- the resume stuff has been super on my mind lately.

   I'm hoping to share some of my design work with you guys soon- I've been taking pictures of my work more and more.

   Have a great Easter, everyone! I hope those of you who got to go home and play with egg painting, baby animals, and giant baked ham meals soak it up for the rest of us.

love, rudi

For the Love of Creating