Daniel Nisbet / Graphic Designer

Catching up on Rest

I broke my cycle of making a post every week last Sunday. I’m not going to beat myself up too much, though. The break made me realize that my energy tank was running a lot lower than I thought.

Since I was in high school, I believed that being a better designer meant working twenty four hours a day, seven days per week. Unrealistic, I know.

I’m starting this week more refreshed and ready to go. Getting away from the computer and design allowed me to focus on some different things. Things that made my brain think in a different way. Case in point: I installed a manual drill press in my basement wood shop. It’s tough to pay attention to the typeface in the cast iron wheel while balancing all 50 pounds of it as I mounted it to the wall.

I did get a new book this week: The ABC of Custom Lettering. This one has been on my Amazon wish list for some time and I’m excited to finally snag a copy. I did a quick read through of it last week and there are a lot of great tips and tricks that I can’t wait to try. Along with designing typefaces, lettering has fascinated me. It’s a fun, quick win to pair with the long process of type design.

Beyond that, this week will be about getting back on track. I’ll be picking up where I left off with the Brew City Type logo. The new typeface will also be getting some much needed attention. I’m also aiming to have a newsletter and publishing schedule set up to top things off for the week.