What Shade of Green Are You?

March 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm (Design, Eco-Friendliness) (, , , , , , )

As Earth keeps on turning, more and more people are becoming eco-conscious, or at least aware of it. Some people will laugh and say ‘too late for that’, maybe it is? But we won’t know until we try.

I think in a lot of cases, people just don’t know where to begin. I can say that for me. There are the obvious acts like turning off your pc, tv, lights, separating trash so plastic can be recycled. But that just doesn’t feel like enough. Sure, on a scale of 6 billion, yes, but that isn’t the case.

Anyways, so I when I decided I wanted to be in design, I knew I wanted to be an eco-friendly designer.What? How? Pffft. It’s simple things like choosing to print on recycled non-toxic renewable materials, choosing only to print when necessary – email is proving more efficient anyway, using as little packaging as possible… and it doesn’t end there. Practicing green design conserves natural resources, reduces energy consumption, cuts solid waste and I believe it is the first step towards changing the environment around me.

Some things you may be interested in practicing to be eco-friendly :

  • Separating recyclables
  • Re-use anything that you can
  • Keeping the thermostat at a reasonable level
  • Drinking from a glass, not plastic or styrofoam cups
  • Not using running water to clean dishes, fill up the sink
  • Turn off appliances by the plug when not in use
  • Use the material shopping bags – they are GREEN
  • Try not to drive to the shop twice a day, think ahead, save petrol
  • Use compact flourescent light bulbs
  • Buy energy-efficient products
  • Eat local food not imported food (it’s better for you anyway)
  • And if you’re feeling really green, plant a tree!

These are a few changes that we could all implement. It might seem like a mission, but once the habit is there, you’re set.

Encourage others to conserve, we could be the change that saves the world.


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Awesome Design Capsule

January 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm (Creativity) (, , , , )

What inspires you? What inspires you today?

I see posts everyday that inspire me, to design, to create, to live… so i’ve put together my design capsule. I’m sure you’ve seen some or other movie where something is kept secret only to be opened in 10 years, this is sort of like that, but erm, not secret and can be viewed whenever (because i am posting it on my blog), so i guess it isn’t sort of like that… Anyways, here is what i have put in my design capsule of things that inspire me today…

Design Capsule Ok so firstly, a cd cover. I have to say that my favourite band has to be flyleaf, i’m always listening to them and i never get bored, and i love the artwork on the cover.

Next is a picture of a cocktail, i’ve found this recipe and i’m dying to try it out, it’s called a ‘Toblerone’. I’ve posted the recipe you can find that here.

30 Seconds is in my time-design capsule because we always play it with friends, and it remains a fun game!

The black and white photo is the Marilee Flyers in Monte Carlo in 1978. My parents are 3rd and 4th from the left. I love this photo and my parents have inspired me my whole life. So that obviously has to go in there.

I have a image of different types of cogs, i found it on the interweb and i thought it was super cool.

Also, i had to save a font, BN internet is what i would save, i think it is an awesome font. I have a thing for collecting fonts, and wouldn’t like to lose this one…

Lastly is a picture of the Acropolis in Athens. I want to go there at the end of the year or next year. I love the history, mythology and literature that comes from Greece,  so it makes sense to visit and to do the tourist thing.

So that is what i’d put in… what would you put in your time-design capsule? What inspires you?

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