A couple months ago I saw this quote on Pinterest:
Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. We’re passionate about making beautiful design simple and accessible to everyone.
Well, it’s definitely simple and definitely accessible. Plus every week they send out a few free downloads of themes, fonts, even whole business branding packages via email. This is pretty much perfect for me, a totally amateur graphic designer. It enables me to download whatever looks fun and play around with it without having to sink a lot of money into expensive components like fonts and Photoshop brush packs and pattern packs. Even the paid products tend to be very reasonably priced.
To make the printable above, I used this herringbone pattern. I had to learn how to use patterns in Photoshop to do it, for which I used this super simple and wonderful tutorial. Then I downloaded a picture of an Eames chair (gotta give the negative committee an ultra-cool chair to sit in, right?) and sucked all the color out of the seat using the Magic Wand tool to select and the Paint Bucket tool to make it all white. The base was already black.
Finally, the quote itself is in Secca Std, from a website called My Fonts. This site is well-known to pro graphic design types, but for more casual users, it might be something new. My Fonts has pretty much any font you could ever want for any purpose. And a lot of them, like Secca Std, are available for demo purposes for free. Any type geek definitely needs to subscribe to their newsletter, which not only gives you a heads up on trends in font design, but also profiles some of the designers who make those fonts. It’s also pretty entertaining even if you’re not a complete font geek.
And though I designed this for myself, it seemed silly not to make it more widely available so here it is for you too as a free printable. I printed mine on regular printer paper and then trimmed it to fit a 7 3/4″ by 9 3/4″ Ribba frame from IKEA.
The negative committee didn’t like that my printer is apparently running out of ink and that I was out of photo paper, but I told it to shut up about that too.