Earlier this spring, a team from Sioux Falls set off to Kalalayi in Southern Sudan. The primary goal of the trip was to provide a well for the village, which was desperately needed. While there, the team also wanted to work with the locals to improve their schools, religious instruction, and farming techniques. No sweat, a week or two should be plenty of time, right?
This sounds like a job for a designer!
As a small piece of the puzzle, I volunteered create a guidebook that outlines the basic steps in the Farming God’s Way curriculum. The challenge was to ensure the design could communicate clearly without relying on words. (A few people in Kalalayi can read a little English.) The final product was a set of laminated cards that were spiral bound along the top edge. With any luck these guidebooks will provide an easy reminder of the training the farmers received while the team was in South Sudan.
Take a closer look at the design, along with a PDF of the full guidebook below: Continue reading →
What site is complete without a swarm of social network sharing icons? For that matter, what site doesn’t offer a set of vector-based icons for free? Well, in the interest of solidarity, here is my set:
Type design meets instant gratification. Font Capture is a newly launched utility that will take a scan of your handwriting and turn it into an actual true type font. I admit I was skeptical when I first came to the site, but decided to give it a run and see how it turned out.
The process was fairly easy:
Download and print the template page
Write all the letters in their appropriate boxes
Scan and upload the completed template back to the site
Births, deaths, awards, and marriages; these are perfect little icons to help announce major events in people’s lives. I’ve found them useful. You might as well too. No point in reinventing the wheel, right?
This is a set of icons I created a few years back when I was updating my portfolio site.
The site is looking a little out of date these days, but I ran across the icons, and thought I should throw them out here so I know where they are in case I find a use for them again. If you want to put them to use, just download the vector-based file below.