Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Attempts at a Manifesto

We've been taking about manifestos over at Beyond Beyond and as I don't usually use text in such a graphic design sort of way, I thought it would be a fun challenge for Brenda's Third Thursday link up.

The best part was thinking about what to put on it.  The words I've chosen are an absolute reflection of me and the things that are important to me.  I'm sure that this will get altered and added to over time, so I am inclined to think of this as a starting point, something to build on rather than a set of 'rules for life'.

Honestly, there's not really a graphic designer in me trying to get out but as a one off it was fun to experiment.  Maybe next time I'll crack open the felt-tips and do it freehand!

To see how it should be done, Leonie Wise has produced a fabulous one (which you can download for free).  And there is of course the very awesome Holstee Manifesto.

I'm actually feeling pretty proud of myself as this is third new challenge I've done this month. Woo hoo!
My first was opening my Etsy shop (giveaway is still open, so check out this post - open til tomorrow evening (UK time), winner will be announced Friday).
And my second was that I have started shooting in RAW.  Previously I was shooting in fine quality jpg but I am loving the flexibility of RAW, especially in lightroom.  I have no idea why it has taken me so long to do this but I have finally done it!  My first RAW shot appeared in Monday's post.

How about you.  What have you tried this month?  Come and share at Brenda's!

Image created for Beyond Beyond.


  1. Good for you to switch to RAW. I fought it for a good part of last year, but once I became comfortable with Lightroom I made the switch, and I haven't looked back. The flexibility it offers is so wonderful. Great Manifesto. I am so far behind on Beyond, Beyond but I will keep plugging away at it.

  2. I'm loving how you are expanding and exploring and challenging yourself! Your manifesto speaks to who you are and you've inspired me to give this a try as well. What have I tried this month? I took myself off on a trip without and while it was "almost" by myself, the things I did were for renting a car on my own for the first time and being solely responsible for getting myself to point A and B and back again...might not sound like a "big" thing but it was pretty big for me!! Encourages me to do more and it's a proving to myself the things I can do but haven't given myself credit for. xo

  3. Becs - well, you are certainly living your "brave" this month! What a wonderful and inspiring example you are, in stepping out in all these different ways. And as a graphic designer, I love the way you have combined your favorite words into your personal manifesto. Beautiful combinations of fonts and judicious use of color. And I know you will really love shooting RAW and exploring the flexibility it provides in post-processing. Thank you for living the Third Thursday Challenge concept!

  4. Good for you, Becs, and your manifesto is great!
    You will love shooting in RAW. It really makes a huge difference, or at least I think so.
    Happy day to you!

  5. Great job! I too opened an etsy shop to sell my images! Way to go. I've hemmed and hawed on that for a very long time and finally pulled the trigger.

  6. I must admit that I haven't tried anything new this month... and I'm not sure if I will in the remaining 4 days ;-)
    I love your manifesto - both the content as well as your design!
    Have a wonderful day, Becs!

  7. You've been very brave trying new things this month! Love your manifesto. It contains so many great words of wisdom!

  8. I like what you've created here.... a lot. Text in images is something I like. My fave quote is the "say NO without guilt". I think women especially have a hard time with that. My best the other day shared something-she said "No is a complete sentence". I like that and need to remember it when the excuses, real or enhanced follow no.
    I think this piece would be really cool to layer over another image.
    As for the RAW...just like you that's something I haven't done. I had no trouble shooting manual and wonder why people can't figure that out, but RAW seems daunting. Mainly how to store the images-such large files. If you have any smart solutions for that I'd be all over it.
    Glad you're trying new links. They seem to be inspiration boosting. Have a great day.

    1. LOVE what your best friend says - I am quoting her on my next manifesto! Also love your idea about layering this on another image. I hadn't thought of that and am definitely going to give it a try, thank you.
      We have an external hard drive which I am planning on using for my RAW images - and being very ruthless with deleting below par images (I'm quite rubbish at this!). Not sure how this will work in practise but will let you know what I come up with. :)

  9. Good for you, Becs! And many great words in your manifesto. :)

  10. Wow, Becs! You are growing in leaps and bounds this month. I like your manifesto - so many wise and inspiring words. I especially love that Arthur Ashe quote. And RAW? That feels huge to me, having never tried it myself. Maybe I need to, at least once, just to see if I'm really missing anything. :-)

  11. Exciting times on your blog, for sure!! I love what you've done with your "manifesto". I love word art of all kinds...this one is at the top of the list. Fun, heartfelt, creative, and inspiring...

  12. Great manifesto - so good, so true.

  13. Love this...the two tones work so well.


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