Sunday, September 8, 2013


Remember the good old days of screen names/user names? I don't know if it's just me, but these days it feels like they're a thing of the past... I remember being glittergal, magicalme, hermione16 (*cringe*) and a whole lot of other ones that I'm sure were inspired by various Harry Potter characters. But now I'm mostly just signed up with either my name or this blog, thegraphicbee. Maybe it's just something I've grown up from. Maybe, with facebook and twitter and sharing so much of your personal life online, people don't care/aren't afraid about using their real names anymore.

There's a new profile I need to create for an app that I've just downloaded, and I'm stumped. Should I name myself after a constellation? A book character? A favourite tree, perhaps? Or should I just stick with thegraphicbee?!

Friday, August 30, 2013


The 100 Days Project was a failburger on my part. Actually, not totally failburger, since I did manage to rustle up a few typefaces, which is more than I could've done had I not started the project...

Anyway... what a crazy month August was. Without going into too many details: I finished up my contract at my old job (sob), had a little surgery (what the), got offered two jobs (insert happy dance), and sprained a knee and an ankle on the same leg (wop wop). Oh, and I got instagramming! If you'd like to follow my exploits and such, you can do so here.

The Wisteria bine* by my house which has been looking dead the past few months is slowly starting to come back to life again - it's got little buds and I just know that in the next month it's going to be bursting with flowers and fragrance. Aaah how I love spring.

That's me signing off today, happy weekend!

*"bine" is not a typo. Btw, I never would have thought that Wisteria was related to the pea family! n

Monday, July 8, 2013

Days 28 - 32

Yes, I'll get Days 22 - 27 up soon!! Sorry I missed uploading that week, but I can't wait to share the results.

So I still cannot come up with a name for this typeface, if you can think of something, please leave it in the comments! It's the first time I've had a typeface-naming-block! Hmph.

I'm fairly happy with this one (especially the tittles and except for the ampersand). I do still need to make some ligatures and dashes.

Day 21

So I don't know why but I was feeling majorly uninspired with Chicken Potpie and I thought I'd do something else rather than trudge along with it when I know I'm not enjoying it.

This is not my best type drawing but hey, that's the beauty of the 100 Days Project, it's not about being perfect, it's about getting something creative done every day.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Days 11 - 20

Some more alphabets for Matariki (Chicken Potpie?? Matariki...?). I'd done up more but as I really wasn't happy with them, I am going to redo them.

Didn't I say that the uppercase letters looked like kowhaiwhai patterns? :-)

Next post will be up on Sunday. By then, I hope to finish this typeface. It has stretched for too long and I cannot wait to get stuck into a different one soon! All the final tweaks and things I'll work on at the end of the project...

Monday, June 24, 2013

sniffle sniffle

Dear blog and 100 Days Project, please do not think I have abandoned you, and please excuse yesterday and today. I please have a sick day in this project?

I will try my best to get my post/new typeface up by tomorrow! Only a few alphabets left for Chicken Potpie! Woohoo!

Hmm I might call the typeface "Matariki". Just a thought.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Days 4 - 10

When I went to work last Monday, I was given a new job... to re-design a flyer for school enrolments for the new year (isn't it a bit early for that? Anyway...). I searched for a font that looked like cursive chalk writing. And when I couldn't find one I liked, I decided to make my own! Chicken Potpie has taken a back seat this week while I worked on this new typeface called 'School Enrolments' (ha!). It's based off of Snell Roundhand, and I'm still working on a few ligatures. :-)

And this is what it looks like in my flyer (contains some placeholder text):

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Days 2 + 3 + announcement

Hello, dear blog.

This is the third day of the 100 Day Project... and it is going well! Yesterday, I finished off most of the lower case alphabets of Chicken Potpie (yet to be renamed...), and today I have started working on the upper case alphabets and numbers.

I have decided the way I am going to go about posting these typefaces. I will be posting every Sunday, the results of the entire earlier week. Hopefully that will mean that I will do one typeface per week, but let's see. As since Friday I only have a bunch of random alphabets and a few numbers finished, I won't post anything today, but by next Sunday I hope to have Chicken Potpie done and dusted.

So... see you next Sunday!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Day 1

Less than an hour for Day 1 of the 100 Days Project to finish, aaaand here's todays achievement. I hereby present to you, the first thirteen lower case alphabets of my new typeface. The typeface is currently called Chicken Potpie but it totally has potential to change. I don't like chicken.

The reason I chose this specimen to make into a typeface, was because of the upper case alphabets (to come soon). They reminded me very much so of Maori Kowhaiwhai patterns, and I thought it was fitting that I started off the 100 Days Project with this typeface. :-)

I realise that the bowl of the "o" isn't perfect, but at this moment, I just want to get the alphabets out; I can tweak later on.

Over and out. :-)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

a cluster of links

+ Favourite new blogs. This and this. The girls behind these blogs are so cool.

+ It's no secret that I'm not the world's best cook. But these mushrooms look easy to prepare...

+ Can't remember if I've shared this before, but this jewellery store looks pretty cool.

+ When I saw these blank books at the bookstore, I fell in love. I didn't buy them though, because I knew I wouldn't write in them, they're much too beautiful...

+ I love gold jewellery, but it always goes dark in a few months! Grr. Maybe I should try these home products for cleaning jewellery.

+ 19 things that prove Aladdin and Titanic are basically the same movie. Heheh.

+ Jewellery organisation video. I can never get enough of those.

+ I reeeally want to make an orange vanilla smoothie!