24 Feb

New Series: Pepper Talk with David Meade

Welcome to Pepper Talk, a new series here on the Eleven Peppers blog. Each month we’ll be sitting down with one of our peppers to get all the goods. This week we have Dave with us, he has worked for Eleven Peppers Studios almost since the beginning! Dave has a background in video and currently does UX design for the private sector.


1: Do you have any nicknames?
Well, obviously Dave [grins] but I’d say Davy, Joe Dave-o (typically shortened to Dave-o) and the Beer Dumpster or Dumpster. It just depends on my circle of friends.

 

2: How would you describe your design style?
I have no style, or, too many styles. I see other things that I really like and I try to find a way to make it my own. My design is like my personality, it has many looks. I’m like Fletch (dated reference). If there were a pattern, it would be clean and uncluttered. For instance, I don’t like modern art, so there goes designs with stuff scattered everywhere.

 

3: What are you favorite tools of the trade? What are the worst?
Oddly enough, the tools I love are the tools I despise at times: Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects, which is my all-time favorite, probably because of my background in video. I have a love hate relationship with all of them.

 

4: Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
It depends on the project, but I typically research the h*** out it first, too much some people say. Same goes in my personal life, it took me at least 6 months to pick out my truck.

 

5: What do you draw inspiration from?
Everyone and everything around me: architecture, personal styles, coworkers, etc. Seriously, the colors in those flowers [pointing to the flowers next to us], other people’s artwork, other pepper’s portfolios… I feel like I’m not creative at all [laughs] so I look around me.

 

6: Okay, admission time… If you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
There are a lot, mostly beer labels. I’ve wanted to come up with my own beer label/logo for years.

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Thanks for meeting Dave. Remember, we’ll be introducing a different pepper each month so stay tuned!!!

10 Feb

Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner (4 days to be exact), we thought we’d help all you last-minute guys and gals with a few fun printable cards. They have just the right amount of “heat” to make them perfect for your sweetie or someone you wish was your sweetie… really they’re perfect for anyone in your life!!! So no worries if you can’t make it to the store, we’ve got you covered.

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What You’ll Need
8.5 x 11 white card stock paper or printer paper
Printer
Pen
Scissors
Valentine card download (pick one or all of them!)

Instructions
Step 1: Print the valentine onto the card stock or printer paper
Step 2: Cut out the card along the grey edge
Step 3: Write the most romantic note this world has ever read… or you know, whatever
Step 4: Fold in half, seal with a kiss and deliver to your sweetie
Step 5: Graciously accept the onslaught of kisses/hugs/etc.

Optional
Snap a pic and tag us on social media @elevenpeppers, seeing you spread the love would make our day!!!