Freebie: Inspirational Quotes

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Back in January, I had the joy to design a little print series for Bing for their lounge at Alt Summit. They wanted inspirational quotes to support the concept of their cloud-based services. I made a series of 4 prints that could be tiled together to create an abstract cloud, or they could stand alone.

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I’m happy with how they turned out, despite my limitations with the design and time.

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See above how I tiled them.

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I was very limited on the design as I didn’t have much time to execute. I was given the official ‘go ahead’ while I was flat on my back with strep throat. The next day I created the designs. By the time I had work ready to print we were less than a week away from the deadline. Obviously no time for fun stuff like letterpress, gold foil, laser-cutting, etc.

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Of the local digital print services I tried, no one wanted to touch this job. We needed 500 of each design (2000 cards total). I sent it off to overnight prints and they pulled through for me (granted, it required a substantial rush fee).

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I would love to re-work these prints and get them completed with off-set and silver foil printing. I just don’t see that happening though.

As far as the design process goes, I painted the starry scene on watercolor paper with dry gouache. Added gold and glitter touches then scanned in. I lettered the quotes separately and placed them over the background.

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Click the image above to download the free desktop background quote “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” By downloading you agree to the Terms of Use below. Stay tuned for more fun stuff with the other three quotes!

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  1. Michelle says:

    These are just beautiful!

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  3. Nancy says:

    So so pretty! Thank you for beautifying my desktop!

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  5. CollegeKid says:

    PLEASE make this available again. I need this kind of pretty, motivational wallpaper right now. I’m writing my thesis! :(

  6. jazz says:

    Please make this available again. Its just so beautiful. :(

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