I really have been sucking at this whole blogging thing lately. Even though it seems like I’m busy all the time, summer has made me lazy. While it’s true that I’m taking 5 hours of class and working in a lab for the summer and trying to have a social life, I do have a lot of free time. Unfortunately, I’ve been spending far too much of that free time sitting at home staring into my laptop’s screen. I’m not sure why I do it. It’s not like I’m doing anything important or interesting on the computer. For the most part, I’ve been browsing Buzzfeed, Thought Catalog and Google News. It’s really an incredibly, terribly boring existence. I shouldn’t keep it up, but I can’t help myself. Even though I tell myself that I want to do something, anything, I still find myself plopped down on the couch… or my bed… or at the kitchen table… mindlessly gaping at a computer screen. I hate that I do it, but I can’t seem to stop.
Well, a few weeks ago, I did do something other than stare at a computer screen. Unfortunately, because I spent the next few weeks staring at a computer screen again, I haven’t posted about it.
The something that I did a few weeks ago was a just-before-sunrise bike ride. Even though I rarely see the early morning (unless I’m still awake from the previous night), I really love sunrises. There’s something magical and beautiful about waking up with the birds and watching the morning’s light spread across the sky. It’s really exhilarating to be awake before almost anyone else (of course, you can get the same feeling when you’re on a college campus on a Saturday at 9 am, but that’s beside the point).
When I went on my early morning bike ride, I (of course) brought my camera to see what I could capture. Here are a few shots from that morning:
Last week, during my cell biology lab, we did an experiment that involved staining actin in cells with a fluorescent dye and visualizing the cells under a special type of microscope. A few hours ago, the TA for the class sent out some of the images that were taken during the lab. Call me crazy, but I think fluorescent microscopy is an art form. The intricate beauty of cells and proteins and tissues is on display, set apart from the background in bright, vibrant hues.
The images themselves end up being surreal, hazy compositions. The cells turn into translucent, amorphous balloons floating through the pitch-black night. Cells are huge, dominating, in these images. It’s hard to believe that each cell is only 10-15 microns across, about 1/5 the width of a hair.
Lately, some really artistic and stylized typography has been popping up all over the internet. I’ve seen examples on a Pinterest, Tumblr, and a few of my favorite blogs. A few days ago, HonestlyWTF posted about a series of “Daily Dishonesty” images created by NYC graphic designer Lauren Hom. They’re really cool, and I especially love the stylish, simple designs. Here’s a few examples:
I also took a look through my quotes board on Pinterest and found a few of my favorite typographically focused quotes.
Inspired by all of these great examples, I started sketching. I pretty much always have a notebook of some sort on me for writing/drawing/doodling. It’s also a fantastic way to look like you’re paying attention in lecture when you’re actually not. After sketching out a few words, I scanned it onto my computer and cleaned it up in photoshop. I also added some color and a few little accents. Mine is not nearly as good as those done by professionals, but I think it’s passable. It was also pretty fun. Guess I’ve found a new way to procrastinate!