#78 His & Hers featuring Word of the Year & Color of the Year

#78 His & Hers


#78 His & Hers
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New word & colors for your Valentine… whoever they are

Don’t you agree it’s always been awkward, when you didn’t know the gender of the person in a sentence, to have to write “he/she” & “he or she”? AmperArt #78 His & Hers was inspired by this situation. (Frankly, I usually just write “it” whether it’s a person, animal or slice of pizza.) So we’d usually say “they” which up till now was not proper grammar, especially in writing.

But it is now. “He/she” can now be properly referred to as a singular “they.”  As in “Whether his is a tie or a tablet, or hers is a necklace or a notebook, give them a gift they can really use.” (You could also give them a subscription to AmperArt which is absolutely free.) 

According to the Washington Post,

“We know about singular they already — we use it everyday without thinking about it, so this is bringing it to the fore in a more conscious way, and also playing into emerging ideas about gender identity,” said linguist Ben Zimmer, language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, who presided over the voting…”

Full Washington Post article here.


Word of the Year & Color of the Year

“They” has been named the Word of the Year for 2016.

Again, from the Washington Post article:

Singular “they,” the gender-neutral pronoun, has been named the Word of the Year by a crowd of over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Frankly, I never heard of a Word of the Year till now. But I do know there is always a Pantone Color of the Year—except for 2016 it’s plural (not singular like “they”); there are two Pantone Colors of the Year:

Rose Quartz & Serenity

Rose Quartz & Serenity are Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2016. I like Pantone’s decision to feature two colors — just like His & Hers — so we can have fun with more ampersands. And these two colors are perfect for Valentines Day. (I dare you: go ahead and express your love with a bar of soap, in the appropriate color of course, and see just how much they love you back.)

More about Pantone’s Colors of the Year (all years shown—lots of fun) at Pantone.com.

Various shades of each color were used for the bathroom tiles in this month’s AmperArt #78, His & Hers. The wire towel holder is just one use for this fun & functional ampersand accessory. It can be configured as a wine rack, photo frame, jewelry holder, and more. Eventually I’ll be featuring this in the online AmperArt gift store, but for now the patent is pending and can be made to order in a variety of materials & finishes. Please inquire.

To Do & To Don’t List

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Here’s a fun & functional TO DO & TO DON’T LIST featuring the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016 to help keep his & hers goals on track for 2016.

The new design features the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity.

Download the TO DO & TO DON’T list here and print out several copies for your friends.


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Check out the new “chaz sez” blog at DesimoneDesign.com, my commercial graphic design website. There’s lots for both his & hers interests—designers, typographers, copywriters, artists, photographers, just about anyone in the creative field … whoever they are.

Most articles will cover various aspects of design, printing, publishing & marketing, but on occasion I’ll divert to a sideways topic that just can’t escape my ranting & raving. (more…)

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#80 Believe & Achieve in 2016 – Happy New Year!

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#80 Believe & Achieve
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Happy New Year

First, have a blast celebrating 2015! Then use these tips to keep your New Year’s resolutions.

If you haven’t made any resolutions yet—because you know they are so excruciatingly hard to keep—read this wonderful advice from a friend, Tammi Brannan. You might even want to rethink your New Year’s resolutions and actually look forward to keeping them in 2016!

When choosing New Year’s Resolutions that you want to achieve, make sure you do these 3 things:

  1. Identify 2-3 areas in your life you’d like to improve.
  2. Pick one action item for each area that you can do now to exact change.
  3. For 5 minutes, 3 times a day focus on each action item, whether you’re saying it to yourself as a promise or you’re taking steps towards accomplishing that action.

The 2 reasons why folks fail when it comes to their New Year’s Resolutions is because they:

  1. Pick Resolutions they don’t care too much about achieving, and…
  2. Sit by in hopes their New Year’s Resolution will come to them, instead of taking active steps to achieve them.

If finding the perfect occupation or business is one of your 2016 goals, Tammi Brannan offers career development coaching for individuals & teams. She says, “Live a life that is truer to you.” You’ll find lots of insightful videos & articles at her website, InstinctiveLife.com. I endorse Tammi as a person of high integrity & genuine concern for individuals.


To Do & To Don’t List

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featuring the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016

Here’s a TO DO LIST guaranteed to simplify your life. It’s actually my specially designed TO DO & TO DON’T list. This is brand-new artwork in the two Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity. Download the TO DO & TO DON’T list here and print out several copies for your friends.


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My favorite quote about dreams & possibilities is by Walt Disney, who really accomplished some astonishing feats. (Did you know Disneyland was built in less then one year from groundbreaking to opening day?) Walt said:

 “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

And he did. Birdies sing & flowers croon.

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#70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes

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#70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes
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Do you recognize these lyrics?

I borrowed a few words for AmperArt #70 Candy Canes & Silver Lanes from this song that was popular when I was growing up:

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
by Meredith Willson

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five & ten glistening once again
With candy canes & silver lanes aglow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev’ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots & a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney & Ben;
Dolls that will talk & will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice & Jen;
& Mom & Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go;
There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
& the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.


Song from 1951

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”  was written in 1951 (the year this AmperArtist was born) by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”. It has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra on September 10, 1951, & released on RCA Victor as a 45 & a 78 (kids, you know what that means? —no, it’s not pixels per inch). Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played. —from Wikipedia

Although I’m glad I found a song with the lyrics Candy Canes & Silver Lanes in the first stanza, I like the middle part best where the melody changes, playfully & humorously describing how the holiday affects the kids & parents.


Origin of the Candy Cane

According to folklore, in 1670, in Cologne, Germany, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral, wishing to remedy the noise caused by children in his church on Christmas Eve, asked a local candy maker for some sweet sticks for them. He asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who paid visit to infant Jesus. —adapted from Wikipedia; full story here


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“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” vividly describes the Christmases I remember as a kid: the candy canes & silver lanes (I think that’s describing the silver garland decorating store aisles), the five-&-ten (we called it a dime store & they actually had lots of stuff for a dime, a nickel, even penny candy. Duncan’s was very conveniently located on our path to and from school.)

Christmas to me used to shimmer with lots of silver: the tinsel which my mother so carefully placed onxmas cookie silver balls the tree; the shiny little round nonpareils on the Christmas cookies that she baked (a decoration that was always special to me, but they’ve been discontinued due to the ingredients — funny, no one’s dead that I know of from eating them); and of course, the aluminum Christmas trees popular in the 1960s, with their magical color wheels. Yes, we had one, as well as white flocked, pink sprayed, & then plain ol’ artificial green throughout the years. The year we went back to a real tree somehow felt more like Christmas again.

Merry Christmas to you, my AmperArt Subscriber.

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#69 Stuffed & Dressed

Happy Thanksgiving!


#69 Stuffed & Dressed
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Posing for AmperArt #69 Stuffed & Dressed, Thomas T. Turkey stuffed himself into his finest tux & got all dressed up for Thanksgiving dinner.

Is that an ampertizer he’s offering you?


Colorful Thanksgiving Dinner Placeholders

Thanksgiving Placeholder

Here are your placeholders with this year’s AmperArt #69 Stuffed & Dressed artwork. Colorful and humorous—the kids will especially enjoy these. Click here or on the image to download the placeholders artwork, which you can print on standard size paper. Full instructions included.


Stuffing or Dressing?

While deliberating on the title for this piece, I wondered what the difference was between stuffed & dressed, or actually stuffing & dressing. Interestingly, it’s the same stuff (no pun intended) but called one or the other name in different parts of the country. Also, stuffing is usually cooked inside the turkey, while dressing is prepared separately. Here’s a map showing the regional preferences.

Stuffing vs Dressing regional prefs

There are many tips for cooking your Thanksgiving turkey & a great-sounding recipe for cornbread stuffing & dressing at the Butterball website. (These links are not sponsored. I’m just sharing what I’ve come across.)

Turkey Trivia Question:

What are those fancy little paper things called that are placed on turkey drumsticks (& on ampersands, at least in this month’s Stuffed & Dressed piece)? If you know, write it in the comments area. I was always intrigued by them as a kid, as they came in all different pastel colors (like pastel toilet paper—remember that?). My mom would put them on leg of lamb (the fancy paper things, not the toilet paper).

Happy Thanksgiving

to you & your family & friends, including the furry ones. (You will slip them some turkey under the table, won’t you?)


Production notes for #69 Stuffed & Dressed:
Original size: 20×30 inches
Program: Adobe Illustrator
Fonts: Parisian, Kalinga
Ampersand: Kalinga
Credits for #69 Stuffed & Dressed:
Turkey: Dreamstime.com
Patterns: Adobe Illustrator

For professional graphic design, please visit Desimone Design.

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#97 Creepy & Crawly

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#97 Creepy & Crawly
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A sprinkling of bugs for your Halloween treat. The trick is getting your ghoulish friends to subscribe to AmperArt.com.


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P1060520Yesterday my black cat, Jeepers Creepers, started his Halloween haunting early. He was staring intently at something in the yard. I went out to see…a 3-foot-long snake. Happy Halloween to you too, Jeepers.


Production notes for #97 Creepy & Crawly:
Original size: 20×30 inches
Program: Adobe Illustrator
Fonts: Cantoria
Ampersand: based on Akzidenz Grotesk but slightly modified when I turned the bugs loose
Credits for #97 Creepy & Crawly:
Bug illustrations: © Adrianhillman | Dreamstime.
com
Bugs Seamless Tile Photo

For professional graphic design, please visit Desimone Design.

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