Design miscellanea and everyday musings by Nathanael C. Saldana

Category: Creative Inspiration

iPhone Tripod Hack

When I asked my coworker Roger if he had a tripod I could borrow, he found a piece of corrugated cardboard and made me this…



If you met Philadelphia at a party…

In a group exercise conducted during Philadelphia focus groups, participants were asked to imagine Philadelphia as a person they met at a party. (The exercise had been previously conducted in GPTMC focus groups in 2006.) These are my illustrations reflecting actual comments during the focus groups, featured at GPTMC’s annual January tourism event. Definitely a positive progression for the city!


Urban Outfitters Catalog Collection


As I’m slowly simplifying my physical existence in preparation for a future relocation, I feel the need to discard any (read: most) superfluous accumulations. So, as proud as I am of my 8-year running Urban Outfitters catalog collection, it might be time to part ways.

I’m not too heartbroken. Whenever I’m looking for inspiration UO’s online/social presence always keeps me going. Thanks guys!


Top-Secret 007 FIESTA

I was commissioned to design an invitation for a private party for some friends who have not seen the previous 007 movies (or at least the two Daniel Craig films), and timing was perfect considering the imminent Skyfall release. I liked the final product so much I had a large-scale version printed as a poster for my office!

Illustration(s) of the Week 23

In my search for the perfect Avengers-inspired illustration (in honor of the moving coming out at midnight tonight!!!) I found these awesome illustrations by Terryl Whitlatch, creature designer who has even worked on Star Wars characters. These are so much fun! My favorite is Captain Paramerica.

From the artist:

“It was fun deciding what dinosaurs should be what characters. I ended up with an Ankylosaur as Iron Man (a no-brainer, as this animal is naturally armored), a Parasaurolophus as Captain America, just because I thought with that crest it would look really funny, a Triceratops as Thor, especially since when it grows up it is actually a Torosaurus, hence “Thor”-osaurus, and a T-rex as the Hulk so I could give it really muscularly odd little arms. It’s a breath of fresh air to do fan art, and any excuse to draw dinosaurs is a good one!”

Originally viewed here.

Instagram Week 1

I was so excited to download and begin using Instagram on my Android phone last week! I’m still not sure how I plan to use it in the future, but we’ll see! Here’s a recap of my first week’s photos:

Collections: Ribbon

Who else has a ribbon collection? I know it seems ridiculous, but they have just seemed to accumulate over the years! Every time I need a different color, I buy a whole spool plus everything I find on sale. The scraps are easier to store; I keep them in little plastic bags. Thus my ribbon drawer was born! I also handmade the cake stands from plates and candle-holders (see the details here). Being creative apparently requires a lot of storage space, unfortunately.

Illustration of the Week 13

Magic Forest by Sam Nielson, via Ffffound. Love the way it makes me feel.

Photo of the Week 52

Taken on his iPhone 4 by the inspirational Bobby Solomon (The Fox Is Black) while on his trip to Seattle. I love it! Just another reason why I need an iPhone. See the rest of the photos in the original post here.