Drawing a List

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve liked making lists: Christmas lists, lists of people, lists of names for future pets, tiny to-do lists scribbled inside my day planners. As a toddler, I once told the Santa at the mall that I would write down my Christmas list in response to his inquiries about what I wanted (I was, apparently, angry at him for claiming that reindeer couldn’t talk). Of course, this endless list-making became less delightful and more stressful in college, when my hobby resulted in an ever-growing list of topics to research and essays to write. After a year of fretting about checking everything off for the day and trying to find daily planners with big enough spaces to jot down all of the things that needed to be done, I decided that the to-do list was unnecessary and unhealthy, and it died out. Browsing my list of recent blog posts yesterday, I realized it’s been a while since I focused on prints and decided to give some posters a chance to be in the 3S spotlight. List-oriented graphics seem to be popping up all over my Etsy favorites, so now that I’ve graduated, I think it may be time to bring back the list-making–but this time, I think my lists should look a little more like these:

From left:
1. Things I’m Thankful For from Laura George
2. My Favorites Print by dekaanimals

Animals of High Moral Standing by Animalia Shop

From left:
1. Herbs by Cake With Giants
2. Tools for Making from Kate Consumption (a different Kate, by the way)

Some of these lists are just fun (“Things I’m Thankful For” from Laura George), others are witty (Animalia Shop’s “Animals of High Moral Standing”), but I’m especially drawn to the illustrated lists that split their focus between aesthetics and information. As a backyard farmer (okay, Mom is, but sometimes I help pick the veggies when they ripen), Krank Press’s produce calendar is my favorite educational illustration. Claudia Pearson’s “Charred Chard” recipe illustration is also impressively clever–the perfect hybrid of info-graphic and modern print.

What to Pack Card by Small Adventure

Buy Local by Claudia Pearson

Counterclockwise from top left:
1. Spring What’s in Season Print by Yours Is the Earth
2. Summer What’s in Season Print by Yours Is the Earth
3. Pacific Northwest Produce Calendar by Krank Press
4. Charred Chard by Claudia Pearson

8 Responses to “Drawing a List”
  1. Lauren says:

    WHAT a cute idea ! I think i’ll illustrate my own list of things I’m thankful for !! thanks for sharing

    • Kate says:

      If you do end up drawing your own list, I’d love to see it–your design work for the menus on your blog is adorable!

  2. brightworm says:

    I love the drawings! If I had a list like this I wouldn’t dream of loosing it (like the other ones that get lost in my purse :/ )

    • Kate says:

      I know what you mean! I wouldn’t have dreaded looking at my schedule everyday in school if I had illustrated lists like these.

  3. Mark Kubiak says:

    I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

  4. katayah says:

    So inspiring! I’ve always loved creative lists too. Maybe that’s a sign to take up the challenge and make a graphic designed list:)) Thanks for the inspiration Kate! Oh and I’m another Kate, although in Polish it’s Katarzyna:)

  5. sweetopiagirl says:

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

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