Dina Thanki: A – Z Challenge

Dina Thanki is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator whose work I absolutely adore. You’ll notice that her blog is included in my Blogs That I Follow sidebar. Her style to me is lively and bright and has that simple and effortless appeal that you know wasn’t so simple and effortless to create. Dina is a freelancer living in Leicestershire (UK) who often posts her illustrations and cool resources in her “I Like This Stuff” series. She’s also recently launched her Etsy Shop. For the month of April Dina has entered The A-Z Challenge. Basically you post every day except Sunday and each post follows a theme from A – Z. Take for example you chose animals as your theme, so in order your posts could be on Aardvarks, Bears, Cougar, Dolphins, etc… Dina has chosen “Quotes” for her theme and here are some of my favorites so far:

I admire Dina’s dedication and consistency. She invited me to participate in the challenge, but I knew it would be too much for me at this time. Maybe next year though.

Party Like A 5 Year Old!

That’s exactly what we did. The idea came from the exuberant mind of my aunt/coach/boss (she prefers the first 2 titles), who wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday in a very special way. So she dropped the 0 and came up with an event-filled weekend that tapped into our inner-child. There was kite flying, arcade games, balloon toss, bumper cars, bowling, and home-made funny hats. Months before, we discussed which events she wanted (and her love of Pac-man), and I designed the invite seen below as my gift to her. I made versions in Adobe Illustrator for print and web. All in all,  the entire weekend was loaded with fantastic activities, friends, and laughter, but one thing I found truly commendable was that she requested that she be given no material possessions. Instead, she asked that attendees donate their time or the money they would have spent on a gift toward 2 local charities:

WOW:  Women Empowering Women – A Helping Hand for Single Mothers! They provide “Helping Hands” ready to help educate, inspire and “empower” single mothers to seek out solutions to their challenges. Help by donating money (their first preference), beauty products, clothes, and diapers or volunteer. Their website provides other ways to help.

Community Project for Seniors  – Their mission is to enrich the lives of low income senior citizens who reside in subsidized housing. They provide critical services for elderly individuals without a family support system, and mobility-challenged individuals over the age of fifty. Help by donating money, toiletries, blankets, games, cleaning supplies, or food.  A detailed list can be found on their website.

Birthday Invite Created in Adobe Illustrator


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