Design is in the details: creative inspiration from Greece

Throughout my ten days in Greece I felt Muses fluttering behind me, exhaling inspiration which I'm still lucky to be inhaling now, back in the states. Watching the stories of the locals, of the other tourists, unfold in a language I couldn't understand tickled the writer in me. While I was computerless, I scribbled stories, notes, and bits of conversation in a notebook each evening — pages upon pages of writing that poured out of my soul. 

The main peninsula and its islands are chalk full of artistry; a typical tourist, I found every door, every gate, every printed sign a work of art. I'm not a painter, but I longed for my design outlet, InDesign, to experiment and "paint" with the passion I rediscovered while abroad. I hope these mundane snapshots of my trip can wake your array of Muses too for a creative, passionate work week. 

 Greece is largely monochromatic: a splash of blues and coppers against a largely white background makes its cities unique, photogenic and recognizably  Greek.  

Greece is largely monochromatic: a splash of blues and coppers against a largely white background makes its cities unique, photogenic and recognizably Greek. 

 There are surprising pops of color, largely various shades of blue, scattered throughout the island of Crete. A blue door. A blue scattering of flowers painted on a boat. A string of blue birds that lured us inside a local artist's studio. 

There are surprising pops of color, largely various shades of blue, scattered throughout the island of Crete. A blue door. A blue scattering of flowers painted on a boat. A string of blue birds that lured us inside a local artist's studio. 

 The age of the door and the steps leading to it add an element of elegance to this spectacular doorway that already captures the eye with its rich color, symmetry and swirling steel bars. 

The age of the door and the steps leading to it add an element of elegance to this spectacular doorway that already captures the eye with its rich color, symmetry and swirling steel bars. 

 There is something about seeing typography without the ability to understand its message. The symbols are no longer words — they're art. The fonts made me feel messages, emotions, whilst I stayed ignorant to exact meanings. The artistry in Greek lettering reinforced how important it is to  pay attention to fonts  in design.  

There is something about seeing typography without the ability to understand its message. The symbols are no longer words — they're art. The fonts made me feel messages, emotions, whilst I stayed ignorant to exact meanings. The artistry in Greek lettering reinforced how important it is to pay attention to fonts in design.  

 The small gate, adjacent to a beautiful church, conjured images of another world. I wanted to step through those doors and be swept away in a fantastical story full of magic and myths. 

The small gate, adjacent to a beautiful church, conjured images of another world. I wanted to step through those doors and be swept away in a fantastical story full of magic and myths.