Monster Mashup

Monster Mashup

🎵 I did the mash – I did the monster mashup-with-the-library-logo. 🎵 This is the first set of new designs I’ve created in years, and the first I did with Affinity Designer. I’m not sponsored by them or anything – I’m just very pleased with Affinity’s program. This also means that I can send you…

Library Logo Mashups

Library Logo Mashups

Over the years I have created quite a few library logo mashups – many I forgot to share on Hafuboti. Well, I forget no more! With some bonus high-res versions! Having learned how to use Affinity Designer (think cheaper, but just-as-great Adobe Illustrator), I can now create mashups at lightning speeds! Well, maybe not that…

Optical Illusions

Optical Illusions

This theme was inspired by finding some paint sticks sold at a small indie bookstore in the area. I thought they might really be a fun/easy new way to decorate our windows. I’ll save you from wondering: we probably won’t use them again. Tried and True Technique Years ago, Natasia created a blank template of…

Don’t Tread On What I Read

Don’t Tread On What I Read

If you’re a librarian in the U.S. right now, things have been alarming if not downright dangerous for us and our patrons. And when I feel overwhelmed with emotions, many times it is art that helps me process them. This time, I still feel just as upset as when I began this design. And so…

Dry Erase Reserve Slips

Dry Erase Reserve Slips

Some of you may recognize this idea as I shared it in the Hafuboti eNewsletter vol. 4 – it got such a good response that I felt it should be shared with a wider audience. It’s one of those things that, having been at a small library for over a decade now, was so shockingly…

#LAFE Vectors

#LAFE Vectors

Last year, Jonathan, the Scholarly Communications and Digital Librarian at The University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, sent a very kind email asking about vector versions of my #LAFE designs. We had a nice email exchange – though I was unable to help since I was still a novice at vector…

The Rainbow Sower

The Rainbow Sower

A lot has been going on in Nebraska and the US involving censorship of all sorts. Especially in the library-world. And as a white cisgender heteronormative LGBTQ+ ally – I am angry. And as a library worker – I am angry. And I’m someone who has struggled with being verbally abusive throughout my life. If…

Storytimepalooza!

Storytimepalooza!

While going through thousands of files in my quest to rebuild my blog, I came across one of the very first images that I created when I began overseeing our Children’s Library in 2013. This was either one of my earliest Photoshopped images, or it was built with either Word or Publisher. Yes, you can…

Even More Signs

Even More Signs

Okay, so it turned out that my three part new sign series has a fourth part. What can I say? I rebel against…uh, numbers? Along with our directional and informational signs from 2015, I realized that our “rules” signs also needed a refresh. BEFORE: AFTER: In the After picture, the library images behind the children…

Book End Cozy Redux

Book End Cozy Redux

This is the third, and final, sign revamp post. Here is part one and part two in case you missed them. As I went to look for my post on what I call “book end cozies,” I realized that my first post about them was buried in a holiday post. Oops. And at the beginning…

Librarians Can Do It!

Librarians Can Do It!

Last year I had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium – it’s a great conference that if you get a chance to attend, then please do! Not only did I keynote, but they asked if I would design a logo for their theme of Advance, Challenge, Transform. After…