One Happy Island... by Pamela Green

Visiting Aruba has undoubtedly broadened and shaped my limited perspective of the values and morals of another culture. In case you may not have known, I am an absolute stranger when it comes to traveling abroad. The fact is, I haven't. This entry will mark my first vacation (yes, at this late age) outside of the United States.

The reasons behind choosing Aruba are simply due to the desire to trace my roots. My parents were born and lived in Aruba for quite sometime until they migrated to the United States. Since then, I have not been exposed to their culture; nor have met my relatives overseas. Once I obtained my Passport, Aruba was THE first place to go. In an effort to summarize my entire experience, I will not only show the typical tourist side of Aruba... but the actual lifestyle and lively hood of its citizens. So enjoy this entry, this is a long and very informative one! Note: I took ALL photos through the iPhone 5...

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It's the Thought that Counts... by Pamela Green

Laptop Card, 2013

Laptop Card, 2013

It was around that time of year, folks. Yes, it was. It was HIS birthday and for the longest amount of time he mentioned how much he wanted a laptop. "I want this one. OH look Pam! That one is on sale! Wow 4 RAMS and a duel-processor!" Just about four months had passed since his first mention of a laptop and the thought lingered constantly within (Pam just get him the blasted laptop already). But when the time came, I simply did NOT have the funds. I mean of course it would've been an awesome present, but sometimes you have to choose an alternative route.

If you personally know me, well-even if you don't: I am a very creative individual. Even when it comes to gifts, I seriously think about a present months ahead of time. In this particular scenario, I didn't want to get him an average laptop, I wanted it to be a great one. But once again, I did not have the funds. So I thought of other ways I could give him his laptop, but just not an actual one. At first I decided to bake a cake, then I was going to buy a small tablet, or perhaps settle and buy a used one... but with the days proceeding October 15th was right around the corner. What you see pictured here is the end result. Yes, I designed a card.. and why not?!

I initially started with a logo similar to Hewlett-Packard's. I thought it'd be cool to mix our names together and then scrambled for free metallic textures online. After that was of course implementation and design. The keyboard, screenshots, pictures, etc. The little symbols you see are elements of our lives (companies we work for, what we like, his obsession with Facebook, etc). After that it was a matter of choosing the right card-stock and printing from home. 

Now I know this is not a typical entry, but not everything I design is for business.... sometimes its just the though that counts. I'm glad he loved it! 


Throwback Thursday: "Polly Want a Cocktail?" by Pamela Green

"Polly Want a Cocktail?" 14"x17" Colored Pencil. 2005.

I wanted to give some of you a more juvenile side of me. This illustration entitled, "Polly Want a Cocktail?" depicts a relaxed parrot enjoying his wine and crackers. As a teen I had a series of pets–rather birds: canaries zebra finches, parakeets, etc. My slight obsession with birds carried for many years until this day. They were my inspiration for this, along with household furniture and the need to tame my dozen canaries. This drawing hangs upon my mothers wall back home in New Jersey where it is recognized as one of my childhood achievements. I won 1st place in illustration (at the Hall of Records Art Show in 2005 in Freehold, NJ) with this piece. It was my second competition (since the 5th grade) I entered to win top prize.

Oh, what imagination I had back then...


New Addition: McGraw Hill's Connect ESL by Pamela Green


Hell everyone and Happy December!

I've added a new portfolio piece on my site: McGraw Hill and Cambridge's Connect ESL! Since being such an established company, I was more so responsible for maintaining the branding from McGraw Hill by producing various print materials for marketing. I was also placed in the position to update the current logo from Connect, to Connect ESL to promote the new partnership between McGraw and Cambridge. 

More coming soon before the New Year! So please be sure to check in!


Your Feedback by Pamela Green

Over these past few weeks I have asked several of you for feedback on my website regarding  my craft, website's layout, and/or any ideas for the future. Most of the feedback I received was quite positive... and I thank you in that regard. However, some of you pointed out some very valid points, which ultimately lead me to write this entry. Here's what some of you had to say:


Overall, I appreciate your site. Love the layout, the about me and the sections... however, your work doesn't seem real. It looks staged. How can I believe it was you who designed this? 

It actually took me quite sometime to decide a proper layout for all of my designs. I tried placing my works on different backgrounds (wooden tables, grass, on top of a kitchen sink) nothing seem to catch the neutral and simplistic look I aimed for. As you can see, a lot of my works have huge amounts of color, so it was best to use the white canvas of my site and push it further with images.  I can assure you a lot of what you see are actual created pieces. However, for the outmost clearest display, I created the renderings you see from the original files. To balance this out I've combined these renderings with some photographs seen throughout. 


The descriptions of your works seem pretty light. I'd like to know more about your involvement in these pieces...

I have always believed that the work one produces should speak for itself.  However, I do understand some of you would like to  to know my process and how I went about designing certain works. I have included a brief description for all my works, also giving a gift  ("What you get") to those of you who read.  I will also update my blog from time to time and give an in-depth description of a selected piece from my site. Other than that, you can always contact me directly!


You have a blog on here, which takes a lot of commitment, what will you do here to keep your audience interested?

Having a blog on any website is a HUGE responsibility. As well as an other social networking tool. I have learned that updating must be frequent, however, if you love what you do... writing an entry here and there shouldn't cause much of a hassle. Fortunately I live in the Big Apple, so I am over saturated with design on a daily basis. I will be writing reviews of my works, giving critiques of designs I may come across, and sketch here and there. Also, as I am a developing designer, there are a lot of learned lessons, successes/failures that I have come across in my career. Possibly write about that as well.


I thank everyone for the honest and constructive criticism, and believe me when I say ALL of you have been taken into consideration. If  there's anyone else, pleases do not hesitate to comment below or send me an email at I look forward to hearing from you!