Thursday, 28 July 2016

Happiness is... now at a new URL! We've moved.

Happiness is... has moved! Click to visit our new home.

Happiness is... has moved over to join my new website at Very similar look, same content, just a new address with more than a blog to look at. There's even an online store! 

Some of my social media handles have been updated to match the site name - if you don't already follow me, add me below:
twitter   •   facebook   •   instagram   •   pinterest   •   behance

I look forward to seeing you there! Don't forget to sign up to the Lucky Packet to stay updated AND get exclusive free printables. Drop me a comment on the new site and let me know what you think of it :)

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

April 2016 Free Printable Calendar + Brand New Website (+ possibly the last post here)

Hey there! It's calendar time again... And it's also finally brand new website, shop and blog time! Yup, that's right, my new website has finally launched with a bit of a rebrand, and so the blog will be moving over there from now on. I've decided to still keep this blog live instead of shutting it down, because it's been through so much with me and I feel like it's kind of a thing of its own in a way... so it'll stay here for any roaming passers-by, but will from now on continue over here.  All the old stuff as been moved over, and the blog is still Happiness is... so it's not really changing much - except for more frequent posting and more focussed content. The monthly calendars, including this month's calendar, will still be happening, same as always :)

fathima's studio new logo

I've chosen Fathima's Studio as the name to pull together all the different elements of what I do. For now this covers my design and illustration work, my online store and products which will be both printed and downloadable stationery, and the blog. The store has a few recent products in it and will continue to be updated regularly. Keep an eye out on the new blog for a launch giveaway coming soon! Some of my social media handles have also adjusted to suit the new name, so don't forget to update those from the new site.

Thank you for visiting my blog and for following, commenting and supporting me here over the years! I hope you'll join me on the other side :)

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

New logo, new look, new site!

New logo, new look, new site!
If you're subscribed to the Happiness is... Lucky Packet or have been following elsewhere, you may have seen me mention that I've got a new website brewing. After many months of planning and careful tweaking, it's almost ready to be launched! I cannot wait to share it with you :)

The past year has been full of change for my business, and so I felt it was time to relook at things, see what was working and what wasn't and make some adjustments.
So what's new?

Behind the scenes
With change and growth comes the need to update systems and processes, so that's exactly what I've done. I've updated how I handle projects and clients, and fixed problem areas to make things run smoothly and professionally to give my clients the best possible experience when they work with me.

The new website was carefully structured and designed to create the feeling I want people to have when they work with me. The look is an extension of the blog feel, so no drastic change there. One of the most exciting things about the site is the new online store! There'll be printed and digital download stationery products available for sale.

Logo & Branding
Since I started my own business I've been torn between using my own name, a brand name, or going with "Happiness is..." since that was already a somewhat established name. I've finally reached a decision on this and will be launching a consolidated new logo and name that will cover all my work, services and products, while "Happiness is..." will stay as the blog name only.

Stay tuned to my social media channels for updates, sneak peeks and giveaways, and get excited, coz I am! :)

I'm also going to be sharing some of my latest client projects over the next few days, so keep an eye out for those.

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Monday, 29 February 2016

March 2016 Free Printable Calendar

It's almost March! This month's calendar illustration has a somewhat vintage botanical feel to it, and as usual is completely hand drawn.

You asked and I listened! This month's calendar week starts on a Monday, following several requests and subsequent surveys that I carried out. I've also made the calendar area slightly larger to give you more room for your notes. Enjoy!

Get your copy now and share this post with your friends!
Thanks so much to everyone who helped out by sending their preference on the Monday/Sunday saga!  

Happiness is... January 2016 Free Printable Calendar and Planner
Happiness is... January 2016 Free Printable Calendar and Planner (black and white)
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Happy March! :) 

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

If you haven't heard of it before, the Design Indaba Conference is a yearly three day event held in Cape Town, South Africa. It features creative thinkers and doers from all over the world and from all areas of design, making it rich and diverse in content. The Cape Town event has many smaller events that happen as part of the overall Design Indaba Festival, and the conference is also available live via simulcast to other areas in SA.

This year will be the fourth simulcast event I attend, and I'm really looking forward to it. Instead of looking at pretty pictures and portfolios within specific fields, you get to hear the thinking, process and experiences behind some amazing creations in varied fields. It's always interesting and exposes you to creations and ways of thinking you may otherwise not come across. This year's Durban simulcast is being held at our magnificent City Hall, at the Durban Art Gallery - a big favourite for me!

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

Some of the speakers I'm looking forward to:
How Far From Home - a South African couple who quit their jobs and travelled 86 000 kilometres across the world - check them out on Instagram

Imogen Heap - yes guys, THE Imogen Heap from Frou Frou. She'll be talking about the future of the music industry

Twins Cartoon - a twin brother duo who are leading the comic scene in Cairo

Snask - a Swedish creative agency who moonlight as a rock band

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

Margaret Calvert - a British typographer and graphic designer known famously for her design of many of the road signs used throughout the United Kingdom

Jaime HayĆ³n - a Madrid-based artist-designer known for the bold-yet-whimsical look and feel he brings to his work

Fred Gelli - the designer behind the Rio 2016 logo

Elena Arzak - a world-renowned chef and pioneer in the food world who creates new and inspiring dishes in a laboratory rather than a kitchen

Design Indaba 2016 - Durban Simulcast

The conference runs from the 17th to the 19th February. Check out the program and the rest of the speakers herebook here and let me know if I'll see you there! ;)
Check out this post from the 2013 event for more of a taste of what you can expect.

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