Step 1: First of all, Adam J Kurtz is one of my favorite designers, who happens to also design pins. His designs are really simple and often witty.
Step 2: This is my favorite Apple Metal pin, mainly because I love Adventure Time, but also because I feel like the color and line quality work really well.
Step 3: When thinking about what kind of pin I wanted to design, I looked to the music I was listening to at the time...Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me had it's 10-year anniversary recently, so I've been all nostalgic. This album not only had a huge influence on me in my high school years, but on the music scene in general. Many of my favorite bands were influenced by this album. It's a classic! My favorite song from the album is call You Are Not the Sun. I often tell myself this phrase to remind myself that the world does not revolve around me, something we all need to remember sometimes.
My initial sketches were really simple. I already had an idea of what I wanted, so this process didn't take long. I love the way Adam JK keeps his pins very simple, so that's the direction I went.
I also have been contemplating all of the adorable fruit pins I've seen lately, so I made a second Happy Pear pin.
Step 4: The final product! I'm curious how the ink would fill in the counters of the letters, but I think the simplicity works! I'd love to hear your feedback.