Indulgence Designs #1: We’re Going On A Trip In Our Favorite Rocket Ship

November 17, 2015 by Aila J. | Features, Indulgence Designs


This new feature will be spotlighting graphics and designs made from the Happy Indulgence crew because we’re awesome like that.

I’m so excited to kickstart Indulgence Designs with phone backgrounds for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! If you’ve never heard of it, I will assume you live under a rock. When Jeann was reading her copy, I was going over some of my favorite parts and my creative juices just got flowing. These were only some of the designs though – a couple of them looked really discordant in the background with all the apps so I just saved those away in a hidden file deep in my computer.


If you’re wondering where the title is from, it’s the lyrics to the theme song of a kids’ show called Little Einsteins. The phrase is pretty popular over here in America (I’m not sure why??) so I thought it’d be cute to put in. Plus, the ships in Illuminae are hands-down amazeballs. So, let’s take a trip with these graphics, shall we?

You can check out Jeann’s review of the book on Happy Indulgence right here.

All rights go to the authors Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, as well as the publisher. Some elements of the designs came from Free Pik; I do not own these elements. The only thing I own is my creativity!

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This is a pretty iconic quote from the book. It’s said by the Artificial Intelligence, AIDAN, who is a very, very interesting character to read about. I liked this quote so much I made two graphics of it.


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Just kidding, I actually did the same quote twice because I forgot I did it already (oops). Either way, I’m quite happy with how both turned out. Yes, that is a binary heartbeat.

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Yay, now every time a guy hands me a red rose I’ll be like, “So are you planning to kill me or something in an intergalactic battle?” and if he doesn’t get it, it means he hasn’t read Illuminae, which means he isn’t worthy of my time.

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Kind of a lengthy quote but I thought it was interesting. Seriously guys, AIDAN’s voice is so three-dimensional. The authors did a great job in making me feel so many emotions for an artificial intelligence.

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For me, this was one of the most chilling lines of the book. And the context it was in – gruesome, deadly, and simply macabre. But despite it, I couldn’t help but get a thrill out of what was happening.

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Aw man, this quote really brings out the feels. Like guys, think about it – when will the last star in the galaxy die? Technically, if we’re talking about the Milky Way, then one would assume it’s when scientists say we’ll collide with neighboring galaxy Andromeda. (Which is hypothesized to be in 4 billion years.) BUT the stars don’t die; it’ll just become a huge new galaxy formed by both the Milky Way and Andromeda. Considering the dwarf planets that currently exist in our galaxy, that’s trillions of years away until the last star dies.
Space metaphors really bring out the nerd in me. :’)

If you haven’t read this book or aren’t planning to, I’M ASKING YOU WHY?? You kind of need it in your life. Like, now.

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Aila is a young adult reader who loves to transport herself to new dimensions through reading. She's currently an undergraduate student at university in the US. Let's talk about our obsessions on Twitter @aila_1woaa!

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49 responses to “Indulgence Designs #1: We’re Going On A Trip In Our Favorite Rocket Ship

  1. Romi

    Alia, these are gorgeous! I haven't read Illuminae yet (it's on hold at my library, though, so SOON!) but am completely pumped for all the wonderful awesome that I know awaits. THAT FORMATTING. So excited to see that and Aiden sounds terrifying and brilliant and like it's gonna dominate the story completely. That whole Merciful quote is stunning and terrifying both. It's brilliant. You've done such a lovely job with these! I love that last one, but also the rose one. I definitely wouldn't say no to a couple of these as designs for my desktop! xx
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  2. paperskiesya

    Oh, wow. These are beautiful! I have already downloaded the first two – I haven't read the book yet (yes, I know, SHAME ON ME) but I have heard beautiful things about it, which are enhanced further with this beautiful wallpaper design! I especially adore the brush script in the quote about the stars in the galaxy. <3 Creativity = WOW.

  3. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    Aila, these designs are beautiful! I love the "Death Blooms" one… and all the "Merciful" ones.. and the "bravery"one… and the "you have me…" one…. okay basically I love them all! I LOLd at the "if he hasn't read Illuminae he doesn't deserve me" thing. So true! Lol
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  4. You're super creative Aila, my favourite one is the death blooms and the You Have Me one! Gosh this brings back so many feels for the book! I love the quotes you've done wallpapers on!

  5. YESSS I'VE READ IT AND OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I was literally howling with feels by the end. Definitely one of my FAVOURITE books of this year. And these are so pretty! I like "Perhaps Bravery…" and "Am I not merciful" ones the best. XD

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