The Week In Pictures: 4.18.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

First off, if you’re new here, The Week In Pictures is a column featuring photos taken throughout my week. As a self-employed designer, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in client work and forget to take time out to experience the world around me. The blogs I enjoy reading most have a strong personal point of view and I want to do that once a week, essentially giving you a glimpse behind the curtain. Thanks for joining me…and you can check out the archives here!

Joey flew down to San Francisco this week so I spent a lot of time at home with my two fur-covered little ones, Rocky and Chubs. The above photo is the view from my couch — I’m waiting on a mirror to arrive and then I’ll give you the full tour. ;)

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Standard desks never have enough space. I was always stacking everything, trying to keep my coffee, flowers and other odds and ends from flying off. After searching around and realizing that I’d need two desks or to build something custom, I found an IKEA kitchen table which is not only the perfect height but can easily seat 2 to 4 people. We’re setting up a work station facing mine next week and there should still be plenty of room to spread out.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

On the weekends, I’m always walking through different neighborhoods, visiting new coffee shops, taking photos of houses I love. It’s a good way to keep even the most basic of routines feeling fresh.

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Big, white walls in my office equal the perfect place to tape up current obsessions.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week has been really up and down but there’s a lot I’m looking forward to including a trip to Capri over the summer (I’ve never been to Italy!) and also, some remodeling projects around the house. Joey and I are throwing a backyard party for our 5th anniversary in a few months and considering that we never had a gathering in the first place, I’m looking forward to getting my family and friends all in one place. We have a lot of work to do to get everything looking good before then!

In the meantime, I’m having some quiet time with Rocky cuddled up next to me and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. xo

Link Love: 4.16.15

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Are you scared out of your mind yet? Good! You’re on the right track.

• When life throws unexpected curve balls your way, use them as a learning opportunity.

• So fascinating: the underground world of tunnels beneath Disney!

• Designing for yourself is hard work! I’m enjoying the process of the Observant Nomad rebrand.

• There’s something so old school cool about composition print and the graphic pattern has been popping up all over the place.

• When you’re walking around, ignore your smart phone for a second and look down — loose change is everywhere!

• Three quick links for search engine optimization.

• Now, this is a crazy film. No animals were harmed in the making of Roar…but 70 people were!

• Stop waiting to share who you are because things aren’t perfect yet. Remember, your content shapes what you do.

• Joy just rounded up 10 family friendly natural body products.

• Sometimes, it’s even more interesting to see what’s going on outside the crop of a photo.

• I really want to try out this eye manicure DIY!


Image: Twiggy in Vogue.
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Blogging Changed My Life. Really.

Nubby Twiglet | Blogging Changed My Life. Really.

This week, as I wrapped up two sets of taxes, interviewed a potential intern and made my way through emails that seemed to reappear faster than I could respond and file them away, blogging felt very far away. These weeks happen where little things pile up in quick succession and it doesn’t matter how good your intentions are — carving out the free time to blog becomes nonexistent.

And while I’ve been purposely blogging less this year to focus more time towards new business ventures and client projects, as the days slipped by, it still felt weird to be parked in front of my computer but unable to post fresh content.

This unplanned break turned into a blessing in disguise; it was the perfect opportunity to think about what blogging means to me and why I do it. Just yesterday, I found myself idly staring out my office window and in a flash, I had a moment of clarity:

Blogging is important to me because it literally changed my life. And perhaps blogging has changed yours, too.

Here’s the backstory….

In 2001, I was 20 years old and living at my dad’s house in the suburbs outside of Portland. I didn’t have the money for the art school I wanted to attend so I went to a community college down the street. I hadn’t done much traveling so my social circle carried over from high school. Oh, and I had a lot of free time on my hands because I only worked during my summer breaks (damn, those were the days). When one of my friends told me about a free blogging platform called Live Journal, I figured why not?

Within the first year of blogging, I had a whole new social circle. I met people on the other side of the world — which at that time, felt very new and exciting when compared with my boring suburban existence. In quick succession, I met Star, Anna, Gala, Laurel, Bianca, Amy (and so many others who no longer have sites). Thanks to blogging, when I traveled to a new city, I already had a built-in network of friends. To this day, when I’m in New York, I sleep on Bianca’s couch. Star now develops websites for Branch. And Gala? We run a business together with our fellow blogging obsessed friend, Kat.

Besides friends, blogging opened doors to job opportunities I’d only dreamed about. During my interview for a design internship at Nemo, I told them about my blog. It just happened that Dave Allen (formerly of Gang Of Four) worked there and was just as obsessed with blogging as I was. Looking back, my design work was just okay but my blog is what helped seal the deal.

After switching from Live Journal to WordPress in 2007, I got even more consistent with sharing which included posting every good, bad and ugly design project. Within a year, companies like Forever 21 and Virgin Records were contacting me. For a 26 year old just breaking into the industry, this was completely life changing. It became immediately apparent that these huge companies only knew who I was because I blogged. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that this free marketing opportunity with a low barrier of entry was landing me freelance jobs at a few thousand dollars a piece while I was still in community college (design students, get thee a blog and online portfolio ASAP!)

In 2012, my dream job became a reality when I got hired on the spot to join the Cinco Design brand team. The calling card that got me an offer? My blog.

A little over a decade into blogging, I began to feel the itch — there had to be something more. I wasn’t ready to give it up but I WAS read for an evolution. And then, it fell into my lap during a Vegas vacation (because naturally, all the best things happen in Vegas). Five days in the desert turned my blogging for fun into a business opportunity. That August, The Blogcademy launched and by October, we were teaching a sold-out class in New York City. This strategy-based blogging course soon allowed me to quit outside work, travel the world and later, release an online version.

With a crazy travel schedule that made my former life at agencies impossible, I needed to carve out a way to produce design that fit in with this new normal. Branch was born. A day after our website launched, three clients had booked in. And, you guessed it! They found us through this blog.

Nubby Twiglet | Blogging Changed My Life. Really.

Okay, this post is getting long and the point isn’t to just share my personal blogging anecdotes (though I could easily talk about blogging all damn day). My goal is to demonstrate that while blogging isn’t a one-size-fits-all, linear path, if you stick with it, great things can happen.

These days, too many people look at blogging as a way to gain quick fame and fortune and it’s warped because when they don’t get what they want in fast succession, they give up. If this is the only reason you’re starting a blog, walk away now. You have to feel truly passionate about what you’re posting…and if you don’t, there are at least 35 other things you can do instead.

I know what you’re still thinking so I’ll just say it now. Yes, there are a million other things you can now do with your time online. So, why blog? My quickie response:

Blogging forges meaningful connections, builds career opportunities and gives you a place to go as deep as you’d like, whether you’re sharing new artwork or the gut-wrenching story of how you hit rock bottom. It’s all fair game.

So, what about you? Have you blogged in the past? Do you currently have one? How has it impacted you? If you have a blog, please leave a link in the comments so we can check it out!


Photos: Made U Look Photography.

The Week In Pictures: 4.11.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I hope you had a good week! I love this time of year because as the weather is getting nicer, more of my friends are visiting Portland. Star was here this week to teach me some basic web development stuff — Branch has been launching 2 to 3 new websites a month and it’s important to stay current with best practices. Of course, we found plenty of time to eat out, too. Some of the places we visited this week included Grendel’s (the orange cardamom lattes are amazing), Foster Burger (order a boozy milkshake and truffle fries), Doug Fir (awesome happy hour menu and a photo booth), Roman Candle (gourmet pizza and gold scissors) and Grand Central (great for grabbing pastries for the office).

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Treat yo’self. Hired help is always happier when there’s pastries around! Also, IKEA is killing it with cool dishes lately. They have a new black and white collection covered in stripes and dots that’s worth checking out.

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Chubs wanted me to share his weekly glamour shot with you. Pretty handsome, huh?

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Fresh Branch orange flowers, just because.

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Whenever I’m on this corner in S.E. Portland, I snap a photo. The rest of this area is changing so quickly that I like to have images to look back on.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I have so much more I want to share with you but the words aren’t flowing…and maybe that’s because I was up way too late, chatting with friends at an art opening and then awake very early to walk across town with Joey and Rocky. It’s a good reminder that when the words don’t flow, you don’t have to force them. That’s the beauty of blogging — you can tell a story in photos, video or any other format — your post doesn’t have to follow the standard conventions every single time. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” —Edward de Bono

I hope you’re having a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 4.9.15

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• The ultimate guide to changing your life.

• Before you start an online shop, ask yourself these 5 questions.

• You might think you know what you want in life and carve out a very meticulous path to get it. But, what do you really want? That’s the harder question!

• On my must-visit list the next time I’m in San Francisco: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

• Here’s how to self-promote without being too annoying.

• Stop trying to impress others and plug into your weirdness!

Your punctuation says more about you than you might think.

• Garance Doré chats about turning dream jobs into reality.

• What you do is what you become. What kind of person do you want to be?

• In the fame game, things turn out differently than they might first appear. Example: George Michael vs. Andrew Ridgeley.

• These are the 12 types of photos you’ll find on Instagram!

• Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge talks about careers and fulfillment.


Image: Eric Gilkey.
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Latest & Greatest #31: Just My Type of Graphic Tees

Nubby Twiglet | Just My Type of Graphic Tees

I have a thing for tees with messages emblazoned across them. The bigger the type, the better!

They’re a good conversation starter, not to mention comfortable. I have recently been on the hunt for a few new ones to add to my growing collection and there’s an especially great bunch at both Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters right now. To save you the time of doing a digital dig for the perfect tee, here are some of my top picks.

Nubby Twiglet | Just My Type of Graphic Tees

Pictured above are: 1. RAWR, 2. Stockholm, 3. New Order, 4. Wake Me Up, 5. Get Over Your Selfie, 6. Strange, 7. Don’t Be Jealous, 8. Rock It, 9. Can You Not, 10. My Life and 11. Weekend Lover.

What’s your top pick?



In the top photo, I’m wearing the RAWR tee, NARS lipstick in Jungle Red and a Carrie Hammer necklace. For even more Latest & Greatest posts, click here.

Party Time, Excellent: Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

Nubby Twiglet | Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

It’s time to celebrate because today is Kat’s birthday! Over at The Blogcademy, we’re raising a toast to her big day and want to invite you to join in the fun. For the next 24 hours only, we’re offering a whopping 50% off Blogcademy Online!

Interested? Read on!

If you’re new here, The Blogcademy is a strategy-based blogging workshop I co-founded with Kat and Gala in 2012. After teaching across three continents, this January, we launched an online version of the workshop. Now, everyone can join in, regardless of geographical location. Even better, the lifetime access allows you to rewind, re-watch and learn at your own pace.

There’s a boatload of content included in Blogcademy Online (I should know — I designed it!) and with your purchase, you’ll receive immediate access to the following:

• Over six hours of video lessons, broken down into bite-sized modules. Each is easy to digest and packed with actionable information that you can put into practice right away.

• A 300 page transcript of the entire class. This is essentially an enormous how-to-blog bible!

• 24 pages of action-packed worksheets and activities to help you implement everything you’ve learned.

• A massive list of resources which includes every single book, tool, website and professional we personally recommend. They’re hyperlinked so you can just click and go!

• Lifetime access! You can login, watch, and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like.

• An insane amount of know-how and encouragement. You get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes… And our successes, too!

• Access to our private Facebook community. The forum is full of 300+ helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs.

We’ve also added some special bonuses:

• A pre-course worksheet for you to fill in before you start the lessons. Weighing in at 14 pages, this will allow you to get a firm fix on where you are right now and where you can improve.

• A 22 page Blogging Business Plan! You can use this as a roadmap to chart exactly where you want to go, and how to get there!

• A pack of inspirational wallpapers. These are perfect for printing out and hanging by your desk, or for using as your computer or phone background.

Nubby Twiglet | Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

Are you ready to take charge of your blog while learning from the comfort of home? Simply scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the discount code happybirthday when checking out.

If you have any questions before you buy, feel free to send us a tweet!

The fine print: Discount code is valid until 8am GMT on April 8th and will take 50% off the full price of the online course. The code does not work if you opt to pay via installments. The discount is not retroactive against past purchases.


Photos: Made U Look Photography.