Monthly Archives: February 2008

Art Flashback: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

This was one of the first pieces of art I made, circa late 2005. I didn’t know where to start (no prior experience making work for a gallery show!), so I began by combining my favorite things; the red cross, a bold fashion magazine image, and printouts of graphic swirls. Subsequently, as I started new art, the process got much easier and streamlined. This piece now resides in Australia. 

  

These days, I’ve been doing so much graphic design work that I haven’t had much time to focus on fine art. I’m changing that by sending out press kits to galleries again and sneaking moments to plan new pieces. My life reflects my art: always a work in progress. I’m determined to push forward, to make new discoveries, to constantly learn, to take the ups and downs in stride…




A Retirement Party, Nemo Style

Today, Nemo Design threw a farewell bash for Judy, the first employee they ever hired. Of course, this wasn’t your typical ‘retirement party’….  

Trevor presented Judy a handmade book composed of Nemo photos from throughout the years. It featured snapshots of smiling employees, injuries galore, and drunken moments.    

Yes, her cake said “Jude the Dude!”    

Employees both big and small gathered on the couches…    

Andy, Dave Allen and Craig watched the festivities from afar.    

Alex and I saluted another fine Nemo party!    

Rawwwwr. My new favorite office friend! 




Finished Calendar Overview and Download

My first ever calendar is finished! It’s a super compact design and perfect for a desk. Each month is double-sided, but if you don’t have access to duplex printing, both sides can be printed as singles.     


     

Click into the Downloads section and simply print each on a letter-sized sheet of paper and prop inside a CD case for display!  Each month will be uploaded about a week prior with a reminder here.

   

  


New Business Cards (and Their Purpose)

A confession: Hello, my name is Nubby and I’m a business card junkie.

While some people dislike business cards and have never owned one (I know some folks who think they’re tacky and unnecessary), I think these compact pieces of thick paper deserve more credit than they often get! In the digital age where thank you cards and personal correspondence have been replaced by email, I love the old-fashioned exchange of a beautifully designed card.

The weight of the cardstock, the choice of typography and the finish all send signals about who you are (or, who you’re striving to be). Last year in NYC, I met a stunning girl with a perfect sheet of white blonde hair and she handed me her Kate Spade business card; the cardstock was impossibly thick and featured a subtle embossed logo and shimmery green ink. She (and her card) immediately won me over!

Last week I decided to order a new set of cards that feature my tagline and a more direct mention of my blogging (I love it and I’m not giving it up any time soon). It was important to keep the instant recognizability of the graphic shoes and typography from past designs (as to not mess with the brand equity I’ve established) while still putting a fresh spin on things.

The pink bar was originally transparent, but once the design was uploaded, it became muddy so I went opaque:


To drive home the relevance of business cards, MoreMerchant uses the example of how it’s possible to gain a significant blogging audience by regularly handing them out:

Have a goal to give away 10 business cards a day, and you better believe that most of those will come. They come because they are interested. If you get half of these to come this will translate to 150 new visitors a month to your site. 1850 visitors a year! Many of these will come back many times resulting in thousands of daily views.

In my opinion, it’s way more professional when meeting someone new to hand them a card than to haphazardly doodle your information onto a napkin or drink coaster! I’m one of those folks who carries a business card case in my purse at all times. And believe it or not, I’ve been contacted by people who took my card many years before!

What’s your take on business cards in the modern age? Hopelessly old fashioned or still relevant?