Monthly Archives: October 2008

What I Wore: 10.24.08


This blazer has been one of my favorite pieces of clothing since early 2002 when I found it lingering all alone on the sale rack in the Pat Field boutique. It could definitely use a good dry cleaning! No, I’m not sure what it says…

Blazer, M+Z Michelle Zachs
Shirt, H&M
Belt, Wild & Lethal Trash
Knit pom-pom beret, H&M
2 necklace, Alex + Chloe
Pants, cheesy mall chain store
Boots, Dries Van Noten




The Week in Pictures: 10.24.08

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Welcome to the Week in Pictures! This is some of the inspiration I keep posted above my home desk. Underneath all that imagery is a magnetic board by Three By Three.

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At Nemo, we just finished a project that’s stretched over the last few weeks. If you have the opportunity, I always advise working with people way more skilled and talented than you because you learn so much more that way!

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Tuesday was a bittersweet day as I said goodbye to my Grandma, but my Grandma & Grandpa from my dad’s side showed up and kept us company. Can you believe that they’re 80?! It totally blows me away.

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My brother and Grandpa showed up separately, both wearing black hats. Everyone calls my Grandpa ‘Sharky.’ He got the nickname back in the 80s on a plane ride to Reno!

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My Mom was in town from Phoenix so we got to spend a ton of time together. I’m looking forward to seeing her again in December. Sounds much more inviting that freezing to death in Portland!

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In other news, it’s been so nice walking down the Nemo hallway every morning with the walls covered in my art. I’ll be sad to see it go at the end of the month!

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Are you also addicted to the Polaroid Image Maker? I can’t stop…these are some of my favorites so far!

How was your week?




Link Love: 10.23.08

1. Do you wonder what some of your favorite blogs looked like back in their humble beginnings? Royal Pingdom covers a visual history of 11 successful blogs.

2. Smashing Magazine has the ultimate collection of useful Photoshop actions that can help save tons of your time! (An action is a recording of a sequence of commands and operations that you can save and then access later on.)

3. FreelanceSwitch has a helpful list of 50 ways to improve your productivity as a freelancer.


4. You MUST try out the amazing Poladroid image maker! I can’t believe how authentic my attempt looks!

5. Graphic designers and typography lovers rejoice at this collection of vintage posters!

6. I never realized that famous French lifestyle boutique Colette has a blog.




Advice #13: Choosing a Blogging Platform

“I’m wondering, what blogging software do you use? I’m just trying to toss up between different ones and I’m not sure which one I should choose.”

It’s great that you’re giving your software options some forethought. By determining your blogging goals, deciding what you want to gain and what kind of community you want to build, you should get a better idea of which platform is best suited to your needs.

BEFORE GETTING STARTED, CONSIDER:

a. The maturity of the software: Has the platform been around for a few years? Is it upgraded regularly? Chances are that if it’s more established, there will be a bigger selection of themes, plugins and a larger developer community to back it up.

b. Your skill level: Are you savvy with basic HTML and PHP? While WordPress is revered for its user-friendly interface and is perfect for entry-level bloggers, Textpattern is aimed at more skilled users.

c. The level of community interaction: Do you envision yourself managing a single author blog or a huge community? If you’re leaning towards building a community, platforms like Drupal and Nucleus might be better options.

WORDPRESS LOVE

Over here at Nubbytwiglet.com, I swear by WordPress, a stable, state-of-the-art blogging platform that provides thousands of free customizable themes and plugins.


Nubbytwiglet.com relaunched in a blog format in Fall 2007

WordPress was founded in 2003 and since then, it has grown into the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world. WordPress is the perfect choice for first-time bloggers who want to install their own software. Likewise, it’s also a fantastic option for advanced users who want to modify the code into something that’s more customized. My free theme was completely revamped by coding genius Star, who managed to merge my website with the existing template.

If you decide to use Wordrpess, you’re in great company. Some household names that use the platform include The New York Times, Ford, People Magazine, Delta Airlines, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, BoingBoing and Xerox. And, the list of big-name adopters is constantly growing.

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WORDPRESS?

Why do WordPress users preach on about it like it’s the gospel?

1. The install is fairly quick and painless. Simply download the newest version of the platform here (it’s constantly being updated) and follow the steps in the install guide.

2. There are over 2,000 free plugins available from the WordPress site that allow you to customize your experience down to spam filters and comment formats.

Some of my favorite plugins are Akismet, which cuts spam comments down to an almost nonexistent level and ShareThis, which allows users to click on a list at the end of your post and submit it to popular social networking sites.

3. The admin panel in WordPress is web-based so as long as you have an internet connection, it’s possible to update from anywhere in the world. Additionally, the interface is streamlined and uncomplicated.

4. If you’re wanting to manage multiple blogs, WordPress MU (multiple user) is for you. It allows you to run an unlimited number of blogs with a single install of WordPress! It’s ideal for magazines, universities and blog networks.

FREE WORDPRESS THEMES

WordPress is an open source project; this means that hundreds of people around the world are constantly working to make it more efficient and it’s totally free to use. Nearly 200 themes can be viewed directly on the WordPress site. Some other personal favorites include:

1. Modicus Theme:



2. Futurosity Theme:



3. Overstand Theme:



4. Fontella Theme:



5. Modicus Remix Theme:




ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

1. Some of these were mentioned above, but if you’re curious about other blogging platforms besides WordPress, popular options include MoveableType, Textpattern, Nucleus, Mephisto, Drupal, ExpressionEngine, Serendipity and Joomla.

2. Wikipedia has a helpful entry that covers almost everything you need to know about blogging software.

3. Smashing Magazine has compiled 100 free WordPress themes. Other resources for free themes include Free WP Themes, Skinpress and Fresheezy (and too many more to mention)!

What blogging platform do you use? What are some of benefits of using this platform? Would you change platforms now if you had the chance?




Nubbytwiglet.com 2008 Branding & Identity

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been tightening up my company’s identity. Usually, when you get busy with a job and freelance clients on the side, the first work to get tossed to the side is your own. I decided that it was time that all of my correspondence materials matched and since I already had the logo on hand, it went very quickly.

My identity features a standard invoice, letterhead, a CD label, a mailing label, a two-sided business card, a cover sheet and a presentation sheet.

At this time I have digital renderings instead of the real items because I haven’t had a chance to print them all up quite yet.

My business cards were already in existence, but I’ve decided to simplify the layout even more and to drop the rounded corners from the previous version. I think I’m officially over them!

This close-up shows the details of my invoice (top) and letterhead (bottom), both featuring Bodoni type forming the current year and my street address.

I’m the most excited about my new 11 x 8.5 inch cover sheet. I’ve learned the value of having one from working on presentations at Nemo. It lends that extra polish when you’re sending over a round of work. Here’s the details from the lower right corner:

It’s so nice to have everything comprehensive and matching for once! And, for 2009, I just have to change out that one number in some of the items featuring the date. The next task is to get a downloadable PDF portfolio uploaded by the end of the year. I’ll be sharing the above items again as they’re printed in the next few weeks! Stay tuned.