Monthly Archives: July 2009

Link Love: 7.23.09



• The August issue of Vogue Paris has a mind-blowing 64 page spread that features takes on some of fashion’s most iconic brands. Unbelievably cool!

• Vivienne Westwood always has the best quotes.

• Forever 21 is launching a new collection soon called Twist that’s inspired by the circus. Sounds pretty awesome to me!

• At some point, we’ve all been associated with a term that we find hurtful and when fellow blogger Marie of Agent Lover didn’t like how an article categorized her, she was brave enough to take a stand.

• Have you ever wondered what to wear when styling a photo shoot? Jazzi gives us a rundown of the necessities.

• Reading up on the homes listed on Celebrity Real Estate is oddly addicting. (thanks, Gala)

• You better believe it: Starbucks just dropped its name from one of its Seattle locations and has added alcohol to the menu! (via Social Cache)

• Web Urbanist covers the world’s 10 oldest still-inhabited cities. It’s a quick yet history-packed read!

• Find out how to treat your blog like a business.

• Remember Crocs, those horrid, hole-covered clogs in bright colors that everyone from preschoolers to your grandma wore? They’re finally dying off.

• I’m oddly fascinated by a new book that documents the rise of designer handbags.

• My friend Austin recently created a mini documentary series for Nemo Entertainment that highlights Bryce Kanights, a very influential skateboarder and photographer with interesting insights and views on skate culture. View his work here and here.

What are your favorite links of the week?




Ask Nubby #22: The Short & Sweet Edition

Over the last few months, I’ve had quite a few shorter questions rolling in that don’t warrant a full post so I’ve compiled them all in one place!


I was wondering if you have any thoughts on using first person language (I, me, my) for sponsorship decks and media kits? I am developing one for my blog right now and it feels unnatural to write about my own blog in the third person.

That’s a great question! Personally, I usually prefer the use of first person language. It really depends on the situation but constantly using third person language when addressing yourself and your blog to others can come across as cold and overly formal. That’s not a bad thing when you’re running a massive corporation but when it comes to many bloggers, freelancers and artists, we do almost everything ourselves. Being very hands-on in the development means that we know our businesses inside and out. I want my blog and design business to seem approachable and accessible to potential clients and advertisers; I feel that first person language helps to achieve this. There is no right or wrong answer regarding first versus third person language; it really comes down to a personal preference and what you feel most comfortable with.


I’m thinking of offering custom portrait illustrations on Etsy. I’ve noticed that when I send someone an image and they save it, the image goes fuzzy. I save my illustrations at 300 dpi and have tried both jpg and png formats. Where I am going wrong?

For professional work, I would try out a TIFF format instead. Though the file size is much larger and may be too big to send through email, Wikipedia says that “the ability to store image data in a lossless format makes a TIFF file a useful image archive, because, unlike standard JPEG files, a TIFF file using lossless compression (or none) may be edited and re-saved without losing image quality.” Read more about the TIFF format here.


I was wondering where I could find an interesting 2009 diary. My old one is running out as it is a financial year one. All of the ones available now are generic and boring. I am probably looking for something I can order in as I live in Australia. Any thoughts?

I admit to being completely biased in this area. Moleskines are my absolute favorites (I have stacks & stacks & stacks of them) and though they’re not necessarily the most interesting on the outside, isn’t it what you put on the inside that really counts? The paper has a perfectly smooth surface and there is also a hidden pocket in the back of each Moleskine which is perfect for stashing business cards and notes. The Moleskine website has a special section dedicated to just planners.

For more daring options, check out this list from Jonze Design.


As a freelance designer, if you had to decide between an iMac and a MacBook Pro to do all of your work on, which would you choose?

This is totally dependent on your situation. If you’re a freelancer that’s still a student, I would invest in a laptop. Dashing between school, an internship, home and client meetings, a MacBook Pro will make impromptu pitches and presentations much easier.

If you’re a freelancer that’s finished with school, I would recommend an iMac. The monitor size will make it much easier to see what you’re doing. When you’re working on huge client projects, a higher level of detail and accuracy is necessary.

From a personal standpoint, I only use my laptop for writing, doing research and surfing the net. Everything else is done while sitting at an iMac.


What are your favorite print/design magazines?

I have to be honest here; I don’t read many design magazines because I get my fix online with the dozens of design blogs that I subscribe to but two of my favorites are Grafik and Print.

I do read many fashion magazines on a regular basis though. They include V, Elle, W, Marie Claire, Lucky, Lula and NYLON.

Have a question?
Ask Nubby.




Coilhouse Magazine: Issue 3 Test Spread

I’ve needed some more editorial-based work for my design portfolio and Coilhouse Magazine was gracious enough to let me do a try-out of one of their articles. Coilhouse is known for having a certain flair to its pages so I added a combination of transparent overlays and bold flourishes while making the quotes playfully curve around their subjects.

I had so much fun doing this layout and though I’ve worked with Coilhouse previously (I designed their 2009 media kit and ad grid), I hope to do some editorial-based work for them in the future!

Note: This layout wasn’t included in the magazine; Courtney Riot had design honors and did an amazing job bringing the pages to life. Buy your copy of Issue 3 in the Coilhouse Shop.

Shoes: Luisaviaroma.com

Luisaviaroma.com is the equivalent of a perfectly archived museum for fashion where everything is beautiful and resembles a work of art. And, it’s available for purchase…if your credit card limit is high enough. It’s all quite unattainable (for me, anyway) but it never hurts to take a look around…and then swiftly save all of the images to your desktop.

01 Alain Quilici faceted wedge pointy toe low boots, 02 Gianni Barbato western style suede sequin low boots, 03 Puma | Sergio Rossi napa pump sneakers, 04 Charlotte Olympia striped suede and patent Greta pumps, 05 Giuseppe Zanotti scaled zip low boots, 06 Charlotte Olympia striped wedge Genie pumps, 07 Jil Sander crepe platform low boots, 08 Alexander Wang Hanne triple buckle boots, 09 Christian Louboutin strappy napa low boots.




The Week in Pictures: 7.17.09

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography


Zippers & Sequins! I’ve been buying very little clothing lately, but these jeans by Tripp NYC and a very sequined blazer by bebe Design Lab are adding some spice to my very utilitarian summer wardrobe.

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography
week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

MJ Love. This week, I spent some quality time at the grocery store with my good friend Mike and then invited my friend Pam over to watch funny MJ videos. He’ll always be my hero.

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography
week in pictures nubby twiglet typography

The Bedroom. The black-walled bedroom is nearly together! Though, I should mention that the top half of the walls along with the ceiling are white so that the room feels more like a fancy boutique instead of a goth hideout. Our special friend Jean-Luc Pierre Cardin (ridiculous name is courtesy of Lee) is enjoying his new home, right above our TV. Don’t you love his fancy scarf? We put up our damask curtains this week as well and I love them so much; the sunlight shines through in really cool patterns.

week in pictures nubby twiglet typography


Media Kit. I went to Kinko’s on Wednesday night to get copies of my 2009 media kit printed and hung a copy on my office wall for reference. Nice wallpaper, Nubs.

P.S. Thank you to Forever 21 for featuring my type project on their blog! I love the new photos that they’ve chosen for the header as well. Their team is insanely busy yet they still make time to regularly email me. Awwwww.

How was your week?