Monthly Archives: July 2009
What a Week! You see that smile? That’s how I’m feeling right now. I’ve been beyond busy (in a good way!) with meetings and appointments every single day this week and it feels great to get out into the world, to make new friends, to see the insides of companies I’ve always wanted to work with and to be excited about all of the client work I’m doing. Life is good.
That Sweater. Right before the elections last November, I went up to the mountains to visit my Grandma & Grandpa (they literally live on 10 acres of land in the forest). My Grandma was wearing this sweater and I fell in love. She showed up a few weeks ago and gave it to me. It’s now one of my favorite pieces of clothing, stains and all!
Silver. I can’t get enough of it.
Cocaine? Yesterday, I was walking to the post office and this sign caught me off guard. Pretttty funny.
Sequins. Shiny and sparkly and magical. I want to wear this blazer every single day now; too bad it’s been so hot here in Portland.
How was your week?
• 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.
• 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?
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?
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W Magazine never disappoints. I found this beautiful layout in their current issue. I love it when a mainstream fashion magazine dedicates an entire page to just type!
You can view all of The Typofiles scans on Flickr here.