Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Week in Pictures: 10.30.09

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Collage on paper, 2007

Another crazy busy week bites the dust! I’ve been keeping the Nemo crew company, visiting friends old and new and trying to figure out what to do for Halloween here in Portland. Any ideas?

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Fat & Tasty. Auntie Nubs and her friend whisked me away for breakfast on Monday morning at a quaint café called…Fat Albert’s. I said yes to whipped cream on the top of my hot chocolate. Yum!

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Stacked. I had the realization that the three notebooks I carry daily (Helvetica Moleskine, Moleskine limited edition daily planner and Miquelrius notebook) are a happy and well-matched little family.

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Heart. A cute coffee shop just opened up in Portland called Heart. The Nemo boys took me over to check it out yesterday and it was like entering the very sophisticated lab of a mad scientist. Black walls, minimal decor and tons of mysterious equipment for coffee making filled the space. Perfection.

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Mystery Rock. Last night I went to a bar with my friend Hugh and there was a rock in my way….that wouldn’t budge. It was attached to the counter. No elbow resting allowed, obviously. Haha.

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Nuumbers. The day before I left for New York back in August, my brother surprised me with a stack of vintage gas station signs. This number seven resides in my matte black bedroom. Pretty sweet.

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Readers: What are your Halloween plans? What are you going as? I’ll probably be a nurse (for the millionth time) since I already have everything I need!

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Link Love: 10.29.09

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Photo by Chris Searl.

Offline Inspiration: How to find it and get the most out of it.

• A quirky and intriguing mix of 25 retro styled website designs.

• Jane of Sea of Shoes shares snapshots from some of her favorite places in Austin, Texas.

Do you ever feel like an extra in your own life?

• Do you want to write badly? Find out how to do it really well.

10 pre-press tips for perfect print publishing.

• You think your life is bad? You have nothing on Hulk Hogan! Find out why he almost killed himself.

Cami Walker founded 29 Gifts to encourage the spirit of giving. In her words, “I was awake all night feeling angry and sorry for myself during a difficult flare up of my Multiple Sclerosis. When insomnia hits, I often go through old journals and read them. I found a note that I’d made during a phone session with one of my spiritual teachers, Mbali Creazzo, two months before. The note said, “Give something away each day for 29 days.” It was 3 a.m. and I decided in that moment to take the suggestion.” And, it changed her life forever.

Branding 101: How to promote your blog like the big guys do.

• Attention, freelancers! Do you need a business plan?

The power of being personal on your blog.

• Find out what internet speeds and costs average around the world.

What are your favorite links of the week?

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Six Ways to Turn Desire into Success


Painting by Francoise Nielly

I’ve been re-reading one of my favorite books of all time, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and in the second chapter on desire, there is a method called Six Ways to Turn Desires into Gold. As I was reading, I realized that replacing the word money with success made a compelling plan to achieve the goals you set forth. See for yourself:

Fix in your mind the exact amount of success you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of success.” Be definite as to the amount.

Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the success you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)

Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the success you desire.

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of success you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the success, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.

Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read – see and feel and believe yourself already in the possession of the success.

These steps are so basic and really are the basis for achieving any goal. Yet, we so often make excuses and claim that we are too busy. Today is the day to define the path that you’d like to take and outline a concrete plan to make it happen.




Exploring the Nubbytwiglet.com 2010 Identity

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I am currently in the beginning stages of formulating the look of my 2010 Identity. I’ve decided to drop Helvetica and switch to DIN for a sans serif typeface. And for a serif, I’m considering Bodoni Ultra. The black and white palette will most likely shift to a series of grays. Some older elements like the Kors Firebird wedges that have been featured in my blog header and business cards will return on some pieces, as will the portrait from my 2009 media kit.

The look I settle on will carry across my blog, media kit, portfolio, presentation decks and promotional materials. More to come as the look progresses!

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The Week in Pictures: 10.23.09

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I just remembered this collage that I made in 2007; sometimes I can’t believe how much different my life was back then. Looking at that stub, I still remember my first trip to LA quite clearly. My brother and I had booked the tickets less than 24 hours in advance and during our first and only night there, we hung out with both Star and Jeffree Star, had a run-in with Suge Knight at Pinkberry, went to a Courtney Love concert where Paris Hilton danced across from us…and just like that, we were back on the plane and returned to Portland the next day.

Magical moments like these stick with you forever. And, after re-reading The Alchemist, I can again feel my life shifting. Each day brings something new and unexpected. I’m learning to take the ups with the downs and fighting hard for what I want. To-do lists have fallen by the wayside over the last few weeks, but those are slowly making a comeback as well. Once you know what your purpose is in life, everything else slowly but surely falls into place.

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Portland. I used to never go out much, instead choosing to stay inside and work on projects. The running joke was that I’d rather be home designing a business card than out at a party. At 28, I am realizing that there’s a lot of unexplored territory in my hometown and the last few weeks of accepting invites, going to meetings and visiting friends has been really refreshing.

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The Big 4-0. My friend Brent just turned 40 so Katie and I took him out to breakfast in North Portland earlier in the week. Brent and I met at a shoe store in the mall back in 2003 and the rest is history. We’ve gone to art shows, watched Miami Vice re-runs and taken off on day trips to the beach; he’s always up for a spontaneous adventure. Happy birthday, Brent!

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Window Displays. Seriously, how eye catching and cool is this?!

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MAC Loves Type. Another reason I love MAC makeup? Their promotional materials are always super spot-on; I love this use of Memoriam Pro.

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Matte Black. I kept noticing the matte nail polish trend everywhere I looked and finally gave in. It is pretty amazing, to be honest. I found a brand called L.A. Girl and it works surprisingly well.

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Grandma. I love my grandparents! We went to a traditional English pub called the Horse Brass in S.E. Portland a few nights back. Even at 80, they can drink me under the table, love to gamble, don’t use walkers and are full of life. How refreshing!

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Rainy Mornings. I spent the night in the suburbs, sleeping on the floor of my dad’s living room which brought back all the memories from the six week tour I went on in 2004 (we mostly slept on floors). As I was driving home this morning, I was reminded of how life is constantly shifting and changing, but we still have the memories from our past close by.

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Readers: How was your week?

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Link Love: 10.22.09

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Paris Vogue: November Edition.

Should you quit your job? Lee Stranahan writes:

Back in March, I blogged here about quitting my job. I was betting that I’d do better without a job in the current cutthroat corporate climate. For the past seven months, I’ve probably been the only HuffPost blogger living in a hotel with their family. That’s four people and two cats living in a very small space for over half the year. I’ve occasionally referred to it as being ‘homeless’ but of course that’s not accurate. Real homelessness doesn’t include maid service once a week and free HBO. It was cramped and crowded but I always considered us very lucky. This week, though, it all paid off…

• How to brand and name your blog.

• A three year old’s view of the New York City subway is super cute.

Vintage 70s Russian posters are pretty awesome.

• Find out how increased productivity can actually hurt you.

• This is a golden lesson we all need to learn: How to respond effectively to design criticism.

• The history of web browsers.

• Problogger shares five ways to know if your blog is on the right track.

• Penguin consistently comes out with the best book covers.

• At the ripe old age of 70, Charles Bukowski started using a computer and never went back to a typewriter.

• Frigidaire has done away with their classic logo in favor of something much, much more modern. What’s your opinion of the outcome?

What are your favorite links of the week?

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