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?
Fat & Tasty. Auntie Nubs and her friend whisked me away for breakfast on Monday morning at a quaint cafÃ© called…Fat Albert’s. I said yes to whipped cream on the top of my hot chocolate. Yum!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Photo by Chris Searl.
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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 â€“ 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.
I found this 15 on some Comme des Garcons promotional materials in New York and decided that the big, bold use of Helvetica was too beautiful to throw away. You can view all of The Typofiles on Flickr here.
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!