Monthly Archives: October 2009

Jay Floyd: Nubby Collages

nubby twiglet collage nemo design nemo hq jay floyd

nubby twiglet collage nemo design nemo hq jay floyd

nubby twiglet collage nemo design nemo hq jay floyd

week in pictures

My friend Jay at Nemo HQ made these two awesome Nubby spreads and I thought I’d share. I love seeing how other designers interpret my work. Thanks to Jay’s mad design skills and hard partying ways, there is never a dull moment at the office.

nubby twiglet signature


The Week in Pictures: 10.16.09

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Fall is in the air. When two shirts, a sweater, jacket, two pairs of socks, boots and a scarf just isn’t enough, you know it’s getting cold. In reality, it probably is close to average for this time of year, but considering that it reached 106 degrees in Portland this summer, the adjustment is hard!

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Amelia Arsenic. On Tuesday night, I took my friend Tyler to the KMFDM show where Angelspit opened. I feel like Amelia Arsenic is a kindred spirit. We are the same height and shoe size, share a love of the red cross, heraldry, red, black and white, typography and design. I had such a good time backstage with her and Zoog talking about their tour and experiences so far in the U.S. And, she made me that amazing dripping lips necklace; close-ups coming soon!

week in pictures

week in pictures

Do You Know What Day It Is? I never know the date so when I spotted this tiny vintage desktop calendar for a dollar at an estate sale this weekend, I was sold.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Thrifting Insanity. My brother is a thrifting addict and on the way through Portland last weekend, he spotted a run down building with a sale sign in the front yard. When we walked in, this is what we found. He was in heaven, but with my OCD virgo tendencies, I was obviously in hell.

week in pictures

week in pictures

Coffee and Friends. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had nonstop meetings and nights out with friends. It’s been a welcome distraction from stressful times and I’m so happy to be reconnecting with people I haven’t seen in ages. I have such a diverse, amazing group of friends including Star’s BFF, Myrrh who met me for coffee yesterday.

week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Capes and Cardboard Alphabets. Late nights at Nemo call for donning a cape to throw paint and cut out cardboard letters. In reality, I was wearing the cape to keep my dirndl paint-free, but still. I believe that it does possess magical powers.

week in pictures

week in pictures

Keep America Beautiful. And, keep Portland weird.

nubby twiglet signature


Link Love: 10.15.09

link love typography

mcqueen shoes

Alexander McQueen is a genius.

Keeping it short and sweet this week!

• The value of taking time off: Every seven years, Stefan Sagmeister closes his design studio and takes a year-long sabbatical (via kottke).

• You vs. The Cubicle is one of the best pieces Steve Pavlina has ever written. If you’re spending your days in corporate hell and see no end in sight, read this inspirational piece.

• Airlines are nickel and diming themselves to death: The airlines that added the most fees (for food and checking in bags) in the past few months saw their revenues decline the most.

• Darren Rowse of Problogger shares the #1 reason his blogging grew into a full time business. Listen up and learn from the best!

• Kate Lanphear always looks good, even when dressed down. One of the highlights during my New York stay was spotting her at Ruff Club.

• Smashing Magazine teaches us how to identify and deal with different type of clients.

• Negative space in logo design will help you think about design in a fresh way.

What are your favorite links of the week?

nubby signature


Advice #23: Sharing Work Online



As creatives, this is something that we all ponder. It is scary putting your work on a platform that can be instantly viewed and accessed by the entire world. It takes a level of trust and confidence in yourself and your work as well because not everyone is going to like or to appreciate what you do. To contrast this, a few people will like your work so much that they will want to steal it.


My 2009 Design Portfolio

But remember that you aren’t doing yourself any favors by staying hidden in the shadows. Consistent exposure will help people remember who you are and what you do the next time they’re in the market for a designer. My motto has always been “It doesn’t matter how good you are if nobody knows how to find you.” At some point, you have to let go of the reigns and show the world what you’re all about.

It all of this makes you highly uncomfortable, that’s okay. Aim for an agency, in-house or print shop job instead and stay away from the internet.

I have a unique stance on sharing work on the internet because as a freelancer, I am very much dependent on showing what I do with the hopes of gaining new clients. My client list, reputation and portfolio are all important factors that weigh heavily with me earning their trust. Potential clients need visual proof that I am proficient in the areas that I claim to be. The only way to get this point across is through openly sharing my work. And, the more new work I do, the more I have to share. The more I share, the stronger my portfolio and reputation become. The stronger my portfolio and reputation become, the more clients I gain. Staying positive and focused on creation really does pay off.

To me, there are very few negatives associated with sharing my work online. Sure, people may want to steal my work. But, I am constantly working on new projects (though many have yet to be be seen because they are client-sensitive or in production). The bottom line is this; only share what you personally feel comfortable with. If you are confident with what you do, having people pilfer your work from years ago seems downright laughable because you’re always moving forward. You’re onto bigger and better things, refusing to live off your past successes alone.

Sharing is almost always positive. We all learn new things from viewing others’ work. Embrace it and chances are, great things will transpire.

Readers: What is your view on sharing your work online? Have you had your work stolen?