Monthly Archives: October 2009

Zoetica Ebb & The Biorequiem.com Redesign

zoetica ebb biorequiem graphic design blog

zoetica ebb biorequiem graphic design blog

One of my favorite freelance projects over the last few months has been the development of a logo and blog for Zoetica Ebb. This girl is one of the multi-talented co-editors of Coilhouse Magazine and a consummate perfectionist. We finished back in mid-September but with the rush of other projects that flooded in, I am now just getting around to posting the outcome. Better late than never, right?

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The One And Only Miss Ebb

zoetica ebb biorequiem graphic design blog

Provided with Zo’s keywords of minimal and elegant with hints of baroque and a dash of futuristic, I immediately dove into the logo development. Since Zo had an upcoming television appearance and wanted her rebranding to be complete before then, we did new rounds every few days until the logo was complete.

Born in Russia and a self-proclaimed painter, pencil pusher, model, photographer & cosmonomad, Zo wanted a logo that was strong enough to anchor the header on her blog. Every curve and swirl needed to flow, to have a reason for being included. The term baroque can have overdone, gaudy connotations, so we balanced the elegant script with minimal Helvetica-based type.

Once the logo was completed, we immediately dove into the web design. It took about a week to solidify the visual direction and another to develop the layouts of all of the individual pages. Zo smartly requested that the blog theme and color scheme be kept on the clean and minimal side so that it didn’t compete with her enormous of body work that includes photography, modeling, and art.

zoetica ebb biorequiem graphic design blog

zoetica ebb biorequiem graphic design blog

Screen shot of Biorequiem.com by Star

Once we’d settled on the layouts and accompanying elements, coding whiz Star took over and added in some fantastic functionalities (Note: Star and I previously teamed up for Gala Darling’s blog overhaul earlier in the year.) In Star’s words, “The things I’m most proud of on this site are invisible- the way the sidebars update with recent posts and generate thumbnails on the fly, and the galleries automatically integrate new content when it is added – without a need for further coding.”

zoetica ebb biorequiem graphic design blog

zoetica ebb biorequiem graphic design blog

zoetica ebb biorequiem graphic design blog

Besides the web design component, Zo also wanted custom headers to accompany each of her main categories. Since many of us now get our daily blog fix through readers and it’s becoming increasingly rare to click into each blog that we read, Zo wanted her columns to be immediately distinguishable as people scrolled through.

The logo and the blog design are just the beginning of Zoetica Ebb’s media empire. In the future, we plan on teaming up to develop a media kit, invoices and oh so much more. In the meantime, check out Zo’s compelling and darkly humorous blog at Biorequiem.com.

And, if you have a project in mind, you can always reach me at nubby @ nubbytwiglet.com!

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Art For Sale!

Over the weekend, I was digging through a box in my basement and found two pieces of art from 2007 that were never listed in my online store. Here’s your chance to own a one of a kind piece of artwork for a great price! The backsides of both are labeled, signed, and dated.

Broken & Bionic is 17 x 11 inches and features collage, ink and resin on wood. It is wired, ready to hang and was featured in the Black & White Graphic Insight series. It is available for purchase here.

Mouth With Psychedelic Pill is 17 x 11 inches and features collage, ink and resin on wood. It is wired, ready to hang and was created for a New York-based show in 2007. It is also available for purchase here.

If you have any questions or need more detailed images, please email me at nubby @ nubbytwiglet.com.

Heartschallenger: Have Treats, Will Travel

heartschallenger ice cream pink

heartschallenger ice cream pink

Last month, I headed over to the Lower East Side for the last ever Ruff Club which was mobbed by the coolest kids in town. At around 2 am, the sea of kids (mostly swathed in layers of black avant garde clothing) parted when a mysterious pink truck complete with hearts and unicorns on its side pulled up.

What was this vision of pink and why was it there? I walked up and peeked inside to see an assortment of toys, candy from around the world and a mind blowing selection of gourmet ice creams. Heaven on wheels.

heartschallenger ice cream pink

heartschallenger ice cream pink

heartschallenger ice cream pink

heartschallenger ice cream pink

Now her dream is a successful business venture with Heartschallenger visiting events and parties worldwide. And, New Yorkers with a sweet tooth, you’re now in luck because Heartschallenger trucks can be found daily in Soho and Nolita! To keep up on the current locations and events, follow Heartschallenger on Twitter.

heartschallenger ice cream pink

heartschallenger ice cream pink