Monthly Archives: March 2010

What I Wore: 3.20.10 // Spring Has Sprung

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First day of Spring // 9 a.m.

The sun was in my eyes but I lingered on the church steps anyway. No, I did not go inside. My brother’s birthday is also on the first day of Spring. We all went out to celebrate Friday night and my dad had us in hysterics as he told us the usual tales revolving around thievery, motorcycles, home brew and Alaskan bar adventures. This weekend was full of white chocolate mochas, logo research and dinner with old friends. Life is good.

I wore:

Cardigan, Anthropologie
Linen shirt, Forever 21
Baroque Crest necklace, miss.x aesthetic laboratories
Bow, Forever 21
Pants, BDG
Watch, Nixon
Bag, Miu Miu
Heels, Dries van Noten

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The Week in Pictures: 3.19.10

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I feel like 2010 has been on fast forward. Lists are getting longer, promises are getting bigger, deadlines are becoming tighter and I haven’t had a real day off in over a month. And naturally, spending most of my waking hours in front of a computer each day doesn’t make for a very compelling Week in Pictures. In lieu of showing you photos of me totally glazed over, sitting in front of a screen, I thought I’d share my just cleaned office. On Monday, I’d had enough of clutter, piles and dust and went on a mad cleaning and organizing spree. It was worth it. Already, I feel much more focused. And, it had been beautiful and sunny nearly every day. Hello, Spring!

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The larger painting is by my brother and the smaller one is by Joey. The oversized A is from a vintage Honda sign. My brother bought it from a a crazy hoarder who lives with his mother. I was more than happy to inherit it. Most of my furniture is from IKEA and Target. Some people organize their books by color…I do the same but instead with my shoes. Eventually, I would like to refinish my floors and make them black and distressed. My bedroom is across the hall and done in the opposite color scheme; all black with white trim. Yin and yang?

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The always inspiring Kristin Cofer sent me a stack of the business cards that I designed for her earlier this year. They are mini squares and so cute! The backs are reversed – white with black type.

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I love getting surprises in the mail! Swatch sent my brother and I some watches as a thank you for taking part in their Colour Codes campaign. There’s something so timeless about their style. I promised to share mine with Joey since he’s totally Swatch-obsessed.

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I ran into fellow design acquaintance Jason Miranda on Monday and he gave me one of these super cool screen printed invites for the launch of his agency, Overhaul. Stop by on First Thursday and check it out!

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Until next week,
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Link Love: 3.18.10

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Book covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith

• Find out how to effectively combine fonts from different families.

• Model Kim Noorda opens up about her struggles with body image via a very revealing journal in Vogue.

• Ad agency Wieden + Kennedy has a blog and I love the design. Beautiful type in the header!

• Beautiful food-related imagery is overflowing over at oh joy! eats blog.

• Design inspiration pops up in the oddest places. Behold vintage beer cans.

• How a web design goes straight to hell. (thanks, Star!)

• It seems rare that this topic gets brought up: When should you quit a blog and move on?

• Stop making excuses. Become your dream.

• Elizabeth of Enjoy Your Style just interviewed me.

• Will the price of clothes at the mall increase?

The hidden meaning behind Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ video. Really? Someone has A LOT of free time on their hands.




Semiospectacle: A Literary Review // Branding & Design

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I just designed the logo, flyer and catalog for the upcoming event Semiospectacle: A Literary Review, which will be held this Monday, March 22nd in New York City at Performance Space 122.

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The curator of the event, Mashinka Firunts had prepped me by gathering inspiration beforehand. She’d defined a very clear visual direction that she wanted to take the branding and for as much work that had to be done, we moved through the process quite quickly. There were two strong runners-up for logo options but in the end, we felt that a more literal interpretation of the literary aspect of the event was needed.

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Because the top hat / book logo is very bold and detailed, we agreed that the Semiospectacle type should be more clean and subtle. Since it’s not a word that registers immediately with viewers, legibility was very important – I ended up setting it in Gotham.

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Once the logo was complete, the next step was to design an oversized, double-sided show card. Mashinka wanted an old-timey feel but didn’t want it to venture too far into a loud, vaudeville-style cliché. The biggest obstacle was trying to fit the abundance of type on the back while sectioning it off so that the viewer could see that there were multiple performers. While I used some decorative type, it is balanced out overall by the crisp, black and white palette.

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Here are some of the type details from the back. For much of the tiny, descriptive text including the address, I used a combination of Trade Gothic and Mrs. Eaves.

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The show card features a matte finish on both sides and measures 6 x 6 inches.

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Once the show card was completed, I moved onto creating two standardized InDesign templates for Mashinka so she could create a catalog featuring all of the Semiospectacle information and performers.

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We went through many rounds to get the layout just right. The Curatorial Statement and Artist Pages ended up looking very similar to these template options (the photos above are just placeholders).

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These are the template details. All of the body text is done in Trade Gothic.

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Of course, if there was an unlimited budget, there could be endless branding possibilities for Semiospectacle. I ran with a few concepts that I thought would be fun to use around New York City.

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In Manhattan, there’s so much advertising space along buildings. I would enlarge the show card for mounted signs and brand doorways with the Semiospectacle type.

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I really like the idea of blowing up the Semiospectacle type to grab viewers’ attention. The show cards would be placed by the doorway if they sought further information.

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Extra, Extra! I also think it would be cool to make Semiospectacle newspapers featuring the show information on the front with artist details printed inside.

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Ticket reservations for Semiospectacle have already reached maximum capacity but a 10 PM performance has now been added.

Here is the full show description and details if you are interested in attending:

SEMIOSPECTACLE: A LITERARY REVUE

SEMIOSPECTACLE.COM
PS122

This verbal varieté strategizes the explicitly semiotic spectacle in a multimedia showcase of live art representing an encounter between  academic lecture hall,  poet’s theater, and  house. Its players cut across the disciplinary boundaries of scholarship, pedagogy, cabaret, poetics, and performance in an investigation of linguistic mechanisms of spectacular identity formation. Linguistic illusionists expose the parlor trick of transparent speech, conjuring floating signifiers that levitate forty-four feet above the floor. Costumes sewn from three million majuscules burst at the semes. The auditorium oscillates between reading room and performatorium. The linguistic turn transmogrifies into a shimmy. Curated by Mashinka Firunts.

PERFORMANCES BY: Vaginal Davis | Lord Whimsy | Dr. Lucky | Jeremy J F Thompson | Paolo Javier | Daniel Scott Snelson | Shonni Enelow

STENO POOL – AN INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE: Leesa Abahuni | Nicole Abahuni | Jen Zak | Matt Jones | Kristen Rhea van Liew | Fyodor Pavlov | Lawrence Gullo | Kyle Hittmeier | Lindsay Comstock

CODEXKAMMER: A FUNCTIONAL LENDING LIBRARY 
MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT BY: Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators 


INTERTITULAR TAP BY: The Minsky Sisters 


ONE-MINUTE CURATORIAL MICRO-LECTURES BY Mashinka  Firunts 



MARCH 22ND, FREE 

Performance Space 122 
150 First Avenue (at 9th Street) 

Doors Open at 7:30, Staged Performance Commences at 8PM 

Reception To Follow

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A huge thank you goes out to Semiospectacle and Mashinka Firunts. This has been one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever done – black, white & type-based; a total dream come true. If you attend the event, let me know what you think!

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What I Wore: 3.12.10 // Jeweled Shoulders

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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

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Auntie Nubs stopped by Wolfgang Manor to visit me last week and I sweet talked her into taking some photos for me. I feel like I have a pile of very similar little black dresses but this one caught my eye in particular because instead of buttoning, it zips up the front. Oh, and the jeweled shoulders remind me of Michael Jackson. Can’t go wrong there. This is going to be another super busy week but I am hoping to do a big design post on Wednesday of a project that I just wrapped up.

P.S. Yes, that is an animal head on our kitchen table. Inviting, huh? Thank my brother for that one.

I wore:

Glamorous Epaulet Accent Dress, Forever 21
Belt, vintage
Tights, DKNY
Necklace, headband & bracelet, Forever 21
Atacoma wedges, Acne

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The Week in Pictures: 3.12.10

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Hello, lover. I’ve wanted these Chloes since I first saw them on the runway but they were totally out of reach. I finally tracked down a pair that had been a store display in my size last week on Ebay and they make me feel totally Barbarella-esque. Perfect gear to wear in the white room at Wolfgang Manor. And, the socks I am wearing do have blue toes. H&M is so crafty.

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This is a view of my desktop this week: Nixon Time Teller P watch, Luke Copping business cards, black key, Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake lip gloss, Moleskine Colour a Month planner and an Avant Garde necklace.

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For two entire days this week, my world was consumed with pink, gray and black as I designed the first round of a media kit for a burlesque star. I can’t wait to show you the final outcome!

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This has basically been my view for the last week. I am so inundated with freelance work that it seems like I live in my office…except when it’s time to go to the grocery store. I did leave the house to critique senior thesis projects at PNCA on Tuesday night which was super fun. I love seeing how other people’s minds work and how a concept grows and comes to life over a few months.

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Yes, it’s that cross necklace again. I can’t stop wearing it! Forever 21′s accessories get me every time.

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Yesterday, Auntie Nubs zoomed by Wolfgang Manor in her fancy new wheels and whisked me away to lunch. Mexican food. We had a meeting planned for Monday, but unfortunately our plans were hexed.

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The meeting was very important – we had agreed to exchange black keys. And at that very moment, the Unholy Trinity™ (comprised of me, Joey & Auntie Nubs) was completed.

Until next week,
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Link Love: 3.11.10

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• Legendary art director George Lois shares the stories behind 12 of his favorite Esquire covers.

• Zoetica Ebb has mastered the art of making black lipstick look amazing. She has it down to a fine science!

• Smashing Magazine has just penned an entire article about toy cameras and vintage photo effects that teach you how to fake the look of these famous cameras.

• You know those annoying little stickers that are always on your fruit? Well, thanks to Chiquita bananas, they just got about 1,000 times cooler:

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• Freelance Switch shares 5 ways to regain your creative joy.

Eavesdropping in Paris. Pretty funny if you ask me.

• How to blog: choosing a niche for your blog.

• I absolutely love Once Upon a Time…The Alchemist, a post in which Krissy takes us through a visual journey of what she imagines key moments in The Alchemist resembling. I think she did a great job capturing the magic, mystery and spirituality that weaves throughout the pages.

LVMH x Parsons = My First foray as a Designer into New York Fashion Week is a real life, behind-the-scenes account of my friend Gilda’s painstaking journey over many months to create an outfit with her team. The best part is that she explains the process, shows the samples and talks about the fittings so you can better understand what goes into a project on this scale.

• A total godsend if you’re a semi-new homeowner (like me): DIY Painting Tips, Tricks, and a Step-By-Step Guide courtesy of Making it Lovely!