Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Week in Pictures: 4.30.10

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This last week has been so good! One of my best friends in the entire universe, Star was in town over the weekend for Stumptown Comics Fest and we did our best to make up for lost time. We try to get together at least once a year and have zig-zagged the U.S. between New York, LA and Portland to make it happen.

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When we’re together, the running joke is that we turn into a two-headed monster known as Stubby. Our mutual friend Kaebel of Sequential Art took us on a mini tour of Portland and we discovered a photo booth at Backspace.

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Last Friday when I was staying at the Jupiter, Star stopped by and we proceeded to have a late night dinner (1 AM, holla!) at the Doug Fir. It was her first time there and is still one of my favorite places to take visitors.

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Some seemingly innocent snapshots of Rocky came out more like modeling head shots. Time to put that boy to work! Dog food and designer sweaters aren’t cheap!

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I was pretty excited to go to Portland’s outpost of the Beauty Bar with my friend Pam this week. I’ve been to some of the others that are scattered across the U.S. but this one was the best by far. The paint colors, decor and cute drinks merged perfectly. So cute!

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I’m not much of a comics buff myself but a lot of my friends are so I try to make it to Stumptown every year to support them. I ended up spending a few hours on Saturday snuggled up next to Star and John C. Worsley. Notice how we all had grumpy faces at first and had to put on a little show for the camera. Really, we only play friends on the interwebz!

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My favorite discovery at Stumptown was a comic about homeless dinosaurs. The dinosaurs themselves put on a pretty convincing act, holding signs that read “THE END IS NEAR. I WAS RIGHT 65 MILLION YEARS AGO, TOO” and “LOST MY JOB. IT TAKES 7 GALLONS OF BOOZE TO GET ME DRUNK. PLEASE HELP.” I was sold.

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Until next week,
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Link Love: 4.28.10

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Paintings by Phil Ashcroft

• I recently rediscovered Designer’s Toolbox and its Design Resources section is a total lifesaver with tons of measurements and templates for everything you’ll ever need including standard web banners, envelopes, CD packaging and way, way more.

• Marie of Agent Lover gives us a dressing room view of what the Zac Posen for Target line really looks like.

• Interesting: A short history of debt.

• Why you should have bought Apple stock instead of products: “In 2001, a PowerBook G4 would have set you back $3500. Suppose instead that you had purchased $3500 in Apple stock instead of the computer…that stock would now be worth about $110,000. Even an original iPod’s worth in AAPL ($399) would be worth almost $12,000 today.” Le sigh.

• Tavi provides us with a full-on tour of 90s alt-teen girl bible Sassy with tons of photos and accompanying commentary. Take a trip down memory lane!

• Logorama: Pulp Fiction for brands. (thanks, ryan)

• Are you in need of an iPad stand? Here’s your 69 cent solution.

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• For the upcoming NARS ad campaign, Francois Nars’ French bull dog Marcel will be the cover model. “A big presence in the makeup maestro’s life, Marcel leads a more whirlwind social life than most A-List celebrities, regularly hobnobbing with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Daphne Guinness at cocktail parties, and jetting with Nars to and from his private island in the South Pacific.” (thanks, bianca)

• I love the way people tend to gravitate towards certain colors and form collections around them.




Nubbytwiglet.com 2010 Square Business Cards

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When I redesigned my corporate identity a few months ago, I decided to change things up and do square business cards. Last week, I placed an order with Uprinting.com and they showed up today! I’m loving the compact size. In real life, the colors are true to the mockups. I should mention that I’m not giving up traditional cards any time soon – I just ordered two new versions of those too. A business card addict? Perhaps.

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Advice #28: Short & Sweet Edition

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Yes. Every day presents the opportunity to learn something new; this in part can help to fuel your creativity. Life experience has helped me gain fresh new perspectives when designing. I am a very visual person and to fuel the creative process, I always carry a camera with me wherever I go and constantly collect inspiring images online. Each project that you do has the potential to teach you something new no matter how long you’ve been a designer.

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It’s always fun to look back and see what was inspiring you at a specific time (Spring 2007).

With time comes maturity and more defined ideas. I know quite a few people who waited to go to school for design – including myself. If I’d done it when I was 18, I don’t know if I would have appreciated the process as much. By waiting until I was 25 and having already completed one degree, I was positive that I wanted to be a designer. The life experiences up to that point including jobs and traveling made me much more aware and open to new ideas.

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Overall, I feel that anything web 2.0 is okay in really small doses and if any elements are incorporated, they should fit into the overall look and feel of the project. Personally, I mostly try to steer away from web 2.0 elements but sometimes they can add some needed dimension. For some great examples, check out 25 Examples of Web 2.0 and Traditional Design Rules Coming Together.

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Of course. As a designer, it’s normal to question what you’re doing and to contemplate whether your work is good enough. If you start thinking that all of your output is great every time, it’s time to ask yourself if you’re still growing as a designer.

On some of my biggest projects, I got multiple opinions before sending the work out because I wasn’t sure if it was good enough. Usually, outside sources view things in a different way than you as the creator do; a few tiny tweaks can take a project from good to great. The best designers that I know still manage to remain humble and work really hard at what they do. And, they never quite think that they’re good enough – that’s what keeps them pushing forward every day.

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You’re never going to be Milton Glaser. That’s okay. Be the best YOU can be.

One thing to accept the second you decide to become a designer is that there’s always going to be someone that’s better than you and that has more experience. Once you realize this, it’s easier to just focus on becoming your personal best.

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Whether a client is big or small, show up on time, dress the part, do your research, remain humble and deliver what’s been promised. Remember that even when working with big corporations, you’re often still only interacting with a handful of people.

I’ve never done a pitch to gain any of my personal clients – they’ve all found my work online and contacted me directly.

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Ultimate dream?? Wow, that’s a lot of pressure! At the moment I am pretty content (you’ve gotta learn appreciate what you have in the moment) but in a few years, I would love to work at Elle as an editorial designer, be an art director at a boutique agency and partner up with my brother on some big design projects. Beyond that, my goal is to publish a book about how to market yourself as a designer and travel around the country speaking to college students about building portfolios and how to make it as a freelancer. To sum up your question, I don’t think I have a singular ultimate dream. It’s a combination of smaller parts.

As for personal projects, I like to collage in my Fashion Notebook and design new business cards. That’s about all I have time for at the moment.

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It’s part of the Moleskine Colour a Month Notebooks which I absolutely adore! I’ve been using Moleskine planners for years to keep my life in order and these are especially nice since they’re so lightweight and compact.

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It depends on the quality of the project. Overall, a mix of your highest quality work, largest clients and something that really expresses your personality should create a nice, rounded mix. Ask a design mentor or someone you trust what they think of the project – is it strong enough to be included? If not, that’s okay – you could still mention your winning submission on your resumé.

Do you have a question? Ask Nubby.





Fashion Notebook #46: Un-Boring Beige

I haven’t done a Fashion Notebook entry in awhile but during the last week as I’ve been tearing through a stack of magazines taking my night stand hostage, pages have started to fill up once again. Spanning over 10 years, the Fashion Notebook is a real life oversized sketchbook that I’ve been adding clippings to as a way to hold onto my favorite moments in fashion. Almost every page is either themed or features a particular color scheme.

When I think of beige tones, I tend to default to ‘boring’ but these carmelized neutrals are the perfect addition to a spring wardrobe when black and grey feel too dreary. The full Fashion Notebook set can be perused on Flickr.




Sweet Dreams at the Jupiter Hotel

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When people write me and ask what they should do while visiting Portland, the inevitable question of where to stay usually arises. Since I live in the city and 15 minutes or less from most of the hotels I like, I’ve never really had a reason to stay overnight. Until now.

The Jupiter Hotel is a quaint boutique hotel with a mid-century modern feel. Formerly a motor inn, the Jupiter is next door to the Doug Fir, one of my favorite places in town to grab a drink and dinner. I’ve sat around the Doug Fir’s fire pit out back and watched massive parties go down at The Jupiter – it’s definitely earned a reputation of being the ‘rock and roll hotel’ of Portland.

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Awhile back, the Jupiter kindly offered me a room for review – I knew the basics but before recommending it to my readers, I wanted to experience it firsthand for myself. On Friday night, we packed our bags, sent out invites to some of our closest Portland friends and drove over to our temporary digs.

The Jupiter provided us with their most popular room, The Metro. According to their site, “The Metro has space to spread out and get creative. These rooms feature 32” flat-screen TVs and modern Tomita Design desks in addition to our standard amenities: Chalkboard door, free WiFi, private bath with eco-bath amenities, queen pillow-top platform beds, down comforters and pillows, and speakers for your notebook or MP3 player.” Nice.

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Perhaps the coolest part of the Jupiter rooms are the chalkboard-friendly doors. World famous artists Star and Joey helped us deck them out in some lewd finery.

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Star poses in front of our handiwork. In case you were wondering, I’m responsible for the drippy boobs and drumstick.

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Isn’t the desk and work area cute?

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Erin and I met on our first day of high school in 1995. Still goin’ strong!

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Brent, Katie and Erin joined us for the festivities.

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Joey and Jason also stopped by….

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Star and I compare legwear at 2 AM.

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You may be asking yourself…what are some qualities that make the Jupiter unique?

• Each of the 81 rooms feature a unique theme / wall mural. Mine had a floor-to-ceiling portrait of Buddha.

• The Jupiter is very green and uses low-voltage lighting, provides guest room recycling and cleans with environmentally-friendly products.

• Besides having the Doug Fir next door, an on-site hair salon called Wack is perfect for a quick cut and massage.

• There are pet friendly rooms! Read more about the LexiDog Metro.

• The Jupiter is barely a few minutes from downtown and surrounded by a plethora of independent businesses and indie boutiques.

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Overall, I was very satisfied with my stay. The room was larger than I’d expected; I loved the modern decor and huge window. And, the convenience is unparalleled since the entertainment is right next door at the Doug Fir, where you can grab breakfast, lunch, dinner and a show all in one stop! If you are hip, love to party and aren’t offended by obscenities scrawled across people’s doors in chalk, this is your place. If you’re old, stuffy and lack a sense of humor, there’s a dumpy Thriftlodge down the road.

To find out more about the Jupiter or to book a room, please visit the website. Last but not least, I should mention that there’s an after midnight $59.00 special if you’re needing a last minute place to crash!

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The Week in Pictures: 4.23.10

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Welcome to The Week in Pictures! I was having some major site issues over the last few days but thanks to the web ninjas known as Star and John C. Worsley, everything should be smooth sailing!

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I have the best friends – Kristin Cofer always sends me the cutest little packages. This one came complete with a gorgeous vintage dress and customized letterhead. Adore her.

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It cracks me up that there’s always a Mystery Machine parked right around the corner from my house. Scoobydoobydoooooooo! Haha.

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Joey and I wanted to go out the other night but our local bar didn’t allow drinks outside at the picnic tables so we waltzed in with Rocky. Nobody seemed to care. It was his first time at a bar but don’t fret…he’s 21 in dog years!

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Type and lips and studs, oh my! These are a few of my favorite things. I’m not big on fancy jewelry at all. I prefer red, black and white along with piles of acrylic.

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Last Friday, I volunteered to do portfolio reviews at PNCA and it was an enlightening experience in part because it was my first time sitting on the other side of the table since graduating two years ago. I distinctly remember what it was like and how nervous I was. I never want to be the Simon Cowell of portfolio reviews – design is so personal and while it’s important to be honest, staying constructive and providing advice that is legitimately helpful goes a long way.

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I adore the signs in my neighborhood.

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I saw the latest issue of O yesterday while in line at the grocery store and thought, “Ah, why the hell not?” Someone gave me a copy probably 8 years ago and it had some of the cleanest, most crisp editorial design at the time. Inspiration is lurking everywhere! The mag and these shoes paired together practically scream “SPRING!”

Readers, do you have any awesome weekend plans?

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Until next week,
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