Monthly Archives: October 2010

Link Love: 10.21.10

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• I love andy Warhol’s take on Coca Cola.

• How can you learn to manage your jealousy towards other women?

W Magazine recently underwent a logo redesign and the simple modification is a vast improvement over its previous incarnation.

• Just what we needed! For all those web project needs, generate some gangsta lorem ipsum.

• What a cool concept! The School of Life.

• You’re okay just the way you are. Really.

• A nice little infographic featuring colors of the top 100 web brands.

• In case you’re wondering: how to turn work experience into a job.

• Steve Pavlina figuratively put a brick in his mailbox and goes on to explain why he disabled his contact form. He makes an interesting point when he mentions that “People send me feedback not just about my present day work, but about work I did going all the way back to the 90s. Imagine receiving daily feedback about things you did over the past decade instead of just the past week or two. Suppose that every day, people sent you questions about things you said or did in 2005, 2006, 2007… even 1999. Imagine what this forced nostalgia would do to your ability to stay focused on the present.”

• What kind of food can you buy for a dollar?

• The food photography of Marina Ekroos is beautiful in its simplicity.

• If you live in a rental, this bathroom post has some great ideas on how you can spice things up!


What I Wore: 9.15.10 // Lightbox

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Wall Street, New York City
September 15th, 2010

Bianca shot these photos of me the day after my 29th birthday and the day before we boarded a plane to Vegas. Wall Street at night is fairly desserted; all of the business folks have left for the day and headed to the bars or home. It still feels surreal to me to be posing on the steps of a building right next to a massive statue of George Washington. Or, just standing near the U.S. Stock Exchange, which is lit up, letting off an eery red glow at night.


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I Wore:

Red dress, vintage
Belt, vintage
Tights, American Apparel
Headband, Forever 21
Watch, Nixon
Boots, Camilla Skovgaard


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I’ve had this dress since 2003 or so — it was a handmade vintage number bought for less than $30.00 on Ebay and I’ve since worn it about a million times. I usually pull it out for Valentine’s Day or birthdays. ;)


what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I have to admit, it’s kind of nice sitting out here at night when most of the tourists have left. Quiet and empty….just the way I like it.

P.S. If I’m a little quiet around these parts this week, it’s because I’m working through a mind-boggling number of freelance jobs and packing my suitcase.


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The Week in Pictures: 10.15.10

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week in pictures


Sorry I’m a bit late, I got caught up in a perfect storm of rush jobs that spanned the last two days. It’s a beautiful day out and I squeezed in a quick morning coffee run with my friend Pam, sent out a few rounds of work and then made a mad dash around downtown with Joey where we managed to buy a new suitcase, pickles, vegan pizza, visited the Solestruck folks and took photo booth snapshots in record time.


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week in pictures


Though I have collected enough internet design inspiration to last for days, there’s nothing quite like picking up a good ol’ book. There are some recent titles I’ve acquired this month. That Pantone notebook is now my near-constant companion. It’s getting used on a daily basis and is quickly filling up with to-do lists, plans, notes and sketches. And, the GQ Style Manual is inspiring my new portfolio design. Inspiration pops up in the most random of places, I swear.


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A few months back, I designed a logo for Aroha Silhouettes and they were nice enough to send me their jewelry box packaging samples. A full post about the logo design process is coming soon!


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Snaps from earlier today. Joey and I made a quick stop at The Ace — their photo booth in the lobby accepts debit cards and I can never resist a few swipes.


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This is the vegan pizza I mentioned earlier. It’s as good as it looks. Get your very own at Rocco’s.


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Yipes stripes! I’ve been wearing these Y-3 sneakers pretty much constantly. Here, they’re paired with Wolford Bondage tights and a vintage white leather skirt from an antique mall in Seattle.


Back to freelance! I’m working hard this weeked since I’ll be running through Disney World next Saturday with my brother. Love you guys!

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Link Love: 10.14.10

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In praise of quitting your job: “As a creative person, you’ve been given the ability to build things from nothing by way of hard work over long periods of time. Creation is a deeply personal and rewarding activity, which means that your Work should also be deeply personal and rewarding. If it’s not, then something is amiss.” Amen.

• I really enjoyed this little overview about the evolution of the Swissair Logo.

• It’s true: Gap, Undo. I give Gap major props for actually listening to what their customers wanted and ditching their new logo in the process. Better late than never. If you’re playing catch up, read all about the inner workings of the infamous Gapgate.

Blockbuster, Netflix and the Future of Rentals is an interesting look at how bigger companies may be too slow at recognizing new consumer trends and lose out to smaller upstarts in the process. “The problem—in Blockbuster’s case, at least—was that the very features that people thought were strengths turned out to be weaknesses. Blockbuster’s huge investment, both literally and psychologically, in traditional stores made it slow to recognize the Web’s importance: in 2002, it was still calling the Net a ‘niche’ market.”

• Chipotle just took the brave step of ditching their ad agency. “”Chipotle was built on word-of-mouth marketing. We’re focused on reigniting word-of-mouth marketing, rather than big advertising campaigns.”

• You’ve gotta read Women and Money. Sally says, “Why are people – especially women – subject to open scrutiny and critique for how they manage their finances? If someone else spends her money differently from how you spend yours, does that affect you directly in ANY way? Why does it matter to you?”

• How to beat the post-wedding blues! I love the honesty of this piece. (via gala)


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Paintings by James Marshall.


Molly Crabapple Identity Revisited

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The Molly Crabapple identity is still one of my all-time favorites. Back in March, I designed some business cards for the New York-based illustrator and founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. Once that was completed, Star and I worked together to redesign her blog. Last month, I revisited the Molly Crabapple brand when she requested letterhead, an invoice and mailing labels (not shown) to round things out.

The cool gray color scheme of the Molly Crabapple branding is meant to contrast the reds and warm tones of Dr. Sketchy’s. Both businesses use the same damask pattern and type.


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MollyCrabapple.com


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Double-sided Business Cards


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Letterhead


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Invoice


I’ve been trying something new for invoices — this was formatted in Adobe Acrobat to feature entry fields that can easily be tabbed through for data entry. Thanks to Molly for letting me share the outcome! It’s always nice when customers come back after a logo or business card design and have their collateral rounded out. There’s nothing like a little matching set!