Monthly Archives: April 2011

Link Love: 4.21.11

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link love

Source: Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany, May 2011.


• My new favorite font? Llama Font, of course! ;)

• What would a life-size Barbie look like? Totally unnatural…and a great conversation starter about body image.

• This thought has crossed my mind many, many times: you’ll never be able to experience the majority of the world’s books, music, films, television and art in your lifetime.

• I enjoyed reading Gala’s article about not wanting children. Societal pressure on women can be intense and it’s totally okay to just say no!

• What would certain famous logos look like if they were being completely honest?

• Mailchimp has the best sponsorship slides around.

• Enough of the usual photos of baby animals, check out photos of these elderly animals!

• This is weird but oddly funny! What would the back of some well-known webpages look like?

• Two gay men have spent the last 21 years carrying a doll around the world. They christened him Digby and he has tons of custom outfits!


Advice #36: I Love Design But I Am Afraid of Change!

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ask nubby advice

Source: Julian Bialowas.


Hi! I see how you adore your job, you put a lot effort into it and, in my opinion, that’s the most important element: PASSION. I’m only 18 and I have realized that I’m just studying physics because it’s like a “safe” way to live my life. You know, you graduate, you get a job, you marry and have children … all those things. I’m afraid of doing what I want to do, what I like to do. I love graphic design and I’m now thinking about my options. How did you arrive at where you are now, what’s your job exactly and how does it work?


Remember that life isn’t a big check list.

You’re not in a race through an obstacle course, checking off your adherence to societal standards, one by one. As we get older, it becomes even more clear that our happiness and well-being are often more important than the perceived clout we get from a job title. If you’re not in school for a career that you feel passionate about, it tends to only get worse with time.


Relax. We learn through trial and error.

In life, I’m a firm believer that sometimes you have to try out a few things that you don’t necessarily like before finding the right fit. Because then when you finally do, you just know. It’s about trial and error — at some point, most of us will end up at jobs that we end up hating or choose a college major that isn’t the best fit. When you do make mistakes, take the opportunity to learn from them…and then move on. Then file it away under life experience!

You have to do what’s best for you. In the end, you’ll accomplish nothing except feeling miserable if you’re just going through the motions, trying to live up to an ideal that doesn’t necessarily mesh with what you want. If you’re determined enough, you’ll probably hit every one of those goals (degree, career, married and children) before 30 and then what? Will you be happy? Or look back and wish that at 18, you’d decided to take the graphic design route because that was REALLY what you wanted to do?


How did I arrive at where I am?

Right now, I am happy with where I’m at but it took years to get to this place. I’m a designer and blogger, both of which I love and set out to do a long time ago. I’ve been actively blogging since 2001, most importantly because I enjoy it. I’ve always felt like my work, life, surroundings and style were all interconnected. While my design work is very important to me, it’s a snapshot of a much bigger picture, much of which gets shared daily on my blog.

I’ve been designing professionally since 2007 though I started dabbling a few years before. 2007 was the year that I got my first agency internship. The second I graduated in 2008, I started working full-time and transitioned to freelance in 2009. A career in design isn’t easy. You have to be really passionate about it because the task of constantly trying to deliver your best work possible meshed with what the client wants (they’re paying you, after all) can be incredibly stressful at times. But that feeling of getting a complement from a client or seeing your work in print just can’t be beat.

Like you, I have always been very practical when it comes to school and a career — I’m just not one of those fearless, ‘anything goes’ types of people! I had no idea that graphic design was a career option until my mid-twenties! So on I went, doing what I felt was the most practical and earning a business degree. I’ve always loved marketing and advertising and anyway, I wondered, where would I get a job with an art degree?

Once I’d finished, I felt like something was missing. By 2005, I’d discovered graphic design and was doing small freelance jobs. I soon realized that half of being a designer is made up of what you don’t see — gathering assets, setting up files, the production. So, back to school I went. Since I’d already gone the ‘practical’ route (like you) and trudged through all the classes I’d deemed un-fun (namely pre-calculus), going back to school for design was a total dream. I was passionate about it, excited to learn every single day and the time flew by. If you feel that you’re in the wrong major, don’t suffer through it ‘just because!’


Follow your passion.

It’s never too late to make a switch. Only you can make a decision about what’s best for you. If you have a nagging feeling that something isn’t right or keep wondering ‘is this all there is?’ then stop and listen to your intuition. You’re in charge of your happiness.

Of course, getting from Point A to Point B isn’t magic! You have to first decide if a switch to design is what you want and if it’s the right choice for right now. Next, you have to make a plan. What school will you go to? How will you afford it? Next, you have to set some goals. How long are you going to give yourself to finish school? To build a portfolio? To find steady work once you’re finished? Finally, ask yourself…what is holding you back? What are you afraid of? Once you answer that, you can break through and take the next step. Good luck!


Call of the Wild: By Paige for Solestruck Landing Pages

Quick note: I’ve been having some issues with my blog RSS feed showing up in Google Reader and I’m still trying to work out a fix. In the meantime, I am still blogging every weekday so please continue to stop by! I’ll keep you updated and I apologize for any inconvenience.


solestruck by paige


I love Solestruck because they always keep me on my toes. Literally. When I was leaving their offices a few weeks back, they handed me a stack of shoe boxes containing needlepoint loafers. Yes, I said needlepoint. By Paige is a new brand for them and I knew this was going to be a fun set of landing pages because these weren’t just any old loafers — they featured animals including horses, lobsters and owls.


solestruck by paige

solestruck by paige

solestruck by paige

solestruck by paige


Living in an old Bavarian-themed house has its advantages. We shot everything inside with my brother’s random knick-knacks adding the perfect dose of kitsch. A golden owl, an eight foot tall black bear, a leather cowboy hat…and finally, my bathroom that looks like it belongs to a German grandma with wildly patterned faux tile.

By Paige has all your needlepoint loafer needs covered. I can only dream of llama loafers for the time being but it seems as if they have the rest of the animal kingdom taken care of.


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Drown Fragments Landslide Necklace: Abstract Beauty

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I have been following the style blog Sea of Ghosts for well over a year now. Alicia, a Melbourne-based jewelry designer chronicles an edgy yet accessible aesthetic in personal style that I can easily relate to. When she recently offered to send me a piece from her otherworldly debut jewelry collection, Drown, I was beyond excited. The pieces have a mysterious, intensely futuristic quality which comes across in the lookbook.


drown fragments landslide necklace

drown fragments landslide necklace


I love this statement from Drown: “Drown’s highly conceptual collections are more than mere adornments, designed to elicit a dialogue between the wearer and the viewer. Channeling inspirations as distant as the cosmos or as close as the road beneath our feet, Drown jewellery encourages individual interpretations by inspiring the question rather than representing the answer.”

Though ‘highly conceptual,’ I felt like the piece was still very wearable. While something may look cool in the box, I wanted to share how I worked the Landslide necklace into an every day outfit. It’s nice to have a change from my typical black acrylic typography necklaces! This is how I wore the necklace yesterday:


drown fragments landslide necklace

drown fragments landslide necklace

drown fragments landslide necklace


Along with the Landslide necklace, I wore:

Cropped sweater, knit dress and tights, H&M
Studded headband, Forever 21
Heels, Diana Broussard


drown fragments landslide necklace


Simple yet edgy. Unique yet accessible. The craftsmanship and razor-sharp cuts had me enamored upon first glance and I am so excited to have a piece from Drown’s debut collection.


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The Week in Pictures: 4.15.11

week in pictures


week in pictures


I’m not gonna lie, this week wasn’t exactly exciting. It basically went like this: home desk > agency desk. Agency desk > home desk. With no time to do anything in-between. I’m working on a combination of media kits and websites right now and producing some of my favorite work (on top of the usual corporate stuff) but sometimes getting that work in shape takes all of my time. I’m excited though because this weekend is Stumptown Comics Fest which means that quite a few of my friends will be in town including Star and Molly! Yay!

Onto the above photo. When I picked out shoes for my Vegas wedding last year, I wanted to find something that would be wearable after the big day. I hate the idea of wearing something once, only to throw it into the back of my closet, never to be used again. I got an insane deal on these Camilla Skovgaards and fell in love with the weird flaps resembling Dumbo ears, not to mention the corset lacing up the back. They’re pretty dressy so I needed to find a way to bring them down a few notches for daily wear. When I found the Sheer Lux Solid tights, I knew they’d met their match. Spring and Summer, here I come! I promise to pack away all the black. At least some of it…


week in pictures

week in pictures


Great type specimens are everywhere….even on gourmet chocolate packaging that I picked up in Seattle. Welcome to my home office. As you’ve probably gathered, it’s mostly white with pops of black and red. When I picked up some black curtains last year at Urban Outfitters, my brother relentlessly mocked me, calling them my ‘goth curtains.’ Now that the sun has finally come out after what felt like six months of darkness, I think I’m ready for a change. I’m leaning towards a gray wool carpet and gray patterned curtains. I already know that both will work perfectly because we have the same exact gray rug in two other rooms. The curtains, too. Hey, when you find something that works, stick with it! Right?


week in pictures


I’m still obsessing over dry transfer letters. I am sad that I missed out completely on the days of design when transfer letters and french curves were necessities….now it seems like designers never leave their computer…at least I don’t. Read more about the Veer letter set here.


week in pictures


Now that we’re coming out of our Winter coma, We’re itching to get some house stuff done. There are so many little things….that when piled together just seem completely overwhelming. I am the focused one while my brother is all over the place with 10 unfinished projects all going simultaneously. I’m trying to reel him in and get him on track with varying results. Haha.


week in pictures

week in pictures


I love pretty much everything that Eight Hour Day puts out. Their design work is always impeccable. When I spotted this Infinite Possibilities print, I knew I had to have it. It’s clipped to my inspiration board for now until I track down a frame. So beautiful!


week in pictures


I’m looking forward to a weekend of getting through some projects, good times with good friends and long walks with Joey and Rocky. See you Monday! xoxo


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Link Love: 4.14.11

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link love

Hansei Society poster by Shan Jiang.


• Publishing myths and truths for bloggers is a great read if you’re curious about all the book deal chatter out there.

• I really want a copy of the Print Handbook Booklet. I agree with FPO’s statement that “There is somewhat of a mystique about printing techniques that all designers must wade through. There’s always a learning curve and often times several games of trial and error. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a reference to minimize the quirks associated with printing?” The Media Collective really dug in and covered it all.

• Frank Chimero on #winning. Really, who’s doing all the winning anyway? What exactly does it mean?

• More gorgeous Iceland photos from Kris Atomic.

• Have you seen Karl Lagerfeld’s new Diet Coke Campaign? You can’t go wrong with pink & black, a handful of models and graphic patterns thrown in for good measure!

• Jay-Z interviews Gwyneth Paltrow. For reals.

• Elsie of A Beautiful Mess just produced an E-Course about making your dream job a reality. How cool!

• Luxirare just keeps putting out the coolest objects of desire. Her Changeability post is super inspiring.

• I love the design and identity of Mexican coffee shop Cielito Querido Café.

• Photographer Rania Matar takes photos of teenage girls in their bedrooms in both the U.S. and Middle East.

• Head on over to Already Pretty for Shoe Care Made Simple.