Monthly Archives: July 2011

Current Inspiration: July 2011

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I’m always curious about what everyone else is inspired by because that inspiration tends to seep into whatever we’re doing, whether it’s writing, design or altering our living spaces. Here’s what’s currently inspiring me in a major way!


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INSPIRATION BOARD 01


1. Bambi Northwood-Blyth for MUSE by Tim Barber. This entire shoot reminds me of long summer days. 2. Kelly Jill’s photography. 3. Anything from Margiela in lemon yellow! I already have these shoes and they’re like a big exclamation point to finish off any outfit. 4. Nothing says summer like this beautiful portrait of Elisa Sednaoui for Bazaar Spain. 5. I’ve wanted a clever bookend like this forever. 6. The hand-illustrated chalk drawings by Dana Tanamachi totally blow my mind.


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INSPIRATION BOARD 02


1. Sometimes we need a little reminder to stay true to who we are. 2. I fell for this Asos dress that Gala showed me but it sold out before I could snap it up! 3. I love the rustic charm and hefty type on this grain sack pillow cover. 4. Open interior spaces. 5. The Prada Fall 2011 campaign is the epitome of otherworldly 60s. 6. I want Emma Stone’s entire mod wardrobe in the July 2011 issue of Elle. 7. I’ve always loved this Anthony Burrill poster.


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INSPIRATION BOARD 03


1. Tsovet watches. I’m not big on recognizable status watches, instead preferring something that is a bit more unique and under the radar. 2. Luxe accessories with major edge like this bag from Versace Fall 2011. 3. I never get tired of a structured, all-black wardrobe! 4. The work of photographer Ditte Isager is the epitome of understated cool. 5. Loving The Landing identity by Jamie Stolarski. 6. The August 2011 German Vogue cover featuring Claudia Schiffer is gorgeous.


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INSPIRATION BOARD 04


Well, this really isn’t an inspiration board but can I take a minute to profess my love of Kate Spade’s current site incarnation?! Graphic gorgeousness in black and white and classic with a dose of pop. The brand’s use of type and patterns is always spot-on.


Dear readers, what’s inspiring you at the moment?

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The Week In Pictures: 7.16.11

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week in pictures

Hanging out in my natural habitat on Thursday: Wearing a F21 dress and slip with H&M tights.


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week in pictures


I’m loving the new M•A•C Cine-Matics On-Screen Palettes because the color combos are somewhat unexpected and not what I’d normally pick out for myself. My favorite so far has been the Double Feature 2 featuring lime green and shimmery graphite.


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Walking around the industrial part of S.E. in the Motel Jordan jeans and Acne Atacoma wedges. I love hanging out in this area on the weekend because it’s nearly deserted.


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The remnants of a M•A•C counter visit. I wish all makeup packaging was this minimal and stylish.


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Yesterday, I visited Produce Row Café (with about 15 other people; the table was so long that it felt like the Last Supper) and it was AWESOME. I’ve passed by it a million times and from the outside it looks fairly nondescript but the inside resembles a quaint, French-inspired café with worn wood tables, a tiled wall with vintage lettering, huge wooden beams and fancy wallpaper. And their menus are cute. I wanted to soak in every detail and transport it back home to Wolfgang Manor. Here’s a nice little collection of interior photos.


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Someone looks very regal in their new red harness…and is very annoyed with me for taking their picture.


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Sally Hansen Mint Sprint nails + NARS Napoli lipstick. This was taken in between dining on a plateful of tacos with the one and only Auntie Nubs.


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I have the best friends. I’d been obsessed with this cardigan for awhile (don’t worry, it will make an official outfit post appearance very soon) and Kristin just sent it as a thank you for our recent collaboration. It’s light enough that I’ll surely be wearing it all summer long. Thanks, Kristin! Okay, time to get to work on some overdue rounds of work. Have an adventurous weekend!


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Link Love: 7.14.11

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link love

Photo by Jaques Bagios


• My favorite link of the week: Back in 1989, a guy got ahold of some all-access press credentials and had complete access to the 61st Academy Awards. He took full advantage of the night, photographing every major Hollywood star he possibly could. I love these candid, unedited shots!

• Get a good laugh at the absurdity of the U.S. state flags. Some of these are truly…astounding.

• This guy’s camera collection is mind blowing. I especially love the whimsical, seemingly wallpapered Lady Carefree!

• DaisyDisk scans your disks and shows the content as interactive maps so that you can spot any unusually large files and remove them to free up space on your hard drive. And, it looks good in the process!

• I just joined Google+ this week (feel free to add me here if you’d like) and am curious to learn more about its potential social media benefits. This article sums it up nicely.

• Have you see the rainbow house in San Francisco? Amazing!

• Design Sponge takes us behind the scenes and bravely showcases the evolution of its book cover design. It’s fascinating to see how much hard work can go into this process!

• Which group do you belong to? Dog owners vs. cat owners.

• Learn how to create your very own glitter textures in Photoshop.

• Designers who are afraid of commitment are now in luck! Tattly has the best selection of design-centric temporary tattoos in the universe.

• The Bespoke Letterpress Boutique has some gorgeous work for sale.

• Gala and I didn’t take many photos of our visit to the Blue Lagoon (hey, we were in swimsuits and it was snowing!) so if you want to see it in more detail, check out Kris Atomic’s beautiful photos.

• Fashionista has compiled its list of the top 20 fashion schools in the U.S.


Kristin Cofer Photography and Design Identity

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Kristin Cofer is a San Francisco-based photographer with a knack for fashion and portrait photography. In a past life, she went to school for graphic design and her innate sense for composition shines through in the photos she creates. We first began working together in 2010 when she hired me to brand her photography business. Like me, she has a fondness for black and white, graphic type and clean lines. When designing her logo, we specifically worked to keep it open-ended; the lines can extend to create visual interest over a number of surfaces but when needed, it can also be nicely contained within a box.


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KCP and KCD Logos


In early 2011, Kristin contacted me once again for a few different projects. She wanted to do a new campaign for her photography site (I love her fresh, simple tagline, Develop An Image), a type-driven biography and perhaps most exciting, to mirror the branding of her design business to that of her photography. Kristin has a love for Warhol and what immediately came to mind for both of us was the idea of a mini Factory: a variety of creative endeavors that complement each other hosted under one roof. For this reason, Kristin Cofer Design (KCD) and Kristin Cofer Photography (KCP) are like two sides of a coin and complement one another: Most often, one is black and white, the other is white and black. They will join one another most immediately on double-sided business cards.


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KCP Collateral, 2010


When creating new branding, it was important for us to build off of what we’d previously done. This is the collateral that we’d designed for Kristin Cofer Photography the year before.


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The first of the new projects we worked on were splash pages for her two sites. It was important to keep the treatment simple enough so that she could switch out graphics to showcase new work and promos as often as needed.


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nubbytwiglet kristin cofer branding

Splash Pages, Kristin Cofer Photography and Kristin Cofer Design


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Early mock-ups featuring Develop An Image


Before we arrived on the type treatment for Develop An Image, we tried out a number of other options that almost made the cut. In the end though, we decided that leveraging the vertical Avant Garde type of the KCP and KCD logos was the most logical solution.


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KCP Biography


Kristin is inspired by biographies of art and rock stars including Keith Richards and Andy Warhol and wanted her new biography to be bold — I imagined something that would be painted across the white wall of her mini-Factory to greet visitors when they entered (she will have one some day, I just know it!)


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KCP double-sided Deluxe Promo Cards


To share her new tagline, photography and bio with the world, we designed double-sided ‘Deluxe’ postcards — Modern Postcards produces these at a whopping 6 x 8.5 format (and yes, they’re still mailable!)


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Selected pages from the KCP and KCD Guidelines


These are a few page overviews from Kristin’s branding & Identity guide. Whenever I complete a logo, I provide a mini guide that contains all related lockups, swatches and type. These can be much more in-depth depending on the complexity of the project.


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KCP Billboard mockup


I loved some of Kristin’s really graphic photography and even though it didn’t get used in her new promos, I could see it being used in other areas some day. This image is so chic and very Parisian! Thanks to Kristin Cofer for allowing me to share our recent projects…and a happy belated birthday!


The Typofiles #84: Vintage Swiss Poster Design


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As a designer, one of my biggest influences has always been Swiss poster design, with a particular focus on those that were created from the 1950s through the 1970s. When I look back at these designs, it’s very clear that they are timeless in part because of their simple compositions, bold yet clean type and use of negative space. My two favorite poster designers are Herbert Leupin and Peter Birkhäuser. Today I’m sharing a handful of my favorites with the hopes that you will also be inspired by these vintage masterpeices!


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magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

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Swiss posters of the 1950s and 1960s illustrate the “Swiss School” or the “Swiss Style,” relying heavily on composition, typography, and clear communication. This style had international influence, and the Swiss poster came to be regarded as a model in graphic design.

— Swiss Poster Collection at Carnegie Mellon University.


What I Wore: 7.10.11 // Stripes

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I hope you had a great weekend! I spent the entirety of mine in my office driving myself crazy while everyone else was outside having fun. But that’s life sometimes!

A few weeks back, Motel sent me the Jordan Jean in black and white stripes. I’d been wanting these for quite awhile (hello, stripes!) but as you can imagine, tight striped pants are not the easiest thing to wear unless you’re 6 feet tall. I tried these a number of different ways with limited success but I think the key is to balance out the proportions with a looser fitting top.


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I’m looking forward to trying these jeans out with another look again in the Fall with more layers including a black blazer and scarf because I have visions of swinging 60s London and Anita Pallenberg.


I Wore:

Jordan Jeans, Courtesy of Motel
Sequin Top, Vintage
Boots, Proenza Schouler
Nails, Sally Hansen Mint Sprint


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


Joey shot these photos of me last night right before the sun went down and I forgot to change my socks…so now you can see my secret peeking through the front of the boots! Under all my boots, I always wear Smartwool socks to save me from getting blisters. Invest in some, you won’t be disappointed. And with that, I’m off to get a coffee and to (hopefully) get outside more this week. xoxo


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