Goodbye, Steve Jobs. Such inspiring stories about a truly inspiring man in this issue.
On Thursday night, my friend Amelia Arsenic and her band Angelspit made a tour stop in Portland at The Hawthorne Theater. It was an all-ages show so I was in a sea of 16 year olds (probably for the first time since I was 16). Angelspit always gives it their all and afterwards, we caught up in the bar next door which just happened to be hosting a karaoke night. Amelia (who lives in London) got to experience a full-on Portlandia-style moment when a guy with dreads, sporting a pink suit gave a stunning performance of Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know, even jumping up on chairs. That was followed up by two hippies doing a spot-on performance of Straight Outta Compton.
I am a huge fan of architecture firm Skylab and when I heard that they’d designed Solestruck’s new flagship store downtown, I had to see it for myself. I took my whole family to the grand opening Saturday night (including my dad) and the place was packed. My photos don’t do the space justice at all. If you’re passing through Portland, this is a must-see.
I’m not a big perfume person, but this week I discovered Tokyo Milk. The smells are different from everything else out there — I picked up Tainted Love which is a combination of dark vanilla bean, orchid, white tea and sandalwood and have been wearing it nonstop since.
Just hanging out in front of a bar called The Trap (seriously) in my hood over the weekend. I can’t stop laughing when I hear of people compulsively gambling there…really?!! The name says it all. Have a great weekend!
Image: Irving Penn for Vogue, 2005.
• My favorite link of the week: Handlettered logos from defunct department stores.
• 10 surefire ways to overcome blogging procrastination.
• Six months and 50 grand later, this is the Portland Art Museum’s new logo. Thoughts?
• I really wish that I was having a Pantone Christmas.
• Have you ever heard of spite houses? If you have an ongoing feud with your neighbors, you have to read this!
• Forgotten web browsers of the early 90s!
• 65 ways to drive traffic to your blog.
• Are you still in need of some Halloween costume ideas? Kimberly from Wildfox has got you covered!
• Perfect for Fall and so easy. Homemade oatmeal 9 ways!
• Just ignore the haters.
• Flickr has rounded up some gorgeous photos of Antarctica.
• The Do’s and Don’ts of infographic design.
• I keep hearing about Solo Project Management software. And it’s so beautifully designed that maybe more designers would stick with it!
Dark Truth, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross
This December, my first solo show in three years, My Cross To Bear will be hosted at Sequential Art Gallery in Portland. Some people have been asking me why I’m doing art again. The simple answer is that I like a challenge. When you sit behind a computer all day, you you can hit a few keys and undo your mistakes. When you’re collaging and pouring resin, if you make a mistake, you have to step back and start over. Working in a different medium forces you to think in a completely different way. I love switching up my routine and facing a new challenge. More information about this 15 piece series will be following very soon. In the meantime, I’d like to share my first two pieces with you. Both are ceramic red crosses and feature collages that are coated in resin.
The Arch, 9 x 9 inches
collage and resin on ceramic red cross
My favorite time period in fashion has always been the mod, space age Sixties. I love that 45+ years after the fact, designers are still drawing inspiration from this era. I sprinkled in a few more recent extras to round out the mix. View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
There’s no denying that Kat of Rock N Roll Bride has some serious enthusiasm for her brand. What I admire about Kat is that she doesn’t just let things be — she keeps pushing ahead and thinking up new ideas. What started out as a small collaboration two years ago creating a new brand identity has blossomed into even bigger projects. Earlier this year, the Rock N Roll Bride media kit debuted. Then, over the summer, Kat proposed creating a magazine for an event she was attending. Not content with just handing out a business card or brochure, she wanted to offer something that encompassed her online brand that people could take home with them.
And that’s an interesting point in itself. With brands that are formed and presented digitally, when you turn off your computer, how do you stay in touch? Even with media increasingly going digital, there’s still something to be said for an object that you can hold in your hands. Call me old fashioned but that feeling and interaction just can’t be replaced. Just this weekend, I picked up a copy of TIME magazine with Steve Jobs on the cover because I wanted something I could keep. All you hear these days is that print is dead…it’s slowed down but it’s definitely not dead. It’s just changed. Half of the things that I design for print now never actually make it to print; they end up in a PDF. But this project was different. 1,000 copies would be printed.
Kat originally proposed a 14 page mini magazine but the more I thought about it, the format seemed too close in size to her media kit. And she didn’t need another media kit. I grew up reading fashion magazines and I wanted this to have a more editorial feel with full articles, a letter from the editor and a front and back cover.
When I did the original Rock N Roll Bride identity, I created a horizontal lockup of the logo that I don’t think was ever shown. Even though it was never used in the web header or media kit, I had designed it with the thought of it working well on a magazine or book cover.
So far, this first issue, numbering 40 pages and with three distinct sections (Real Weddings, Rockin’ Fashion and Rockin’ Lifestyle) has exceeded our expectations, with 500 copies handed out in one weekend alone. The rest of the copies will be available on Rock N Roll Bride. The magazine was just written up on Print Week and we’re now planning issue 2. I love seeing brands blossom from an idea and an identity to something much, much larger. Thanks to Kat for letting me give you a peak inside our most favorite collaboration yet. And thanks for reading!
Sitting in my dining room yesterday morning. Wearing: Zara sweater, F21 dress, H&M tights and Proenza Schouler boots.
Beauty is in the details. I’m pouring resin this weekend so that I’ll finally have some finished art pieces to share!
Late nights and simple pleasures.
I just stumbled upon the Soda Pagoda yesterday. Brilliant.
Over the weekend, I realized just how many photo booth strips have piled up since Joey and I met. I love how they all come out so similar and appear to be frozen in time.
This isn’t as cool as finding Jesus burnt into your toast but an angry jelly bean is still pretty rad.
And finally, Joey just finished this painting of Kate Moss. If only we had more empty walls! Have a great weekend! My big plans including painting my new closet, finishing some art, pouring resin and doing research for a few new client projects. xoxo
Image: Naty Chabanenko by Ishi for French Revue de Modes.
• Steve Wozniak reminisces about his friend, Steve Jobs and the early years of Apple.
• The 6 most horrifying lies that the food industry is feeding you.
• Disciples is photographer James Mollion’s visual study of musical subcultures. Madonna fans, Mansonites and more are covered in these intriguing portraits.
• Learn how to transfer a photo onto fabric!
• In 1986, Steve Jobs hired Paul Rand to design a logo for his new computer company, Next. Check out his presentation.
• How street style changed the frontier of fashion photography.
• I read this article last week and it’s still on my mind: Climate Change and the End of Australia is so shocking and sad.
• Steve Pavlina offers advice for creating a business plan.
• Life would be so much better if I had a treehouse that resembled a mini castle.
• Water marbling is the visual equivalent of tie-dye for your nails! Wow!
• The bright, layered illustrations by Miles Donovan are electrifying.