Nubbytwiglet.com Web Portfolio, 2011
One of my big goals for 2011 was to launch a web portfolio. I’ve had many web portfolios in the past but I wanted this one to be different and to stand in as a design retrospective of sorts. Instead of limiting the work I showed to the standard 10 to 15 pieces my print portfolio has, I wanted a place to show everything.
Now you can view nearly every project that I’ve worked on in the five years I’ve been designing professionally. My overarching goal was to share a sense of progression with each project being arranged in chronological order. It’s like a timeline of my design, unfolding and telling a story. Instead of bits and pieces, you can see every step along the way. Also, I sized each image at a generous 850 px wide because there’s a lot of detail that goes into some of these projects that you’ve never been able to see at the smaller sizes they were originally posted in.
I graduated from a community college graphic design program in 2008 but I started designing professionally early on during my time there. Five years ago, things quickly changed for me when I designed CD packaging for Virgin Records during my second semester. This gave me a jump-start and one internship, five agencies and a whole lot of personal freelance later, this is my life.
Next week, I’ll be sharing the print version of my portfolio and some tips for building your own as well. Also, some more projects will be trickling into the web portfolio mix; there are a lot of hard drives and dark corners to still dig through! Design really is a never-ending journey, thanks for coming along for the ride!
An Ebay knock-off of the Philippe Starck Victoria Ghost Side Chair in my office
I am a big fan of mixing high and low when it comes to fashion and furniture. While I’ve always admired the Philippe Starck Victoria Ghost chairs, the $300+ cost wasn’t in my budget so I turned to Ebay to get a similar look. For items I use every day like my office chair, I tend to step up and buy the best. My Herman Miller Aeron chair was worth every penny but for a secondary chair that’s more for decoration and less for function (right now it’s holding my stack of portfolios), a reproduction suits my needs just fine. I feel the same way about clothing — I want the jackets, bags and shoes that I reach for every day to be of nice quality but I tend to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe with more affordable basics. Style doesn’t have a predetermined price tag; it’s about mixing a combination of finds together to create a look that suits your style and budget.
I’ve been hearing about the new Schoolhouse Electric factory and retail location in the industrial area of S.E. Portland for awhile now and my brother and I decided to pay it a visit over the weekend.
The factory and storefront are housed in a 101 year old building (the original home of Pacific Steel & Hardware Co.) that’s been lovingly restored. Read more about the transformation here.
The entrance chalkboard sign — a coffee shop and florist are coming soon!
This is a side view of the retail space. There’s a very industrial modern vibe, a distinct mix of old and new throughout.
One of my favorite lights from their selection.
I’d move in here…
I love this type lock-up on the pillows.
And now, here are some Instagram snaps I took around town. Loving the cozy corner of this downtown agency.
Orange must be the color of the week. Obviously.
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to fasten the collective total of six straps on your shoes when you have to make a mad dash out the door. The shoes are by Trippen and from Solestruck.
Have a great weekend! I have to get some art for my show wrapped up and then wallpaper my closet. Exciting, huh?
• Taste The Font whips up recipes that represent the essence of a font and then photograph them. They include a brief history of the showcased font as well!
• The first-ever covers from famous magazines is a fascinating walk down memory lane.
• The work of prop stylist Dietland Wolf is stunning. Her artistic sensibility comes through in every single image.
• Annex creates handmade dresses folded out of vintage maps and best of all, they’re for sale!
• LIFE Magazine shares its 20 worst covers ever. The captions are even better.
• The difference between creating a brand vs. a signature: “Focusing on creating signatures and not brands could well change the way we create. “Branding” is a painful mark of ownership. “Signature” conveys the unique potential of a company’s products and a promise of commitment to stand behind their products and services.”
• The evolution of Moadonna on magazine covers from 1983 to 2011.
• Williams British Handmade makes the coolest bespoke suitcases I’ve ever seen. No shape is impossible!
• What happens when style bloggers start resembling magazine cover girls?
If Santa had an unlimited budget, these are a few of my favorite things that I’d love to see stashed under the tree this year. Dream big, always!
1. Diptyque Baies Noire 300g Candle, 2. Tsovet LX531010-01 Watch, 3. Kate Spade Recital Farrah clutch, 4. Pia Wallén Cross Blanket, 5. Schoolhouse Electric Alabax Light and Nikon 1 Camera in White.
1. Eero Aarnio Ball Chair, 2. Zara Zip-Front Skirt, 3. Marimekko Siirtolapuutarha Mug, 4. Kate Spade Sidewalks of New York Scarf, 5. iPad 2 in White.
Readers: What’s on your wish list this year?
Do you ever drive past somewhere like Wendy’s and notice the typeface on their posters way before the grotesque greasy food that is being offered? Yeah? Me too. Well, if you’re completely type-obsessed, Fonts In Use is your new best friend.
Fonts In Use has been around for awhile now but I felt that it was so valuable that it deserved a special call-out. The site regularly highlights a particular project its authors find intriguing and at the beginning of the article, all the key font players are clearly called out. No more second-guessing! And the comments are always great too, usually covering any type specimen that may have been overlooked. I’ve made so many new type discoveries on this site and hopefully you will, too.
Today, I have two more pieces from the My Cross To Bear series to introduce to you. Both, as with my other larger pieces, are collage on wood and coated in epoxy resin.
My Cross To Bear, 18 x 18 inches
collage and resin on wood
My Cross To Bear is the signature piece of the series and will also be making an appearance on the front of the show flyer.
Drown, 18 x 18 inches
collage and resin on wood
Drown features the shoes that have made multiple appearances in my branding as well as this blog’s header.
More details about the show will follow soon!
The lighting at Noble Rot Wine Bar in Portland.
This week, I finally downloaded Instagram and went a little crazy with documenting the world around me. I still carry my SLR everywhere with me but sometimes you just need to be sneaky to capture certain moments! Top to bottom: reprinting my portfolio at Kinko’s, lunch at My-Thai Bistro, PMS coated swatches, H&M Heart top, thrifted red cross mug and my Pantone desktop.
Everyone that stops by for a visit scoops up Rocky and declares that he looks like a creature from Labyrinth. I’ve never seen such a strong personality in such a little animal!
My two scents of choice that are in constant rotation are Vanillary and Tainted Love. And still loving my origami crane brooch by Under The Shade of A Bonsai Tree.
This is what I wore to visit some food carts over the weekend and load up on tacos: H&M sweater, J Crew skirt, H&M tights and Minimarket boots. Comfortable and cozy!
The freezing cold temperatures are already driving me nuts…looking forward to escaping to Phoenix for a week in December. This dress from Akira Chicago is going to be my go-to summer dress. Until then, I’m pairing it with black opaque tights, a sweater and a leather jacket.
And with that, it’s time to heat up some chai and milk and get my weekend started! Do you have any big plans?