Monthly Archives: May 2012

Link Love: 5.31.12

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link love

So ready to blast off to LA! Source.


• I love this quote about having a vision for your life.

• People want jobs that make a difference, even if it means a pay cut.

• Freelance designer Jessica Commigore shares her top 5 workflow resources.

• Advice on living the creative life from Neil Gaiman is fantastic. I especially liked this statement: “Say “no” to projects that take you further from rather than closer to your own creative goals, however flattering or lucrative.”

• If you’re inked, Tamera’s Tattoo You post will make you smile. The comments are great, too. I’m tattoo-free but my husband has about a million and that’s just fine with me!

• Elsie and Emma share their top 10 tips for time management.

• Pretty awesome: a photo of MGM’s stable of movie stars taken in 1943.

• If you’re looking for an extra special font for your next project, Ten Dollar Fonts has some great options, all for a total bargain.

• The best rejected New Yorker covers!


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• There’s something about these organic black and white graphics that’s totally captivating.


What I Wore: 5.28.12 // Crisscross

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It’s been a busy week so far — I leave for LA Friday morning and have been focused on wrapping up projects, catching up with friends from out of town and excitedly packing so apologies in advance if there’s a bit of a slowdown around here. I’m desperately in need of a team of helper elves!


what i wore


I wore this gray flannel and vinyl dress with interwoven straps over the long holiday weekend. It pretty much sums up my style direction at the moment, which I’m calling classic avant garde. I’m really interested in simple shapes and materials with a twist that are edgy but still comfortable — for instance, this dress which is made of flannel…which can be pretty boring in most cases but with some modern details, it gets a new life. It reminds me of something one of my favorite Belgian designers would have designed but with a price tag of less than $100.00, is much more in line with my budget.


what i wore


I Wore:

Cut-Out Flannel Dress (on sale!), ASOS
Tights, H&M
Bracelet, H&M
Wedges, Acne Atacoma


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I like clothes I can wear throughout the seasons — I’m planning on layering this dress up with a cardigan and cable knit tights for Fall. Maybe if I add a black beret, I can channel a French schoolgirl from the future?


This mood board sums up my style direction at the moment:

what i wore


1. Sofia Coppola on Italian Vogue in 1992. 2. ASOS Cut-Out Flannel Dress. 3. Warhol made basics fun. 4. Maison Martin Margiela boots. 5. Just love this type (source unknown). Basic sweater with a twist (source unknown). 6. A.F. Vandevorst Belt. 7. ASOS Full Skirt with Mesh Stripes (similar + better price).


Readers: What are you feeling style-wise for this summer? Anything that’s influencing you and catching your eye? I try to keep a running list on Pinterest of my favorite fashion moments.


The Typofiles #106: Esquire Big Black Book



There are two men-centric magazines I pick up on a regular basis: GQ and Esquire. Both are beautifully designed and last night, when I spotted the Esquire Big Black Book at Barnes & Noble, I had to have it. The matte, bright blue cover features raised, high-gloss white ink and the inside is a mix of smooth, shiny stock and newsprint. The type treatments and layouts throughout the magazine are thoughtful yet understated and this overall is a great piece of print inspiration.



An extra bonus: check out the Esquire cover archive, dating back to 1933! My favorite Esquire era was in the 60s — many of the covers from this time were directed by my advertising idol, George Lois.


The Week In Pictures: 5.25.12 // Journey To Halfway Part 2

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week in pictures

Nigel the Llama


It’s been hard holding out all week to share my very special adventure to Halfway, Oregon with you. Halfway is located halfway between the equator and the North Pole. Though the town easily boasts more animal inhabitants than humans (the population rests at less than 400!), it’s big on charm. This town is the type of place that I really didn’t think was still in existence; people smile and wave as you pass by, there seems to be a dog sitting in the back of every pickup truck and with barely a wi-fi or cell phone signal to be found, there’s a noticeable sense of peace you just can’t find in the city.


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week in pictures


I guess I should mention the main reason I was visiting Halfway: my best llama friend (BLF) Nigel lives there at Wallowa Llamas. We’ve met on many occasions and when his trailer broke down and he wasn’t able to make it to Portland a few weeks ago, my friend Joey & I hatched a plan to make the six hour drive to visit him. Joey & I hit the road bright and early last Saturday morning and drove through canyons and valleys for what seemed like an eternity.


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week in pictures


We passed through many small towns along the way and pulled over to rest at this RV park. In case you can’t read the back of that truck, one license plate holder says, “On hot days, I go topless.” A sign on the right reads “Flea Market Fanatic.” And the crown jewel? A faux license plate that reads, “Forget 911. I dial .357″ placed inside a holder that says, “My other vehicle is a school bus.” Haha!


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We pulled over somewhere near Baker City so I could get this shot. Such a cool sign!


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Onward we went, so far out into the country that our GPS dropped out. We blindly drove down miles of gravel roads, trying to find Wallowa Llamas.


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A baby llama. So curious and cute!


We pulled in and the owners of Wallowa, Raz & Louise came out to greet us and lead us to Nigel. Most people don’t drive six hours just to visit one llama but they know how much I adore Nigel! I’d already spotted Nigel from up the driveway — he’s a pretty striking fella. I noticed that he was in a pen with another dark llama and I asked if he had a twin. Louise was like, “No, that llama is named Thing 1. He looks just like Thing 2.” Thing 1 and Thing 2?!! Best llama names EVER!


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week in pictures


As we walked Nigel down the meadow, we passed a group of baby llamas. They were really inquisitive and kept putting their faces up in my camera. The real star of the bunch was Nigel’s first baby, Rhubarb (above)!


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As we passed the guy llamas, they seemed quite jealous; they didn’t understand why Nigel was prancing around with two ladies while they were fenced in. They paced back and forth, following our every move. Some llamas have all the luck in life!


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Llamas have a bad reputation for being ornery and spitting. The guys can be especially aggressive. Nigel isn’t typical at all. He let me put my arm around him, posed for the camera and when I talked to him, he made a cute humming sound. He’s very, very sweet.


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After we said goodbye to Nigel, Raz & Louise, we headed back down the miles of gravel roads to get gas. I love how everything in Halfway is frozen in time.


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Our private porch in back.


One of the other reasons we wanted to visit Halfway was to stay at the Clear Creek Inn, a quaint bed & breakfast on a 160 acre cattle ranch. We pulled up and found out that we were the only guests. Within 15 minutes of arriving, we were handed a fresh baked jar of cookies and the keys to the entire place. How’s that for service?! I honestly was dumbfounded by this place. We stayed in the Captain’s Quarters (what a name!!!) and had three beds and a private porch.


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week in pictures

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The grounds of Clear Creek feature a pond, multiple orchards, a huge garden, a rope swing and some of the original structures. Everything is placed just so-so. I felt like we were on a movie set!


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week in pictures

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week in pictures


We wandered along the grounds, enjoying every moment of silence. One thing I’m still working on is just being in the moment and being okay with that. Without cell phone reception, I was able to block out instagram-ing and tweeting everything I saw. It was so amazing to just take in all of my new surroundings.


week in pictures

week in pictures


Did I mention that Clear Creek also boasts a huge dining room, a library (!) and an industrial-sized kitchen? This place was seriously over-the-top. And still, it got even better. The next morning, we were served homemade stuffed french toast for breakfast and handed a pile of cookies for the road. Unbelievable! I wish I could have stayed for a week.


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Halfway was exactly what I needed. It was the perfect escape from a lot of the stress and pressure I’ve been feeling this year. A weekend full of llamas and a dreamy bed & breakfast miles away from most civilization totally changed my perspective on what I considered to be ‘country life.’ I’ve never felt so relaxed. It’s a truly magical place that I’l never forget. And yes, I’m already counting down until I can return next year, hopefully with a group of friends to share the experience with. This is a place that you can’t just keep to yourself; it deserves to be shared.

Have a great holiday weekend!


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Link Love: 5.24.12

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link love

Vogue China, June 2012


• Kris Atomic shares her favorite iPhone photo apps with TONS of before and after shots. And if you’ve ever seen her photography, this girl knows her stuff!

• Here’s some wonderful advice for young designers.

• As a freelancer, how do you manage emails?

• Pugly Pixel shares a quick and easy tutorial on how to replace backgrounds in Photoshop.

• In If You Love Her, Let Her Grow, Gareth, the other half of Rock n Roll Bride, shares what it’s like when your partner is running an online business full-time and how to support them in their endeavors. Such an insightful post!

• 14 really cool business card designs.

• Rob Giampietro has some great advice for designers getting ready to start their own studio.

• If you’ve ever used Flickr to store your photos (I still do, especially because it allows private folders), this is a really good read: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet.

• Create because you can.

• Happiness doesn’t depend on what happens. This is such a hard lesson to learn!


The Typofiles #105: Magazines and Print Inspiration



I have close to 10 years’ worth of magazine clippings amassed in my flat files and here’s a small sampling. Even with the abundance of reading materials online and on the iPad, I am still a diehard connoisseur of print. I do have an iPad (and subscribe to some magazines that are more interactive) but I’m still keeping my print magazine subscriptions as well. All you hear these days is, “Print is dead!” But it’s really not dead, it’s just changing. You may see less printed materials but the quality of what you do see is higher overall. I love my iPad but still equally enjoy the feeling of digging through stacks of clippings and pooling together inspiration. What about you?

I still have some of my 90s clippings too stuffed into a folder (though those mostly revolve around Kurt & Courtney, some Versace ads and a healthy dose of Marilyn Manson). My poor, poor parents had to deal with my bedroom walls covered in this stuff! And maybe that’s where my nostalgia for print and holding onto my magazine subscriptions comes from — that’s all I had before a steady internet connection and the iPad.



Readers: What iPad publications do you subscribe to? Any recommendations? My favorite so far has been Project Magazine.


Still Rubber Stamp Crazy!

rubber stamp crazy

rubber stamp crazy


After the successful outcome of my suite of rubber stamps, I decided to create some designs for Joey to brand his paintings with. We ordered four total designs including his wordmark (above), but my favorites of the bunch were these two oversized stamps measuring 4 x 4 inches each. Joey’s tagline is NEO POP ART and I came up with a stacked lockup that works well for the backs of his paintings. The circle is an ongoing element in many of his paintings and also a part of his logo and I think it would work great for marking his packages when he mails out his work.


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All of these stamps were ordered through Simon’s Stamps which I cannot recommend highly enough (great quality + affordable + fast shipping). I should mention that these stamps are probably too large for a regular stamp pad; I used the Ranger Archival Jumbo Inkpad in jet black for these. Happy stamping!