Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Week In Pictures: 6.30.12

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I have a thing for classic cars…which I probably inherited from my dad who has a few.

What a week! Sometimes real life sucks up internet time but that should be welcomed. Live a little! A lot can happen in seven days. I helped my grandparents ring in their 63rd wedding anniversary (!), did a shoot late into last night for an upcoming collab, started a branding project that’s totally up my alley, got all the windows in our house replaced (a total pain but necessary) and started the planning process for the launch of a really great project with friends later this year.

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I fell a little in love with this magazine cover and cracked up at Mutt’s intern recruit posters.

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Last night, after I wrapped up a project I raced over to Mutt Studios for a collaboration & shoot with my photographer friend, Shaun. I skipped, jumped and danced around in spiked shoes and by the end, my legs felt like jello but I love that good kind of tired when you feel like you’ve given it your all for something awesome.

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Another peek inside Mutt Studios and perhaps the best branding I’ve ever seen on a food truck.

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Over the weekend, a makeup artist was hanging out in our dining room, prepping a model to do a shoot with my brother and she just happened to bring these shoes she’d handpainted with her. Amazing, right?! Psychedelic puff-paint..I’ll take it! Edit: The shoes were customized by Randi Whipple.

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When I heard that my grandparents were in town for their 63rd anniversary, I dropped everything and hopped in my cousin’s truck for a joyride out to the suburbs. We found my grandparents in the back of a bar, gambling and sipping mix drinks, true to form at 85 and 83, respectively. Amazing.

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To see them so happy and going strong after all this time is extra special because my grandpa, who had never even been to a hospital in his entire life, had a brain aneurysm 2 years ago and there was a good chance he wouldn’t make it through surgery. To be able to dance with him at the local Eagles club over the weekend was a pretty special moment. “Grandpa, I don’t know how to dance! Grandma is soooo much better than me!!!”

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The 4th can’t get here soon enough. Looking forward to chillin’, reading a stack of magazines and sitting around at our neighbor’s barbecue. Doesn’t get much better than that. I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

Link Love: 6.28.12

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link love

Elsa Andrade for Elle Vietnam by Xi Sinsong.

• Graphic designer Milton Glaser, who just turned 83, has some wise career insight: “If you can sustain your interest in what you’re doing, you’re an extremely fortunate person…”

• I always like to hear what tools other designers and artists consider to be their must-haves. Promise Tangeman shares hers.

• The first ten years of blogging are the hardest.

• Have you heard about Creative Bug workshops? On this how-to website, you can subscribe to video classes to learn everything from screen printing to bookbinding to jewelry making for only $25.00 a month with unlimited access!

• How can you manage the balance of work, life and side projects?

• If your dream is to move to New York City, read this and get inspired.

• The trend of digital buzz replacing newsstand buzz continues and magazine covers are getting edgier in an effort to keep our attention.

• What happens when life is seemingly perfect but you still feel stuck?

• Here’s an awesome collection of vintage vehicle logotypes.

• I love these tips for designing your website.

Advice #46: How Do I Build My Font Library?

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How do you build up your font library? Buying fonts one by one seems to be a very expensive endeavor. And what is the anatomy of a bad font? My teacher said that all free fonts should not be used. Granted a lot of them are gimmicky, but dismissing all of them just like that seems shortsighted.

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RBNo2 by Font Fabric

It’s good to start building up your font library as early in your career as possible. My advice is to invest in what you can, when you can. Bookmark your favorite fonts and when you start making money off your services, view purchasing fonts as an investment in your business. If you’re a freelancer, they’re considered an expense and therefore, a write-off. Save those receipts! I swear by Veer, House Industries, YouWorkForThem and Hoefler & Frere-Jones for high quality font options.

I was lucky to get off to a great start with my personal font library. During my first semester of college, my instructor provided us with a handful of the tried-and-true classics including Bodoni, Garamond, Caslon and Avant Garde. Having access to this limited but high quality collection of fonts got me going down a solid path and I used these over and over again in early design projects. From there, I gathered more during my first internship at an ad agency and as I began profiting from client work, I kept building my collection.

Instead of asking what the anatomy of a bad font is (design and typography can be so subjective, just like fine art — one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!), focus on what the anatomy of a good font is. When I applied for a design program back in 2006, the first book I went out and bought was The Elements of Typographic Style. This book is often referred to as the “Typographer’s Bible” and for good reason. Penned by Robert Bringhurst (who also happens to be a poet), his attention to detail when it comes to typography is unparalleled. This book will teach you to appreciate even the smallest details in typography all while absorbing proper etiquette.

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Valentina by Pedro Arilla

When it comes to free fonts, don’t write your teacher off completely — they are making a point that has some validity! I heard similar advice back when I was in school and with good reason — we’d all go crazy on free font sites, downloading and installing without much thought on our school computers and most of the time, we got lucky. But, there was that occasional misfire that screwed up our machines! Admitting that we’d installed a bad font and having our teacher call up the tech guy yet again was embarrassing. And so not cool.

Over the last few years though, the tide has began to turn and the abundance of high quality free fonts is pretty unbelievable. To prove my point, here’s the 100 greatest free fonts of 2012! Seriously, this is the best roundup I’ve ever seen.


The Typofiles #110: House Industries Goodness

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Today I’m sharing some of my favorite pages from the latest House Industries catalog (get your free copy here) and the Photo Lettering brochure (have you seen all the cool fonts they offer at just $2.00 a headline?)

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Both of these pieces were also part of the Catalog Collector Bundle I shared last week. Fonts have been filling my brain even moreso than usual lately as I’m working my way through a combination of personal and professional identity projects that are requiring completely opposite looks. Are any of you working on any inspiring design projects that you’re excited about these days?

What I Wore: 6.25.12 // Future Nurse What I Wore Future Nurse What I Wore Future Nurse

I’m really excited to be sharing this outfit post today because I’m wearing the item that’s been in my wardrobe the longest. This white dress is a vintage gym uniform (I’m guessing it’s from the 60s based on the tag) and I picked it up at a Goodwill for a few dollars when I was 16…which was 14 years ago! My friends from high school probably remember it well — I wore it all the time, mostly with a bunch of Red Cross buttons affixed to the pocket and paired with striped tights. What I Wore Future Nurse

One of my constant style inspirations has always been uniforms. Perhaps part of the appeal of creating a uniform-based look is the fantasy of not having to think about what to wear every morning and instead refocusing that time and energy on other creative endeavors. I’ve noticed that a lot of fashion designers and artists seem to have a daily uniform, probably because it gives them a clean slate to focus solely on their new designs. What I Wore Future Nurse

I Wore:

Vintage Uniform, Thrifted
Tights and Headband, H&M
Patent Belt, Vintage
White Wedges, Olga by Deandri What I Wore Future Nurse

My Inspiration: What I Wore Future Nurse

Sources: 1. Kate Moss by Craig McDean, 2. Helvetica by Anthony Neil Dart, 3. A look from Kanye, 4. The Cure by Alex Cayley, 5. Magdalena by Ben Hassett for Vogue Germany, 6. Sheer (designer unknown).

Readers: Do you have a daily uniform?
And, what item have you had in your closet the longest?

The Week In Pictures: 6.22.12

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This week, I realized that I’d been making excuses. For the last two years, I’ve wanted to start a personal design project and even have a folder chock-full of visual inspiration that’s been sitting on my desktop for that entire time. But inevitably, something always came up and I never managed to get started. Then, this week, I was reading through 100 things to do instead of procrastinating on the internet and got to 100:

Do that thing. You know… That thing you’ve been meaning to do for ages. That thing you’ve been putting off for days, weeks, months. That thing that as soon as I say “that thing” you know exactly what I’m talking about. That thing. Yeah. Go do that.

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What I remembered at that moment is that it will never be the perfect time to start. You just have to do it. (I remember feeling the same way about blogging when I started). Although I knew I wouldn’t have a big chunk of time right away to dive in, I had to start somewhere and for me, a big step was to take the digital and make it physical. It’s much harder to ignore that way. I sat down for an hour yesterday, putting together mood boards of visual inspiration that are now sitting next to my desk. It’s not much but the point is that it’s a start. And sometimes, you just have to make that first move. Nobody is going to do it for you. If we want change in our life, no matter how minor, we have to take that first step.

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Whenever I’m shooting photos in the dining room, Rocky sits perfectly perched on the back of the couch, keeping an eye on things. I think he likes that blanket as much as I do!

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I feel like I’ve been less than human lately…I just haven’t had a lot of time to go out, chill out and see family and friends. On Friday, my dad took me out and even though I don’t play pool, I always love peeking into the Back Stage Bar, which is the area with seven story ceilings behind the Bagdad Theater’s screen!

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I’ve been wrapping up a branding project I’m really excited about — the color and type came together in a way that just feels right. I’ve been in motion with a few too many projects to slow down and post but am hoping to share the outcomes soon.

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Here’s another shot from Back Stage Bar. I hope you have a chance to get out this weekend, relax and experience a fresh change of scenery. Really looking forward to the 4th of July this year — the barbecue at our neighbor’s house never disappoints. Happy Friday!

Link Love: 6.21.12

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link love

Twiggy Poster by Casandra Straus.

Welcome to Link Love, a collection of my favorite links of the week!

• Here’s why you should cut the number of people you follow on Twitter.

• Design students, should you work for companies before going freelance or are internships enough experience?

• Derek Sivers has some fantastic insight on why you need your own company. “Then I realized why I need to start a new company. Not for the money. Not because I’m “bored”. But because a company is a laboratory to try your ideas.”

• I love this list of 100 things to do instead of procrastinating on the internet!

• Great advice for communicating with clients through email and staying organized.

• Here’s some great insight into why sharing your work, setbacks and struggles breaks through creative blocks.

• Did you know that the screen of each laptop in the Apple Store is set out to the exact same angle? “Employees who open the store every day…use a leveling device that allows them to tilt each computer screen to the correct 70-degree angle. The tool they employ for that task? An incline-measuring app loaded onto an iPhone.”

• If you don’t like your job, instead of quitting, work on changing it.

• How to make sure being too busy doesn’t lead to burnout along with some time management tips.

• Four things that ninth graders can teach you about taking risks in design.