Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Week In Pictures: 6.22.12

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week in pictures


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.


The Typofiles #109: House Industries Catalog Collector Bundle


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I’m a huge fan of type foundry House Industries and the distinct retro modern touch of many of their fonts. Though I have most of their catalogs and a handful of prints, when the Catalog 62 Collector Bundle came around, I thought I’d give it a shot. House Industries is revered for their quality and attention to detail and the contents sounded pretty impressive.


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When I finally had a chance to pop the box open, I was blown away — the description of 40 items total held true. The weight and texture of the paper that alphabet cards were printed on, the printed belly band that held the catalog bundle together and the branded ribbon around the thank you cards was top notch. House Industries really knows how to make a presentation and this is like a treasure chest for type enthusiasts.


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If you’re a designer, screen printer or just a lover of great design, this is a great little bundle to get a feel for the House Industries brand and to gather some fun keepsakes in the process. I keep thinking that this would be a great way to spruce up your desk area or cubicle as well!


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In this day and age, when print is becoming increasingly rare, I applaud House Industries for not giving into shortcuts and sub-par printing. Their love of what they do really shows and I greatly admire that.

P.S. My favorite / most used House Industries font is Neutraface.


The Viceroy

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During our recent holiday in LA, Gala and I stayed at the Viceroy. Located in Santa Monica and just blocks from the beach, it’s probably best known for featuring the interior design talents of Kelly Wearstler. Her touches throughout are just the right mix of modern and surreal: animal motifs, ornate shrubbery, an otherworldly canary yellow library, and chic poolside cabanas are just the beginning.


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Gala pooolside & the cabanas


The first thing that stands out about the Viceroy when you walk in (once you get past the baby head lamps and walls of plates) is the service. The second after you check in, you’re offered glasses of complementary champagne. After a few sweaty hours crammed on a plane, they know how to switch you over into relaxation mode! You think service like this would be standard at most boutique hotels but it’s surprising how icy the staff can often be. The Viceroy is not only warn, inviting and helpful but the lobby smells amazing. They have great service down to an art.


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nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

There’s a ton of stylish seating throughout — perfect for entertaining.


Of course, for service like this, you do end up paying big time. Gala and I were definitely surprised at how small our room was compared to other places we’ve stayed but there’s definitely an element of escape from reality here and if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is your place. I would say that the Viceroy is great for that quick, few day escape but if you’re looking for something more spacious and appropriate for long-term, The Palihouse may be more your speed.


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nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

Poolside cabanas with horse head details & there are plate-covered walls everywhere!


The Viceroy grounds are immaculate, the shrubbery and palms are perfectly trimmed and the setting is quite serene. But, there is one downside. On our last morning, I woke Gala up at the god awful hour of 6 a.m. with something to the effect of, “I can’t sleep. I’m hearing voices.” She must’ve thought I was losing it until, as if on command, we heard a loud, cartoonish “AH-CHOOOOOO!” from the next room over. The cartoonish voices and coughing continued back and forth for another few hours….I swear I have a point! THE WALLS ARE VERY, VERY THIN. (I’m not blaming Kelly because she’s an interior designer, not an architect). So thin that these characters lit up a cigarette and the smoke quickly seeped into our room. Gala, not missing a beat, said, “Excuse me while I go poison myself.” The smoking and voices subsided after that. Ahem! I mean…ah-choooo!


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nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

I’m always working on something & when you get restless, decorate the dog lamp!


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My favorite place to lounge in the hotel was the canary yellow library, complete with shag carpet! Aren’t those book shelves amazing?


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The library was only the beginning, though. On our last night, we discovered the Wizard Of Oz-esque lobby bathroom, complete with checkerboard floors. Kelly Wearstler has a knack for color that I adore.


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Yellow chairs. Just because.


Viceroy Pros:

• It’s extremely close to the beach. A two minute walk and you’re on the sands of Santa Monica.

• The service. We had to call down to the front desk (which was pretty often) but each time, they were incredibly pleasant, wrapping up the call with “Have a magical day!” Really.

• The decor. Kelly Wearstler definitely added plenty of unexpected, special touches that you won’t find anywhere else.

• The room service. Gourmet desserts at midnight? Not a problem! Everything we tried was awesome.

• Complementary yoga! At 10 am on the weekends, you can do a full hour of yoga with an instructor out by the pool. They even provide the mats and mini bottles of Evian.


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• Poolside parties. On Saturday night, a deejay gets the party started around 10 pm. I’m pretty sure this is open to the public, as well.

• Staff that lets you take photos. We invited the Made U Look ladies over to our hotel and were shooting poolside and the staff didn’t interrupt or say a word except to ask about their vintage cameras! At almost every other place we’ve stayed, the staff shuts us down.


Viceroy Cons:

• It’s quite expensive for the room size. If you’re traveling through, I’d recommend staying one night at the Viceroy for the experience (and the pool) and then moving on to more affordable digs. There’s a ton of other nice hotels close by.

• The thin walls. You can hear everything. Sneezes, the TV and random giggles when you just want to sleep.

• The lack of signage. The front of the hotel is surrounded by tall shrubbery which adds to the mystery. I guess this makes the hotel an ideal escape for celebrities but for the rest of us, it can be a bit of a pain. We had to keep telling our visiting friends to “look for the shrubs.” Haha.


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Overall, if you’re looking for an escape from real life to the surreal and appreciate quirky, modern decor, you’ll love The Viceroy. Still missing Santa Monica (and the Viceroy) a lot…


The Week In Pictures: 6.15.12

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week in pictures

week in pictures


Any way you slice it, returning from vacation and getting back into the swing of things is hard. And it always feels like it takes a week to regroup. But on the positive side, coming home after a great trip always gives me a fresh perspective on my own surroundings. Over the weekend, I went on a mad organizing spree, whipped my office into shape and cleaned out my closets. I also mixed in a few new details — I am way late to the washi tape craze but fell in love with these mixed color & pattern versions from Little Happy Things. I’m usually a neat freak but these taped-up walls are really inspiring me.


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These are some little treasures I brought home from my LA getaway last week. I love this eraser from Sugar Paper. Great office supplies always make me happy. The advertisement and necklace are both from Anthropologie. And the business card is from Le Labo. I love picking up cards and print items from all over the city I’m staying in to pin them to my inspiration board when I get back.


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I just finished up a new project for Luke Copping that I’m super excited about. His new print portfolio is zooming across the U.S. at this very moment, from Portland to New York. I spent a lot of time getting the color story and images to flow into a beginning, middle and end and can’t wait to share the full outcome with you. Some of our past collaborations can be seen here.


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Our yard has always been more of a muddy pit than an oasis but this year, we’ve vowed to change all that. Joey has been hard at work on what he calls the Gnome District and Rocky has been keeping a close eye on the progress. Our goal is to have it landscaped so we can finally have a legit barbecue by the end of summer. Still so much to get done, though!

Have any weekend plans that you’re looking forward to?


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