Thanks to now having two flat files, my office is the most organized it’s ever been. Flat files are most commonly seen in studio and agency settings and are used to store client proofs and other oversized materials. They’re also an ideal way for creatives to organize everything from photos, artist proofs, sketches, collage materials, blueprints, scrap booking supplies and more.
I have two identical flat files because the left is dedicated to storing stuff I’ve made while the right is dedicated to supplies. To give you an idea of what they can be used for, here’s what I keep in mine:
• The left holds: 1. my screenprinted posters, 2. print collateral from my clients, 3. 4. and 5. print-outs, process sketches and proofs and 6. my print portfolios.
• The right holds: 1. Promotional supplies including stamps, stickers and mailing labels, 2. printer paper, envelopes, stencils and rulers, 3. collaging scraps, 4. collage books and magazine tears, 5. notebooks, 6. office supplies.
Because I was on a budget and also didn’t need a large set of flat files, I found mine at IKEA. The bottom drawer organizers were also an IKEA find. If you’re in the market for a larger, more traditional set of flat files, try Dick Blick, and Amazon ( these and these are nice).
Flat files have fixed my lack of storage space and given my office a whole new level of organization. Perhaps they can do the same for you!
Welcome to The Week In Pictures! It’s been another long, looooong week but things ended on a personal high note when this tweet came through bright and early this morning. My biggest and most challenging personal project to date is finally in existence! And, it has a spine! Much more details about the design and production process is coming very, very soon!
Onto other news: not to sound completely overdramatic (ha!) but my office is now exactly the way I always dreamed of. What changed? I picked up another set of flat files over the weekend at IKEA and that one addition allowed me to really, truly get my space organized. If you’re wondering what exactly flat files are and why they’re useful, I’ll be sharing more in post next week.
Over the weekend, Joey was walking home and spotted a palm tree that our neighbor was getting rid of. It was a solid 8 feet tall but that didn’t stop him from lifting it onto a skateboard and pushing it home! He got some good double-takes for sure. Out back yard is beginning to morph into a tropical paradise and I love it!
I defaulted to two of my favorites this week: studs and stripes. I’m wearing an H&M striped tunic, Zara skirt with gold zippers and my trusty TBA wedge sneakers.
I joined Auntie Nubs for dinner last night and she surprised me with an oversized newsletter from Eileen Fisher that’s simply called &. The type throughout is so beautiful in its simplicity.
Like I said, I just got super major organized. I love being able to find everything I need in an instant.
Grid Index is my latest design obsession. Featuring the most intricate, stunning grids, each page is a subtly patterned masterpiece. Best of all, it comes with a disc so you can instantly access every single pattern featured in the book. I’m already dreaming up a few ways to use them in upcoming projects.
Have an amazing weekend! I’ll be working around the house and watching the Olympics in the background. Feels good to chill out and enjoy the last few days of July.
Source: Vogue Hellas, August 2012
• Lost & Taken has an amazing selection of free high resolution textures!
• The IRL Fetish points out that our online life is still “real life.”
In great part…we have been taught to mistakenly view online as meaning not offline. The notion of the offline as real and authentic is a recent invention, corresponding with the rise of the online. If we can fix this false separation and view the digital and physical as enmeshed, we will understand that what we do while connected is inseparable from what we do when disconnected.
• Life’s too short for so much email!
• Designers, how do you walk away from a project that isn’t going to well or is taking too long?
• The 100 best movies set in New York.
• I love Promise Tangeman’s list of random facts about herself!
• Seth Godin’s wise words on on competition: “Competing with yourself is more difficult, requires more bravery and leads to more insight.”
• How to have a career: Advice to young writers.
• The Rich Kids of Instagram: They have more money than you and this is what they do.
• If you never got over your first love, do you try to find them or let them go for good?
• Laurie Penny explains why ‘having it all’ is a middle class myth.
It’s not every day that you get to take demented family-style portraits in a glamorous canary yellow library firmly frozen in the 60s. My go-to spot during our stay at the The Viceroy in Santa Monica, it felt like a strange movie set due in part to the perfectly coordinated couch, curtains, lamps and dare I say it, lemony shag carpet. Kelly Wearstler created a place that you can sneak away to have hush-hush conversations but inevitably, it’s hard not to let the conversation steer towards the room itself.
The Made U Look girls snapped our first set of photos by the pool and this library is where Gala and I landed next. As I mentioned last time, they shoot almost all in film with a massive variety of vintage cameras and I though that technique fit in especially well in this setting.
This dress. You know how you imagine the perfect wardrobe existing in your mind? In high school, if I had sketched out my collection of dream dresses, this would have been included. It’s by ASOS and appears to be mostly sold out at this point.
No matter how many books and magazines I have, I still look forward to receiving certain catalogs every month. Besides being a free source of inspiration, I feel like they have a pretty good pulse on current design and color trends. While not everything appeals to me clothing-wise, I love taking a peek inside J. Crew catalogs in part because their layouts are never fussy or overdone, they make their products the focal point by zooming in on stacks of colors and use mostly neutral backdrops to form a sense of consistency. High five to J. Crew for setting a consistent tone and keeping the layouts light, fun and on-point. Oh, and for using a yellow cover!
• View all of The Typofiles here, check out the previous J. Crew Style Guide here and see my post about free catalogs you can sign up for here.