Monthly Archives: July 2012

Adventures with Flat Files and Serious Organization

nubby twiglet flat files

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.

nubby twiglet flat files

nubby twiglet flat files

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.

nubby twiglet flat files

• 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.


nubby twiglet flat files

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!

The Week In Pictures: 7.27.12

week in pictures

week in pictures

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.

week in pictures

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!

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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.

week in pictures

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.

week in pictures

Like I said, I just got super major organized. I love being able to find everything I need in an instant.

week in pictures

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.

Link Love: 7.26.12

link love

link love


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.

Made U Look: The Library

Nubby Twiglet Made U Look Santa Monica

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.

Nubby Twiglet Made U Look Santa Monica

Nubby Twiglet Made U Look Santa Monica

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.

Nubby Twiglet Made U Look Santa Monica

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.

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The Typofiles #113: J. Crew Style Guide

Typofiles J Crew Style Guide

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!

Typofiles J Crew Style Guide

• 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.

Luke Copping Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Today I’m excited to share photographer Luke Copping’s new portfolio. We’ve worked on a lot of projects together over the last three years but this one was our most ambitious yet. I developed the interior layouts, designed the cover and then oversaw the production of the printing and custom covers here in Portland. It was cool to see this project come together piece by piece and then zip its way to Luke in New York over a few month period.


Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio


When beginning work on his portfolio, I wanted to leverage as many existing design elements from our previous collaborations as possible to keep the recognizability of his branding strong and consistent.

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke already had a digital portfolio and even a print magazine that we collaborated on last year but this print portfolio was meant to be the most premium and tie everything else together. I designed the covers to mimic the embossing of his letterpress business cards and had it produced at a local bookbinder with a metallic silver foil wordmark and white foil cross pattern for a tonal effect. The white on white can be difficult to photograph but in person, the pattern comes across more clearly because of the scale — the book is 14 x 11 inches overall and I had a custom 13 x 10 inch die made of the pattern (the bookbinders keep this on file permanently in case you ever want anything else made with the same pattern). The covers are white linen with white lining and nickel screw posts. I wanted it to be as understated and premium as possible.

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio


A lot of time was spent shuffling images into layouts that either revolved around a particular series or a color story. While the magazine had copy throughout, the portfolio was all about Luke’s photography so we kept the layouts in line with what you’d expect in a photography book. Big, beautiful and with a lot of white space when needed.


Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke Copping 2012 Print Portfolio

Luke’s book was printed at Pushdot here in Portland so I was able to proof it in person. He chose a premium matte paper with a slight texture that added a whole new dimension to his work. I’d been designing Luke’s print promos for years and had seen many of these images before but this paper made me see his work with a fresh set of eyes. The prints and custom cover came together to form a book that we’re really proud of. I admire Luke for constantly pushing forward and investing in the presentation of his photography business — his passion for what he does really shows. Currently, this is the only copy of his print portfolio in the world but we have some ideas for a slight twist on more.


New Portfolio 2012 from Luke Copping on Vimeo.

Luke just put together this video that more clearly shows the portfolio, from cover to cover. Thanks to Luke Copping for another wonderful collaboration!

The Week In Pictures: 7.20.12

week in pictures

week in pictures

This week, it was just one of those weeks. The kind where you feel like you’re treading water. Looking outside, watching the summer go by and just trying to get through everything. But of course, there’s always those funny moments mixed in. Yesterday, this was going through my head: “I’ve hit a wall, nothing is coming together and this blank computer screen won’t cut it. I’ve gotta make some magic happen, NOW.” I ran down the street, grabbed a coffee and turned on some Hall and Oates because you can’t possibly be in a bad mood when they’re on. And it worked! Concepts started flowin’ and the day wasn’t a total bust. I created stuff that made me excited. If you’re feeling stuck, face the challenge head-on, take a walk, change up your tunes and MAKE IT HAPPEN.

week in pictures

I came home the other night and Joey was like, “Your dress looks great with the rug.” Yeah, I’m going to have to start filing mentions of the rug away for that Big Lebowski 2 film I mentioned. I first wore this dress for my birthday party in New York last year and will never get over the puffy roll-neck and the op-art masterpiece on the fabric. I just belt it, slip into my spiked sneakers and hit the road!

week in pictures

Most of last weekend was spent working on a packaging project. Sometimes it’s nice to switch things up and dig into the production side of things. Really happy with the way it all came together — there are a few more components that I need to wrap before sharing.

week in pictures

Yesterday, the new issue of W showed up. Before I get into a magazine, I usually do a quick flip-through, back to front. And Boom! The first thing I saw was this Akris ad. Maybe because I’d been creating poster designs all day, this layout just hit me as being somehow perfect. That shot of inspiration I was looking for.

week in pictures

Have a great weekend! I’ll be doing house stuff like wallpaperin’ the living room and IKEA prowlin’ for a few odds and ends. Trying to whip our place into shape for a late summer party. :) Any plans you’re looking forward to?