Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Week In Pictures: 11.30.12

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures


Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile, huh? And how can it already be December tomorrow?

As the year winds down, I have a lot on my plate and I’m also thinking ahead to 2013 and where I want to be and what I want to accomplish. It can be a bit overwhelming at times reading everyone else’s blog posts about improving yourself and your business and setting goals and resolutions with intention, at least to me. Sometimes I have to block out that thirst for knowledge and perfection and just sit by myself. The internet and its nooks and crannies are wonderful but mostly I just need a pen, a notebook and some time to think.

When I’m working, nothing is more comforting than being surrounded by nice essentials — these were a few of mine during the last week, namely a Poppin softcover notebook and pencils, Divine Chocolate (which I can vouch tastes as good as it looks) and chai and milk. If you prefer something warm but lighter than coffee, you can pick up a carton of Tazo chai at most grocery stores, add milk and microwave it for a minute. Presto!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Over Thanksgiving break, Joey whipped us up a delicious vegan feast and when I wasn’t eating (or watching terrible 80s movies), I was working on some fancy new things for The Blogcademy. I’m adamant about starting 2013 off on a good foot and feeling confident about where I’m headed and because the timeline to pull our original collateral together was almost nonexistent, I’ve been retooling a few of our basics. I’ve stared at the outcome of this digital project a few times since sending off final assets and I still don’t see anything I’d change. You know how fickle designers can be so that’s always a good sign!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

I know that some of you are interested in cool places and goings-on around Portland and I’m trying to get better about documenting and sharing them with you! One of my favorite new discoveries was See See Motor Coffee Co. which, as you probably can gather from the name, is split into a motorcycle and coffee shop all in one! A pretty amazing combo if you ask me. I met my friend there for coffee and fell in love with the spot right away — it’s open yet welcoming and the wood panels add a cozy Portland vibe.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

And as far as the coffee shop goes, the decor is pretty great. One wall is covered in shelving featuring vintage helmets and album art that contains motorcycles which is pretty entertaining when you realize that mix includes Prince’s Purple Rain and Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

On that tip, I need to get out more. I always forget how inspiring it is to just wanted through Portland’s never-ending maze of vintage stores. The good stuff goes on forever and ever. Who can deny the magic of this pink Christmas tree?! I hope it finds a good home! If I could afford shipping, it would be on its way to the Rock n Roll Bride residence right now!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Here’s to wishing you and yours a cozy, magical holiday season. I’m feeling more excited about the holidays than I have in a really long time — maybe I’ve just grown up a bit and settled in more than in past years. Our house is finally starting to feel like a home and we just got our first full-sized tree over the weekend at Target (white with silver and red ornaments — it will make its debut here soon!) I’ll be sitting at my desk all weekend but it’s all in the name of a great project. Have a great one!

Link Love: 11.29.12

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Amber Gray in Marie Claire China


• Listen up! Top CEOs tell you how to get a digital agency job.

• I’m in total agreement with Steve Pavlina when it comes to making long-term commitments in order to see measurable results. His article, 5 Year Commitments challenges us to commit for the long-haul.

• Inspired by the type treatments and general atmosphere that comes with peeking in boutique windows? Then you’ll love the Window Shopping pinboard!

• The New York Times rounds up its list of the 100 most notable books of 2012.

• Amanda Genther reminds us how important it is to push past the fear of failure.

• Jasmine Star is dishing out some great tips on how to avoid procrastination and I’m taking notes!

• French style photographer and illustrator Garance Doré just launched her online print boutique! I want this one.

• Tamera knows what’s up when it comes to making stylish D.I.Y. pillows!

• The changing face of Bleecker Street between 6th and 7th Ave. in Manhattan from 2001 until now is meticulously documented in this post. I miss all those iconic signs and storefronts.

• If you want to make a beautiful calendar to start off 2013, check out this awesome D.I.Y. I endorse anything with big ol’ tassels!

• I know I’ve mentioned it many times but Art of the Menu is a treasure trove of design inspiration, especially if you do a lot of page layouts. A well designed menu should never be underestimated!

• Beauty is pain: An amazing look behind the curtain at the New York City Ballet.

Hello, Yellow: Poppin For the Holidays!

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

Two weeks ago, I was waxing poetic about Poppin and their rad, brightly colored office accouterments. I’m a firm believer that a clean workspace translates to a less cluttered mind and was over the moon when Poppin reached out and let me pick out one of their holiday gift sets.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

I was in need of some brightening up in my very black and white office so I chose the Pencils of Promise Pack which is named after the organization Poppin works with to build schools for children living in poverty. I love that they give back to educational institutions. There are lots of other brightly colored bundles to choose from as well.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

As a native Portlander, I’m accustomed to the six months of overcast drizzle we’re in the midst of but at the same time, it does get old fast. Being surrounded by all these bright colored accessories is making me feel way better and I feel so grown up at 31 finally having a matching pencil cup, tape dispenser and stapler!

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

I always feel like I’m lacking in the basics — my favorite part of the bundle is the ruler. It’s thick, weighty and the numbers are massive. I can’t seem to draw a straight line to save my life so I see it getting a lot of use.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set


If you’re seeking a more organized, color coordinated office space as well, I’ve joined up with Poppin to share the holiday cheer with you! Receive $25 off orders $50 or more on Poppin.com + free shipping sitewide! To activate this discount, simply enter the coupon code HappyHoliday during checkout on Poppin.com and start off the new year in style!

What I Wore: 11.25.12 | Straps & Stripes

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

I took it easy during this extended Thanksgiving weekend and spent a good chunk of time hanging around the house, cuddling with Rocky, indulging in lots of Thanksgiving leftovers and shopping for my first-ever full-size Christmas tree at Target (last year we had a mini one). All in all, a good time!

It’s been freezing cold out so we took these shots in my dining room and Rocky joined in on the fun. He’d just gotten his bath and isn’t looking so happy! Haha!

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

I paired my dress with this statement shoe score of the century. I still can’t quite believe I landed a pair of Louboutins in my size for under 50 bucks! Thank you, shoe gods!

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

When Fall weather hits, I reach for knits and this sweater dress has been a staple of mine over the last month because though the shape is basic, the mash-up of stripes keep it from steering into boring territory.

I Wore:

Knit Dress, ASOS
Tights, H&M
Buckle Pumps, Christian Louboutin (found at Buffalo Exchange)


What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

An interpretation of my look: 1. ASOS Body-Conscious Knit Dress, 2. Chloé Multi-Strap Pumps and 3. Jil Sander Square Evening Wristlet.


What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

Rocky and I are wishing you a happy Monday! Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?

Link Love: 11.22.12

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Jean Shrimpton by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1965


Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy some much welcomed family time and I hope you have the chance to do the same. See you back here Monday and thanks for reading! Now, onto this week’s links…


• Will you be blocking Black Friday? #blockfriday is all about seizing the opportunity to spend quality time with friends, loved ones and ourselves.

• In case you were wondering how David Lynch is spending Thanksgiving, The Hairpin has you covered!

• Listen to Eleanor Roosevelt: It’s your life.

• My longtime friend and collaborator Bianca Alexis finally has a blog! She’s a retoucher in New York and also a major fashion fan and she has lots of great information and insights to share. Check her out!

• New York Magazine wonders, when did the internet get so nice? “Ten years ago, the web offered the worldview of a disaffected apparatchik and the perils of a Wild West saloon. Brawls broke out frequently; snideness triumphed; perverts, predators, and pettifoggers gathered in dark corners to prey on the lost and naïve. Now, though, the place projects the upbeat vigor of a Zumba session and the fellow-feeling of a neighborhood café.”

• Lessons for creatives from the world’s biggest rappers. Hell yes.

• Kat of Rock n Roll Bride shares 8 skills you need when running your own business!

• The 4 P’s of marketing are far from dead, they’re coming of age.

• You have to see this 72 year old grandpa who models teen girl clothes like no other. The best part? He’s modeling the clothes for his granddaughter’s store and sales have increased five-fold!

• Gotta love bicycle taxidermy!

Advice #51: More College Degrees?! What Do YOU Really Want?

Advice


Advice

Focus on the quality of your education, not the quantity of degrees you rack up.



Hello, I have a B.F.A. in Photography and I am pursuing a Master’s in Arts Technology. The master’s is in a different department than I received my bachelor’s. I was recently told that career changers sometimes only end up in the bottom of the food chain and to consider a second bachelor’s in Graphic Design with the Master’s degree. I am concerned about the mega amount of debt that this would mean for me. Am I better off pursing graphic design or should I still try to pursue a web design career?


I’ll be honest: throwing around all these degrees and departments is making my head spin! First things first, block out all those voices. Everyone (your college advisors, parents, spouse, pet…you get my drift) is going to have an opinion. They’re entitled to their opinions but it’s your life! Sit down and think hard: what do YOU want to do? What makes you happy? What seems most realistic for you to spend the next few decades doing? Once you answer this question, you can move forward.

I can speak about this from personal experience. When I’d wrapped up my business degree and then applied for a design program the following year, so many people questioned why. “Why would you do that? You already have a degree!” And, “Your design program is for a two-year degree. You already have a four-year degree. That doesn’t make any sense.”

Trust me, I heard it all. It wasn’t about the prestige, though. I didn’t need two four-year degrees. I didn’t care if my diploma had a fancy name splashed across it. What I did care about was learning as much as I possibly could in the shortest amount of time while accumulating the least amount of debt.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: Some of those big name schools are worth every penny. They have the prestige, the big name teachers, the best equipment and the most beautiful campuses. But realistically, very few of us can afford them (and I’m one of those people who would be stressed out constantly by bone-crushing debt). I promise you that if you put in the time, work harder than anyone else, show up on time and reach out for internships as soon as you can, you can attend community college and get just as far.

While the technical skills you learn in school are really important and provide you with a strong foundation to build off of, the internships are often your golden ticket to employment. Even if you don’t get hired from your internship you’re bound to make career-long connections that will help you as you progress. And that real world experience you gain from internships is priceless.

Remember, to employers in creative fields it doesn’t matter how much you spent on school or how many advanced degrees you have. They want to know that you can do the job you say you can do, do it quickly and do it well. They really want to see your portfolio and your references. Your portfolio speaks volumes about your skill level and versatility. No matter where you decide to go to school or what degree you think is the best, focus on your portfolio and gaining internships.

In closing, the answer in this situation is whatever you want it to be. Instead of focusing on degrees and titles, focus on what you want. Focus on what makes you feel fulfilled. Another degree won’t make you happy but the career you can gain from the skills you learn will.


Readers: Have you been at this crossroads? How did you decide which path to take in your schooling and career?

The Typofiles #119: Keep It Simple

The Typofiles: V Magazine | Keep It Simple

As I was digging through some stacks of magazines the other day, I came upon this issue of V Magazine from Winter 05/06. Right away, the cover draws you in, there’s no question about that. But then, as I flipped through the issue, I was struck by the power of simplicity and consistency from cover to cover. There weren’t loads of trendy typefaces but instead the same condensed font for the titles throughout, the same sans serif for all of the body copy and for the larger stories, there was one custom treatment. The grids were very basic as well. Through this premeditated simplicity, the images took center stage, often in full-page portraits.

The Typofiles: V Magazine | Keep It Simple

This post is a reminder to you (and to myself) to not overthink things. I’m guilty of sketching and then scouring Pinterest and then sketching some more, trying to find that golden, perfect solution when sometimes, the most obvious, simple, powerful answer is right in front of me. I’m one of those designers that wishes that I’d had a chance to take courses before everything was computerized — I have a lot of old design books (my favorite series is by Jan V. White, especially the Graphic Idea Notebook
) because they force me to think in a different way. A way that involves using the grid and the basic tools versus what’s trendy on various design sites.

The Typofiles: V Magazine | Keep It Simple

Step back. Look at the big picture. This eye (belonging to the beautiful Jennifer Connelly) takes up a full page in V. If anything else had been added, it would have taken away the power and emphasis.

The Typofiles: V Magazine | Keep It Simple

Always, always remember the beauty of simplicity. Sometimes the most impact comes from the most basic solution. Next time, instead of asking yourself what you can add to a layout or logo, ask yourself what you can remove.


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