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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: J. Crew gets me every time. I’m probably not their target customer and I barely own anything by them but sure enough, their catalog shows up on my doorstep every few months and I’m suddenly transfixed by their world…or at least the world they project in their catalogs.
What is it about J. Crew’s branding and offerings that has this certain power and charisma? There’s this sense of inviting cool that I immediately feel when I flip through their catalogs. Nothing’s too fussy. And the type is sharp and on-trend but never overdone. Maybe what draws me in as a from a design perspective is that they manage to strike that elusive balance between classic and trendy. Not too classic that it’s boring but not too trendy that it’s vulgar.
I like the idea of having staying power but without being dull. To me, that’s precisely why J.Crew is so popular. And why I like their catalogs so much. It’s no secret that I gather a lot of design inspiration from flipping through catalogs. If you’re looking for some free inspiration over the holidays, check out my catalog post and sign up for a few of your own. Isn’t snail mail the best?
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Today we have a very special announcement: The Blogcademy has a new and improved website!
Our workshop has come a long way since its launch back in August! To say that there was a time crunch when we were getting ready to launch doesn’t quite sum it all up…it was more of a mad dash. The workback schedule was nearly nonexistent — I had one day to design the site design and Kat’s husband coded the entire thing in a weekend. And even better, the night before our big launch, I headed across state lines to a Mötley Crüe & Kiss concert, promising Kat & Gala I’d finish up any final assets that night when I got home.
I made it back from the concert in one piece and the next morning, the launch went better than any of us could have imagined. Since that time, our first workshop in New York has came and went and London is now on the horizon.
Beyond all the excitement, each of us had the nagging feeling that our website could be a lot better. Truth be told, it just didn’t feel complete — post New York, we had a video, amazing testimonials and a one-sheet but nowhere to really put them. I didn’t want to just tack on more content to the existing pages. We needed an overhaul.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, I got to work on the redesign. Kat’s coding whiz husband Gareth quietly worked away and surprised us with the finished product this morning and we couldn’t be more happy to share this next chapter of The Blogcademy with you!
Take a look around (we have lots of new content, including Testimonials and Sponsors pages)and let us know what you think! And if you’re interested in joining us in London, there’s a few spots left.
I find that the more immersed I become in creating visual identities for clients, the more I navigate towards the familiar for myself. I used to be one of those people that wondered why fashion designers sent fantastical creations down the runway every season but would then step out for the finale and take a bow in a simple jeans and t-shirt ensemble. Surely they could wear their otherworldly creations as well?
But now, I think I get it. When you dive into a sea of other people’s worlds and try to bring them to life, it’s nice to strip things down to the familiar when it comes to yourself. When you have a clean slate, you can create anything. Inspiration awaits around every corner.
When I’m focused on multiple projects, I find myself feeling the most comfortable being surrounded by things that are black and white. I love color but when all I can think about are other people’s colors day and night, I like to keep it simple for myself. My love affair with all things black and white continues.
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Creatives, do you have a go-to “uniform” when work takes over?
Welcome to The Week In Pictures! What’s new with you? I have to say that I’m still adjusting to the shorter days — there’s a lot less time to take great photos and I want to crawl into bed way earlier. I’ve also been going out a lot less but maybe that’s a good thing. I want to end the year on a high note and (am attempting to) wrap up a lot of lingering projects.
You can discover great things in your closet if you look! In an effort to find some visual inspiration for Joey (he’s working on a new series) I dug through my shelves of magazines and came across this issue of Look. I don’t even remember buying it! If it was never made into a poster, it needs to be. Agree?
It’s been so cold out…and dark…and overcast. I’m a native Portlander but damn, I can only take so much! How are you making do with these winter days? I just can’t seem to adjust this year. I’ve had this Topshop Unique sweater for a few years now — I remember spotting it in the Soho store and cringing at the price but it was one of those things I couldn’t get off my mind. I ordered it the second I got home and still reach for it often. A sartorial success!
Rocky is less than 10 pounds but don’t let his small stature fool you! He’s got some serious personality and is quite sensitive. Any time Joey leaves, he just sits on the bed, looking mopey and giving me the evil eye. What can I say? He’s set in his ways. I just put our Pia Wallen Cross blanket on the bed but Rocky occasionally scratches at it while trying to “build a nest.” Too bad, I love the way it looks in our room.
I get so bored sitting online at times — when that boredom hits, the one place I can always rely on is Rich’s Cigar Shop for the best periodical selection in Portland.
The new J. Crew catalog showed up…and it never disappoints, of course. And I pulled out my faux glasses for the Zara photos over the weekend. Maybe I’m just secretly inspired by Anna & Mamma Biscuit.
Like I said last week, vintage shopping in Portland is such a trip! This white tiger is very Sigfried & Roy and must be the perfect Christmas gift for someone out there…right? RIGHT?!
And with that, I’m off to get an eggnog latte and get this morning started. Have a great weekend, everyone! I’m hoping to sneak out to the Portland Bazaar. I missed it last year and aam still kicking myself. Oh, and Joey & I are working on a fun ornament D.I.Y. for the blog together! Should be a fun one.