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Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

When I was in Seattle a few weeks back and walking to dinner, I passed a shop window that stopped me in my tracks. Glancing in, the walls were lined with a variety of brightly colored books with fantastically designed covers. The floor was filled with displays of bold, unique office supplies. As soon as I got back to my hotel, I settled into doing some research to find out what this place was all about.

Peter Miller is a legendary Seattle bookstore specializing in design books that cover the gamut from architecture to graphic design to landscape design to typography. It’s a one-stop-shop for detail-oriented creatives who appreciate the beauty of printed materials.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

I’ve always said that it’s dangerous to just rely on the internet for all of your design inspiration — having a beautifully curated personal library to dig into when design all starts to blend together online is so important. As I flipped through titles on the shelves, the atmosphere was really welcoming. Peter himself manned the counter, ready to answer any questions I had.

I’m a diehard office supplies aficionado and his beautiful shop carried items I’d never seen before — Swiss pencils, brightly colored staplers and beautifully designed calendars that would make the designer in your life jump for joy.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

I’ve been to a lot of bookstores but this is the best I’ve ever come across for designers, hands-down. Everything feels specially picked — there’s no file there, only the absolute best of the best.

I walked out with a variety of titles and supplies, some of which you can see in the top photo. And to be honest, I should have taken more photos but I was so excited to be in the store, chatting with Peter about design that I sort of forgot about my camera altogether. In a way, aren’t those the best moments?

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

And, I know that this is a bit random…but Peter let me tour the rest of the space and I loved this bizarre sculpture in one of the back rooms.

If you’re a creative passing through Seattle, please add this shop to your list! The website doesn’t do it justice — it’s one of those places with constantly changing stock that you just have to experience in person.


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Project Spotlight: Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

When I first discovered graphic design, my big dream was to eventually work for a glossy fashion magazine in New York. As time went on, I put that dream on hold to work at ad agencies. While I loved every minute of it and the experience later led to me founding my own design studio, the passion for print and editorial design never faded.

In 2010, a fateful email landed in my inbox from a British wedding blogger named Kat. She’d started a blog for alternative brides called Rock n Roll Bride and needed branding. That project quickly morphed into many more and within two years, we were producing a print publication.

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

As the magazine grew, a corporate publisher took over design and production but in time, we felt that the magazine should align with its core base of small businesses and alternative brides. Kat started her own publishing company and Branch has just accepted creative direction and design duties. Our first issue will hit newsstands throughout the U.K. in September 2015 and is also available via subscription, including those of you in the U.S. If you’re interested, you can subscribe here.

I’m so excited for Kat and this new era of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine — thanks for reading!