The Week + Links: January 15, 2016

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


How was your week?

I’m so happy it’s Friday! I’m taking a few hours off later today to have a girl’s day out with my friend Alex. We’re getting our nails done which is a HUGE deal for me because that happens maybe once a year. I’m going to try gel again and will probably default to solid black because hey, it looks good with everything!

The weekend was rough and I feel like I’ve been in catch-up mode ever since. On Saturday, I discovered 40 (!!!) fraud transactions on my business card, spent the day unsuccessfully downloading massive files from a client and then….my brand new computer crashed. HARD. By the end of the weekend, things were back on track but damn, it all threw me for a loop.

Luckily, the week is ending on a high note because I just wrapped up Project Prescription with Paul Jarvis. We’ve been working on this offering for a solid six months and it’s a dream come true because I’d had the idea taped to my wall for YEARS.

Creating products to help creatives, freelancers and small business owners has been a passion of mine for a long time but honestly? I didn’t know where to start. Too many ideas, too little time. So I pitched my idea to the most successful freelancer I knew — Paul. And we got to work.

In just a few weeks, you’ll be able to instantly download the 15 documents we personally use while running our respective studios. Fully customizable and ready to go! If you want to be the first to know when it launches (and get a sample download!), sign up here.

Finally reaching the finish line on my first digital product offering feels monumental but behind the scenes, I struggled with fitting it into my schedule. There were multiple weeks that I had to push it to the side to focus on client work but I kept re-adding it to my to-do list until it was finished. What I thought would take maybe 3 months took 6.

Now that it’s finished, I’m glad I didn’t give up. It’s still written on my wall and I can’t wait to cross it off when we launch on February 7th. Creating a new offering is hard and some days, it will drain you completely. But the feeling of finally getting it done is worth it.

“Nobody said that it’d be easy. They just promised it would be worth it.” —Anonymous

P.S. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of staring at my designs on the screen. I want to hold them in my hands! Did you know that you can print flyers through Moo with up to 50 different designs per pack? They have a front and back side and the quality is AWESOME.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


These are my favorite links gathered from around the web this week. There’s always a mix of design, business and life tips topped with a dash humor. Enjoy!

• I’m in love with this photo gallery of New Yorkers on their lunch breaks in the 1970s. The fashion is so ridiculously good!

• Marilyn Manson shares his thoughts on the passing of David Bowie.

• If you live in a small space, these 14 tips will help you make the most of it.

• When you get a new job, this is the one question you should ask.

• Germany now has a bicycle highway!

• 10 ways you’re making your life harder than it has to be.

• Design critiques are an important factor in improving your work.

• Would you prefer to organize your Gmail messages in labeled columns? Sortd is for you!

• Rolling Stone just rounded up David Bowie’s 15 best performances.

• Who knew?! Writing out a to-do list actually has calming powers!

4 Responses to The Week + Links: January 15, 2016

  1. lau says:

    So excited for Project Prescription, Shauna! I’ve got a lot of systems in place, but I really need help consolidating them / making it a bit more cohesive as a whole, which it sounds like this could def help with. Thanks for doing it, and I can’t wait to sign up!

    • Shauna says:

      Yay! The two sample docs go out soon to mailing list subscribers and I hope that gives you a taste of the document style and how they’re set up. I’ve already found them hugely beneficial as I’ve integrated new processes into Branch. And yeah, anything that makes the non-creative stuff easier to deal with….is good. Ha!

  2. Heather says:

    I am VERY much looking forward to Project Prescription. I’m beginning to consider how to take on freelance clients and evolve it into a sustainable income for myself. I’d really like to venture away from the corporate crazy. This document set looks great so far and I’m happily anticipating February! One note – I was reading the website and there are quite a few copy errors – perhaps a fresh set of eyes should give it a final read through? It seems unusual given your typical level of quality.

    • Shauna says:

      Hi Heather, glad to hear the Project Prescription interests you and thanks for the heads-up on the copy errors. We’ve since made a round of edits. And I feel ya on the corporate crazy — my quality of life improved drastically after I got out!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note: Any comments deemed inappropriate (spam, off-topic, rude language) will be removed.