Daily Archives: May 27, 2016

The Week + Links: 5.27.16

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I’m excitedly gearing up for a nice, long holiday weekend here and looking forward to no traveling and no real plans which is so nice for a change. What about you?

Over the weekend, I finally had the chance to visit Pine Street Market but it was much too busy to snap any new photos — if you’re visiting Portland this summer, definitely add it to your list! There are so many great local food choices inside.

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The highlight of my week was going out to lunch with my grandparents. As they’re each nearing 90 and have had health scares over the last year, I know it’s important to make time to catch up with them. Sometimes I get on the phone with my grandma and an hour will fly by — her stories are legendary. Can you believe they’re on the verge of celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary?!

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I’m going to sign off for the weekend and relax! Hope you have a great one and enjoy the links below!

Photos: 1. I’m obsessed with this Elle cover featuring Bella Hadid. So striking and beautiful! 2. The beauty of having my own hangout room at home is…that I can kick my feet up on the coffee table whenever I want! 3. I love this type. 4. The basics: good reading and a cozy blanket.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


• Is your reliable day job holding you back from diving full-time into freelancing?

• Stop over apologizing for everything.

• Swiss Miss was one of the first blogs I ever read and today is its 11th anniversary! Wow!

• You’re killing me with your picnics. Haha.

• Check out your internet download speed….because you can.

• Sagmeister Walsh is looking for a photo / styling intern.

• 3 tips for making a great bouquet every time.

• Creativity is more than just 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

• 11 great wallpaper options.

• The 100 greatest American films of all time.

• 13 things to remember when you love a person who has depression.

• Here’s a look into what it’s like to be 13 years old right now. All I can say is…I’m glad I grew up without a cell phone.

• 5 great camera options for bloggers.

The Benefit of Longer Term Self-Initiated Projects

Nubby Twiglet | The Benefit of Longer Term Self-Initiated Projects

When most of us think of self-initiated projects, branding for imaginary companies come to mind — maybe you’ve built out a visual system for your dream client to round out the mix in your portfolio. This was always my focus when I worked on self-initiated projects but there’s another option.

Creating a series around a specific theme that is produced on a longer term basis can can be even more beneficial because it has the ability to grow your audience and get tons of fresh eyes on your work.

Self-initiated projects are great because as they evolve, they give your audience a reason to check in regularly. Even better, they give people a reason to share your work because there’s nothing cooler than seeing a themed body of work grow week after week.

Another benefit of longer term self-initiated projects is that they clearly demonstrate a sense of consistency. You’re showing up, putting in the work and over time, your audience will take notice which in turn, will hopefully grow your freelance clientele.

5 Self-Initiated Project Examples

If you need a starting place, here are five awesome examples to get your creative juices flowing:

1. The Moody Project by June Letters

I’m a super fan of digital mood boards and first learned about Jess’ work by clicking on one of her beautifully composed collages on Pinterest. This series shows off her eye for design and flair for color.

2. Branding 10,000 Lakes by Nicole

I followed this project a few years ago and it was so interesting to see how the name or location of a lake could provoke a unique, branded outcome. This project was great because it showed Nicole’s breadth of branding ideas through simple concepts.

3. Poster A Day by Alex Proba

I’m obsessed with the crisp compositions of these designs paired with hits of bright pastels. Alex’s eye for clean, modern design could easily translate into a line of actual print pieces.

4. Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische

This self-initiated project helped launch Jessica’s career. She posted a new letter each day or so, created in an ornate style that showed off her love of hand lettering. She’s since illustrated everything from postage stamps to best-selling book covers.

5. A Poster Everyday by Furqan Jawed

Another daily poster project, this was created by a design student in India as a way to explore his love of typography. I love the simple, editorial-inspired style of this series.

Go Forth And Create!

When you think about it, the ideas for these types of projects are endless. You could create a series of book covers, artwork for your favorite albums, t-shirt designs, perfume labels, logos for makeup brands or even a collection of stamps.

It’s always great to tie these projects into a personal passion so you have that extra creative spark as the series continues on.

P.S. If you decide to create a long term self-initiated project (or already have!), let us know in the comments!

Top image: Poster A Day by Alex Proba.
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