New (used) design books from Amazon that arrived today. It’s like Christmas!
One of the highlights of my week was visiting the community college I graduated from three years ago to be interviewed by the Integrated Media department as a “student success story.” My former instructor took the photo of me above on set. At that moment, I felt like everything had come full-circle and the last few years of hard work had paid off. Thanks, Mt. Hood Community College!
Simon and Schuster just sent me a copy of Rev Jen’s new book, Elf Girl which features a photo of my feet(!) on the cover. It was designed by my friend Anna and the whole process has been pretty surreal — even more so because Joey and I spotted the book in the window of the Hawthorne location of Powell’s this weekend.
A view of my current workspace. The Swiss influence is always present.
On Saturday, I joined my brother for a little adventure to the antique show. Needless to say, I think we were the only patrons under 50. This beautiful old book of typography caught my attention…until I realized it was $250.00! We were probably most entertained by a booth of creepy vintage dolls.
Akira Chicago just sent over this awesome double zip linen jacket and I couldn’t be more happy. It adds just the right amount of edge to everyday outfits.
Nobody does a vanilla latte better than Stumptown. I joined my friend Pam for a design brainstorm this week which was a little too inspiring…and ended up lasting for three hours!!! I’m off to get some family-time in before getting started on a design-fueled weekend. Hope you enjoy yours!
Image: Aline Weber by Camilla Akrans for Numero.
• Just Say No To Safe: I love this article and the accompanying Ellsworth Kelly imagery!
• Read an excerpt from I Want My MTV, an oral history that documents MTV’s first decade.
• A perfect article to read before the holiday frenzy sets in: How To Get Calm In A World Full Of Crazy!
• There seems to be two sides to Apple’s design aesthetic.
• Some of the best logos are very literal.
• I love this infographic that documents the anatomy of an agency.
• Make your own custom envelopes!
• New York Magazine explores feminist bloggers.
• I know this is a little late but The Hairpin has compiled a list of actually scary movies!
• Steve Jobs in his own words.
• Have you seen the very stylish La Sardinia camera from Lomography? Shoot in style!
• An entire attic full of suitcases were left behind when the Willard Asylum for the Insane in New York was shuttered decades ago. Now you can see their contents.
Full Circle is the third piece in the My Cross To Bear series which launches at Sequential Art Gallery in December. Though I shared a progress shot last month, today I want to show the finished piece; this is the first cross that I’ve ever done in this size! Measuring 18 x 18 inches, it’s custom-built out of wood (thanks to Joey’s handiwork) and features a collage-covered surface that is sealed with a layer of epoxy resin.
Thanks for tuning in as this series progresses! And thank you for all of the recent questions submitted to the Ask Nubby column — I’ve been very busy making new art and redoing my web portfolio but I wanted to let you know that read each and every one and hope to have some time to begin answering a fresh batch very soon.
Sometimes when everything you’ve tried in a design feels like overkill, step back and simplify. You can never go wrong with black & white paired with a basic type treatment. I’ve collected these examples from a few fashion magazines to demonstrate just how fresh it can be. When in doubt, don’t over-think!
This Halloween, I figured that there could be nothing more ironic than wearing a potato sack. But, this isn’t any old potato sack because it’s emblazoned with big, bold red and black type!
I hadn’t planned on dressing up this year but that quickly changed as I was wandering through the never-ending maze of booths at an antique show over the weekend with my brother. I spotted this amazing 60s era costume resting on a rack and with a little bartering, I walked away with it for 20 dollars (which might be pricy for a standard-issue potato sack but this one was very, very special!)
In full, the ‘dress’ reads:
Be beautiful in a POTATO SACK
Looks like a sack
Feels like a sack
IS A SACK
Fill with 100 lbs. or more of charm, and save money on new French inspired creations
Guaranteed to loose [sic] shape without ironing
For evening wear, add Mink trimmings
So, there you go. This Halloween, I went all out…wearing a glorious vintage potato sack with DKNY nude fishnets and All Caps Dahlias. I won’t lie…I wanted to belt it and accessorize so badly but I realized that would defeat the purpose! Have a fun and safe Halloween!
In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I’d share a recent set of landing pages I designed for Solestruck. Glitter-covered, heel-less platforms are the perfect finishing touch to all those Lady Gaga costumes that must be floating around, don’t you think?
These ads feature the Jeffrey Campbell Night Walk in Glitter Multi which is already sold out but some of the other colors are still available. Have a Happy Halloween! I wasn’t planning on having a costume this year but then I stumbled upon one this weekend when I least expected it and I’ll be sharing it a little later today.
Landing Pages for Solestruck.com, October 2011. Design: Nubbytwiglet.com. Photos: Joey Maas.
Dark Truth and The Arch, ceramic red crosses from the My Cross To Bear series. Details and scans here.
When Amelia Arsenic was in town last week, we were in a bar catching up when she handed me a baggie containing this amazing double antler necklace. It’s a total show-stopper and I just love her jewelry designs. Thanks, Amelia!
Hanging out in my office this weekend, I rediscovered an old Mohawk book of paper samples and it has some really great design elements and color usage throughout. My favorite drink at the moment is Trader Joe’s spiced cider (in the Pantone mug).
The highlight of my week was attending a pumpkin carving party. Can you tell which is mine? The A! I hadn’t carved pumpkins in at least 15 years but it was so much fun!
Walking around S.E. Portland after breakfast on Saturday. I wore an Urban Outfitters sweatshirt and dress, American Apparel tights, A is For Arsenic necklace and Minimarket wedges. I hope you have a cozy, Halloween party-filled weekend!