Collage by Francisca Pageo
• If I had been decorating Easter eggs last week, these Pantone and CMYK eggs would have been at the top of my list!
• I love this post about art and inspiration so much. Especially, “Not every decision you make has to be crowdsourced beforehand. Trust your gut and keep it to yourself while you follow through.” Bravo, Anna!
• It’s about time that we embrace the inevitable aging process.
• If you’re receiving a book advance (or a large sum of money in general), don’t run out and spend loads of money on questionable purchases!
• This poor teacher got schooled on Helvetica by a five year old!
• I still can’t believe that Instagram went from zero to $1 billion in value in only 17 months!
• We’ve all been there: How do you deal with clients that take forever to pay?
• Six keys for turning your company into a design powerhouse.
• This is an interesting look at some world famous fashion designers who have gotten fit over the years. Karl Lagerfeld once said, “Fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight.” Thoughts?
• The Nextness just gave an overview of the brand new Beyoncé website and it is beautifully designed. So many great insights about sharing and social media in this article as well!
A snippet of type from the new Beyoncé site
Last week, I was at the grocery story perusing the magazine rack and in between picking up Martha Stewart Weddings (research for the Rock n’ Roll Bride magazine) and reading a Marilyn Manson interview in Revolver (it’s really good, by the way), this cover of SPIN caught my attention.
The last time I bought SPIN was somewhere close to 10 years ago but I couldn’t take my eyes off this cover. Sleigh Bells are everywhere at the moment (and Alexis Krauss is gorgeous) but there was something else that made it stand out — the lack of jarring, huge headlines and the matte paper used for the cover.
SPIN, now a bimonthly publication, has undergone a massive redesign. Of the retooling, SPIN says, “In the many discussions about how to best enable this magazine to have a long, prosperous — or any — future, it became impossible to ignore the past. Not just this magazine’s past, but the very idea of what magazines have meant, of what we want to read in them, and why.” They’ve made a number of changes inside that reminds us of the music magazines we used to love including, in their words, “deep, long-view critical thinking and cultural analysis that’s so often lacking today.”
The “new” look is intentional and a nod to the original SPIN magazine and dare I say, very now. For better or worse, many of the design elements remind me of an Urban Outfitters catalog. But in a way, this lo-fi approach stands out amongst the slick redesigns of many other freshened up periodicals.
Readers: Have you picked up the new SPIN and what do you think overall?
How was your Easter? Joey & I ended up having a really low key day, dropping our house guest off at the airport and then running some errands around town. My nod to the holiday was these shoes, which remind me of freshly dipped Easter eggs! I didn’t have an Easter basket this year so instead I stopped by Trader Joe’s and picked up a box of these. They taste like gourmet peanut butter cups!
This watch looks fancy but it’s a fairly cheap vintage watch I dug up on Etsy one day. It’s by a brand called Azur, though I still don’t know too much about the origins of the line.
I love this belt so much. Can you tell that I have Paris on my brain? I’ve always wanted one of those vintage Moschino letter belts but whenever I search Ebay, they’re going for a small fortune. This ASOS belt has a similar look and is less than $20.00. A good compromise!
Longo by James Long Dress (Now on sale! I cut mine to above the knee), ASOS
Slip (underneath), Cheap Monday
Alice Silk Heels, Acne
Oui / Non Belt (my new favorite accessory!), ASOS
Gold Headband, H&M
Happy Monday! I hope you’re not sick from eating too much candy (I just had one of those peanut butter eggs for breakfast).
Our yard has never been a top priority. When you live in a very old house, there’s enough to worry about with updating the inside to a livable condition and the yard for us had become an afterthought. Joey’s been changing all that, working over the last few weeks to landscape it into something much, much better. My favorite addition so far has been this path that he installed; it leads from the back of our house to our soon-to-be mini bar (!!) These were standard concrete that he painted white.
I finally had the change to sit down and read this article which I found thought-provoking, if not a bit alarmist in its statements. The comments are great as well.
No matter how many times I’ve moved or what I’ve gone through in life, I’ve aways held onto my record collection. I was flipping through them over the weekend and this cover by one of my favorite designers, Peter Saville stood out in particular. I love how it’s from 1987 but feels very of the moment. Timeless design, that’s something I hugely admire.
My cousin came down from the mountain and picked me up for some weekend fun. Nice sticker.
In an effort to pick up more non web-based inspiration, I flipped through an old issue of HOW and came across this beautiful image from a SCAD lookbook. So good!
I’m really happy with the way the Solestruck PDX shopping bags came out during our recent collaborations. I presented so many other designs and they chose the simplest one which when it comes to retail, is often the most effective.
And with that, I’m off for some new adventures and then hopefully heading up to my grandparent’s cabin later this weekend for Easter.
• Web designers, if you’ve ever wondered what the dimensions of the site you’re designing should be, Fold Tester is an invaluable resource. Key in the URL of any website and see what percentage of their content shows up in the world’s web browsers!
• I love this advice on figuring out what to charge for your freelance design services.
• The five types of work that fill your day (yes, insecurity is on the list).
• Business owners, never give up on your dream. The Dirty Little Secret of Overnight Success reminds us that “In your life, you’ve probably had a setback or two. When you stumble, it’s tempting the throw in the towel and accept defeat. There’s always an attractive excuse waiting eagerly, hoping you’ll take the easy way out. But the most successful people forge ahead. They realize that mistakes are simply data, providing new information to adjust your approach going forward.”
• I really want this hole to another universe decal for my office wall!
• Dan Ariely on regret: “As it turns out our happiness frequently depends not on where we are at the moment, but how easily we perceive we might be elsewhere, or in another, better situation.”
• After my vintage scarf post yesterday, a few readers recommended this great article featuring 10 ways to wear a silk scarf.
• This article is a good wakeup call: Are you as busy as you think?
• Much too often, Michael Beirut argues that designers are trained to think about the design itself and not about what it means or what it’s hoping to accomplish.
Yesterday morning, I got quite the surprise when I was digging through my sock drawer and came across this amazing scarf. Long forgotten, I have no idea where it came from or how long I’ve had it! But wow, what a score. The scarf is vintage but reminds me very much of one of my all-time favorite collections. Now, I just need to figure out some new and creative ways to tie a scarf because this one is surely going to get a ton of wear.
Readers: Are there any scarf-tying tutorials out there that you swear by?
As much as I embrace technology, I still love the tactile nature of books and continue to expand my home library. A few readers have asked why they should invest in books when the internet has an endless stream of inspiration. I use the internet for the majority of my visual research for projects but it’s healthy to break up your routine. Flipping through books and magazines with a pen and paper close by for thumbnail sketches often shifts my mindset and helps me come up with fresh, unique ideas.
I find the design titles by Rockport Books to be especially helpful. I own a few of their books but my personal favorite is Letterhead and Logo Design 11. Unlike the internet where search results can be questionable, when I’m working on a design projects I reach for this book more than any other I own because the featured work is all top-notch.
Featuring more than 400 letterhead and logo designs, I feel like I discover something new each time I flip through it (trust me, it was hard to limit my scans to a handful of pages). The book was compiled by Design Army and they spent over two weeks evaluating over 5,000 entries from all over the globe. Of the results, Design Army says, “Along the way, we confirmed what we already knew: It’s the little thoughts that have the biggest impact. They inspire us to push farther. They work harder. They last longer.”
There’s not so much work jammed into Letterhead and Logo Design 11 that you get overwhelmed; it’s just filtered down the the best of the best. And as designers, isn’t that what we want?