I recently designed a set of landing pages for Solestruck featuring All Caps, a line of shoes that are handmade in Portugal — I love this brand because their styles are fresh and the quality surpasses that of even many of the designer brands out there.
The ads showcase the Dahlia in all three colors . I wanted to do something different this time around; 60s-inspired with a bright, retro pop-inspired feel.
I always say that bright colored shoes are the equivalent of an exclamation point at the end of any outfit. I got to keep the red pair and when I wore them around town the next day, they proved to be incredibly walkable considering the soaring height. The secret is the substantial front platform which keeps the incline from being ridiculously steep.
All Caps: Fall into color. Photos by Joey Maas. Concept, design and copy by Nubbytwiglet.com.
Last week, I wrapped up my biggest editorial design job to date. Needless to say, magazine covers have been on my mind a lot lately. This is a compilation of some of my recent favorites. Want even more? Take a look back at my previous batch of favorites.
This is the last in a series of three sets of photos I shot with Lydia Hudgens back in September. What I love about these sets is that although they were all shot within three days of one another, they are so incredibly different. There was the punk rock back-to-school look in The Bowery with Amelia Arsenic, the early morning East Village stoop loitering with Gala and now, this.
You’re probably wondering about the mouse ears. Gala and I have been to Disneyland twice together and I’ve been to Disney Wold four times on my own (and I never plan on growing up) so I’ll wear mouse ears any change I get. Sequined ears paired with more sequins? Why not! A group was gathered on the sidewalk for church as we walked by at 9:30 in the morning and literally stopped what they were doing and started singing the Mickey Mouse Club song to us…ears cheer everyone up!
These photos were shot in a very special place; a private garden that Gala & I had our birthday in two years ago. This is a quiet, magical refuge in the middle of the East Village and feels straight out of a fairytale.
Gryphon Sequin Dress, Tokio 7
Wedges, Camilla Skovgaard
Nail Polish, Pop Nail Glam in Yellow
White irridescent mouse ears
Vintage turquoise beaded dress
Vintage bed jacket
Rings by Dyrberg/Kern
Betsey Johnson starburst Pollys
With all the sequins, it was only natural to finish up with a Michael Jackson-inspired dance-off.
After this shoot wrapped, I grabbed my bags, said goodbye to Gala, Hank & Dolly and headed towards the subway….back to Wall Street, then JFK, then home. It was a long day but so worth it. Thanks once again to Lydia Hudgens for the wonderful shoot!
In Progress Art: Wood Red Cross, 18 x 18 inches.
My inspiration of the week comes in the form of a burst of color that I pulled from a recent Boden catalog. I especially love the British spelling of color!
My favorite little mythical creature Rocky HATES having his photo taken. But, when we’re shooting anything but him, he walks through every single one! Half of the shoe photos we took for a set of ads the other night had an ear or tail lurking in the background.
I have nearly ten pieces of new art done but haven’t had a chance to pour resin yet. Soon, very soon I will start sharing these in more detail!
Solestruck just sent me a pair of the All Caps Dahlias and oh boy are they good. And, they don’t slip off my narrow heels. I can quickly see these becoming a Fall favorite.
Today I indulged in some Stark Naked Pizza. Which, I am sure you will agree, is the best name for a pizza place in all the land. And with that, it’s time to get the weekend started! See you bright and early Monday. Ahhhh, October! Already?!!
Photo: Mariacarla Boscono in Dazed & Confused.
• Screen shots from the early world wide web: see what some of today’s most popular websites looked like when they first launched!
• As part of their research for their Top 20 Logos Issue, Creative Review asked designers and writers to pick their favorites.
• A great compilation of photos that document the recent candy colored hair trend.
• Codeacademy is a site that features an interactive guide to coding for beginners!
• Brigitte Bardot just turned 77 and LIFE magazine has a great 44-slide gallery documenting her at her prime.
• A really cool logo made of tools!
• How to make a fancy grilled cheese sandwich in 9 different variations.
• Jadeite was bright green dishware that was super popular in the 1930s. So much prettier than Tupperware!
• Watch Fred Rogers sing the opening theme from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1967 to 2000!
Am I in need of business cards? Not particularly. I probably have close to ten different designs on hand that I’ve designed over the years. Though I have a lot of cards, I’ve never done a letterpress version, in part because they are very expensive to produce.
This year, I finally took the plunge. I’ve done a number of letterpress card designs for my clients and every time they’d sent me samples, I’d wish that I had my own. I knew that it was time to make the commitment and to finally make it happen. Since they’re so expensive to produce, my design strategy was to keep the information contained on the card very basic so that they’d never become outdated (there’s nothing worse than being stuck with hundreds of leftover cards when personal information changes!)
Blind embossing the red crosses added the tactile element that I was looking for. I’ve been drawn to the symbolism of the red cross since high school and I love its simplicity.
Since I was doing an all white card with just one color of ink, I knew I wanted one colorful touch and decided to do colored edges on my card (PMS 185 U). I’ve always admired colored edges from afar because to me, they’re that final detail that shows that someone really thought the design through on all surfaces.
The final decision with these cards was which printer to choose. I’ve followed the work of Studio On Fire for a long time and have seen their work firsthand from clients I’ve referred there and the overall reviews about their services are glowing. Yes, they’re very expensive but I knew that I wanted every last detail on my first letterpress adventure to be perfect and they’re known for producing exquisite work. Was it worth it? At this point in my career, yes. I’ve gone through the trial and error of designing a lot of sets of cards for myself in the three and a half years since I finished school and I wanted to step it up. It was time for me to commit to a more premium look for my brand.
I wouldn’t recommend letterpress cards as your first card. My advice is to design a few inexpensive sets first and experiment to see what works best for you. When you’re first starting out, your style is constantly changing so making a huge monetary commitment is not a great idea. For the first three years, I ordered all my cards through Overnight Prints because the quantities were small and I could change them constantly. But, once you’re comfortable with your branding and feel like you’re grown into an aesthetic, take the plunge. The results are totally worth it.
On September 16th, my last morning in New York, I woke up bright and early to catch a cab over to Gala’s apartment in the East Village. We had a shoot with Lydia Hudgens booked for 8 a.m. (this meant that the streets were very empty) and when I showed up five minutes early, in true Virgo fashion, they were both ready to roll.
I really wanted to get some photos in my special birthday dress, a vintage Marimekko number that I’d worn to my party a few days earlier. I paired it with a Kate Spade newspaper clutch that I’d spotted in Gala’s office (the print is of a vintage New York paper!) I’d really like to find one of my own and I know that a number of brands have produced these in the past; do you have any suggestions?
My streamlined look was balanced out by Gala’s punch of pink and yes, a petticoat. Needless to say, we were slightly overdressed compared to the locals.
Leather Jacket, Rick Owens
Vintage Marimekko dress, Etsy
Headband, Forever 21
Wedges, Camilla Skovgaard
Kate Spade Newspaper clutch, borrowed from Gala
Nail Polish, Pop Nail Glam in Yellow
Vintage pink bowler hat
218W Perfecto leather jacket by Schott
Diamond necklace (a wedding gift from my mother — I haven’t taken it off since)
Angora heart sweater from ASOS
Betsey Johnson belt
Vintage pink crinoline (I also wore this under my wedding dress!)
Betsey Johnson over-the-knee socks
Matiko Ai For Ai boots (so comfortable, & I love the suede/patent leather/perforated leather combo!)
It just seemed appropriate to try jumping. In five inch wedges. At 9 AM.
Once the shoot ended, we weren’t quite done. There was one more outfit change still in store…but you’ll have to wait a little longer for that one. Thank you to Lydia Hudgens for shooting the photos! We had such an awesome time!