Link Love: 4.14.11

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Hansei Society poster by Shan Jiang.


• Publishing myths and truths for bloggers is a great read if you’re curious about all the book deal chatter out there.

• I really want a copy of the Print Handbook Booklet. I agree with FPO’s statement that “There is somewhat of a mystique about printing techniques that all designers must wade through. There’s always a learning curve and often times several games of trial and error. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a reference to minimize the quirks associated with printing?” The Media Collective really dug in and covered it all.

• Frank Chimero on #winning. Really, who’s doing all the winning anyway? What exactly does it mean?

• More gorgeous Iceland photos from Kris Atomic.

• Have you seen Karl Lagerfeld’s new Diet Coke Campaign? You can’t go wrong with pink & black, a handful of models and graphic patterns thrown in for good measure!

• Jay-Z interviews Gwyneth Paltrow. For reals.

• Elsie of A Beautiful Mess just produced an E-Course about making your dream job a reality. How cool!

• Luxirare just keeps putting out the coolest objects of desire. Her Changeability post is super inspiring.

• I love the design and identity of Mexican coffee shop Cielito Querido Café.

• Photographer Rania Matar takes photos of teenage girls in their bedrooms in both the U.S. and Middle East.

• Head on over to Already Pretty for Shoe Care Made Simple.


The Typofiles #80: Veer Letter Set


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A few weeks back, I received a special promo in the mail from Veer that really got my attention — a rainbow colored package containing five sheets of dry transfer lettering. The catch? Each sheet featured a font available exclusively at Veer. I’ve had a mild obsession with dry transfer letters since I discovered them in the back of my art class during high school in the late 90s. I still have a box of dry transfer remnants stashed away since they’re nearly impossible to find these days.


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typofiles typography

typofiles typography

typofiles typography

typofiles typography


eye4style: Logo Design and Web Revamp

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eye4style is a fashion and lifestyle blog headed by Dina Fierro out of New York City. Dina is a social media marketer and works with world class fashion clients all the while making time to blog with a razor-sharp wit about everything from Burberry trenches to pole-dancing classes. When I read her posts, I always learn something new (and crack a smile). She contacted me last year about giving her a brand refresh and in the process, we worked through three projects that included a logo, business cards and a refreshed blog design.


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This is an overview of the outcome featuring the primary, secondary logos, wordmark and swatches. Dina doesn’t mind a bright pop of color so we went all out with magenta. The wordmark is set in ITC Lubalin Graph which reminds me of old school eye charts (eye4style, get it?). And to make Dina’s blog easy to remember, I boiled down the full name to an abbreviated E4S for the symbol, which feels solid and stamp-like.


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Even though the logo lockup above was meant to be secondary, as we moved along, variations became more prominent on both the blog and business cards. Simple and bold.


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E4S eye4style


Dina has been blogging for years and I wanted to take her busy, illustrated header and tone everything down a few notches so that the focus would be on her awesome content. Star and The Legion took the design did all the web development seemingly overnight on Dina’s chosen platform, OnSugar.


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E4S eye4style


For business cards, I came up with a ton of options and Dina smartly settled on the most simple of the bunch, with her new logo taking center stage. She wanted a square format so we ordered through Uprinting. Above is a photo she tweeted of the outcome.


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These were a few of the standard format options that didn’t get chosen (but I still really liked). Magenta never disappoints! A huge thanks goes out to the wonderful Dina for allowing me to share. What are you waiting for? Pay her a visit!


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What I Wore: Big Stripes // 4.9.11

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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


This Is my first All-Saints Dress — I picked it up in New York while visiting in February. It’s a fairly standard shape but then the leather chest strap and wrap-around belt add a bit of drama. What kind of look would you categorize this as? Grecian Android, perhaps??

I very rarely wear these Proenzas because to me, they are art (and sit on a shelf above my desk most of the time). The height of the heel makes them easier to stand than to walk in but still, these are some of my favorite shoes. Wood, metal and neon?? Yes, please!

Anyway, you’re probably sick of seeing my Wolford Bondage tights. They’re very special to me but I wear them so much that I needed an option to switch them up with. I’m big on striped tights in general and this version from American Apparel feels like a modified, grown-up version of the bright colored ones I wore all through high school.


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I Wore:

Dress, All Saints
Cardigan, DKNY
Headband, Forever 21
Swatch, borrowed from Joey
Tights, American Apparel
Boots, Proenza Schouler


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The Week in Pictures: 4.9.11

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week in pictures


What a week! On Wednesday night, I had the chance to share my Freelance 101 presentation with two classes at PNCA. Eventually, I want to make it much more grand but at this point, I am giving myself the chance to get used to public speaking and presenting for a solid half hour. Now that I’ve done it three times in the last month, I am getting more comfortable. Like most people, public speaking doesn’t rate high on my list (there’s a reason I became a designer — I get to hide behind a computer) but with the eventual goal of wanting to do a large-scale workshop, it’s time to squash those fears!

In between presentations, my friend Jason gave me an impromptu tour of Wieden+Kennedy and funny enough, it was “no elevator week” which meant hiking up five flights of stairs in heels. It was worth it, though — that interior is an architectural masterpiece.


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The corner of our dining room. Space age seating, perfect for entertaining Darth Vader.


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Our local hangout, The Slingshot has a photo booth once again so Joey and I took a few turns last night.


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Conveniently enough, Joey’s art is hanging in The Slingshot this month and my favorite is still this painting of Barbarella. If we had the right color scheme in our house, I’d snap this up in a second.


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I’ve been chatting with Non-Format lately and in one of those perfect moments, the day after I posted about The Sanahunt Times, an issue showed up on my doorstep. Editorial design at its finest. I love it so much.


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When I was visiting Seattle last Saturday, I picked up some Pantone pencils at Paperhaus. Red, black and white. Need I say more?


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Dusting off the good ol’ Proenzas, just in time for Spring. All dressed up with nowhere to go!


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When I was a guest at PNCA on Wednesday, I spotted this poster in the hallway. Whoever designed it needs to mass produce ASAP. I love typography with a sense of humor. Update: The poster is by Joy Castiglione, class of 2013!


So many projects, so little time. See you Monday!

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Link Love: 4.7.11

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link love

Vogue Italia, April 2011 by Steven Meisel.


• WhatFont has just launched a bookmarklet that tells you what font is being used on a website when you hover over it!

• I really enjoyed reading Elsie’s On Being A Workaholic & Still Having A Life. Fantastic advice.

• In case you were wondering: How to be the best house guest ever.

• Gala is the queen of lists! Check out her 50 Things Every Girl Needs This Summer!

• ReadyMade just posted their 100 Finalists. Inspiring people and projects – what’s not to love?

• I am totally digging Method’s new Disney packaged soaps. The ears get me every time!

• Even Kris Atomic’s phone photos of Iceland are absolutely gorgeous!

• Female designers, listen up! If you’re looking for other trailblazers in the industry, check out Women of Design.

• Clutter be gone! It’s true that physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus.


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• I am totally enamored with a collection of brightly colored booklets called The Rules for the Conduct of Life. With titles like Life, Death & The Business In Between, how could you not crack a smile?!