Link Love: 7.17.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Andrew Jason Leung

• It’s a blog eat blog world out there. Here are the best practices for blogging success.

• 653 free typography resources!

• The key to having more money in your wallet is dropping the fear.

• Richard Branson discusses the right way to multitask.

• Here’s how to create bright and sharp images with your iPhone.

• Make some frozen raspberry champagne!

• 100 brilliant print advertisements.

• 5 types of original content that you can produce for your blog.

Three things your blog is missing that could be costing you new clients and sales.

• 22 brutally honest landing page critiques.

• 7 reasons you should fire your client.


Photo: Andrew Jason Leung.
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The Typofiles #136: Monster Children Guest Edited by Mike D

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Issue 43

I was at Barnes & Noble over the weekend and after flipping through the fashion and design magazines and not seeing anything that caught my eye, I moved on to the skate and surf section where I knew there was one safe bet: Monster Children. As usual, it did not disappoint. Issue 43 is guest edited by Mike D of the Beatsie Boys and has an additional 50 pages. And, I can assure you that those extra 50 pages are not just fluff and ads — the design and content are as solid as ever.

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Issue 43

The great thing about bringing in a guest editor is that they have their own unique flavor. They are given the freedom to choose the interview subjects and features, all while staying in the style and format of the magazine. Mike D obviously knows a whole cast of intriguing characters from the music, skate and art worlds so it’s pretty great to see things from his perspective. More magazines need to hand over the reigns!

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Issue 43

The design of Monster Children is always on point but this issue, with its colored stripes and play on the scale of type throughout is the best I’ve seen. I’ve worked on enough editorial print projects to have an idea of how much work this issue must have took to pull together and I am so glad there’s still people out there that believe in producing solid publications that marry unique design and content. There’s no boring celebrity profiles or watered down fashion spreads here. It’s real, it’s raw and it’s well designed.


Featured: Monster Children Issue #43.
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Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver!

Nubby Twiglet | Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

Hopping, skipping and jumping through a rainbow crosswalk was a definite highlight during my stay in Canada.

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

Over its 35 year history, the Vancouver Pride Parade has grown to be the fifth largest in the world. In 2012, to commemorate Pride, temporary rainbow crosswalks were installed across the city.

They were such a hit that many have since become permanent. We visited the crosswalk painted at the intersection of Davie and Bute streets and it was an amazing site to behold.

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

Our photographers instructed me to do by best “Avedon hop” off the curb which seemed to entertain these onlookers. And, as if the colors streaming across the crosswalk weren’t enough, rainbow-hued picnic tables lined the side street as well. People constantly stopped to snap photos and enjoy the installation.

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

If you’re ever in Vancouver, take the time to visit it for yourself!


Photos: Diane + Mike.

Project Spotlight: Happily Ever After

Branch | Olivine Happily Ever After Course

Longtime Branch client Julie of Olivine Atelier just released a very special e-course called Happily Ever After! This class proves that keeping a positive attitude and holding yourself accountable on a daily basis can have profound effects.

Julie created this 28 day practice in gratitude first for herself and it worked so well that she’s now offering it publicly for the first time. Read more about the class and see more of the graphics Branch produced right here.

The Week In Pictures: 7.11.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? Mine was…very full, hence the late post! I’m heading out to Europe soon and while there’s going to be some pleasure mixed in, it’s mostly a business trip packed with four Blogcademy dates, a mixer party, filming new projects with two sets of videographers and squeezing in a few photo shoots. First up, London. Then, Berlin, followed by Amsterdam and finally, New York. Whew!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

With all that time away, there’s a lot of prep that comes with keeping businesses running like delivering client work and pre-scheduling a lot of blog posts. I love it, though. In between sitting at my desk, I’ve been going out to lunch every week with my grandparents (they’re the BEST people on the planet) and visiting ancient dive bars with my dad — my family always whisks me away on awesome, unexpected adventures.

Oh, I should point out the “You’re awesome” postcard in that top photo. My friend Sian just sent me a care package of goodies and she has the best handwriting. I wish mine looked like that!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Packing, packing and more packing…trying to balance the fun with the practical. Always a challenge.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This year hasn’t been easy but it’s been the best on a personal level. I’ve grown a lot and learned to push fear aside — I’ve never been more content just doing my own thing, choosing who I work with, hanging out with my family and traveling in between it all. My life now is very unconventional compared to the way it was but it feels right. Let’s be real here — I do still get those moments where my stomach drops and I ask myself what the hell I’m doing but they’re much fewer and far between now. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This isn’t the greatest photo but I had to share it! As I walked into the St. Paul Rodeo bar last weekend, I noticed that the taxidermy was covered in bras. Haha. Good times! Have an awesome weekend, everyone. I’m off to finish packing! xoxo

Link Love: 7.10.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Con Poulos

• 5 tips for Twitter to help grow your brand.

• If you’re still trying to find your voice as a writer, Alexandra Franzen has some advice for you.

• What’s the best way to spend a dollar?

• Steve Pavlina just dumped all of his social media accounts. Whether you agree with his choice or not, it’s an interesting read.

• Now that it’s summer, here’s a roundup of all natural bug sprays.

• In the beginning, one of the hardest parts about being a designer is managing client feedback and not taking it personally.

This site compiles brand guidelines from popular online brands.

• What should you do when blogging feels wrong?

• Some people consider Betty Brosmer to be the world’s first supermodel. Check out her amazingly tiny waist!

• Gala shares her best piece of advice for writers.

• The 50 greatest summer blockbusters of all time.

• I love this CMYK photo project.

• Check out this gallery of minimalist movie posters made out of card stock!


Image: Con Poulos.

The Anatomy of A Brand Identity

Branch | Anatomy Of A Brand Identity

As a designer, there are a ton of specialized terms flying around on a daily basis. It’s your job to inform you clients and make sure that they understand what you’re talking about!

Remember, most businesses coming to you have never worked with a professional before so it’s important to make sure you’re on the same page. This can become tricky when you’re chatting about brand identities.

The most requested project by far at Branch is a brand identity so I put together a chart of the graphic elements and explained each in an effort to demystify it all. Click on through to get schooled and let me know if you have any questions!