The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

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You know who’s killing it these days in the editorial design department? In Style.

When it comes to magazines, In Style is pretty mainstream and you can find it at most newsstands and grocery stores. And honestly? I never gave it a second thought. Overall, I think the magazine was aimed at a slightly older, more professional audience than me and I never cared much about mixing and matching outfits for the office or what the latest celebrity trends were.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

The thing is, I’d seen the British version and it was off the hook. I grabbed it on a trip to London last year and ripped out nearly every page, completely obsessed with the design. It was edgy yet elegant and beautiful at the same time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Well, last month my mom handed me a copy of InStyle, asking if I wanted it. A quick flip through made it immediately apparent this wasn’t the same old mainstream magazine. It was stunning — the color palettes, the big, customized serif type and the attention to detail put it on par with the foreign fashion magazines I’m constantly coveting. After doing some more reading, it was apparent that they’d just undergone a massive redesign over the last year from cover to cover and completely nailed it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

I could go on and an about how inspired I am but it’s so much better to SHOW you. One of the original columns on this blog was called The Typofiles where I’d feature cool editorial design and typography, much of it scanned in since this was years before Pinterest came around. I miss those days! This morning, I pulled out my scanner (if you’re curious, I use this one) and scanned page after page. This post was less than half the stack I’d pulled but I had to stop somewhere! Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

I wanted you to see the content for yourself — my favorite feature in this issue is all about unlikely color pairings for the season. As a graphic designer, I LOVE this stuff but don’t want to just read design blogs and magazines. It’s good to be more well-rounded and reach for publications outside of your niche.

I know everyone has a strong opinion on redesigns (love or hate, there’s never any middle ground!) but I personally love what this magazine has done. You can see more of the premier issue from last month here (sorry, I’ve already torn that one apart and pinned it to my inspiration board!)

As a diehard magazine fan, I am so excited to see print publications getting some major love — they’re definitely not dead and it’s fantastic to watch the evolution taking place to an edgier style.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Your turn: What magazines are you loving these days? I’m ready to subscribe to some more!

All scans and photos by me of In Style.
Check out even more Typofiles posts here.

The Week + Links: March 18, 2016

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It’s Friday, the sun is (finally) out and I’m excited for the little things — a haircut tomorrow (it’s been a year!), booking hotels for my Palm Springs trip and carving out some time to work on my portfolio.

This week flew buy and no matter how hard I tried to catch up on client work and blogging, the balance of work and life commitments kept falling flat. As John Lennon once famously sang, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” and you just have to roll with what comes your way.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

I have a pile of inspiration waiting in folders to share with you, snippets of half-written posts…but I also know my limits. I know when to give myself a break, proclaim that good enough is good enough, turn off the lights and head out to a happy our to unwind and relax. There’s a sense of relief and clarity in knowing that a new week and a fresh start are ahead.

I’m signing off to catch up on what I can and I hope you have a relaxing, fun filled weekend!

P.S. These are some things I’m loving at the moment: the colorful vintage light selection at Lounge Lizard, my marble tray, my new tattoo patterned dress, the newly redesigned InStyle Magazine, Aesop hand cream, watches by The Horse and a simple rose gold collar I wear every day.

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• An interesting look at the proof of evolution you can still find on your body!

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Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

At this point, my office has basically turned into a mini jungle (imagine 2 large palms and about a dozen various succulents and cacti calling the place home). During the first year that I was growing my collection, I picked out planters that were simple, affordable and mostly white from IKEA.

While they’ve totally served the space well and match with everything, I’ve been itching for a bit more personality. I love the black and white minimalist vibe as much as the next designer but I’m craving texture. A little bit of shine. A dash of color. Unique shapes.

With Spring in the air, I’m looking for easy ways to change up my surroundings without breaking the bank and new planters can help with that. There are so many good ones out there right now and at the very least, it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a new vase for your fresh cut flowers.

Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

My picks: mod metal planter (also shown above in my photo!), brass watering can, luciana (boob) vase, cylinder vase, cactus vase (ordering this soon!), raya vase, case study planter, i scream vase and gem facets planters.

What about you? What’s on your Spring wish list? Are there any places you swear by for finding great vases and planters?

The Week + Links: March 11, 2016

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Last week, in the face of my grandpa’s health scare (thanks for all your sweet comments — he’s doing much better now!) I encouraged you to live your life fully on your terms with no regrets because you never know what tomorrow brings.

In that same vein, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to produce content that matters, content that can directly inspire you guys to follow your dreams.

What I’ve realized along the way is that while we’re naturally drawn to what’s visually pleasing (photos, design, art) and producing this type of content might have a strong surface-level reaction with your audience, your personal stories are still everything. I shared a short and sweet story about how I got my start freelancing this week as a way to remind my audience that things don’t just magically happen — there’s always a story lurking beneath the surface. As the days rush by, it’s easy to forget about all those small moments that caused your life to become what it is today. Share them.

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Over the last month, I’ve been at the office pulling longer days than usual because Joey, Rocky and I are heading down to Palm Springs to begin our house hunt in 2 weeks. There’s so much to get done before vacation but I’ve definitely squeezed in plenty of fun. Yesterday, Joey and I visited one of our favorite Portland stores, Lounge Lizard. It’s a mid-century modern paradise packed full of affordable furniture, housewares and lighting that will make your head spin. I was most amused by the array of odd knick-knacks though, like these twin poodles joined together by a chain. Walking out empty-handed was not an option — just wait till you see the statue I bought. Haha. Needs a little spray paint first. 😉

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Have a great weekend, friends and by the way, Chubs says hello. xo


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