Link Love: 12.17.15

Nubby Twiglet: Link Love | Jorge Lawerta

• Best link this week: Instagram husbands. Over 4 million viewers agree. Ha!

• Bill Gates shares the best books he read in 2015.

• Our addiction to technology is taking over our lives.

• Designers, if you’re feeling stuck, Pocket Art Director is here to save the day!

• Pitchfork has rounded up the 100 best tracks of 2015.

• Made me laugh: I’m Comic Sans, asshole.

• Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere just wrote a really transparent post about blogs and advertising.

• The best films of 2015.

• This creative timeline is pretty accurate.

• The oldest known video footage of New York City, with an accompanying map! Pretty cool.

• Being an activist is easier than you think.

• Sarah shares some tips on how to manage internet overwhelm.

• Want to give your loved ones something really meaningful and special? Alex has 15 holiday gift ideas, most of which are experiences.

• Grain Edit just rounded up 30 top design books that will make the perfect holiday gift.

Image: Jorge Lawerta.
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The Typofiles #139: The Little Black Font Book

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles #139: The Little Black Font Book

If you’re looking for a last minute, affordable stocking stuffer for the type fanatic in your life, The Little Black Font Book may be the perfect solution.

Little black books should always have all the answers you’re looking for and this one is no different.

I’m a big fan of the specimen booklets that type foundries used to release showcasing their newest offerings and this is a modernized take on that, featuring 44 beautiful full-color pages demonstrating the fonts in action.

Flipping through examples in a booklet like this makes it so much easier to determine if a font has the right look for your project and is such a timesaver! The author, Alex Haigh sure knows his stuff — he’s the founder of Hype For Type.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles #139: The Little Black Font Book

The Little Black Font Book is available on Amazon.

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The Week In Pictures: 12.6.15

Branch | Olivine Atelier Beauty, Heart & Soul Oracle Cards

I hope you had an awesome week! I’ll be honest — with a bunch of pre-holiday deadlines looming, I barely left my office this week. And, it’s been POURING, along with getting dark by 4 pm which is not ideal for taking photos. Ah, Winter! So, I’m going to do things a little differently around here today.

A project I spent most of the Summer on finally went to print this week and is available for pre-sale! I wanted to share more about that, along with a more personal story.

Branch | Olivine Atelier Beauty, Heart & Soul Oracle Cards

Just yesterday, my design assistant and I were working on the cover of the new Rock n Roll Bride Magazine, which goes to print next week. About an hour into the process, she said, “This is so hard!” I responded with, “I know. It’s supposed to be.”

I know Instagram often feels like a highlight reel where every creative has a pair of gold scissors on their desk, a black and white inspirational poster washi-taped to their wall, a freshly brewed cup of artisanal coffee and a marble surface they conduct their work on but this is rarely the reality.

Branch | Olivine Atelier Beauty, Heart & Soul Oracle Cards

I get to work by 9 am and leave at 9 pm nearly every day. And in between those inspirational moments, the work is hard. Sometimes branding projects are late because the inspiration just doesn’t flow and I refuse to half-ass a project. This is real life. The work you see online that looked beautiful, effortless and perhaps even easy? It’s usually anything but.

The project featured in this post, a deck of oracle cards called Beauty Heart & Soul started out as an idea Julie had back in July when I met with her in Seattle.

Branch | Olivine Atelier Beauty, Heart & Soul Oracle Cards

In a way, it seemed kind of glamorous — I’d spend the Summer making cute little inspirational messages and scanning flowers. And then, the reality set in. 34 completely different designs coupled with sourcing enough of my own images felt paralyzing. I’d get into the creative zone and then before I knew it, stopping to pack my bags for another trip. After starting work on this project, I traveled to London, Marrakech, Rome, Florence, San Francisco, Orlando, New York and Palm Springs in quick succession. Getting back on track with such a big project felt daunting and the creative block set in big time.

But then one weekend, I sat at my desk and started working. A few more cards were done. Then, a few more. Baby steps. The momentum built. We reworked and refined a few designs and finally, added in a few more cards. Soon, it was done. All 34 cards. At the printer. Hallelujah!

Branch | Olivine Atelier Beauty, Heart & Soul Oracle Cards

I know how hard it is to start those big projects. I know how easy it is to lose momentum when you realize just how big of an undertaking your idea is. I wish I had all the answers on how to follow through, but I don’t. All I can say is that the feeling of completing a project is one of the best feelings in the world and it is so much better than looking back a year from now, wishing you just would have gotten started in the first place.

Get started. Yes, it’s going to be hard.

Don’t let the internet convince you otherwise.

Just do the work. It’s always worth it.

“There is no substitute for hard work.” —Thomas Edison

Featured: Beauty Heart & Soul cards by We Are Branch. All designs copyright 2015 Olivine Atelier.

Link Love: 12.10.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Sara Pellegrino

• A long-lasting career essentially comes down to three things.

• What did your parents to do embarrass you when you were a kid?

• If you have guests coming over, here’s how to fake a clean house.

• Writing letters can change lives, including your own.

• It feels good to tidy up your inbox in time for the new year. I am OBSESSED with UnrollMe which allows you to unsubscribe to mailing lists all at once.

• Behold the most Instagrammed places in America.

• The Atlantic has rounded up the top 25 news photos of 2015.

• A telephone repairman had a dream to design women’s shoes…so he made it happen.

• The 58 most commonly misused words and phrases.

• Christmas gift ideas for typographers.

• What’s the difference between being successful and being known?

• Here’s a chart of every single color Lego has ever used.

Image: Sara Pellegrino.
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Creative Chronicles: How Do You Land Your Dream Design Job?

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles #7: How Do You Land A Job?

This post is a little different today. Instead of offering advice, I need your help!

The premise is simple:

You’re learning how to be a designer.

But who’s teaching you how to take your design degree and actually get a job?

Like many of you, I went to school for design with the goal of getting hired once I graduated. After spending years in school, I was anxious to get going with my career and earn a decent living. Even though I was creative and very driven, I constantly questioned myself.

I wondered:

• Was my portfolio good enough?

• Did I have the right mix of work?

• Did my resume convey the right experience?

• Would I answer the interview questions right?

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles #7: How Do You Land A Job?

Landing your dream job takes much more than just having a compelling visual style. But, what else is there? What’s the strategy to make it happen? I asked myself that same thing. After landing a bunch of industry jobs and working at a half dozen studios before starting my own (where I am now on the side of interviewing), I have a pretty good idea of what it takes. And, if you’re interested in finding a job in the design industry, I want to share that knowledge with you.

Business strategist Ellen Fondiler has joined me to build a course that helps you land your dream job in the design industry. We have a content outline but I want to make sure we haven’t overlooked anything. After all, the goal of this whole project is to help people like YOU find a job.

To ensure that we’ve made the content as well-rounded and helpful as possible, I need your help.

Please copy, paste and answer the below questions into the comments section and include your email address. As a thank you, I’ll draw one person at random next Wednesday and you’ll win a prize pack loaded with Nubby Twiglet and Branch goodies, some of which are super rare!

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles #7: How Do You Land A Job?

Please answer the following:

1. What are you currently struggling with when it comes to finding work as a designer? 

2. What is a product you’re pining for? What do you wish someone would create?

3. What are you sick of seeing and reading about? 

4. Which of these course topics would be helpful to you? List the letters of any and all that apply:

A. How to build a compelling portfolio
B. How to write an attention-grabbing resume
C. How to ace your job interview
D. How to work your connections to find a great job

Thanks in advance! —Shauna

Photos: Made U Look.