Link Love: 8.6.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Rika Magazine

• Could you go one full year without social media?

• 5 reasons why no one is reading your blog (and how to fix them).

• These morning habits will help you seize the day.

• Here’s how to spend time alone in New York City.

• 8 things all entrepreneurs need to get started with their businesses.

• Are you managing your social media….or is it managing you?

• Google now tells you when places are busiest. Awesome!

• Heather Armstrong of Dooce chats about scaling her blog back after making a full time living from it over the last decade.

• The art of self-promotion: 6 tips for getting your work discovered.

• Here’s how Tim Ferriss prepares for public speaking.

• These 10 CEOs prove that liberal arts degrees aren’t worthless.

• Need a new duvet cover? Society 6 has some entertaining options.

• Creative mornings shares the tools they use for collaborating.

• How do you know that your partner is the one?

Image: Rika.
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You Have to Dream Before Your Dreams Can Come True

Nubby Twiglet | You Have to Dream Before Your Dreams Can Come True

This week has been very full-on as my studio wraps up the newest issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. The whole thing was redesigned from scratch over the last two months and even though it’s the largest scale project I’ve ever personally taken on, it’s also been one of the most rewarding. Editorial design for me doesn’t really feel like work in the same way other genres do and that’s partly because it’s like an old, dusty dream finally coming to life.

When I was a teenager, I read Vogue and Bazaar as I sat in history class (and that’s exactly why I know most fashion designers on a first name basis while my history knowledge completely sucks). My dream was to work at one of the big, glossy magazines in New York but I don’t think I’d quite figured out what job I’d actually have there because my discovery of graphic design as a career was a ways off.

Even with blogging and agency life over the next decade, the thought of working at a magazine never really left. At my jobs, I always took on the lifestyle campaigns and anything with print was my jam. Life was good but the thing with dreams is that they never really go away. Sometimes, they just manifest instead in unexpected ways.

When I first started working with a British wedding blogger named Kat in 2010, it was first on a logo project and then a blog revamp. A few years in, she mentioned needing a brochure to hand out at a wedding fair and even though I knew I’d be taking on a lot more work for the same pay, I volunteered to turn that brochure into a 40 page magazine. That magazine turned into a print run of 1,000 copies and within a few weeks, they were completely gone.

Nubby Twiglet | You Have to Dream Before Your Dreams Can Come True

That eventually led to an annual self-published magazine. And finally, here we are producing a 160 page magazine with distribution across the U.K. including newsstands and supermarkets. I never thought something I designed would end up on the rack sitting next to the big guys I’ve long admired. As we get ready to send the files off to the printer in a few days, the nervousness is kicking in as I roll through the spell checking and print production. This is real life.

If you have a dream, always keep an open mind and look out for opportunities to make it a reality, even if things unfold differently than you imagined. My dream of working at a magazine got put on hold for a decade while I worked a variety of other jobs and then, with Kat’s small project, I saw an in. I had no idea it would turn into something much larger and in a way, that was a godsend because there wasn’t the pressure of expectations.

Keep a flexible attitude with your dreams because sometimes, the reality turns out to be even better.

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” —A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Images: Rock n Roll Bride Magazine, Issue 4.

The Week In Pictures: 7.31.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I hope you had a great week! I’ve been juggling a few large projects but also making time to catch up with family and friends. Lunch dates are my new thing — I have one today with a new friend I met at a steampunk convention and of course, lunch with grandma is the best thing ever.

In other news, our mud pit of a backyard is finally taking shape (see above!) and blossoming into something thats a touch rustic, a touch modern and really beautiful. We’ve filled it with palm trees, cacti and a banana tree that’s taller than me (wait, that isn’t all that tall, is it?)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I just wanted to give you a little visual reminder today. I told you a few weeks ago how frustrated I’d been at not acting on my personal list of goals and then, how over the last month, I turned that around by pitching a bunch of new ideas to collaborators. Now, I have so much cool stuff cooking and it’s leaving me feeling more inspired and creative. If you’re feeling stuck, just remember that it’s part of the process and everyone goes through it. It won’t last forever.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

When I’m feeling restless with design projects and things aren’t coming together, I get up from my desk, grab a pile of inspiration and start taping it to the wall. Basically, my office is full of old school Pinterest boards. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The client project that’s really lighting me up right now is Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. It’s a lot of pressure designing a 160 page print piece from scratch and it hits the press in less than two weeks. I’m trying to be as zen as possible about the whole thing as my assistant and I pull together the last few layouts. I always feel the self doubt creeping in — could it be better? Could we push the design even further? Then, I remember that good things take time (see above!) and we’ve given this issue our all. Really, that’s all you can ask of yourself.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Joey surprised me with this bouquet of flowers that just happened to match my office. That’s true love right there! Speaking of Joey, if you’re in Portland over the next month, his newest pop art series, Mondo Retro is hanging at Branch Whiskey Bar (yes, another Branch!) Check it out — this work is his best yet.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Link Love: 7.30.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Elisabeth Heier

• How to figure out what you really want to do in life.

• Can you still make a living as a blogger?

• These are officially the coolest city guides I’ve ever seen. Total designer eye candy!

• Get more stuff done in 90 minute chunks.

• How to do anything.

4 ways to retrain your brain to handle information overload.

• 5 things that you should know about applying for design awards.

Blog trend predictions for 2016.

10 quick tips to improve your design portfolio.

• This person started responding to spam email. So funny!

You don’t have any credibility…yet.

• If you ask someone new to get coffee, everything you’re afraid of might happen.

4 reasons you are more qualified for your dream job than you think you are.

Image: Elisabeth Heier.
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Join Us For the Final Blogcademy Live Classes and Get the Online Course FREE!

Nubby Twiglet | Join Us For the Final Blogcademy Live Classes and Get the Online Course FREE!

This September, we are wrapping up the current format of the live Blogcademy workshop. Since launching the class in 2012, there’s been a whirlwind of 30 classes across three continents and 1,000 women have joined us for the fun.

After three years of meeting, teaching and befriending so many wonderful, amazing women, we’ve collectively decided to refocus our energy, regroup and come up with something new. Change is good and it’s time to evolve.

Our final two classes will be as follows:

SAN FRANCISCO: September 12th – 13th
NEW YORK: September 19th – 20th

Nubby Twiglet | Join Us For the Final Blogcademy Live Classes and Get the Online Course FREE!

For our final classes, we wanted to offer you something special as a way of saying thank you for all your support over these last few years. For one week only, if you book into San Francisco or New York, you will receive Blogcademy Online, the digital version of our in-person workshop, for free. This is a $497.00 value.

You’ll receive Online after you’ve attended the in-person class meaning that if you weren’t able to take as many notes as you’d hoped, you can play the video lessons over as many times as needed. The added bonus is that it also includes a bundle of bonus worksheets and prompts.

This offer is available until midnight on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015. All you have to do is book into San Francisco or New York and we’ll send you course access after the live workshop.

Have questions? Email us anytime at and we’ll help you out.

See you in September!

The Evolution of Branch

Nubby Twiglet | The Evolution of Branch

Most of my time is spent dreaming up ways to make other people’s brands shine even brighter but over the last few months, I’ve been putting more effort into thinking about how I want Branch to evolve. In September, it will be two years since I quit all outside work and threw my energy into starting a boutique design studio of my own. It was a lifelong dream of mine and while it’s been the hardest work of my life, it’s also turned out to be the most rewarding.

Nubby Twiglet | The Evolution of Branch

Nubby Twiglet | The Evolution of Branch

Nubby Twiglet | The Evolution of Branch

Nubby Twiglet | The Evolution of Branch

Nubby Twiglet | The Evolution of Branch

I miss doing more off-the-cuff blog posts here so I wanted to share a few snippets of things I’ve been working on over in Branch-land.

For me, the most fun always comes from creating the visuals of a brand. Here’s a taste of how things are starting to shape up! The evolution isn’t a complete facelift from where the brand was (the wordmark is staying the same) but there are a few subtle nips here and tucks there with pattern, color, imagery and copy.

Nubby Twiglet | The Evolution of Branch

The new website and media kit are being developed right now and both will be out in the world sometime in August. More soon!

Photos: Afsoon Zizia, Made U Look, Janneke Storm and Shauna Haider.

The Week In Pictures: 7.24.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week?

Mine was all about big stretches, some exciting, some uncomfortable. The first half of this year, I felt like I was crawling towards my goals. I completed a lot of huge client projects (some of which I still have to share) but felt frustrated personally because the dreams and ideas I had were collecting dust, literally taped to my wall and staring me down every day.

In the last month, that’s all shifted dramatically. The new Branch site is finally in development and I’m collaborating on four new projects that light me up every day.

I’ve always felt like I was a late bloomer and maybe you can relate to this feeling, too. Things never happened as fast for me as I’d hoped but then one day, everything would click and a seedling of an idea would bloom even bigger than I could have imagined.

Looking back, even just six months ago, I get it. The timing wasn’t right, the idea was half-baked, the right person to collaborate with hadn’t come along yet. It’s all clear now. So if you feel like you’re sitting in limbo with an idea or a big life change, I feel you. It sucks. But, that’s part of the adventure. If we had everything we wanted just handed over to us, we wouldn’t appreciate it as much. Hang in there. #peptalk

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of the best parts of being a designer is seeing your work in print. It never gets old. When I started Branch, I never imagined that the B icon would end up in a book sandwiched between the work of design legends I’ve admired for years. So surreal.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Big flowers forever. I’ve said it a million times but Trader Joe’s has the best, most affordable selection around. These were $1.99! No, that’s not a typo!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Chubs wanted to stop in and say hello to his internet fan base. What a cutie.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My friend Erika surprised me with this book of Karl Lagerfeld quotes and it’s the perfect balance between genius and ridiculous. I love it.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend and if you’re feeling stuck on a project, always remember to…

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” —Francis of Assisi