Link Love: 2.20.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Bjork by Ian Jennings

• 10 steps to redesigning a brand identity.

• I love these DIY shelves. Super simple and practical.

• Here’s a beautiful and practical guide for house plants.

• 5 ways to fail gracefully.

• Lookbook Cookbook is full of stylish ladies posing with a killer selection of vegan recipes. Need I say more?

• 8 simple tips to edit your own blog.

• Roger Angell talks about what life is like at age 93.

• Hilariously outdated advice from Seventeen Magazine in 1967.

• Good things come to those who work hard.

• Homemade Nutella crepes? Yes, please!

• 50 free Photoshop actions that will help you create tons of different effects.

• How to blow dry your hair like a stylist, for real.

• What’s your model name?

• Print 101: Here are some of the different mediums.


Photo: Bjork by Ian Jennings.

Blog Log #14: Keep Your Blog Files Organized!

Say No To Clutter: Keep Your Blog Files Organized!

I’ve had a few readers ask me how I organize the digital files for my blog posts and today, I’m sharing my process. I strongly believe that staying organized digitally is just as important as keeping your physical space tidy. There’s nothing worse than falling down the rabbit hole of lost files, digging though old folders and hard drives that you inadvertently labeled “stuff” and “sort later” without a second thought years before!


Say No To Clutter: Keep Your Blog Files Organized!


Because I run two different blogs, having a system in place keeps me mentally focused and reminds me of what to post when. And, if I need to pull images and assets from old posts, I can find them in mere seconds.

Here’s a summary of my organizational structure:

1. I keep one master folder on my computer labeled BLOG.

2. Inside that folder, I have subfolders that are sorted by year (I’ve actively been running this blog since 2007 so that’s A LOT of content).

3. Inside each year, I have folders for each post I’ve ever done titled by date and description. For instance, my Link Love column from February 5th is labeled 02052014_LINKLOVE.

Inside each post folder, I have a few things:

4. Final JPEGS, edited and ready to go for that post.

5. A text document of the post.

6. An assets folder where I keep the original raw images, layered PSDs and any visual research I did for the post.

That’s it! While my system might not be a perfect match for you, hopefully it inspires you to get organized when it comes to your content. And, it seems that I’m on a roll this week when it comes to whipping digital assets into shape. If you run a creative business, you may also enjoy this post over at Branch about how we keep our client files organized.


It’s your turn: Do you have any tips, tricks or systems that you use for keeping your digital assets sorted?

The Ultimate Treat in Los Angeles: Bottega Louie

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

For as many times as I’d been to LA, I’d never stepped foot inside Bottega Louie until last week. Don’t make the mistake of waiting as long as I did — it completely lived up to the hype.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Probably best known for its selection of rainbow-hued macarons (that every blogger who passes through painstakingly documents), there’s much more lurking inside the walls of Bottega Louie including a full restaurant, bar and gourmet market stocked with everything from canisters of hot cocoa to extravagant gift boxes.

The place has an old world glamour to it but completely lacks the stuffiness one would expect. The staff were extremely gracious, letting us snap as many photos as we liked and even cracking smiles at our mini dessert still life, complete with heart-shaped glasses.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

I tried my best to absorb the atmosphere around me but truthfully, the scale of the place (absolutely massive) coupled with the ornate packaging and crowds of people just as obsessed with the attention to detail as I was made it hard to really capture it all. It’s classic French glamour completely modernized and that’s a hard one to nail.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

I’ve only had macarons a few times before so I figured it was a good time to dive into as many flavors as possible and see what all the fuss was about. I walked out with a box all to myself and spent the next few days indulging in a few for breakfast. And yes, they were absolutely delicious.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Bottega Louie oozes charm, charisma and beauty. And, in my experience, everything tastes as good as it looks. Need I say more? Get thee a box of macarons, stat.


Featured: Bottega Louie.
Photos: Shauna Haider.

The Week In Pictures: 2.14.14 | Palm Springs and Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This has been an epically weird week with plenty of twists and turns…but that’s just the way I like it. Never a dull moment in sight! My trip to Palm Springs was for work but Kat, Gala and I were determined to knock that all out as fast as possible so we could unwind and explore the city beyond the confines of our mid-century modern compound.

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Working from sunrise to sundown every day, we wrapped up our project two full days early, just as the weekend hit.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We used the break to venture across the city, stopping into book shops, galleries and boutiques stuffed to the brim with amazing, colorful mod furniture. It was toasty enough to go coatless and bare-legged, a marked difference from Portland, where a massive snowstorm had hit! I wore this neon coral dress every chance I got.

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There’s art everywhere in Palm Springs. I love it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Back at our pad, we goofed off and did some just for fun photoshoots with Richard from FX Media.

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Kat found these Wonka-esque shades for less than 20 bucks at a local boutique!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I celebrated my day off with a very dramatic look, complete with a Crown and Glory flower crown. This is the dress I wore.

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As daylight quickly faded, I knew we had to finally put our turquoise fire pit to use. I talked our group into engaging in the ultimate All-American night-time activity: making s’mores. Gala, Kat and Richard had never done it so I gleefully explained all the steps. With no paper plates in sight, we carefully stacked our finished s’mores on a silver platter.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As our stay in Palm Springs wound down, Joey and Rocky came by for a visit. As we walked Rocky around the neighborhood, I was completely bowled over by its beauty. A lot of people envision Palm Springs as one big, never-ending desert but this view tells a different story.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After Palm Springs, I headed off to LA with Gala. On our way, we pulled off the freeway to see the Cabazon Dinosaurs. A perfect Monday afternoon activity. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As we settled into West Hollywood for the night, Gala and I took a long walk across the city, peering into gallery and boutique windows. I was totally enamored by this portrait of Liz, complete with glittery hair.

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Link Love: 2.13.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Harper's Bazaar Australia

40 great examples of WordPress websites.

• Bloggers, even if your comments have gone down, your readers are still there. Make an effort to talk to them.

• Here’s how to find and work within your passion.

• Words to live by: underpromise and overdeliver.

• I love the idea of having a remote for your iPhone camera. No more awkward, outstretched arms when you’re taking a selfie!

• Is another mass extinction in our near future?

• Jasmine Star shares some really helpful social media tips.

• Part of the experience of living abroad is learning to be okay with being alone.

• My design studio, Branch has been hard at work on a few different projects for Kitty Cavalier and we just sneak peeked her business cards. Much more to come soon!

• A recipe involving ombré carrots? Yes, please.

5 things you must do when applying to art schools.


Photo: Harpers Bazaar Australia.

FIDM Interview: A Peek Inside My Design Career

Nubby Twiglet | FIDM Interview

I normally don’t dedicate posts to interviews I’ve done but I wanted to give the FIDM crew a shout-out for reaching out and interviewing me. They’ve been a gracious bunch and writer Sara Berkes really went out of her way to ask me an interesting mix of questions.

The interview covers my early days of design, my best client moments and much more. My week in LA has been charmed so far and this is the ultimate cherry on top. Thanks again, FIDM!

5 Resources For Continuing Your Graphic Design Education

Nubby Twiglet | 5 Resources For Continuing Your Graphic Design Education

One of the things I was most afraid of when I left my last agency job was losing my skillset and falling behind my peers. I now realize that it was just fear getting in the way. If anything, I now spend more time behind my computer doing actual design work than I did before! But it does raise a good point since graphic design is such a competitive industry.

Here are some ways you can keep your skills fresh whether you’re a recent graduate or long out of school:

1. Pick Up New Talents Through Skillshare

Skillshare’s about page begins with the bold statement of “Education is what someone tells you to do. Learning is what you do for yourself.” I couldn’t agree more. The ease of learning a new skill is great but equally wonderful are the affordable price points of their classes. So far I’ve taken Beyond the Logo: Crafting a Brand Identity and absolutely loved it.

Some other classes I’m interested in trying include Logo Design: Creating Custom Typography For Your Brand, Lettering For Designers: One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time and Get Stuff Done Like A Boss.

Skillshare goes on to say that “Your statement of accomplishment no longer needs to be a degree, certificate, or stamp of approval. Instead, frame the pictures you’ve taken, bake a cake, and wireframe your future website.” I’m onboard the Skillshare train…are you?

2. Subscribe to Lynda

If you’re new to the Adobe Creative Suite or want to pick up another program and dive really deep into the features, sign up immediately. Lynda has the most informative, step-by-step tutorials I’ve ever come across. When I was in school, we used Lynda in place of textbooks in my design classes and watching videos to learn Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign made a huge difference with comprehension. It’s affordable and will get you up to speed in a snap. A subscription gets you unlimited access to 2,385 video courses. Need I say more?!

3. Visit Creative Bloq

I subscribe to dozens of design blogs but for for articles with tons of on-trend design resources, I always visit Creative Bloq. It’s updated constantly with everything from the best places to find free vector art to tips to improve your portfolio.

4. Follow Smashing Magazine

When I want to learn more about design industry trends, especially on the interactive side of things, I stop by Smashing Magazine. Over my many years of reading, I’ve noticed that they’re always on the cutting edge of trends before they hit the mainstream. Their articles are really meaty — there’s never any filler or fluff, just extremely well researched content. A few of my recent favorites when it comes to articles include How To Create A Self-Paced Email Course, Selling Responsive Website Design to Clients and Mistakes I’ve Made.

5. Upgrade Your Adobe Software Suite

Until this year, I’d been running Adobe CS4 across all my machines. It worked just fine but I knew that I was missing out on a lot of the newer features. It’s part of my job to stay current with the programs and things had changed just enough that I felt myself slipping behind. A few weeks ago, I bit the bullet and signed up for the full year subscription which provides access to ALL of the CC programs at a hugely discounted rate. The advantage of a subscription is that you always have the most current versions at your fingertips and a device manager lets you know as soon as any upgrades are ready. And remember, if you’re running a business, it’s a tax write-off.

When it comes to design, the learning never stops. Since I began working in the industry seven years ago, I’ve watched trends come and go, cheered peers on while they rose through the ranks and held on for one wild ride as I dove into learning new skills.

In industries that are evolving at such a rapid pace, it’s important to not get too complacent. At the same time, working on the same types of projects day in and day out can lead to major burnout. By varying our resources and methods of learning, it’s easier to stay inspired. And these days, there are more opportunities than ever before to learn new skills without going into major debt.


What other methods and resources do you use when it comes to brushing up on your design skills? I’d love to know!