Link Love: 9.10.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Aitch

• Does the internet threaten creativity or nurture it?

• Paul Jarvis just launched a new podcast for freelancers. Head over to iTunes and have a listen!

• If you hate brainstorming, read this.

• If you’re caught up in avoiding failure, the bigger issue is that you are missing out on progress.

• Made me laugh: astonished animals!

• If you’re a small business owner and feel your confidence wavering, here are 15 tips to help you stop feeling like a fraud.

• Do you have some leftover pizza? Use these hacks to make something delicious!

• If you want to launch a design Kickstarter, AIGA has some valuable tips.

• What does it mean to find your sense of place in the world?

• One of my favorite bloggers Breanna Rose is switching things up and change is good!

• Verizon is opening up and explaining the logic behind its new logo. What do you think?

• Being a better designer means trying to be a better human being.

• I’ve always wondered about the psychology behind menu design. Well, here are 10 design hacks restaurants use to make you order more!

• Want to start a business but short on money? Leverage these 3 tips.

• Packing light for a trip isn’t easy but with a few tips, it’s totally possible!

• I love the idea of mental minimalism.

Image: Aitch for Elle Romania.
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Out & About #12: Dapper & Wise

Nubby Twiglet | Dapper & Wise

Nubby Twiglet | Dapper & Wise

Nubby Twiglet | Dapper & Wise

When two people who didn’t know each other both told me that I should visit Portland-based coffee shop Dapper and Wise, I knew something was up.

Over the weekend, I finally stopped in and fell head over heels with the place when I noticed that they made their own ginger and pear-infused chai. Then, I bit into a moist boysenberry scone. Both were so good that I went back early the next morning and was greeted by the same, cheerful barista.

Nubby Twiglet | Dapper & Wise

Nubby Twiglet | Dapper & Wise

While I haven’t had a chance to try their coffee yet (seriously, you’ll have to pull me away from this magical chai concoction first), their passion for roasting is a big deal. They choose to only partner with farmers that are being paid fair wages.

Nubby Twiglet | Dapper & Wise

While the quality offerings and ethics of Dapper & Wise are fantastic, the extra special treat is their decor. Black, modern chairs are balanced out by a big green espresso machine, Rifle Paper Company black and gold wallpaper and wood flooring and accents arranged in diamond patterns. Visually, the space has a lot going on but somehow, it all works. And, I love their crisp, simple branding by Forefathers Group.

Independent coffee shops are everywhere in Portland these days but what really makes a few including Dapper & Wise stand out from the pack is impeccable customer service and an attention to detail. It really comes down to the ability to transform a simple offering into an experience.

Featured: Dapper & Wise
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The Week In Pictures: 9.4.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi, I hope you had a great week! It’s been nothing short of intense over here between launching Rock n Roll Bride Magazine, getting ready for my 5th anniversary party tomorrow and gearing up to fly out to San Francisco for Blogcademy next week. Never a dull moment!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This is one of my Summer haunts. I think it’s so, so important to support local businesses and spend a lot of time at the food carts in my neighborhood. There’s a back sun room with a bar (my pick is the cherry pomegranate cider!) and a box of Trivial Pursuit cards on every table. It’s the perfect place to put away your phone and chill out!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My office totally has an urban tropical vibe going on. This fashion editorial was in the newest Marie Claire and I LOVE it so much. Oh, and if you’re on the search for palm on a budget, mine was $15.00 at IKEA and with a little TLC, it’s gotten so big.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

If I have a lunch meeting, Roman Candle is always my pick. I’ve raved about their pizza a million times but there are also great bakery treats, coffee (It’s owned by Stumptown), salads and sandwiches. It’s the first place I take friends who are visiting and every time, it’s a crowd pleaser.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This is my favorite corner of the office. I wanted to mention the resources since this setup wasn’t the same in my original office tour earlier in the year. The yellow table is actually the Stockholm nightstand from IKEA, the chairs are the The Bend Ethel (but crazily enough, my brother found them at a swap meet in Southern California for just $40.00 a piece!), the bench is by Safavieh and the print is by Debbie Carlos.

September always feels like a time of transition and change to me. Does it for you, too? I always equated it to back-to-school when I was younger but it was also around this time that I originally launched Nubby Twiglet, Blogcademy and Branch. I can feel so many shifts happening and you know what? Change is AWESOME. Getting a little shake-up here and there keeps you on your A-game. The projects I’m working on right now feel very challenging and in a way, I love that. It forces you to grow and evolve. If you’re in the same boat right now, try to look at the positives. Good things don’t happen when you’re stuck in a rut. Going bigger is scary but it’s also necessary to make the things happen that you’re dreaming about. #peptak

“Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.” —David Joseph Schwartz

And with that, I’m signing off — gotta get our house ready for the party tomorrow! Have a great weekend, friends!

The New Look of Rock n Roll Bride Plus 6 Awesome Printing Resources

Nubby Twiglet | The New Look of Rock n Roll Bride

Today, my friend Kat’s alternative wedding publication, Rock n Roll Bride Magazine hits newsstands across the UK and if you’re located somewhere else in the world, you can order it here.

When your friends do awesome things, lift them up and celebrate their accomplishments! I know how hard Kat worked on this project because my design studio Branch spent most of the summer collaborating on both her new branding and magazine design. These are some peeks at the outcome!

Nubby Twiglet | The New Look of Rock n Roll Bride

I know that many of you are either branding new businesses or going through a rebrand yourself and with that comes the need for promotional materials. While Kat’s magazine was sent off to a professional printer, I use a lot of print on demand companies for projects and wanted to share some businesses I’ve had great results with to get you started.

Nubby Twiglet | The New Look of Rock n Roll Bride

1. Moo

Moo is by far my most-used printing resource. I’m constantly ordering business cards, stickers and flyers for clients and the Luxe line is especially awesome. The paper stock is extra thick and you can even get different colored edges on many of the products. While the quality of their offerings speak for themselves, what really elevates Moo above the rest is their fantastic customer service. I’ve had my share of customer misprints and they fix them every single time, free of charge. Pretty amazing.

2. Overnight Prints

When I need postcards fast, I rely on this company. Their prices are the best around and they can get you what you need very quickly. I’ve been a customer for 10 years now and while I don’t use them for more premium print jobs, they are a great solution for one-time events or when a generous print budget just isn’t an option.

3. Magcloud

I use Magcloud all the time. They are the best around for print on demand items like workbooks, look books and posters. Even better, they offer a bulk discount when you order 20 of the same item. I’ve ordered from them a few dozen times when we need Blogcademy workbooks and every single time, they’ve arrived on time and perfectly printed. Even better, they ship worldwide and provide immediate tracking numbers for peace of mind.

Nubby Twiglet | The New Look of Rock n Roll Bride

4. UPrinting

UPrinting is great when you have a specialty piece in mind. They can do tons of die-cut items including business cards and hangtags. I recently ordered square business cards through them for Branch and the quality is really good.

5. Blurb

If you’re self-publishing or doing a print-on-demand book, Blurb has beautiful pre-made templates and even better, hooks in directly with Amazon to help you get your book in front of an oniline audience quickly and easily. The quality of their printing is great and you can produce anything from trade paperbacks to coffee table books.

6. Artifact Uprising

This is a VSCO owned company so naturally the design of the site and examples of what they offer are top notch. If you’re interested in producing keepsake-worthy fine art prints and photo books, this is your place. I use them to produce square Instagram prints.

Nubby Twiglet | The New Look of Rock n Roll Bride

I hope these resources help you print your new collateral with style and ease!

Link Love: 9.2.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Walter Spina Design

• A great reminder that we all need: no one on the internet is living the life you think they are.

• Google just unveiled their new logo. What do you think?

• 12 almost effortless skills to pick up when you’re busy.

• Who says Millennials don’t know how to set a formal dinner table? Haha!

• At a restaurant and wondering what the hell everything on the menu means? Here you go.

• The hard things in life are worth it.

• The top 200 songs of the 1980s, according to Pitchfork.

• A very judgmental NYC subway map.

• I love seeing other people’s vacation photos around my home state!

• 33 entrepreneurs share their biggest lessons learned from failure.

• 100 killer ideas for your social media content.

• A DIY unicorn piñata? Yes, please!

Image: Walter Spina Design.
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Blogcademy Live: Last Chance To Join Us In Person!

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy Live: Last Chance To Join Us In Person!

I hope your week has been treating you well so far! I just wanted to stop in with a little reminder that our last ever U.S. Blogademy Live dates are happening really soon. If you’ve been on the fence about going, I don’t want you to miss out — we have just two seats left in each!

The dates are:

September 12th and 13th, 2015
Suite A

September 19th and 20th, 2015
Aloft NYC

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy Live: Last Chance To Join Us In Person!

If you want to spend the weekend learning all about blogging, social media, branding and of course, how to take a great still life photo (my favorite segment!), this is your last chance to do it in person.

Hope to see you there!

Out & About #11: Darling Distraction


It’s official: my new favorite store in Portland is Darling Distraction. It’s a palm leaf wallpapered mecca of cool girl trinkets and I’m warning you now, it’s impossible to walk out empty-handed. I’d been stalking this shop for a few months on Instagram (thanks to a tip-off from my friend Kat!) and it was love at first sight.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction



Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Whether you’re in need of brightly patterned gift wrap, a card with just the right amount of kitsch or a vintage flamingo figurine (because everyone needs one of those, right?), this is your place. The shop owner, Katrina has a knack for picking out the most enticing goodies and hey, I love anyone who welcomes Rocky with open arms!

If your mouth is watering and your debit card is burning a hole in your pocket but you don’t live in Portland, the good news is that Darling Distraction has a tightly curated online shop as well. Here are some of my picks:

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Sources: 1. rorshach notebooks, 2. vintage deer, 3. love matchbox, 4. flamingo, 5. bad girls throughout history postcards, 6. Bahama iPhone case, 7. xoxo card, 8. mini garland pompom and 9. birch floral card.

It’s cool to see so many new independent retailers popping up in Portland and I’m so glad that Darling Distraction has brought a big dose of fun to town!

Featured: Darling Distraction.
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