Tag Archives: Graphic Design

Project Spotlight: Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

When I first discovered graphic design, my big dream was to eventually work for a glossy fashion magazine in New York. As time went on, I put that dream on hold to work at ad agencies. While I loved every minute of it and the experience later led to me founding my own design studio, the passion for print and editorial design never faded.

In 2010, a fateful email landed in my inbox from a British wedding blogger named Kat. She’d started a blog for alternative brides called Rock n Roll Bride and needed branding. That project quickly morphed into many more and within two years, we were producing a print publication.

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Magazine

As the magazine grew, a corporate publisher took over design and production but in time, we felt that the magazine should align with its core base of small businesses and alternative brides. Kat started her own publishing company and Branch has just accepted creative direction and design duties. Our first issue will hit newsstands throughout the U.K. in September 2015 and is also available via subscription, including those of you in the U.S. If you’re interested, you can subscribe here.

I’m so excited for Kat and this new era of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine — thanks for reading!

Skip The Debt, Reap Immediate Rewards: Why I Chose Community College for My Design Education

Nubby Twiglet | Skip The Debt, Reap Immediate Rewards: Why I Chose Community College for My Design Education

Over the weekend, I joined my family at a gathering to celebrate our relative’s high school graduation. High school isn’t easy — and making it through deserves a party! As the party wound down, I asked her dad what the next step was. Did she want to go to college? He said yes and we moved onto chatting about how community college was the smart choice with the cost of school going up so rapidly.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you probably already know that I am a super fan of community college — so much so that I earned three separate degrees on my local campus. Why? It’s practical, affordable, fast-paced and the schedules are set up for the real world since most attendees are probably working or raising a family. It’s full of so many wins and provided the foundation for the career I have today.

Even though I swear by community college now, I’ll be honest — it wasn’t my first choice. Post-high school, the allure of big-name schools with beautifully designed welcome packets definitely swayed me. I looked at art schools in Portland and New York but every time, felt a lump in my throat when I saw the cost of tuition. Without a college fund, there was no way it was going to happen.

Realistically, I knew that community college was my only option at the time so I sucked it up and enrolled. Once I got there, I went from feeling uncool to savvy when I realized that many of my teachers also lectured at much bigger, prestigious schools. And, they had so many success stories of people they’d taught doing amazing things that it gave me confidence in my decision.

When I went back to school in 2006, it was only after I’d toured bigger schools once again, feeling out their graphic design programs. The cost still got to me — paying loans back into old age felt like a heavy weight I just couldn’t bear. I wanted to own a house, travel and have a savings account. A huge bill in my mailbox every month felt like a shackle on my future.

Instead, I enrolled in a limited entry program when I was 25 years old. The days were long but the classes were informative, the instruction top-notch and interestingly, after comparing notes, I later found out that many of our projects were exactly the same as the art schools and universities.

Within two semesters, the skills I’d learned helped me land my own clients and by the end of the first year, thanks to a connection from my teacher, I had an internship at a thriving design studio.

When I graduated, I had less than $10,000.00 worth of debt and made enough extra income from working full-time at a studio and freelancing on the side to pay off my loans in about 2 years.

Having a design degree from community college didn’t stop me from working with companies including Virgin Records, Forever 21, Nike or Adidas — education is important but so is hard work and forging your own path. A name on a diploma only means so much — it’s what you do with your skills that will take you the furthest.

In case you’re interested, this is the graphic design program I attended and I can’t recommend it highly enough. This post isn’t sponsored in any way — with graduation winding up and research for schools beginning, I want to remind you that there are other options for your education that aren’t publicized nearly enough.

Have questions about my program or community college in general? Let me know in the comments!


Photo: Bubblerock.

Project Spotlight: Goldenrod Pastries

Nubby Twiglet | Goldenrod Pastries

One of the coolest projects I’ve had the honor of working on over the last year is branding a female-owned, Nebraska-based bakery called Goldenrod Pastries.

The full brand story is featured over on Branch but there were so many beautiful outtakes from this photo shoot that I wanted to share a few more with you — plus, the story behind this brand is so inspiring.

Angela had always dreamed of having her own bakery but over the years, it had become a side project tacked onto her full-time job. After joining us for Blogcademy San Francisco a year ago, the lightbulb moment happened — she realized that if she wanted to make baking her career, she could. It was as simple as that.

Nubby Twiglet | Goldenrod Pastries

Of course, there’s a lot of hard work that goes into making an idea come to life — and Angela was willing to roll up her sleeves and make it happen. She now has a beautiful bakery in the heart of Lincoln, Nebraska and if you’re in the area, pay her a visit. I’m so proud to call Angela not only a client, but a friend. She is living proof that it doesn’t matter what your day job is or where you are at in life — you have the power to make your dream a reality.

Check out more of the Goldenrod project right here.


Photography: The Mullers.
Styling: Lovestruck Social Events.
Flowers: I Bloom Flowers.

Project Spotlight: Olivine Atelier

Nubby Twiglet | Project Spotlight: Olivine Atelier

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Branch wrapped up two new products with Olivine Atelier that would make great gifts. I love Olivine because their products always have a positive message — I’ll pick up any beauty item that lists Unconditional Love as an ingredient! Check out even more project details right here.

And on a more personal note, I’ve been in the throes of wrapping up a pile of projects on top of planning two back-to-back trips on opposite sides of the world (it’s always all or nothing around here!) so I’m taking a little breather and returning on Monday with regularly scheduled content.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Project Spotlight: Luke Copping

Nubby Twiglet | Project Spotlight: Luke Copping

Branch recently wrapped up a bundle of new projects with Luke Copping including a print promo set, branded rubber stamp and thank you cards. Luke was one of the first freelance clients I began working with six years ago and we are still experimenting and trying out new ideas all the time, collaborating on everything from magazines to newspapers to wedding invites! You can see the full outcome of Luke’s new projects here.

Project Spotlight: Brand New Ways

Nubby Twiglet | Project Spotlight: Brand New Ways

It’s been far too long since I shared new design work — over at Branch, we recently wrapped up the branding, collateral and website for Brand New Ways, the blog / podcast of Jen Leonard. Jen is a San Francisco-based journalist and speaker with a major love of large botanicals, clean type and a dash of bling. As you can imagine, this was a particularly fun project to dig into!

To get the full scoop and check out more of the design elements, click here.

Branded #3: Malvi Marshmallows

Nubby Twiglet | Malvi Marshmallows

Up until a few days ago, I’d always assumed that all marshmallows were basically the same: white, fluffy and sugary. And, it makes sense — marshmallows are a cheap commodity at grocery stores and a “nice to have” when the mood to decorate your hot chocolate strikes or a summer night of camping calls for s’mores. But beyond that, they’re pretty basic and overlooked.

Nubby Twiglet | Malvi Marshmallows

Nubby Twiglet | Malvi Marshmallows

Well my friends, I was wrong about all marshmallows being created equal. Malvi has changed the game for good. A few days ago, a very thoughtful sponsor sent a box of these sweet treats to my doorstep as a Valentine’s Day surprise and lord almighty, these babies pack a flavorful punch.

Nubby Twiglet | Malvi Marshmallows

Raspberry Hibiscus, Red Velvet, Spiked Espresso and Vanilla Salted Caramel are all up for grabs. I think these little packs would make such great client gifts and goodie bag treats at a party.

Nubby Twiglet | Malvi Marshmallows

The branding is spot-on as well. It has a hand-done feel but the black and white color scheme keeps the overall look from venturing into total kitsch territory. The spare, simple packaging gives it a sense of confidence — there’s no need to shout from the mountaintops that these pieces of pillowy goodness are the shiznit…because one bite is all it takes to seal the deal.

Nubby Twiglet | Malvi Marshmallows

Oh, in case you’re wondering about the name, Malvi is short for malvavisco which is the Spanish word for marshmallow. Pretty great, right?

Less Made totally nailed the branding and website. I love discovering these great independent brands and the talented designers who make them happen. Now, I just need to throw a party so I have an excuse to order a boatload more of the vanilla salted caramel marshmallow sandwiches. Because, as you probably guessed….they disappeared quite fast as soon as the last photo was taken.

Nubby Twiglet | Malvi Marshmallows


Images: Shauna Haider and Malvi.
View more Branded posts here.