Archive: February, 2012

why designers are holding themselves back

Why Designers Are Holding Themselves Back is a fantastic article on how your pricing can not only effect how your clients perceive you but how it’s also hurting the industry. A real eye-opener to empower your rates. This really hit home and I highly suggest reading it if you’ve ever found yourself offering your services at a very low rate or for free.

invoice design by david smith

scenes of grey

For Allie’s Phone Photo Challenge this week the color was grey, so I challenged myself to create scenes that related and a set that was more cohesive than my past sets. I have to say, I’m excited for yellow next week because matched with the weather, this grey needs a pop of color!

Oh and the “get your pig on” sticker is Scott’s and he refuses to get rid of it. It’s his last hold on bachelorhood so it adorns our trashcan… for now… ;)

stash camera bags

Of course the first thing I do after I buy a camera is look for a cute camera bag. While searching, I came across Stash and absolutely loved their range of techy bags and ipod, ipad and computer bags and holders. With a hint of vintage, these are definitely show-stoppers.

seeing red

Since I didn’t finish week 2 of Allie’s phone photo challenge, I’m now seeing red all over the place and the pictures I should have taken. This is a photo of the inside of the giant umbrella in our lobby at Anthropologie. I’m very ready for the color grey next week, though, don’t worry.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

the best headphones ever

I love my headphones. I did an intensive search 4 years ago for the prefect pair and I still have that same pair today. I thought I’d share because since you can’t miss them, a lot of people ask where I got them. So here they are!

The Panasonic Monitor Stereo Headphones have lasted me 4+ long years and I use them almost daily. I have the green ones and when they wear out, I’m absolutely buying another pair. The perks: they cup your entire ear so that it doesn’t smash it, the top headpiece barely touches your head, the ear pieces are adjustable and stay there, and finally they look awesome and have great sound. (and you can purchase them on amazon for less than half the price, so why not do it??) And no, I’m not getting paid to promote these. I just love them that much!

color washed table settings

I’m dying over these food illustration photographs from Dietlind Wolf. Her photography was already mesmerizing but to add the splashes of watercolor as table settings has me drooling.

via miss design

a new addition

This blog is about to change. A lot. I purchased my first big kid camera this weekend and feel like I’ve been given a new life. It’s taken me a long time to purchase this, even though I’ve needed and wanted it for a long time. The simple reason why I waited is that I officially paid off 5 years of credit card debt last week!!! I made a goal for 2011 to never use a credit card again and slowly but surely, I’ve paid it off and saved enough to purchase this camera in cash. It feels so so good.

I’m excited to share more of my work and the experiences and objects that inspire it. The photos will be exponentially better than my iPhone shots to say the least… I can’t wait!

tricks of the trade // allie lehman

I’m excited to announce a new column called Tricks of the Trade featuring designers, photographers, entrepreneurs and creatives to share their favorite apps, programs and sites they couldn’t live without. I’ve asked my friend, Allie Lehman, to kick off the series with one of her go-to sites.

Hello! My name is Allie Lehman and I’m a designer/blogger from Columbus, Ohio. When Sharon told me about this lovely series, I got so excited. I’m looking forward to keeping up with it and learning about new resources.

Lately, Notable has been one of my favorite websites. With Notable, I’m able to capture screenshots of live websites (or upload screenshots of my comps) and make notes right on the screen captures. From there I am able to share the screenshots and notes with my clients. It’s great because they can open the link and add comments underneath mine. Since using Notable, I don’t need to download anymore PDFs, I don’t need to hope that my client has Adobe Acrobat, and I don’t need to keep track of threaded emails with comments/feedback. It’s amazing!


Continue reading »

sneak peek and happy friday!

It’s been a busy week and I’m looking forward to getting ahead on my to-do list this weekend! Here’s a snippet of the letters I’ve been working on from the hand-drawn type class I took with Ken Barber of House Industries last weekend. I’ll be sharing more next week. In the meantime, happy Friday!

picking the right hills

“Lightning rarely strikes. Instead, achievement is often the result of stepwise progress, of doing something increasingly difficult until you get the result you seek.”

“The craft of your career comes in picking the right hills. Hills just challenging enough that you can barely make it over. A series of hills becomes a mountain, and a series of mountains is a career.”

When I read Seth Godin’s post about An Endless Series of Difficult But Achievable Hills, I just had to share it. A quick, but powerful read, this post sums up how I feel about the progress of my career in the last four years and how I try to make it continue to grow. It’s been difficult, sometimes overwhelming, but I’ve taken risks and they’ve paid off so far. All you can do is keep climbing!

Rss Feed Tweeter button