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Some pretty exciting news—I’ve been published in Uppercase magazine! Uppercase is a design magazine that’s for the “creative and curious”, and in it’s 6th year. Each issue of Uppercase focuses on a specific topic related to design such as typography, color, surface design, etc. It’s a really fun magazine that’s colorful, playful, and filled with interesting content that’s submitted from all corners of the creative community (and it has the best spine design).

A few months ago, I was asked if I wanted to contribute to Uppercase on the topic of Holi, the Indian holiday, for the magazine’s upcoming issue about color. On Friday when I got my copy of the magazine in the mail, I was thrilled (and honored) to find a whole page filled with my photos and words. Thank you, Uppercase Magazine!

 

 

 

I have the wonderful opportunity to work on a logo and brand refresh for a great housewares and gifts brand that I admire a lot. I met the owner at Alt Summit last year and we’ve kept in touch ever since through email and social media. Her brand is rapidly growing and she’s looking for a fresh new logo that better suits her evolving brand. We are going to keep the mark clean and simple, but bring in elements of color and cheerfulness that her products are known for.

 

I have some new work to share today! I was recently asked to do some work with Wanderable—a honeymoon registry that allows wedding guests to give experiences to a newlywed couple for a wedding gift. Couples can customize a registry website that lists all the honeymoon experiences that they wish to get. My job was to create 5 different customizable templates for couples to choose from. Each template has room for images, information about the couple, where they are going on their honeymoon and all the experiences the couple hopes to receive. There are 10 different color and font combinations a couple can choose from so the finished product is unique to each couple.

This was a really interesting project to work on. Making templates is really difficult because in reality you don’t have complete control over each finished product. Each couple gets to put in their own photography and mix and match the design elements I created. I had to design a system that was flexible and would look good with a variety of font, color and module options.

Making things for fun today in hopes to kickstart my brain.

 

I spent a lovely (rainy) day in San Francisco last week. Highlights included visiting Heath Ceramics, shopping at  Maker & Moss, browsing at the treasure trove that is Stuff, drinks at Trick Dog, and dinner at Lolo.

It goes without saying how inspiring of a place Heath Ceramics is, but I think I realized what I love most about their collections. They nail the use of color. Just about every hue they use is perfection. I would happily take any of their pieces in any color that it came in. I’ve never been a big fan of lavender, but one of the colors in their new Spring line is a beautiful shade of lavender and as soon as I saw it in the store, I wanted lavender cups.

 

 

I wanted to share a quick and fun little project I worked on last year. The Salonniere’s Apartments (great name, huh?) is the personal blog of Marilyn Chin. She wanted something clean, sophisticated and that had a hint of Parisian romance in it. Marilyn blogs about food, travel, books, and creativity. She splits up her content in a really fun way— each section are “rooms” that you can discover. There’s a gym, a boudoir, a kitchen, and even a reading & writing room.

The photos I used for my design mockups are from Death to the Stock Photo

 

 

Last year I worked on a rebrand and website redesign for writer Lauren M. Hughes. I also made business cards for her at the time, but I finally got around to photographing them and wanted to share them. The cards were printed on a double thick black card stock and utilized white screen printing and gold foil. They were impeccably printed by the wonderful Mama’s Sauce. This was my second time working with these guys and they truly are the best.

 

 

 

 

My first custom wedding invitations for 2014! The couple wanted to use a really deep forest green, which I thought was awesome because apparently, not many people choose forest green for their weddings (This wasn’t something I knew before—the lady at the paper store told me that)

They wanted the invitation to look really elegant, understated but also glamorous so we screen printed gold on the green paper stock, and the white cards were done with green and gold letterpress. The floral patterned envelope liners completed the entire look. I realized during this project how much envelope liners can elevate an entire card suite.

 

Check out these wonderful prints by Inka Järvinen. I love the play between the organic and the linear—these prints make that juxtaposition look effortless!

I’ve been working on this rebrand and redesign for a while now (based off of this mood board) and wanted to share the rejected logo options. I really love the final logo we settled on (it was my personal favorite as well as the client’s) and the strong visual brand that we formed. As I’m sure you can gather, we want the logo and brand to feel sophisticated, glamorous and evoke the feeling of jewels and radiance. I’ll be moving on to the web design portion of the project soon and I’m looking forward to sharing everything once the project is finished, but here is a preview of one of the alternate marks.