When concepting, sometimes we creatives blow past the obvious. We think there’s no way that the apparent can be clever.
But sometimes, obvious can be original. I stumbled across this little pumpkin this morning and I think it proved that point. And made me smile.
Happy belated Halloween!
A lot has happened over the past couple of weeks. Multiple close friends have gotten engaged (Congrats Melinda + Kara, Lindsey + Brent!), I became an aunt and Godmother (Congrats Jonny + Brigid!) and I celebrated turning 30 while sipping wine in the vineyards of Northern California.
But in all honesty, I am having trouble pinpointing exactly how I feel about all of these milestones. On one hand, it is all very exciting. But on the other hand, it concerns me how quickly life is flying by.
I think Audrey Hepburn described my feelings best. She once said, “Getting older doesn’t frighten me, but I wish I didn’t have to because I like life a lot.”
So true. In fact, I love this quote so much, I decided to make it a print to commemorate my 30th birthday celebration in Sonoma, California. Enjoy!
I was honored when my friend Risa asked me to concept and design the announcement revealing the gender of her baby to her family, friends and blog readers. And I was even more honored when she chose an idea that involved me knowing the gender of her baby before she did! It was definitely a tough secret to keep for eighteen hours, but it was totally worth it to see the amazing reactions on her and her husband’s faces. What a memorable moment.
Congratulations, Risa and Chris!
You want to see some great art, but you don’t want to spend a beautiful summer day inside a museum? I hear that! And I might have the perfect solution for you.
As I knew it would be, the tour was an incredibly unique experience.
First, we hopped the El train at Market East Station and headed West. Once we hit 45th street, a whopping fifty murals by Stephen Powers (aka “ESPO”) started popping up one by one, all within eighteen blocks. It was almost like a rapid-fire game of “I spy.” And each mural was more creative and colorful than the next.
Check out some of my favorites below:
What a beautiful, upbeat and positive gift Stephen Powers gave to West Philadelphia. I highly recommend you check it out!
My blog’s been a little quiet lately, but life’s been plenty busy. Check out some recent branding work my partner and I did for YogaSpark, a new yoga studio in Mamaroneck, New York.
If you live in the Mamaroneck area, I strongly recommend checking it out in person. It’s sixty minutes of hot yoga with cool people, fun music and a great vibe. I guess you could say, “it’s Yoga. fired up.”
I know. I haven’t posted much lately. I apologize to anyone who looks forward to reading these things. (I’m lookin at you, Aunt Lou.)
But I promise there’s good reason for it. Here it is.
Remember when we were kids and we had time to rejuvenate after a long school year? It was called “summer vacation.” And it came with that same over-excited feeling every year.
But now, it seems like summer just comes and goes, doesn’t it? And a lot of us see most of it through office windows.
But just because we’re not kids anymore doesn’t mean we don’t still need time to reenergize. In fact, we probably need it more. So I’ve decided that this year, I’m actually going to treat summer like summer.
I kicked it off a few weekends ago with a surf trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida. And the morning of my flight, I woke up with the same over-excited feeling I used to get on the last day of school.
In Cocoa Beach, the weather was perfect, the beach was beautiful, the waves were ideal for beginner surfers and Pete Dancer over at Cocoa Beach Surf Company gave some killer lessons. I highly recommend it.
I followed that up with Memorial Day weekend in Dewey Beach, and spent this past weekend in Baltimore enjoying some Natty Bohs and baseball. Because I’ve decided that this year, I’m not going to let summer slip away from behind a computer.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, sorry I’m not sorry for going light on the blog posts lately Happy summer, all!
I’ve always been proud to be a runner. And a designer. Especially recently.
Runners and designers have really stepped up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. For example, running clubs all across the country gathered for a jog on April 17th to show their support, calling it the Run For Boston. And this past weekend, Philadelphia held its 34th annual Broad Street 10-mile Run where participants showed their love for Boston by running in red socks. Both events were a beautiful thing to be a part of and a nice reminder that if you look around, there really is a lot of love and support in this world.
As for designers, many have created awesome logos and apparel so that we can all (quite literally) show Boston our support. I wore my “B Strong” t-shirt (below) for the first time yesterday and got dozens of nice comments. These heartwarming and reassuring designs are a nice way to remind us all to keep Boston’s victims in our thoughts.
To donate to the recovery of fellow runner/designer, Christian, who was injured in the Boston explosions, and to learn about his progress, visit his funding page. Let’s support one of our very own.