January 19, 2012

So, I’m noticing something a of pattern… I have kind of a lot of blue work from the past year or two. There are even 1 or 2 projects that aren’t yet up on the site (coming soon) which fall into this category. This includes shades of blue, like seafoam green and teal, which might be a stretch but I think it still counts. Note to next client: your project can NOT blue! This is not to say I don’t like those projects, they are in fact some of my favorites. But dammit, I’m declaring it as my new year’s resolution to add more color to my portfolio so if anyone asks me to make it blue, you are getting redirected to this blog post. Do you really want to make me break my New Year’s Resolution? Do you? Could you really live with yourself? (I mean if you really really want blue, okay, I guess we can figure something out… But how about we at least give another color a try first? Marigold? Fuschia? Persimmon? Tangerine? Kelly Green—or does Kelly Green fall under my broadly-defined “blue-ish”?)

January 18, 2012

Stop SOPA & PIPA, save the Internet. Without a free, uncensored, un-policed Internet, I and so many others couldn’t do what we do. “What we do” is anything from run and promote a small business, protest injustices, communicate and collaborate with people across the world, share our creative projects and ideas with millions of people and gain a following all at once through a series of retweets…

GOOD Magazine articulates it much better, as does the video posted below from fightforthefuture.org. You can read more at Good.is and also hear what my better half has to say on the matter here.

GOOD listed several petitions you can sign which will hopefully help put an end to these bills: Popvox, Avaaz, Engine Advocacy, and Fight For The Future. You can also contact your representatives. Wikipedia has a form where you can enter your zip code and it will give you contact information for the representatives in your area.

The internet is one of the greatest technological innovations of our time and it has changed the way think, interact, create, and innovate. Let’s do everything we can to help save it!

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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January 16, 2012

In honor of the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED series finale of one of my FAVORITE TV shows, and as an excuse to blog about How I Met Your Mother on a blog that is supposed to be strictly design and work related, I bring you WHO’S YOUR MOMMY. I cannot to wait to find out in 81 minutes, WHO is the mother of Ted Moseby‘s children… I admit, I wasn’t an early adopter of How I Met Your Mother, but I did just watch/rewatch the whole series in it’s entirety (I wasn’t just wasting time, I was multi-tasking, probably making something like this…) and in chronological order so that I was ready to watch the finale in REAL TIME. I think that makes me a legit fan, so don’t get on my case about “not watching from the start.” I came around. That’s what’s important. Anyways enough talk and more typography.

Okay UPDATE (just moments after posting this)… I think it’s just the SEASON finale tonight… This is good and bad. Good: more How I Met Your Mother! Bad: I want to know the mother! AND this piece of typography was supposed to be timely!!! I could still be wrong about being wrong, and have been right all along… But we’ll find out in 32 minutes.

UPDATE AGAIN. I was totally wrong! There’s a whole season still to come! Ooops.

January 3, 2012

If you’re a frequent visitor to the site, which you probably are not, you might notice some changes. Like, that you can now access the blog! (Hopefully this means I won’t just be blogging secretly twice a year as has been the case thus far…) Or that the design of the project pages is cleaner and appear in a slideshow format. You might even notice that the slideshow in the homepage moves faster now and all the slideshows on the site now work with keyboard navigation. Yep. All that is true. Thanks for noticing! (If you are a return visitor and DON’T notice these design changes, for the love of god, please clear your cache so you can see all my hard work. If you clear your cache AND still don’t see the changes then you just aren’t paying attention.)

I spent the better part of the holidays working on this update (between gorging myself on peppermint bark and roast beef, and boozing it up like a good holidays-celebrator, all while while watching a mega marathon of Breaking Bad. (OMG that show is amazing… So glad my little brother insisted that I watch. But please no spoilers, I’m only through season 3.)

January 2, 2012

Remember when I was telling you about Font Aid (like 2 posts down but several months back) and that I submitted a few glyphs? Well I found out that SOTA has finished compiling all the submissions into a font and it’s now available for purchase. I was more excited than necessary to see that Veer used on of my glyphs as part of the sample image on the product page. Anyways, I grayed out the rest of the image to highlight my tiny glyph and make it seem more special. (See below. Full size here.)

If you want to buy the font, you can do so from MyFonts, Veer, Fonts.com, and Linotype. It’s $20 and all the proceeds go directly to organizations in Japan who are helping with relief efforts after last year’s earthquake and tsunami, which is pretty awesome.

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For Sale

Studio News

September 25, 2011

ARG! I was hacked! As a result, the site has been down for a bit, and sadly, all ratings were erased. Please feel free to re-rate (click the heart to tell me you love things), or rate for the first time—it would do wonders for my ego. On the bright side, I took this as an opportunity to spruce up the site design a little and finally implement some Typekit fonts instead of boring old Helvetica. (Sorry Helvetica. We had a good run but I think it’s best for us both if we just move on.)

March 29, 2011

I recently heard about this project that SOTA (The Society of Typographic Aficionados) is organizing. It’s called Font Aid V: Made For Japan. SOTA is asking designers to submit glyphs which they feel represent Japan. SOTA will then compile all those submissions into a font which will be sold with proceeds going toward relief efforts in Japan after the devastating tsunami and earthquake this year.

This is the fifth SOTA has organized a project like this (hence the “V” in “Font Aid V”). As described on their website, previous Font Aids have raised funds to help war and disaster refugees, September 11 victims, and also after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Below is one of the glyphs that I submitted. You can read more about my submission here. And more about typesociety.org here.

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New Work

September 18, 2010

Prince Street Films on SiteInspire

When I woke up the other day, I reached for my intelligent phone to check my email first thing in the morning like I do. I opened my daily email from SiteInspire and SHRIEKED, frightening my ball-and-chain-to-be wide awake from his restful slumber. Why? Because in that email from SiteInspire was a screenshot of PrinceStreetFilms.com, a site I designed earlier this year, and SiteInspire was featuring it in their showcase! Since I love SiteInspire and completely trust their taste, I’m crazy pumped at this news. Maybe a little weirdly overexcited like I won the lottery or something, but just let me have this okay?

After SiteInspire, it got some mentions on a few other design blogs too (I was less shrieky upon subsequent mentions. I guess the fame really got to my head.):
Stuff We &#9829
Web Creme
Design Fridge
Most Inspired
Super Design Blog
CSS Brigit

August 23, 2010

It took me long enough, but the new site is here. I’ve been designing and redesigning this thing for a good eight months. Ridiculous. I am the worst client I’ve ever had. I wanted to fire myself so many times. And after all this, I’m still probably going to harass myself for all kinds of absurd edits really soon.

But nevermind all that. Can’t you just let me enjoy this launch? Geez Louise.

You can rate projects by clicking on the heart next to the project and letting my know you like it. Notice I don’t let you break my heart though. I wanted to avoid negativity so I didn’t build in that functionality. Still, please give me any and all critiques and criticisms you have on anything you see here. Preferably constructive though. I do have feelings. And I’m usually pretty nice to people, at least to their faces, so keep that in mind.

If you want to keep up with my goings on, you can subscribe to the projects RSS, the blog RSS, or even follow me on Twitter but I can’t promise that it will be very entertaining or of much relevance. I will probably tell you what I eat and when I’m at the gym—and I love to eat, and am trying to get into shape, so keep that in mind.

And just because I love you, a photo of yours truly in the current semi-disastrous state of the studio. (In the middle of a remodel and spring cleaning, obviously.)

Love Always,

this is a photo of an ankatank at work