Apr 17, 2014

Carrots are my fave ones to ice. 

Apr 7, 2014

The Opening sequence for Offset 2014 designed by M&E. Check out the opening sequences for each speaker compiled into this other kickass video, too.

The Paintings of Clark Hulings are something else. 

The Paintings of Clark Hulings are something else. 

Mar 31, 2014

My day-job is sometimes a weird mix of tasks. Usually it’s design and art direction, but a few weeks ago it was drawing this concept sketch of a party we might’ve thrown for a client. Not gonna lie to you, I loved this more than I love many of the projects I work on. Drawing is so so important to me but I’ll admit I don’t practice as much as I used to when I was painting. 

Mar 28, 2014

I’ve mentioned SAIPUA before but this post has got me losing it. Hellebores and ranunculus and parrot tulips and freesia and what looks like lilac…home run. 

Feb 26, 2014

Sometimes you must prioritize your perfectionism.

Knowing when something needs to be perfect and when it can go out the door in a ‘good enough’ state is the key to being efficient. I’m not saying that all the time you must create so-so creative—but if you have no ability to let things go that aren’t 100% the most perfect thing ever, you have lost a major skill required to be practical in a business. 

Imagine one client came to you and said “I want a 5 page website for a $10,000 budget ” and another came to you saying “I want a 5 page website for a $25,000 budget.” How would you differentiate between the kind of work you do for one and the kind of work you do for the other if you can’t prioritize which should get the most time and effort, be the more bedazzled response? If everything you do is scrutinized to the utmost and decked out to the stars, how do you stay on track? If you can’t prioritize your perfectionism, you can’t create these websites with different quality and worth; you’ll undoubtedly strive for both to be excellent, downright standards of the trade, and thus, both worth the same.

I think a number one priority is to know the user of the product you’re making. Will the product be scrutinized by the user in the same way you are scrutinizing it now? Is it WORTH this level of perfection? Will it all be appreciated! Know the answers to these questions and work accordingly. A lot of time and money can be efficiently allocated if the work aligns with the expectations of one’s client. (Again, not to say you shouldn’t strive to knock your client’s socks off each and every time…but do so with caution: managing expectations is all the harder when you’ve created the expectation for perfect, impressive and socks-knocked-off work, no matter the timeline or budget.) 

This is a skill that is learned, with acute awareness, when you run a business. Take care to show that $x is worth x quality of work.

That is all. 

Dec 21, 2013

Last year I went light, this year I went dark. 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Dec 13, 2013

My gingerbread cookies are typically really tough, hard, crispy rocks that look pretty but are no good without a hot liquid to dip them in. EXCEPT THIS YEAR. I saw this cute cute little idea to make triangle-trees from Martha Stewart on Pinterest but then I thought I could also cut trunks in to add some variety. That got old after about 15 cookies so the rest are just…triangles. Oh and these are so soft. The trick is to under bake them until you comfortably feel like you’ve killed the bacteria but not dehydrated the cookies into oblivion. Someday I’ll write a whole post about the science of not really even baking cookies. 

A little ‘rustic’ (read: sloppy icing job) but I love the effect of all of them together. Brought a few dozen of them to work and they were gone in 3 hours, so there’s that. 

Ho Ho Hooo.