Every Christmas, I receive a nice hand-written card from my aunt who lives in California. This year, she signed the card, "Enjoy each day." I thought it was a simple and beautiful message, and I wanted to keep it as an everyday reminder. However, I knew the card would inevitably get lost in the sea of correspondence I've been saving since high school. So, I photographed her handwriting, blew it up, and created this print. Look, Aunt Mary Pat, you're an artist!I also entered this print into the Three Cheers! Minted x West Elm's 3rd Art Challenge. So if you want to see it for sale at West Elm, click here to vote. And as always, thank you!
I'm excited to announce the launch of my very first fabric on Minted. It is called Journey Together and it features a repeating pattern of tandem bikes. It was designed to accompany the Journey Together wedding invitation I designed for Minted a while back. The fabric comes in ten colorways, including 2015's color of the year, Marsala. I hope you like!And if you're interested in designing fabrics but you don't know where to start, hit this link for a tutorial that I found incredibly helpful.Thanks for reading!
Check it out. A new wedding invitation design called "We Joyfully Do" that puts a modern twist on traditional wedding vows. It is friendly and fun, much like my good friend who it was originally designed for. Thank you, Lindsey, for allowing me to share it with everyone!Thanks for reading, all!
There's a lot of hate for winter, isn't there? But I don't really mind it. In my opinion, it's a great time to get comfy, catch up on TV, drink hot toddies, sled, snowboard and chit-chat by the fire. And of course, the design-a-holic in me thinks it's a great time to get some work done.I guess you could say I think winter is a little under-appreciated. So to show it some appreciation, I created the little ode below with a photo I took in Schwenksville, PA and a quote by Terri Guillemets. Enjoy!
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.The Love Letter Train Tour in Philadelphia. I referenced it in "For What I Want, I Can Wait" last year, and I finally took the full tour last weekend.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: "Your everafter is all I'm after." (with the greatest view of Philly I've ever seen) "Miss you too often not to love you." (note how Powers was sure to never paint over any original building signage. Cool.) "Open your eyes I see the sunrise." "This heart is safe for valuables" (above Philadelphia Savings Fund)What a beautiful, upbeat and positive gift Stephen Powers gave to West Philadelphia. I highly recommend you check it out!
Did you really think I'd return from Peru and never post about the fabulous colors I saw there? That's just crazy. Below, find some of my favorite photos.[a blue door in Cusco; hikers climbing to Dead Woman's Pass on the Inca Trail; a porter and native of the Inca Trail; "te amo" or "i love you" carved in a cactus on the Inca Trail; rugs hanging in Aguas Calientes; a colorful café in Aguas Calientes; teens walking home from school on a Friday in Cusco]
2013 is well under way and Philadelphia continues to inspire me to add more color to my life. That's right, Resolution Color continues.My latest inspiration was the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day. It traces back to the 17th-century Swedish holiday tradition of visiting neighbors' houses while singing, dancing, making noise and drinking. (Did you know the Swedes were the first settlers of Philadelphia?) This later evolved into masquerades and parades.And I'm pretty sure the big event just wouldn't be the same in black and gray. Check it out!It is equal parts strange and amazing. Much like the city of Philadelphia, I suppose!Tell me, what is your New Year's resolution? And what is inspiring you to keep it up?
Recently, a few of my creative co-workers and I were taking our daily stroll to grab some lunch. If you remember from Resolution Color, these are the very co-workers who tease me for wearing too much black. So as we were walking, I snapped this pic:Turns out, it's not just me. They were all wearing black, too.It's pretty bizarre, but creatives really do wear a lot of black. Especially in advertising. It's something that probably cannot be explained.But if I were in middle school science class, and Mr. Duva asked me to form a theory about this phenomenon, I'd say maybe it's because black absorbs light and color. And therefore, maybe black absorbs creativity. Maybe, just maybe, it's the secret to our creativity.Ridiculous? Probably. But that's why I majored in design and not science. And why I will continue to wear black.Tell me, why do you think creatives wear so much black?
A couple of months ago, as you may have read in my post, Resolution: Color, I decided to add more color to my life. Around the same time, I started seeing Color Run imagery pop up all over social media sites. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube...Considering the first ever Color Run was just in January 2012, word sure was spreading quickly. Over 22,000 people signed up in Philadelphia alone, and I don't think I saw a single ad. Just fun, vibrant, amazing pictures all over the interwebs. Oh, the wonders of social media in advertising.If you actually haven't seen it, The Color Run is a 5K held in numerous cities throughout the nation. Participants wear white and are covered in different colored dust at every kilometer.Considering my color resolution, I thought it inappropriate not to sign up!Before (That there on the right is team "Pantones." All two of us.)AfterThe incredible clouds of color at the finish line festivalProps to founder Travis Snyder for creating this unique event that is getting the country talking. And more importantly, exercising.So tell me, do you have killer pics of your city's Color Run (or as it's also known, "The Happiest 5K on Earth")? Link us to them in the comments. We want to see!
What better way to kick off “Resolution Color” than with a trip to Rincón? Rincón is on the Northwestern coast of Puerto Rico and the colors there are brilliant. Check ‘em out:Right: Casa Isleña Inn. This is where I stayed for five nights. Their Tapas Bar is amazing and their Sunday brunch is the talk of the town. The staff was incredibly kind and helpful. I highly recommend this inn if you plan to visit Rincón.The Pools Beach Restaurant and Bar. Here, I enjoyed some amazing sushi, as well as fine conversation with the writer behind papayathief.com. You should check him out!Rincón has lots of surfing beaches to choose from, including Domes, Maria's and Tres Palmas. The surf instructors are patient and fun. They encouraged me to "Think nothing and be confident." Those two things are pretty difficult your first time on a surfboard, but click after a dozen face plants.And yes, that’s me on the right, wearing hot pink for the first time since I danced to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” in my elementary school talent show. Resolution color!Tell me, what other colorful places should I be sure to see?