In-Town Bungalow Pairs Understated Siding & Trim Palette With Jewel-Toned Front Door

I’ve been working this summer with a local paint retailer, consulting with homeowners and contractors on color palettes for interior and exterior projects. For me, it’s a new foray into yet another facet of design, and I quite enjoy the work. This is one of the projects I worked on. The new owner of this … Continue reading

Label Artwork For Home-Brewed Ale

Neck Label For Home-Brewed Beer

Well, it’s just a batch of home brew so it doesn’t need an entire identity and marketing campaign. But it’s nice if it has a label so you’re not stuck trying to Sharpie some tiny abbreviation on the cap, or worse—scribbling the batch date on a strip of blue painter’s tape and sticking it to … Continue reading

Plagiarism, Homage, Infringement and the Collective Creative Consciousness

Is creativity finite, or do good ideas naturally have multiple lives? A lesson I remember from the sixth grade focused on an essay by a writer accused of plagiarism. We read the piece, then engaged in some pertinent classroom activity, the point of which was to send us forward in our academic careers appropriately recognizant … Continue reading

Book Cover Design Takes Home the Silver

Up Nights Cover

One of my colleagues issued a general inquiry this week into the design process. She’s been following our progress on a particular upcoming title. This is more or less what I shared with her. Where/how do you start when you are asked to design a cover? I read the manuscript and the design brief. I … Continue reading

Repostería Menu Re-Design

A group of us were given the opportunity to come up with a new layout for Pambiche’s menu. I remember it being of muted tonality, so I brightened it up with the caribbean aqua and pink tones. My version would print onto 8.5 by 14 heavy-ish text weight stock and be tri-folded. This is a … Continue reading

Goudy’s Diamond-Shaped Tittles & Punctuation… and Other Charms

This retro ad is super-cool, and set in enormous Goudy Old Style. I found it here. A chubby little font with mostly substantial uprights, Goudy Old Style is nice and readable as well as being a little on the dark side in the block on the page. That’s not automatically a bad thing, I’ve been known to … Continue reading

Repeated Pattern: Motif

Batik-Style Artwork

In the late ’70s, when I was a girl, a neighboring family had a half bath in their San Mateo, California home papered with persistent, full-frontal sketches of a 1920s-era Rolls Royce.  The washroom was tiny, and artificially lit; and the toothsome grills and buggy head lamps stretched floor to ceiling. As if this wasn’t … Continue reading

Branding: Color + Image = Perception

In Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Catherine O’Hara and Glen Shadix—as homeowner and interior designer, respectively—are touring her recently purchased Victorian three-story when O’Hara scribbles the word “mauve” across the faded wallpaper of an upstairs bedroom. Shadix, in a fabulous eighties-era designer’s drawl says, “You read my mind.” Mauve. A hideous hue that is quite possibly paying … Continue reading

Thirty-Three Things I Love, Two I Don’t

33. Peculiar lightplay. 32. When cats roll on the sidewalk and get their backs all dirty. 31. Typography. 30. Morticia Addams’ posture. 29. Feathers … lots and lots of feathers. 28. Summer to Fall. 27. Sarcasm. 26. Big, lazy snowflakes. 25. Desserts with brandy or cream cheese in the recipe. 24. An earthworm in my … Continue reading

Dada, Found-Object Art, and Altered Books

I wanted to make a sculpture out of a urinal so art students could write papers about me ninety-five years from now, but Marcel Duchamp beat me to it. As an undergrad I thought he was brilliant. Now I feel, by turns, duped and in on the joke. The Dada art movement was NOT an … Continue reading