Archive for the ‘Typography’ Category
+ Been mulling over Jessica Comingore’s post, In Transition. It’s about the struggle between balancing your own business and maintaining an active blog. And while I could fill my own post on this topic alone, it’s also 6pm on Friday and my mind is clearly mush, you should just go read Jessica’s instead. It’s as if she wrote this directly from my own brain anyway, ha.
+ Clever photography series, Things Granny Never Told You About the Internet.
+ How one design conference made itself less of a bro-fest. (Related, I’ll be there. Ahem.)
+ Been jamming to this week’s Mykind Mix from Design For Mankind. Classic Hip Hop, a few new sounds, very danceable and good for general upbeat-ed-ness (shh, that’s totally a word). I’ve started a similar playlist on my Spotify if you want more like this.
+ Typefight: another fun typographic blog pits two custom letterforms against each other & readers get to vote on the winner. Excellent source for unusual typography.
+ Artwork supplied by Australia’s Andrew Frazier.
Well, this week flew by in a breathless woosh. How is it Friday already? Not that I’m complaining, mind. Five deadlines this week ate all my blogging time and I’m cutting out early today to head to Purdue University to see Studio Visit, Chad’s show with Cody Hudson & Stephen Eichhorn.
Here’s some fodder to make up for the lull this week though:
+ Major, major office supply lust courtesy of HAY, a little design boutique in Copenhagen. Itching to get on a plane just to visit this shop alone.
+ Okay Type releases their newest font, Harriet, to rave reviews including an award from the Type Directors Club. I can certainly see why, Harriet is no joke. Expertly executed with careful finesse, she’s smart and friendly, modern and classic, which means infinite uses. Hope to find an excuse to buy soon!
Just a regular ‘ol day here at casa de Pitch, but I will take a moment to chime in on this Day of Love and say thanks for reading friends. I like you all very much. Wishing you hugs, high fives, hot sauce…Or whatever it is you’re into today. And if you’re feeling especially amorous, pay the joy forward by backing A Little Heart: a Comic for Marriage Equality on Kickstarter.
Sister Corita Kent, 1964. Song About the Greatness. (Screenprint) Via Art Tattler.
Got another show in the works! Instead of building a line of sellable products like I did in December, this one is definitely, squarely in the art camp. Support is curated by my Quite Strong girls and the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is doing the hosting. The show’s theme is centered around the theme of support and the mix of artists & designers participating are free to interpret that at will, in any medium of their choosing. I can’t WAIT to see what everyone comes up with! I’m doing a typographic site-specific installation inspired by the legendary Sister Corita Kent. The only thing is that I have just two days to complete the installation before hopping on the plane to Salt Lake City which means I will miss out this show’s opening. Oh, when will someone invent cloning??
Here are the details in any case:
Opening reception: January 20th, 6pm
217 N. Carpenter St (West Loop).
Runs through February 12th.
Blog posts will probably be scarce between now and next week (see: art show, client work, Alt Summit conference prep). However, I just started a tumblr (eeeek! I know! Pinterest, now Tumblr, plus I’m nearly finished with a Cargo Collective portfolio site too, what is next?!) so look for me over there if you want to get the goods. Back in a jiffy!
+ I just launched redesigned a logo & header for Anni Cee Photographie!
+ Fresh new work, fresh new site from Jesse Brown.
+ Swiss Miss posed a really interesting question that I’m constantly hearing from my clients: what are some tools for people who want to build a strong personal brand but can’t afford to hire a designer? In the ensuing comments I found Improving your Design Appeal in 7 Steps and A Logo is Not a Brand both of which nail some key fundamentals that all of us can incorporate.
+ Today’s festive illustration by Mary-Kate McDevitt is the perfect sign-off. Whether you prefer a low-key holiday or the go for the full nine yards, hope it’s a great one! Sending my best tidings & cheer your way. Talk to you next year!
You’ve felt like this, right? Sometimes you’re skipping right along easily imagining whatever it is you can’t do into submission. And sometimes it’s not so breezy and with every forward step there pressure continues to loom. For the last two weeks I’ve been like a kid with my fingers in my ears and constant mantra of “I can’t hear you! I can’t hear you!” because if I stopped to think about it then the pressure might get the best of me. I just wish I could say the same for my Macbook Pro. Without warning I found myself on Saturday night anxiously thrusting it at the Apple store Geniuses, wincing obviously as they lay down the diagnosis. Logic board failure, 5-7 days to replace it, and a bill of $300-$500. (My 3 years of Apple Care expired in September, and extended care only covers partial cost.) And just like that, during the busiest month of the year my business is on hold, flattened like a popped inflatable lawn santa. Ouch. Them’s the breaks, kid.
So how am I typing this you ask? I’m using Rod Hunting’s spare laptop to stay on top of email, but I don’t have current design work seeing as my most recent back up was three weeks ago (shameful, I know!). I’ll be able to get by and it’s only a week, but it feels like I’m wearing mismatched shoes. Not to mention the added stress from the surprise expense. I know lots of folks are spread thin during the holidays, but man, if you can offer some relief via my tip jar now is definitely a good time.
Thankfully my clients have been kind about this mishap, which is a huge relief. So grateful for that! I’m also taking this as a sign that the universe wants me to slowwww it down and work on non-computer projects (Like Re-Classified!) until I get my machine back. Frankly, the 14+ hour days I’ve been pulling recently aren’t sustainable anyway, so even if the computer didn’t crap out, I was due eventually myself. I’m sure there are more of those long days in my future before we all jump into our celebratory hibernation mode, but for now this’ll do.
I’ll be back when I can, I already miss you all terribly so I hope it’s not too long! Maybe I will even see you at the Re-Classified opening on Thursday…If nothing else send hugs, I accept those with equal measure too.
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