HOW! Craft + Activism = Craftivism

It has been my goal for a little bit now to interject handmade elements into my designs at work. Whether it’s using an xacto knife instead of photoshop or building my own sets.

So yesterday, when I got to see the handmade rockstar, Kate Bingaman-Burt of ObsessiveConsumption.com, give a presentation on Craftivisim at the HOW Design Conference I nearly peed myself.

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She was a really fun and passionate speaker. Another example of how consitency and focus make a fantastic impact.

She addressed issues of handmade being a trend, how not to kill it, and to use it when appropriate.

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Visit her at obsessiveconsumption.com.

HOW! Paper Samples

I am learning SO much at the HOW Design Conference. I have exactly 12 minutes until I need to head out the door to my next session but I wanted to leave you all with this.

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The Neenah Paper tradeshow booth. They’re the same ones that make the Eames, you know, my favorite paper stock ever. Apparently they know EXACTLY who they are marketing to: Me.

HOW! We’ve Arrived.

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Before the break of dawn Liz and I headed to the airport – and so it was the beginning of our adventure!

After a couple of relatively uneventful flights we made our way to Austin and checked into our hotel.

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And like any two adults on a business trip the first thing we did upon arriving was jump on the bed.

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HOW!

I am crazy-busy today trying to finalize work projects before jumping on a plane to go to the How Design Conference in Austin, TX.

I want to leave you with this image of my mom.
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1972, in Hawaii soon after marrying my dad.

Make sure you check out Layers of Meaning tomorrow to read more about this photo of my hot mom as a part of the Through Her Eyes series.

In the meantime, I will try and update from Austin.

Annual Report Design

Next to invitations my favorite thing to design are annual reports. Yeah, sounds boring, huh?

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I designed this report for OU College of Nursing. They like to use a lamp theme playing off of Florence Nightingale. They had this vintage lamp they wanted to use and I said “can we do the whole report vintage?”

They said yes and made all of their archives full of old equipment and photos available to me.
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Me and my photographer spent an entire day in the library shooting photos of everything from old bed pans to syringes.

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I was able to print this report in 4-color process plus a hit of metallic ink.

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This is one of my favorite spreads featuring nursing uniforms over the decades.

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And I have a special place in my heart for financials. I LOVE designing charts and graphs.

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