Entries from June 2009

HOW! Craft + Activism = Craftivism

June 26, 2009

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.

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.

Visit her at obsessiveconsumption.com.

HOW! Paper Samples

June 25, 2009

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.

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.

June 24, 2009

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.



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


June 23, 2009

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.
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

June 22, 2009

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

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.

Me and my photographer spent an entire day in the library shooting photos of everything from old bed pans to syringes.

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

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

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

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