The one thing I love about freelancing is having the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Especially since I’m pretty sure I would go insane doing the same exact tasks day after day! With that said, I try to create a workflow that offers diversity and new challenges with every project. This means I often find myself bouncing between minor illustration work, surface prints and patterns for apparel, to layouts for printed pieces such as posters and brochures. I love the mix and am so thankful to each and every one of my clients! I’m especially excited at my newest working relationship with Rue magazine and couldn’t be more thrilled about combining my love for interiors and fashion into my weekly graphic design work! An example of a couple of spreads I’ve done for them can be found here and here. The Rue team is a dream to work with and I couldn’t be more excited to be an official member! The next issue is coming to digital stands this week so be on the lookout—it’s gonna be a good one!
Since moving I haven’t really had a break in my schedule to think about my living or work space—until now! Although I haven’t actually started working on my office yet (I’m currently working on my kitchen), it’s definitely on my mind! So, here are a few items that April (my sourcing guru and sidekick) and I found that would be fun in a newly decorated work space. I think number five is my favorite. I miss the simplicity of flipping one switch to turn on the news or listen to the radio. So, the am/fm radio and mp3 player is right up my alley. How about you? Which is your favorite?
Pop on over to Emma’s blog where you’ll find the above Top Notch Type submission I designed as well as a ton of other awesome posts. Be sure to stay awhile and check back often! I’m sure you’ll love her blog just as much as I do! P.S. If you are looking for a summer project, check out this diy geometric pillow case she recently posted. I’m totally adding it to my summer to-do list!
A few months ago, [BranD] Magazine contacted me about publishing my branding project for Armour Sans Anguish in their upcoming fashion issue and of course I said yes! I am so excited and honored to have my work included alongside so many talented designers. Below are a few pages from the magazine as well as the spread that includes my work. Thanks so much [BranD] Magazine!
Image 1 / DOTTIRDOTTIR / Matej Hlavacek
Image 2 / KONING / Arthur W. Presser
Image 3 / 739 SAGRA DEI OSEI / Elisa Vendramin & Claudio Gasparollo
Image 4 / ARMOUR SANS ANGUISH / Julie Edwards
I feel so incredibly lucky and flattered to have recently been asked to participate in Jen Serafini’s Inspired By Series. If you ever wonder what inspires my work, head on over to her site for the full interview and an explanation for the random photos below! Thanks so much for including me Jen!
P.S. Jen also is a graphic designer and has an amazing portfolio and blog so be sure to click around her site for additional eye candy and inspiration!
Just designed these adorable Red Egg and Ginger Invitations to introduce the even cuter baby, Kalee Kang!
UPDATE! I have been receiving quite a few inquiries about the availability of this design. If you are interested in purchasing this card, feel free to send me an email stating the quantity and date you need this by and I’ll be happy to get you pricing. Please allow at least 1-2 weeks for proofing, printing, and shipping.
My amazing and talented friend, Alexis just recently launched a beautiful line of hand-drawn and hand-printed wallpaper. Not only do I love each design but I also love her vision and generosity to the Land Stewardship project. Aren’t the designs adorable?! I want all of them! Congratulations Alexis!
I just came across this amazing instagram series by photographer, Murad Osmann and it’s got me dreaming of far off lands I’ve yet to explore. I just did a huge vacation last year so unfortunately it looks like I’m staying close to home this summer. How about you? What are your summer plans?
People are always asking me what I’m up to, so I thought I’d go ahead and share with everyone! My latest adventure is a studio photography class and I LOVE it—especially styling the shots! While I admit I’m definitely NOT an expert, I have come a long way from where I was just a few months ago so I thought I’d share a few tips!
What or who is the hero of the shot?
In most shots you will want to emphasize the main subject. This is your hero and all the other items in the scene are only there to support it. In the photo above, the lemon bars are clearly the hero and are placed in the foreground to emphasize their importance.
Create depth in your photos by placing elements in the foreground, mid-ground, and background.
Styling (my favorite part!)
Choose lots of props. The more props you have, the more options for a variety of shots. Also, make sure the props support your theme so the final photo makes sense. For example, if you are shooting a brandy decanter, it wouldn’t make sense to style it with lemons, straws, and tumblers because that isn’t what is usually used for drinks containing brandy.
Choose lights that are best for your theme and subject. A soft box will create a soft diffused light whereas other lights produce harsher light on your subject. You may want to use multiple lights if something needs to be highlighted. If areas of your set seem dark, use a white matte board or mirror to reflect light from your main light source onto areas you want to brighten. Another trick is to use a flashlight in areas where you need more light. For the lemon bar photos above, I used a softbox on the right side of my set. I placed a large white board on the left and used a flashlight directly on the lemon bars and lemons.
Use Photoshop for further adjustments to your photos. I tend to select various areas of the photo and adjust either the levels, the hue, or the curves.
Tip for food shots
The point is to make it look delicious! If you don’t want to eat it after seeing the photo, then you probably need to adjust something. With that said, hopefully you want to eat a lemon bar! I realize I’ve only covered the very basics, so what additional tips would you suggest?
Oh, and just in case you want to make some lemon bars (they are super good!), here is the recipe from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and recipes for easy parties that are really fun.
LEMON BAR RECIPE
½ lb. unsalted butter at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking sheet, building up a ½-inch edge on all sides. Chill (I chilled it for about 30 minutes).
Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.
For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature. Cut into triangles and dust with confectioner’s sugar.