I noticed a pattern within my pins so I decided to exploit it a little bit today – plants!!! I’m finding that the longer I live in California, the more my love for them grows – and grows and grows… I plan to take a walk around my neighborhood soon to photograph my favorite yard landscapes and wild growths. This Oakland stroll left me craving more.
I also messed around with Colour Lovers for a bit this morning. I want to start being more intentional about saving palettes that get a reaction out of me. There is something very powerful about a really strong color combination. For me, things always seems to be a bit more harmonious and peaceful.
+ All images can be found on my Pinterest
I am so excited to finally have the NEW and improved Emmadime up and running! This project has been such a labor of frustrating love. I’ve been working on it for who knows how long because designing for yourself is HARD! Can I get an amen designers??
I’ve been using Cargo Collective to show my work since I graduated from college but I was horrible at updating it and didn’t put any energy into personalizing the site. It got the job done but I wasn’t proud of it. Within the last year or so, I developed a huge itch to create something more involved and representative of me! I’ve been hacking away at it every spare moment I could find and am ecstatic with the finished results. There is a lot of new work that is finally on display – you should take a second to check it out & let me know what you think.
Welcome & Enjoy!
I find it so amazing that month after month, we as consumers, are introduced to new creations by talented inspiring people! They keep killin’ it and we keep coming back for more. I’m taking the morning to share some of my favorites at the moment. I have especially been into The 2 Bandits. After seeing some of the pieces in person, I’m convinced I need it all. That choker is the first on the list. Oh also – my friend, Julia Koestreva, has been knocking it out of the park! Have you seen the new line she designed for Need Supply! Enjoy +
Two Bandits Choker | Herbivore Botanicals Body Oil | Blue Pattern | Palm Tree Photo | Wave Print by Julia Kostreva | Monki Hat | White Pons | Love You Not Bra | Fish Bottle Opener | Book Clutch | Coral Pattern | EOS lipbalm
A couple of months ago, Erin from Apartment 34 reached out to me about hosting a mini Graphic Design 101 class for her and her team. I’m a huge fan of spreading design-love to those who welcome it so I happily agreed to entertain and teach in my studio.
With so many incredible blogs out there, it’s important that we have thoughtful and original designs to help us stand out! Erin said that while she loves graphic design, she never took it in school, never even really dabbled in it and quite honestly, has found that it doesn’t come as naturally to her as she wish it did. I’m sure a lot of people feel this way?
I sat down with the Apt34 team for a couple of hours ( accompanied by lots of coffee & treats ) to discuss a range of topics! I created a custom presentation laying out everything that I wanted to cover with them. This included what I think to be the very basic building blocks of graphic design, a few critiques of their current blog posts, lists of helpful resources, and encouraging questions to help inspire growth within their layouts. Note: Erin’s blog is beautiful and I made sure she knew that. Everything I shared with them was purely positive-feedback based on my own personal opinion. The class had great energy that fed off of our intention to improve, not fix.
Everyone on the team came into the class with a different level of understanding – so it was interesting to receive feedback. Below are my two favorites! Erin provided lots of great content within her post about the morning – you can read her take on it here.
“I came away more in awe of all the considerations (or components) that go into good design. It takes an incredible amount of work to make things look clean and simple. Now I always try to remember to give images space to breathe and be really thoughtful about how the text relates to the images. Just like accessorizing, I feel like it’s better to take things out than clutter the page!”
“I was really excited to learn general rules about layout balance and typography. I was intrigued by the concept of Leading (space between text on a page – turns out more space is better) and Kerning (space between letters in a word). I also learned that unless you are in fact a graphic designer, it takes a lot of trial and error to really learn what works and what doesn’t. At least it’s a fun learning process!”
I want to thank Erin for inviting me to be apart of her teams growth. Her appreciation for design was… well, wildly appreciated! I love her parting words about the class: “If you’re serious about growing your blog, investing in what will help you stand out from the crowd is critical. If you want your blog to be your business, you have to treat it like one!”
…and thank you – Ashley Batz – for taking the lovely photos!
Guess what? I should be launching my new portfolio/blog within the next week or so?? Can you believe it? I am so damn close, I can taste it :) I wanted to share a few projects that will be included before the whole shebang goes live. Over the last few years, I have pumped out a lot of work that I’m super proud of but was horrible at sharing it with anyone! I can finally say that I will be up-to-date and accurately represented online, yay! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think.
When I was pulling all of my favorite projects for the update, I quickly noticed that the majority of my work has some sort of illustrated/hand-drawn element. In college, I almost majored in illustration but quickly changed paths and focused on Graphic Design – it felt more monetary and safe at the time. I’m realizing that it has always been a natural and comfortable part of designing for me. I’m excited to see how I implement that skill within future projects.
Below is one of my absolute favorite logos from this year so far. This is just a part of it – you’ll be able to see the whole thing when the site is up. The client is: The Happy Sleeper! It’s made up of Julie Wright & Heather Turgeon – both psychotherapists that work with and write about child development and parenting. They requested a logo for the face of their new website & book. We focused on the youthful, calming, and constantly-changing variables of their profession. The final logo emphasizes the earths rotation as it interacts with the sun and moon – confronting different parts of the day that we all cycle through – children and adults alike.
p.s. I hate writing about my projects, ha. It’s so hard for me. It’s taken me like a billion hours to write the copy for the new site, ha. I guess I should just suck it up and deal with it because being able to talk about the concepts behind my projects it’s crucial.
I just finished designing a huge piece for bay area photographer, Eva Kolenko ( see below ). I haven’t had the opportunity to print a lot of my work so I was incredibly pumped to step away from my usual routine and think about paper, user-experience, etc! We created a perfect-bound promo book, with a perforated recipe insert ( she shot her favorite family recipe and shared the process for a personal touch ). The finishing detail is a poster that’s folded and inserted into the back – it houses her year in instagrams and one of her favorite photos – super large & in charge! I guarantee you I’ll be showing this one off when it’s in my hands, stay tuned! We sent it to the printer this week :)
Cheers to the 5th traveling stamp participant — Adrienne Antonson of STATE. Do y’all remember her Lovely Lady feature? It’s one of my favs, to this day. SO…. Can you even believe how hard she knocked this project out of the park? I literally screamed when I got the images!!
“As a life long pen-pal, I love anything that comes in the mail! And mail that you can make things out of — even better! Emma’s traveling stamp project had me at hello and I could not wait for it to arrive in my mailbox. Being the first East coast recipient of the traveling stamp, I knew we had to do something big. So making an entire stamped outfit seemed like a no-brainer. The whole STATE team got involved and shared in the messy fun. We made stamped linen pants, a smock, and a silk head scarf. And honestly, we could have kept stamping for days.”
“As a professional maker, it’s easy to get in a creative rut. So to have a project that was purely for fun was such a welcome change. It was inspiring to think of all the ladies before us who used the stamp, and we were thrilled to be continuing the chain. I’m excited to see where the little stamp goes next and what it makes!”
Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram & Twitter with the hashtag #travelingstamp. We are documenting the mailing, making, and finished products for your Enjoyment, wink*
PLUS >> !!! We loved the stamped smock so much, we’ve added it to the STATE online shop. There is only the ONE available ( update: SOLD OUT ) so make sure to snag it quick if you’re interested. I have a red STATE smock & am obsessed. It’s the perfect layering piece that goes with just about anything.
So I am hoping that more than just designers get excited about this! Bloggers use Photoshop & Illustrator too right? Look at how fun these icons are? Designer, Alexander Schultz, created these last year and made them available for a free download. I had no idea that you could replace the icons in your dock to whatever you’d like. This was the tutorial I used to learn how. I might turn this into a fun personal project and design some of my own. Enjoy!
I’m blogging over at Need Supply again this week! If you like typography, books, and bright colors – you should go check out the post! It’s about a series I found a while back called I Love Type. Simply put, I truly enjoy them – from the content to the production of the book – it’s all gold.
Cheers to the 4th Traveling Stamp participant — Jessica Comingore!! She has completed her choice of medium: A 100% Cotton Scarf. I was so excited to see some color brought into the project – and what a color!! It adds such a nice pop to such a bold pattern. With Fall in full swing, a scarf was the perfect idea for the Traveling Stamp. Bravo Jessica!!
“When Emma asked if I’d like to be a part of the Traveling Stamp project earlier this summer, I replied with a resounding yes. It’s not often that I DIY (read: never) but thought it would be a fun opportunity to get my hands dirty and create something away from the computer for a change. Turns out it was a load of fun and made me ask myself why I don’t DIY more often!”
“In brainstorming for the project, I tossed around a few ideas but landed on a scarf as its recently been my go-to for adding a little punch to a neutral outfit. And while I tend to be a black and white kind of gal, I’ve got an affinity for tomato red and thought it would be fun to see the pattern in color. After several hours of dirty hands and paint splatters on wood floors, the scarf was complete. I love the abstract pattern and imperfections you get when hand stamping… a true labor of love. Can’t wait to see where it travels to next (and a big thanks to Victoria for being my scarf model).”
Next up, we plan to send it to the East Coast!! Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram & Twitter with the hashtag #travelingstamp. You can see all of the projects involving the stamp here.
I thought it was time I shared a little bit about my trip a few weekends ago to Palm Springs. Better late than never eh? I made the 7 hour drive down to the desert to attend Designer Vaca, a retreat for female graphic designers + creative entrepreneurs. This was the second year it took place, bringing in over 50 talented and driven women. We soaked up each others knowledge poolside at the Ace Hotel. Too perfect.
Above is a mural that was painted by artist, Erin Garcia. I love the colors and abstract shapes. It was definitely the most photographed spot all weekend. Last year, the wall had colorful paint dripping down from the rooftop. It’s a treat having something new in place every time I visit.
Each day we were there, we had plenty of free time ( duh ) but we also had scheduled panels that covered a wide range of topics. My panel was made up of me, Megan Gilger, Eva Black, & Shauna Haider. I was able to meet them in person last year, at the first Designer Vaca, so it was a very comfortable and fun discussion for me. They are wonderful human beings that inspire on a daily basis. I felt lucky to be sitting next to them.
Some of the topics included:
+ Marketing & Personal Branding ( that was mine! )
+ The Creative Process & Client Management
+ Alternative Careers in Design
+ Navigating the Work / Life balance
Pretty good stuff right? Honestly, I wish I had someone to chat about these things with every week!! …and that I didn’t have to wait for my yearly Designer Vaca fix to get it out of my system. As a freelancer, I 100% realize that I will always be growing, changing, and learning. A huge part of that process is interacting with my peers ( online and in person ) and working through it all together. NOT alone!! It’s easy to forget this when you ARE essentially alone in your work everyday. I go to my studio and only interact with myself, my computer, and the guy who makes me coffee at Blue Bottle occasionally. I am definitely going to be more proactive about finding a community here in the bay area that I connect with. Cheers to that!
Below are some of my favorite photos of the property and the goodies I brought along with me on the trip. I had to rock my new panama hat from Cuyana – it was handwoven in Ecuador with 100% Toquilla Straw. Then there was my Nine Space beach towel that stole the show this summer – how great are those colors and shapes?? …and last but not least, my red Havana Striped Tote – it’s the perfect poolside companion.
To close – I love the desert and can’t wait until next year! p.s. I took that stick home with me and found a great spot for it. There were like 20 more things that I wanted to scavenge and take back with me but we didn’t have room in the car. Bummer +
See ya! …and come to Designer Vaca next year.
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I finally had the chance to dive into Ro&Co’s portfolio. Needless to say, it is wonderful. I was really inspired but this project for Loeffler Randall, a New York based footwear company. The collage-style layering and colors are spot on. Plus that handwriting below is divine.