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Archive: Apr 2013

Design Terms : Bleed

I’m not talking about that red stuff  in our bodies… but this design term is pretty easy to understand. Bleed, is a printing term, which refers to the artwork  ‘bleeding’ or going beyond the edge of the document before cropping. That way, when you crop, you don’t get that annoying tiny white edge, instead a beautiful, colorful edge!


Recent Work : Clarzzique

I’m excited to share a recent project with you, for Sydney based photographer, Clarzzique. Clarissa Lum, came to me wanting a little re-fresh for her brand. With her love for floral design, we decided to bring that element from her old brand to her new one, and combine it with her love of watercolor. I’m so excited about where the project took us and how it ended up.

I’ve absolutely fallen in love wither using gouache and watercolor when lettering. I’ve been playing around with it for a while now, but am using it more and more lately. As you can see, it’s starting to pop up in various places throughout the blog (and future projects I’ll share!).

Head over to Clarzzique’s website and check out how Clarissa incorporated her new designs into her site!


Spaces // Alex Yeske

Introducing — Alex Yeske! Alex has my (and I’m sure many others) dream job — she’s a graphic designer at Madewell! So of course, her workspace is perfectly beautiful. Alex is also a blogger at her perfectly curated blog, Dreams and Jeans. Check her out!

Tell us about yourself as a creative.
Hi everyone! I’m Alex and I’m a graphic designer living in NYC. I currently work as a graphic designer at Madewell and do some freelance work on the side. I design mostly print pieces now, but also do a bit of web design and art direction.

Describe your creative journey.
I always knew I wanted to go into some sort of design, but it wasn’t until high school that I decided on graphic design. I ended up at Syracuse University and majored in Communications Design (like Jen!). The program is one of the best out there in that it really prepares you for the real world and it allows you to explore your interests through graphic design. We dreamed up every one of our projects and did everything from the naming, copywriting, and of course the design. I always had a small desire to work in the fashion industry but never knew how. iIt wasn’t until I was in college that I realized I could work in fashion through graphic design. During my last semester, I networked like crazy because I didn’t have any experience in fashion and ultimately it paid off and got me to my current job!

Share a little bit about your space.
We just moved to this apartment in November and I’m so thrilled to finally have a workspace (even though it’s small)! It’s made such a difference in my design work and blogging just to have a place I can really sit down and work at.

What’s your favorite thing about your space?
It’s a toss up! I love the light we get in this room – it’s extremely important to me to have good light in a workspace. I also love having a big wall to hang stuff on. I’m always switching out what hangs there, whether it’s inspiration or framed prints. I actually just painted this blue geometric piece and love the pop of color it brings.

What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Natural light and windows are so important to me and I think are essential to a workspace. I love being able to look outside when I need a break and I also feel that looking outside makes me feel more inspired!

Thanks Alex!

Find her:
+ Website
+ Blog
+ Twitter
+ Instagram
+ Pinterest


Resources – Pulse

For this week’s featured ‘Resource,’ I’m sharing my go to RSS reader. Especially now that everyone is so bummed about Google Reader. Although, I was never really a fan of G Reader (mainly because of it’s ‘looks’), I love using the Pulse app. I’ve been using the app on my iPhone and iPad for a long while now, and have just started using it on my desktop — the user interface is really beautiful!

Check it out!


West Elm Feature!

I’m over at West Elm’s ‘Front & Main‘ Blog today, with a look into my updated studio and a chat about my ‘Spaces’ column.

So much has changed since the last time I shared! If you’re anything like me, I’m always looking for new ways to be inspired by my workspace, so I’m constantly making little changes. My newest change is my desk! At the start of the year, I decided I wanted something new. My little white desks where a great option, but they where cheap, light, tiny and white. White is great, but I use ink, paint and making messes often, so they where always a mess. I also decided I wanted a larger area to work for the same reason, I needed more room to make a mess. So in an attempt to save a little money and recycle the legs of my Ikea desks (after a coat or two of spray paint), I bought some planks from Lowe’s and with the helping hands of my husband and mother-in-law and made a new desk! I followed a couple various tutorials I found around the internet and made what I wanted.

Head over to Front & Main for a closer look into my workspace and the ‘Spaces’ column!

A huge thank you to Kayla Adams for shooting my studio!