Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I just noticed today that I'm a Graphis Gold Award Winner for the 2010 New Talent Annual. They don't post pictures of the Gold work, but my name is there! That means my Cycle branding project will be in the next New Talent Annual. I can't wait to see it!

Also, the TFF5 titles have been getting good reviews all over the web from some very exciting places. Here's a few:

Motionographer (!)
The Font Feed

Monday, September 14, 2009


I would very much like to know how to make these. And to be French. Thank you.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


The following is a large portion of my summer:

Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.

All done with video footage and stop motion. I helped write, storyboard, construct, animate, edit, and my hands are even in there for a fraction of a second. Teacher Brent was the creative director and was such a great mentor to us, helping us stick it out through the entire process.

My most proud moments:

I designed and animated the swashy Beauty with the help of Brent and Meg.

We had to redo this take probably 5 times, but it was totally worth it.

I art directed this table arrangement. The table cloth flip seemed really daunting, but we pulled it off!

See my hand? I loved this furry lockup. I can't even describe how beautiful it was in person. Kudos to Deven for setting it so carefully.

And yes, I was the skilled foam-core-manipulator who revealed the Typophile Film Festival lockup. One of the many hidden talents we discovered during this project.

The "scent" scene was absolutely my favorite, animated by Wynn and Meg.

The project overall was just an amazing experience. Working with physical objects and actual footage is where it's at.

The festival premiered last week in Portland, and is currently on the schedule for Typ09 Mexico City in October.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

a little inspiration

Every once in awhile I see an idea or project that is so inspiring and touches me so deeply that I urgingly wish I could have been a part of it in some way. I recently came across wee see, a collection of short videos designed for infants to help "introduce" them to the visual world. Their website is super, and you can watch a few samples.

I don't even know where to start explaining how much I adore everything about this. the concept. the simplicity. the music. and especially what it teaches. During my freshman year of college, I was considering going into art education, and I completed a research paper on "art" as an integral part of the development of children into fully functioning cognitive and emotional beings. For me, these videos are an amazingly beautiful way to introduce visual thinking and expression to young minds, and to set a foundation for their creativity.

Among principles and elements like composition, shape, direction, symmetry/asymmetry, pattern, motif, etc., I was especially impressed with the animator's use of figure-ground relationships. I may make it a regular routine to watch one of these whenever I sit down to design a logo. :) Oh, and did I mention the music/sound is adorable and genius as well? It is.

While I'm on the topic of kiddie stuff, I got pretty into children's fashion while I was working on my redesign of Milk, and I'm super stoked to see this collection when it's released. And I was delighted by the beautiful surprise Hello on their website. "Feminine minus the frilly and pretty without the precious." yup.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Magazine redesign for Milk, a children's fashion magazine.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Packaging project!! For summer packaging class, we worked with Brett Traylor from ThinkSo. He gave the assignment specifications and then traveled down here to meet with us and critique our work. We were even on their news page. Super fun.

My client, Smashbox Cosmetics, is a company based out of LA. They began as a photo studio (and still are) and started manufacturing consumer cosmetics developed by their in-house makeup artists. I drew a new logo and developed the packaging for a line of basics.

Thanks so much to Jessica for photographing these. They look beautiful!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I know I don't have time or money for these things, but I've become an obsessive Gilt Group stalker. Gilt is a website that takes high end clothing and luxury brands and knocks the price down to, well, still expensive but not outrageous. Right now, I'm wishing I had a hundred dollars to invest in this:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


This is CRAZY cool. Just goes to show that an interesting but simple concept or point of view can take you places. If you're really awesome.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sugar and Crumbs

I recently gave up sugar. And today I really want a cupcake. There has to be a way to make some tasty cupcakes without sugar!

Apparently Babycakes makes baked goods with no refined sugar or flour, and they even have a cookbook for sale, but their cupcakes don't look nearly as delicious as these cupcakes from Crumbs.

I miss sugar.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mr. Smith

My husband and I watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on Google today, and these newspaper printing scenes made me happy.