We’re getting ready for some egg dying at home. I love the look of a dozen eggs dressed in their pastel finest, but I was amazed when I did a little searching for other design possibilities. It’s pretty amazing what you can do when you think beyond the normal “dip-and-dye”. We’ve got our work cut out for us this weekend!
Now that our new website has gone live, we wanted to share some of the great behind the scenes photos of our studio that we didn’t get to use on the site itself. In addition to shooting all of our work, Carol Vaziri did a fantastic job of capturing our sweet Union Street garden courtyard and design studio where all the magic happens.
I recently discovered the “20 Ways to draw…” series from Quarry books. I bought them with my daughters in mind but they are slowly slipping onto my own book shelf instead. The books take a theme (flowers, clothes, trees, etc.) and present 20 stylized drawings for each object within that theme. There are no “how-to’s”. Instead, the drawings are beautifully simple, rendered to their most basic lines and shapes in such a lovely manner that they seem very doable. I find myself turning to the books repeatedly, not only for graphic design projects but because they are triggering ideas and giving me inspiration to do some monoprints and etchings.
I am the owner and designer behind Lulu Frost jewelry. I do so much for my job, everything from designing jewelry, of course, to managing a talented team of individuals, to traveling for work and doing trunk shows on the road.
I was fortunate enough to begin my career during my senior year of college. In lieu of getting a more traditional job, I opted for starting Lulu Frost and I was extremely blessed to have my designs take off from the get-go. Barneys New York was my first retail partner and I just ran with it, never looking back. Since then I’ve grown the company to employ over 16 people, and our work is sold globally. I’m extremely proud of building Lulu Frost from scratch and can’t wait to see what the future holds.
I wanted to be a painter or artist of some kind.
I would love to still be at the creative helm of Lulu Frost but also envision managing/owning a fantastic art gallery in the city somewhere. I want to be one of those fabulous 40-something women in heaps of jewelry with a kid or two in tow.
Drive, Passion and Persistence.
I define success as doing your very best, each and every day … with a little wiggle room for some slacking off once in a while 🙂
Failure to me means not trying as hard as one can.
If I have, I wouldn’t define it as such – it’s all been a part of my learning process and a part of getting to where I am at this moment, for which I am all grateful.
From a business standpoint, I’m most proud of creating a company with good values and ethics with a happy working environment. We do our best to put an interesting, unique and quality product into the world and it gives me joy to do so every day.
Do it all the same way – don’t change a thing.
This is something I’m still working on. I need to find more time for exercise and personal hobbies in my life – for good or bad, a bit too much of my time is still dedicated to my work life. Someday!
I love Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic. Great memories of reading with my momma in the 80’s, can’t beat that!
Sitting on a beach with my fiancé Marlon Taylor-Wiles in a flowing caftan reading a great book with a Pina Colada in hand, mixed with a little of adventure in the form of a hike. For eight days straight.
Blush became quite a popular color in this winter’s wedding season. It’s been showing up in invitations, florals, table settings, dresses, and desserts. Combined with the whites and creams winter is known for, the pale pink details bring a special warmth to any cold day.
photo credit: Style Me Pretty
We were honored to be a part of the 10 year Anniversary issue of Destination I Do. Their Spring issue highlighted Maureen and David’s perfect lakeside wedding. Pics below from the article and of the Lake Tahoe invitation suite design.
My husband and I are taking a trip to Florence and the Tuscan countryside this Spring. I am in the process of doing research for our exciting getaway but I keep getting sidetracked by images of the amazing storefront signage and overall design. I must focus! But in the meantime, here are some of the images that have caught my eye.
The upcoming Lilly Pulitzer for Target collaboration has us thinking about tropical patterns. Traditionally associated with umbrella drinks and Hawaiian shirts, palms and exotic floral patterns have taken a sophisticated and even edgy turn in recent years. Today, tropical motifs are often used in very chic and classy settings in the home, in fashion and in design. Aloha!
Having little girls of our own, we felt right at home designing the identity for Allegro Little Shoes. The client wanted the logo to feel childlike and soft, but not overly cutesy. We created a playful silhouette of a child and bird in pale pink. The soft gray serif and script fonts worked perfectly together to create a sweet and whimsical logo that still reflects the inherent elegance of the product.
Last week, I spent a morning helping with an art project in my daughter’s second grade class. The kids carved simple bird outlines into a little foam “plate” and we created a series of prints from each one. In the end, we selected a few to frame and a few to cut out and create a huge tree of “singing” birds to hang in their classroom. Being behind a computer all day, it’s easy to forget the joys of creating something with your hands, and this brought it all back; no “command z” to erase mistakes, no Photoshop to fix color. It was a much needed reminder that there is unexpected beauty in imperfections and complete joy in a tactile process.
On these long winter days it’s so nice to brighten things up with a pop of color here and there – a bright purse, colorful boots, a bold scarf… We love adding a hint of color in our invitation designs as well to liven things up a bit. Below are some great ways to help brighten your day at home, on the street, down the aisle, and in the mail!
We had such fun designing this playful baby shower invitation. The party was two-fold: an afternoon for the ladies to cook their favorite childhood recipes together and an evening for the boys to celebrate over tacos and margaritas. We just love the warm red and sky blue color combination as well as the adorable illustrations of cooking utensils, baby accessories, and festive happy hour details.
My husband and I were given this gorgeous book recently. It’s a cookbook from a restaurant in Venice, Italy. I have always loved most things Italian: graphic design, their unparalleled craftsmanship, and last, but not least, their food. This book strikes all the right chords.
I was so taken with the design: the gold foil stamped title, the beautiful octopus illustration, the mono-toned, metallic printed maps of Venice on the end paper and the gorgeous photos of the restaurant and surrounding areas in Venice. The book design is not only beautiful, but brilliant… They have stripped away the outer spine of the book leaving the logo, glue and stitching exposed. This not only creates a distinctive look, but the book actually lays flat on the kitchen counter while you cook.
Winter citrus season is my favorite time of year. Quartered, peeled, pureed – no matter what way you slice it (get it? get it?) – they are all delicious and gorgeous. The intensely bright greens, yellows, oranges, and reds make for a beautiful fruit spread or seasonal salad. And, off the plate, they bring warmth and cheer to any design.
We love working with calligraphy in our invitation work. It’s the ultimate way to make an invitation feel very personal and unique. So when Lauren and Doug decided to go this route, we were thrilled. We enlisted Tara Jones to do the hand lettering and together, we created printed pieces that felt sweet but supremely soft and elegant.
I’m in love with everything about the furniture company “Jardan”. Family owned and run, they design and craft every piece by hand. I love that their designs feel modern but the natural materials lend such warmth. I just wish they were in San Francisco instead of Australia!
We find talent for Runway Shows, TV Commercials, Print Advertising, Fashion Editorials, Independent Films, Music Videos, and Online content. Our unique approach encompasses street scouting for “real people,” working with established talent, up-and-coming talent, and cultural innovators.
HUSTLE, HUSTLE, HUSTLE. I started as an unpaid intern for fashion stylists and magazines. Then interned for renowned fashion photographer Steven Klein resulting in my first job. After working for Steven Klein and learning the ropes of the fashion industry I knew I wanted to work for a female entrepreneur. The opportunity to work for innovative Casting Director, Jennifer Venditti (JV8INC) came up and my career took off. I worked for JV8INC for over four years and developed the interest in casting, confidence in my own vision and valuable business principles. Before starting ZAN CASTING I took time off to travel and redefine my values… that time away from the grind was invaluable in setting up my NYC based company with a core commitment to “keepin’ it real.”
I wanted to be creative and run my own business. I didn’t have a name for what I wanted to be… but I definitely found it.
I love my job and I love creating an agency that has career opportunities for other creative professionals. What we do keeps us on the cusp of what is current and cool… Here’s hoping I can still be around in 10 years!
Driven, Organized, Curious.
I don’t think failure exists. There is always an opportunity to get back up and work hard to fix whatever mistake was made.
YES. I’ve learned a lot and am constantly growing.
Projects where we have found undiscovered amazing talent with true stories that bring to life the human spirit (i.e. Lanvin Advertising, Google Chrome Commercials.)
Loeffler Randall Fall 2013 Lookbook, Photographer: Tom Hines, Stylist: Kat Typaldos
An amazing mentor gave me this advise and it worked: Find the person/company that you admire and offer to work for free. An apprenticeship is the best way to learn the ropes and get your name out there. The experience is invaluable. I waited tables at night, interned during the day, and never looked back.
It’s important to work hard and be available for your clients, staff, work relationships, etc. At the same time, it is important to know when to step away and enjoy life away from work. For me, my work is about people and culture so I could always be working… but that’s okay. If you enjoy what you do and let go of feeling boxed in by it, then accepting your career as an invaluable part of your identity can only help you flourish.
Currently, Forever Young by Bob Dylan (Illustrated by Paul Rogers). Because my baby girl loves when I sing it to her… and the words are so so true.
Our amazing Southwest, USA road trip. Hiking, rock climbing, getting lost in the wilderness.
I lived in Boulder for 4 years during college. Blue sky, fresh air and healthy living… this is my happy place.
Climbing the red rocks, skiing the fresh powder, hiking through the narrow canyons.
I spent a few days on the beach here with one of my best girlfriends. La Barra / José Ignacio… beach bliss.
Amazing food, friendly people… I’ve skied, climbed, beached, hiked, prayed, drank, you name it… Love Italia.
5) New Zealand
I spent a month in New Zealand hiking by myself. The ferry from the North Island to the South was unforgettable. This is a magical land.
Perfect Endings, a premier wedding and special occasion cake designer based in Northern California, was looking to freshen up their logo. They wanted something accessible and refined, but with a twist – so, we got to work. Whenever we start working on a new logo design we like to explore allllll the possibilities. Below is a glimpse of the different styles and approaches we came up with. We love the final design – seen at the bottom.
Visit their website to see the new logo in action and to drool over their delectable creations: perfectendings.com
One of my favorite blogs to visit is The Design Blog. Their website provides me with never-ending inspiration in the areas of graphic design, industrial design, fashion, animation, etc. They provide daily posts and my absolute fave is Monday, Designer of the Week. The graphic designers that they choose are always off the charts. Here’s to hoping one day we will find A Day in May on there…
It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow which means we’ve all been inundated this week with heart-shaped cards and candies. The classic heart comes in all different sizes, colors and mediums, but one of our favorite expressions is from American artist Jim Dine. Dine has made thousands of hearts in his lifetime – from sculptures to paintings to sketches – and they are all very beautiful and very different.
Dine says “I use it as a template for all my emotions. It’s a landscape for everything.” What a sweet and inspiring thought as we share our hearts with our loved ones tomorrow.
Happy Valentine’s Day!