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1. Freelance Wisdom from Kristen Drozdowski

This post. Love. Needed. Loved. Read it. Once. Twice. Thrice?

Not all work is fun – and during those non-fun times, it’s important to always love and embrace the fact that you’re allowing yourself to follow your dream to do something creative for a living! Even when it’s stressful – you’ll love it all if what you’re doing is something that makes you happy.

Found via June Letters, more on Kristen’s site.

2. 40 Reasons to Love Lettering

I love how of Design*Sponge phrased this in her introduction to 40 Reasons to Love Lettering:

As technology becomes more advanced and more impressive, I find myself missing the “old way” of doing things more and more. Even though I love a great digitally printed logo or sign, you can’t beat the hand-painted signs and lettering that used to cover shops, storefronts and the sides of buildings.

I totally agree! Which is all the more reason that I love getting to create so much with lettering in my Etsy shop! I couldn’t have said it better myself! And I loved going through all 40 images of such a wide variety of lettering, from the style of the lettering to the placement of the text! See them all here.

3. Multinational Typeface

I love this new typeface an advertising company in Singapore developed. Representing the flags of countries they do business in, they each remind me of wood cut blocks on old printing presses. Really neat to see the various pieces and flags come together into one cohesive typeface. Found via DesignWorkLife.

4. 271 Years Before Pantone

I’ve been meaning to post a snippet from this book… 271 years before Pantone came out with their “standards of color,” A. Boogert painted in watercolor, variations of color that span 800 pages with handwritten notes indicating how much water diluted each specimen. Truly magnificent in detail! More info here, found via swissmiss.

5. Blossom Type

These floral letters definitely caught my eye as I scrolled through my blog feed, but then when I saw a more behind the scenes photos, I truly appreciated the minute detail and the trained hand it must have taken to assemble such a small and complex piece, times 2+10 numbers! Wow. Found via Good Design Makes Me Happy.

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1. The Bible of Barbecue

I love when my world of design overlaps with my hubby’s world of BBQ. This overlap could not be more true in the form of this consumable book… pages are torn and ripped from their spine to create a meal complete with salt, foil and a dishtowel! It’s pretty amazing… pretty beautiful… pretty one of a kind! If the below video isn’t showing up, click here for more on the project.

The Bible of Barbecue — Tramontina from JWT Brasil on Vimeo.

2. Paper-crafted SXSW

Ever since getting into scrap-booking, I all the more appreciate the time intensive, all consuming detail oriented art of paper cutting! Please take a moment to appreciate this beauty… from Zim & Zou for the SXSW Film Festival. Found via Brave the Woods.

3. 3D Newspaper

Fun stuff! Found via swiss miss, designed by Felipe Salazar.

4. Pinterest Illustrated

I loved watching this short video and animation on how Pinterest works… it truly is a phenomenon and one other amazing way the whole world connects. And of course, the designer in me, loves the case study on coming up with the icons and a breakdown of the various stages the design went through. Read more in Matt Stevens’ portfolio.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QkMOdW0Kyc

5. Sony’s Flower Petal Explosion

Individually hand-picked flower petals, to represent each one of the 8 million pixels in Sony’s new TV exploded from a Costa Rican volcano, creating one beautiful visual! I love the behind the scene images of the crews there to document the petal explosion as well as a teen skateboarder cruising down the petal covered street. Found via The House That Lars Built.

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1. A Map of the World Book

I’m kind of obsessed with maps, especially maps as art. I’ve even posted a whole blog on the maps and globes we have around our house (I think our collection has doubled since that post too!). Anyway, I am loving this book of maps that has been illustrated by a variety of designers.

While Google Maps and GPS systems have become our tools of choice for navigation, contemporary maps have evolved into platforms for cutting-edge illustration, experimental data visualization, and personal visual storytelling.

See more images and purchase the book here.

2. Newsprint Vendors

Thoroughly enjoyed this post on Nubby Twiglet… I love these behind the scenes posts! She generously shares her printing vendors, and I hope she knows how appreciative we all are of her for that! And I have actually wondered quite a few times how to print a newspaper, especially since the Design*Sponge blog started their newspaper a few years ago.

3. A Kid’s Guide to How the Internet Ads Work

Pretty cute animation on how ads work on the Internet! Designed by illustrator Dominic Owen and animator Will Samuel, commissioned by the Internet Advertising Bureau in the U.K… found via swissmiss.

4. Make Your Own Typographic Art

I love making custom artwork for our home (did you see my DIY wall art earlier this week?)… especially when it comes in large oversize type! Ever since my first college class in typography, I’ve never looked at letters the same. Each one is a piece of art in itself and once the letter or number is blown up and cropped, it because so abstract and a completely different shape. Anyway, enough gushing on the beauty of type….

I am a huge fan of A Beautiful Mess’ DIY projects! HUGE fan… especially when they first unveiled using engineer prints (seriously awesome cost effective way to print big!). This new DIY project though plucks at the inner middle schooler in all of us, didn’t we all make collages out of magazines when we were 13?? But who would have thought to scan and print these ransom note-like letters into large scale pieces of art for the home! See the whole tutorial here.

5. 9 Tips for Better Jumping Photos

Okay, I’m obsessed with all the creations that come from A Beautiful Mess… so yes here’s a second feature on them! But this post on acheieving the perfect jumping photo, along with the history of the jumping (aka jumpology) photo had me smiling from ear to ear!

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1. Kickstarter Campaign: Tatay’s Gift

I’ve been meaning to post about Brad and Krystal Woodard’s latest adventure… a children’s book, written and illustrated by the Woodard’s…

In Tatay’s Gift we get to join a young Filipino boy as he goes out to work each day with his Tatay (Tatay is the Tagalog word for dad).

Our mission is to teach the important message of giving and serving each other… Our hope is to at least teach our kids to feel like they have an obligation to help others and care about other’s situations and not just be passive about the things they hear about on the news. We want to teach about unity and loves and the importance of helping out, coming together, and supporting each other. The next generation is going to change this world, and we believe that a wonderful way to reach them is through reading and illustration. Just like Tatay teaches “a life of giving is the best life indeed.”

This book is beautifully illustrated, but with each purchase you are also teaching the world about giving back.

With only a $25 payment, you can not only get the book but also a digital copy! And for $10 more you get a second copy of the book… I think that’s what I will be getting. Would make a perfect gift for one of my many “nephews.”

Check out their blog post about the book here, and their Kickstarter campaign here.

2. Feltron Report

For years now, Nicholas Felton has published a in depth infographic of his life yearly. Ranging from how many cups of coffee he has consumed to how many and which documentaries he watched. You can see the 2012 report here.

But now Feltron has released an app that can help you keep track of the random activities in your day. The app will prompt you throughout the day and will only require seconds to place your response to questions like “are you working today?” and the app will also monitor the temperature of the day, weather, etc. for you. Pretty neat! Get it on iTunes here.

Found via swiss-miss.

3. J&B Limited Tattooed Edition

25 limited edition bottles of scotch blend whisky were literally tattooed! Each and every bottle is totally unique… How cool is that?! Found via The Dieline.

4. Plants for Indoor Use

This is the time of year that I normally start buying plants for our backyard and in a very small way, I’m conquering keeping outdoor plants alive… but when it comes to these household plants, I just can’t seem to get them green. I was overjoyed to see this post on A Beautiful Mess which recommended this great site. Thank you Amber for such a great list! Check out her post as she goes into detail on the best light and temperature for each plant! Really great resource.

5. 30 Day Ab & Squat Challenge

Starting on the 1st of April (not as an April Fool’s prank) I want to attempt this 30 Day Ab & Squat challenge! Of course I pinned this (from Heather Price) just days after pinning an “Edible Cookie Dough for One” recipe. ha!

This pin was originally found via Losing Weight, from Tribe Sports.

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1. Lettering Index

Feeling so very thankful to Brad Woodard for sharing this wonderful lettering resource! The Letter Index is a jackpot of letters and words in a variety of styles from script to logo to hand made. It’s just amazing. Quite often I’m asked to write out someone’s name and just my handwriting will be used for their logo. That’s quite a lot of pressure on my little pen and me, so this will be a hand resource to look up interesting and new ways of adding flourishes to make their letters a little more unique. I’m going to start pinning some right away! See my Handwriting, Lettering and Calligraphy board here.

2. The Hidden Sea

For another jaw dropping typo-centric piece, I’m loving Jon Contino‘s new type and illusration work for The Hidden Sea‚ it’s just gorgeous! I’m already a big fan of Jon Contino, especially his other nautical inspired designs, but this just blows them out of the water (pun intended)… And I just love how the flourishes emulate waves… I just keep staring wide eyed at the letterforms. I kinda want to get a bottle of the wine just to have it on display in my nautical themed office. 🙂 View more images here on The Dieline.

3. Oh Joy! at Target

I just love all these new Target collections by bloggers and designers I’ve been following for years—I posted about Dana Tanamachi’s collection a few months ago! Here’s a video and sneak peek of  Joy Cho’s party collection. So adorable!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNkJ73ciP94

4. Peek Calendar

I haven’t been a fan of the iPhone iOS 7 calendar ever since first installing it. It lost quite a lot of features that I loved, even though it added quite a few! So I was definitely smitten when I saw this new calendar app called Peek Calendar on swiss miss.

5. DIY Concrete Countertops

How amazing are these concrete counters?! I seriously love them! Cost effective and super duraple! Should I add more exclamations to emphasize how much I love them??! See more on A Beautiful Mess.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. Typography Wrapping Paper

Okay now that Thanksgiving is over, how wonderfully cool is this type-centric wrapping paper?? Found via designworklife… designed by Angelo Stitz, and available for purchase here.

2. New York Specialty Coffee Map

This map of New York’s specialty coffee shops would have been extremely handy a few months ago… you can only consume so much Dunkin’ Donuts, ya know? Found via swissmiss, for purchase from Blue Crow Media.

3. Book Sculptures by Jodi Harvey-Brown

I know I’ve raved about paper sculpting and book sculptures before, but come on! They are just so so cool! This particular creation is by Jodi Harvey-Brown… found via Looks Like Good Design.

4. Fiction Inspired Wedding Suites

Speaking of books… after posting that beautifully illustrated wedding map last week, I also had found these ::nerd alert:: invitations to weddings themed after Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Gotta love the random finds of Pinterest.

5. Scrapbooking

It’s kinda crazy how obsessed I’ve become with scrapbooking over these past 2 years while working on books for the brides of weddings I’ve been in (that I plan to share once I get this last one done!). But I seriously love it… the freedom it allows gives me a creative outlet even though I have a creative job. Anyway, I just can’t wait to finish up this last “year of bridal beauty” book but until I can carve away a few moments to actually work on it, I will keep pinning away over some gorgeous layouts such as these. Follow my pins here.

Evernotes Every Friday

1. The Type Deck

These are the most beautiful playing cards I’ve ever seen! Now that I’ve learned how to play poker—have I shared about that yet, Internet?—I’ve been on a playing card spree. Mostly just collecting them as souvenirs during our trip. Anyway, these gorgeous cards have already been fully funded on Kickstarter but you can still get in with a pack for putting up $15 toward the start of the project. Found via Mr. Cup.

2. Our City, Our Home Mural

Hand painted on brick… it’s just gorgeous! Love the behind the scenes images of this installation. Created by Bryan Patrick Todd, another find via Mr. Cup.

3. That’s So Crazy It Just Might Work

Go check out this Kickstarter (yes another one)… it has an awesome video (rant/ that I can’t play here… WordPress.com, please support iframe! /endrant) that you should check out. Basically, its a webshow that will interview people who have done the impossible… showing how they got from square 1 to square 70. Found via Swiss Miss.

We want to do a web show about creativity, entrepreneurship, and uncertainty. And we need your help to do it.

4. 26 Ingenious Home Ideas

This post from Design*Sponge had me smiling at the computer screen for a good 5 minutes! So many great—and easy—ideas! Of course I am showing one of the more “boring” images but its so simple, hence the label “ingenious!”

5. Custom House Portrait

Just last week I posted about Emily Henderson and my new following of her blog… well here she is again, already!

I love this concept… and to have your house in a stylized portrait would certainly make it a great memory down the road.

Just send a snapshot of the house to Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator) and boom, there she goes making it into art!

Evernotes Every Friday

1. All Aboard the Grahamtrak! Birthday Invitations

Well it was finally time to retire my trusty papercutter and get a new one! After a lengthy discussion I did not get this amazing paper cutter at Staples and now finding these adorable birthday invites, I am regretting… oh the perforation! So adorable! Designed by Chris Halverson for his son’s big day, found via For Print Only.

2. DIY Perfume Bottles

So so pretty!! Must find a reason to make these… bridal showers, baby showers? Who wants needs one? Find the DIY on Green Wedding Shoes.

3. Cardboard Food Truck

It’s been the hubby’s dream to own a food truck, as the subject has come up a lot this week this find on swissmiss made me laugh. Support this Kickstarter, let’s get my hubby the food truck of his dreams!

4. German Chocolate Pecan Bars

Another goodie to save for my hubby… He would L-O-V-E these! Recipe found here, originally found via Pinterest.

5. Disney Dishes

I know my time as a Disneyland passholder is drawing to a close… so thankfully I have found this site that has many many many favorite Disneyland recipes. Mmmmm…. Find the Dole Whip recipe here, and many more on Magical Recipes. Originally found on Pinterest.