ABD giveaway featuring the Bling Brush and Glitzy Glove!

Blogger Ashley Brooke Designs is giving away a killer bundle of goodies, including two products I created the brand identity and packaging for, Baublerella's Bling Brush and Glitzy Glove! See them in the middle there? I hope to put together a full post and project page with the work I did for Baublerella very soon, but in the meantime...

Enter to win here. Contest ends September 30, 2015 - hurry! 

Brooklyn Bridge gold foil art prints.

I have a new limited edition art print series over at Minted! Here's the first of three: Brooklyn Bridge. Made just for those who "heart NYC" and for folks whose walls are not complete without a bit of bling. Minted has a great variety of frames to match your decor style, but of course you can purchase it sans frame too.

826 Valencia reception with Jessica Hische tonight!

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As part of 826 Valencia's year-long 10th anniversary celebration, I had the honor of working with 826 Creative Director, Maria Ines Montes, to produce a bang-up commemorative journal. After weeks (err, months) of brainstorming, we decided that reaching out to Bay Area creative locals would be the perfect way to combine community + amazing design, in the name of raising funds for 826 Valencia's literacy programs.

For the first edition of what will hopefully be a collectible series, Jessica Hische came aboard. She is truly a wizard! In just days after our initial meeting, she designed the gorgeous cover photographed here. We've named it "The Captain's Log". We spent a morning working with the fine fellows at Ace Embossing, oohing and aahing over foil swatches, ogling their bikini-lady posters from 1983, and making press adjustments to achieve that perfect hit.

Jessica will be signing the limited edition journals tonight at The Pirate Supply Store. Join us for an intimate reception followed by a Q&A session at 6:00!

From 826 Valencia's site:

The Captain’s Log is just the place to put all those star charts and navigational notes you’ve heretofore been stashing in crumpled bunches in pockets and drawers and other misguided places. Keep your voyage plans—and your almost too accurate caricatures of the entire crew—safe in this fine leather-like notebook designed by the renowned letterer Jessica Hische.

Please note: this item is currently a pre-order. Journals signed by artist Jessica Hische will ship out on Monday, April 15th. Advance (unsigned) copies are also currently available in store.

Black pleather Piccadilly notebook with gold foil

8.25″x 5″

Design by Jessica Hische

Interior pages available in plain, lined, or graph

The first in a series of limited edition journals featuring original designs by guest artists. 100% of the proceeds will benefit 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and excitement for learning among San Francisco and Bay Area youth.

New: Storybook letterpress wedding invitation.

Exciting news: Storybook is now available in lovely letterpress at Minted! As part of Minted's inaugural line of custom letterpress wedding designs, the Storybook suite includes invitations, response cards, directions cards, information inserts and folded thank you cards.

Be sure to check out the full collection - there are some gorgeous designs by talented folks like Alethea and Ruth, Lauren Chism, Annie Clark, R Studio, Kristen Smith, Moglea, Root Beer Float, Penelope Poppy, Wondercloud Design, Unless Someone Like You, Ann Gardner, The Social Type, Olive and Violet, Paper Dahlia, Teresa Lang, and Jennifer Wick.

Dribbble and some logos.

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At the beginning of the year, I made a pact with myself to use Dribbble more. My incredible-designer friend, Danny Zevallos, sent me an invite a while back and after a few semi-confused, halfhearted "shots" (what was with the basketball metaphors, anyway?!), I put Dribbble on the backburner and didn't play for months.

But I have picked up the ball again! I've found that it's an amazing resource for inspiration, finding graphic designers/type designers/illustrators, and a good networking tool. I have discovered some ridiculously talented creative forces from all over the world via Dribbble – to name a few: Bijdevleet from the Netherlands, Marco Goran Romano from Italy, Lydia Nichols from Philly, JC Desevre from France, and Jeremy Pruitt from Colorado. And, as one who-just-doesn't-blog-as-much-as-one-probably-should, posting a quick Dribbble shot is an easy way to publish recent work and to get feedback on works-in-progress.

Below are some recent Dribbble shots (and "rebounds") of logo explorations I created for a client, Hereafter Events. If you're a fellow Dribbbler, find me here!

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