Holiday Gift Guides: Part 1

Holiday season is in full swing! Still looking for the perfect gift for all those on your list?  I’ve created several Holiday Gift Guides containing some of my favorite items, to help you find something for everyone. The best part? All gifts are under $50. Kicking off this week of holiday gift guides, I present presents for the hostess/entertainer + designer. Enjoy!
Hostess Entertainer Gift
1. ILLUME Candle
2. Cocktail Napkins
3. The Social Type Matchboxes
4. Black, White + Gold Coasters
5
Gold Ice Bucket
6. Champagne Gummy Bears

graphic designer gift guide
1. Ampersand cheese + crackers board
2. Pantone mug + to go thermos
3. Well designed temporary tattoos
4. Typographic coasters
5. Mac + iPad sleeves
6. Moleskine journal

Noteworthy 12/11

noteworthy articles
December is flying by! I can’t believe we are so close to Hanukkah/Christmas, and let me tell you, I’m SO excited. Enjoy today’s noteworthy link roundup of articles I find interesting + inspiring.

Design:
• Oh my gosh, a watch based off of the classic font Helvetica.
• Last week, Pantone announced the 2015 Color of the Year. HOW magazine has collected reactions from across the web.
• I am a big fan of simple wordmarks that serve as logos. This article explains the importance of type in life + design.
Five web design trends to watch in 2015.

Misc.:
• The top 10 most watched YouTube videos of 2014.
• The 35 best cities for young adults to live. (Spoiler, Seattle is in the top 10, of course!)
Newton’s Laws of Productivity, aka how to get stuff done.
• Six small changes to start your day better.

Color (of the year) my World

Today’s Color My World is in honor of the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015, Marsala. Enjoy!
Pantone Color of the Year
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Noteworthy 12/4

Noteworthy Links
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting into the holiday spirit! Here is a round up of some great links I found this week.
Design:
• Pantone has announced the 2015 Color of the Year!
• What every young designer should know.
• Loving this creative + colorful packaging.
• Yahoo Mail has partnered up with Paperless Post to bring beautiful designs right to your email to use for your correspondence.

Misc.:
• Procrastinate? Most of us do. Check out these steps to help minimize your procrastination.
• The New York Times has released the 100 Notable Books 0f 2014. You may find your next book club book.
• Looking for some new music? Buzzfeed has compiled a list of 40 lesser known songs.
• Why do we have our own unique laugh?

Font Friday 6.6

From-Rain-to-Shine-SanFrancisco
FRIDAY. I hope you all had a great week and are able to relax and do something fun this weekend. Today’s free font download is Adobe’s newest creation, and has me and all my design friends totally geeking out. It pulls characteristics from Helvetica (a tried + true typeface, arguably one of the most popular of all time) and combines them with DIN (my current favorite font, legible, visually interesting and seemingly growing in popularity daily.) Designed by Adobe for their new Apple watches, this typeface is versatile and contains numerous weights, making it ideal for any design project large or small. Link to download is in this article, at the bottom. Have a great weekend!
San Francisco Typeface

[I do not claim ownership to this font, or any fonts showcased on Font Friday. Please read licenses before using.]

Noteworthy 11/20

noteworthy links
GUYS…7 days away from Thanksgiving! Here are some of my favorite noteworthy links from this past week. Enjoy this Friday eve (aka Thursday).

Design:
• Vintage menu designs from various Los Angeles restaurants.
• Calling all typography lovers: this new Apple font is the perfect hybrid between Helvetica + Din that you didn’t know you totally need.
• This Creative Directors Playbook on Flipboard.
• Loving the texture + typography in this design firm’s work based in Uruguay.

Misc.:
• How are you spending your life? This video puts it in perspective.
• Cooking for Thanksgiving this year? Check out this Thanksgiving food calculator, to help you determine what you need, and how much. Brilliant!
• Looking for the perfect gift? The Sweet Escape has put together quite the impressive gift guide, Merry Mag. LOVE!
• Have you seen Megan Trainor’s new music video, Lips are Movin’? They partnered with HP and brought in next-gen influencers (Viners, Instagrammers, YouTubers + Bloggers) to create a fun, colorful and eye catching video. Check out behind the scenes here.

Midweek Motivation 1.1 – Gratitude


midweek motivation: practice gratitude Thanksgiving is only EIGHT days away! What are you thankful for? Even in the darkest of times, we can always find someone or something to be grateful for. Psychology shows us that an attitude of gratitude can have a huge, positive impact one’s mental state, and perception of the world. For today’s midweek motivation, beautifully written by Elizabeth, I challenge you to look for something to smile about or be grateful for.

[Calligraphy by Elizabeth Phillips]

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving
Last week, I threw a Friendsgiving party for me + my girlfriends from Seattle. It has become our annual tradition since moving to LA, but this year I teamed up with Tiny Prints to make it even more magical. Head on over to their blog to see my full recap, photos and details of the event!
Friendsgiving
[Photos by Yael Nov Photography]

Noteworthy 11/13

inhale and exhale stress
We are only two weeks away from Thanksgiving, aka my favorite holiday, aka the BEST time of year. I’m pretty excited. The holiday’s and end of the year can be a stressful time. Remember to breathe and focus on the happy things. Enjoy today’s link roundup of inspiring articles from across the web!

Design:
• Remember this S’mores party I did in collaboration with Tiny Prints? Check it out on weheartparties.com!
• Get me to Brussels, and stat! Pantone has opened up a color lovers dream hotel, aptly named the Pantone Hotel. Have a look, and tell me your thoughts.
• Typography is key, some even say that it’s 95% of good web design, which is why companies are “future proofing” their typefaces.
#crafttherainbow: Check out The House That Lars built on Instagram, and follow along with this colorful + inspirational hashtag!

Misc.:
• Instagram now allows you to edit your captions on photos…buh-bye spelling mistakes! Now if they could create a better way to toggle between different accounts, that’d be greaaaat.
Seven social media tips from Queen Bey (‘s social media manager) herself.
• Inhale, Exhale, just like it says. Here are some quick yoga tips to help you feel better while working.

Color My World: New York Edition

You may remember that I teamed up with my friend Christy of Avoiding Atrophy in January to post Colors of Winter. With all the beautiful changing colors, we decided to showcase fall colors in New York. Since Los Angeles is seasonally challenged (believe me, I love the warm weather, but do miss the occasional rain!), Christy took some beautiful photos of New York/Brooklyn showing all fall in all it’s glory. Enjoy!
color my world
color my world new york
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color my world new york

[Photo credit: Christy of Avoiding Atrophy]