Category Archives: Inspiration

10 Things: Now Trending

Trends are a funny thing. They come in waves, and just as quickly as something becomes popular, it can become passé. Looking on Instagram, Pinterest + blogs, it is interesting to see what objects, colors + designs keep showing up across all mediums. After thinking about what items I keep repeatedly seeing, I complied a list of the top 10 things I see as “trending” right now. Whether its a giant balloon letters, palm leaves or flamingos, these colors/objects are having their moment in the design + blog eye.
Now trending
[10 | 9 | 8 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1 ]
What are your thoughts? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments if there is other trends you think I should include next time! Check back NEXT week for trends that I see are on the rise. They may be the next big thing.

Noteworthy 4/30

productivity
It’s been a minute since I’ve done these roundups, but earlier this week I came across an article that resonated with me and wanted to share (plus its a great way to get back into the flow of my weekly roundups!) The article was discussing the difference between being busy and productive. I’ve decided to stop telling myself “I’m so busy” and instead focus on prioritizing what needs to be done. The article, “how successful people work less, and get more done” takes about strategies that many successful individuals use to maximize their time and creativity. Spoiler alert, it has nothing to do with apps or assistants. I hope this week’s round up of noteworthy links provides some entertainment and inspiration!

Design:
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A website to help you with the perfect font pairing when you’re feeling stuck
• The font(s) on your resume say a lot more than you think. Here are the best + worst fonts to use.
• Making Comic Sans….beautiful?

Misc.:
• The habits of successful + productive individuals
• To get what you want, know what you want
• 10 fun ways to put a spring in your step, according to Kate Spade
• Instagram launches is new @music social platform

Bright + Sunny Stock Photos

Hello! After a month long blogging brain break (and a crazy amount of new clients and design work!) I’m back with a post I’ve been thinking about for a while. I love finding stock images that don’t look like stock images. Well curated, highly stylized and excellently designed photos are all things that catch my eye + separate the “wow” photos from the pack. I went through one of my favorite sites, Stocksy, and gathered a round up of some bright + sunny images that I love + can’t believe are stock images. (For all the people stuck in cold climates, hopefully these pics hold you until summer!)
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[I take no credit for the images posted above. All images are found on + are property of Stocksy. Please click on the images to take you to original link.]

Color My World 3.1

color my world pantone color palette
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Noteworthy 3/5

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Design:

• A brilliant brand integration between Fox + iStock.
Animal illustrations with a hipster flair.
Awesome packaging for FROLIC, flavored peanut butter.
• A quick video on why packaging really is important.

Misc.:
13 podcasts to inspire and make you smarter.
Ikea furniture that will be able to charge your phone wirelessly.
Easily distracted like me? Could have something to do with your creativity.
Airbnb is always doing interesting+ out of the box campaigns. Check out their newest.

Color My World 3.0

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Noteworthy 2/17

#thedailyshine3
THURSDAY. I am off to Seattle to do some wedding planning (!!), and meet with a bunch of vendors. All you wedding pros, planners and enthusiasts, what are some of the best tips you have for staying organized? Let me know! Enjoy this week’s round up of noteworthy links from around the web!

Design:
• How an old school publishing house is using digital design to sell their books (Check out the interactive site.)
30 beautiful reasons to love red, pink, orange + yellow.
• Love love love the packaging design on these chocolate truffles
• This super detailed, hand illustrated map of Paris by Jenni Sparks is so well done, I can’t stop looking at it.

Misc.:
• Need some inspiration for your Oscar viewing party? My friend (and expert event designer) Simply Troy has some great hosting tips over on La Crema‘s blog. (I also designed some pretty awesome Oscar ballots + bingo cards that are available to download on their site.)
• A simple secret to finding happiness.
• Have you see Drake’s newest mixtape, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” album cover? The typographic choice is…interesting, and was very quickly turned into an interactive site. Play around with your own album name creations here.
• Redecorating your home? Check out this year’s interior design trends.
• Wanderlust? Check out this gorgeous travel site to inspire your next trip.

Noteworthy 2/12

Valentine's Day
Love is certainly in the air with Valentine’s Day around the corner. Whether you have a hot date, or plan on laying low, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy this week’s round up of noteworthy links found across the web.

Design:
• While it is sunny + warm here in LA, the other coast has been bundling up. One person decided to make the best of the falling snow and created temporary typographic beauties.
• Remember Microsoft Paint? Bet you haven’t seen art this gorgeous come out of that program.
• Peak Brooklyn hipster levels have been reached. What do you think of this super clean branding?
• Did you see yesterday’s post about this year’s trending Valentine’s Day inspiration + visuals?

Misc.:
Do you follow me on Instagram? I’ve created a hashtag for positive quotes, mantras + inspiration: #TheDailyShine. Check it out, and start adding your own! @fromraintoshine
• Find your wine and cheese soulmate with this program.
• I hosted a Galentine’s Day with Party Pail. Check it out here!
How to rock at social media, according to one popular model.
10 Things I Learned + Loved This Weekend: Bright Bazaar‘s weekly serious of gorgeous photos, happy thoughts + lovely colors.

Noteworthy 2/5

FR2S-Happiness
Happy Thursday! Enjoy this week’s Noteworthy round up! Be sure to check out Tuesday’s DIY to learn how to make these awesome floral centerpieces!

Design:
Packaging design trends for 2015.
• Did you know Pantone does a color of the day?
• Famous painting recreated with Pantone chips.
• An illustrator brings pop culture to Starbucks sleeves.

Misc.:
• Overwhelmed? Try these productivity tips.
• It’s not too late to start creating an amazing 2015.
Motivational quotes for entrepreneurs.
• Check out a guest Galentine’s Day post I did for Chelsea over on Lovely Indeed.

Noteworthy 1/29

Clear Your Mind
After a month long break, and a few days at Alt Summit, I am back and inspired. Check out this week’s round up of noteworthy links that I have found inspiring.

Design:
• If you saw Aaron Draplin’s inspiring interview last month, here are a few more nuggets to get you pumped on design.
• Movies on Netflix for every designer.
Creativity hacks for those who may not consider themselves “creative.”
• A card game to help discover your brand.

Misc:
• An interesting perspective on a way to save time.
• The search for the perfect nap. Is there one?
Social media, according to a teen.
• Super Bowl predictions from a variety of sources. GO HAWKS!