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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]

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.

Noteworthy 11/6

Find Your Happiness
Happy first week of November! I have some really big things in the works and I can’t wait to share with you next week! Happy Friday eve, and enjoy this weeks inspirational and noteworthy links!

Design:
• Chipotle’s new series on their bags + cups, Cultivating Thought, is both well designed and a fun read.
• Buzzed killed it with this list of 40 colorful Instagram accounts to follow.
• Want to feel really inspired by typography? Check out this portfolio by Bryan Patrick Todd.
• Kiehl’s teamed up with two artists to create this year’s limited addition packaging. Pretty awesome results.

Misc:
• Caught the travel bug? Check out this list of places to travel in your 20’s.
• Familiar with A Beautiful Mess? I love their blog, and now they have launched ABM exclusive items in their shop. Pretty cute stuff!
10 Steps to Happier Living…it’s not too hard :)
• This has become my FAVORITE YouTube video. Just try to watch without smiling.

Noteworthy 10/30

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Happy Hallo-week! I’m so excited for my costume (I finished it last night) and can’t wait to share. In the meantime, enjoy these links to get you through your Thursday!
Design:
• Norway redesigned their currency, and it is A W E S O M E.
• A color palette for your day.
• J.Crew for Paperless Post? Yes please!
• Have you heard of Niice.co? Their tagline, A Search Engine with Taste sounds like my kind of site!

Misc:
• Still need a quick DIY Halloween Costume? My friend Kelly has a ton to choose from!
• What’s your Halloween horoscope?
• Why are Victorian homes so CREEPY?
Jack-o-lantern pie pops? YUM, Leah has done it again!

Midweek Motivation 1.0

mid week motivation quote
Happy Wednesday before Halloween! Needing some midweek motivation? I’ve teamed up with Elizabeth to bring you inspiring, feel good, or positive quotes to help get through the last few days until the weekend! Enjoy!!
[Calligraphy by Elizabeth Phillips]

Font Friday 6.5 + Noteworthy 10/24

Friday! Since yesterday I posted my fall cocktails post, I thought today I would double up on the usual Font Friday and Noteworthy inspiration. Hope you all have a great weekend!
Font Friday
Recently, I have been watching a bit of Shark Tank, and it is safe to say I am obsessed. When one of my gal pals, Ryan, sent me a list of inspirational Mark Cuban quotes, I knew I needed to make one of them a Font Friday. The typeface, Heuristica, comes in both regular + bold weights, and includes italics for both. Bonus! Enjoy the noteworthy articles below.

Design:
• Reading about Oh Joy! and her Target collaboration, part 1, 2 + 3, now that her final collection is out
• This beautiful look book designed by Kate Arends
• Can you design happiness?
• Loving this bright + fun packaging + logo design

Misc:
• Mark Cuban’s motivational quotes for the worker in all of us
• Struggle with productivity? Check out this productivity quest.
• Change up your morning routine + improve your day
• A workspace for extroverts? Yes please!

Featuring: Balue/Co.

A few months ago, I got the most adorable card for my birthday. Curious as to who the designer was, I looked up the name and BINGO, came across Balue/Co. I loved the style, and upon learning more about the company and designer, discovered they were based in Seattle. I emailed Lauren, the founder and creative behind this fun brand, to see how our home town influences her work, and what her art background is.
Featuring Balue/Co.

1. What was the inspiration behind starting Balue/Co.? 

Balue/Co. was born out of a need for a creative outlet outside of the corporate design job I had at the time. Balue evolved out of a little blog and Etsy shop I was running at the time, simply called Lauren Wallace Design. Back then I made jewelry, but my background is in graphic design, and I eventually felt that I wanted to take my shop in a more graphics-focused route. I’m continuously inspired by pattern design, and began working within that more and more in my spare time. I launched the collection in 2013, and Balue/Co. was born!
2. If you could describe your company in three words, what would they be?
Focusing on the experience I want people to have when they encounter Balue/Co. cards, I would have to say versatile, thoughtful, and a little playful.
3. Do you have an art background, or were you naturally gifted?
I grew up drawing, and I’ve dabbled in most of the studio arts, but it wasn’t until college when I really became focused on graphic design, which is what I got my degree in. Lately, I’ve been enjoying getting back into a studio environment, working on a variety of little side projects involving hand lettering and illustration. It’s a fun challenge to create art off of the computer, and I enjoy the imperfection of non-digital work.
4. What are some things you do when you have a creative block?
Well, in Seattle it’s definitely going outside for a walk around the lake, or just through the winding quiet roads behind my place. Otherwise, I think just getting away from your project for a while, even just 15 minutes, can be a real help. I watch YouTube videos, clean my apartment, bake something tasty… I’ve definitely found that my best work comes organically when I take my time with a project. If only projects could be like that at work!
Featuring Balue/Co.
5. How much does Seattle influence your work?
Seattle keeps me creatively fueled in many ways, which in turn inspires me to keep trying new things in my work. For example,  I’m finding a lot of pattern inspiration in the plants and flowers that are overflowing from my neighborhood. I also find that a lot of my inspiration comes from local music, travel around the Northwest, and the food culture here in Seattle. 
6. Coffee or Tea?
Coffee! This is Seattle, after all.

Color My World 2.8

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Font Friday 6.4

It’s that time again…the WEEKEND! I hope you all have a great Friday and an even better weekend!
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Loving this art deco inspired font, Le Super Serif, that can be downloaded from here. Not only is the font a beautiful serif, it also comes with numerous ligatures that make this font have a little more personality. Enjoy!