The Absurdity of Spec Work

I began my career in the advertising industry, where I first learned that clients actually expected to get a lot of TLC… for free. I always marveled that folks were actually willing to do that; to give away their time, energy and ideas for just a glimmer of possibility that they’d be tapped for future work. Love seeing this parody of the creative bidding process in new business pitches; truly illustrates how silly the concept is…


A Glimpse of Spring

It’s only February, and I’m already getting a bit impatient for the coming of spring. To tide me over, these lovely watercolors by bay area artist, Elise Morris.

Finding beauty in the unexpected, Elise works from a deep desire to learn her natural surroundings.  She begins each piece with a simple line drawing, and adds layers and layers of translucent paint.  The resulting paintings and drawings explore concepts of nature, at the edge of abstraction.



A Kiss Deferred

An animated version of a narrative by Nikolina Kulidžan; part of the New York Times series on Modern Love. (You can read the whole article here.)

Have a very Happy Valentines Day this weekend! xoxo

Designed and directed by Moth Collective
Produced by Nicholas van der Kolk
Written by Nikolina Kulidžan
Animation: Marcus Armitage, Joe Bichard, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Noriko Ishibe, Eamonn O’ Neill, Claudio Salas, Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits
Sound Design: Nicholas van der Kolk
Client: The New York Times
Production year: 2015

Fall 2016 Color Trends from Pantone

New colors from Pantone for Fall 2016!

The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family.

Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

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Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens

I don’t know why, but I needed something folksy today. Maybe it reminds me of a simpler time (that’s a terrible cliché, I know); soft and misty. There’s a calming effect I appreciate, like curling up under a cozy throw with a good book and warm cup of tea – which is precisely what I’d like to be doing at this moment… Should Have Known Better by Sufjan Stevens from the album Carrie & Lowell, 2015.

Carrie & Lowell

Sneaky Veggies


Vicki Turner is a British Designer and Illustrator with a passion for the natural world. She was asked to create a brand identity for Sneaky Veg – a blog by a mom named Mandy, whose mission is to get her children to eat more fruits and vegetables. She wanted an identity that communicated the sneaky yet good intentioned methods of making wholesome fruit and veg recipes into firm kid favorites.

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Fresh Inspiration from Pattern Curator

Pattern Curator makes me happy. It’s a fabulous resource for inspiration that I strongly encourage you to check out… you can get lost in there (in a good way)!

Pattern Curator collects images and photos to create a visual short story. Our goal is to inspire and connect like minded creative individuals, like yourself. We offer a look at print, pattern & color trends in a minimalistic point of view. Each board is curated visually in a way that is directional, relevant & trend-right. Whether you’re in the industry, an artist, designer, student, blogger, or have an interest in pretty pics, we hope you are inspired to create something amazing.

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