I like many of you work from home. For years this has served as a challenge. Through the seasons, I’ve tried to find ways to quickly and cheaply increase my productivity by a change in setting. Coffee shops, co-working spaces, and study dates became my norm in hopes of finding a new rhythm. But what happens, when you truly do need to be at-home. While I love the idea of escaping to a shop and finding myself there. Then, there’s the days where multitasking is far more the norm. Laundry needs to be done. Chores and DIY projects have multiple steps with time in-between. Recipes need to be shot. Flat lays, edits, and design projects for clients need to be completed. More than anything, there are days where things need to be efficient and productive.
With the onset of every year, Pantone rolls out a color. While I initially saw some of these choices as arbitrary, I have come to embrace the influence this choice has on fashion and home trends. In the past few years, colors chosen have been harder to embrace. We had years of fuschia, tangerine, sapphire blue, and blush. While these colors are great in isolated moments, I couldn’t imagine how a room filled with orange could be amazing. However, this year’s color is one that I adore. With variations of green found in nature and my love of house plants, I can’t wait to see how this color influences the market. Meet Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.
Hustle. It’s a word that’s been thrown around a lot by creatives lately. What makes it good? What makes it bad? In the fourth quarter, as a lifestyle blogger, designer, and owning a physical location, it seems like there is always more to do. The list gets longer as I try to grow my business. Over the past six months, it seems that clients have been coming out of the woodwork. I know for many this would be a great problem to have. As an entrepreneur, the drive to increase an income ceiling keeps me going, onboarding new clients quickly, and hoping that they have a great experience with our studio. What makes good hustle? What determines your workflow? How do you work on your business, not solely in your business? Is it okay to be overwork, impassioned, but constantly frazzled? What determines what you do and what you don’t do?
This project is going to be making a dream into reality for a new company and I’m overjoyed to partner with them. Providing a line of men’s grooming products, the client is going for a classic Americana feel, appealing to the manliest of men. Focusing on the use of deliberate marks, this identity harrows back to etched drawing and linotypes. I have a feeling many illustrations of bears will be in my workflow over the next week! I’ll be sharing more as this project progresses.
There’s something about this DIY that is brilliant, simple, and timeless. Providing great visual impact for a little bit of money, I love the way these guys turned out. It makes the cheap bookcases from big box stores look custom and all dressed up for a night out. You can’t beat that. Keep on reading to discover how to make this DIY for around $10.