While in Austin, Liz mentioned to me that she had seen some posters for a Wes Anderson Film Festival. I'm all WHAT!? WHEN!? In Austin!? Yes, in Austin, October 2-4th.
As you might know, I'm a big fan. So I got all giggly.
Then it was discovered that it's all fake. A grad-student project at AAU (put on by one of the speakers we saw at HOW!)
I still want to go to there.
After what seems like months at summer camp I am finally home from the How Design Conference.
If I had to find an overarching theme in the experience it would be: IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU. The conference and speakers reinforced my design philosophies that you should design from a personal and emotional place. The more you experience, the more you have to offer. Document and archive.
Tara, at ThirdDegreeCreative will be doing a few posts about our experience at the HOW Design conference.
It has been my goal for a little bit now to interject handmade elements into my designs at work. Whether it's using an xacto knife instead of photoshop or building my own sets.
So yesterday, when I got to see the handmade rockstar, Kate Bingaman-Burt of ObsessiveConsumption.com, give a presentation on Craftivisim at the HOW Design Conference I nearly peed myself.
She was a really fun and passionate speaker. Another example of how consitency and focus make a fantastic impact.
She addressed issues of handmade being a trend, how not to kill it, and to use it when appropriate.
Visit her at obsessiveconsumption.com.
I am learning SO much at the HOW Design Conference. I have exactly 12 minutes until I need to head out the door to my next session but I wanted to leave you all with this.
The Neenah Paper tradeshow booth. They're the same ones that make the Eames, you know, my favorite paper stock ever. Apparently they know EXACTLY who they are marketing to: Me.
Before the break of dawn Liz and I headed to the airport - and so it was the beginning of our adventure!
After a couple of relatively uneventful flights we made our way to Austin and checked into our hotel.
And like any two adults on a business trip the first thing we did upon arriving was jump on the bed.
I am crazy-busy today trying to finalize work projects before jumping on a plane to go to the How Design Conference in Austin, TX.
I want to leave you with this image of my mom.
1972, in Hawaii soon after marrying my dad.
Make sure you check out Layers of Meaning tomorrow to read more about this photo of my hot mom as a part of the Through Her Eyes series.
In the meantime, I will try and update from Austin.
Next to invitations my favorite thing to design are annual reports. Yeah, sounds boring, huh?
I designed this report for OU College of Nursing. They like to use a lamp theme playing off of Florence Nightingale. They had this vintage lamp they wanted to use and I said "can we do the whole report vintage?"
They said yes and made all of their archives full of old equipment and photos available to me.
Me and my photographer spent an entire day in the library shooting photos of everything from old bed pans to syringes.
I was able to print this report in 4-color process plus a hit of metallic ink.
This is one of my favorite spreads featuring nursing uniforms over the decades.
And I have a special place in my heart for financials. I LOVE designing charts and graphs.
Friday night, right after work, Jeremy and I packed up the car to head down to Lake Texoma to go fishing with my dad.
Something about driving through small, rural towns makes me feel funny. I wish I could pinpoint the feeling of uneasiness and explain it with words.
He has a weekend trailer by the lake with red shag carpet.
When we arrived he made us the best baked potatoes ever and a steak for Jeremy. We drank nice beers and talked about lures, air quality and fish he once knew.
And then we had some coconut cream pie.
Just when I thought we were all about to hit the sack he said "let's go catch some catfish!"
I didn't realize we were walking onto the set of a horror movie.
The catfish wouldn't bite - but Jeremy caught this guy.
The next morning we woke at the crack of dawn. My dad had bought us fresh cinnamon rolls from Braums.
The piers weren't quite so scary in the morning sun.
Bright-eyed and bushy tailed.
My dad. In his element.
The fish weren't quite biting. So we looked for clues from the birds and spotted a bald eagle.
We went "trolling" and they finally started to bite.
When I was a kid we lived on a lake. My dad would take me out fishing on a daily basis. He would pack me a lunch with peanut butter and jelly, cheetos, graham crackers and oreos - he'd tell me not to eat it too fast or I'd get bored. I always ate too fast and always wound up bored. But when he would catch a fish that was too small he would have me touch the fish eye, make a wish, and throw it back into the lake.
We wound up with 14 fish.
And full bellies.
We had the best time. Thanks, Dad. Happy Father's Day.
The June 09 Anthropologie catalog is in and was shot in Austin, TX. The art direction and styling is fantastic, as always.
AND! Next week Liz and I are going to the HOW Design Conference in... AUSTIN!
I love the way they did the page numbers. I love taking mundane subjects (in graphic or interior or fashion design) and making them fabulous.
Cool photo treatment and typography.
I want a bed this plush and cozy - but a little less girly - maybe a striped ticking pattern would be nice.
I know this talented guy (a friend of a friend) that makes movie shorts. Hilarious movie shorts. He even worked for Jimmy Kimmel for a while.
He recently posted to Facebook with a status that he needed someone with a motorcycle or scooter and I replied "I have a scooter!" and then he asked me if I could drive it down the street in a pile of leaves - and of course, I obliged.
Check it out.
My friend Caroline is marrying her longtime boyfriend this summer and asked me to design a wedding invitation for them. It's going to be a small and intimate ceremony on the beach in Florida but she wants to have a bigger reception for the rest of her friends and family when they get back.
I suggested we design an oversized postcard - one for the ceremony invitation and another announcing their nuptials and upcoming reception.
Matt and Caroline have the sweetest little daughter - so I thought it would be cute to include her (represented by a little seashell) on the invitation.
Caroline had these printed at a copy shop - which goes to show how far a good design can go with a modest print budget.
Liz has finished painting the trim in her place and I wanted to capture all the "before" shots before she makes any more progress.
The living room:
Here you can see a swatch of the medium-grey she is painting the walls.
The office / guest bedroom:
This room will go under some major transformation including (but not limited to) ripping out that sink over the tub set up.
The master bedroom:
The dining room:
The kitchen will also undergo some major remodeling.
So there you have it! The place is oozing with potential and the most dramatic, initial, transformation will be with wall color. Liz is limiting her palette to three colors - white (trim), light pale grey (just enough contrast to the trim), and a medium grey for a little drama.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
You can contact Kathleen at
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Trekking to Everest
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J & K: Blog Archive
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- Veggie Gardening
- Wes Anderson Film Festival
- Stamped Type on a Hang Tag
- HOW! Design Conference Wrap Up
- Around Austin: S. Congress
- HOW! Craft + Activism = Craftivism
- HOW! Paper Samples
- HOW! We've Arrived.
- Annual Report Design
- Gone Fishin'
- Anthropologie Inspiration
- That Time I Drove My Scooter Down The Street Cover...
- Wedding Invitation: Beach Side
- Liz's First Home: The Before Shots
- The Uniform Project
- Paper Inspiration
- Saturday Night
- THE car
- This Weekend
- Busy, busy.
- Layers Of Meaning: Shoes
- Rand Elliott Letterhead
- Around OKC: Jessica Alba Loves Sharks
- Veggie Gardening
- Simplify Sundays: Closet Organization
- Sunday Morning
- Closet Envy
- Screen printing at home
- Liz's First Home: The Trim
- Invitation: Heritage Open House
- Picture Frames
- Sick Day
- Rugs, rugs, rugs.
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- Eva Black | Spaces
- Emma Dime
- Life as an Artistpreneur
- Jane Reaction
- Ink & Letters
- Meg Biram | The Edit
- Sarah Von Bargen's Small Biz Blog
- Design Crush
- The Equals Record
- Emmarie Designs
- Rory Gordon
- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
- Sandra Juto
- Old Sweet Song
- Rambling Renovators
- Brooklyn Bride
- Design Crush
- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
- Dressing on the Side
- The Oklahoman
- Young House Love
- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
- Brooklyn Limestone
- Glamour Weddings