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This past weekend, I visited my boyfriend, Chris, in Washington D.C. to celebrate his birthday. Naturally, I decided I should fly 1,000-ish miles from St. Louis with a homemade birthday cake for him. (Obviously.) This may seem like a bit of a hassle, but it surprisingly was not. Was it hilariously awesome? Affirmative. People ate it up. Not literally… but some wanted to.
Let me break my cake traveling process down for you: First, I had a man help me with my luggage for the “safety” of the cake. Then, when I was checking my bags, a group of Southwest employees ganged up on me saying they’d have to confiscate it. (And might I add that they kept disturbingly straight faces at first. Definitely threw my NOYOULIESTOPTRICKIN radar off.)
While waiting in the security check line, a man inquired about the future owner of the cake and demanded repeatedly that he [Chris] better downright appreciate it. (It’s cool, stranger man. You couldn’t have known that I have the sweetest guy alive.) Then the security guard announced to all with a chuckle that both laptops and special cakes should be placed in their own trays. And while the cake was moving through the X-ray machine, I heard her say, “I’m going to need to taste test this one.”
As I was boarding the plane, a fellow traveler stopped abruptly, cackled and proceeded to ask me 7.524 million questions about the cake. Once I made it on the plane, the flight attendant clapped and announced I’d brought cake for everyone while I walked down the aisle. And throughout all this, countless small children eyed the flying cake up and down with lust.
And all this took place before 7 a.m. Whew! Now I know how to make friends at the airport.
As I approach a hectic week, I decided taking an hour this evening to light a candle, put on Christmas music and be creative without expectation was completely necessary. I received a beautifully designed and printed Toms catalogue in the mail this past week. So, naturally, I had to cut it up. (Better than looking at it once or twice and then throwing it away, right?) The result: three merry little cards.
Friendly paper-sliced cards
Materials + Process: A Toms catalogue cut into strips and pasted with a glue stick on blank greeting cards
Music: “A Very She & Him Christmas”
Candle Scent: Balsam & Cedarwood
This past Tuesday, I went with a few friends to see Matt Nathanson perform at the Pageant. One of the best concert I’ve been to. For shiz. This has a little to do with the fact that Matt Nathanson is a crowd-pleasing, booty-shaking, talented hot tottie. Yep… partially because of this. But it’s moreso because my friends and I were right up front by the stage.
Usually I get to concerts casually late and stand toward the back or balcony areas. I’m a chill observer– happy to be there, but not fully jumping-in-the-party engaged. (Or whatever.) And I think, “I’m glad we’re not crowded in the front,” or, “It’s nice that we came late and can leave a little early to beat the crowd.”
But I learned during this concert that getting there before anyone’s playing and being bumped around by crazy weirdo fans and not being able to leave at any point for the bathroom or a drink and staying the whole time is completely fantastic. All of these little inconveniences weren’t inconveniences at all in the moment. I was too enthralled to be bothered, and being up front brought me to a higher level of energy. I was upclose and personal with the artist, and I could feel his passion. In a way, I felt honored to witness his gift so closely.
So, I guess what I’m saying is that I’ve officially converted from a mature fan to an excitable, screaming groupie-esque fan. And strangely, I’m cool with this…
Reppin’ Florence + The Machine
I’ve been thinking for awhile now that I should reconsider my identity “Clevertype.” It’s not that I don’t like it— and I may end up sticking with it in the end. But I’m not totally convinced it embodies everything it should. Just a little background: I established “Clevertype” to represent my identity as a writer and designer. So, “type” as in my ability to play with words and letters when writing as well as my strong consideration of writing and use of typography when designing. I also consdier the word “type” to represent a character of being, as in: I’m a clever type of girl.
Anyway, I’ve enjoyed this identity, but I want something that embodies me more as a person, a brand that doesn’t lean so heavily on my writing and design self. Yah. Or, I don’t know. As I’m typing this, I’m kind of thinking I don’t make sense. Hmm. Translated: I probably don’t need a new identity, but I’m going to come up with one just for kicks. Because this is how I like to have fun… often on Friday nights… with wine… and it’s pathetically fantastic.
So! Below is my first attempt at understanding my identity (or at least my desired identity) as I rebrand myself. I gave myself 30ish minutes to scan the Web and my computer and find images that pleased me in terms of content, color, texture, etc. I didn’t think too deeply when doing this. Just picked what I liked on a gut level. I also chose fonts and a color palette. Funny side note: I thought establishing a color palette would be a task in and of itself, but the colors easily presented themselves to me when I compiled the images. And I feel like the colors of this composite strangely match my personality… gentle, quiet but with an occasional punch of red and unexpected darkness. Interesting. (I may be totally full of shit in writing this. Pretty sure I am.)
The plan from here is to do this exercise a few more times and see what feelings and colors emerge. Then, I’ll choose my favorite aspects of the composites and create a refined style guide. From there, I’m thinking I’ll brainstorm words that are evoked from the style guide.
Should be a good time. I’m certainly curious to see how it turns out.
A close-up look at my workday morning ritual
1 | Dump coffee into French press. Too bad my grinder is buried somewhere deep in a box in the basement. Ho hum.
2 | Add hot water. We have a machine at work that dispenses hot and cold water. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, amazing!
3 | Push filter down to separate coffee grounds.
4 | Pour coffee into pug mug painted by a handsome man.
5 | Add hazelnut.
6 | Open Capri Blue Volcano candle and take a whiff + deep breath.
7 | Check email, social media and inspiring blogs.
8 | Turn NPR Morning Edition or Pandora on and start designing.
8.5 | Appreciate surroundings and people in my life.
Repeat all steps at 2 p.m. if feeling drowsy and unproductive. It really helps to “restart” your day in the afternoon. Gets the creative juices flowing.