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HOW Design Conference 2009 – Austin, Texas


I really lucked out this year since the famed HOW Conference was in the good ‘ole ATX! Being able to go and share in the excitement with fellow creatives was so refreshing and really, just what I needed.

I had a handful of friends that I perused conference workshops, seminars, luncheons, and other events with. (I even ran into an old professor from college) It’s always better when you have people to bounce ideas off of and discuss what you have just learned. It was amazing how easy conversation flowed between complete strangers, we all really just wanted to get the most out of the 4 day event.


Overall it was a great success. I, like every other person there, attended one or two not so great sessions. Whether it be the speaker that was suffering, their content, or sometimes both. However, there were plenty of excellent and stimulating sessions and workshops that totally made up for their peer’s flops. The Closing Keynote was by far the most inspiring for me, and I really think for most people. Mark Randall spoke about how we as designers can make differences in our communities…and it wasn’t too broad as I really expected it to be. His words and his message truly seems doable by simply starting small and locally. I won’t get into too much detail, but check out his word at Worldstudio Inc. in New York.

P.S. this conference was the keeper of the best SWAG of my life :-)

June 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm 1 comment

blog find

I found this wonderful blog today. It’s a feast for the eyes and well, all the senses really….who else out there likes to eat paper and fabric besides goats? Just Me?

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Not too long ago I scoured it and took about a buh-gillion screen shots of anything and everything that inspired me. And since I’m fresh out of the HOW Design Conference that was in Austin this year I’m crazy inspired. More about this year’s HOW Conference to follow.

June 27, 2009 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Apparently Buenos Aires is the place to go if you’re on a budget

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I was haphazardly browsing because I was in daydream mode. I was picturing prancing around top notch travel destinations in the perfect outfit…no really I was. Then I stumbled upon THIS AMAZING APARTMENT in Buenos Aires’s Recoleta neighborhood. The location, furnishings, and views are all stunning and then I got to the crazy part…it’s $490/week and $1390/month in the high season. Yes, Alex and I could stay there for an entire month well under $1500. Prices like that are unheard of for me.

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Now I just need to find some cheap air fare and some more vacation days. gahhhhhhh

Buenos Aires was already on the list of places I really really really want to go to…now it’s numero uno.

June 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm 2 comments

Last weekends accomplishments.

I’ve been a bad, lazy blogger…i know. So here’s a quick post so I feel better about myself and to gloat about our new landscaping. I know it’s not much but Alex and I are really proud of it.

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After helping my brother and his fiance move into their new house last weekend we happened upon Agave Nursery and Landscaping and HAD to stop. Their greenhouse was amazing and filled with my favorite things…and we all know what those are.

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Anywho, the next morning (while still sore from moving) we woke up at 7am and planted our new succulents and poured our new river rocks into the front flower bed. We first had to dig out all the previous mulch and plants we no longer wanted. We were done by 9:30 and did nothing but relax for the rest of the day!

June 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm 5 comments

Alice Louise Press

I adore stationary as most of you know. Being able to correspond to friends and loved ones via pretty papers is so important to me. And since I like to pass along new finds to my readers I thought I’d share this next one with you all as well…

Picture 4Our friend and fellow designer, Amy Lesniewicz is the founder of Alice Louise Press started in 2005 and operated in Northwest Ohio. All of Amy’s creations are made on an antique press. The combination of simple design and this lovely printing process is just stunning. I urge you to visit her site and take a look at Amy’s unique collections!

Recently Amy was nice enough to answer a series of questions about herself and Alice Louise Press!

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What made you decide to start Alice Louise Press?

Because I am a graphic designer I was already being asked by many friends to design their wedding invitations for them simply because they were not able to find modern invitations out there. I quickly found out that tasteful wedding invitation choices were very slim and most were outdated and tacky. With places like IKEA and Target people were finally appreciating good, clean design in their life more and more and so I decided to start my own line of stationery and invitations.

What is your inspiration when coming up with new designs?

I generally like to think of a theme when I come up with a new invitation design. Something that can be carried throughout the entire event, relating to either a place or base it even around a color. For instance I just did a new design called Fern just introduced last week and it was based around the new color Moss that just came out in our line. The color looked so botanical and so the design Fern was born out of it.

Where can we find your products? where I’d be happy to take orders directly or go to the Store Locator link under Ordering to see what stores near you carry our line.

What are some of your short term goals for the Alice Louise Press?

We’re actually considering offering a digitally printed option for the budget conscious brides who love our designs but not the letterpress prices. Look for it soon on our website, probably this fall.

What is something you can’t live without?

My dogs, oh and cereal apparently! (Amy and I have a lot in common.)

June 14, 2009 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Gay Pride say what?!?!?!

I threw a surprise birthday party for Alex this past Saturday evening. We had a great time trying another new restaurant and catching up with friends. When we left the restaurant we had no idea we’d be greeted with thousands of Austin’s finest done up in drag, boy shorts, chains, and more. It was Austin’s annual Gay Pride Parade that went straight down 4th Street into the Warehouse District.

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It was so exhilarating and a great way to jump, skip, and dance off all the Mexican food and martinis I had just consumed! What I loved most was the free and open vibe that was exuded by all the participants…we spent the next half hour prancing around 4th Street and all the way to the parking garage. Great time!

June 11, 2009 at 2:52 am Leave a comment

Girl Talk is magical

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Friend and coworker, Kevin Nuut allowed me to burn his newest Girl Talk album, Feed the Animals. I was first introduced to this talented DJ while in Denver by another friend. He skillfully samples dozens of tracks per song and strings them together so seamlessly. I swear this dude must be reading my mind, because my favorite songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today are all working together to produce tunes that are so great I can’t even concentrate. I’m sitting here trying to suppress thoughts of dancing all over the office. I just wanna dance YO!

Go listen to a few tracks from this album, you won’t be sorry!

June 4, 2009 at 6:35 pm 5 comments

work fun

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Kevin and I had fun with Apple’s Photobooth application yesterday. We should make this a weekly habit….

June 4, 2009 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment


Alex and I know a couple that got married on a whim and within only a month of knowing each other. We have bets on how long it will last because they’re completely wrong for each other and aren’t known for making good decisions. However, it’s their right to make this bad decision, go down to the courthouse, obtain a marriage license, and reap the benefits of marriage in the United States.

It’s a shame that the gay couple my mom cares for (one 92, the other 82) can’t have the same benefits. They’ve been together for at least half a century.

This is a sad sad world sometimes!

June 3, 2009 at 8:09 pm 2 comments

pattern parade

I’ve had a thing lately, a thing for beautiful geometric patterns. Whether they appear on websites, pillows, stationary, or head bands…I see them and immediately want them.

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Throughout this post I’ve added sneak peaks at some of the patterns I’ve created via Adobe Illustrator during my free time lately. Since we’re in the midst of decorating our office (Alex picked up the last of the furniture from IKEA on his lunch break today) I’m thinking I’d like to print some of them, frame them, and hang them in the office for some added texture and visual interest.

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I’ve also thought of creating my own stationary. Oh ideas ideas…what shall I do with all of you?

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June 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm 4 comments


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