Worn Stories

How cool is Emily Spivack’s new book, Worn StoriesShe’s collected over sixty sartorial memoirs from fashion designers, artists, actors, and other cultural figures. First-person accounts range from the everyday to the extraordinary, such as artist Marina Abramovic on the boots she wore to walk the Great Wall of China; musician Rosanne Cash on the purple shirt that belonged to her father; and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley on the Girl Scout sash (below) that informed her business acumen. Other contributors include actress Greta Gerwig, Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Brandi Chastain, Marcus Samuelsson, Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman, Maira Kalman, Sasha Frere-Jones, Simon Doonan, Susan Orlean, Andy Spade, Paola Antonelli, David Carr, Andrew Kuo and more. I love the photography and the book is so much fun to flip through and read all the stories behind the articles of clothing.

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Garden Font by Los Andes

It’s been a while since I shared a favorite font but I want to get back into it so today I’m sharing a font designed by Mendoza Vergara, from the Los Andes foundry. Garden is a serif display handmade font with a playful and spontaneous feel inspired by Brazil’s cheerful and warm people. The Garden family offers a font with a set of original catchwords (‘Garden Catchwords’, based on brush calligraphy), floral dingbats and botanical ornaments. It’s well-suited for text composition, posters, headlines, label design and handmade-style items. Garden has a special 60% off introductory offer right now through September 25, so if you like it, grab it now!

Garden Font by Los Andes

 

Type samples from MyFonts.com. Affiliate links used.

Design Portfolio: Kismet Cosmetics Lipstick Packaging

One of my favorite things as a designer is being able to help out small businesses and local companies. When Louisiana local, Caitlin of Kismet Cosmetics, came to me asking if I’d be interested in creating the packaging for a lipstick line she was releasing, I was pumped. I have always wanted to get into packaging design and this amazing local company was the perfect chance. Kismet already had an art deco influence and we needed to build a cohesive brand with the already established packaging and website.

Kismet Cosmetics Lipstick Packaging by Ciera Design

The box design needed to be used across various lipstick colors, stand out on a boutique shelf by itself or with multiple shades and Caitlin also wanted a package that  created a pattern when they were lined up next to one another. It was a challenge to meet all of the criteria but I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s been so fun seeing the packaging on Style Me Pretty, fashion blogs and Instagram. It makes me really proud that I can help a local business, even if it’s in a small way.

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Fellow LSU graphic design alum, Krystal of A Pinch of Lovely, designed the bronzing lotion bottle and I did the lipstick boxes. Kismet is set to release some new shaded this Fall and I can’t wait to try them out! Photos via Southern Flair BlogKaela Rodehorst Photography for Haute Off The Rack and Kismet Cosmetics.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish Desktop Freebie

This month’s desktop freebie was a collaboration with Chelsea of Lovely Indeed for her desktop designers series. I just love the quote “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” from Steve Jobs and think it fits perfectly with my life right now. The hand drawn type is by me and the photo Chelsea took when she was living in NYC. Head over to Lovely Indeed to download it and read a bit about my pet peeves, music crushes and fears.

Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

The Business Cards of Alt Summit 2014

Hi y’all, I’m back from Alt Summit! I know I said I was going to take a blog break while I take in all the information but I couldn’t wait to share some of my favorite business cards from the awesome bloggers and brands I met while in Salt Lake City. I have linked to all of their sites at the bottom so click around for some awesome new people to follow, I still have some exploring to do myself! I’ll also pop back in soon to tell you all about the panel I spoke on, Growing A Small Blog!

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Everyday ReadingPaper Bandit Press / A Girl Named PJ / Demi + Olive / Christina Williams / Love Grows Design / Simply Sadie Jane / Peter Loves Jane / Fresh & Happy / Carlsbad Cravings / Oh, What Love / See Jane Blog / And We Play / The CollaboreatHudson and Emily / Candice Stringham / AVE Styles / Spitfiregirl / The Nectar Collective / Lynn Byrne /  Celine Navarro / Annie ReevesSquirrelly Minds / Delineate Your Dwelling / A Thousand ThreadsCourtney Khail / Janna Wilson / Capella Kincheloe / Design Improvised / Red Poppy Photo / The Glamorous Housewife / Hollyhocks & Honeybees / Wendy Walker Cushing / Collectively / Fry Sauce & Grits / Marigold Haske / A Ruffled Life / Antisparkle / if we met and I missed you here, please let me know!

P.S. If you went to Alt and are missing out on all the fun, like I am, why not start a smaller scale gathering in your city! I’ve compiled all the lessons I learned when starting The Made In Mind Social into a new e-book — The Meetup Guide: How to Create, Plan and Host A Local Event Series. It’s now on pre-sale with a super discount! If you want to start your own local event, this e-book will guide you through the whole process, start to finish.

Design Portfolio: Simplified Bee

Sometimes clients come to me after they have already established a strong logo, but need help building a full brand identity and overall style to carry through their other materials. This was the case when Cristin from Simplified Bee reached out to me. She had a great logo but needed to take her stationery and social media a step further to really stand out within her niche. We decided on which items would be best for her and I got to work on her stationery, business cards and social media sites!

Simplified Bee Brand Identity Mockup

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Simplified Bee Brand Identity - Cards

While I love starting from scratch and designing logos, one of my favorite parts is also building out the brand and bringing it to life after the logo is finalized! If you are not sure how to expand your brand, reach out to me and we can brainstorm and collaborate on some new materials for you!

P.S. Did you see the brand identities for The Made In Mind Social and Sweet Tea and Co.?