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Huge news today friends! Zander and I have decided it’s time to move back to New Orleans! I’ve had an amazing year and a half living in Boston. I’ve made some amazing friends and explored more of the North East than I ever imagined I would! But our hearts are in New Orleans.

New Orleans Chris Rose Quote

 

Everyone in New Orleans has a special connection and shows it through eye contact when passing on the street. I miss that. I miss the warm, friendly and happy people. I miss hard rains, hidden courtyards, wonderful food, Oak trees, great music, the unique gumbo of people, southern hospitality and dive bars.

“If there was ever a town to have a reason to be full of sorrow and pain it is New Orleans. And although the damages of Katrina, poverty and crime are all around, it does not stop people from living to the fullest. Every day is a new day and more reason to celebrate.” -The Hungry Nomad

 

Proud To Call It Home New Orleans We Live In The Moment

It’s hard to explain, but New Orleans just has something special. It is not fast or efficient. It’s slow, sweaty and lazy, but it’s home. Every inch of this city has something beautiful in it’s own special way. I’ll miss the North East tremendously, but I’m ready to be back in the city that stole my heart!

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Brand Spotlight: Brooklyn Taco

Just loving this brand identity for Brooklyn Taco Co. by Tag Collective. How about you?

The identity started with a wordmark that speaks to their craft and references hand painted signage seen throughout Brooklyn, this is paired with a Mexican inspired color palette and patterns.

From the groundwork created by the graphic identity, the space took shape incorporating a strong graphic pattern, color palette and typography provided by the brand toolkit.

Photos and quotes via Tag Collective.

Julieta: A Swashy Type of Love [Friday Favorites]

A new favorite font for you guys today! Julieta is a condensed, unicase typeface full of swashy love!

Inspired by romanticism, Julieta is a charming and versatile typeface. By alternating uppercase and lowercase, and mixing them with alternate characters, ligatures, swashes and endings, you obtain endless possibilities of composition, with 810 glyphs available in the Pro font.

In case you don’t need all these alternatives, there is also an Essential version consisting of 247 characters.

In addition, Julieta has an affordable set of ornaments, connectors and catchwords to complete this attractive display system.

Julieta is designed by Paula Nazal Selaive who has designed some other beautiful font such as Selaive, Dulce and Bosque.

Description and samples from MyFonts.

Thanks to everyone who entered the Prettiful Designs Giveaway! And the winner is Danielle E. Congrats Danielle! I’ll be emailing you shortly! Winner picked by Random.org through Rafflecopter.

 

July Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

Hello July! Hello days at the beach, sparklers and extra daylight! Hello lazy summer days, mojitos on the back deck and marshmallows by the fire! I was inspired by this skiff photograph to design a desktop wallpaper for y’all this month! It captures my summer dream perfectly!

July Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

Enjoy and I hope to have some more desktop wallpaper collaborations between Zander and I in the future!

Download: 2560 x 1440 / 1920x1200 / 1680x1050 / 1280x1024 / iphone / ipdad

 

Thanks to everyone who entered the Summer Sponsor giveaway! AND THE WINNERS ARE: Erin and Hailey! I’ll be emailing you shortly! Don’t forget: if you didn’t win you can still get 20% off any sponsor space when you use promo code “SUMMER2012″ at checkout. Winner picked by Random.org through Rafflecopter.

My Desk Illustrated

While I’m sorting through and editing hundreds of photos from my Maine road trip I thought I would share this with you guys. My desk was illustrated by the very talented Ned Harrison for the Spring Issue of the Graphic Artists Guild newsletter! When I received the proof I couldn’t stop smiling ear to ear, I was giddy and speechless and couldn’t believe what a wonderful job Ned did!

Graphic Artists Guild Members Desk 1

Welcome to my workspace, a desk in the attic. For me, a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. So I try to keep my workspace a neat and inspirational place to be. Everyday it starts out neat but ends in a mess. Before heading downstairs for the night, I straighten it up to have a fresh space for the morning!

Graphic Artists Guild Members Desk 2