Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SPRING CLEANING

I am selling some older or unused designer clothing and accessories (pictured) on eBay, if anyone might be interested. There’s also some seasons of LOST up there, too.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
…Creativity is learned behavior that gets better with training—like sports. You can make creativity routine and a regular part of your life. That’s true for big companies as well as small startups, corporate managers as well as entrepreneurs. Creativity is scalable. http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671773/4-ways-to-amplify-your-creativity
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Just scored tickets to see Beyonce when she comes to Boston in July. CAN’T WAIT!!!

Just scored tickets to see Beyonce when she comes to Boston in July. 
CAN’T WAIT!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I recently came across this recipe on goop and decided to give it a go for our office Chili Fest tomorrow (for which I re-named it McChili due to the Guinness). I did a test run on SuperBowl Sunday and it came out delicious — definitely shareworthy. 
Here is the recipe, with some modified ingredients/measurements:
Ingredients1/2 cup olive oil, divided2 1/2 lbs ground beef 1 teaspoon coarse salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper2 large garlic cloves, minced1 large yellow onion, finely diced1 red bell pepper, finely diced1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon ground coriander2 teaspoons chili powder1 large can (28 oz) ground tomatoes1 can chipotle chilis in adobo sauce (I finely chopped these and poured in sauce)1 can (14 oz) finely diced tomatoes1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained1 can (14 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained1 pint (16 oz) Guinness1 pint (16 oz) low-sodium vegetable stock
Preparation
Heat half of the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan.  Add the beef, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until browned, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-low heat in a heavy soup pot and add the garlic, onion, bell pepper, cumin, coriander and chili powder. Cook the mixture, stirring here and there, for 15 minutes or until softened. Add the beef to the vegetable mixture.
Add the ground tomatoes, the chipotle and adobo, and the Guinness and stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for half an hour. Add the diced tomato and beans, season with salt and pepper, and let it simmer away for 1 1/2 hours.
Let cool, garnish with shredded Mexican cheese, and ENJOY!

I recently came across this recipe on goop and decided to give it a go for our office Chili Fest tomorrow (for which I re-named it McChili due to the Guinness). I did a test run on SuperBowl Sunday and it came out delicious — definitely shareworthy. 

Here is the recipe, with some modified ingredients/measurements:

Ingredients
1/2 cup olive oil, divided
2 1/2 lbs ground beef 
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 large can (28 oz) ground tomatoes
1 can chipotle chilis in adobo sauce (I finely chopped these and poured in sauce)
1 can (14 oz) finely diced tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 pint (16 oz) Guinness
1 pint (16 oz) low-sodium vegetable stock

Preparation

Heat half of the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan.  Add the beef, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until browned, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-low heat in a heavy soup pot and add the garlic, onion, bell pepper, cumin, coriander and chili powder. Cook the mixture, stirring here and there, for 15 minutes or until softened. Add the beef to the vegetable mixture.

Add the ground tomatoes, the chipotle and adobo, and the Guinness and stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for half an hour. Add the diced tomato and beans, season with salt and pepper, and let it simmer away for 1 1/2 hours.

Let cool, garnish with shredded Mexican cheese, and ENJOY!

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Bon Voyage, KedsWishing you safe travels! I will be visiting ASAP.

Bon Voyage, Keds
Wishing you safe travels! I will be visiting ASAP.

Friday, February 1, 2013
Been listening to a lot of Fiona lately. [ quick sketch I did in college + some added type ]

Been listening to a lot of Fiona lately. 
[ quick sketch I did in college + some added type ]

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In honor of NY Fashion week — now officially a week away — I am posting some favorite memories of seasons past. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

VHB’s 2012 Principals & Associates announcement

"We don’t like the typical full-body corporate shots, plain against a white background." That is the information I started with for our most recent Principals & Associates (P&A) announcement.

VHB is a generational company, and our P&A announcement is an annual mailer we send out to identify expanding employee ownership to associates and principals, fostering the sustainability of the firm.

In the past we have used full-body shots of the employees on a plain white background with their names and basic information. This year we decided to expand on that and be more conceptual but keeping it personal.

With that in mind, I devised the concept of using a fingerprint — both literally and figuratively. On the final postcard design I overlayed an actual fingerprint in conjunction with the “making their mark” tagline I coined. The fingerprint was done in a UV Spot Gloss so that it not only had a shine, but when you run your hand over it, you can actually feel the texture — thus emphasizing the message of the card and enhancing user experience.

In addition to this postcard, there is also an interactive site (link) where you can meet the principals and associates and learn how they are making their mark on our company and our world with personal, handwritten statements from each employee.

While perusing my daily dose of Fashion Gone Rogue I stumbled upon these beauties. I always love me some Miranda Kerr, but Louboutins? Not so much…That is, until now.
I think an early birthday present is in order. I mean, it’s practically April anyways, right? Riiiiight.

While perusing my daily dose of Fashion Gone Rogue I stumbled upon these beauties. I always love me some Miranda Kerr, but Louboutins? Not so much…That is, until now.

I think an early birthday present is in order. I mean, it’s practically April anyways, right? Riiiiight.

Monday, January 28, 2013 Friday, January 25, 2013

Just added this to my Netflix queue. No idea what it’s about, but I’ve watched the trailer like 5 times now and am more intrigued every time.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

VHB’s 2013 holiday card design

Our holiday card is the toughest obstacle we face every year. Our large staff celebrates different holidays in different geographies so we are unable to say “Merry Christmas” or use the traditional snowy imagery that is common at our New England-based headquarters. 

So, how do you say happy holidays in a very generic manner while remaining festive? That was the problem I had to solve, and this was my solution.

This card evokes the wonder and excitement that is felt during the holiday season using the universal image of a smiling child with a toy kaleidoscope. The imagery of the kaleidoscope echoes the festive nature of this time of year with its vibrant colors and shapes, and hints at the idea of looking ahead to a bright new year (emphasized with the die cut). I loved the idea of making the outside of the card interact with the inside and am glad I could make it work.

The inside message (mostly written by me) reads as follows:

Wishing you all the wide-eyed wonder,
can’t sleep excitement,
and childlike awe
that is reflected during the holiday season.

We’d like to express our gratitude
and send you all our best for a bright 2013

I’m very pleased with the results, and it appears our staff was as well, for the most part (there will always be the select group grumbling about how it “doesn’t look like a Christmas card”)…Of course! But overall I think it was quite successful and am happy I can finally share it!

Working on finally getting myself a portfolio assembled (one of my many 2013 goals). In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of some recent print work that will be added.

Working on finally getting myself a portfolio assembled (one of my many 2013 goals). In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of some recent print work that will be added.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Am currently reading My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz and am enthralled. I’ve never read such beautiful correspondences.

Am currently reading My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz and am enthralled. I’ve never read such beautiful correspondences.

Friday, October 5, 2012
ENGINEERS vs. DESIGNERSSee the difference?  

ENGINEERS vs. DESIGNERS
See the difference?