Fresh Beats

The pull of the synth, the trills … the record scratches, the beat drops. Then those words come in that cut straight to the core, attaching to every last feeling in your soul. My passion for music is almost as strong as my passion for design. I love finding the unknown sounds and underground tracks—everything is so fresh and new and different. 

Fall into a daydream (or perhaps, into my cover art) with this mix I compiled for designers.mx. Mostly chill, with a few upbeat tunes to keep it exciting. I hope it surprises you. 

Congrats

Congratulations to my lovely cousin, Emily, who is getting married in just a few weeks! I couldn't be happier for her and I wish them all the best. Below—the card I made for her bridal shower.

broken butt

Our boss's wife was in a car accident and came out with a broken pelvis (ouch), so we wanted to send some cheers her way. It resulted in this funny card I got to letter. She's doing really well now, but all thoughts and prayers are appreciated! 

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NYC

Finally, a much overdue post about my November trip to visit my cousin, Becca! It was truly a blast getting to spend time with her—and finding out how similar we are—while experiencing the city as a true New Yorker. I would rather show you what we did than tell you, so I will try to keep my explanations at a minimum.  

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Just a fun sketch of my boarding passes done during the downtime. I usually work in pencil first but this time I made myself use pen. Things got weird ... just ignore the messiness. 

Just a fun sketch of my boarding passes done during the downtime. I usually work in pencil first but this time I made myself use pen. Things got weird ... just ignore the messiness. 


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Becca works at The Public Theater, so I got to be her date to the opening night of Regular Singing which had an amazing cast. I didn't realize I knew who they were until I looked them up later. 

Becca works at The Public Theater, so I got to be her date to the opening night of Regular Singing which had an amazing cast. I didn't realize I knew who they were until I looked them up later. 


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Different Sleep, DMB, Siskiyou, Rilo Kiley, Feist, Youth Lagoon, Mister Lies & Different Sleep, Kate Nash, Oliver Tank, Bon Iver, Cold War Kids, The Townhouses, Made In Heights, The Shins

Different Sleep, DMB, Siskiyou, Rilo Kiley, Feist, Youth Lagoon, Mister Lies & Different Sleep, Kate Nash, Oliver Tank, Bon Iver, Cold War Kids, The Townhouses, Made In Heights, The Shins


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Mom's Stationery

For a while now, I've wanted to make a stationery set for my mom since she is always writing notes and letters. With the help of my good friend Réka, I finally printed some in time for Christmas. We decided to keep it simple and letterpress my mom's initials with metal type which worked out beautifully. 

stationery: two sets of A2 (5.5 x 4.25 in.) notecards, and two 5.5 x 8.5 in. notepads
metal type: Caslon Bold, Century Bold Italic

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Happy Holidays from Team Traction

This year for our Traction holiday greeting, my fellow coworkers and I thought it would be fun to put together our own cookbook. Each one of us picked a favorite seasonal recipe and created our own illustrations and photographs to go with them—so no judging. We had a lot of fun with this photo shoot; arranging Christmas cheer, sprinkling spices, breaking ornaments ...  

Anyway, I present to you the Traction Holiday Recipe Book! Click on the cover image below to view our email greeting and download the recipes. 

photo shoot: behind the scenes 

photo shoot: behind the scenes 

The Original Hand Lettering

Back in September a close friend of mine asked me to join a continuing calligraphy class in Dayton. Being told that they only needed one more person to meet the minimum class quota, how could I say no to learning the art of writing with a group of sweet old ladies?
Going into it I had no idea what to expect. I thought I would just be learning this fun new way to write with a fancy pen and ink; maybe it could be another random addition to the "hey i can do this" list.

No dude. I was so wrong. Having never had a traditional typography course in college, this class was so enlightening and lent itself to be a great exploration of type. I had no idea I would learn so much about individual letters, how they work together in an alphabet, and that the letter ' o ' is the mother of the alphabet. No matter what alphabet, hand, or typeface you're working with, ' o ' should be the basis for almost every letter—why haven't I learned this yet?! I hope I just blew your mind.

Here are a few bits and pieces: 

We started with learning the Foundational Hand (thanks Edward Johnston— practice letters and a word sheet 

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Foundational Hand homework, smudges and all. Quote: Dave Matthews Band, Sister 

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Foundational Capitals — alphabetical word list of colors

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Foundational Serif Capitals, with a few ligatures for good kerning 

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Foundational Hand Final

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Since I wasn't too satisfied with the above layout and smudged the last 3 letters (rescued by white out) I did a second final:

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Second study was the Uncial Alphabet, typically used in Irish and biblical texts. The original alphabet did not contain the letters j, k, v, w, x, y, z which were added later. 

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First Uncial project — excerpt from a poem by Sarah Kay called The Type

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Uncial Hand Final (put a bird on it)

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